Through its bureaus and departments, the State Library makes information, consulting and resource-based services and programs available to libraries that include:
Continuing Education – Library courses are offered free of charge to public librarians and board members throughout the year. Recent events include the emerging technology sessions, summer reading program workshops, board training, collection development courses, reference skills training, cataloging classes and book repair workshops. For more information call 800-340-3890.
Discounts on Book Purchases – Both Baker & Taylor and Ingram have contracts with the State Library and are able to offer discounts to New Mexico public libraries. Both distributors offer good discounts, do not charge for taxes or shipping, and have liberal return policies. For more information call 800-340-3890.
Electronic Discussion Groups – The State Library currently hosts several listservs for New Mexico librarians, and provide a means for discussion of: public library issues, youth services topics, resource sharing, topics of interest to all types of libraries, SALSA consortium issues, and State Documents. Available lists are:
NMPUBLIB - The State Library’s electronic discussion group for public libraries is now reactivated.
To see postings to this list, and to participate in discussions, all users (whether new or returning) must subscribe to the list. To do so, please go to: http://lists.zianet.com/mailman/listinfo/nmpublib
You will also find a link to the list archives from this page.
NMYTHSERV (formerly INFO_SWAP). This listserv which supports librarians working with children and teens and all in between.
NMSALSA - Focused discussion list for SALSA libraries
NMRESSH - Focused discussion list for New Mexico libraries interested in statewide resource sharing
NMGOVDOCS - Focused discussion list for New Mexico libraries interested in Federal and State government documents
Federal Depository Library Program - The State Library serves as a Regional Federal Depository Library for the State of New Mexico. In partnership with the University of New Mexico, the State Library provides consulting services, training and technical assistance for selective libraries in the state. The State of New Mexico Federal Depository Library Plan articulates the leadership role of the State Library and outlines service areas for regional libraries in the State. In support of the mission of the State Library, the New Mexico State Regional Federal Depository Library extends consultation, training, reference and interlibrary loan services to public and school libraries statewide. For more information, call 800-340-3890 or 505-476-9763.
Foundation Center - The Foundation Collection concentrates on funding from private foundations for non-profit organizations. The State Library augments these materials with local publications when available, as well as information on corporate giving, charities, fund-raising techniques and proposal writing. Information is also available on Federal grants. Circulating copies of some how-to-do-it materials are available. For more information, call 800-340-3890 or 505-476-9763.
Foundation Collection (Traveling) - The New Mexico State Library’s Foundation Center Traveling Collection can be loaned to any public library in the state for a six-week period. The collection includes forty publications and many other useful tools for finding funding sources. The collection is an invaluable resource for a community that is seeking financial support through grant writing. Borrowing the collection means that you and your community's non-profit organizations can research grants to your heart’s content for the length of the loan. This service will be on hiatus until Summer 2008 for updating.
Interlibrary Reference – The New Mexico State Library answers reference questions from libraries across the state through its Interlibrary Reference service. The Interlibrary Reference service is designed to help all New Mexico libraries best serve their own patrons. Librarians only please call: 800-876-2203.
Interlibrary Loan – The Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Department at the State Library processes ILL requests for libraries in New Mexico that do not have OCLC. If the New Mexico State Library does not have the item requested, we try to find it in the OCLC database and request it from another library. For more information, call 800-340-3890 or 505-476-9711.
Library Development Services – The Library Development Services Bureau offers consulting services for public and tribal libraries on a wide range of topics, including: technology, youth services and summer reading program, E-Rate, plans and policies, continuing education, certification, outreach and board training. The bureau staff will also research library related questions presented by public libraries. For more information call 800-340-3890.
Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped/Talking Books Library - The library is responsible for meeting the reading and information needs of more than 5000 New Mexico citizens who are blind, visually impaired, physically handicapped, or reading disabled. These needs are met by providing books, magazines, and other material in alternate format (cassette, Braille, and electronic text), playback equipment, and some production of print materials in alternative media. The collection contains about 44,000 titles and 275,000 volumes on a wide variety of subjects. For an application or additional information, contact the Talking Book Library at 505-476-9770 or 1-800-456-5515.
Library Science Book & Video Collection – The State Library has a full collection of Library Science materials available for research and interlibrary loan. The collection contains the most current library literature and is maintained to support all activities of public libraries throughuot New Mexico. To search the collection visit the State Library’s online catalog, SALSA.
Magazines Online (Thomson Gale / InfoTrac) – This suite of databases for public, academic and school libraries offer a robust array of periodicals and reference sources appropriate to the entire community of users. The databases available include: Kids InfoBits, introducing students K-6 to the research process; InfoTrac Junior, created specifically for middle school students with more than 130 titles; InfoTrac Student Edition, designed for homework assignments for secondary school students; General Reference Center Gold, having a broad subject scope with more than 8.3 million citations and a 20-year backfile; Expanded Academic ASAP, a comprehensive database of academic resources; and Informe!, an electronic resource of popular Hispanic magazines. For more information contact the New Mexico State Library Reference Desk at: 800-876-2203.
NewsBank - Newsbank is an online, searchable database providing access to three New Mexico newspapers. Each paper provides unique coverage of local and regional news, including companies, politics, sports, industries, cultural activities, and people in the community. Paid ads are excluded.
New Mexico State Depository Library Program