Report on the Public Library Association Conference last March in Philadelphia.
Dan Stanton joined the SolarSPELL project to aid content curation for the SolarSPELL Library, then traveled to Rwanda to share these educational resources at schools with no electricity or internet.
The Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) is a national organization that works with community legal immigration programs, including at least four library systems. They provide training and help programs qualify as Department of Justice-recognized and accredited citizenship programs.
The 5th annual LibraryCon event was a success, bringing in many members of our local community united in their love of comics, anime, manga, and all things nerdy! LibraryCon is a fun-filled event that is planned continuously all year long. The library has many staff members and volunteers working during LibraryCon. It is a program with a small budget and a large impact! LibraryCon has become such a success that it won a NACo, or National Association of Counties, award in 2016.
Three things I learned from the 2017 AzLA Conference: 1. Feedback and input from your community/stakeholders is now non-negotiable. 2. Be authentic; allow yourself to be vulnerable. 3. Enjoy recognizing our peers.
Keliann LaConte and Hannah Stewart provided a session on low-budget space-themed programs, entitled “Out-of-this-World Programs on a Down-to-Earth Budget” at the Association for Rural and Small Libraries annual conference in St. George, Utah (September 2017).
Fortunately, I got the Horner fellowship and I could visit many libraries for two weeks. So, I got off the plane at Phoenix with expectation that I could learn many things from libraries in the United States.
I received a scholarship from the State of Arizona Library’s Continuing Education Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to attend the Electronic Resources and Libraries (ER&L) 12th annual conference. The conference was held April 2–5 at the AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. The meeting incorporated sessions that addressed electronic resources and technologies as related to licensing, collection development, organizational strategies, user experience, external relationships and emerging trends.
The week of May 1, Citizen Advocate Sandy Somers and AzLA Legislative Chair Kathy Husser traveled to Washington D.C. for National Library Legislative Day. The event focused on nationwide advocacy for our libraries and each state had representation present to meet with individual lawmakers to speak on ALA and Arizona’s library goals.