The New Mexico Library Association (NMLA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the support and promotion of libraries and the development of library personnel through education and the exchange of ideas to enrich the lives of all New Mexicans.

To help in this regard, we have information on Legislation & Advocacy, Grants & Scholarships, Job Openings, as well as many other ways to promote libraries and librarians, such as our Annual Conference and Mini-Conference.

NMLA has various Committees to help direct the work of NMLA and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) that support groups with a specific focus.

NMLA wants you to know how funds are spent and that we are complying with various federal and state laws governing non-profits. The following are some of the requirements with which non-profits must comply:

1. All non-profit organizations must have a 501(c)3 designation letter from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) attesting to the fact that they are tax exempt. The IRS issued NMLA’s 501(c)3 letter July 23, 1985. A copy of this letter from the IRS affirming our tax-exempt status is provided to donors upon request.

2. Non-profits must file annual tax returns—called 990s—with both federal and state government agencies. Once filed, the New Mexico Attorney General’s office issues the charity a letter attesting that it is in good standing as far as filing the tax documents and financial reports required by the New Mexico Charitable Organizations and Solicitations Act. We annually receives such a letter from the Attorney General’s office.

3. Non-profit organizations must be incorporated, have articles of incorporation and bylaws on file with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (formerly, the State Corporation Commission), and periodically file various reports with this agency. You can call the Corporation Bureau (505/827-4508) or visit the Regulation Commission’s web site to check on the charity’s standing. For a modest fee, you can also obtain copies of the incorporating documents, amendments etc. from the Commission.

4. Online, charities throughout the nation are listed at Guidestar, billed as the “Donors Guide to the Charitable Universe.” To check NMLA’s (or any other charity’s status), go to the site map and enter the name of the name of the organization in which you are interested. Click on the organization’s record. Its assets and income will be displayed. You can view its tax return by selecting “more financial information.” The New Mexico Attorney General’s office is linking its own web site with the Guidestar site so prospective donors can access this kind of information at all times.

Consistent compliance with these regulations is one more reason donors can give with confidence. NMLA welcomes your membership gifts, estates, and stock.



Complied by Laura McGuire and Mary Jo Walker

[01/17/2013 the following was found in the “Membership 1923-17” folder in the NMLA Archives:

“To the Members of the New Mexico Library Association: 

On February 3, Miss Goree, Miss Shuler, Mrs. Dixon, Miss Russell, and myself met at the home of Mrs. Dixon and organized a temporary New Mexico Library Association to be perfected at this meeting. Miss Shuler was made president of the Association and myself Secretary. Since then we have secured the following members: … {list is included in the Historical Membership List} … Secretary of the New Mexico Library Association, August 26, 1924″]

1924 – First formal meeting held during SWLA Biennial Conference in Santa Fe.

1926 – First standing committee (Publicity) formed and Constitution Committee appointed. Conference attendance variously reported as 7 t0 9.

1927 – Constitution adopted. Newsletter to Libraries issued. Library Laws published with financial backing of N.M. Federation of Women’s Clubs. ALA specialist, Julia Wright Merrill, invited to visit the state.

1928 – Membership: 37; dues $1.00

1929 – Cooperated with N.M. Federation of Women’s Clubs to secure legislation creating State Library Extension Service.

1932 – NMLA news reported in State Library Extension Service’s publication, New Mexico Library Bulletin. v. 1-

1933 – Program paper: Spanish books for Spanish Americans.

1935 – Wilma Loy Shelton’s “A Public Document Program for New Mexico” launched one of  NMLA’s continuing interests.

1936 – Sponsored an unofficial State Library Planning Board which had as one of its goals a union catalog of special collections in New Mexico.

1938 – Endorsed concept of a State Library Commission. Began its own publication, New Mexico Librarian, 1938-1941.

1939 – Legislative Committee promoted creation of a State Library Commission.

1940 – First Conference not held with NMEA. Attendance: 20. New Mexico Librarian ceased and New Mexico Library Bulletin became official organ again through the cooperation of the State Library Commission.

1942 – Membership 52.  Concerns: Libraries in time of war.

1944 – Began discussions on certification. Requested ALA Chapter designation.

1946 – Certification bill readied. Program topic: Audiovisual aids in the library.

1947 – Certification law passed. ALA granted Chapter designation.

1948 – Observed 25th year. Survey of N.M. libraries made under the supervision of ALA’s Helen Ridgway. Trustees Section formed.

1949 – First formal program on cooperation among libraries.

1950 – First section meeting held at Conference.

1951 – First spring meeting of the Conference. Dues raised: $2.00. Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) created.

1952 – Meeting with Arizona Library Association. Recommended that the Governor’s Committee on Records and Documents plan a depository system for New Mexico.

1953 – Scholarship established. First recipient: Veronica Sieminski. Asked State Department of Education to employ a professional library to supervise school library standards under the State Library Commission.

1954 – Met with Arizona Library Association in Phoenix. Committee on Committees formed to define purposes and duties of committees.

1955 – Intellectual Freedom Committee considered censorship problems in Roswell.

1956 – Joined the Bibliographic Center. Adopted new Constitution.

1957 – Defeated censorship bill in Legislature.

1958 – Salary and Tenure Committee appointed to survey salaries. IFC opposed pornography bill.  Other interest: Potentials of library cooperation.

1959 – Membership: 70 personal, 9 associate.  Legislative interests: New quarters for the State Library and defeat of a pornography bill.

1960 – Recommended that the State Department of Education establish a position of library supervisor, using ALA standards as a guide.

1961 – Conference with Texas Library Association. Committee appointed to study certification.

1962 – Certification still a burning issue. An author’s award given to Erna Fergusson.

1963 – NMLA sponsored certification bill passed and signed into law.

1964 – Historical Materials Committee surveyed the state’s resources for historical research. Membership: 157.

1965 – Network of Local Action Committees established for quick action on censorship efforts. Handbook of Historical Committee distributed.

1966 – Passed resolution encouraging establishment of a graduate library school at UNM. Executive Board authorized employment of a lobbyist.

1967 – Established Library Development Council. McShean case absorbed the energies of L&IFC. Section Chairmen asked to attend Executive Board meetings for the first time.

1968 – Library Development Council contracted for the Southwestern Union List of Serials. v. 1 #1 of New Mexico Libraries published.

1969 – Adopted revised constitution and new dues schedule. Endorsed new Interlibrary Loan Code. Supported independent survey of  library resources. Co-sponsored legislation to permit interlibary cooperation across state boundaries.

1970 – Arthur D. Little report, New Mexico’s Library Resources: present status and a plan for the future, released and studied. L&IFC fought censorship bill.

1971 – Coordinated Library Systems (CLS) adopted as a state plan. New Mexico Libraries ceased publication.

1972 – First issue of New Mexico Libraries: Newsletter in mails. Special Assistant to the President of NMLA hired. Library Development Committee appointed as a Special Committee. Vigorously supported the academic library bond issue.

1973 – Public Library Financial Assistance Act passes New Mexico Legislature. First numerical register of eleven participating libraries produced. College Library Bond Issue passes.  Municipal librarians affiliate with the New Mexico Municipal League as a subdivision.

1974 – NMLA participates in study of the State Grants-in-Aid program, conducted by UNM’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research.

1976 – Coordinated Library Systems of New Mexico reviewed and revised. New Mexico Standards for Public Libraries revised and adopted.

1977 – NMLA meets with the Texas Library Association in El Paso.

1978 – State Documents Depository and Clearinghouse Legislation passes New Mexico Legislature.

1979 – New Mexico holds the New Mexico Conference on Libraries and Information Science, November 12-14 at the Santa Fe Hilton.

1980 – Legislation passes New Mexico Legislature allowing for public library participation in OCLC through AMIGOS.

1981 – Land of Enchantment Book Award presented for the first time — sponsored by the New Mexico Library Association and the New Mexico Reading Association. Senate Bill 133 passes New Mexico Legislature, providing $650,000 for public library materials.

1984-85 – Creasap, McCormick and Paget conducts statewide needs assessment. Report published in 1985.

1986 – Sandia Foothills Corporation assists New Mexico librarians in creating plans for statewide library development from data contained in the CMP study report.

1987 – Coordinated Library Systems of New Mexico reviewed and revised as a result of the CMP and Sandia Foothills reports and meetings.