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NMLA Legislative Legislative Bulletin #4

| January 16, 2018 | 0 Comments


The 2018 Legislative session starts on Tuesday, January 16th. This 30-day session will end at noon on February 15th. January 31st is the last day for new bills to be introduced.

Make your plans now to attend Legislative Day. Make contact with your local legislators. Librarians will be recognized during opening ceremonies in each chamber. Delegations representing types of libraries and geographical areas will be introduced in the Senate by Senator Bill Soules and in the House by Representative Elizabeth Thomson.

Senate and  House member offices are shown at   Click on “Office and Phone List”

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Administrative Assistant for New Mexico Library Association

| January 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

The New Mexico Library Association Board is seeking an Administrative Assistant to manage the administrative affairs of the Association.  Please send a one page cover letter of interest, resume and references by email to:

Marian Royal
New Mexico Library Association


  • Familiarity with general office practices and procedures, either through formal training or equivalent experience.
  • Familiarity with QuickBooks and/or other financial/bookkeeping software preferred.
  • Computer literate, with demonstrated proficiency with word processing and spreadsheet programs.
  • Strong customer service skills required.
  • Must possess good organizational skills, good interpersonal skills and maintain a high degree of confidentiality.
  • Previous work experience in a library preferred but not required.
  • Applicant must be bondable.
  • This position is for an independent contractor who must use their own equipment and supplies to carry out the duties of the position.

Reports to: NMLA executive Board
Hours: 10 hours per week, up to 20 hours during annual conference
Salary: $5000 annually


  1. Maintain communication between those within NMLA as well as between NMLA and others through the creation and management of telecommunication services (including FAX) and listings in the White and Yellow pages, other appropriate directories and appropriate social media outlets and maintaining an e-mail address through an on-line account.
  2. Employ voice messaging and paging to approximate real time response during business hours. A separate phone line will be answered “New Mexico Library Association”.
  3. Route communication promptly to appropriate persons within NMLA.
  4. Assist treasurer and committee chairs with board approved tasks.
  5. Attend Executive Board meetings to be knowledgeable about NMLA business.
  6. Perform registration for mini-conference, workshops and other events.
  7. Maintain a current list of active and potential library-related vendors and their contact information. Communicate with vendors and solicit vendor registrations and support prior to conferences.
  8. Assist conference chairs with duties and tasks associated with the conferences; e.g., pre-conference registration, exhibitor relations, collection and deposit of booth fees into NMLA accounts, forwarding paperwork to proper individuals, ensuring exhibitor’s legal requirements and logistical needs are met.
  9. Conference on-site management services include liaison with venue operator, exhibitors, and the NMLA officers, members, and attendees.
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NMLA Legislative Bulletin #3, 2018

| January 7, 2018 | 0 Comments


There are several legislative priorities that the NMLA Legislation Committee is working on.

We are giving our highest priority to the placement of a General Obligation Bond Issue for libraries on the November 2018 statewide election ballot. The G.O. Bond bill will originate in the Senate and likely be introduced by Senator Carlos Cisneros of Taos County.  Once again, as in the last eight elections, this funding makes a difference to all New Mexico libraries, large and small. 

The Legislative Finance Committe has recommended $9.5 million for the Library G.O. Bond, a reduction of $500,000 from the 2016 amount. There would be $3 million each for public, academic and public school libraries, and $500,000 for tribal libraries. Details from their budget recommendation are posted below. Librarians and library supporters should contact their local legislators about the need for a higher level of bond funding. This is particularly important in the context of the Libraries Transform initiatives on funding and broadband.

The executive budget request was issued on Friday, and there is a non-recurring appropriation for e-rate support from the State Library. 

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Seeking enthusiastic members to serve NMLA

| December 8, 2017 | 0 Comments
If you’re a member who enjoys the services and support the NMLA offers, please consider volunteering for one of these positions.  
Intellectual Freedom Committee Chair and members:
The mission of the IF Committee is  to raise awareness of and provide access to resources on Intellectual Freedom for the New Mexico Library community.
Conference Site Selection Committee Chair and members:
The Conference Site Selection Committee locates sites and dates for both the annual and mini-conferences. Proposed sites and dates are submitted to the Board of Directors for approval. 
If you have any interest in these slots, please contact Marian Royal immediately. No prior experience on these committees is required. We’re happy to train you.
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Letter from Margaret Hinchee, Library Director of Clovis Carver Public Library

| November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

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Texas Library Association Resolution

| August 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

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