New Mexico Library Association

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  • Thursday, February 18, 2021 4:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In an effort to better support library workers during the pandemic and “affirm that Library Workers have a fundamental right to a safe work environment,” the ALA Council passed the Resolution to Prioritize Library Workers to Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine during the recent 2021 ALA Midwinter Virtual held January 22-26. The Council referred the Resolution to the Chapter Relations Committee, the Committee on Library Advocacy, and the Committee on Legislation with the request that the committees issue a joint report to Council by late March 2021. (More COVID-19 information is available on the ALA website: .)

    Additional resolutions recently passed by the ALA Council include:

    Submitted by Aubrey Iglesias, ALA-APA Chapter Councilor, NMLA,

  • Thursday, February 11, 2021 8:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Rio Rancho Public Library was the recipient of a mini grant from the Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change grant. One of the initiatives that we chose to undertake with this funding was to bring back our seed library (this time at both locations) and create gardening tool kits that can be checked out. The seed library is one of most consistent patron inquiries, people just love it! Each of our 4 kits will contain a trowel, transplanter, rounded cultivator, and square cultivator. 

    In both libraries we are working on creating a garden center that will house our seed library, kits, gardening tip bookmarks, and an ever changing selection of books to be checked out. Our whole initiative kicks off on February 22 with a garden starter kit giveaway. We will be handing out a water can, tool, and seed packet kit to the first 30 people that ask for one!

    Our main goal for this project is to get people thinking about sustainability and where their food comes from. We also wanted to provide people the opportunity to try a new hobby without putting a lot of money into it (especially during COVID). Gardening tools are expensive and sometimes cost can be a prohibitive factor when trying something new, we want to help with that.

    Shout out to Josh Brynildsen and Jodi Miller the Rio Rancho librarians who got this show on the road!

    Jenna Wells, MLS

    Librarian, Adult Services Supervisor

    Loma Colorado Main Library

    Library & Information Services

    (505)891-5013 ext 8819

  • Thursday, February 11, 2021 7:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The University of New Mexico’s Health Sciences Library & Informatics Center (HSLIC) is excited to announce a major update to its Native Health Database (NHD). Previously under the leadership of Pat Bradley (Diné) before her passing in Spring 2019, this powerful resource--comprised of just over 10,000 bibliographic citations to myriad resources focused on Indigenous health—has laid dormant for nearly two years. There has been no new content submitted to NHD since Bradley’s leadership. Shortly after beginning with HSLIC in September 2019, the library’s Scholarly Communications and Digital Librarian, Jonathan Pringle, began working behind the scenes to explore appropriate next steps for the NHD. Meetings with former NHD Advisory Board members, UNM health sciences administrators, and close colleagues and friends of Bradley’s has helped Pringle find a collaborative approach to both sustain and grow the NHD.

    Pat Bradley (2nd from the right) during an NHD Advisory Board meeting in November 2016

    Work has already begun on a project to migrate descriptive metadata found in the current NHD, and to move it into a new database. Mukurtu ( is an open-source content management system that incorporates Indigenous control measures during the submission and sharing of resources. Mukurtu embeds nuanced cultural access protocols and traditional knowledge labels to provide for the respectful sharing of information between repositories and the communities represented in submitted material. Further, Mukurtu allows for the display of actual content in tandem with descriptions, something the current NHD does not allow for. One of the most exciting aspects of Mukurtu are the myriad possibilities for collaboration, providing information creators with a space to deposit health information resources for those communities needing them the most.

    HSLIC anticipates a release of the new NHD shortly after April. In the meanwhile, anybody interested in learning more can visit the current NHD page ( You may also wish to email Jonathan Pringle ( with any comments.

  • Thursday, February 11, 2021 7:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Last September I was scheduled to give my Storytime and Beyond literacy workshop for librarians in the South Central Kansas Library System. I had purchased copies of my book and assorted "literacy doodads" to take to Kansas for the in-person event. Regretfully, It ended up being virtual. Since I don't see any more workshop opportunities or in-person events on the horizon, I'm making the book available at a substantial discount, and including some fun doodads and a music CD with 12 ABC songs. A super bargain for librarians, teachers, caregivers, homeschoolers, and literacy fans. Questions? (free shipping included while supplies last!).

    Kathy Barco

  • Thursday, February 11, 2021 7:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    NMLA has an exciting opportunity for its members to reach more New Mexico library workers and enthusiasts with our new YouTube Channel. The NMLA Board believes the YouTube Channel is a perfect way to not only promote New Mexico libraries, but also to encourage needed interaction between NMLA members.

    We’re looking for all sorts of videos featuring various content, such as:

    ·         How-to/informational/educational

    ·         Professional development

    ·         Library promotion and advocacy

    ·         Spotlight on library partners and community supporters

    If you have a video idea that fits within these categories (or a creative category we didn’t think of!), please fill out the following form to see if we’d be able to publish it on our channel: 

    If you have a video that you’d like to submit that was previously published for a different organization, such as the library you work at, please be sure you have permission from this organization to post it on another channel. Please make sure your video idea is approved before submitting the completed video for posting.

    The NMLA Communications Team looks forward to your submissions! If you have any questions or suggestions, please email Anna Frantz at

    Anna Frantz

    Membership Chair

    Communications Team


  • Thursday, February 11, 2021 7:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello to the New Mexico Library Association! Welcome to a new year with the absolute hope that we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel of this almost year-long train ride into the unknown - hopefully it's not the train coming back at us!

    I am the Library Director at Sandia Preparatory School and we have been working diligently since August with a 25% hybrid model and things have been going very well! We are doing curb-side pickup for the library and popping into classrooms via Zoom to do library instruction and there have been no real issues. We are seeing students who are on the virtual side turning off their cameras more and more through - kind of like talking to a wall. With the roll out on Monday the 8th moving to 50% there will be more students on campus.  We see this as a step in the right direction and will begin to get a little more traffic in the library because we miss them for sure. 

    NMLA's first ever completely virtual conference was a success! We had a great turnout - 203 attendees and 17 vendors! The vendors felt a little left out with this format so I will chat with folks to see how we can make that a little better next time. I think this is the case with most of the virtual meetings around the country. 

    New Mexico's Library Legislation day will be held on February 12 and will be virtual. Please check your listserv email for information on things as they are finalized.

    I just attended the final ALA Midwinter conference. Not only was it the last time in its current configuration but it was held virtually for the first time. It was a wonderful mix of seeing folks I hadn't seen in a bit (believe it or not even virtually), listening to keynotes like Cicely Tyson - only 4 days before her death- Jill Biden, and the awards recognition. Next year we will see a different format for this meeting, "a learning, networking, and collaboration experience scheduled for January 21-24, 2022, in San Antonio, TX." The website is already up and the schedule is being formed! 

    On January 28, ALA announced that the association's annual conference scheduled for June 23-29 in Chicago will be virtual as well. Advance registration opens on March 1 at noon Central time and will close April 16. The conference website is if you would like to check things out. The call for proposals is up on the page.

    I am completely in awe that we are still in the throws of the COVID-19 issues and restrictions for almost a year. I know we have all been looking forward to a vaccine. Please make sure you are registered with the NM DOH at this website for when they come available.

    With the pandemic overtaking so much of our lives this past year, we have all had to pivot like never before. We have had to face so many different obstacles, both local and national, coming at us all at once and adapting on the fly. You are all doing fabulous work keeping your libraries functioning and safe in this strange, new world we are in. I know you are all so very tired - keep up the fight - we got this and we are all in it together!!

    Stay safe....

    J. Melanie Templet

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