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 Library
Members Renee Goodvin Central New Mexico Community College Library
April Kent New Mexico Highlands University, Thomas C. Donnelly Library
Barbara Lovato University of New Mexico Valencia Campus Library
Elizabeth Titus New Mexico State University Library
Melveta Walker Eastern New Mexico University, Golden Library
Legislative Committee Progress Reports
Priorities:

  • Provide updates for the 2020 initiative.
  • Advocate for the 2020 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 2019-20.
Proposed 2019-2020 Charges:

  • Advocate (NM Legislature, Council of Presidents, Higher Education Department, etc.) for the New Mexico libraries GO Bond initiative for the 2020 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.