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2016 Regional Forum


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!

This Forum will feature sessions on mentoring, employment resources for library customers, business partnerships, a tour of the Vista Grande Library Makerspace, and a 2017 Young Adult Summit workshop.


Thursday, April 21
8:30 - 4:30 pm
at the Vista Grande Library in Casa Grande, Arizona

View a map and register on our events calendar.


Subject to adjustments


8:30 - 9:30 am: Arrival
Continental breakfast will be served, including muffins, bagels, yogurt, juice and coffee.

Morning Session

9:00 - 10:00 am: Joyce Abbott, Mentorship Program

AzLA’s Mentorship Program provides professional mentoring to students, new professionals, and practicing librarians anticipating and/or entering a new phase in their career. As a mentee, you will be partnered with an experienced person according to your needs and areas of interest. Mentoring kickoff takes place as part of Regional Forum,. Where you’ll meet your mentor or mentee and connect over lunch. This program is available for current AzLA members and you can sign up as a mentor or a mentee.

10:15 - 11:00 am: Partnerships - Matt Lemberg, Boys & Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Club of Casa Grande thrives on community partnerships. Recently the Casa Grande Public Library and the Boys & Girls Club embarked on a new partnership to serve teens afterschool at the Vista Grande Library. Director, Matt Lemberg, will share tips for finding partners who share your mission, strengthening existing community partnerships, and using those partnerships to maximize your library’s impact.

10:15 - 12:00 pm: YA Summit Workshop - Computer Lab

Libraries are increasingly finding a need to reach out to the young adult community. Libraries are transforming from places that were once just a stop on the way home into community destinations. The young adult community requires a place free from judgment where they can be themselves, and the libraries are transforming into a place where they can safely gather for fun, education, and companionship. At the YA Summit, learn how to tap into one of your richest, yet mostly underserved, undiscovered resources: Teenagers!

Library staff who work with teens, whether in a public library setting or a high school setting, have a passion for what they do. But we can’t do it alone! How are you transforming your teens, your library, and your community? How can we engage teens to transform their lives? Come to share and learn.

The YA Summit will be take place in 3 stages:  A planning workshop at the Regional Forum; a pre-Summit at AzLA Conference in November; and the YA Summit planned for January 2017.  The January YA Summit will be a two-day event geared specifically toward teen and school librarians with the intent to unite and connect Arizona library staff who work with young adults.

The YA Summit may be attended virtually, for those unable to travel to Casa Grande. Use the following login information to participate using a computer, tablet, or phone:

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM MST
Phone: +1 (408) 650-3123 Access Code: 180-296-549

11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Tour of Vista Grande Library’s Makerspace

With the help of LSTA funds, the Vista Grande Library opened their new Makerspace in January to be used for arts, science and technology. Library staff turned a very small, underutilized computer lab into a more open and flexible learning lab. In addition to regularly scheduled classes such as wood carving, flower pressing, and teen crafts, the space is open to public for other uses. Take a tour and try out some of the gadgetry for yourself and learn how library users have embraced this new, creative library service.

Afternoon Session

12:00 - 1:00 pm: Lunch
Catered by Foxtrot Café
1:00 - 3:00 pm: Michelle Simon, Pima County, Job Help in a Box, employment resources for libraries

Every day, over 300,000 people use library resources for their job-seeking activities. Public libraries, regardless of size and budget, strive to provide assistance to these individuals. Some customers need dedicated, one-on-one assistance, while others can be self-directed. Often times, these individuals struggle with the advances in technology and may not know how to type, use a mouse, or fill out an online application.

Job Help in a Box will provide your library with a scalable model for providing Job Help services. Library staff will be empowered to assist patrons with career development activities, that can be challenging for even the most computer savvy individuals, using the tools available in the “box.” The tools can be tailored to meet the needs of your unique community. Participants will have access to electronic copies of the templates, tools, and resources presented during the session.

3:00 - 4:00 pm: Bob Shogren, AmeriCorps Director, Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith, and Family

This session will interactively engage participants in exploring how best to leverage community partnerships to support the broad objective of shifting the perception of libraries from “obsolete” or “nice to have” to essential for the ALA Libraries Transform™ initiative. This session will explore relevant themes and other important lessons learned that will help to shape the practical implementation of this new initiative.

Bob Shogren currently works in the Arizona Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family, serving as the AmeriCorps Director. Bob also serves on the board of the national association, America’s Service Commissions and chairs the Membership Committee.


Registration is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Registration fees include a continental breakfast and catered lunch.

Online registration closes Wednesday, April 20 at 4:00 pm. Walk-in registration is available the day of the event.


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