Advocacy for NM School Libraries

Special Interest Group Advocating for Excellence in New Mexico School Libraries

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.

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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