Library Newsletter 76

Library Newsletter 76

YOU did it again! YOU, the voters, showed the state that we are #1 in support of YOUR libraries. With an approval rate for GO Bond B of 77.92% of voters in Taos County, we want you to know how validating such support is for the work we do. This support goes from Questa and Red River Public Libraries to Talpa Community Library, and from Taos Public Library to the municipal school libraries across our county. 

YOUR college library should gain approximately $13,000 from this bond to supplement the current budget. We primarily use the bond funds to purchase online and electronic resources so this is especially key during this time we are providing services and resources remotely. This enables us to provide 24/7 access to current research and infor-mation resources no matter where you live. Please see the back page pointing you to some of the electronic resources you can access at this time. 

The public libraries, school libraries and academic libraries each have a formula to determine how much of the bond funds will be distributed to their library. For YOUR college library it is based on the number of full-time equivalent students (FTE) registered for this Fall 2020 semes-ter. It is important to note also that the New Mexico Consortium of Aca-demic Libraries (NMCAL), which consists of the directors of the col-lege and university libraries across the state, leverages these bond monies by negotiating a statewide license to the EBSCO databases to make them available to all students no matter the size of the institution they are attending. YOUR college library would not be able to afford this resource if it wasn’t for this consortial agreement. 

So, YOUR college library staff would like to thank our library supporters and ask that you reach out to us anytime you are seeking a particular item, or just need general assistance. This is also a perfect opportunity to remind you that YOUR college library is actually open to all mem-bers of our community. You do not have to be a current student, staff or faculty to utilize the UNM-Taos Library collection. The saying goes, “we’re a community college so we’re a community library”. 

Lastly, we just want to reiterate that we are here to support you during your finals, as you plan for the Spring 2021 semester, and should you be looking to read something during the winter break. There will be no services while the University is closed from December 23, 2020 through January 1, 2021 but we look forward to serving you in the com-ing new year. 

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