Advocacy for NM School Libraries

Special Interest Group Advocating for Excellence in New Mexico School Libraries
Browsing Mentoring

New Training and Mentoring Program to Begin


The Advocacy for School Libraries Special Interest Group are recipients of an ABC-CLIO Grant that will establish a training and mentoring program in our state for school librarians and library paraprofessionals. We have divided the state into five sections with 1-2 leaders available for each section. In addition to “local” meetings, we will be purchasing a year of Go To Meeting so we can meet online and avoid all that pesky travel. We will be using it for section meetings, but also for state-wide school library training and mentoring. We will soon be contacting you asking for input and help. This is a first-of-its-kind initiative in this state and we are so excited to be getting this off the ground. If you would like to help or have ideas for training, please contact Linda Keulen at or Lorie Mitchell at Stay tuned for more information over the next month!

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.

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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