2022 AzLA Annual Conference is pleased to host our opening keynote speaker, Jamie LaRue. There will also be author presentations during the conference. More information coming soon!
Please click below for Speaker Bios
Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 9:00am- “Intentionally Transformational”
We know that libraries transform lives, themselves, and their communities. Often though, it’s an accident, a happy but unplanned result. What would it look like if we became transformational by design, if we adopted practices and systems that made transformation not just possible, but inevitable?
Jamie LaRue is the director of the Garfield County (Colorado) Public Library District. Author of "The New Inquisition: Understanding and Managing Intellectual Freedom Challenges," LaRue has been a public library administrator for many years, as well as a weekly newspaper columnist and cable TV host. From January of 2016 to November of 2018, he was director of the Freedom to Read Foundation, and ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom. He has written, spoken, and consulted extensively on intellectual freedom issues, leadership and organizational development, community engagement, and the future of libraries.
AzLA 2022 Pre-Conference is Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at the Prescott Resort & Conference Center.
Full Day Pre-conference- $75, 9am-3pm - STEM Learning Ecosystems
STEM Learning Ecosystems - $75, 9am-3pm, lunch is provided for attendees.
This full day Pre-Conference is presented by Kal Mannis. This workshop will help you to see where your library can support your local Learning Ecosystem. You don't have to lead it, but being a site partner can open doors for both your patrons and regional and national programs that need a local champion. We will be sharing national and statewide contacts; programs to support life long learners and classroom teachers; and pathways to find people in your neighborhood to help support STEM programs.
Context is everything. We will hear from education outreach organizers with AZ Association of Conservation Districts, Code.org, SciTech Institute, the Arizona Science Center, AZ Game & Fish, AZ State University's School of Earth & Space Exploration, and Local First Arizona. All will talk about programs that can be integrated into library programs.
Join us with expectations to become part of your larger community and leave with a working strategy on how to be part of a STEM Learning Ecosystem.
We will also explore some STEM program training available for your staff. This section will also include the initial roll out of an early childhood STEM kit set developed by the ASU Center for Informal Learning, NISENet, and the AZ Science Center with funding by NASA. Additional materials to show and play with include Kits for the Mission to Mars project (NASA), books by Project WILD, and community science with GLOBE. Attendees will be entered into a raffle for the early childhood kit set and training, the Mission to Mars kit set and training, and a set of Project WILD books.
This will be an active class with planning discussions with peers and mentors on developing, getting involved with, or adapting an existing learning Ecosystem towards STEM, as well as hands on/minds on work with several AZ STEM programs.
Kal grew up in south Florida and spent most of his youth between the Florida Keys, Miami, and Ocala. A rural advocate from early on, he has spent the last three decades working in formal and informal education and community research. With funding from the National Science Foundation, Kal and his team implemented a unique program that supported the development of STEM Learning Ecosystems in rural and remote Arizona communities. The study was to see if community-level organizing could impact STEM Identity and workforce opportunities. His work was of interest to a NASA team looking to broaden participation in rural and tribal communities and they have been funding efforts since 2021. In 2022, Kal continues his economic and learning development projects to help established, and new ecosystems throughout Arizona.
Libraries need staff who are conversant in intellectual freedom, in all departments and on all levels. This three-hour workshop is designed to give attendees a broad overview of intellectual freedom as the basis of library services and increase their comfort level when interacting with their community.
If you have ever found yourself explaining why we collect certain types of books, protecting a user’s privacy by asking the police for a subpoena, or finding creative ways to remove barriers to access, this is the session for you. The workshop is divided into three sections that provide a short information component followed by a small group breakout, where attendees will be led through scenarios. These “Practical & Everyday’s” are the focus of the workshop, when attendees will have the time to listen and work through real situations from libraries and come away with ideas and tools they can practically apply in their own libraries.
Tiffany Mautino is the Branch Manager of the South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library (MCPL). She is the Past-Chair for the Missouri Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) and is a founding member of MCPL’s IFC. Tiffany has presented the IF Workshop for her own library system, at annual conferences and has facilitated it for library systems around the country.
Colleen Norman is the Assistant Branch Manager of the North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library (MCPL). Colleen is the Chair-elect for the Missouri Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC). She has presented the Intellectual Freedom Workshop for her own library system, at annual conferences, and has facilitated it for library systems around the country and with Amigos Library Services since 2018.
Your friends at the STAR Library Network recently received funding to support state and public libraries for the 2023 annular solar eclipse and 2024 total solar eclipse. This half-day conference workshop will prepare and empower library staff to facilitate meaningful solar and space science programs for their patrons to build curiosity, knowledge, and inspiration in advance of these eclipses. Attendees will receive hands-on training on solar telescopes, low-cost methods of solar viewing, and interactive solar and space science programming. Attendees will also be able to sign up for free solar eclipse glasses to distribute to their communities in advance of both eclipses!
Brooks W. Mitchell is an Education Associate with the Space Science Institute, where he has helped lead professional development and resource creation efforts for NASA, NSF, and IMLS-funded projects since 2017. Brooks empowers library staff and other informal educators to better engage their patrons in STEAM content through workshops, presentations, papers, and more. He also combines his professional training in geoscience and communication and engagement skills to create patron-facing resources, such as exhibit pieces, interactive activities, online resources, and videos. He has an academic background in geology and geographic information systems (GIS).
Jessica works on project management, engagement, and content development at the Space Science Institute (SSI) in Boulder, Colorado. While at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific in San Francisco, she and her team earned a NASA award for collaborating on an innovative public engagement program, dramatically increasing NASA’s visibility in exoplanet exploration. Jessica has lived and professional experience in diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. Most recently, she and members of the STAR Net team at SSI presented on Fostering Belonging in Neurodiverse Teams as part of the Diversability Seminar for NASA’s Neurodiversity Network. Jessica loves to hike, swim, explore exciting food, and spend time with friends and family, including Frijolito the cat. She’s from El Paso, Texas and has lived in New York City, San Francisco, and Berkeley. She now lives in Boulder.
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