President’s Message

By Gina Macaluso

Following is a Voicethread presentation by Gina Macaluso.

AzLA Members!

Let’s begin with some good news.

Thank you to Erin MacFarlane for relaying some good news on the legislature front. Jean Kilker and the lobbyist Jessica Rainbow met with the Senate Appropriations Chair, Senator Kavanagh, to discuss including teacher librarians in the Governor’s 1% teacher salary increase. They reported it was a very positive meeting and Senator Kavanagh agreed there is a fairness issue to not including them. Jessica shared that we were working on scheduling a meeting with the Governor’s office and he agreed that we need to see where they were on the issue first. He likely does not want to get out in front of the Governor’s office on this issue, but whatever their reaction may be, Jessica thinks Senator Kavanagh will be helpful to us, if not this year, then the next.

Regional Forum Update

The Regional Forum is set for Friday, April 27, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in Tucson, Arizona, on the University of Arizona campus.

The Forum will feature discussions on equity, diversity, inclusion, and access, from academic and public librarians from around the state of Arizona.

  • Representatives from Pima County PL, Phoenix PL, UA Libraries, UA School of Information, Prescott PL, Chandler PL, Yuma PL, and Mesa PL
  • Tours of the UA Libraries and the iSpace located in the Science-Engineering Library.
  • Planning session for the 2019 Young Adult Summit.
  • Keynote speakers will open and close our day of learning around the theme of Libraries Transform Because Access Equal Opportunity.
  • End of the day happy hour to relax and refresh with colleagues and friends


  • Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records
  • Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • University of Arizona School of Information Knowledge River Program

Registration Costs

  • $50 early bird registration until April 1. A limited number of $50 scholarships will be available which will cover the early bird rate. Please email Gina Macaluso ([email protected]) your name and one sentence about need for a scholarship. Please register at the early bird rate by March 31 and select “Bill me”. If not registered by Mar 31, you will need pay the $10 after April 1 price difference. 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.
  • $60 after April 1.
  • $75 non-members.
  • AzLA members receive a $25 discount on regional forum registration fees and $100 discount on annual conference registration fees.
  • Registration fees includes lunch.
  • Online registration 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.

The contract for the 2018 Annual Conference with Mesa Convention Center has been signed. While we are scheduled for a scaled down two-day conference on Oct. 25th and 26th, we still plan an amazing opportunity for you to learn, share, and network with colleagues from around the state on our themes of equity, diversity, inclusion, and access. The conference committee will be gearing up to invite proposals, authors, and vendors.

We do have a member donation drive happening. We have raised $300 to date and are continuing to take donations. We are hoping to raise $5,000 by the end of this year.

And remember, Libraries Transform Because Access Equals Opportunity.

Gina Macaluso
President, AzLA

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