- Summer Library Institute - professional development training for public library staff who do not have a Master's degree in Library Science and who work in predominantly rural areas of the state.
- Leadership Institute – professional development training for library staff with a minimum of 3-5 years of progressively responsible library experience.
- Library Practitioner Certification - certification opportunity for library practitioners who do not have a degree in library science and would like recognition for participation in professional development.
- Scholarships - scholarship information for full-time employees in Arizona seeking aid to attend continuing education events.
- University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science (SIRLS) - undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs in library science, digital information, and related subjects.
- Early Literacy Mentoring Program - We are actively seeking recommendations for Early Literacy Mentors to participate in the next cohort of the Early Literacy Mentoring program. The timeframe for the 3rd cohort will be November 2016 – April 2017.
The purpose of the State Library’s Early Literacy Mentoring Program is to expand the capacity of Arizona library staff and to create strong early literacy leaders, which was one of the goals determined as a high priority at the 2014 Arizona Library Leaders’ Summit.
Mentoring is an effective process to develop and retain existing staff by helping participants explore resources for self-development, learn new skills such as collaboration and communication and add to their early literacy knowledge.
What are the benefits received by mentors?
Personal satisfaction in sharing your career experience, knowledge, and skills
Opportunity to reflect on your own practices
Greater understanding of other library organizations and library roles
Develop interpersonal communication and leadership skills
Access to WebJunction’s self-paced online library courses is now available and free to all library staff members. Simply create an account at http://learn.webjunction.org and then explore the catalog of library-focused courses and archived webinars. Certificates of completion will be available to you for any of the courses or archived webinars you complete from the catalog.
The Arizona State Library through a cooperative effort with WebJunction has provided 24X7 access to a catalog of self-paced courses through SkillSoft. The approximately 450 courses and over 4,000 short instructional videos cover:
- Communication & Interpersonal Skills
- Customer Service
- Desktop Software Skills
- Technology Skills
To request an account, go to http://webjunction.skillport.com. Click on the Register link near the bottom of the page. Complete all fields of the registration form, making sure to select your correct State Library Sponsor. When you submit the form, you will receive an email acknowledgment of your request. Within 2 working days, you will receive an activation notice regarding your account.