Advocacy for NM School Libraries

Special Interest Group Advocating for Excellence in New Mexico School Libraries

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

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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