• 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 #2

| January 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
Make your plans now to attend Legislative Day. Make contact with their local legislators. Librarians will be recognized during opening ceremonies in each chamber. Delegations representing types of libraries and geographica areas will be introduced in the Senate by Senator Bill Soules and in the House by Representative Deborah Armstrong.

Library supporters should gather in the galleries for these ceremonies,
which occur soon after the session opens. We do not yet have the times for
these ceremonies, but they will be posted on information kiosks in the
Capitol lobby.  The likely time will be between 10:00 and 11:00 am.
Participants who arrive before then have a better chance of actually
visiting with their legislators in their offices or as they attend their
8:00 am committee meetings.

Legislation Committee members will be available by the west entrance to the Rotunda to provide information and distribute yellow “Support Libraries” buttons and general information.

Bring with you any information about your library and its needs, which you
can leave off at individual legislative offices. Senate and  House member
offices are shown at

(As of January 23rd, the House list has not been updated.)

The NMLA Legislation Committee is giving its highest priority to the passage of House and Senate memorials asking for a statewide assessment of library needs and the holding of a Statewide Library Conference in 2016. This memorial is being drafted, and will be posted in the next bulletin. This effort was initiated by the New Mexico Library Foundation with assistance from the New Mexico Municipal League Librarians Section and the State Library. A Task Force headed by Karla Hunt of the Fort Sumner Public Library met on January 12th to draft plans for the needs assessment and conference.

The Legislature began its 2015 session on Tuesday, January 20th. The deadline for bill introductions is Thursday, February 9th. The session will end at noon on Saturday, March 21st.

So far, there is only one bill that has substantive language about libraries.


SB 207
Sponsor:  Craig Brandt
Current Location: Senate Education Committee

This prohibits public schools from charging students for library books unless it is a fee for a lost or damaged book. The bill details which fees a school district can or cannot charge. The bill was also pre-filed as SB 47.

As yet, no local capital outlay projects have been posted on the website.
Joe Sabatini, Co-Chair
NMLA Legislation Committee
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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, passions, and other similarities in the work that we do for our communities.

Registration opens in early February.

Contact nmlaminiconference@gmail.com if you have any questions. Also see http://nmla.org/mini-conference/ for more information.

Call for Proposals (PDF)

Call for Proposals (Doc)

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Job Opening: Director of Library Services, Albuquerque Academy

| December 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Albuquerque Academy, an independent coed day school of approximately 1,100 students in grades 6 through 12, seeks applications for the position of Director of Library Services beginning with the 2015-16 school year. The Academy’s resources are committed to a mission comprising accessibility, affordability, excellence, caring, and outreach as we serve the greater Albuquerque area. As part of this mission, the school has attracted some of the finest students and educators in the country to its extensive facilities on a natural 312-acre site within the city limits of Albuquerque. At the heart of the campus is Simms Library, a 56,000 square foot facility filled with opportunity made available through a collection of more than 140,000 print and non-print items, 170 periodical subscriptions, and 23 online databases.

Duties and Responsibilities
A critical component of the director’s responsibilities will be the ability to guide the library into a new era of library usage and technological resources given the pace of change in the world. As the primary leader, the director is responsible for the overall administration, planning, budgeting, assessment, and policy development for library services and collections in response to the needs of the school community. The director oversees a group consisting of the full-time librarians, the library assistants, and the archivist. The director plans, implements and assesses library programs, policies and procedures and adjusts them as needed; he/she also prepares, justifies and oversees the budget, maintains accounts with vendors, approves credit card purchases, and monitors petty cash. The director provides reference and other assistance to library patrons to meet their information needs, and he/she recruits, hires, supervises and evaluates performance of library faculty and staff members.

Required qualifications
Successful applicants will have a master’s degree in a library or information field and five to ten years of service in libraries, including work with a variety of age groups. Significant supervisory experience is also strongly preferred. The ideal candidate will have the ability to listen deeply, to connect to teachers, and to integrate the library in meaningful ways to the curriculum and the school’s mission.

Please follow this link to begin the application process:


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Legislative Bulletin #1

| November 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Legislative Bulletin #1,

The Legislative Bulletin is a summary of library legislation during the 2015 Legislature, provided by the Legislation Committee of the New Mexico Library Association.

The 2015 Legislative session starts on Tuesday, January 19th. This will be a 60-day session, ending at noon on March 21st. February 19th is the last day for new bills to be introduced. Legislation may be pre-filed beginning December 15, 2014
NMLA Library Legislative Day will be Thursday, February 5th. Please ask library supporters, including your local board members and friends groups to save the date and plan to be there.


Legislative Education Study Committee Hearing on November 18th

The following comes from Rachel Altobelli, ASL SIG Chair:

Good afternoon,

This coming Tuesday, the 18th, thanks to Omar Durant, we’ll have a few minutes at the end of the day to thank the LESC for their support with GO Bond and remind them of the existence of the School Libraries Materials Fund.

Showing support matters with this kind of thing — if anyone is available to go to Santa Fe (or is already in Santa Fe!) Tuesday afternoon (probably 3 to 5 ish), the more people we have there the better.

If you can go, let me know, and if you’re in the Albuquerque area and would like to carpool, let me know about that too.

Rachel Altobelli


State Capitol, Room 322
Santa Fe, NM  87501(505) 986-4591



Dr. José Z. Garcia, Cabinet Secretary, Higher Education Department (HED),
Tracy Hartzler, Principal Analyst, Higher Education, Legislative Finance
Committee (LFC)

Frances Bannowsky, JD, Director, Adult Basic Education,
HED Work Group representatives (requested)


Ricky Serna, Vice President, Institutional Advancement,NNMC



Now is the time to be contacting your local legislators to provide them with local capital outlay request forms.

NMLA will be working with several legislators to promote the holding of a
Governor’s Conference on Libraries. More information will be coming soon.


The following is an excerpt from the latest edition of the New Mexico
State Library Hitchhiker, in which Acting State Librarian Mike Delello
describes the agency’s legislative priorities. The NMLA Legislation
Committee supports these requests, and asks that everyone share them with
local legislators.

Dear Friends,DCA

Since joining the NMSL team, one of my main goals was to bring the State
Library into statutory compliance of New Mexico Administrative Code (NMAC)
rules. We’ve started working toward compliance of Rule 1.25.10 by sending
letters to all state agencies and requesting that they provide us with a
library liaison so that the State Library secures the necessary state
publications we are required to distribute to our State Documents
Depositories. With a budget increase request of $75,000, we hope to come
into full compliance with regards to our State Publications program.

We have also put in a capital request for a new bookmobile. In August, I
invited members of the Legislative Finance Committee to spend a day with
me on the Rural Bookmobile East. Through this experience, our Bookmobile
team did an excellent job conveying the need for this service and the true
impact it has on the rural citizens of New Mexico. Also regarding the
bookmobile program, we are working to reclassify the Rural Services
Manager which was previously funded by LSTA so that it is funded by the
State, freeing up more LSTA funds for public services.

I would also like to inform librarians of a budget increase request for
the former “Van of Enchantment” which is now being revamped into a Mobile
Museum Education Program. This will bring educational programs and the
state’s wonderful cultural artifacts to all 33 counties with a
curriculum-based program to elementary schools during the school year.
During the summers, however, this traveling museum will partner with
libraries across the state. The Executive Branch has approved a base
budget increase of $150,000 for the operations, and I am personally
fundraising $150,000 to $200,000 as a private match for the redesign.


Mike Delello
Deputy Cabinet Secretary
Acting State Librarian
Department of Cultural Affairs


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Octavia Fellin Public Library Receives National Medal for Museum and Library Service

| May 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the primary source of federal funding for our nation’s museums and libraries, awarded the Octavia Fellin Public Library as one of 10 recipients of this year’s National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The award is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community and is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.  Click here for more information.

Octavia Fellin Public Library was chosen as a recipient for serving and supporting the Gallup community. As you probably know, the population Octavia Fellin serves is 75% Native American and has in the past had limited access to programming centering on Native American culture and heritage. Octavia Fellin Public Library has provided much-needed access to Navajo-based programming, Hopi drummers, and Native American authors and history speakers. The library prides itself on its ability to serve all ages, backgrounds, and interests. There are many members of the local community who can say that the programs at the library have changed their lives – Maria Elena Reyes is one example. Click here for  Maria’s story.


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2013 NMLA Conference Presentations

| May 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

Take a look at the 2013 NMLA Conference Presentations!


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