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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

Professional Development Webinar Series

Title: Law4AZ: Empowering public libraries through legal reference training

Date: Thursday, July 11, 2024

Time: 1 - 2pm

Registration Link:

Program Description:

Participants will: 

  • Understand the access to justice gap & how public libraries can help. 

  • Glimpse the opportunity to meet your new professional network, brainstorm the possibilities of building partnerships in your community, find legal information, & adopt "hip pocket phrases" for legal reference interviews. 

  • Learn how to join a Law4Az learning group.


Martha McConnell, Law Librarian, State of Arizona Research Library

Martha McConnell has been the law librarian at the State of Arizona Research Library for 6 years, where she answers reference questions asked by state employees, researchers, and the public. She conducts research workshops for state agencies and writes on the unique resources of the state research library. 

Gretchen Hornberger, Law Librarian, Coconino County Law Library

Gretchen Hornberger has been a law librarian at Coconino County Law Library for 23 years, where on a daily basis she assists her library users to access the legal information they need. A leader in designing the Law4AZ program, she conducts presentations to the Arizona judiciary and at national conferences describing the access to justice gap and the Law4AZ program.

Kathryn Bruno, Assistant Librarian, Pima County Law Library & Resource Center

Kathryn Bruno has worked in libraries for 8 years. Her current responsibilities at the Pima County Law Library and Resource Center include assisting library users, legal reference, fulfilling requests from incarcerated individuals, maintenance of the resources of the law library, and collaboration and communication with all of the courts in the county system. As an experienced and skilled moderator for the Law4AZ facilitated sessions, she troubleshoots technical issues, keeps the agendas on track and makes sure everyone's contributions are heard. 

Hannah Verdin, Law Librarian, Maricopa County Law Library Resource Center

Hannah Verdin has worked in libraries, from the Phoenix Symphony Library and public libraries to the Maricopa County Law Library Resource Center, for 18 years. As a law librarian, she assists library users to navigate the court system and locate legal information to address the legal issues they face. Her skill in guiding discussions while conscientiously including all participants and her willingness to contribute have made her an invaluable member of the Law4AZ team. 

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