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ASL-SIG Winter Workshop in Carlsbad Jan 23 & 24.

Register at

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Friday, Jan 23 4:00 Steering Committee Meeting at Trinity Hotel

5:30 Mixer at Lucky Bull Grill – Cash Bar

7:00 Dinner courtesy of Permabound (reservations through Lorie Mitchell at  | 575-499-4909 (c)

Saturday, Jan 24 8 – 3ish Carlsbad High School  agenda is at

Legislative Day in Santa Fe Thursday, Feb 5

Details to follow




Fall Workshop September 20

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 or Lorie Mitchell


Register here so we have food for you! (If the link doesn’t work, copy and paste it into your browser)

Nearby hotels:

Crowne Plaza  1901 University NE Phone: 1 877 270 1393

Days Inn Midtown   2120 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107   Phone:(505) 884-0250

Fairfield Inn  1760 Menaul Blvd NE, (877) 301-8484

Holiday Inn Express 2500 Menaul NE  800 315 2621


Friday night mixer: 5:30 at  BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse; 2100 Louisiana Blvd. NE, Alb. 505-872-8600; right in front of Winrock Center at the corner of I-40 and Louisiana


Agenda is here: asl sig September 20 workshop agenda




Spring Workshop May 10 in Las Cruces

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 or Jackie Dean at
Thanks to our Workshop Committee:  Rachel Altobelli, Marian Royal Vigil, Tina Glatz, and Jackie Dean
Linda Keulen

Congratulations School Library Winners!

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!

Professional Development Opportunity

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!




Fall Workshop September 14, 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)
Call or email / 848-8888 if you have any questions.
Rachel Altobelli Library Services and Instructional Materials Manager Albuquerque Public Schools