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EXTENDED SUBMISSION DEADLINE - 2018 AzLA Conference: Libraries Transform Because Access Equals Opportunity

Posted By Danielle Angerbauer, Monday, April 2, 2018
Updated: Thursday, May 3, 2018

Program Information

The Arizona Library Association invites all library and information professionals to submit program proposals for the 2018 AzLA Annual Conference, to be held at the Mesa Convention Center in Mesa, October 25-26th, 2018.

Libraries are America’s Most Democratic Institutions.

Libraries ensure people have access to information and lifelong learning regardless of age, education, ethnicity, gender, language, income, physical limitations or geographic barriers. Libraries strengthen communities and help create a more literate and just society.

With over 17,000 library buildings and bookmobiles (some of which serve as mobile Internet access points) in communities, public libraries are essential community institutions that deliver the resources their communities need to thrive.

Take the next step: What can you do to help spread the word about the important role of libraries in people’s lives?


Submission Deadlines:

60-minute Session Program, Poster, Roundtable and Blitz Session Proposals:                May 21st, 2018 @ 11:59 PM


Submission Form:

Please list one of the presenters as a primary contact person for the proposal.
The information entered into submission form will be included in the Online Program Book if proposal is accepted.

Please Note: Presenters are required to provide their own laptops

If accepted, presenters will be required to post details about their presentations in the Online    Program Book.

Divisions and Interest Groups interested in conducting a meeting should consider a presentation or short program to increase attendance.


Program Tracks:

•    Leadership & Staff Development - Explore leadership, management, and organizational/career development issues, trends, and best practices.

•    Children & Young Adults - Share exciting, practical, and theoretical ideas and information about serving children and young adults.

•    Information Literacy & Teaching - Focus on instruction techniques, theory, information literacy, and classroom trends and topics. 

•    User Services - Explore collection development topics, new trends in designing user spaces, and improving public services.

•    Technology & Tech Services - Explore ideas and information about digital library issues, metadata standards, and hot new technology trends.

•    Library Outreach, Marketing and Advocacy - Teach others how to create partnerships, be aware of legislative issues, advocate for libraries, and utilize new marketing techniques and ideas.

To fill out the 1 page proposal form click HERE!

For more information visit the conference page at

Online registration for the conference will open in August 2018. Contact the AzLA Association Management Office for questions about registering for the conference or if you need assistance with your username and password. They can be reached at (480) 609-3999 or   

Rob Wilson

Natalie Menges

Co-Chairs, AzLA 2018 Program Subcommittee 

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AzLA's First Virtual Conference - Register Now!

Posted By Danielle Angerbauer, Friday, March 2, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, March 7, 2018


The Arizona Library Association’s first-ever Virtual Conference, held in partnership with the Arizona State Library, will be held on Thursday, April 5th from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. The Conference’s theme is “Behind the Counter”, with a focus on professional development for front-line and paraprofessional library staff. Attendance is free of charge. All presentations will be recorded and posted to the AzLA YouTube channel after the Virtual Conference. Registration for the Virtual Conference is now open.


Programs will be offered on two “tracks”, both via WebEx. Participants may sign up for programs on each track and switch back and forth throughout the Virtual Conference. They will receive individual logins for each program they choose to attend.

For more information see the link below.


Use #AzLABehindtheCounter to keep the conversation going!

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Register for the 2018 AzLA Regional Forum

Posted By Danielle Angerbauer, Thursday, March 1, 2018
Updated: Friday, March 2, 2018


We are reaching out to Arizona librarians near and far: To rural and remote librarians that might not have the opportunity to attend the AzLA annual conference; library and information students; academic librarians and professors who teach distance students; and urban librarians who may be interested in networking, mentoring and professional development opportunities… We have something to offer all of you! The 2018 Regional Forum will feature sessions on equity, diversity, inclusion and access from academic and public librarians around Arizona. Tours of the University of Arizona Libraries and iSpace will also be available, as well as a planning session for the 2019 Young Adult Summit. We will feature opening and closing keynote speakers to set the day and bring the day of learning to a close around Libraries Transform Because Access Equal Opportunity theme. End your day with happy hour to relax and refresh with colleagues and friends.


Learn more at


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President's Message

Posted By Danielle Angerbauer, Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Updated: Thursday, January 25, 2018


See AzLA President, Gina Macaluso's Message, here.


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Support AzLA through Fry's Food Community Rewards

Posted By Danielle Angerbauer, Sunday, January 7, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Now you can support AzLA just by shopping at Fry’s Food! It’s easy when you enroll in Fry’s Community Rewards program. Once you’re enrolled, you’ll earn rewards for us every time you shop and use your V.I.P Card!

How do I get started? Just go to the Fry's Community Rewards Program home page ( and link your Fry's V.I.P. card to the Arizona Library Association.

How do I give? Simply use your Fry's V.I.P. card every time you stop at Fry's and your purchase will be credited to our account. 

Is this a recurring donation or one time? Fry's Community Rewards is an ongoing program that benefits AzLA every time you shop. For AzLA to continue receiving the benefits, you will need to reconnect your V.I.P. card to AzLA after one year. 

How do I know that I've enrolled? You should now see your organization information listed under ‘Community Rewards’ on your account summary page.

Thank you for supporting AzLA!

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“Because of YOU – Libraries Transform!!”- Message from the President

Posted By Danielle Angerbauer, Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, November 29, 2017

With the temperatures still in triple digits, it’s hard to believe that it’s fall (but it’s Arizona). By the time this article is published, I will have a little over a month left in my term as President.  I cannot tell you how quickly the year has flown by!  A year ago, I was wondering about what the coming year was going to entail and would I be up to the challenge.  I can say that it has been a privilege to have been elected to represent and lead the Arizona Library Association!  It’s been a year of ups and downs, learning a lot, and getting to know many colleagues throughout Arizona and the United States.


The year started off with a bang with the first YA Summit, held at the Prescott Conference Center.  This huge endeavor was led by Rob Wilson, AzLA Central Representative, and Lauren Regenhart, ALYAS Committee Co-Chair.  The event was truly an example of “Because of YOU – Libraries Transform”.  Many AzLA members, from throughout the state, put a lot of time and effort into this event, and the result was a huge success. This program was funded through an LSTA grant for which the Association is extremely grateful for!


On the heels of the YA Summit, targeting a different AzLA audience, came the first E-Resources Forum, held at the Burton Barr library in Phoenix.  This effort was led by Michael Porter, Chair of the eResources Committee.  This event was also an example of “Because of YOU – Libraries Transform”.  It was a collaboration and discussion between representatives from fifteen eResource vendors and library staff from around the state.  Another resounding success!


We were sorry to lose our Webmaster, Amanda Brite, at the end of the year.  However, within a short period of time, Danielle Angerbauer stepped up and became our Webmaster, and she has been doing a great job ever since. 


October 25-27th is our Annual Conference at the Mesa Convention Center.  We have returned to the Phoenix area this year, after having been in Tucson last year, and Flagstaff the previous year.  This conference is sure to be amazing, due to the leadership of co-chairs Bethany Wilson and Erin Lorandos.  We are trying a different format this year, and want to hear your feedback on the changes.  This conference is for YOU, so we want to do everything we can to benefit all who attend.


It’s been a wonderful year!  I know that the organization will continue to do great things in the future under the leadership of incoming President, Gina Macaluso, and “Because of YOU”! 


Thank you.

Sandy Edwards




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Arizona Archives Alliance (AzAA) Scholarship

Posted By Danielle Angerbauer, Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Updated: Thursday, October 12, 2017

Arizona Archives Alliance (AzAA) Scholarship Program in Support of Institutional Internships 

AzAA invites Arizona-based institutions interested in directing archival internships to apply for the AzAA Scholarship Program. A number of grants are available to institutions in support of student internships. Host institutions may also match or contribute to the funds provided by these grants. This year we will be offering grants up to $1,000 each. Projects need to be finite and concise, and not be a part of a larger ongoing project, so that interns can begin and complete one project in its entirety. The objective is to provide interns with hands-on experience working with a wide variety of archival collections in order to gain a better understanding of archival principles and fundamental practices. The institutional host/supervisor will determine project responsibilities, internship length, and learning objectives and outcomes. Upon completion of the internship, the submission of a short written summary detailing the internship experience of both the student intern and the project supervisor will need to be completed and submitted within two months of the project’s end.


How to apply:


If your institution is interested in applying, please complete the grant application and submit to Renee D. James, Internship Coordinator,  by December 31, 2017. Grant awards will be announced on March 1, 2018.

Download File (PDF)

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Library Meet Up

Posted By Danielle Angerbauer, Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, October 11, 2017
There will be a Southern Arizona "Brunch and Bloody Mary's" library meet up in Cochise County this October 15th at 10 am. Please let me know ( if you plan on attending and bring anyone you like. It will take place at the Outside Inn, a quaint little breakfast place with great food and even better natural sunlight. I'm going to attempt to have something social in every area I represent quarterly.

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Election Results

Posted By Danielle Angerbauer, Monday, October 2, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Voting for the 2018 AzLA Officers has been closed.  I want to thank the Elections Committee, chaired by Amber Mathewson, Past-President, and her members, Gina Macaluso, President-Elect; Petra Pendroff, Secretary; Rob Wilson, Central Representative; Emily Scherrer, Southern Representative; and Danielle Angerbauer, Northern Representative for their work on the elections.


Thank you to all of those who were willing to run for office, and to those who voted for the new Officers.   If you were not elected to a board position, Divisions and Committees are always looking for members and we’d love to have you!  Besides, there will be positions available again for 2019.


I am pleased to announce the following new officers for the year 2018:


               President-Elect: Michelle Simon, Pima County PL

               Treasurer:           Rene Tanner, ASU

               Central Az Rep:  Dale Savage, State Library

               MPLA Rep:         Cherise Mead, Mesa PL


The proposed by-law change was APPROVED, so that change will be incorporated into the By-laws.


The 2017 Annual Conference is only one month away, so if you haven’t already registered, please do so soon!  Our block of rooms at the hotel closes on Monday, October 2, 2017, so if you need to book your room, please do so as soon as possible.

Sandy Edwards

AzLA President

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Volunteer Application Now Closed

Posted By Danielle Angerbauer, Friday, September 15, 2017

Thank you to everyone who applied to volunteer for the AzLA 2017 Conference.  At this time the volunteer application is closed.


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