NMJC Library to Host State Mini-Conference
10/19/2009 4:48:35 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. For the first time since 1987, Hobbs will be the site of a New Mexico Library Association conference.
On Thursday, October 22, and Friday, October 23, New Mexico Junior College will be hosting the 2009 NMLA mid-year Mini-Conference at the college’s Training & Outreach Facility, with approximately 70 library staff from around the state expected to attend.
According to Dr. Sharon Jenkins, Director of Library Services at NMJC’s Pannell Library, NMLA’s main conference is traditionally held in the spring in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, or Las Cruces, while the mini-conference is held in the fall in varying locations in order to give the state’s library personnel an additional opportunity to attend a professional development event, even if budgets are tight. “Many of them work for organizations—small school systems, small or even tiny municipalities—that may not be able to afford to send their employees to the main conference,” she said. Although attendees at the NMJC Mini-Conference will be hailing from libraries across New Mexico, Jenkins says the majority will come primarily from the eastern and southern sectors.
The Mini-Conference, which focuses on the theme of “Surviving the Economic Downturn at Your Library,” will present sessions that deal with topics such as online magazines, plagiarism and intellectual freedom, funding options, and library promotion, to name only a few.
Preparing for a conference such as this entails a considerable amount of “preliminary legwork,” said Jenkins who, besides being a member of the NMLA Board, also serves as Chair of the Local Arrangements Committee, which was charged with finding the various venues for hotel, entertainment, and restaurant needs. In spite of the amount of planning, Jenkins has no doubt the conference will be worth it. “We’re extremely pleased to have this opportunity to showcase NMJC and Hobbs while providing invaluable training that will ultimately benefit library patrons throughout New Mexico,” she said. “It’s truly a win-win for everyone.”