Advocacy for NM School Libraries

Special Interest Group Advocating for Excellence in New Mexico School Libraries

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!

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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