Los Alamos, New Mexico (10/01/2013). The New Mexico Consortium of Academic Libraries (NMCAL) will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos on Thursday October 17th at 6:00pm to celebrate an initiative five years in the making. The event will celebrate the new collaboration between universities and colleges in the state to use General Obligation funds to collectively purchase a set of databases that will provide every student, as well as all patrons of academic libraries, with access to reliable, quality information.

As well as ensuring high-quality academic resources, negotiating the purchase of these databases as a single group will also save taxpayers over $230,000—a win-win situation for everyone. “I am glad to see the use of GO bond monies being pooled together so that all schools can have access to the same resources.  The enabling of smaller schools to participate is a good use of limited funds.  In the future schools may have to work together to best utilize resources,” commented Representative Roberto “Bobby” Gonzales of Taos.

“This is a landmark, history-making event for academic libraries in New Mexico” said Christopher Schipper, Library Director of San Juan College in Farmington as well as President of NMCAL. “We have 26 public colleges and universities in this state and this initiative ensures that those living anywhere in New Mexico will have equal access to high quality information; it will promote information equality for all citizens,” Schipper said.

The New Mexico Consortium of Academic Libraries (NMCAL) is a consortium of 39 academic libraries in New Mexico.  NMCAL works to assure effective access to information through the collaborative efforts of academic libraries in New Mexico. For more information contact Chris Schipper at 505-566-3249 or locally, Cecilia Stafford at 505-287-6639 (NMSU Grants).

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