FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 03, 2017
Mary Ann Hatchitt
(Santa Fe, NM) - The future of New Mexico’s libraries is up for discussion among New Mexico librarians as various task forces report back on their findings following up on a statewide conference last year. Sustainable public funding, alternate funding sources and e-rate/broadband were identified in the 2016 Libraries Transform New Mexico conference as key issues facing libraries statewide.
This month, the dialogue about these key issues will resume during a follow-up convening of the Libraries Transform NM Conference. Siobhan Reardon, the Executive Director of the Free Library of Philadelphia will discuss her successes with alternative funding and managing a decreasing public budget.
The meeting is being held at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science in Albuquerque on Tuesday, October 17 from 8:00AM-4:00PM.
About 30 attendees will review the reports from the three Libraries Transform New Mexico Task Forces, and discuss strategies to move the reports from study to implementation.
About the New Mexico State Library: http://www.nmstatelibrary.org/ Established in 1929, the New Mexico State Library provides services that support public and tribal libraries, delivers direct library services to rural populations, state agencies, the visually impaired and physically disabled, and students and citizens conducting research. The library supports public libraries by providing consulting services, offering training and continuing education opportunities, administering the librarian certification program, coordinating a state-wide summer reading program and tribal library program, and administering state and federal grants to public libraries. Part of the executive branch of state government, The New Mexico State Library is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs.
Main Library open 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Southwest History and Culture Room open 1:00- 5:00 p.m. Wednesday and Friday. 1209 Camino Carlos Rey, Santa Fe, NM 87507-5166, Phone: (505) 476-9700. Events, news releases and images about activities at the State Library and other divisions of the Department of Cultural Affairs can be accessed at media.newmexicoculture.org.