Mini Conference






Join us at the New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM to continue the conversation that started with the 2016 assessment of our state’s libraries!

The fact that our library landscape is unique, rich and diverse was confirmed.  And we learned that we are facing funding issues. Who knew, right?  Librarians across the state want to know what you are doing in your library and in your community to transform the landscape.  Are you collaborating with other entities? Are you defining new roles to meet new needs? Are you finding innovative ways to fund programs and services?  The Mini-Conference traditionally provides an opportunity for us to travel to smaller communities within the state and collaborate with libraries and library staff in those areas.  Join your colleagues and share your ideas!

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For Attendees

Preliminary Program

How to Register:

Onsite registration is available after March 31, 2017.


Plaza Hotel 230 Plaza Street, Las Vegas, NM 87701

Phone: 505-425-3591 | Email:

(Thursday only) $65 for a 1 bed room, $75 for a 2 bed room, plus taxes and fees.
Call the hotel at 505-425-3591 and mention the group “New Mexico Library Association Room Block” to receive our discount. Reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card, and credit card is required upon check in.  Make your reservation by Thursday, March 23, 2016, to obtain the special rate.

Experience the history of Las Vegas with modern comforts. The historic Plaza Hotel was built in 1882 and overlooks Old Town Plaza. Amenities include free Internet access, the Gilded Age Victorian dining room and saloon, complimentary coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and fruit every morning in the gift shop, and a pet-friendly atmosphere. Thursday nights are karaoke nights in the saloon, from 7:30 p.m.-11:00 p.m.

Other Hotels in Las Vegas:

Best Western, 2020 N. Grand Ave., 1-505-426-8000
Comfort Inn, 2500 N. Grand Ave., 1-505-425-1100
Days Inn, 2000 N. Grand Ave., 1-505-426-1967
Holiday Inn, 816 Grand Ave., 1-505-426-8182
Super 8, 2029 N. Grand Ave., 1-505-425-5288

For Vendors

For Sponsorships & Advertising Opportunities

Contact Linda O’Connell, NMLA Administrator via email at or via phone at 505-400-7309.

Mini-Conference Highlights

THURSDAY April 6, 2017
(Schedule is subject to change)

Morning Pre-Conference Program – Project Outcome: Outcome Measurements Made Easy!
Kathleen Moeller-Peiffer, New Mexico State Library, and Emily Plagman
Price: Free, but Pre-Registration is required

12:00-4:00 NMLA Board Meeting
1:30-5:00 Pre-Conference Tour – Guided Tour of Two Harvey Hotels: the Montezuma Castle and the Castaneda Hotel.
Price: $20/person, Pre-Registration is required

4:00-5:00 NMCAL Board Meeting

5:30-7:00 Opening Reception, including a special Chocolate Tasting and Auction, at the NMHU Student Union Ballroom.
Price: Free, with Mini-Conference registration by March 24th

FRIDAY April 7, 2017
(Schedule is subject to change)


– Registration & Continental Breakfast
– SIG Meetings, Programs, Exhibitors, Lunch
– Opening Address & Keynote Program:  Tooting Your Librarian Horn: Increasing Awareness and Perception in Your Stakeholders.  Join Deborah B. Ford, Director of Library Outreach at Junior Library Guild, in this inspiring, practical keynote of four easy strategies for better communication of your message.