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New Mexico Library Foundation Development Grants

The New Mexico Library Foundation wants to support your New Mexico library project!

The 2024 Development Grant cycle is open and the deadline for applications is April 30, 2024.

The New Mexico Library Foundation invites all New Mexico libraries (public, academic, school, special or private) and non-profit groups that directly benefit New Mexico libraries to apply. The Development Grant supports proposals that align with the New Mexico Library Foundation’s mission to build and maintain collections, update information access technology, and enhance library programs. Requests of up to $2000 will be considered. 

Please consider applying or help us spread the word about the New Mexico Library Foundation's spring grant cycle among your colleagues and friends. Questions? Contact Lori Thornton at

2024 NMLA Mini-Conference: Professional Wellness

The New Mexico Library Association invites you to a free, online mini conference on the topic of Professional Wellness.   

Registrations are accepted through April 24. 2024. All times are Mountain. 


9:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m.  Two Factor Theory and the Motivated Worker 

In this session Dr. Brad Ward will unpack Two Factor Theory and demonstrate how it can be used to motivate the modern employee. Examples from both the academic and practitioner literature will be presented. Participants will be able to take initial steps to improve employee job satisfaction in their workplaces. The nuances between engagement and motivation will be addressed. Dr. Brad Ward (DBA, CSSGB) is an Associate Professor of Business Administration at Milligan University, a part time consultant, and hosts the Business Sense with Brad podcast. Prior to academia, he worked in automotive manufacturing, with roles such as Quality Control Team Leader, Field Supervisor, and Quality Engineer. During this time, he noticed that most employees were not thriving. After he transitioned into academia, he came across colleagues who were also miserable at work. This prompted him to study employee motivation, ultimately discovering Herzberg's time tested Two Factor Theory, and writing The Motivated Worker book.

10:30 a.m.- 11:45 a.m. Transformation Leadership and Strategies for Self-Compassion in the Workplace  

How might the exercise of self-compassion positively impact individuals’ experiences of the library workplace? How can transformational leadership principles promote a positive organizational culture and help set the stage for worker wellbeing? What roles do management practices, institutional structure, and worker engagement play in making this a reality? Join us for an interactive presentation exploring these and other questions. Share your own experiences and discover how you can contribute to an environment that promotes self-compassion as a strategy for wellbeing. Linda Miles (she/her) is the Open Educational Resources Librarian at Michigan State University. Before coming to MSU, Linda worked for seven years serving various roles in the Hostos Community College Library – part of the City University of New York. Her prior experience includes four years as Public Services and User Experience Librarian at Yeshiva University, and she began her career in the library of the Lincoln Center Institute, a non-profit arts education organization. Linda has co-authored the monograph, How to Thrive as a Library Professional: Achieving Success and Satisfaction, for Libraries Unlimited (2020). Among other recent co-authored publications are the chapter, "Combating Burnout: Positive/Transformational Leadership and Organizational Culture" (ACRL Press, 2022), and the article, "Community College Librarians’ Research and Publication Practices" (C&RL, 2023). Linda holds an MLS from St. John’s University and a PhD in theatre history and criticism from the University of Texas at Austin.

Susanne Markgren (she/her) has worked as the Director of Technical Services at Manhattan College, in the Bronx, since 2016. Her prior library experience includes various roles in many different types of libraries, including: an academic medical library, a large university library, two urban public library systems, a seminary library, a government library, and a theater library. She has served on national and local committees of ALA and ACRL. She has published articles, chapters, and essays in a variety of publications and is the co-author of Career Q&A: A Librarian’s Real-Life, Practical Guide to Managing a Successful Career, for Information Today (2013), and How to Thrive as a Library Professional: Achieving Satisfaction and Success, for Libraries Unlimited (2020). More recently, she co-authored the chapter, "Combating Burnout: Positive/Transformational Leadership and Organizational Culture" (ACRL Press, 2022), She holds an MLIS from the University of Texas at Austin and an MFA in creative writing from Manhattanville College.

1:00 p.m. - 2.15 p.m. Thriving at Work: Nurturing Professional Wellness

This presentation will explore the importance of professional wellness in achieving success and fulfillment in your work. We will delve into practical strategies to maintain a health work-life balance, manage stress and prioritize self-care.  By taking pro-active steps to support your well-being, you can enhance your productivity, creativity, and overall satisfaction in your professional journey. Join us to learn how to cultivate professional wellness and unlock your full potential in the workplace. Melissa Munn has over 20 years of leading, training, and supporting staff in a variety of environments. With a degree in Criminology and 10+ years working in social services before joining the library industry, I have spent my career focusing on creating healthy and safe work environments for staff.

2.30 p.m. 3:45p.m.  Mentee to Mentor

At the start of her archives and librarian career, Jonna C. Paden had valuable mentor relationships that helped provide insight, advice and support as she started on her new journey as an information professional. A dozen years later, she is a mentor to students in the Bridging Knowledge MLIS program at San Jose State University. In this session, she will talk about being on both sides of the mentee/mentor relationship. Jonna C. Paden is the Archivist & Librarian at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. She holds an MLIS from San Jose State University and a BUS from the University of New Mexico. She is the Vice-President/President elect for the American Indian Library Association and Co-Director of the MLIS Bridging Knowledge Program at San Jose State University. Jonna is an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Acoma.


Celebrating Librarians: The Original Digital Navigators

Community Tech Network is excited to announce our upcoming Lunch & Learn webinar, Celebrating Librarians: The Original Digital Navigators. Scheduled for April 25 at 11 a.m. PT, this webinar promises to be an insightful exploration into the pivotal role of librarians in fostering digital equity.

In honor of School Library Month, we’re shining a spotlight on librarians as the unsung heroes of digital inclusion. Despite the ever-evolving landscape of technology, libraries remain steadfast in their commitment to providing access to digital resources and supporting individuals in navigating the digital world.

Join us for an engaging panel discussion featuring esteemed speakers from the field of library services:

  • Dianne Connery, Development Director of Pottsboro Area Library
  • Taylor Meriwether, Technology and Digital Accessibility Officer for Oklahoma Department of Libraries
  • Bo Ford, Digital Equity Program Manager for the New Mexico State Library

Together, we’ll delve into the challenges and opportunities that libraries face in our current cultural moment and explore innovative strategies for promoting digital equity and inclusion.

Raffle Giveaway: Library LIFT

As an added bonus, all webinar attendees will be automatically entered into a raffle for a chance to win a free enrollment in Library LIFT, an online, self-paced course specifically designed to help librarians and their staff to bridge the digital divide in their communities. Must be present to win.

How to Attend

Participation in our webinar is free. Simply register to secure your spot. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from industry experts and connect with like-minded professionals in the field of digital inclusion.

UNM University LIbraries 2024 Fellows Symposium

The Uni­ver­sity Libraries Cen­ter for South­west Research & Spe­cial Col­lec­tions (CSWR) and the Center for Regional Studies are host­ing the 2024 Fellows Symposium April 9 – 11 in the Frank Waters Room at Zim­mer­man Library. Grad­u­ate fel­lows work­ing at CSWR will make brief pre­sen­ta­tions of their work from the semes­ter. This annual event is held to celebrate the research of students and to encourage academic discussion among faculty, staff, and students.  All are wel­come to attend.

About this Subject Guide

This subject guide was originally based on resources the presenter and program participants shared at the 2017 New Mexico Library Association Mini-conference program Transforming Ourselves through Professional Development.

Pages of this guide are predominantly organized based on the following areas.

  • Taking advantage of the numerous resources available through ALA
  • Attending library association conferences, in person and online
  • Completing online courses and webinars
  • Exploring library tech blogs
  • Gaining access to valuable practical tools and skills to incorporate right away from toolkits
  • Connecting to resources available through the New Mexico State Library

Know additional resources for staying up to date and ahead of the curve that are free? Do you have additional comments you would like to share? Contact us and we'll add helpful resources to this guide.