New State Librarian Eli Guinnee
SANTA FE ― New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs Cabinet Secretary Veronica Gonzales has announced the appointment of new State Librarian Eli Guinnee, a native New Mexican returning from Jamestown, NY.
After conducting a national search, a diverse committee of library professionals unanimously recommended Guinnee to the Secretary of Cultural Affairs. Mr. Guinnee will assume his new post as State Librarian Monday, Sept. 10.
Eli Guinnee was previously the Executive Director of Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System in Jamestown, overseeing 38 public and tribal libraries in western New York. Guinnee’s work focused on helping libraries with strategic planning, sustainability, community engagement, and securing stable funding.
During his tenure, he brought high speed broadband internet access to libraries in isolated rural communities with the help of federal funding and school partnerships.
“We are thrilled to bring on board someone of Mr. Guinnee’s stature. His broad portfolio of expertise and scholarship will strengthen the State Library and lead it in innovative directions,” Gonzales said. “He has a love of New Mexico, an understanding of the challenges of a large geographic base, and an outstanding record of increasing access through technology in underserved communities.”
Guinnee has more than 20 years’ experience in libraries, including at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh, the Buffalo Science Museum Research Library, and Patterson Library in Westfield, New York. Born in Truth or Consequences, he is looking forward to being closer to family in New Mexico.
“I am thrilled to move back to such a beautiful, culturally-rich part of the country–and to be part of the amazing work New Mexico’s libraries do day in and day out to strengthen their communities,” Guinnee said. As New Mexico State Librarian, Guinnee will work to increase access, improve financial and environmental sustainability, and support childhood literacy.
“Libraries are democratic, inclusive places that preserve history, improve quality of life, and build a brighter future. I feel very lucky for this opportunity to work for our wonderful New Mexico libraries,” Guinnee continued. “Our focus has been on meeting the technology and literacy needs of communities and of children after school, on the weekends and during the summers, so that every child has the opportunities and resources they need to succeed.”