AZLA Annual Conference

2018 Program Book

2018 AzLA Conference: Libraries Transform Because Access Equals Opportunity

Libraries Transform Because Access Equals Opportunity Libraries are America’s Most Democratic Institutions. Libraries ensure people have access to information and lifelong learning regardless of age, education, ethnicity, gender, language, income, physical limitations or geographic barriers. Libraries strengthen communities and help create a more literate and just society. With over 17,000 library buildings and bookmobiles (some of which serve as mobile Internet access points) in communities, public libraries are essential community institutions that deliver the resources their communities need to thrive.Take the next step: What can you do to help spread the word about the important role of libraries in people’s lives?

2018 Conference Committee:

Conference Co-Chairs: Christine Dykgraaf and Erin Lorandos

Conference Program Co-Chairs: Natalie Menges and Rob Wilson


  • Leadership & Staff Development – Explore leadership, management, and organizational/career development issues, trends, and best practices
  • Children & Young Adults – Share exciting, practical, and theoretical ideas and information about serving children and young adults
  • Information Literacy & Teaching – Focus on instruction techniques, theory, information literacy, and classroom trends and topics
  • User Services – Explore collection development topics, new trends in designing user spaces, and improving public services
  • Technology & Tech Services – Explore ideas and information about digital library issues, metadata standards, and hot new technology trends
  • Library Outreach, Marketing and Advocacy – Teach others how to create partnerships, be aware of legislative issues, advocate for libraries, and utilize new marketing techniques and ideas

Conference Mission:

The 2018 AzLA Annual Conference is aimed at transformation from within. Staff are the foundation upon which our libraries are built. Investing in the development of staff strengths and skills in an effort to boost their confidence and productivity is key to igniting the transformations our libraries are so keen to make in the 21st century. Turning meaningful conversations with community members into new programs and experiences that meet their needs begins with a helpful library worker receiving the needed support to try new things and take risks to accomplish goals. This conference is about empowering yourselves and your staff to be the change-makers in our communities as we work together to transform our libraries.

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We look forward to seeing you at AzLA 2018!

Rob Wilson and Natalie Menges, Co-Chairs, AzLA 2018 Program Subcommittee