Advocacy for NM School Libraries

Special Interest Group Advocating for Excellence in New Mexico School Libraries

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:

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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.

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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