Job Opening: Library Paraprofessional – Early Literacy Coordinator, Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library

| November 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
 CLASS CODE: 700082
DEPARTMENT: Cultural Services
DIVISION: CS-Library-City Svcs
BARGAINING UNIT: Management Union
REQUISITION #: 1500320

$14.27 – $16.79 Hourly
$1,141.60 – $1,343.20 Biweekly
$2,473.47 – $2,910.27 Monthly
$29,681.60 – $34,923.20 Annually
OPENING DATE: 11/12/14
CLOSING DATE: 11/26/14 11:59 PM
Job descriptions are intended to present a general list of tasks/duties performed by employees within this job classification. Job Descriptions are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.

Respond and provide assistance to library customers in the use of library services and equipment; participate in developing, preparing, coordinating, scheduling and providing special library programs for children including Every Child Ready to Read workshops at Library Branches; participate in outreach opportunities for day care centers, church and civic groups, the Metropolitan Detention Center, and other interested groups; assist in collection development activities; provide technical services to library system including catalog database management, processing and preparing new materials for distribution, receiving and verifying invoices and providing leadership to staff performing library functions.
Related education and experience may be interchangeable on a year for year basis.Associate’s degree from an accredited college or university in library science or general studies, plus three (3) years’ experience in an academic, public or special library, bookstore environment or related field to include one (1) year technical lead or supervisory experience in an administrative capacity. Early literacy coordination experience in an academic, public or special library, or bookstore environment preferred. Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred.


Possession of a New Mexico Driver’s License (Class D), or the ability to obtain by date of hire.

Possession of a City Operator’s Permit (COP) within six months of hire date.

  • Operations, services and activities of a municipal library
  • Principles of library reference services
  • Principles of efficient and effective customer service
  • Modern office procedures, methods and equipment including computers
  • Dewey Decimal Classification System
  • Principles and procedures of record keeping
  • Principles of business letter writing and basic report preparation
  • Available library resources including the reference collection, serials collection and other on-line resources
  • Library and City policies and procedures
  • Interpret, explain and enforce department policies and procedures
  • Operate a variety of library and office equipment in a safe and effective manner
  • Perform a variety of reference duties supporting customer requests
  • Prepare and coordinate adult and children’s library programs
  • Respond to requests and inquiries from the general public
  • Prepare clear and concise reports
  • Work independently in the absence of supervision
  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions
  • Communicate clearly and concisely
  • Perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
http://CABQ.GOV 400 Marquette N.W.
Albuquerque, NM 87103
505 768-3700

Position #1500320



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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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Job Opening: Research Services Librarian (3 openings) – University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

| October 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

The College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences (UL&LS) has three openings for entry-level or mid-career librarians:

  • Research Services Librarian for Engineering
  • Research Services Librarian for the Life Sciences
  • Research Services Librarian for the Physical Sciences

These are full-time, 12-month tenure track faculty positions with the rank of Assistant Professor. The desired start date is January 1, 2015. The annual salary is negotiable based on qualifications and includes full benefits.

For full details of the posting and instructions to apply, please go to:  and search for posting #0827700, the position title: Assistant Professor, or working title: Research Services Librarians for the Engineering, Life Sciences and Physical Sciences.  This position will be open until filled. For best consideration, complete applications must be received through the UNMJobs website no later than November 30, 2014.

The University of New Mexico is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Educator.

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Job Opening: Associate Dean of Technical Services – University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

| October 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

The College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences (UL&LS) seeks applications from innovative, enthusiastic, service-oriented candidates with strong communication and collaboration skills for the position of Associate Dean of Technical Services. This senior management position will report to the Dean of the College of UL&LS and be actively engaged as part of the Dean’s Advisory Council in the development, implementation, and evaluation of UL&LS policies and goals. The position is full time, 12-month with a desired start date of April 1, 2015. The rank and annual salary is negotiable based on qualifications and includes full benefits.

For full details of the posting and instructions to apply, please go to:  and search for posting #0827699, the position title: Associate Dean of Technical Services.  Open until filled. For best consideration, complete applications must be received through the UNMJobs website no later than December 1, 2014.

The University of New Mexico is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Educator.

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Annual Conference Survey

| October 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Thank you to everyone who participated in the NMLA Annual Conference in Ruidoso.

Please remember to fill out the online survey here:

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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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