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Making Connections: November 18th – 20th, 2015

Hotel Weatherford and the Orpheum Theater in Downtown Flagstaff

Downtown Flagstaff. Courtesy of Luca Galuzzi, under a Creative Commons license.

This year’s conference theme is Making Connections. The library profession is all about making connections. Library professionals enrich their knowledge base and enhance services by networking with librarians from other institutions. Libraries create new opportunities by collaborating with organizations within their communities. There are the connections technology has enabled, with social media tools increasing options for programming and promotion alike! Finally, there are the daily connections made between staff and patrons, between instructional specialists and students, which form the basis of library service.

Conference Mission

The AzLA Annual Conference is directed toward library and information professionals throughout the state of Arizona. This includes staff at public libraries, university libraries, school libraries, and special libraries. Continuing education certificates are available for education professionals who attend.

The conference supports AzLA’s mission to “look after the general welfare of library work and workers in Arizona, to advance the education advantages of the state through libraries, and to promote general interest in library extension [traveling libraries].” Since its establishment, the Association’s basic mission has remained the same: to promote and improve library service and librarianship in Arizona.

A Brief History of AzLA

Arizona Library Association (AzLA) began in 1926, when Estelle Lutrell and State Librarian Con Cronin recognized the need for a strong association of librarians to improve Arizona libraries. The mission of the fledgling group was to “look after the general welfare of library work and workers in Arizona, to advance the education advantages of the state through libraries, and to promote general interest in library extension [traveling libraries].” From a beginning of 23 members, AzLA has grown to approximately 1,000 strong. Since its establishment, the Association’s basic mission has remained the same: to promote and improve library service and librarianship in Arizona

AzLA Mission Statement

The mission of the Arizona Library Association shall be to promote library service and librarianship in libraries of all types in the state of Arizona.

Programs fall into tracks: Leadership & Staff Development; Children and Young Adults; Information Literacy & Teaching; User Services; Technology & Tech Services; and Library Outreaching, Marketing, and Advocacy. This year’s conference theme is “Making Connections,” with a focus on the ways library and information professionals make connections (between libraries and schools, between libraries and community entities, and so on).