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Unlocking ESSA and Our Potential Workshop Links


Here are some very important bookmarks for you to keep handy during this planning time!

Stay tuned for more information after the workshop!

Winter Workshop Set! “Unlocking ESSA and Our Potential”


The leadership of Advocacy for School Libraries Special Interest Group is very excited and pleased to announce that Allison Roots Lewis will be representing the American Association of School Libraries and presenting a workshop on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and how we can work with our legislators and local leadership, including a collaboration time where we can create a plan to get our “seat at the table.” The workshop will be on January 7th from 9:00 – 1:00 in the Las Cruces High School’s beautiful new library which was featured in a recent issue of “American Library Journal”.

At the NMLA Conference, I did a very short presentation about ESSA and exactly where we can get involved. Here is the link to my presentation, which was actually created by AASL and edited by me: connecting-essa-to-school-libraries. Please take the time to visit the AASL website on ESSA at On that website, you will find position statements and helpful documents for you to take to your district leaders. Start planning now and asking to be a part of the ESSA team for your district! School libraries play a very important role in this.


Kathryn Lewis

Kathryn Roots Lewis is the Director of Media Services and Instructional Technology for Norman Public Schools in Norman, Oklahoma.  In this capacity, her areas of responsibility include oversight, planning, management, professional development, and financial responsibility for instructional materials, instructional technology, and libraries.  She has been a school teacher and librarian at all levels. Kathryn is the Project Director for an IMLS National Leadership Grant. She serves on the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Standards and Guidelines Editorial Board. She was named as a member of the first LILEAD Fellow group, a national professional development program for school library supervisors. Kathryn serves as Region 6 Director on the AASL Board of Directors. She is on the Oklahoma Technology Association Board and is a past president of the organization. Kathryn was recognized with the 2013 University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Studies Outstanding Alumni Award, the ISTE Making IT Happen Award, Oklahoma’s 2012 Outstanding Technology Leader, and the 2010 Oklahoma Library Association (OLA) Library Legend.   Kathryn is a Past Chair of the AASL Supervisors Section and a Past President of OLA. Kathryn has authored numerous articles and blogs including co-writing the AASL/Achieve document, Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the School Librarian Action Brief.

I am so very excited about this opportunity for New Mexico School Librarians. Please plan to attend! I can’t promise warm weather, but I can promise warmER weather than you have in the north!

To register, fill out the form at this link and submit: 2017 Winter Workshop Registration




Two issues came to light during the New Mexico Statewide Conference on Libraries, and we would like to find out more about YOUR library. Would you take five minutes (or less) to answer these two short quizzes? These two issues are very important as we prepare for Library Legislative Day and the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Please only respond if you are a New Mexico SCHOOL librarian.

Thank you so very much!

Lorie Mitchell, Chair

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!

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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