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2014 AzLA/MPLA Annual Conference

2014 AzLA/MPLA Annual Conference
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Radisson Fort McDowell Resort and Conference Center
(soon to be the WeKoPa Resort & Conference Center)

10438 North Fort McDowell Road
Scottsdale/Fountain Hills, AZ 85264
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The Arizona Library Association and Mountain Plains Library Association invite all library and information professionals to attend the 2014 AzLA/MPLA Annual Conference, to be held at the Radisson Fort McDowell Resort and Conference Center (soon to be the WeKoPa Resort & Conference Center) in Scottsdale/Fountain Hills, November 12 – 14, 2014. 

This year’s joint conference will include attendees from Arizona and from throughout the 12-state Mountain Plains Region. Together, our two associations will highlight the best our libraries have to offer: Creative approaches, new ideas and services, unique collections, and more!

Conference Theme 

"Libraries: The Best of the West!"
Out here on the great frontier, what are your libraries doing not only to stay relevant, but to push the boundaries of library services?  How are your libraries building strong communities?  How do you balance serving your library against connecting with libraries with very different needs and populations?  In the constant duel for limited resources, how do your libraries promote themselves as “the good guys”?  Show off your frontier spirit by sharing the plans and strategies that have made your libraries among “The Best of the West!”

We are no longer accepting program submissions at this time. 


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 Amigos Library Service
Baker & Taylor
Book Systems, Inc.
EBSCO Information Services
Engberg Anderson
Gale Cengage Learning
Kapco Book Protection
Mountain West Digital Library
Mountain Plains Library Association
National Library of Medicine
Perma-Bound Books
Saguaro Books, LLC
Summit Bodyworks
The Child's World, Inc.
University of Arizona - SIRLS
VIP Learning


Online registration will open August 26, 2014

Awards & Author Events

Coming soon!


Thursday: Opening Keynote

  Friday Keynote

"The Next Library and the  People Who Will Use It"
November 13th
8:15 - 10:00 a.m.
Wassaja 107 - 110 

Lee Rainie
Director, Pew Research Center - Internet, Science, & Technology Research

Rainie will present the latest findings from the Pew Research Center's library research and discuss the implications of that research for the future of libraries in three specific ways. The library as a place, the library as a connector of people, and the library as a platform for getting patrons the information and the contacts they seek. He will discuss the Project's typology of library users and how it can be used as part of the strategic process at libraries. 

 More information coming soon!

General Info


Hotel & Conference Center
Travel & Transportation

The conference will be held at the Radisson Fort McDowell Resort and Conference Center (soon to be the WeKoPa Resort & Conference Center) in Scottsdale/Fountain Hills, AZ.

Radisson Fort McDowell Resort (soon to be the WeKoPa Resort & Conference Center) negotiated guest room rates are $119.00 per night for single or double occupancy. All rates are subject to the prevailing state and local taxes at the time of arrival. The current resort tax rate is 12.75%. Guest rooms include in-room coffee, bottled water, Hi-speed Internet, shoe shine, fitness and business center access, daily newspaper, in-room safe and local telephone calls. Click here to make reservations online. Use promotional code AZLA14. To make reservations by phone, call (480) 789-5300 and tell them that you are with the Arizona Library Association Conference.

*Add on a couple days for relaxation!  The conference rate is available to attendees for 3 days prior to or following the conference dates (pending room availability).


Sky Harbor International Airport
Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport


Taxi & Shuttle Service from Sky Harbor
Taxi & Shuttle Service from Phx-Mesa Gateway

Recommended companies:

Road Runner
Super Shuttle

 "View estimated costs and tips on our shuttle guide

Cost saving tip!
Attendees interested in booking a shuttle ride as a group can reserve an "exclusive van". 

Local Transportation:

Valley Metro

Things to Do


Lunch included in conference registration.

Radisson Fort McDowell dining options listed here.




Program Schedule

Click on a day to see the full conference schedule. Further details and descriptions coming soon. 

Wednesday, November 12th, Preconferences
Title Speaker Room
 9:00AM - Noon
Don't Have a Makerspace? Make.Do! Create a Maker Culture in Your Library Making Do with What You Have
 Browning/ Trujillo/Boggs/  McPheeters
Wassaja 110 
Health and Wellness @ the Library: The Essential of Providing Consumer Health Services Ham Wassaja 110
The Roundup: A Preconference Session Celebrating Best Program Practices. Presented by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Arizona Secretary of State Ball/Henley/ Throckmorton Wassaja 108
Advanced Cataloging with RDA: Audiovisual Materials and Special Formats  Moore/Weitz Wassaja 107
 Noon - 1:30PM - 
 1:30PM - 4:30PM
Grant-Writing Workshop: Foundations and Charities  Kraus Wassaja 110
MPLA Board Meeting (1:00PM - 5:00PM)  Wassaja 109
State Librarian Meeting with County Librarians (1:00PM - 5:00PM)  Wassaja 108
Advanced Cataloging with RDA: Audiovisual Materials and Special Formats Moore/ Weitz Wassaja 107
We’re Librarians, NOT Cops!: The Challenges of Urban Libraries Hogancamp/ Davis/Soucy Conf. 106
Feeling the Joy: Working Across Difference in the 21st Century Downing/ Evangeliste/  Moore/Rivera Conf. 102-103
 5:00PM - 6:15PM
 Welcome Networking Reception
 6:15PM - 7:15PM
 Bob Boze Bell: Arizona Storyteller
Thursday, November 13th
Title Speaker Room
 6:30AM - 7:30AM
 Breathe & Flow: Gentle yoga to start your day
 7:30AM - 8:15AM
 Continental breakfast with exhibitors
 8:15AM - 9:15AM
 Opening Keynote: Lee Rainey
 9:30AM - 10:00AM
 AzLA Business Meeting - Wassaja 110
 MPLA Business Meeting - Wassaja 107
 10:00AM - 10:30AM
 Poster Sessions (See PDF for titles and descriptions)
 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Author Program: Anne Hillerman, interviewed by Susan Cummins Miller

Wassaja 110
 Communicate with Confidence Madler/Wendt Wassaja 109
 App-titude Library Tech for Kids:  Beneficial Apps for Youth  Services! Skidmore/Schiller/Scott Wassaja 108
 Gen X and Y? Because We Like  Them!  -Creative Programming for  20- to 40-something Adults Royal/Lipich/ Hunt Wassaja 107
 Best of the West: Mental Health Osborne Conf. 106
 MPLA Professional Forum  Conf. 105
 Corral Your Faculty: Libraries at  the Forefront of the Technology  Frontier Bonnand/Hansen Conf. 104
 Building a Statewide e-Book  Platform: The Good, the Bad, and  the Ugly Bickert/Stone Conf. 102-103
 BibFrame: The Future of  Cataloging Walker Conf. 101
 Books Are Ice Cream Not Broccoli:  Reaching the Reluctant MG and  YA Reader (Roundtable) Bradley Yo'W Hospitality Suite
 11:30AM - 1:00PM
 One Conference, One Book Lunch Program
 1:00PM - 1:20PM
 Visit exhibit hall
 (12:50PM - 1:20PM - Horner Committee Meeting)
 1:20PM - 2:20PM - Division/Interests Group Programs & Meetings
 International Interest Group (IIG)  Business Meeting: Horner  Fellowship 2013 Report/A Glimpse  of Libraries in China in the Digital  Age   Wassaja 110
 Technical Services Interest Group  Annual Business Meeting  (Program: 3D Printing Demo)  Wassaja 109
 Annual Business Meeting of the  Services to Diverse Populations  Interest Group  Wassaja 108
 Annual Meeting of the College &  University Library Division  Wassaja 107
 Government Information Interest  Group Meeting   Conf. 106
 Native American Library Interest  Group Business Meeting  Conf. 105
 PLD Business Meeting  Conf. 104
 SLD Business Meeting  Conf. 102-103
 1:20 - 1:50: ALYAS/KIDS Interest  Group Meeting

 1:50 - 2:20: Information Services  Interest Group Meeting
  Conf. 101
 Intellectual Freedom Committee  Meeting  Yo'w Hospitality Suite
 2:30PM - 3:30PM
 Author Program: DeGrazia: The  Man and the Myths James & Marilyn Johnson Wassaja 110
 Concurrent Blitz Sessions (Please  see PDF for descriptions)  Wassaja 109/108/107/106
 Beyond Disciplines: Providing  Outreach to Underserved Groups  by Demographic Rutledge/LeMire Conf. 105
 Building Community Engagement Jehlik/Trout Conf. 104
 Literature, Latigo, and Long  Lonesome Landscapes:  Southwest Books of the Year,  Best Reading of 2014  Duraine/Woodhams/  Dingus/Dickenson Conf. 102-103
 Don't Be a Trump: How to Fire  Someone Successfully  Augustine Conf. 101
 Social Media: Creating Community  in a Digital World (Roundtable) Kline Yo'w Hospitality Suite
 3:30PM - 5:00PM - 90 min & 60 min sessions - Please visit exhibit hall while waiting for sessions to begin
 Author Program: The Horse  Lover: A Cowboy's  Quest to  Save the Wild Mustangs  (3:50PM  - 4:50PM) H. Alan Day, with Lynn Wiese  Sneyd Wassaja 110
 2-4-6-8 Who Do We Appreciate?  How to Be the Best Cheerleader  for Your Library!
 Johnson/ Thayer Wassaja 109
 Attack of the Giant Tech Monster:  How Every Library Can Transform  Their Younger Patrons into STEM  Superheroes
 Walter/Caldwell/Braun Wassaja 108
 The Inclusive Library: Serving the  Library and Information Needs of  Students with Disabilities 
 Small Wassaja 107
 Meet Your Website: An  Interactive Introduction to the  New AzLA Webpage
 See/Ringness/ Griffin Conf. 106
 Don't Make Me Hate Your Email:  Ten Tips (& More) for Effective  Business Email (3:50PM -  Savage Conf. 105
 Better than a Crystal Ball.  Glimpse the Future of Children's  and Young Adult New Releases  for 2014 - 2015 Ashley Conf. 104
 The Best of Both Worlds: Putting  the Heard Museum Archives and  Art Collections Online  Murphy/ Baguley/Moore Conf. 102-103
 The Library as a Catalyst for  Innovation: Ideas + Community =  Energy Bunker Conf. 101
 Serving the Silent Population  (Roundtable) Messerly Yo'w Hospitality Suite
 5:00PM - 7:00PM 
 SIRLS All Conference Reception
 7:30PM - 9:00PM
 MPLA Hot Tub Roundtable
Friday, November 14th
Title Speaker Room
 6:30AM - 7:30AM
 Breathe & Flow: Gentle Yoga to Start Your Day
 7:30AM - 8:15AM
 Continental breakfast with exhibitors
 8:15AM - 9:15AM
 Keynote: Connie Willis
 9:15AM - 9:45AM
 Poster Sessions (See PDF for titles & descriptions)
 9:50AM - 10:50AM
Author Program: Midji Stevenson
 Wassaja 110
 Customer Service and Your Staff:  Projecting Happy Inside and Out  Weaver/Laytham Wassaja 109
 Help! There's a Supercomputer in  My Pocket! Alascia Wassaja 108
 Exploring the Leadership  Frontier: Boldly Blazing a New  Trail Neujahr/Wenzl Wassaja 107
 Books + Bikes = Love: Go Green,  Serve Your Community and  Tighten Those Glutes Greene Conf. 106
 Come and Get It!  Successfully  Ringing the Social Media Dinner  Bell in the Internet Wild West DeNoyer Conf. 105
 The Knowledge River Experience  and Why It Matters Guzman/ Valenzuela/ Curely Conf. 104
 Rootin' Tootin' Banned Books  Booktalking Rodeo Nye/Barco Conf. 102-103
 TLD Business Meeting  Conf 101
 Let's Talk Adult Programming  (Roundtable) Liebler Yo'w Hospitality Suite
 11:00AM - 1:00PM
 AzLA & MPLA Service & Author Awards Lunch Event
 1:00PM - 1:20PM
 Visit exhibit hall
 1:20PM - 2:20PM
 Award Winning Authors Panel Wassaja 110
 Concurrent Blitz sessions &  Workshops (See PDF for titles  and details) (1:20PM - 3:30PM)  Wassaja 109/108/107 & Conf.  106
 Library Analytics, New Tools and  Techniques: Answering Important  Questions Quickly and Accurately  and Telling a Motivational Story  with Data Smith/ McGuire Conf. 105
 Epic Win: What Librarians Can  Learn from Gamers Wildermuth Conf. 104
 There's a New iSchool in Town:  UA School of Information Hankers  to Be the Best in the West Mathiesen/ Heidorn/Mathewson Conf. 102-103
 Marketing/PR for the Non-  Marketing Librarian: Tools and  Strategies You Will Use! DeHaan Conf. 101
 STEAM Programs: Just Do It!  (Roundtable) Sagar/Moreno/ Corporaal Yo'w Hospitality Suite
 2:20PM - 2:40PM
 Visit exhibit hall
 2:40PM - 3:40PM
 Teen Panel: Robin Brande & Tom  Leveen  Wassaja 110
 Concurrent Blitz sessions &  Workshops (See PDF for titles  and details) (1:20PM - 3:30PM)   Wassaja 109/108/107 & Conf.  106
 Building an Outreach Toolbox:  Using Contests, Social Media,  Campus Partners, Special Events,  and Peers to Target Undergrads  Mitola Conf. 105
 American Indian Youth Literature  in the 21st Century Bishop Conf. 104
 Social Saavy Seniors: Social  Media Programming for Adults  60+  Escalante/ Kaufman Conf. 102-103
 Best Kept Secret: There’s More  Than One Way to Read A Book Montgomery Conf. 101
 The Mountain Plains Library  Association: Helping YOU Become  the Best in the West!  (Roundtable) Stanton/Perry Yo'w Hospitality Suite
 3:50PM - 5:00PM
 Maggie Farrell with Closing Panel and Legislation Update  Wassaja 110/109/108/107

Raffle & Silent Auction

Coming soon!


AzLA Scholarships

Scholarships are available through the AzLA Membership Committee, and cover the full-conference fee. Additional fees such as pre-conference, lunches, and lodging are not included. These scholarships are available to AzLA members who do not have financial support from their own school or employing institution to attend the conference. The Membership Committee is accepting applications now!
Apply online by September 29th, 2014 for consideration. Pleas message Erin Lorandos at if you have any questions.

Arizona State Library Scholarships

All library personnel employed full-time in Arizona libraries are eligible to apply for a scholarship in order to attend continuing education events including workshops, institutes, or conferences. 

The scholarships may include the cost of conference fees, room & board, and travel. An applicant may apply for scholarship funds not to exceed $1250 during an October 1 - September 30 LSTA fiscal year. Scholarship applications must be submitted at least 30 days before the conference.
See the State Library website for details.


Volunteers are needed for an hour or more at the registration desk and membership booth.  Volunteering is a great opportunity to create career connections and serve your professional organization. 
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Jolanta Feliciano at

Students - if you are currently enrolled in a library school program and are a current AzLA member, volunteer for 3 hours and attend the conference for free! Fill out the Student Volunteer Application and send it to Jolanta Feliciano at by September 12, 2014 for consideration. 

Conference Co-Chairs

Claudia León
Casey Van Haren