• 2015 NMLA Election Results

    | March 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

    Vice President / President-Elect  Winner is  Lynette Schurdevin Treasurer Winner is    Lisa Pate  Member-at-Large 2 Winners are Lillian Chavez and Stephanie Wilson The Nominations & Election Committee would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our new officers and thank all candidates who agreed to run and for their support of the Association.

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  • ALA Council Report New Mexico

    | February 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

    Read Valerie Nye’s blog at http://alacouncilnm.blogspot.com/ for the latest information about ALA Council.

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  • You are invited to the NMLA Mini-Conference!

    | January 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

    When:  April 9-10, 2015 Where: Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico We welcome your interest in presenting a program at the 2015 Mini-Conference to be held April 9-10 at Laguna Pueblo, NM.  The conference theme is “Libraries United!”  Join your colleagues and share how you envision and emphasize unity among libraries in New Mexico – our common missions, goals, […]

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NMLA Legislative Bulletin #18

| March 21, 2015 | 0 Comments
SM 61 was passed by the State Senate on Friday, March 20 on a 39-0 vote. Senator Craig W. Brandt, R-Sandoval, who voted against the memorial in the Senate Public Affairs Committee, is shown as voting yes in the full Senate vote. This is the companion memorial to the already-passed HM 48.
SENATE MEMORIAL 61
52ND LEGISLATURE – STATE OF NEW MEXICO – FIRST SESSION, 2015
INTRODUCED BY Michael S. Sanchez
A MEMORIAL REQUESTING THE NEW MEXICO STATE LIBRARY TO SUPPORT A NEEDS ASSESSMENT OF NEW MEXICO LIBRARIES AND TO SUPPORT AND ASSIST WITH A STATEWIDE CONFERENCE TO IDENTIFY POLICIES AND GOALS FOR IMPROVED LIBRARY SERVICES.
COMMITTTEE HEARINGS/FLOOR ACTION
Senate Finance Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 159 SEVERANCE TAX BOND PROJECTS
The House Ways and Means Committee heard SFC/SB 159 on Friday, and made substantial
revisions to it. They sent the amended bill (HWMC/SB 159) to the House Floor on a 7-6 vote. The full House debated the changes for much of the morning, and passed it by a vote of 36-32. Both these votes were along party lines, with Republicans in favor and Democrats opposed. As the bill passed with 20 minutes left until the fixed adjournment time, the Senate did not have the opportunity to concur in the House amendments, and the entire $260 million package died.
It is unknown at this time whether the Governor will call a special session, as capital outlay funding is one of several substantive issues which did not make it through. HWMC/SB 159 would have funded 49 library projects totaling $2,552,790. All of the library projects in SFC/SB 159 were retained, and several individual projects had increased appropriations. Several new projects were added:
ALB CHERRY HILLS LIBRARY SECURITY SYSTEM $10,000 Albuquerque
to purchase and install a digital camera security system at the Cherry Hills public
library in Albuquerque in Bernalillo county;
ALB TAYLOR RANCH LIBRARY SECURITY SYSTEM $11,600 Albuquerque
to purchase and install a digital camera security system at the Taylor Ranch public
library in Albuquerque;
ALB TAYLOR RANCH LIBRARY WINDOWS $27,000 Albuquerque
to replace windows in the Taylor Ranch public library in Albuquerque in Bernalillo
county;
VIRDEN LIBRARY IMPROVE $70,000 Virden
to plan, design, construct, equip and furnish improvements to the library building
in Virden in Hidalgo county.
The status of the $300,000 bookmobile appropriation to the Cultural Affairs Department was
uncertain. It was in the Senate version. The House Ways and Means Committee amendment left out the Senate item, but included the bookmobile in a Department-wide appropriation among other unspecified projects:
“SECTION 43. CULTURAL AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT PROJECT–
APPROPRIATION FROM THE ART IN PUBLIC PLACES FUND.–Notwithstanding
the provisions of the Art in Public Places Act to the contrary, two
million five hundred thousand dollars ($2,500,000) is appropriated
from the art in public places fund to the cultural affairs
department for expenditure in fiscal years 2015 through 2019, unless
otherwise provided for in Section 2 of this act, to plan, design,
construct, renovate, furnish, equip and upgrade infrastructure at
museums, monuments and historic sites statewide, including the
preservation of exhibits at historic sites, and to plan, design,
purchase and equip a bookmobile for use statewide.”
In previous special sessions, Governors have sometimes put bills that had passed at least one chamber in the official “call”. If that were to be the case this year, then the House-amended SB 159 likely would go to the Senate Finance Committee for review.
Joe Sabatini, Co-Chair
NMLA Legislation Committee
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NMLA Legislative Bulletin #17

| March 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

SM 61 continues to awaiting final passage. It has been on the Senate agenda since March 12 among many other bills and memorials for “Third Reading of Legislation.” It is listed as the fifty-eighth item out of 166 on the schedule for Friday, March 20.This is the companion memorial to the already-passed HM 48.

SENATE MEMORIAL 61
52ND LEGISLATURE – STATE OF NEW MEXICO – FIRST SESSION, 2015

INTRODUCED BY Michael S. Sanchez

A MEMORIAL REQUESTING THE NEW MEXICO STATE LIBRARY TO SUPPORT A NEEDS ASSESSMENT OF NEW MEXICO LIBRARIES AND TO SUPPORT AND ASSIST WITH A STATEWIDE CONFERENCE TO IDENTIFY POLICIES AND GOALS FOR IMPROVED LIBRARY SERVICES.

COMMITTTEE HEARINGS

Senate Finance Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 159 SEVERANCE TAX BOND PROJECTS

The Senate Finance Committee gave SFC/SB 159 a “do pass” recommendation on Tuesday, March 16 on a 10-0 vote. The full Senate passed the bill by a vote of 40-0 on Wednesday, March 16. It is scheduled to be heard today (Friday) in the House Ways and Means Committee. It is the first bill on an agenda of six bills. The Committee will meet at 11:00 am in Room 317.  The Legislature adjourns tomorrow, March 21st at noon.
SFC/SB 159 funds over 2,000 individual projects throughout the state at a cost of $275,239,944, of which $190,097,450 comes from Severance tax bonds. SFC/SB 159 funds 44 library projects totaling $2,170,190.
Joe Sabatini, Co-Chair
NMLA Legislation Committee

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NMLA Legislative Bulletin #16

| March 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

SM 61 is still awaiting final passage. It has been on the Senate agenda for several days among many other bills and memorials for “Third Reading of Legislation.” It is listed as the eighty first item out of 124 on the schedule for Wednesday, March 18. This is the companion memorial to the already-passed HM 48.

SENATE MEMORIAL 61
52ND LEGISLATURE – STATE OF NEW MEXICO – FIRST SESSION, 2015

INTRODUCED BY Michael S. Sanchez

A MEMORIAL REQUESTING THE NEW MEXICO STATE LIBRARY TO SUPPORT A NEEDS ASSESSMENT OF NEW MEXICO LIBRARIES AND TO SUPPORT AND ASSIST WITH A STATEWIDE CONFERENCE TO IDENTIFY POLICIES AND GOALS FOR IMPROVED LIBRARY SERVICES.

COMMITTTEE HEARINGS

Senate Finance Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 159 SEVERANCE TAX BOND PROJECTS

The Senate Finance Committee has now posted the list of projects they have selected to receive capital outlay funding. The Committee will need to take action to send the bill to the Senate Floor.  The Capital Outlay Bill is typically expedited for passage in both houses. The Legislature adjourns on Saturday, March 21st at noon.

All Projects are funded by Severance Tax Bonds (STB)

Agency: CAPITAL PROGRAM FUND

1753 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR COMMISSION OFFICE/MUS/LIBR $25,000 Albuquerque STB

Agency: CULTURAL AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT

1717 BOOKMOBILE FOR RURAL LIBRARY SERVICES STATEWIDE $81,190 STB
82 CAD BOOKMOBILE $300,000 STB

Agency: LOCAL GOVERNMENT DIVISION

1103 ALB ERNIE PYLE LIBRARY IMPROVE $40,000 Albuquerque STB
1416 ALB INTERNATIONAL DIST PUBLIC LIBRARY/LAND $110,000 Albuquerque STB
1311 ALB JUAN TABO LIBRARY EXTERIOR IMPROVE $25,000 Albuquerque STB
765 ALB JUAN TABO PUBLIC LIBRARY IMPROVE $35,000 Albuquerque STB
1194 ALB LOMAS TRAMWAY LIBRARY COURTYARD IMPROVE $20,000 Albuquerque STB
1227 ALB LOMAS TRAMWAY LIBRARY DIGITAL SECURITY SYSTEM $45,000 Albuquerque STB
629 ALB LOS GRIEGOS PUB LIB FIRE & SCRTY SYS IMPROVE $26,000 Albuquerque STB
491 ALB LOS GRIEGOS PUB LIB PKG LOT IMPROVE $10,000 Albuquerque STB
779 ALB Northwest LIBRARY $52,000 Albuquerque STB
495 ALB PUBLIC LIBRARY PKG LOT IMPROVE $24,000 Albuquerque STB (Main Library)
1417 ALB SAN PEDRO PUBLIC LIBRARY DIGITAL SEC CAM SYS $15,000 Albuquerque STB
1735 ALB SE HEIGHTS LIBRARY $130,000 Albuquerque STB
524 ALB SOUTH BROADWAY PUBLIC LIBRARY ROOF & SKYLIGHTS $45,000 Albuquerque STB
525 ALB SOUTH BROADWAY PUBLIC LIBRARY SECURITY SYS $2,000 Albuquerque STB
1324 ALB SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARY LIGHTING/SECURITY $30,000 Albuquerque STB
1209 ALB TONY HILLERMAN PUBLIC LIBRARY PARKING LOT $10,000 Albuquerque STB
1094 EAST MOUNTAIN LIBRARY LIGHTING UPGRADE $20,000 Tijeras STB
1136 SOUTH VALLEY PUBLIC LIBRARY ADA RESTROOMS $55,000 STB
1133 SOUTH VALLEY PUBLIC LIBRARY EXTERIOR & STUCCO $55,000 STB

1571 CLAYTON A. W. THOMPSON LIBRARY HEATING/COOLING SYS $25,000 Clayton Union STB

Agency: PUBLIC EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

576 ADOBE ACRES ELEM SCHL LIB & INFO TECH $35,000 Albuquerque PSD STB
618 ARMIJO ELEM SCHL LIBRARY EQUIP & INFO TECH $34,000 Albuquerque PSD STB
703 BANDELIER ELEM SCHL LIBRARY EQUIP & INFO TECH $20,000 Albuquerque PSD STB
580 BARCELONA ELEM SCHL LIBRARY $80,000 Albuquerque PSD STB
544 CAREER ENRICH/EARLY COLLEGE ACAD LIB IMPROVE $10,000 Albuquerque PSD STB
1409 CLEVELAND MID SCHL LIBRARY & INFO TECH $52,000 Albuquerque PSD STB
1852 DENNIS CHAVEZ ELEM SCHL LIBRARY EQUIP & INFO TECH $50,000 Albuquerque PSD STB
892 DESERT RIDGE MID SCHL LIBRARY & INFO TECH $58,000 Albuquerque PSD STB
1040 EISENHOWER MID SCHL LIBRARY & BOOKROOM EQUIP $45,000 Albuquerque PSD STB
581 HARRISON MID SCHL LIBRARY $30,000 Albuquerque PSD STB
1813 INEZ ELEM SCHL LIBRARY EQUIP & INFO TECH $6,000 Albuquerque PSD STB
646 JEFFERSON MID SCHL LIBRARY EQUIP & INFO TECH $25,000 Albuquerque PSD STB
619 KIT CARSON ELEM SCHL LIBRARY EQUIP & INFO TECH $40,000 Albuquerque PSD STB
814 LOS PADILLAS ELEM SCHL LIBRARY EQUIP & INFO TECH $49,000 Albuquerque PSD STB
645 MONTEZUMA ELEM SCHL LIBRARY EQUIP & INFO TECH $60,000 Albuquerque PSD STB
815 PAJARITO ELEM SCHL LIBRARY EQUIP & INFO TECH $26,000 Albuquerque PSD STB
577 RIO GRANDE HIGH SCHL LIBRARY EQUIP/INFO TECH $100,000 Albuquerque PSD STB
885 SAN ANTONITO ELEM SCHL LIBRARY EQUIP & INFO TECH $30,000 Albuquerque PSD STB
1603 TRUMAN MID SCHL LIBRARY EQUIP/INFO TECH $30,000 Albuquerque PSD STB
1543 WILSON MID SCHL LIBRARY & INFO TECH $90,000 Albuquerque PSD STB

Agency: UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

822 UNM ZIMMERMAN LIB IMPROVE & CAMPUS LIGHTING $120,000 Albuquerque STB

SFC/SB 159 funds over 2,000 individual projects throughout the state at a cost of $275,239,944, of which $190,097,450 comes from Severance tax bonds. SFC/SB 159 funds 44 library projects totaling $2,170,190.

Joe Sabatini, Co-Chair
NMLA Legislation Committee

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Job Opening: Deputy Director – Octavia Fellin Public Library – Gallup, NM

| March 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Octavia Fellin Public Library, a 2014 recipient of the Institute of Museums and Libraries Medal for Excellence, seeks a community-oriented, energetic and innovative library professional to join its award winning team as Deputy Director.  We serve a very diverse community of cultures and languages.  Being the only public library in Gallup/McKinley County, the largest county in NM, we provide services to both the city and county residents, the Navajo Nation, Zuni Pueblo and Arizona residents.

Salary: $ 55,515 – $65,014

Deadline: 4/6/15

MINIMUM REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • ALA Accredited Master’s Degree in Library Science (MLS/MLIS)
  • Four (4) years professional library work, with two (2) years in a supervisory position
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel

 

PERFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience in materials selection and collection development
  • Experience in community programming and outreach activities
  • Experience in budget preparation and monitoring expenditures

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBLITIES: This is high level library management and advanced professional work. Assists Library Director in overseeing and managing all library operations and services. Responsible for the library in the Director’s absence. Manages overall daily library operations. Supervises reference, collection development and the community computer training program. Coordinates community programming for adults and participation outreach activities. Identifies and writes grants. Responsible for assuring that library users receive quality services. Represents the library to community organizations developing partnerships and collaborations.  Work includes identifying trends, possible new services and implementing them in a fiscally sound manner. Work requires extensive contact with library staff, library users, community organizations, other city departments, elected officials, the media and professional organizations. This position requires excellent communication skills both written and verbal.  Required to work a flexible schedule which includes evenings and weekends in support of public service hours. Some travel required.

OTHER CONDITIONS:

  • Must pass a background check

Applications may be obtained at the City of Gallup Human Resources Office, 110 West Aztec, Gallup, New Mexico 87301. For more information please call (505) 863-1215. Fax:( 505) 726-2053. Job Line: (505) 863-1243.  Apply online www.gallupnm.gov/jobs.aspx

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/ AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER

The City of Gallup is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to hiring qualified individuals and does not discriminate in employment or the provision of services on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, disability, age, gender, Vietnam Era or disability veteran status, sexual orientation or medical condition. All applicants will be evaluated solely on the basis of job-related qualifications.

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2015 NMLA Election Results

| March 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Vice President / President-Elect  Winner is  Lynette Schurdevin
Treasurer Winner is    Lisa Pate 
Member-at-Large 2 Winners are Lillian Chavez and Stephanie Wilson

The Nominations & Election Committee would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our new officers and thank all candidates who agreed to run and for their support of the Association.

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NMLA Legislative Bulletin #15

| March 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

The second Senate Committee reviewing SM 61 has given it a “do pass” recommendation on a 6-1 vote. The memorial is the sixty-second (62nd) item on the Senate’s “Third Reading of Legislation” calendar tomorrow (Thursday, March 12).

COMMITTEE HEARINGS

Senate Public Affairs Committee
SENATOR GERALD ORTIZ Y PINO, CHAIRMAN

SM 61 NM LIBRARY NEEDS ASSESSMENT  M. Sanchez

This is the Senate companion bill to HM 48.

FIFTY-SECOND LEGISLATURE, FIRST SESSION, 2015, March 10, 2015

Mr. President:
Your PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, to whom has been referred
SENATE MEMORIAL 61 has had it under consideration and reports same with recommendation that it DO PASS.

The roll call vote was 6 For 1 Against
Yes: 6
No: Brandt
Excused: Griggs
Absent: None
Senator Craig Brandt represents District 40 in Sandoval County, and lives in Rio Rancho.
He has been a Senator since 2013. His occupation is Clergy.
Capitol Phone:  986-4267
Capitol Room #:  416F
Email:  craig.brandt@nmlegis.gov

Joe Sabatini, Co-chair
NMLA Legislation Committee

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NMLA Legislative Bulletin #14

| March 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

FINAL ACTION

House Memorial 106
TRIBAL INFRASTRUCTURE FUND FOR LIBRARIES
Sponsor:  James Roger Madalena

HM 106 is on today’s House Calender for final passage. It is #30 on the “Third Reading of Legislation” Calendar.

COMMITTEE HEARINGS

Senate Public Affairs Committee
SENATOR GERALD ORTIZ Y PINO, CHAIRMAN

Tuesday, March 10, 2015  –  1/2 hr after floor session  –  Room 321

SM 61 NM LIBRARY NEEDS ASSESSMENT  M. Sanchez  (# 26 of 30 items on the agenda)

This is the Senate companion bill to HM 48.

Joe Sabatini, Co-chair
NMLA Legislation Committee

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NMLA Legislative Bulletin #13

| March 8, 2015 | 0 Comments
Two library-related memorials have received “do pass” recommendations.

COMMITTEE HEARINGS

Senate Memorial 61 was heard in the Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday morning March 4. This is the Senate companion memorial to House Memorial 48, which calls for a statewide library conference in 2016.

Cynthia Shetter reports: “Senate Rules Committee gave an unanimous Do Pass. It goes to Public Affairs Committee now. Senator Sanchez asked Larry Horan to talk to the chair of that committee to see if he can move it directly to the floor for vote.
Senator Rue commented about library usage. Parking lots full and cut hours do to funding. Senator Pritle asked if we have thought of putting cafés in libraries. Senator Moores said he would pass it if we continue creating aps and classes on smart phones.
I was Senator Sanchez’s “technical consultant” and Joy Poole testified from the audience on behalf of the State Library. On hand were  Michael Delello and Larry Horan.”

FIFTY-SECOND LEGISLATURE, FIRST SESSION, 2015, March 4, 2015

Mr. President:

Your RULES COMMITTEE, to whom has been referred
SENATE MEMORIAL 61
has had it under consideration and reports same with recommendation that it DO PASS, and thence referred to the PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE.
Respectfully submitted,
___________________________________
Linda M. Lopez, Chairman

The roll call vote was 9 For 0 Against
Yes: 9
No: 0
Excused: Ingle

House Memorial 106

TRIBAL INFRASTRUCTURE FUND FOR LIBRARIES

Sponsor:  James Roger Madalena

FIFTY-SECOND LEGISLATURE. FIRST SESSION, 2015, March 4, 2015

Mr. Speaker:
Your GOVERNMENT, ELECTIONS & INDIAN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, to whom has been referred
HOUSE MEMORIAL 106
has had it under consideration and reports same with recommendation that it DO PASS.
Respectfully submitted,
James E. Smith, Chairman

The roll call vote was 9 For 0 Against
Yes: 9
No: 0
Excused: Clahchischilliage, Cook, Martinez, K.
Absent: None

ON HOUSE TEMPORARY CALENDAR FOR FINAL PASSAGE, FRIDAY, MARCH 6

10. HOUSE MEMORIAL 106. A MEMORIAL REQUESTING THAT THE INDIAN AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT WORK WITH TRIBAL LEADERS AND THE TRIBAL INFRASTRUCTURE BOARD TO DEDICATE ONE YEAR OF TRIBAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT FUND MONEY TO ASSESS AND ADDRESS THE MOST CRITICAL NEEDS FOR CONSTRUCTION AND RENOVATION OF TRIBAL LIBRARY FACILITIES.
(MADALENA) (GOVERNMENT, ELECTIONS & INDIAN AFFAIRS 9-0; 3E)

Although the Fiscal Impact Report is somewhat negative, tribal librarians are prepared to present their case to the Tribal Infrastructure Board that libraries are an essential educational resource, and that construction financial assistance is urgently needed.

F I S C A L  I M P A C T  R E P O R T
SPONSOR Madalena
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED 03/03/15 HM 106
SHORT TITLE Tribal Infrastructure Fund for Libraries
ANALYST Boerner
ESTIMATED ADDITIONAL OPERATING BUDGET IMPACT (dollars in thousands)
FY15 FY16 FY17 3 Year
No Fiscal Impact
SOURCES OF INFORMATION: LFC Files

Responses Received From Indian Affairs Department (IAD)

SUMMARY
House Memorial 106 requests the Indian Affairs Department to work with Native American leaders and the Tribal Infrastructure Board to dedicate one year of Tribal Infrastructure Project Fund money to assess and address the most critical needs for construction and renovation of tribal library facilities.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
Tribal lands across the state struggle with inadequate infrastructure and the poor social, health, and economic conditions that can result. Reprioritizing limited Tribal Infrastructure funds away from the current process which prioritizes projects based on health and safety and other criteria of need could result in some high-need projects being excluded or delayed as a result of this bill.

SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
IAD notes that the Tribal Infrastructure Act was created as a result of the finding that:
(1) tribes lack basic infrastructure resulting in poor social, health and economic conditions of tribal communities;
(2) adequate infrastructure such as water and wastewater systems, major water systems, electrical power lines, communications, roads, health and emergency response facilities and infrastructure needed for economic development are essential to improved health, safety and welfare of all New Mexicans, including residents of tribal communities;
(3) local tribal efforts and resources have been insufficient to develop and maintain a consistent and adequate level of infrastructure in tribal communities;
(4) addressing the urgent need of replacing, improving and developing tribal infrastructure through the use of an alternative financing mechanism is a long-term cost savings benefit to both the state and the tribes; and
(5) adequate infrastructure development on tribal land will allow tribal members to achieve the basic conditions necessary to improve the quality of their lives. (§§9-21-17 to 9-21-24 NMSA 1978)

Additionally, funding construction and/or renovation of libraries would not be considered a “qualified project” under the Tribal Infrastructure Act. Indeed, a “qualified project” under (§9-21-21(C) NMSA 1978) includes:
(1) Planning, designing, constructing, improving, expanding or equipping water and wastewater facilities, major water systems, electrical power lines, communications infrastructure, roads, health infrastructure, emergency response facilities and infrastructure needed to encourage economic development;
(2) Developing engineering feasibility reports for infrastructure projects;
(3) Inspecting construction of qualified projects;
(4) Providing special engineering services;
(5) Completing environmental assessments or archaeological clearances and other surveys for infrastructure projects;
(6) Acquiring land, easements or rights of way; and
(7) Paying legal costs and fiscal agent fees associated with development of qualified projects.”

The funding of construction and renovation of libraries in Native American communities is not related to the basic infrastructure identified in the Tribal Infrastructure Act and therefore runs counter to the purpose of the Tribal Infrastructure Fund.

PERFORMANCE IMPLICATIONS
Changes to the prioritization of funding for a particular cycle must occur as a result of Tribal Infrastructure Board action. This change to the prioritization of funding can occur only by amending the Tribal Infrastructure Fund Guidelines and Procedures.

ADMINISTRATIVE IMPLICATIONS
IAD does not create or recommend funding priorities to the Tribal Infrastructure Board. The Secretary of Indian Affairs holds one (1) seat on the nine (9) member Board.

ALTERNATIVES
Entities might consider pursuing grant opportunities or a special appropriation under through the state’s legislative process.

CEB/je/bb

Joe Sabatini, Co-chair
NMLA Legislation Committee

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Plan to Attend the NMLA Spring Mini Conference

| February 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Make your plans now!

Registration is open for the NMLA Spring Mini Conference — to be held April 9 & 10 at Laguna Pueblo.  This year’s theme “Libraries United” focuses on how we can emphasize and appreciate our common mission, goals, and passions as information professionals working for our communities.

This year, we are offering a great Thursday pre-conference tour of Sky City Cultural Center & Haak’u Museum Pueblo @ http://nmla.org/mini-conference/preconference-activities/

Conference day registration is $45 for NMLA members and $75 for non-members and includes an opening reception, lunch and programs.

 Download a printable registration form & find hotel information 

Register and pay online

 

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NMLA Legislative Bulletin #12

| February 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

COMMITTEE HEARINGS

Senate Memorial 61 will be heard in the Senate Rules Committee on Friday

morning February 27. Hearings start at 8:30 am in Room 321. This is the Senate

companion memorial to House Memorial 48, which calls for a statewide library

conference in 2016. Cynthia Shetter will again present the library community’s

case to the committee. Anyone who is able to attend is encouraged to do so.

BILL INTRODUCTION

HOUSE MEMORIAL 106
52ND LEGISLATURE – STATE OF NEW MEXICO – FIRST SESSION, 2015
INTRODUCED BY James Roger Madalena

A MEMORIAL REQUESTING THAT THE INDIAN AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT WORK WITH TRIBAL LEADERS AND THE TRIBAL INFRASTRUCTURE BOARD TO DEDICATE ONE
YEAR OF TRIBAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT FUND MONEY TO ASSESS AND
ADDRESS THE MOST CRITICAL NEEDS FOR CONSTRUCTION AND RENOVATION
OF TRIBAL LIBRARY FACILITIES.

WHEREAS, tribal public libraries must compete for tribal
revenues often earmarked for infrastructure such as roads,
sewer and water lines, irrigation systems, emergency response
systems, adequate medical facilities and communications
systems, which are often lacking in tribal communities; and

WHEREAS, today, many tribal public libraries exist in
older, unsafe and inadequate buildings that were not designed
for library use, nor do they have the capacity to deliver
up-to-date technologies and services such as reliable
high-speed connectivity for ease of use and security; and

WHEREAS, tribal public libraries positively impact the
quality of life of tribal members by providing free services
such as online learning, financial literacy workshops, digital
literacy training, homework help, early literacy and
after-school activities and library programs to tribal
communities, many of which are located in rural, impoverished
areas of New Mexico; and

WHEREAS, tribal public libraries are unique community
centers that connect students, scholars and community members
to the world of information by providing access to resources
that are relevant to tribal communities; and

WHEREAS, tribal public libraries serve people of all ages
in their respective communities and are centrally located in
tribal communities, serving not only as informational resource
centers but also as cultural information centers that play a
vital role in language and cultural preservation; and

WHEREAS, many tribal public libraries lack the space to
create computer laboratories, greatly limiting the provision of
information literacy, job readiness and technology training
that would support economic development in the communities; and

WHEREAS, the Native American population in New Mexico has
high unemployment and poverty rates with low educational
attainment and poor availability of essential services, with
access to technology and connectivity in tribal libraries being
the essential source of educational and health resources and
job and career information, since every aspect of access is
technologically driven;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF
REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO that the Indian
affairs department be requested to work with tribal leaders and
the tribal infrastructure board to dedicate one year of tribal
infrastructure project fund money to assess and address the
most critical needs for construction and renovation of tribal
library facilities; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this memorial be
transmitted to the secretary of cultural affairs, the secretary
of Indian affairs, the governor and the appropriate interim
legislative committees.

This Memorial was referred to the House Government, Elections and Indian Affairs Committee.
It was developed by NMLA’s Native American Libraries Special Interest Group working with Regis Pecos (our Ruidoso NMLA Conference Keynote Speaker) and Rep. Roger Madalena, in response to difficulties in doing construction projects funded through the 2010 and 2012 G.O. Bond Issues.

Joe Sabatini, Co-chair
NMLA Legislation Committee

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