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LANL’s Hoover will be in Washington

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A group of 10 delegates from the New Mexico library community, including one from Los Alamos National Laboratory, will travel to Washington, D.C. this week to attend the American Library Association (ALA) National Library Legislative Day (NLLD).
The annual event gives representatives from each state the opportunity to meet with their Senators and U.S. Representatives on Capitol Hill to advocate for local and national library issues.
Among those attending is Carol Hoover, the digital information resources manager at Los Alamos National Laboratory Research Library and chair of the New Mexico Library Foundation Board of Trustees.
This year’s delegation, the largest ever sent to NLLD from New Mexico, is led by Acting State Librarian and Department of Cultural Affairs Deputy Cabinet Secretary Michael Delello and includes librarians from the New Mexico Municipal League Librarians Association, New Mexico Library Association and New Mexico Library Foundation, as well as public, school and academic librarians.
The delegation will speak to Congressmen and Senators about various issues important to libraries here in New Mexico such as recent library legislation.
In the 2015 session of the state Legislature, a Memorial was passed in both the House and the Senate asking that the state library support a needs assessment of New Mexico libraries and to support and assist with a statewide conference to identify policies and goals for improved library services.
Additionally, the delegates will speak about the use of Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) federal grant money in New Mexico, which includes the recently purchased access to Brainfuse, a tutoring and job assistance program, available to all citizens through libraries statewide. LSTA funds also support the Rural Services program (bookmobiles and Books by Mail), the state’s membership in the Collaborative Summer Learning Program, and El Portal, the collection of online resources available through the State Library, among other smaller programs.
Other librarians from New Mexico include Rachel Altobelli of Albuquerque Public Schools, Heather Davenport from Fort Sumner’s public library and Dean Smith, the director of the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County library system for the past five years.