Building Strong Libraries Together

The Mission Statement of AzLA

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.

AzLA Accomplishments

  • Developed statewide materials purchasing contracts
  • Lobbied and obtained the end of use taxes on books
  • Provide continuing education credits for school librarians
  • Sponsor the Horner Fellowship
  • Provide regional forums to obtain statewide input to the association
  • Nominate young librarians to the Snowbird Leadership Institute

AzLA Statement Reaffirming Support and Affiliation with the American Library Association

The Arizona Library Association’s mission is to promote library service and librarianship in

libraries of all types in the state of Arizona. AzLA’s membership in the American Library

Association (ALA) supports our mission, and helps to expand our reach through advocacy,

grants, and networking opportunities.

Just like Arizona’s libraries meet a range of needs in our communities, the ALA meets a variety

of needs in our profession. The ALA is a membership organization inclusive of all types of

libraries and library workers, serves a national network connecting and supporting state

chapters, and accredits master’s degree programs for librarians.

Benefits to ALA membership include access to ALA’s standards for library services, continuing

education and professional development opportunities, community of practice and subject

matter experts, funding sources, grants, scholarships, and resources that help to underwrite the

delivery of programs and services for library users.

As a state chapter of the ALA, the Arizona Library Association has access to professional

support from staff members and divisions at ALA. The two organizations work in tandem to

support Arizona libraries by advocating for federal funding programs, guiding local librarians

through materials challenges, and providing grants and scholarships directly to Arizona


Over the past two years, libraries in Arizona have received over $1.9 million from ALA via

program grants, including $100,000 from ALA’s Library COVID Relief Fund. This support is in

addition to their advocacy for state-level funding from the federal government through the

Institute of Museum and Library Services’ (IMLS) grants to states.

The ALA is a non-partisan, non-profit membership organization that develops, promotes, and

improves library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance

learning and ensure access to information for all. The Arizona Library Association is proud to be

a state chapter of the ALA, and stands in solidarity with its members and its mission.

Professional Development Webinar Series

Title: The Art of Saying No: The positive aspects of a negative answer

Date: Thursday, February 8, 2024

Time: 1 - 2pm

Registration Link: 

Program Description:

We all like to be positive, and do everything we can to assist our patrons, but sometimes, we need to set boundaries, enforce rules and just say NO.  Erin will review how to be pleasant while you stand your ground, and provide some customer service tips to make being negative a more positive experience for you and your patrons. Participants will leave with a toolkit of mindsets and techniques for saying no to patrons in a public library / customer service setting and will better understand why sometimes the best thing you can do is say NO.

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Two Solar Eclipses Coming to North America!

Two Solar Eclipses Coming to North America!

Annular Eclipse, Saturday, October 14, 2023

Total Eclipse, Monday, April 8, 2024

Thanks to a generous grant from the Betty and Gordon Moore foundation, the STAR Library Network will support state and public libraries for the 2023 annular solar eclipse and 2024 total solar eclipse by providing solar eclipse glasses, solar science kits, and in-person and virtual training. (read more...)

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