Take a look at the Preliminary Program and register today for the 2016 NMLA Annual Conference! Early registration rates are good through October 7, 2016. If you wish to pay with a credit card or by PayPal, please register online through the NMLA Store or fill out the Conference Registration Form.
You’ve heard about the New Mexico Libraries Assessment happening this year to identify the current state of the New Mexico school, public, tribal, academic and special library sectors. The goal of this assessment is to identify and communicate (our) current and future needs to a broad audience of policy makers at the statewide conference on November 1st. The conference, Libraries Transform New Mexico, provides an exciting and critical opportunity to showcase the accomplishments of New Mexican libraries and, more importantly, to identify ways libraries can further expand as collaborative partners with educational institutions, cultural organizations, government services and private enterprise.
You can contribute to the conference’s success by submitting a paragraph beginning with “New Mexico libraries transform…..” and an image of your library in action (similar to the “I love my library…” campaigns). Encourage your staff, patrons, and collaborators to submit stories of how libraries have transformed their lives or the community; share inspiring photos from your program archives. The stronger our message is, the more change we will create.
Send your story and image(s) by September 30, 2016 to Gale Hannigan, Program Co-Chair email@example.com
We will display the stories at the conference to inspire our leaders into action that improves libraries throughout NM. It is important that we hear from a wide spectrum of New Mexico libraries to create meaningful connections with attendees who can influence change. We will provide a summary of the day’s events to you online and will have a program (with our “Libraries Transform” stories on display!) at the NMLA conference, which starts the next day. Learn more on our website. https://sites.google.com/site/librariestransformnm/
Thank you for your assistance and support for this important event!View Post
Election day is fast approaching and with it, another chance to move New Mexico’s libraries forward. The Bonds for Libraries committee is updating its website to provide us with informational talking points we can share with our communities throughout the state. Check in at their website frequently to see what’s available – http://bondsforlibraries.nmla.org/View Post
As library resources become more limited each year, assessment becomes increasingly important. Library assessment may be strategic or occur at the point of need and can be as elaborate as a space study or as simple as a focus group. In its many forms, assessment generates data that needs to be analyzed, shared, and stored.
How should I start my assessment? What tools are the best for my project? How can I communicate my results effectively? What are the barriers to my assessment? How can I better manage my library data? NMLA invites you to discuss these questions and more. Members may now join the newly formed Assessment & Statistics special interest group. If you’re interested in assessment as a means of demonstrating your library’s value, improving your collections & services, and better understanding the needs/user experience of your patrons, this group is for you. You do not need to be an assessment and/or data wizard to join!
To join the Assessment & Statistics SIG, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Join Assessment & Statistics SIG.” This SIG is open to all NMLA members. This group seeks to be an active SIG with conference programming and a lively listerv. Members from all libraries are welcomed and encouraged to join. Contact Samantha Rich for more information.View Post