Advocacy for NM School Libraries

Special Interest Group Advocating for Excellence in New Mexico School Libraries

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!

Dossier Mentoring Group Begins!


The Dossier Online Mentoring Group (DOMG) will begin meeting online through Go To Meeting beginning December 10th at 3:30 p.m. Kyla Johnson from Farmington will be leading the group. Kyla has experience as a Level 3 Librarian and also as a former grader of librarian dossiers. The meetings will be every other Thursday at 3:30. The group will NOT meet on December 24th, but will begin again after the new year.

If you are interested in being a part of DOMG, please sign up!

If you have questions, please contact Lorie Mitchell at or 575-234-3319, ext. 2633.

Testing & School Libraries


This past April and May, we asked for school librarians to fill out a quick survey about how testing affected their library during the 2013-2014 school year. We had 100 responses. This will be a 3 year longitudinal study. We had several schools that aren’t affected by testing, but the overall input stated that school libraries are being closed for testing purposes. Twenty-four school libraries reported that they were closed for 1-5 days during the school year. The next largest group, though, was 15 who responded they were closed for 11-15 days. The most days a library was closed for 50 days, reported by one school.

During these closures, the majority of the librarians (59) reported teachers have access to the library before or after school or testing. Ten libraries reported that teachers have no access at all during this time. Thirty-six libraries reported that students only have access to the library materials if the teachers take the materials to the classrooms. Students using e-resources is another popular way of helping students access library materials. Librarians have various roles during testing if testing is offered in their library. The most popular role is as test proctor, with 47 librarians reporting that as one of their duties during testing.

We asked which tests are being offered in our libraries, and the New Mexico Standards Based Assessment was the most common test. WIDA/ACCESS and End of Course Assessments came in a distant second and third. This survey was for 2013-2014, so it did not include the PARCC assessment. We estimate that the PARCC may not affect school libraries as much as the NM-SBA because it is offered only online and requires computer access.

As we face more testing in the future, school librarians may see their roles change to be even more involved in testing and their libraries being closed more often. We must let our administrators know how this is not only affecting our teaching staff, but our students. We also must be creative in our ways to make sure our students still have access to library materials, whether that is putting a limited amount of materials on a cart to go to the classrooms, offering more e-resources, or some other creative solution. We need to make sure this topic is in the forefront of our administrators’ minds and we must keep the discussion going between each other to find new ways to adapt to these requirements so they have minimal effects on our constituents.

Testing and School Libraries Responses

For more information, you can contact Lorie Mitchell, Chair of the ASL-SIG, at or 575-234-3319.

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NMLA Conference Offers Many Sessions for School Librarians!


ASL Conference Program

Above is a link to a quick preliminary conference program that showcases the sessions for school librarians. We have multiple offerings every time slot! Please consider coming this year! In addition to all of this, I also want to point out we will be launching our new Training and Mentoring grant. WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please make sure you come to that meeting to help us with the planning process so we can get it going! We are so excited about being able to offer training and mentoring to school librarians across the state without the individuals having to travel! Also, don’t miss our ASL-SIG business meeting!

We will see you there!

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!

Save the Dates


ASL-SIG Winter Workshop in Carlsbad Jan 23 & 24.

Register at

(if link doesn’t work, copy and paste into your browser)

Friday, Jan 23 4:00 Steering Committee Meeting at Trinity Hotel

5:30 Mixer at Lucky Bull Grill – Cash Bar

7:00 Dinner courtesy of Permabound (reservations through Lorie Mitchell at  | 575-499-4909 (c)

Saturday, Jan 24 8 – 3ish Carlsbad High School  agenda is at

Legislative Day in Santa Fe Thursday, Feb 5

Details to follow




Fall Workshop September 20


The Fall Workshop will be held in Albuquerque on Saturday, September 20 from 8:30 – 2:30.  Dianne Dragoo will be hosting us at Albuquerque High School, 800 Odelia Road NE.  Topics include:

Building Maker Spaces

Curation vs. Collection Development vs. Censorship

Creating an ASL-SIG Vision and Mission

Watch for more details, including Friday night mixer and a Vendor Fair on Saturday.

Questions? email Linda Keulen or Lorie Mitchell


Register here so we have food for you! (If the link doesn’t work, copy and paste it into your browser)

Nearby hotels:

Crowne Plaza  1901 University NE Phone: 1 877 270 1393

Days Inn Midtown   2120 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107   Phone:(505) 884-0250

Fairfield Inn  1760 Menaul Blvd NE, (877) 301-8484

Holiday Inn Express 2500 Menaul NE  800 315 2621


Friday night mixer: 5:30 at  BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse; 2100 Louisiana Blvd. NE, Alb. 505-872-8600; right in front of Winrock Center at the corner of I-40 and Louisiana


Agenda is here: asl sig September 20 workshop agenda




Spring Workshop May 10 in Las Cruces

Hello – please make plans to join us for the ASL-SIG Spring Workshop, “A New Vision For Your Library” in Las Cruces on Saturday, May 10.
Topics include:
-To genrefy or not to genrefy your library (Bobbi Craig/Mackin)
-How e-resources fit into your design (Heather Dahl/Gale Cengage)
-Writing/revising your mission and vision statements
-Planning for “found” money
-Follet Shelf and your library (Michael Kocurek/Follet)
-Space Planning (think creative use of paper/supplies)
-ASL-SIG Steering Committee in the afternoon
Light breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack provided
Fee: $10 active NMLA members; $20 non-NMLA members, $5 teacher/collaborator guests
HINT:  make lodging accomodations soon; Las Cruces is busy in May.
For Las Cruces questions, contact Tina Glatz at or Jackie Dean at
Thanks to our Workshop Committee:  Rachel Altobelli, Marian Royal Vigil, Tina Glatz, and Jackie Dean
Linda Keulen

Congratulations School Library Winners!

Congratulations to Alison Almquist from Valle Vista Elementary in Albuquerque and Rita Pino Vargas, from Sky City Community School at Acoma Pueblo, our 2 winners of the Outstanding School Library award!
Great work ladies!  You deserve it! Their award sponsored by Michael Kocurek at Follett.
Additional kudos to Kyla Johnson  at Farmington High School. She also receives money for her school library from Heather Dahl at  Cengage/Gale.
You all make us proud!

Save the Date for Spring Workshop!

ASL-SIG Spring Workshop
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Onate High School
5700 Mesa Grande Dr,
Las Cruces, NM 88012
Cost: $10 for active NMLA members, $20 for non-NMLA members.
Linda Keulen
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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