February 1, 2016

About

Conference Mission

Courtesy of Hilton El Conquistador

Courtesy of Hilton El Conquistador

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

By flickr user mousetrout under Creative Commons

By flickr user mousetrout under Creative Commons

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

Lucy's Warbler, Sabino Canyon, Tucson, Arizona by flickr user Henry T. McLin under Creative Commons

Lucy’s Warbler, Sabino Canyon, Tucson, Arizona by flickr user Henry T. McLin under Creative Commons

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).

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