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NMLA Annual Conference Call for Proposals

| May 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

​The New Mexico Library Association is seeking proposals for sessions at its annual conference, which will be held November 1-3, 2017 in Albuquerque, NM. Please send your submissions that share innovative ideas and insights and that will inspire and encourage us to transform and refresh New Mexico’s library programs, services and collections. We especially encourage first-time presenters to submit their proposals. A new feature this year will be poster sessions, presented during the opening reception Wednesday evening.

Here are some important things to know:

Proposal deadline extended to June 15, 2017.
Include as much detail as possible on the proposal form.
Programs will be selected based upon adherence to the conference theme, timeliness of topic, and availability of space.
If you would like to present more than one session, please submit a separate form for each session.

All applicants will be notified in writing of the status of applications by June 30, 2017.

Send in your proposal using this form, or copy this address into your browser address bar:

Questions? Please contact Lea Briggs, Conference Program Chair, at or by calling 505-400-7309.

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Job Opening: Library Administrator – City of Las Cruces

| May 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

SALARY: $64,134.82 – $96,202.23 / Annually
OPENING DATE: 05/19/17
CLOSING DATE: 06/19/17 11:59 PM

Plans, organizes, and directs the staff and activities of the public Library.

Position involves competing demands, performing multiple tasks, working to deadlines, occasional work beyond normal business hours, and responding to customer issues. Position is subject to drug testing in accordance with applicable State and Federal regulations and City of Las Cruces polices. Work is performed in a library in a standard office environment. Light physical demands; mostly desk work; some lifting of heavy books and materials. Frequent use of a personal computer.


·         Plans, develops, organizes, implements and manages operations and staff to deliver informational, instructional, and research services to the general public; provides leadership to assure that services are provided in alignment with the City’s strategic goals and policies.

·         Meets regularly with staff to review work in progress, discuss and resolve administrative, workload and technical issues, and to prioritize and assign tasks and projects; evaluates and analyzes functions, resources, processes, and procedures to identify issues and recommend changes for improvement; interprets statutes and regulations to provide guidance in developing, implementing, and administering policies and procedures.

·         Manages staff through proper delegation and work supervision to ensure appropriate levels of service and resources; monitors work, evaluates performance, trains, counsels, coaches, and instructs employees in order to meet established goals and objectives; ensures staff adhere to established policies and procedures to remain in compliance with local, state and federal regulations.

·         Develops, evaluates, recommends, and implements goals, objectives, policies and procedures to assure compliance with all laws, policies, and regulations; evaluates and analyzes issues and recommends and implements solutions to meet the needs of the community and assure effective and efficient operations.

·         Develops, manages and monitors financial activities of assigned budgets to ensure compliance and meet performance targets; prepares special and recurring reports; analyzes future needs and forecasts resource requirements to direct, coordinate, and implement various projects and programs.

·         Maintains expertise in library sciences and/or management and monitors trends in library practices to recommend operational and policy improvements; monitors operations and evaluates programs, services, and activities to assure they are meeting the needs of customers, and to identify and resolve issues.

·         Represents the Library to internal and external customers, including elected officials, groups, and agencies; explains and interprets programs, policies, and activities and negotiates and resolves sensitive and significant issues within the scope of authority; coordinates services and programs with various regional organizations, community groups, and agencies; develops recommendations, summarizes issues, and makes presentations to various councils, boards, groups, and agencies to promote strategic initiatives and meet established objectives.

Click here for more information and to apply

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Job Opening: Learning Services Librarian – University of New Mexico

| May 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

The University of New Mexico College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences (UL&LS) seeks a Learning Services Librarian to support a dynamic library  system with a strong outreach and instruction program. This is a full-time, 12-month tenure track faculty position with the rank of Assistant Professor and offers a negotiable annual salary based on qualifications and includes full benefits.

Deadline: The search will remain open until the position is filled. For best consideration, complete applications must be received through the UNMJobs website no later than June 19, 2017.

To Apply: Applicants must apply online. Visit the UNMJobs website at Search for requisition number req842.

Click on job link:

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NLA-MPLA Joint Conference – Call for Proposals

| May 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s time to turn up the volume on innovation!

* Delivering new models of information literacy and lifelong education

* Engaging with listeners, learners, and makers of all ages and backgrounds

* Advocating the impact of libraries and intellectual freedom

Be Part of the Conversation —

Submit a Presentation Proposal !

Deadline: Tuesday, May 31st, 2017


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Preliminary Slate of Candidates for NMLA Board Offices

| May 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

NMLA Members,

Here is the preliminary slate of candidates for board offices. If you have another candidate for a specific office you would like included, you may submit (to the committee) a petition for them with signatures from 20 members in good standing.  This petition must be received by the Nominations and Elections Committee before June 2nd, 2017. After the petitions are submitted, the committee will determine the specific eligibility of both candidates and petition signers. The complete and final slate will be published in the summer newsletter and our general election will be held in August. Thank you very much for your cooperation and participation.

Petition for Candidacy for NMLA Office (.doc)

Petition for Candidacy for NMLA Office (.pdf)

Respectfully submitted, Nominaitons and Elections Committee

Sharon Jenkins, Chair
Paulita Aguilar
Kathleen Dull

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Volunteer Opportunity: Wheels Museum

| May 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Wheels Museum Development Office is seeking volunteers with library, clerical, and related skills. We are located on the old stream locomotive repair facility at 1100 2nd St. SW in Albuquerque and are a 501(c)3 organization. We are a developing a museum about the transportation history of the west.  If interested, please call Leba Freed at 505-243-6269 for more information.

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PLA Presentation on Outcome Measurement Made Easy with Project Outcome

| April 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

Emily Plagman from the Public Library Association visited New Mexico last week.  Check out her slides from her presentation on Outcome Measurement Made Easy with Project Outcome.

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Library Legislative Bulletin #10

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
Governor Martinez acted on HB 2, the General Appropriations Act, by signing it. However, she line-item vetoed the entire section of the act which funded the Legislative branch of government and the entire section funding all New Mexico higher education institutions.
The budget for the New Mexico State Library, including grants-in-aid programs, was passed without line-item vetos, except for a $75,000 item added by the Legislature which would have enabled schools to participate statewide in the national history day program.

Governor Martinez also vetoed a separate bill which raised the gasoline tax and made other revenue-enhancing provisions to the tax code.

It is certain that there will be a special session of the Legislature to fix this untenable situation.


Joe Sabatini, Co-Chair
Legislation Committee

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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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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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