New Mexico Consortium of Academic Libraries



Legislative Committee

  Chair Ruben F. Aragon New Mexico Highlands University, Thomas C. Donnelly Library
  Secretary Poppy Johnson-Renvall Central New Mexico Community College
   Holly Shipp Buchanan University of New Mexico Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center
   Barbara Lovato-Gassman University of New Mexico - Valencia
   Elizabeth Titus New Mexico State University, Library
   Melveta Walker Eastern New Mexico University


  1. Provide updates for the 2016 initiative.
  2. The need to begin advocating for the 2016 GO Bond.
  3. Address concerns to State Legislators regarding the distribution of GO Bonds equability between academic, public, school and tribal libraries.
  4. To recommend that the tribal libraries be folded into the other categories to assure equitable distribution.
  5. Work collaboratively with HED to clarify what are the eligibility criteria for academic libraries to receive library GO Bond funding and who adminsiters the eligibility criteria.
  6. Determine our charges for 2015-16.

Proposed 2016 Charges:

  1. Advocate (NM Legislature, Council of Presidents, Higher Education Department, etc.) for the New Mexico libraries GO Bond initiative for the 2016 legislative session.
  2. Advocate with the Higher Education Department for an increase in the inflationary percentage of the funding formula.
  3. Discuss, review, and begin to push for a legislative line item supplemental funding for New Mexico academic libraries.
  4. Increase the level of collaboration with NMLA on legislative matters impacting academic libraries in New Mexico.
  5. Investigate and recommend to NMCAL members a potential collaborative project that could be funded out of biennial GO Bonds as a NMCAL-wide initiative.

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