Upcoming Continuing Education Opportunities

September 2019

Leap into Science Workshop

Leap into Science is a nationwide program developed by The Franklin Institute Science Museum that integrates open-ended science activities with children’s books, designed for children ages 3-10 and their families.

Arizona Library Managers and Supervisors Cohort

Join other Arizona library staff to learn the ins-and-outs of public library management! Apply now to be part of the Arizona Library Managers and Supervisors Cohort- Be a Great Boss. Applications can be found on the CE webpage. Completed applications can be emailed to Ann Marie Creegan at acreegan@azlibrary.gov by September 20, 2019.

Library Safety and Security Training by Dr. Steve Albrecht

Dr. Steve Albrecht has trained thousands of library employees on the do’s and don’ts of handling challenging, entitled, odd, or even threatening patrons, including the homeless, mentally ill, drug users, gang members, thieves, Internet hogs, and others who want to disrupt the library.

October 2019

Reimagining School Readiness

The Reimagining School Readiness Toolkit is a suite of research-backed resources created for library staff to help families prepare children ages 0 to 8 for success in school and in life. Through an interactive presentation with hands-on activities, this training will introduce library staff to the research, practical implications, and resources offered in the toolkit, which is available in its entirety for free online.

Above and Beyond: Developing a Culture of Organizational Citizenship and Organizational Health

This interactive workshop, presented by Rachel Rubin, is aimed at all library staff members looking to be part of a healthy and effective workplace that encourages each other to succeed. Participants will leave with a clearer understanding of what a healthy organization is and how everyone can contribute to creating and sustaining a positive organizational culture no matter their role.

Mental Health First Aid Training

Arizona State Library will be offering Youth Mental Health First Aid training to library staff. It will be taught by certified professional instructors from Southwest Behavioral & Health Services. Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to train people that work with youth and caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.

November 2019

AzLA Annual Conference

This year’s theme is Strong, Sustainable Communities.

    • November 7-9, 2019 Tucson Convention Center, Tucson, AZ
    • November 9 will be a half-day of workshops at the Flowing Wells Library in Tucson geared toward school and public librarians (PK-12 grade).

December 2019

Whole Person Librarianship - Sara Zettervall

The techniques used in a Whole Person Librarianship approach bolster library staff skills in areas of mental health, self-care, and understanding and working with patrons in crisis, and more. Participants will gain new perspectives on service that they can apply in their library work.

January 2020

Early Literacy Summit

Through a collaboration with the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records and the Arizona Library Association, this three-day summit will provide opportunities for Arizona’s Early Literacy professionals that serve ages 0-5 to network and learn from experts and each other.

What’s New in YA Literature?

This fast-paced day will be presented by Shauna Yusko and filled with great, new books, innovative and creative ideas, enthusiasm, exciting curriculum connections, and news about authors that are all too good for young adults to miss.

RIPL Regional

Up to 50 participants will engage in two days of hands-on, intensive workshops and will walk away with tools for evaluation, confidence in building research into their activities, and a network of colleagues for future learning and success in January. More information will be coming soon.

February 2020

What’s New in Children’s Literature?

Shauna Yusko will share the best, new children’s books from this past year.

PLA 2020 Nashville

PLA 2020 Conference is sure to leave you with the knowledge, confidence, resources, support, and inspiration to bring change back to your library