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    • Monday, August 01, 2022
    • Tuesday, November 01, 2022
    • 2:40 PM

    The Arizona Library Association invites you to the 2022 AzLA Annual Conference at the Prescott Resort & Convention Center in beautiful Prescott, Arizona. All vendor logos will be posted in our online program book.

    AzLA supports libraries and librarians across the state. Each year AzLA provides its members with an excellent occasion for networking and education at the annual conference.

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    • Thursday, September 08, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Registration Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0gtERZF2SKW_ZnvS1dl8uw

    Program Description:

    Acting as intermediaries between academia and Indigenous communities, Indigenous library staff serve as a bridge between Western and Indigenous epistemologies. They help Indigenous learners connect “book smarts'' with Indigenous ways of knowing. As exemplified by the Arizona State University (ASU) Library’s Labriola National American Indian Data Center, library centers and programs led by Indigenous staff make libraries and archives more accessible to Indigenous populations. In this presentation, Labriola Director Alex Soto (Tohono O’odham) and Labriola student librarians/archivists Lourdes Pereira (Hia-Ced O’odham/Yoeme) and Elizabeth Quiroga (Tohono O’odham) will share how culturally-informed library/archive services can support retention, academic success, community engagement, and creative outlets for Indigenous college students.

    Presenters will detail how Indigenous librarianship empowers Indigenous Peoples in the pursuit of survivance through support of individual research and scholarship, and collective cultural expression, memory-keeping, and community learning.


    Alexander Soto (Tohono O’odham) is the Director of the Labriola National American Indian Data Center at ASU Library. Under his leadership, the Labriola Center has implemented culturally informed  research support services and has Indigenized ASU’s community-driven archives initiative for tribal communities. Alex’s journey to librarianship comes after years of success as a touring hip-hop musician/educator and activist. Alex co-authored ASU Library’s first land acknowledgement statement. He received his M.A. in Library and Information Science from the University of Arizona and received his B.S. in American Indian Studies from Arizona State University.

    Lourdes Pereira (Hia-Ced O’odham/Yoeme) is a senior at ASU, a student archivist at the Labriola National American Indian Data Center, and community archivist for the Hia-Ced O’odham LLC. She is majoring in Justice Studies and American Indian Studies. Lourdes is a fierce advocate for Indigenous intellectual property rights and plans to attend law school to support Indigenous communities in asserting control over their cultural material. She views community-driven archives as a source of empowerment for Indigenous communities.

    Elizabeth Quiroga is a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation from Cukut Kuk District. She is a senior at ASU majoring in American Indian Studies. Elizabeth is a student archivist at the Labriola National American Indian Data Center. She manages Labriola’s social media platforms, assists in developing new community events, and hosting ongoing Labriola events. She is passionate about working with tribal communities, especially O’odham communities.
    • Wednesday, October 26, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Prescott Resort and Conference Center
    • 75

    STEM Learning Ecosystems with Kal Mannis

    This workshop will help you to see where your library can support your local Learning Ecosystem. You don't  have to lead it, but being a site partner can open doors for both your patrons and regional and national programs that need a local champion. We will be sharing national and statewide contacts; programs to support life long learners and classroom teachers; and pathways to find people in your neighborhood to help support STEM programs. 

    Context is everything. We will hear from education outreach organizers with AZ Association of Conservation Districts, Code.org, SciTech Institute, the Arizona Science Center, AZ Game & Fish, AZ State University's School of Earth & Space Exploration, and Local First Arizona. All will talk about programs that can be integrated into library programs.

    Join us with expectations to become part of your larger community and leave with a working strategy on how to be part of a STEM Learning Ecosystem.

    We will also explore some STEM program training available for your staff. This section will also include the initial roll out of an early childhood STEM kit set developed by the ASU Center for Informal Learning, NISENet, and the AZ Science Center with funding by NASA. Additional materials to show and play with include Kits for the Mission to Mars project (NASA), books by Project WILD, and community science with GLOBE. Attendees will be entered into a raffle for the early childhood kit set and training, the Mission to Mars kit set and training, and a set of Project WILD books.

    This will be an active class with planning discussions with peers and mentors on developing, getting involved with, or adapting an existing learning Ecosystem towards STEM, as well as hands on/minds on work with several AZ STEM programs.

    • Wednesday, October 26, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Prescott Resort and Conference Center
    • 39

    Access Challenged? Intellectual Freedom Workshop with Tiffany Mautino & Colleen Norman

    Libraries need staff who are conversant in intellectual freedom, in all departments and on all levels. This three-hour workshop is designed to give attendees a broad overview of intellectual freedom as the basis of library services and increase their comfort level when interacting with their community.  

    If you have ever found yourself explaining why we collect certain types of books, protecting a user’s privacy by asking the police for a subpoena, or finding creative ways to remove barriers to access, this is the session for you. The workshop is divided into three sections that provide a short information component followed by a small group breakout, where attendees will be led through scenarios. These “Practical & Everyday's” are the focus of the workshop, when attendees will have the time to listen and work through real situations from libraries and come away with ideas and tools they can practically apply in their own libraries.

    • Wednesday, October 26, 2022
    • 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Prescott Resort and Conference Center
    • 39

    Do Look Up! Upcoming Eclipses 2023/24 with Brooks Mitchell & Jessica Santascoy

    Your friends at the STAR Library Network recently received funding to support state and public libraries for the 2023 annular solar eclipse and 2024 total solar eclipse. This half-day conference workshop will prepare and empower library staff to facilitate meaningful solar and space science programs for their patrons to build curiosity, knowledge, and inspiration in advance of these eclipses. Attendees will receive hands-on training on solar telescopes, low-cost methods of solar viewing, and interactive solar and space science programming. Attendees will also be able to sign up for free solar eclipse glasses to distribute to their communities in advance of both eclipses!

    • Wednesday, October 26, 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • Friday, October 28, 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • Prescott Resort and Conference Center


    2022 Annual Conference

    Registration opens August 1, 2022

    When: October 27-28, 2022 *

    Where: Prescott Resort and Conference Center, Prescott, AZ

    This year’s conference theme is It's A New Day. The library profession is all about making connections. Library professionals enrich their knowledge base and enhance services by networking with librarians from other institutions. Libraries create new opportunities by collaborating with organizations within their communities. There are the connections technology has enabled, with social media tools increasing options for programming and promotion alike! Finally, there are the daily connections made between staff and patrons, between instructional specialists and students, which form the basis of library service.

Past events

Friday, August 12, 2022 Monthly AzLA Board Meeting
Thursday, August 11, 2022 Patents and Trademarks 101: What Library Staff Need to Know

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