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2016 NEW MEXICO LIBRARIES ASSESSMENT

The New Mexico Library Foundation announces release of the 2016 New Mexico Libraries Assessment.  Commissioned earlier this year, this comprehensive report examines the current state of New Mexico's public, tribal, school, academic and special libraries.

In 2015, the New Mexico legislature formally expressed support for the assessment.  "We are extremely pleased to be providing these results to New Mexico residents and decision makers," said Carol Hoover, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the New Mexico Library Foundation.  "The assessment's findings clearly show the essential role that libraries of all types play in the health of our state, and outline key areas where there are critical needs to be addressed."

Key findings of the assessment include the following:

  • New Mexico's library landscape is unique, rich and diverse.  Reflecting the state's remarkable geography, history and demographics, New Mexico's libraries are a priceless asset.
  • Adequate funding is a critical issue for virtually all New Mexico libraries, because the existing funding mechanisms do not generate enough support.  Although New Mexico libraries benefit from an array of funding streams, all have challenges and collectively they do not provide what is needed for libraries of all types to thrive.
  • 88% of New Mexico libraries reported shrinking or flat budgets in the last three years, and 92% say their expenses have increased or stayed the same.  Each year inflation eats away at library budgets, making it difficult for libraries to avoid cutting services.
  • 89% of New Mexico libraries reported challenges in providing relevant, high quality collections, 87% reported having inadequate staffing and 95% reported having one or more facilities-related challenges.
  • Libraries strive to bridge the digital divide and keep up with advancing technology, but are held back by lack of broadband access, outdated hardware and limited electronic resources.  40% of New Mexico libraries reported they do not offer broadband Internet service and only 7% reported having no technology issues at their libraries.
  • Despite the many challenges they face, New Mexico libraries can take pride in their many achievements.  In the last five years, a significant number of New Mexico libraries have added new services such as makerspaces, support for job seekers, computer literacy training and library programs.  96% of all libraries reported that their services support student success, 86% reported supporting lifelong learning and 64% reported their library preserves resources and cultural assets.

Conducted by national library consultant Penny Hummel, the assessment included a statewide library survey, as well as focus groups and public community conversations held in several locations across the state.  269 New Mexico libraries participated in the survey, which included 67% of New Mexico's academic libraries and 84% of its public and tribal libraries, as well as librarians representing 19 school districts and 12 special libraries.  With the exception of Catron, Harding and Mora counties, all New Mexico counties were represented by at least one library in the survey.

Data from the assessment will be used to inform a statewide conference on November 1, Libraries Transform New Mexico, which will gather together 100 invited New Mexico stakeholders including legislators, policymakers, community leaders, librarians, library supporters/patrons and members of the general public.  This event will be an exciting opportunity to showcase the accomplishments of New Mexico libraries and, more importantly, to identify ways libraries can further expand as collaborative partners with educational institutions, cultural organizations, government services and private enterprise.

Posted 26 Sep 2016

Development Grant Cycle for Fall 2016

The New Mexico Library Foundation is now accepting grant applications for the Development Grants Fall 2016 cycle.  Development Grant awards are for a maximum of $1000 and the deadline to submit applications is September 30th, 2016.  Applications for the 2016 Fall cycle will not be accepted after this date.

Information about the grant and a link to the application can be found on our Development Grants webpage

Please read carefully through the Grant Guidelines before submitting an application.  The New Mexico Library Foundation's grant process is competitive, and not all applications are awarded each cycle.  If you have questions, please contact the Foundation at grants@nm-lf.org.

We look forward to receiving your library's application!



Congratulations to Our Fall 2015 Grant Recipients!

Development Grants funded four projects impacting public and school library communities this spring.  Congratulations to each of the following!

Eisenhower Middle School, Albuquerque, NM ($1,000 to develop a Graphic Novel Collection which will provide reading material which is interesting yet accessible for all students.)

National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM ($1,000 to establish a collection of Latino children’s literature representative of the expansive breadth of Hispanic cultures and peoples.)

New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM ($1,000 to establish an Oral History Resource Program which will record, transcribe, and archive local oral histories in the Donnelly Library, making these histories available to the community.)

 Piedra Vista High School, Farmington, NM ($1,000 to support their No Summit Out of Sight program which helps students make a connection between reading for pleasure and real-life adventure through class assignments, creative exploration of personal ‘everests,’ and a visit by 19 year-old author, Jordan Romero.)   



STEM Innovation Grants are awarded to innovative library projects impacting the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, (STEM) and the environment. Congratulations to our 2015 recipients!

Multimedia Library, a division of Library Services – APS, Albuquerque, NM ($4,848 to establish a Lego Lending Library -class sets of Lego construction kits for APS district librarians to foster an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in students in the 2nd through 5th grade.)

Truman Middle School, Albuquerque, NM ($1,325 to introduce a collection of 10 circulating STEM-based maker kits. Packed in back packs, these kits include instructional texts as well as necessary materials for coding, robotics, knitting, and other STEM-related hobbies that students could explore at home.)    



Support NMLF by Shopping!

Help us help libraries.  How?  Simply by shopping!

The New Mexico Library Foundation participates in the Smith's Community Rewards Program.  By using your an online-registered Smith's rewards card at check-out, 1% of your purchase will go directly to NMLF.

There is no cost to get involved.  NMLF needs you, your family and your friends to use online-registered Smith's rewards cards to help us continue funding grants for the purchase of books, materials, information access technology and programs for underfunded libraries in communities throughout New Mexico.  Information on how to get Smith's rewards cards is available here.



STEM Collaboration Grant Awarded

NMLF is very pleased to announce award of its first STEM Collaboration Grant, to the New Mexico State Library.  This $30,000.00 3-year grant award provides funds in support of the STEM to Read program, an initiative to promote early literacy learning through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) concepts.  STEM to Read will provide professional development for library and museum staff with the goals of bringing STEM concepts to early learners (ages 0-5 years), model teachable moments for parents and caregivers and foster library/museum partnerships.

The New Mexico Library Foundation is pleased to announce the the following recipients of the STEM Innovation Grant, awarded this January, 2014. These grants provide an exciting new funding opportunity for STEM projects in libraries throughout the state. Congratulations to our STEM grant awardees!

Albuquerque Bernalillo County Library: awarded $4332 for "Our Star, Our Sun; Solar Education Outreach"
Embudo Valley Library and Community Center: awarded $5000 for "STEM Afterschool in the Embudo Library"                 
New Mexico State University Library: awarded $4400 for "Visualizing Science: Preparing and Delivering Effective Poster Presentations"
 

STEM Innovation Grants

Because of a generous donation from the Alliance for Information Science and Technology Innovation (AISTI), the New Mexico Library Foundation is able to offer an exciting new grant opportunity for libraries across New Mexico. More details available here. 



Tell Us Your Story
At past donor events, attendees were asked to tell us their favorite memory of a library.  We have collected some great stories you can read, here, on this website and on our Facebook page.  But we would love to hear YOUR story.  Please send us your favorite story about a library.  You can send your story to foundation@nm-lf.org.  We look forward to hearing from you! 
 

She Told Us Her Story
At the 2011 donor event, Julie Nocent-Vigil described how a $1000 grant from Library Foundation made a difference at her school library in 2011. (photo by Lou Lafrado)