NMCAL Accomplishments 1988-1996
Funding Formula Revision
The NMCAL membership unanimously endorsed the concept of a change in
the higher education funding formula to provide library acquisitions
funds based on the indexed cost of new materials. Formulas based on
this concept were developed by the Commission on Higher Education with
assistance from the Consortium and accepted by the legislature. The
adjusted formula has resulted in purchase of many additional library
titles by most academic libraries.
The Consortium has participated and taken an active role in all statewide
plans for the automation of libraries as they have been developed by
the New Mexico Library Association and the New Mexico State Library.
Many member libraries of the Consortium have joined together to contract
with the Online Computer Library Center in providing FirstSearch Bibliographic
services to the libraries at greatly reduced fees. FirstSearch provides
over 50 electronic online indexes to magazines and scholarly journals
as well as the full text of articles from many of the magazines and
FirstSearch enables students enrolled in distance learning classes access
to the magazine and journal indexes and articles from their home or
remote site. Workshops to train the staffs of member libraries in the
use of FirstSearch have been provided by the Consortium.
Collection Assessment and Development
The Consortium has focused on developing a common vocabulary of collection
assessment and development and educating the Consortium members about
collection assessment as a foundation for cooperative collection development.
A workshop and informational materials were provided to the Consortium
Reciprocal borrowing agreements have been made between academic libraries
in the state. These agreements (Passports) enable any faculty/staff
member or student at any institution to borrow directly from any other
academic institution in the state.
Additional library and educational members have joined the Consortium
since its inception. Membership has increased from the original seventeen
to twenty-nine members in 1996.
Rapid delivery of library resources as a result of interlibrary loan
requests has increased among Consortium members. Overnight Pony Express
delivery service, facsimile equipment, and ariel internet delivery are
all in use by academic libraries within the state.
The Consortium has discussed ways in which students enrolled in distance
learning classes can have access to library resources. These discussions
and subsequent planning of solutions are presently underway between
Plans and operating procedures have been developed for a central storage
facility to be used by all Consortium members for less frequently used
library materials. Use of such a facility would enable present library
buildings to be better utilized.
As a result of Consortium encouragement and efforts, most member libraries
now have access to electronic mail and resources on the Internet. A
listserv and World Wide Web page are in use by members of the Consortium,
enabling improved communication between member libraries.
The listserv address is NMCALfirstname.lastname@example.org.
The World Wide Web URL is http://www.nmt.edu/~nmtlib/nmcal.html
[changed to http://lib.nmsu.edu/nmcal in 2004].
Statewide Library Resources
Many of the member libraries work closely with public and school libraries
in providing library resources to their local community. The Consortium
has been actively involved with promoting libraries and reading through
such information campaigns as the Bonds for Books in the 1994 bond elections.
Statewide Information about Academic Libraries
The Consortium serves as the central clearing agency for the state for
the gathering of the biannual IPEDS library statistic surveys. This
information is used by the Consortium for planning for future academic
library development within New Mexico.
Statistics relating to interlibrary loans between member libraries and
Passport (reciprocal borrowing) usage are gathered annually.
Future activities of the consortium will be devoted to the following
# Developing a long-range plan for Consortium activities.
# Providing library resources for distance learning students.
# Updating and revision of the formula funding academic libraries.
# Increased opportunities for Consortium members to join together
to reduce costs of using expensive electronic and Internet services.
# Seeking additional ways in which library resources can be shared
among Consortium members.
Last revised August 4, 2004