Deep Dive: New Mexico Tribal Public Libraries

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As part of our work funded by the Knight Foundation and the Institute for Museum and Library Services, we’ve spent a lot of time working with tribal libraries in New Mexico. Faith Toledo, who joined our team as an AmeriCorps member, worked closely with five tribal library partners for most of a year to help tell their stories. You can see the libraries on the Historypin map, and learn more about the amazing work they’re doing serving their communities in the short videos below.

We want to especially thank Faith Toledo for her amazing work on this project, and also many others who helped make it possible: Alana McGrattan, Tribal Libraries Coordinator of the New Mexico State Library; Miriam Langer, Lauren Addario and Lucia Duncan at New Mexico Highlands University; Mimi Roberts at the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs; Jennifer Himmelreich; and most of all, the five amazing librarians who have been so generous with their time in helping us understand the critical work of tribal public libraries: Cynthia Aguilar, Janice Kowemy, Lillian Chavez, Maureen Wacondo, and Teresa Naranjo. Their work has been an incredible inspiration to everyone who’s had a chance to work with them, and we hope you’ll get a glimpse of their work through these films.

Meet Cynthia Aguilar of Santo Domingo Community Library.

Meet Janice Kowemy of Laguna Public Library.

Meet Lillian Chavez of Mescalero Community Library.

Meet Maureen Wacondo of Jemez Pueblo community Library

Meet Teresa Naranjo of Santa Clara Pueblo Community Library