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State Librarian

Ms. Joan Clark
State Librarian
Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records
1700 West Washington, Room 200
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602/926-4035
Fax: 602/256-7983

State library website:

photo of Arizona State Librarian“Learners are at the center of all of our initiatives, as we dedicate our efforts towards lifelong learning and literacy. Our libraries have become community anchors that address diverse needs, including employment and economic development, civic engagement, and human services. We’ll be there to lead and support these efforts.”

--Joan Clark, State Librarian, Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records

Read the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records Interview with IMLS.


The Grants to States Program

The Grants to States Program is the largest grant program run by IMLS; it provides funds to State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAAs) using a population-based formula set by the law. SLAAs determine goals and objectives for the funds in their statutorily required five-year plan (see below). For more information, see the Grants to States program overview.


Recent Allotments

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
$3,622,429 $3,324,148 $3,250,835 $3,024,120 $3,152,086

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Project Examples

Techno Innovations
With the guidance of two technology trainers, the Chandler Public Library’s staff and patrons learned what was available through the Phoenix Digital Library and how to access its offerings using a variety of electronic devices. Specifically, the state library facilitated a total of 79 public classes in which patrons learned how to download software needed for e-books, how to navigate the digital library, how to download e-books onto their computers and portable e-readers, and how to access and utilize information from the statewide online databases. In addition, classes were held at all 15 Chandler libraries to train 62 public service staff members in the same techniques, with an emphasis on how best to teach the same to patrons who come in for help. The project was extremely well-received for its thoroughness and step-by-step teaching approach. This will serve as a working model for other libraries that plan to offer e-book and database instruction.
IMLS Funds: $25,000

Youth Multimedia Curriculum
Pima County Public Library (PCPL) hired professionals to teach digital media classes, including digital photography, videography, television production, animation, sound production, screen printing, web design, logo design, and online magazine production for middle- and high-school students. A total of 31 different workshops were held at nine library locations. PCPL partnered with individuals and institutions to provide learning opportunities that gave students the benefits of increased media literacy, positive relationships with professional mentors in the fields of media and technology, increased access and opportunity to create original media, and increased digital media skills. Eight teens who had completed the program successfully were hired to teach ten summer classes.  This gave the new teachers valuable skills in troubleshooting, mentoring, and teaching in a collaborative, creative setting.
IMLS Funds: $80,000

Other project(s) featured through IMLS media include:

Search the Awarded Grants Database for additional details about awards in this state.


Five-Year Plan

Each state creates a 5-year plan for its programs to strengthen the efficiency, reach, and effectiveness of library services. Click here to read Arizona's 5-year plan for 2013-2017 (PDF, 219KB). View all states' plans.


Five-Year Plan Highlights

Lifelong Learning


  • Provide model programs, resources and marketing materials to help Arizona libraries support lifelong learning and literacy. Activities include, but are not limited to the Every Child Ready to Read program and other early literacy initiatives, summer library reading programs, OneBookAZ, information literacy, and programming for adults.
  • Offer subgrants to public, tribal, school, special and academic libraries to support lifelong learning and literacy for Arizona residents.

Information Access

General Services and Initiatives

  • Offer subgrants to public, tribal, school, special and academic libraries to support targeted collection development.

Access to E-Resources

  • Provide access to e-books, statewide databases of periodical and reference resources, and historic Arizona newspapers.

Interlibrary Loans

  • Support and evaluate our interlibrary loan services.


  • Continue to support the growth of the Arizona Memory Project.

Economic and Employment Development

Job Seekers

  • Provide model programs, resources and marketing materials to help Arizona libraries support job seekers.
  • Provide e-resources and print materials for residents seeking job assistance and training programs.
  • Offer subgrants to public, tribal, school, special and academic libraries to support efforts related to employment and economic development.

Business Resources

  • Provide information resources needed in the business community.
  • Offer subgrants to public, tribal, school, special and academic libraries to support efforts related to economic development.

Institutional Capacity

Continuing Education

  • Provide consulting services on both a formal and informal basis to all public, tribal and non-profit libraries in Arizona. Activities include regular meetings with county librarians, as well as other library leaders and staff, visits with library staff both onsite and in the state library offices, tribal library outreach, regular electronic and telephone communication with the greater library community, and strategic planning support for public and tribal libraries.
  • Provide continuing education opportunities for all library staff, students, volunteers and support groups. Activities include speaker events; workshops and conferences; our Library Institute, both in-person and virtually; our Library Leadership Program; an online learning tool for library staff; individual scholarships for training opportunities; and support of a statewide library certification program.
  • Continue to provide support that will allow our library staff throughout the state to develop their skills and knowledge. Activities include conference attendance, training events, and enrollment in college-level library classes or a program leading to certification.

Marketing and Market Research

  • Provide resources and marketing materials to expand and promote collections for Arizona libraries and residents across the state, and embrace new technologies to deliver those resources.
  • Support research and the dissemination of that research about Arizona’s libraries. Activities include gathering Arizona public library statistics; the dissemination of best practices, especially of exemplary programs; training and other support to build an evaluation culture within the state library and across Arizona libraries.


  • Continue to build both formal and informal partnerships and collaborations with other state agencies, educational and non-profit organization and library educators to strengthen library services and programs across the state.

Civic Engagement


  • Support the development of and help promote individual programs or series that address community topics of interest, either as presentations or discussions.
  • Offer subgrants to public, tribal, school, special and academic libraries to support efforts related to civic and community engagement.

Access to Government Information

  • Offer access to governmental information and documents.

Human Services

Special Services for Special Needs

  • Provide access to the Braille and Talking Book Library for Arizona residents who need these resources.

Health and Social Services Information

  • Continue to support our Equal Access to Justice initiative.
  • Offer subgrants to public, tribal, school, special and academic libraries to support efforts related to community referral resources.


Five-Year Evaluation

At the end of a 5-year period, each state reports their results in achieving goals and objectives projected in their 5-Year Plan. Click here to read Arizona's 5-year evaluation for 2008-2012 (PDF, 1,132KB). View all states' evaluations.


IMLS Data Collection

State Library Survey
The State Library Agency Survey (SLAA) provides descriptive data about state library agencies for all fifty states and the District of Columbia.

Public Library Survey
The Public Library Survey (PLS) provides national descriptive data on the status of public libraries in the United States and its territories. Data are collected from over 9,000 public library systems with over 17,000 public library outlets. Click here for Arizona's profile from the most recent PLS publication (PDF, 373KB).