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State Library Renovation

New Mexico State Library Collections Reopening Monday, August 20

The New Mexico State Library reopens to the public Monday August 20. Hours will be 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday.

All library collections are available from a single service point on the second floor of the Garrey Carruthers Building in the Main Library. The collections include Southwest History and Culture, State and Federal Documents, the Foundation Information Network, Reference, and Professional Collection of Library and Information Science. The consolidation of collections in the Main Library will allow library staff to provide convenient, consistent access to all of the State Library resources.

To celebrate our reopening, we will be hosting lectures on a variety of topics this Fall. Please stay tuned for more information. Hope to see you in the library soon!

For library assistance before August 20:

Reference services via telephone and email will continue uninterrupted during the closure. Please call 505-476-9700 or 505-476-9790 and email staff at Ask A Librarian(online form) or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please don’t hesitate to contact library staff for assistance during the collection closure period!

  • The Foundation Information Network, as well as the Federal and state document collections will be available by appointment during the move. Please call 505-476-9700 during the closure period to make appointments to use these materials.
  • Library materials due during the closure will be automatically renewed. Or, you can return library materials to the book drop in the parking lot.
  • InterLibrary Loan services will continue uninterrupted -- (505) 476-9716 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Santa Fe Opera at Public Libraries

The Power of Story in Communities

Things will get rowdy this summer at public libraries across the state, with Libraries Rock!, this year’s summer reading theme that will get kids into the rhythm of reading when school is out.

With this year’s music-inspired theme, summer reading at public libraries will put books and reading front and center stage for children, teens, and adults. Throughout the state, New Mexicans can tune in to the fun at their local public library, joining in reading contests, special events, and performances.

As part of summer reading, the Department of Cultural Affairs is pleased to announce The Power of Story in Communities, a summer reading project that will bring high-caliber explorations into our culture, through stories, books, and sharing at libraries. The project, a partnership between DCA, the New Mexico State Library, the Santa Fe Opera, and the Embudo Valley Library, will be carried out over the next three years with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Kicking off this summer, there will be events at three pilot sites:  The Public Library Albuquerque and Bernalillo County Library, the Silver City Public Library, and the Embudo Valley Library in Dixon. At the library events, teens will interact with Santa Fe Opera educators, who will transform the library into a playground to unlock each participant’s cultural experience, merging individual stories into one community story through the Hero’s Journey. Participants will interact, developing characters, costumes, story elements, and a plot, culminating in a final performance finale at each 90-minute event. Inspired by the theme of this year’s summer reading program, Libraries Rock!, vocal artists will also join the workshop, resulting in a musical, artistic infusion into the performance.

The events will invite exploration, ignite creativity, and encourage all to think critically. Through the interactive storytelling process, teens and kids will reason and ask questions with the goal of bringing participants to new insights into their community, their culture, and the world around them.

As any lifelong learner knows, libraries rock…and this year, summer reading will make sure everyone knows Libraries Rock!

Learn more about summer reading by visiting your local public library.

MPLA Carl Gaumer award to go to Mike Delello

New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs Deputy Secretary Mike Delello is the recipient of the Mountain Plains Library Association’s (MPLA) Carl Gaumer Library Champion Award for his service as Acting State Librarian and continued service to the library community. 

The Carl Gaumer Library Champion Award is to be given to an individual, organization or company whose positive support of the Mountain Plains Library Association is demonstrated by repeated conscientious endeavors towards libraries, library staff, trustees, and professional activities.  Deputy Secretary Delello won the award for his innovative accomplishments and staunch library advocacy while serving as Interim State Librarian during 2014 -2015 and his continued work with libraries state-wide as the Deputy Cabinet Secretary.

During his active tenure as interim State Librarian, Delello visited many public and tribal libraries to talk to the library staff and find out what their needs were. He initiated statewide licensing for New Mexico students and job seekers to the online tutoring service Brainfuse, with both HelpNow for homework assistance and JobNow providing help to those seeking employment providing much needed assistance to overly burdened librarians. Delello was also instrumental in the Maker-State initiative, an Institute for Museum and Library Sciences and nationally recognized program through the innovative maker space pop-up program for libraries. Delello also provided a key partnership between the state museums and public libraries statewide by creating the Department of Cultural Affairs Family Pass, which allows library patrons to check out this pass for free admission to the state’s eight museums and Historic Sites. Delello’s support was instrumental in working with a statewide panel of librarians and stakeholders to produce a statewide assessment of New Mexico’s libraries.

“The New Mexico Library Association congratulates Mike Delello for this award recognizing his ongoing support of all New Mexico’s Public and Tribal Libraries,” stated Lynette Schurdevin, Rio Rancho Library Director and President of the New Mexico Library Association.  “With the Deputy Secretary’s help libraries now offer additional resources for patrons including job research, student homework help, and maker space programs. “

“Mike’s commitment to Libraries Transform New Mexico has given direction to all our state’s libraries to focus on three principal areas to increase library services to our communities by expanding broadband/e-rate services, ensuring sustainable government funding and locating alternative funding sources. “

Delello also served as co-chair of Libraries Transform New Mexico, a conference based upon the assessment. Delello was instrumental in the establishment of the State Library of New Mexico Foundation, and serves as co-chair of the New Mexico Libraries Transform steering committee.

“I am so deeply honored to be receiving this award,” Delello said. “Libraries are more than just book repositories.  They serve as quasi social service agencies assisting patrons with e-government service, digital literacy, and resume development just to name a few.

“I have rarely encountered public servants as dedicated to their communities as public and tribal librarians. I humbly dedicate this award to Wanda Walters and Kristina “Krissie” Carter, staff at the Clovis Library, Clovis, NM, who lost their lives while serving patrons in a tragic shooting this past August.”

The Carl Gaumer Library Champion Award will be presented to Deputy Secretary Delello at noon October 18 at the Hardrock Hotel, Stateline Nevada.

Libraries as Launchpads

New Mexico State Library, Creative Startups & Fab Lab Hub Announce: Libraries as Launchpads, An Economic Initiative


The New Mexico State Library, Creative Startups, a growing international business accelerator based in Santa Fe, Fab Lab Hub, a technology product prototyping provider, and the newly-formed New Mexico State Library Foundation have joined together in an innovative partnership to utilize public libraries as economic development centers for entrepreneurial and business training. Libraries as Launchpads will fast track potential entrepreneurs from idea and concept to action and business formation. The program kicks-off on February 15 at five pilot libraries: Zuni, South Albuquerque, Santa Fe’s Southside branch, Raton and Las Cruces.

Focused on underserved and rural populations throughout New Mexico, Libraries as Launchpads represents a natural progression from the State Library’s nationally-acclaimed NM MakerState Initiative, which brought makerspace technologies to local libraries for STEM learning. Department of Cultural Affairs Deputy Cabinet Secretary, Michael Delello said, “It is now time to utilize libraries as economic development centers, and we are thrilled to partner with Creative Startups and Fab Lab Santa Fe in this effort.” 

Going forward, the partnership plans to offer Libraries as Launchpads at 20 libraries in 2019 and is laying the groundwork for the expansion with this pilot. The team is working with libraries to identify regional entrepreneurship educators, community partners, and maker spaces that can support the project.


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SALSA Consortium Executive Committee Meeting

The Executive Committee of the SALSA Consortium will meet on July 16, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. August 6, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer Library Room BE02, East Basement of the Bataan Memorial Building Santa Fe, NM (505) 827-6158.  Agenda is available from this link.