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The Grants to States Program
The Grants to States Program is the largest grant program run by IMLS; it provides funds to State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAAs) using a population-based formula set by the law. SLAAs determine goals and objectives for the funds in their statutorily required five-year plan (see below). For more information, see the Grants to States program overview.
“The New Mexico State Library is continuing to make progress towards a statewide assessment of library services with the goal of informing our next strategic plan. We continue to engage with local stakeholders on their priorities in order to produce a realistic and yet progressive document..”
--Kathleen Moeller-Peiffer, State Librarian, New Mexico State Library
The Grants to States Program
The Grants to States Program is the largest grant program run by IMLS; it provides funds to State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAAs) using a population-based formula set by the law. SLAAs determine goals and objectives for the funds in their statutorily required five-year plan. For more information, see the Grants to States program overview.
Rural Library Services
This statewide project provided library services to rural and remote populations with little or no other library service, including two counties with no public library. It carried out services using three regional bookmobiles and a books-by-mail program. During the project period, LSTA funds supported 12 full-time staff and covered the costs of collection development, cataloging, facilities and operations management, and outreach services. The New Mexico State Library maintains an automated library catalog for Rural Services using an open source integrated library system (ILS).
IMLS Funds: $770,127
Strengthen Relationships in the Library Community (Union Catalog/Koha Rural Services)
This project implemented open source integrated library system (ILS) software for the state library’s rural services programs, which includes books by mail and rural bookmobiles. As part of the migration to a new system, additional funds were spent on conversion issues. The books-by-mail program is now in its third year of open source ILS utilization and is generating meaningful data and reports for collection development decision making. By the end of the project period the ILS migration was successful, and the project was in the clean-up phase. Patrons had access to all materials held and circulated by the books-by-mail program, the staff had fully automated reporting capabilities, and staff workflows were made more efficient, resulting in better service to patrons served by the programs.
IMLS Funds: $21,098
Other project(s) featured through IMLS media include:
- New Mexico State Library’s Makerstate project: A Maker State, Powered By Libraries
Search the Awarded Grants Database for additional details about awards in this state.
Five-Year Plan Highlights
General Services and Initiatives
- Support the efforts of public and tribal libraries to keep their collections current and responsive to community needs.
- Support the statewide Summer Reading Program for children and teens.
- Engage trainers in digital literacy for library users who want to learn basic computer skills, such as searching the Internet and using Word.
Access to E-Resources
- Provide e-resources, such as statewide databases, and explore expanding patron access to e-books.
- Provide a statewide union catalog through the platform of an Integrated Library Management System that will allow many libraries to participate, foster customization according to local needs, and be the foundation of a statewide resource sharing initiative.
- Investigate cost-effective methods of delivering library materials in a timely manner from one library to another, and implement the chosen service.
- Provide library services to rural citizens through the Rural Services Programs, mostly achieved with the use of bookmobiles and Books-by-Mail:
- Provide information on bookmobile patron reading preferences through an automated catalog, which, in turn, will guide purchases and selections for the bookmobiles, and increase circulation.
- Explore the possibility of installing kiosks on carefully chosen sites to increase the availability of library materials for New Mexico citizens.
- Expand digitization efforts through New Mexico’s Digital Collections website.
- Provide advice and support as public and tribal libraries seek to solve problems and identify best practices on specific topics of interest.
- Offer train-the-trainer classes in digital literacy for library staff to bring back to their libraries, so that all staff will be able to assist patrons in their IT learning efforts.
- Offer training on a regional basis for library staff on high-interest and high-priority topics. The objective is to offer a minimum of five regional training sessions per year, and may cover such topics as current trends in collection development, including the acquisition of databases, and practical lessons in using popular e-devices.
- Pilot videoconferencing for library staff training and then apply it more broadly, as appropriate.
Marketing and Market Research
- Attend Town Hall meetings to publicize information about materials and services offered at rural libraries and ask for input from attendees.
- The implementation of new technology is high priority, including the provision of a statewide integrated library system (ILS) to foster the availability of resources throughout the state, no matter which library is “home.”
- Provide technology support especially in smaller, more isolated rural communities.
- Collaborate and partner with other state agencies and organizations to identify and address community-based needs through programs and services.
Special Services for Special Needs
- Provide library services to visually impaired, physically disabled, and homebound New Mexico residents through the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Library Services.
- Encourage libraries to search for local partners with expertise in financial literacy and enlist their help in providing programs in this area for their patrons.
Health and Social Services Information
- Encourage libraries to search for local partners with expertise in health literacy, and enlist their help in providing programs in this area for their patrons.
IMLS Data Collection
State Library Survey
The State Library Agency Survey (SLAA) provides descriptive data about state library agencies for all fifty states and the District of Columbia.
Public Library Survey
The Public Library Survey (PLS) provides national descriptive data on the status of public libraries in the United States and its territories. Data are collected from over 9,000 public library systems with over 17,000 public library outlets. Read New Mexico's profile (PDF, 345 KB) from the most recent PLS publication.