New Mexico State Library

Consulting Services

The New Mexico State Library offers a host of consulting services to assist libraries statewide.

Annual Report – The NMSL provides assistance for public libraries submitting their annual Public Library Survey (PLS, a.k.a Annual Report). For assistance, please contact State Data Coordinator, Carmelita Aragon,, (505) 476-9740 or (800) 340-3890.

Cataloging and Classification – The NMSL offers technical assistance to libraries with questions about the processing of materials for inclusion in their collections. For help with cataloging, please contact Bradley Carrington at

Cataloging Government Documents – Assistance is available to libraries with questions about the cataloging and classification of state and federal documents. For more information, please contact Bradley Carrington at

Continuing Education – The NMSL provides professional development opportunities for public library staff, volunteers, and board members. Contact the Library Development Bureau at (800) 340-3890 or for more information.

E-Rate – Assistance, training and information for the E-Rate application process and its benefits are available for public libraries.  Please see the USAC website,  For more information, please contact Eli Guinnee, New Mexico State Librarian at Office (505) 476-9762, Cell (505) 629-9153 /

Federal Documents – Questions from federal depository libraries can be addressed to Susanne Caro (505) 476-9763,, or for questions about federal information in general please contact (505) 476-9702,

Funding for Recognized Public Libraries  – The NMSL coordinates several funding programs for recognized public libraries in the state, including federal funding, state grants-in-aid, and state GO bonds. For assistance, please contact the Development Bureau, at (800) 340-3890 or

General Consulting for Public Libraries – Consultants in the Library Development Bureau provide consulting on all aspects of librarianship to public and tribal public libraries in the state. Call (800) 340-3890 or email

Interlibrary Loan – The Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Team at the NMSL processes ILL requests for libraries in New Mexico that do not have OCLC. If the NMSL does not have the item requested, we try to find it in the OCLC database and request it from another library. For more information, contact Amy DiBello or call the at (505) 476-9716.

Librarian and Librarianship Certification – The NMSL offers various certificates to current public library directors and library staff who meet the necessary requirements. Please contact the Library Development Bureau at (800) 340-3890 or for more information.

Library for the Blind and Print Disabled/Talking Books Library – The NMSL meets the reading and information needs of more than 5,000 New Mexico citizens who are blind, visually impaired, physically handicapped, or reading disabled. To learn more, contact the Talking Book Library at (505) 476-9770 or (800) 456-5515.

Statewide Databases – The NMSL provides statewide databases to all types of libraries throughout the state. The databases cover a wide range of topics and serve all age ranges. Contact the Reference Desk (505) 476-9702 or to learn more.

Southwest Collection – The Southwest Collection is an advanced reference resource and service for librarians and the public seeking historical information about New Mexico and its environs. The Southwest room staff can answer your reference questions about the southwest and materials may be available for interlibrary loan. For more information, contact the Amy Schaefer at at (505) 476-9718 or

State Documents – State documents depository library questions can be addressed to James Phelps at (505) 476-9736 or For questions about the current state documents collection please contact Katherine Montoya (505) 476-9739 or

Technology for Public Libraries – Assistance is available to librarians in areas of library information technologies, including work with vendors. Support and assistance are also available on technology planning for public libraries, sustaining public access computing, and evaluation of software. For more information, please contact Patricia Moore, Technology Consultant, at (505) 476-9724 or

Tribal Public Libraries Grants – The State Library offers direct grants to NM Tribal Public Libraries through the Tribal Libraries Program. For more information, contact Cassandra Osterloh, Tribal Libraries Program Coordinator at (505) 476-9764 or

Youth Services and Summer Reading – The NMSL provides general resources and assistance on Youth Services to public libraries. Each year, the NMSL coordinates and promotes the statewide Summer Reading Program (SRP), providing thematic materials and resources to support for local library efforts. For more information, contact Youth Services Coordinator Kelly McCabe at