BOND B PASSED 68.74% TO 31.26%!



    ABOUT GO BONDS IN NEW MEXICO

        General Obligation Bond funds aid Academic, Public, School and Tribal Libraries

Since 2002, New Mexico voters have passed eight statewide bond issues totaling $90,583,110, helping school, public, academic and tribal libraries to meet increasing demands for materials and electronic services.


G O BONDS 2018

By Omar Durant, Chair
Bonds for Libraries Special Interest Group (SIG)
New Mexico Library Association

This November 6th, New Mexico citizens will vote on General Obligation Bond Issue B, which if passed, will provide publically funded New Mexico libraries with a total of $12,750,000.00.

This GO Bond will provide $4 Million each for Higher Education libraries, Public libraries and Public School libraries. It will provide $750,000 for NM Tribal libraries.

Thanks to funding from the New Mexico Library Association and the Friends of the Albuquerque Public Library organization, the Bonds for Libraries Special Interest Group (SIG) is working on several ways to promote public awareness for the 2018 GO Bond Issue B.

SIG Projects

NEW Bonds for Libraries Website - Here, on the pages of our new website, nmbondsforlibraries.org, you, your parent organizations and your communities will find current information about the upcoming GO Bond election in November.  In addition there is a county by county, library by library report of predicted allocations. Visit other  pages for historical information about previous votes and results.

Bookmarks - This year’s bookmark designs are posted on the "2018 GO Bonds" page.

Banners - The SIG currently has two banners, to help visibility of the library bond. Contact omardurant@yahoo.com if you would like to request a banner for use at a public function in your area. Each banner is 60" by 30", and says "Support New Mexico Libraries. G O Bond B." 

New Suggestions - If you have an idea for a resource that would help you promote the GO Bond B in your area please let us know by writing to omardurant@yahoo.com and we will try to help.

What Can You Do?

Local Projects - Librarians, library staff and supporters are encouraged to develop local projects.

Join the SIG, or a Subcommittee – The Bonds for Libraries SIG welcomes new members. Attend general meetings, create flyers, or propose another area in which you would like to contribute. This could provide a great professional development opportunity for graduate students and new professionals.

Creative Local Promotion – Assist the SIG by educating your library patrons in creative ways. New Mexico libraries have deployed book displays, identified bond-funded computers and other technology, and used book plates to bring attention to the resources made available through Bond B.

Share your Library Photos – Photos of your libraries, resources, services, staff and patrons are always welcome. They help the SIG promote the Bond via the website, and on social media. If you send photos to omardurant@yahoo.com we will post them on our BondsforLibraries website.

If we all work together we will have another successful Library GO Bond B election.




How to advocate legally
Guidelines for Municipal, Public School and Academic LibrarY Employees

Legal Not Legal or Unethical
Dissemination of information only materials within city/school property or in one’s official capacity as a public employee. Dissemination of materials that advocate voting for an issue on city/school property or in one’s official capacity as a public employee.
Printing or copying information only materials using public funds or copiers. Printing up materials of any kind that advocate voting for an issue using public funds or copiers.
“Ask me about the library bond issue” buttons worn by staff on city/school property or when speaking in an official capacity as a public employee. “Vote for the library bond issue” buttons worn by staff or when speaking in an official capacity as a public employee.
Informing people about that the bond issue is, how it will impact the local library, and how much it will cost can be done on government time. Advocating people to vote for any issue while on government time.
Bulletin board policies differ by organization, so check with your city, library, school, etc. first. You may post information only materials on the board if this does not conflict with local policy. “Vote for” materials on city/school property.
Using government e-mail to disseminate information about that the bond issue is, how it will impact the local library, and how much it will cost. Using government e-mail to urge people to vote for an issue.
Campaigning a short distance from the polling site.   Campaigning within 100 feet of the polling site. 
Friends of the Library can advocate, register to vote or otherwise promote the bond issue on city/school property, but they cannot block the business of the library. Any advocacy that blocks the business of the library, including disturbing users. Not allowing opposing groups or other groups advocating an issue to have the same privileges as those advocating the library bond issue.
Compiled by the NMLA Legislative and Intellectual Freedom Committee. Rev. 09/28/12


Bonds for Libraries Special Interest Group    nmbondsforlibraries@gmail.com
       
New Mexico Library Association   www.nmla.org       New Mexico Library Foundation   www.nm-lf.org

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