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Early Bird Registration Extended for the Mini-Conference

| March 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

There is still time to register for the Mini-Conference at the early bird price! The deadline has been extended until March 31. Please see the Mini-Conference Page for more information and register online on the NMLA Store.

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Job Opening: Instruction and Reference Librarian – Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico

| March 27, 2017 | 0 Comments


Reporting to the Library Director, the Instruction and Reference Librarian provides a wide range of library services for students, faculty, and staff. Responsibilities include providing information literacy, reference services, overseeing patron workstations, engaging in collection development, and supporting IAIA’s mission, vision, and core values.


For the full job description visit: 47327/


To apply visit: employment/

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Job Opening: Librarian – Southwest Acupuncture College, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

| March 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Half time position. In charge of providing both technical and public services for a small, specialized, collection. Accredited MLS required. Some knowledge of cataloging and classification necessary. Computer literacy required. Works with Campus Director in Santa Fe, and Chief Librarian based in Boulder, CO, to provide the full range of library services to both on-campus and online (distance) students and faculty. Apply via email with cover letter and up to date vita to Campus Director Paul Rossignol ( position starting date is negotiable, but no later than June 1, 2017, for training with incumbent librarian. Successful candidate assumes full responsibility June 16.

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Library Legislative Bulletin #9

| March 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

At the end of the 2017 Session, the Legislature did pass a FY 2018 budget, the General Appropriations Act (HAFC Sub. for HB 2& HB 3/a). The bill number reflects the various amendments between the two chambers. The House concurred with the Senate amendments. The bill now awaits action by Governor Martinez, who has announced that she plans to veto it and call a special session.

The budget for the New Mexico State Library, including grants-in-aid programs, was not changed during the legislative process.

There were no capital outlay projects for libraries in any of the capital outlay bills. Two library projects funded in 2013 had their unexpended balances reallocated to other projects in Senate Bill 362.

Following the Governor’s veto of Senate Bill 200, relating to additonal compensation for board-certified teacher-librarians and school councilors, the companion bill,House Bill 130 by Rep.
Christine Trujillo was not acted upon by the Senate Finance Committee.

Although Governor Martinez vetoed Senate Bill 24, pertaining to local government broadband development, she did sign another important broadband bill, House Bill 60. >Read More

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Library Legislative Bulletin #8

| March 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

As we head into the final days of the session, we are still awaiting final action on the General Appropriations Act (HAFC Sub. for HB 2& HB 3/a). The bill number reflects the various amendments between the two chambers.  The amended version passed the House Appropriations and Finance Committee on a 10-6 vote and is now on the House Agenda Concurrence Calendar.

The main capital outlay bill, SB 101, Severance Tax Bond Projects, is still awaiting action by the Senate Finance Committee.  This bill was heard in Senate Finance on Tuesday afternoon, but has not yet come out of committee.

Check the Capital Outlay page to see the updated version once it clears committee:
Governor’s Veto Message on SB 200 Says School Librarians Are Not Teachers.

We now have the Governor’s veto message on SB 200, a bill relating to eligibility for salary increments for staff certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The phrase “licensed school employees” is substituted for the word “teachers”. 

>Read more…

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Library Legislative Bulletin #7

| March 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

As we head into the final week of the session, we are awaiting final action on the the General Appropriations Act (HAFC Sub. for HB 2& HB 3/a). The bill number reflects the various amendments between the two chambers. The appropriation amount for the New Mexico State Library has remained the same through this process, so the state grants-in-aid programs will likely continue at their current levels. Once the bill passes, the Governor could veto the whole bill, which might necessitate a special session.

The main capital outlay bill, SB 101, Severance Tax Bond Projects, is still awaiting action by the Senate Finance Committee. This bill will be heard in Senate Finance Monday afternoon, and is likely be fast-tracked once it comes out of committee. The version of SB 101 posted currently on the Legislature’s website is a “dummy” bill showing only a few projects. We do not know how many of the twenty one library projects proposed by 37 individual legislators will be included in the final bill. Check the Capital Outlay page to see the updated version once it clears committee:

There are two legislative items which pertain to public school libraries. > Read more…

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Call for Nominees to NMLA

| March 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

Election time for our Association with be here before you know it. So to get the ball rolling, the Nominations and Elections Committee (N&EC), acting in accordance with Article XII in the NMLA Bylaws, is asking you to submit suggestions of likely candidates for office. Please review Section 2 of the Procedures Manual for specific duties of each board officer. timeline for the elections process is currently being revised, but the actual process remains fundamentally the same). You may suggest either yourself or someone else.  To view the open board positions, please see The Nominations and Elections Committee page

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Library Legislative Bulletin #6

| February 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Thanks to the librarians who attended the Department of Cultural Affairs budget hearing on February 9th. Cynthia Shetter gave a short presentation about the importance of libraries and the need for continued state grants-in-aid funding.

The deadline for bill introductions was February 16. No new bills were introduced having substantive library content.  In HB 499, by Larry A. Larrañaga and Jason C. Harper, some severance tax bond funded projects dating from 2013 and 2014 were reauthorized. This included a capital outlay project for $70,000 for renovations and improvements at the Ernie Pyle Library in Albuquerque.

Read more about Capital Outlay Funding

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| February 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

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Volunteer Opportunity: Librarian at Ghost Ranch – Abiquiu, NM

| February 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Ghost Ranch, a non-profit Presbyterian education and retreat center near Abiquiu, is seeking a volunteer librarian.

This person will serve for at least three to six months. In exchange for free lodging and meals, he or she will work independently for 40 hours a week. Duties will include:

*Selection, purchase, cataloging and processing of all library materials.
*Regular thinning of the collection based on established criteria.
*Gathering, analyzing and reporting monthly statistics.
*Review of all donations to determine appropriateness  based on content and age.
*Manage book sales to include financial accounting.
*Maintain the overall cleanliness and orderliness of the library.
*Checking in and shelving all library materials.
*Maintaining displays, dusting, vacuuming and sweeping both inside and outside the library building.

1) The librarian may train and supervise summer student interns and other library volunteers assigned to special projects.
2)      The librarian will support the curriculum needs of Jan Term and other classes offered at Ghost Ranch.
3)      The librarian may be assigned special library projects
4)      On a limited basis, the librarian may assist at the Ghost Ranch museum and the archives.

The library, located in a historic building on the ranch, has 12,000 books, DVDs, magazines and reference volumes, a children’s room and more.

This position will begin April 1.

Ghost Ranch is in a rural area 65 miles northwest of Santa Fe. It has no television, no nearby Walmart and limited cell phone service, but it has spectacular stars, irresistible hiking trails, adventurous guests and a tight-knit community of 15-20 volunteers from all over the country. No pets are allowed.

For more information, contact Mary Jane Skala, volunteer coordinator, at 505-685-1002 or

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