Job Opening: Library Information Specialist – UNM Taos

| April 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

The UNM-Taos Branch Library is looking for a part time Library Information Specialist I to assist in providing quality service to the students, faculty, and the community-at-large. The position encompasses a variety of areas of responsibility in regards to general library operations as well as assistance with the online environment and graphic design work for the promotion of the library. Under limited supervision, the Library Information Specialist will perform library tasks related to website design and maintenance, maintenance of all library computers, library event planning, and answering reference questions as needed.
The successful candidate will support the assistant librarian, cover the circulation desk, and monitor the activities of students performing routine library duties.
This variety of duties and responsibilities makes for an exciting position.

For more information and to apply online go to <>

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New Mexico Library Assessment

| April 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Under the sponsorship of the New Mexico Library Foundation, national library consultant Penny Hummel is conducting an assessment of New Mexico’s diverse libraries this spring. The goal of the project is to identify the current state of the New Mexico school, public, tribal, academic and special library sectors. 

As a staff member at the state library, one of my responsibilities is helping to get the word out about ways to be in involved.  If you are the “person in charge” of your library (including solo librarians in a school setting), here are three ways you can help make this project a success:

  1. Fill out an online survey.  In early May, we will be going live with an online survey designed specifically for library directors and leaders of all New Mexico libraries.

If you lead a New Mexico library, watch your inbox in early May for the link to the survey, and be sure to complete it.  We need your input!

  1. Library Directors and Leaders — Attend a focus group.  Penny Hummel will be conducting three focus groups across the state for library directors, leaders and others who fill a management role in their library:
  • Monday, May 9:  LAS CRUCES:  Thomas Branigan Memorial Library (200 E. Picacho), 2:30 – 4 pm
  • Wednesday, May 11:  ALBUQUERQUE:  Albuquerque High School Library (800 Odelia Road), 3 – 4:30 pm
  • Thursday, May 12:  FARMINGTON:  San Juan College (4601 College Blvd.), 2:30 – 4 pm

If you like to reserve your space in a focus group, e-mail specifying which one you prefer.

  1. Help promote three upcoming community conversations.  To gather input from the public, Penny will also be conducting three public forums across the state, which will be open to everyone:
  • Monday, May 9:  LAS CRUCES:  Thomas Branigan Memorial Library (200 E. Picacho), 6 – 7:30 pm
  • Wednesday, May 11:  ALBUQUERQUE:  Erna Fergusson Library (3700 San Mateo Blvd NE), 6 – 7:30 pm
  • Thursday, May 12:  FARMINGTON:  Farmington Public Library (2101 Farmington Avenue), 6:30 – 8 pm  

If you would like to help promote the community conversations in your community, e-mail for a flyer and tools to use in social media. 

This assessment offers exceptional opportunity for New Mexico’s libraries to provide comprehensive input about their current and future needs.  You can find out more about the project on the New Mexico Library Foundation’s website.

If you have any questions, contact researcher Penny Hummel (, Carol Hoover, chair of the board of trustees of the New Mexico Library Foundation ( or myself.  Thank you so much!


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Volunteer for the NMLA Nominations Committee

| April 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Want to contribute to our Association but don’t have much time? Why not volunteer to serve on the nominations committee this summer? You will work with immediate past-president Janice Kowemy to put together a slate of candidates to submit to the board for approval. At the end of the summer you will have made a very meaningful contribution to the leadership of NMLA with a relatively limited investment of time. What a deal!! Please contact me, Sharon Jenkins before May 1.

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Volunteer for the 2016 NMLA Annual Conference

| March 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

The 2016 NMLA Annual Conference will be held Nov. 2-4 in Albuquerque. It might sound far off now but it will be here before we know it! As chair of the local arrangements committee, I invite you to participate in the local planning and operation of the event. You don’t necessarily need to live close by to help. We have several people already committed to the team but welcome others to join the fun. Special areas of need are Technology & Equipment and Silent Auction. Day of event help is also welcomed.

Please contact Lea Briggs for details on how you can support the profession in this way. Come join the team!

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Join the NMLA Assessment & Statistics SIG

| August 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

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 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.

Samantha Rich
Assessment & Data Management Librarian
New Mexico State University Library
MSC 3475; PO Box 30006
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8006
(575) 646-2602;

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2015 Land of Enchantment Award Winners:

| July 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
Irena’s Jars of Secrets by Marcia Vaughan – winner of the picture narrative award
Masters of Disaster by Gary Paulsen – winner of the children’s book award
The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine – winner of the Young Adult award


Click here for more information about the LOE Book Award
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