Cassandra Osterloh - Candidate for Recording Secretary 2024

Current Position

Tribal Libraries Program Coordinator, New Mexico State Library

Previous Position(s)

National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque NM
Librarian, October 2018-September 2021.

Sandia Preparatory School, Albuquerque NM
Instructional Librarian, August 2012-July 2014; Faculty, Digital Media & Communications Department, September 2013-May 2016.

Queen of Heaven Catholic School, Albuquerque NM
Librarian, August 2006-July 2012; Spanish Teacher (PK-8), August 2007-May 2011.

New Mexico State Library, Santa Fe NM
Continuing Education Coordinator, January 2005 – August 2006.

University of New Mexico University Libraries – Zimmerman, Albuquerque NM
Visiting Lecturer – Instruction and Reference Librarian, August 2002 – January 2005.

United States Naval Academy, Annapolis MD
Nimitz Library, Reference Department, Reference Technician, January 2001 – July 2002.

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C.
Library Technician, November 1998 – January 2001.

Education (degrees earned and from where)

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque NM
Master of Arts in Organization, Information, & Learning Sciences (Organization Development & Human Resource Development Concentration), 2020

University of Maryland, College Park, College Park MD
Master of Library Science, 2002

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque NM
Bachelor of Arts, 1996 (Foreign Languages, Portuguese and Spanish emphasis)

Western Oklahoma State College, Altus OK
Associate of Arts, 1992 (Foreign Languages, French and Spanish)


Professional activities, especially those in MPLA or relevant to this position


American Library Association, Member 1998-present.

    • ALA-APA Councilor, 2023-present.
    • Member, Rural, Native, and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds Committee, 2023-present.
    • Member of numerous committees and round tables.
      Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums, Member 2021-present.
    • Tribal Library Council, (Inaugural) Member 2022-present.
    • International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums, Programming Committee Member, 2023.
      American Indian Library Association, Member 2021-present.
    • Communications Committee, Member, 2023-present.

COSLA, Tribal Library Coordinators.

    • Chair, 2022-present.

American Association of School Librarians, Member 2007-2014.

    • Learning4Life, State Coordinator for NM, 2008-2014.
    • School Library Media Specialist Job Description Work Group, 2009-2011.
      Association of College and Research Libraries.
    • Publications Committee, Intern 2003-2004.
    • Instruction Section - Emerging Technologies in Instruction, Member 2003-2006.


    • Rural Watch Committee, Member 2006.
    • Statewide Trainer, Spanish Language Outreach Program, 2004-2006.
    • Statewide Trainer, Rural Library Sustainability Program, 2005-2006.
    • National Trainer, Rural Library Sustainability Program, 2006.
    • New Mexico State Editor, 2005-2006.


Mountain Plains Library Association, Member 2019-present, 2004-2016.

    • MPLA Leadership Institute Attendee, 2003.
    • Member, Awards Committee.
    • National Network of Libraries of Medicine / South Central Region.
    • New Mexico Regional Advisory Committee, Member 2008-2012.
      Western Council of State Libraries, Member.
    • Advisory Committee for Core Competencies, Member 2005-2006.


New Mexico Library Association, Member 2002-present.

    • President, 2008-2009.
    • Vice-President/President-Elect, 2007-2008.
    • ALA-APA Councilor, NM Chapter, 2023-present.
    • Native American Libraries Special Interest Group, Secretary, 2021-present.
    • Member at Large, 2021-2023.
    • Member, chair, co-chair of numerous committees and task forces.

New Mexico Academic & Research Libraries, Member 2002-2005.

MPLA member since (year)

2004-2014, 2019-present

What ability, talent, interest, or strength would you bring to this position?

I consider myself to be very organized and consistent, following procedures, bylaws, guidelines, and formatting requirements. I communicate well with others through various formats and take responsibility for what is needed in the position that I am serving. I have always felt that it is important to serve in any organization or association to which I belong. To this end, I have enjoyed serving in different capacities at state, regional, and national levels in the library field as well as within other organizations for which I volunteer or am a part (such as USA Track & Field, Lutheran Campus Ministries, and Girl Scouts). I have served as recording secretary for many committees, associations, and organizations throughout the past 25 years. I believe I take clear and thorough records and work well with other board and committee members.

What would you like to accomplish during your term of office?

As MPLA Recording Secretary, I will work with the MPLA Executive Board, MPLA Administrative Committee, as well as other MPLA committees (as needed), to record and organize the minutes and reports of the association. I will also assist with other correspondence as called upon by the President or Vice-President/President-Elect.

Vice President/President-Elect

Recording Secretary

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