Advocacy for School Libraries SIG

Special Interest Group Advocating for Excellence in New Mexico School Libraries

Fall Workshop September 20

Posted by aslsignm on July 20, 2014

The Fall Workshop will be held in Albuquerque on Saturday, September 20 from 8:30 – 2:30.  Dianne Dragoo will be hosting us at Albuquerque High School, 800 Odelia Road NE.  Topics include:

Building Maker Spaces

Curation vs. Collection Development vs. Censorship

Creating an ASL-SIG Vision and Mission

Watch for more details, including Friday night mixer and a Vendor Fair on Saturday.

Questions? email Linda Keulen [email protected] or Lorie Mitchell    [email protected]


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Schedule for Las Cruces Spring Workshop

Posted by aslsignm on May 1, 2014

There are still rooms available in Las Cruces, from what we hear.

Detailed flyer here.

Yes, we will have participation certificates and give-aways!!!

See you soon.

Send questions/comments to Linda Keulen at [email protected] or Marian Royal Vigil at [email protected] or Tina Glatz at [email protected]



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Spring Workshop May 10 in Las Cruces

Posted by aslsignm on March 19, 2014

Hello – please make plans to join us for the ASL-SIG Spring Workshop, “A New Vision For Your Library” in Las Cruces on Saturday, May 10.
Topics include:
-To genrefy or not to genrefy your library (Bobbi Craig/Mackin)
-How e-resources fit into your design (Heather Dahl/Gale Cengage)
-Writing/revising your mission and vision statements
-Planning for “found” money
-Follet Shelf and your library (Michael Kocurek/Follet)
-Space Planning (think creative use of paper/supplies)
-ASL-SIG Steering Committee in the afternoon
Light breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack provided
Fee: $10 active NMLA members; $20 non-NMLA members, $5 teacher/collaborator guests
HINT:  make lodging accomodations soon; Las Cruces is busy in May.
For Las Cruces questions, contact Tina Glatz at [email protected] or Jackie Dean at [email protected]
Thanks to our Workshop Committee:  Rachel Altobelli, Marian Royal Vigil, Tina Glatz, and Jackie Dean
Linda Keulen

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Congratulations School Library Winners!

Posted by aslsignm on February 28, 2014

Congratulations to Alison Almquist from Valle Vista Elementary in Albuquerque and Rita Pino Vargas, from Sky City Community School at Acoma Pueblo, our 2 winners of the Outstanding School Library award!
Great work ladies!  You deserve it! Their award sponsored by Michael Kocurek at Follett.
Additional kudos to Kyla Johnson  at Farmington High School. She also receives money for her school library from Heather Dahl at  Cengage/Gale.
You all make us proud!

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Save the Date for Spring Workshop!

Posted by aslsignm on February 28, 2014

ASL-SIG Spring Workshop
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Onate High School
5700 Mesa Grande Dr,
Las Cruces, NM 88012
Cost: $10 for active NMLA members, $20 for non-NMLA members.

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Professional Development Opportunity

Posted by aslsignm on February 20, 2014

New Mexico Society for Technology in Education and NM TIE proudly present:

FIND YOUR FOCUS:  Leveraging Technology to Improve Teaching and Learning

April 11-12, 2014

Arrowhead Park Early College High School

Las Cruces, NM




Register Now!


Call For Presenters:   

Deadline for Submissions - March 8, 2014!




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2014 Outstanding School Library

Posted by aslsignm on November 27, 2013

Deadline extended!  The ASL-SIG Outstanding School Library Award will be given at the NMLA Mini-Conference on April 3/4, 2014 in Laguna, New Mexico.  Don’t forget to renew your NMLA membership so you can receive discounts!

Applications are due by February 14, 2014 to Linda Keulen [email protected]

Click here for the  award flyer


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Fall Workshop September 14, 2013

Posted by aslsignm on August 22, 2013

This year’s ASL-SIG Fall Workshop will be Saturday, September 14th, from 8:30 am-3:00 pm. It will take place at Roosevelt Middle School Library, located in the East Mountains outside of Albuquerque. Address: 11799 South Highway 14, Tijeras, NM 87059. Directions: Take I-40 East from Tramway about 8 miles to exit 175. Bear right on the exit ramp to the stoplight.  Continue straight on Highway 14 (also 337) about 1/4 mile. Turn right at RMS sign, then quick right again at the Deputy McGrane Safety Complex. Wind around to RMS parking lot.  Library is to the left of the flagpole.  Phone 281-3316 x39.
Cost: free for active NMLA members, $15 for non-NMLA members. B.Y.O.D. (bring your own device – laptop, tablet, etc.) RMS has a few PC laptops if you forget yours.
If you need to renew your NMLA membership, visit:
Register online:
With Common Core implementation and a new system for teacher evaluations, it can feel like everything is changing and libraries are vulnerable to being discounted. As librarians, we know that isn’t true – libraries are more important than ever! Librarians and libraries can help everyone in a school be successful with Common Core and teacher evaluations. This workshop will focus on giving you the skills and confidence to advocate for your library, your program, your students, and yourself.
8:30- Registration- – Light Breakfast (courtesy of Michael Kocurek/Follett)
9:00-9:15 Welcome and Introductions
9:15 – 9:45 Assertive Advocacy/Lean In
9:45 – 10:30 Common Core vs Common Sense
10:30 – 11:00 Evaluations and teacher-librarians
11:15 – 11:45 Heather (Cengage) Research Silos YES to 30 minutes
11:45 – 12:15 Michael (Follett) Destiny & Titlewave help
12:15 -1:00pm- Lunch (courtesy of Heather Dahl/Cengage) with Legislative Updates from Rachel Altobelli and/ or Omar Durant
1:00-1:30- Break, Sharing, Door Prizes, Advocacy Handouts
1:30- 3:00- Concurrent Sessions (ASL-SIG Meeting and Dossiers/National Boards, if participant interest)

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State Library Survey

Posted by aslsignm on April 23, 2013

El Portal Survey: 2013 The New Mexico State Library would like to know more about how El Portal online resources are used. Your input will help us make sure we provide the best resources for you that we can afford. Thank you!

Please complete by July 1


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NM Educator’s Conference

Posted by aslsignm on April 23, 2013

Registration is now open for the New Mexico Educator’s Conference which will be held in Albuquerque June 4 and 5 at Highland High School.

Click here for the flyer NM Educators Conference June 2013

Register here


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