eBooks from the Arizona State Library
February 10 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm MST
Time to come up to speed with the Arizona State Library and ebooks! The State Library has two projects of which every library should be aware. Reading Arizona is available to every resident in the state and focuses on ebook and audiobook titles that are thematically linked to Arizona. They can be set in Arizona or about the state’s history, culture, or government. New titles are added all the time. Find out what you’ve missed! The second project combines the State Library, the SimplyE app, and the DPLA Exchange collection. A pilot project, the State Library is creating an ebook collection using the DPLA Exchange, a marketplace for libraries to purchase ebook and audiobook titles run by the nonprofit Digital Public Library of America. These titles are available to patrons of the pilot libraries through the open-source SimplyE app hosted by Amigos Library Services. Find out how the pilot went, what the libraries are thinking about it, and what the State Library’s next steps might be.
Christine Peterson has been involved in both technology and libraries throughout her career. Currently, she serves as the SimplyE Manager for Amigos Library Services, but has also been a technology trainer. Previously, Christine worked for the Texas State Library & Archives Commission, teaching and consulting in the many areas of library technology.
Megan Hammond is the Research Library Administrator at the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records. She has worked for more than 20 years in libraries, including as a Library Specialist with the Yavapai County Free Library District, and as Adult Services librarian at the Prescott Valley Public Library. She has been at the State Library for 5 years. She lives in Surprise, Arizona with her husband, children, and dogs.
Mary Villegas has a Bachelor of Science in Finance (Arizona State University), and a Juris Doctor (Arizona State University). She has been involved in the telecommunications industry for over 9 years and has worked for several local telecommunications companies including one owned and operated by a Tribal community in eastern Arizona. has also worked with the Arizona Commission of Indian Affairs as a Business development representative and taught Indian Law at a local community college. She has been with the State Library for over 15 years and she currently manages the State Library’s databases and provides outreach and support for tribal libraries. In her spare time, Mary enjoys gardening, cooking, and bike riding.
Melanie Toledo has been the Library Manager of the Ak-Chin Indian Community Library since 2008. The Ak-Chin Library was a recipient of the 2013 Guardians of Culture and Lifeways: Library Institutional Excellence Award (from the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums). The Ak-Chin Indian Community is located 36 miles south of Phoenix in the northwestern corner of Pinal County within the Santa Cruz Valley of south-central Arizona. The Ak-Chin Indian Community consists of the Tohono O’odham people and the Gila River Pimas. There are currently 1,100 enrolled Ak-Chin members and the languages spoken in the community are English and Tohono O’odham. Melanie received her MA in Information Resources and Library Science from the University of Arizona (UA) and her BA in History and Minor in Ethnic Studies from Arizona State University. She was in the inaugural Knowledge River class at the School of Information Resources and Library Science. Knowledge River was a program initially started to recruit Hispanic and Native American librarians. Melanie is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation (Diné) from Low Mountain, Arizona; she is Táchii’níí clan, born of the Tánéészahníí clan. She is currently the co-chair of the Gathering of Arizona Tribal Libraries and the Arizona Library Association’s Native American Library Interest Group.
This webinar is sponsored by Emporia State University’s School of Library and Information Management: http://www.emporia.edu/slim.