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Phoenix Area Tours November 21st!

Posted by Editor on November 16, 2009

SLA has coordinated a day of tours in Phoenix, AZ at two special libraries – Arizona Historical Foundation and AZ State Braille and Talking Books Library. We hope you can join us!  We welcome all current and alum SIRLS students, friends and family throughout AZ – please RSVP by Friday morning, November 18th.  If there are a number of people from Tucson who plan on going up, we can arrange a car pool to meet and leave from SIRLS Saturday morning.

Arizona Historical Foundation (AHF) > 11am – Noon

Susan Irwin, AHF Interim Director and SIRLS Adjunct Instructor, will provide a tour of the AFH Library and Archives.  She will provide a brief background on AHF, how it has evolved, processing and description, and the issues they face today. The tour will include a tour of holdings and a viewing of a few select items for everyone to see.

Location:        Arizona Historical Foundation, Room 412
Hayden Library
Arizona State University – Tempe
Tempe, Arizona 85287-1006

Parking:          FREE – Apache Blvd Garage (Apache Blvd and Normal)




We can decide as a group where we’d like to go for lunch after the AHF tour and before the Braille and Talking Books Library Tour.  This will be great opportunity for distance and Tucson students to meet and mingle!  It’s not required, but it will help to ensure most of us will arrive at the next tour around the same time.  Plus, SLA will help foot the bill!

AZ State Braille and Talking Book Library (ASBTBL) > 2 – 3pm

The ASBTBL is a division of the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records.  Christine Tuttle – ASBTBL Communities Librarian and SIRLS alum, and Jeanette Pawlowski – ASBTBL Volunteers Manager have coordinated a tour of the library.  The tour will include a tour of the recording studio with the new digital recording booths, the mailroom, machine repair, and the public services area, as well as an overview of its history, the patrons it serves, acquisition and loaning processes, current use, and more!

Location:        AZ State Braille and Talking Book Library

1030 North 32nd Street

Phoenix, Arizona 85008

Directions: Located on the southwest corner of Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) and 32nd Street. Exit the freeway to the south and then take the first available right onto Diamond Street. Drivers approaching northbound on 32nd Street should turn left onto Roosevelt, right onto 31st Street and then right onto Diamond.

Parking:          FREE – parking lot in front of building (south side of Diamond Street)




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