2015 Slate of Candidates

| November 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Nominations and Elections Committee have posted the Slate of Candidates for the NMLA 2015 Election.  Please see the Nominations and Elections Committee page for the slate.

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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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