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ALA at the Sharjah International Book Fair

The American Library Association’s (ALA) largest international professional development event wrapped November 13 in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE), with hundreds of librarians gathering at the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) for the first SIBF/ALA Library Conference. Librarians from Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, India, Iraq, Jordan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, UAE and other countries, attended the free two-day professional development and networking event; 425 pre-registered and around 400 signed up onsite.

New Mexico Supports Bond B and other Library Bonds

Library bond issues were successful statewide in the 2014 New Mexico general election on November 4. State General Obligation Bond B, providing $10.8 million for public, academic, public school, and tribal libraries passed by an unofficial margin of 115,211 votes. With 280,177 yes votes and 164,966 no votes, Bond B won with 62.9% in favor, 0.9% higher than attained by library Bond Issue B in 2012. This progress was accomplished through higher margins in all but 10 counties, with the greatest margin gains in Lincoln, Taos, Santa Fe, Mora, Valencia, and Los Alamos Counties.

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