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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!

Conference Theme

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.


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Time & Location

Friday, April 27, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

University of Arizona
Main Library
1510 E. University Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85721



Program Schedule

Program tracks:

 313A-314A  8:30-9:30 a.m. Check - In 
 313A-314A  9:30-11:00 a.m.


Title: Shhhh... Listen! Do You Hear The Sound ______?
Have you ever examined how stereotypes affect people's lives; how prejudice and discrimination impact our communities? How do these biases and cultural values influence our interactions with others? Understanding biases and cultural awareness are critical first steps towards improving our performance, however we cannot stop there. Awareness alone does not guarantee success, but the ultimate question is how to take that awareness and put it into action in order to ensure these biases do not influence judgments about others. This directly impacts the library's inclusive work environment and the strength of the corporate culture. Be the change and transform into a leader and follower for diversity, inclusion, equity and access.?

Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran is based in the Los Angeles area and is President and CEO of CulturalCo, LLC specializing in areas of cultural competency, diversity & inclusion, change management, conflict resolution, and emotional intelligence. Additionally, Dr. Villagran is a Lecturer with University of North Texas, and Coordinator for the University of North Texas Master of Library & Information Science programs. She is a certified advanced cultural intelligence and unconscious bias facilitator through the Cultural Intelligence Center (CQC), and Conflicts Dynamic Profile (CDP) consultant. Dr. Villagran has more than 20 years of experience including work in both the public and private sectors.Dr. Villagran earned her undergraduate degree in Management and International Business from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, her M.L.S. degree in Legal Informatics and her M.B.A. in Strategic Management from the University of North Texas. At Pepperdine University, she completed a Certificate in Dispute Resolution, her Masters of Dispute Resolution and her Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership with her dissertation focusing on cultural intelligence within law firm libraries.

 Science & Engineering Library  11:15-Noon iSpace Tour
The iSpace is a multidisciplinary learning community and collaborative makerspace where students are encouraged to use innovative technologies to re-envision their research. It makes available access to these technologies by providing workshops, learning resources, and in-person tech support while fostering an environment of safety, mutual respect, and support of other iSpace users. The iSpace is open to the campus and wider community and maintains a calendar that offers tech talks, workshops, Women Techmaker meetings, and more. 
 313A 11:15-Noon 


Taking the Lead: The Library’s Role in Fostering Diversity and Inclusion for the Academic Community

Established in the summer of 2016, the Diversity, Social Justice and Equity Council (DSJEC) is charged with developing a sustainable and holistic approach to advancing diversity and inclusion for the Libraries through internal programming and assessment, advisement to leadership, and campus and community outreach. The Council, comprised of 11 faculty and staff from across the Libraries, also strives to ensure that we offer a supportive environment for our users, where different social identities are embraced.
In addition to developing a resource guide of diversity and inclusion support resources for UA students and faculty, DSJEC has launched a number of initiatives and trainings that include: hosting workshops on implicit bias, allyship, and inclusive leadership; participating in campus inclusive excellence efforts; and completing an inventory of diversity at the Libraries as part of a larger assessment by the UA Office of Diversity and Inclusive Excellence.

Shawna Thompson, Ruby Nugent, Shelly Black, Jennifer Nichols
University of Arizona Library Diversity, Social Justice and Equity Council
University of Arizona, Tucson AZ

 314A 11:15-Noon 


¿Y ahora quién podrá ayudarnos?  Building Community, Strengthening Nuestras Raíces

Nuestras Raíces—which means our roots—is a committee of library staff that are passionate about providing excellent customer service and resource-sharing with the Latina/o and Spanish-speaking communities we serve. We work on providing services and culturally-relevant programming that highlights the cultural and linguistic treasures of our Latina/o and Spanish-speaking community throughout the year. Presentation will focus on the extensive programs and services Nuestras Raices provides in the community on a year round basis, the staff development opportunities created to boost advocacy and create allies within our staff, and showcasing our most recent grant work.

Marissa Alcorta &  Paulina Aguirre, Pima County Public Library

315A 11:15-Noon 


What Library History Can Tell Us about Information Access

The troubled history of library access is highlighted in this talk drawing on Cheryl Knott’s book, Not Free, Not for All: Public Libraries in the Age of Jim Crow (University of Massachusetts Press, 2015). Professor Knott will also discuss some new work by others documenting the role of libraries in the practice of racial segregation and will suggest some of the ways in which our current practices can be influenced by historical insights.

Cheryl Knott, Associate Professor University of Arizona School of Information

313-314A  Noon-1:15 p.m.  Lunch
 Outside 313A  1:15-2:00 p.m. UA Library Tour 
Join us for a brief tour of the Main library and learn about our upcoming plans for renovation as part of a new Student Success District. 
 313A  1:15-2:00 p.m.


You Too! Community Access and Engagement Through Assistive Technology

The You Too! project at Prescott Public Library provides mobile assistive technology for individuals who a have vision or hearing loss as well as training to use that technology. Working with community partners and volunteers, iPads loaded with various assistive apps and “Listen” hearing devices are imbedded in key centers across Prescott for education, access to information, civic and community engagement. The goal of the program is two-fold: to increase access and engagement for individuals who have a vision or hearing loss and to increase awareness and offer strategies to community organizations and business that serve these individuals.

Martha Baden, Library Manager, Public Services, Prescott Public Library

 314A 1:15-2:00 p.m. 


Serving our Community: Phoenix Public Library’s Efforts in Programming and Services to Underserved Populations
City Librarian Rita Hamilton and Adult Services Coordinator Jeriann Thacker will discuss Phoenix Public Library’s efforts to provide equitable access to information and services, as well as programming that highlights diverse perspectives and promotes inclusion.  This presentation will discuss programs and services for multiple age groups and target audiences.  Specific topics covered will include programs for families of children with special needs, partnerships with organizations focused on diversity and inclusion initiatives for teens, and adult programs serving former inmates, adults pursuing their GED, social work services and more.

Rita Hamilton, City Librarian, Phoenix Public Library
Jeriann Thacker, Adult Services Coordinator, Phoenix Public Library

 315A 1:15-2:00 p.m. 


Literacy Inclusion at Chandler Public Library
The Chandler Public Library will present on their ongoing Adult and Early Literacy programs, which attract a diverse community of learners.   Utilizing volunteer tutors,  on-line learning and wifi hotspots,  the programs are designed to improve the conversational speaking, listening, reading and writing skills of adults and the beginning literacy skills of children.   These efforts have been expanded through the Library's partnership with the City of Chandler Housing and Redevelopment Division. 

Mary Sagar -  Assistant Library Manager, Chandler Public Library
Kristain Johnston - Literacy Coordinator, Chandler Public Library
Deborah Moreno - Youth Supervisor, Chandler Sunset Library
Paul Smith - Senior Business Systems Support Specialist, Chandler Public Library

 313A 2:00-2:30 p.m.   Break
 Outside 313A 2:30-3:15 p.m.   UA Library Tour
Join us for a brief tour of the Main library and learn about our upcoming plans for renovation as part of a new Student Success District. 
313A 2:30-3:15 p.m. 


LEADing (Libraries Enabling Assistive Discovery) Technology: How Yuma Libraries are Revolutionizing Patron Services with Assistive Tech
Learn about how the Yuma County Library District utilized grant funds to provide individuals in their communities with assistive technologies to encourage library use and improve services.  Several of the assistive technologies discussed in the presentation will be demonstrated.

Hannah Stewart, Youth Services Manager for the Yuma County Library District

 314A 2:30-3:15 p.m. 


Diverse and Inclusive Young Adult Programs

The Young Adult Diversity Book Club at Red Mountain Library aims to provide a safe, inclusive space for all teens and young adults to discuss diverse books and real-life issues. Diverse representation in literature is important for everyone, but especially young people who are looking to find their place in the world. Monthly picks are chosen to reflect the inclusion of all races, gender identities, sexual orientations, physical and mental ability levels, and family situations.

Jeselyn Templin, Mesa Public Library, Red Mountain Branch

 315A 2:30-3:15 p.m.  YA Summit Committee Meeting
 Outside 313A  2:30-3:15 p.m. UA Library Tour 
Join us for a brief tour of the Main library and learn about our upcoming plans for renovation as part of a new Student Success District.
313A-314A  3:30-4:30 p.m. 

Closing Keynote

Considering Cultural Humility as a Framework for Libraries
Libraries and librarians spend much time and effort to support access by our diverse patrons and to diversify the profession, yet issues of equity and inclusion persist. The concept of cultural humility holds promise as a framework for libraries to address these issues. Cultural humility is a practice of: self-reflection on how one’s own background and expectations impact a situation; of openness to others’ determining the relevance of their own identities in any given situation; and of committing to redress the effects of power imbalances. Using cultural humility to frame examples of outreach initiatives and collection development at UNM, Sarah will share stories informed by her experience as a Native American librarian serving students in a majority minority state which includes her own tribal community.

Sarah Kostelecky, Assistant Professor/Education Librarian, College of University Libraries & Learning Sciences, University of New Mexico

  5:00 p.m.   Happy Hour



 Early Bird Registration - Until April 1
 AzLA Members  $50
 Non-members  $50
 After April 1
 AzLA Members  $60
 Non-members  $75
Meals included with registration




A limited number of $50 scholarships will be available which will cover the early bird rate.


Please email Gina Macaluso at your name and one sentence about need for a scholarship.

  • Register at the early bird rate by March 31 and select “Bill me”.
  • If not registered by Mar 31 at the early bird rate, you will need pay the price difference of $10.
  • You will be notified by April 7 if you qualify for a scholarship.
  • Scholarships for travel expenses will be considered by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records department. Visit:
    Deadline to apply for scholarships through the AZ State Library is April 1.

closes Wednesday, April 20 at 4:00 pm. Walk-in registration is available the day of the event.  Only cash or checks will be accepted for walk-in registration on April 27.


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