Legislative Committee

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

  • Provide updates for the 2018 initiative.
  • Advocate for the 2018 GO Bond.
  • Address concerns to State Legislators regarding the distribution of GO Bonds equability between academic, public, school and tribal libraries.
  • 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.
  • Determine our charges for 2017-18.
Proposed 2017 Charges:

  • Advocate (NM Legislature, Council of Presidents, Higher Education Department, etc.) for the New Mexico libraries GO Bond initiative for the 2018 legislative session.
  • To review¬†with the Higher Education Department an increase in the inflationary percentage of the funding formula.
  • Discuss, review, and begin to push for a legislative line item supplemental funding for New Mexico academic libraries.
  • Continue to collaborate¬†with NMLA on legislative matters impacting academic libraries in New Mexico.
  • Investigate and recommend to NMCAL members a potential collaborative project that could be funded out of biennial GO Bonds as a NMCAL-wide initiative.