Wednesday, October 25, 2006

FYI: GO Bond for New Mexico Libraries

The ballot on Novermber 7th will include General Obligation Bond "C", a bond for New Mexico Libraries. The provisions of the bond will include:
1. $3 million for New Mexico public libraries
To be distributed on a per capita basis to New Mexico public libraries as supplementary funding to purchase books, electronic information resources and the    tools needed to share information. Statewide, this is about $2 per capita, or less than the cost of one book. This proposal has been endorsed with the highest priority by the New Mexico Municipal League.

2. $3 million for publicly funded school libraries
To be distributed both with a minimum per school amount and a per student allocation. On average, this amount will purchase 1-2 new books per student. School libraries are woefully under funded and most science and other dated books are over 10 years old. The NM Task Force for School Libraries, recognized by the Legislature, wholeheartedly supports this effort.

3. $3 million for academic libraries
To be distributed on a formula basis to all academic libraries in the state. This amount will purchase approximately 1 library book, or other materials for each full time student in a New Mexico college or university. This proposal has been endorsed by the NM Consortium of Academic Libraries.

As a result of the Bond which was approved in the election of 2004, Santa Fe Public Library received funding which enabled the Library to begin our DVD collection, buy new public PCs, expand the Spanish language collection, update adult nonfiction books in various areas, and improve the Southwest collection (in particular buying circulating copies of many titles which until then existed only in the reference cases.) Passage of the General Obligation Bond "C" would allow for similar expansion of materials and service at the Santa Fe Public Library, as well at all the public, school, and academic libraries around the state.

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