Advocacy for NM School Libraries

Special Interest Group Advocating for Excellence in New Mexico School Libraries

Weeding Your Library Workshop


The Weeding Your Library Workshop is available for viewing at It was a wonderful workshop given by Laurie Lacey who is the librarian at Cleveland Middle School in Albuquerque.

Weeding Your Library PowerPoint

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National Library Legislative Day


National Library Legislative Day is May 2-3, 2016. If you can’t make it there, you can now attend virtually! See below.

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Not able to make it to National Library Legislative Day? Don’t worry, you can still join us virtually!

Starting at 9:00am EDT, we’ll be streaming the morning sessions live from Washington, DC. You’ll get a chance to hear Former Congressman Rush Holt (D-NJ) give a keynote, along with a timely rundown of all the major legislative issues that we’re addressing this year.

Not only that, but you can also help expand the impact that we have on National Library Legislative Day by participating virtually. All you need to do is head over to the Virtual Library Legislative Day registration form and sign up.

We’ll follow up by sending out talking points and resources that you can use to send an email, make a call, or post a Tweet through our Action Center. There’s also a handy resource toolkit, put together by the Harry Potter Alliance, for librarians who may want to get younger advocates involved. You can find out more by visiting theUnited for Libraries and the Harry Potter Alliance webpages, or by subscribing to the ALA Action Center.

Please feel free to contact Lisa Lindle, Grassroots Communications Specialist for ALA Washington, if you have any questions.

For more information about NLLD, visit:


Library Legislative Day – Thursday, January 28, 2016


It’s that time for Library Legislative Day! Here are the plans!

Wednesday, January 27th

6:30 p.m. – Dinner at Casa Chimayo in Santa Fe. If you can attend, please text Lorie Mitchell at 575-499-4909 to reserve your space. I will have some bags and candy to fill to hand out to the legislators. Please come help me put them together! I will have candy packages for all legislators and Governor Martinez and Lt. Governor Sanchez. They will be handed out at breakfast the next morning. Be sure to grab the ones for the people you are visiting!

Thursday, January 28th

8:00 a.m. – Breakfast/coffee at Capital Coffee (diagonal across from the State House on the east side).

8:30 – 10:30 – Meet with your legislators. Encourage to visit with your local legislators and members of the two Education Committees, if possible. Send out an email to them asking for appointments. I have five appointments already just with the few emails I sent out! Please tell them THANK YOU for the work they are doing for us! I don’t think they hear that near enough!

10:30 – Opening of the House & Senate. We will have Heather Christiansen (Portales High School) introduced in the Senate and Kim Barany (Las Cruces High School) introduced in the House. Please try to be in the galley to support our librarians in either the House or Senate!

After the opening ceremonies, we will then head to lunch at a place to be determined. Probably Cafe Pasqual, but it depends on how many of us there are! Please text Lorie Mitchell if you plan to join us.

After lunch, we will go back to the Roundhouse and attend meetings. The House Education meeting is at 8:00 in Room 317. The House Appropriations and Finance Committee meets at 1:30 in Room 307. The Senate Finance Committee meets at 1:30 in Room 322. Check out the Standing Committees page for more information:

I will send out text messages through all day about meetings. I will update you on locations and such, too, throughout the day. To make sure you don’t miss the messages, please send a text to 81010 that says @asl-leg. Make sure you add the @ sign. Once you do that, you will be signed up for our Remind service and you will get all our messages.

Check back to this page later today. I will be adding handouts we can give to the legislators!

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Leg Day 2016

Thank you for your support of SCHOOL LIBRARIES 2016

Save the date!


School Librarians,

Save the dates of January 28-30th for Library Legislative Day, Disaster Preparedness Workshop, and ASL-SIG Workshop Day! On the 28th, we will meet at the State Capitol building to speak to our legislators about ongoing needs we have in the school library community. Later we will send out some talking points for us to take with us, and hopefully a handout that you can print out and bring with you.

On the 29th, we will meet at the UNM Health Sciences Center Domenici Center West Building for the Disaster Preparedness Workshop. This workshop is designed to inform personnel working in public buildings about the possible deployment of Points of Dispensing (PODs) in those buildings in the event of a disaster/emergency situation. John Miller, (DoH Strategic National Stockpile Coordinator) and Bobbie Mackenzie (DoH New Mexico Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer Coordinator) will offer the four-hour workshop, Tactical Point of Dispensing (POD) Course. That afternoon we will be visiting school libraries in the area to see what exciting things they are doing with their students and teachers. There is a small grant for one night of lodging for out of town librarians. More information will follow about that!

On the 30th, we will meet at Jefferson Middle School at 712 Girard Pl NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106 for our ASL-SIG Workshop Day. The workshop will be held from 9:00 – 1:00 with presentations on Book Repair & Weeding, InfOhio, and updates on our online workshops & mentoring groups. We will have lunch at 12 and then at 1:00 have our ASL-SIG Business Meeting, which we invite everyone to attend.

We will be sending out more information as the time gets closer, so keep checking that email and watching this site!

Workshops & Mentoring Programs for NM School Librarians to Begin in January


Thanks to a grant from ABC-CLIO & ALA, the ASL-SIG will begin offering online workshops and mentoring groups beginning in January 2016. Four groups have been chosen to be mentoring groups: Destiny Library Management System, Dossiers, Alexandria Library Management System, and Library Educational Assistants. These mentoring groups will meet on alternating Thursdays at 4 p.m. through the online meeting room at GoToMeeting.

We will also be offering workshops in the following areas: Grant Writing, Weeding, Collection Development, Cultural Activities, Student Aide Training, Basic Philosophies of Librarianship, and Cataloging Basics. The last two workshops will be offered through the Library EA group. The leaders of these workshops are leaders in the state in these areas and have a vast array of knowledge to share.

We are currently taking online registrations for the four mentoring workgroups at the links below:

If you have any questions about this program, please contact Lorie Mitchell at

Disaster Preparedness Offered


In May 2015, The National Network of Libraries of Medicine/Southwestern Regional Program granted an award called Ps (Partners) for PODs to a partnership including the Albuquerque Public Schools,  the UNM Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center, New Mexico Department of Health, and Albuquerque Citizen Corps.

One of the goals of the project is to improve disaster preparedness information awareness. To that end, lesson plans have been developed and distributed and a poster and Disaster ToolKit was distributed to school libraries during September, National Preparedness Month.

The other major goal is to encourage school library staff to consider participating in school-based points of dispensing (PODs).

Points of Dispensing (PODs) are temporary facilities where the public can get needed medications or vaccines in an emergency. The goal is to dispense lifesaving medicines or vaccines to the affected population within 48 hours. The New Mexico Department of Health plans to locate PODs throughout the state; 90% will be in middle schools and high schools.

All school librarians and teachers in New Mexico are encouraged to download and use the attached Disaster Toolkit to educate and inform students and parents about disaster preparation.

Here are the Disaster Toolkit files:

Online Workshops Need Speakers


The ASL-SIG is launching our online workshops and training. If you can lead any of the following topics, please sign up! We would love to have people from all around the state participate in these. The Steering Committee will work with your schedule if you agree to be a speaker. All workshops and mentoring groups will be held in our Go To Meeting online meeting room.

School Leadership
Data collection/presentation
Intellectual freedom
Marketing and branding
Parent & community involvement
Principal whispering
Teacher whispering

Collection Development
Book ordering & vendor relationships
Book repair
Cataloging basics
Cataloging of non-print items
Collection development
E-books & electronic resources
Genrefying your library
Vendor websites

Cafes & food
Facilities Design
Facility management

Financial Management
GO Bond
Grant Writing

Classroom management
Collaboration with teachers
Curriculum development
Scope and sequence
Student whispering
Teacher whispering

Basic philosophies of librarianship
Interpersonal relationships
Policies & procedures
Student aide training
Time management
Volunteer management
When to say no

Services & Activities
After-school services
Author visits (including Skype visits)
Book Clubs
Cultural activities
Library programming
Reader’s advisory
Services during testing

Alexandria training
Destiny reports
Destiny training
Information integration – one search for all types of information
Social media
Technology lessons
Which device is right?


If you can lead or collaborate with any of these topics, please sign up at Thanks!

Dossier Mentoring Group Begins!


The Dossier Online Mentoring Group (DOMG) will begin meeting online through Go To Meeting beginning December 10th at 3:30 p.m. Kyla Johnson from Farmington will be leading the group. Kyla has experience as a Level 3 Librarian and also as a former grader of librarian dossiers. The meetings will be every other Thursday at 3:30. The group will NOT meet on December 24th, but will begin again after the new year.

If you are interested in being a part of DOMG, please sign up!

If you have questions, please contact Lorie Mitchell at or 575-234-3319, ext. 2633.

Testing & School Libraries


This past April and May, we asked for school librarians to fill out a quick survey about how testing affected their library during the 2013-2014 school year. We had 100 responses. This will be a 3 year longitudinal study. We had several schools that aren’t affected by testing, but the overall input stated that school libraries are being closed for testing purposes. Twenty-four school libraries reported that they were closed for 1-5 days during the school year. The next largest group, though, was 15 who responded they were closed for 11-15 days. The most days a library was closed for 50 days, reported by one school.

During these closures, the majority of the librarians (59) reported teachers have access to the library before or after school or testing. Ten libraries reported that teachers have no access at all during this time. Thirty-six libraries reported that students only have access to the library materials if the teachers take the materials to the classrooms. Students using e-resources is another popular way of helping students access library materials. Librarians have various roles during testing if testing is offered in their library. The most popular role is as test proctor, with 47 librarians reporting that as one of their duties during testing.

We asked which tests are being offered in our libraries, and the New Mexico Standards Based Assessment was the most common test. WIDA/ACCESS and End of Course Assessments came in a distant second and third. This survey was for 2013-2014, so it did not include the PARCC assessment. We estimate that the PARCC may not affect school libraries as much as the NM-SBA because it is offered only online and requires computer access.

As we face more testing in the future, school librarians may see their roles change to be even more involved in testing and their libraries being closed more often. We must let our administrators know how this is not only affecting our teaching staff, but our students. We also must be creative in our ways to make sure our students still have access to library materials, whether that is putting a limited amount of materials on a cart to go to the classrooms, offering more e-resources, or some other creative solution. We need to make sure this topic is in the forefront of our administrators’ minds and we must keep the discussion going between each other to find new ways to adapt to these requirements so they have minimal effects on our constituents.

Testing and School Libraries Responses

For more information, you can contact Lorie Mitchell, Chair of the ASL-SIG, at or 575-234-3319.

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NMLA Conference Offers Many Sessions for School Librarians!


ASL Conference Program

Above is a link to a quick preliminary conference program that showcases the sessions for school librarians. We have multiple offerings every time slot! Please consider coming this year! In addition to all of this, I also want to point out we will be launching our new Training and Mentoring grant. WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please make sure you come to that meeting to help us with the planning process so we can get it going! We are so excited about being able to offer training and mentoring to school librarians across the state without the individuals having to travel! Also, don’t miss our ASL-SIG business meeting!

We will see you there!

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Statement of Purpose:  Our purpose is to promote the achievement of excellence in New Mexico school libraries

Objectives as related to Goals of the Association

  1. Provide leadership to initiate, maintain, and enhance library legislation and act on political issues affecting school library interests.
  2. Provide and support educational opportunities for school library personnel.
  3. Communicate the role and value of school libraries and librarian-teachers.
  4. Support and improve networking among school librarians in New Mexico.
  5. Support and promote literacy initiatives for youth including, but not limited to, the Land of Enchantment.

Join the ASL-SIG!


Chair: Lorie Mitchell, Carlsbad High School/Carlsbad Municipal Schools Librarian
Vice-Chair: Heather Christiansen, Portales High School Librarian
Past-Chair: Linda Keulen

Leadership Committee

Ken Holmes, Los Alamos
Jackie Dean, Las Cruces
Kyla Johnson, Farmington
Marian Royal-Vigil, Albuquerque
Rachel Altobelli, Albuquerque
Kim Baranay, Las Cruces