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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.

Conference Location

Radisson Fort McDowell Resort and Conference Center
(soon to be the We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center)
10438 North Fort McDowell Road
Scottsdale/Fountain Hills, AZ 85264

Visit our Sponsors

Amigos Library Service
Arizona State Library
Baker & Taylor
Book Systems, Inc.
Brodart Co.
EBSCO Information Services
Engberg Anderson
Findaway World
Gale Cengage Learning
Gumdrop Books
Innovative Interfaces, Inc.
Kapco Book Protection
Magazine Subscription Service Agency
Mountain West Digital Library
Mountain Plains Library Association
National Library of Medicine
OCLC, Inc.
Perma-Bound Books
Rainbow Book Company
Recorded Books
Saguaro Books, LLC
Southwest Human Development
Summit Bodyworks
Tech Logic
The Child's World, Inc.
TLC - The Library Corporation
University of Arizona - SIRLS
VIP Learning

Please log-in to view Member rates! 
Online registration includes lunch at the conference venue!
(Unfortunately, onsite registration does not include a lunch option.)



Early Bird Rate*
to September 30
Oct 1 - Nov 5
Half Day $30 $30
Full Day $60 $60
$175 $200
Non-Member $280 $305
Student (Member) $115 $115
$160 $160
$155 $180
Non-Member $255 $280
Student (Member) $115 $115
$160 $160



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

"The Next Library and the People Who Will Use It"

Thursday, November 13th
8:15 - 10:00 a.m.
Wassaja 107 - 110

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.

Awards & Author Events

** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE ** One Book, One Conference Lunch Program
(Presented by AzLA President Ann Boles)
The Emerald Mile by Kevin Fedarko
Thursday, Nov 13th, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Wassaja 107-110
** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE ** AzLA/MPLA Service & Author Awards Lunch Event
Friday, Nov 14th, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Wassaja 107 - 110
** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE ** Award Winning Authors Panel
Friday, Nov 14th, 1:20 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.
Wassaja 110
** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE ** ** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE ** Ladies of Southwest Mystery: Anne Hillerman in Conversation with Susan
Cummins Miller

Thursday, Nov 13, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a. m.
Wassaja 110
** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE ** ** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE ** A Southwest Legend Revealed: James and Marilyn Johnson on -
De Grazia: The Man and the Myths.

Thursday, Nov 13, 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Wassaja 110
** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE ** A Cowboy Hits the Writing Trail: H. Alan Day on The Horse Lover:
A Cowboy's Quest to Save the Wild Mustang.

Thursday, Nov 13, 3:50 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.
Wassaja 110

Travel Info

Hotel & Conference Center
Travel & Transportation


Click here to make reservations online.

Use promotional code AZLA14

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. 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

** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE ** "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".
Coordinate your schedules using our Doodle Poll!

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. 

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 109
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 Wassaja 109-110
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 Book, One Conference 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
Your OCLC Cooperative: The Evolution of OCLC Services Kimberly/Forte 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
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

** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE ** Click here for printable program schedule.
** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE ** Click here for full program, poster session, blitz session, workshop, and round-table descriptions.


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. Please 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

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