La Plaza partners with organizations locally, regionally, and nationally. Partnerships are developed based on many different levels but generally fall into the following categories:
Organizations that work with La Plaza to provide one or more computers available for public access during business hours, evening or on weekends. The components for public access can be provided by La Plaza or partnering organizations.
Organizations or individual that work with La Plaza to provide content and assist with actual development for the Virtual Library. La Plaza provides training to individuals and assists in fostering partnerships for sharing personnel and computer resources.
Examples of content development partnerships are:
- Peñasco High School - Northern New Mexico Archive
- Department of Labor/Taos - Taos area job listing
- Taos County Chamber of Commerce - Chamber Listings
- Taos Public Library Information
- Taos High School - The High School has significant amounts of regionally unique curriculum resources that they plan to put on-line. Bilingual units, oral histories, bilingual student literary magazines, and other items will be placed on-line during the 1997- 1998 school year.
Organizations or individuals that work with La Plaza to share knowledge and infrastructure to work towards a common goal of developing a better community.
Examples of community development partnerships are:
- Career Services for Persons with Disabilities - specially equipped computer for training persons with disabilities
- JTPA-Taos Pueblo/JTPA-Department of Labor - individuals from these organizations working with La Plaza to learn job related skills.
Organizations or individuals that work with La Plaza to provide training to the community or and organization. La Plaza may provide the facility and the curriculum.
Examples of training partnerships are:
- Silverman HTML Training Classes - HTML training for the community
- Taos Internet User's Group - hosting a number of classes at the Telecommunity Learning Center
- Los Alamos National Laboratory - cooperative work with schools, economic development projects for
welfare reform, equipment donation requests, community development
- New Mexico State Health Department - partnering with La Plaza for a Fellowship
to the National Library of Medicine, providing technology assistance to
the local State Health Department's office and web page development.
- New Mexico Department of Education - interacting with local school districts and Department of
Education in implementing the FCC discounted rate for Universal service for
connectivity for schools. Cooperative association for State and Federal
policy with telecommunications effecting schools.
- Taos Association of Museums - providing training for web page development and content for the Virtual Library.
- New Mexico Department of Libraries - interacting with local public libraries and the Department of Libraries in implementing the FCC discounted rate for Universal service for connectivity for schools. Also, assisting with an RFP for a "Train the Trainer" statewide project for training community volunteers to teach Internet Access.
- New Mexico Department of Communications - cooperative development for cost effective
connectivity with radio waves for rural, remote communities.
- New Mexico Advocates for Children and Families - assisting with the
campaign development in notifying the New Mexico children and families of
the FCC ruling and discounted rate for all schools and libraries for
- New Mexico Department of Economic Development - involved in a statewide project
discussion of assessing, training, and placement of welfare clients with
the welfare reform. (This is in conjunction with Senator Domenici's work
- Taos Pueblo - training the Environmental Protection Department in web
development and Internet sevices. Provide connectivity to the Taos Day
School. Discussion and development for connectivity of all Pueblo
offices - Governor's office, Warchief's office, Central Management Systems
Office, programs and the NTIA grant at the Taos/Picuris Indian Health
- Picuris Pueblo - providing training for the Environmental Protection
Department in Internet services. La Plaza is working with them for content
for the library.
- La Jicarita Enterprise Zone - discussing public access though the
Department of Labor's computer located the the La Jicarita office,
providing connectivity and web page development.
- Center for Media Education - this is the funding agency for #7
campaign for public awareness. The director will attend the community
planning meeting with La Plaza when Frank Odasz comes for telecommunity
discussion.(the center is located in Washington.,)
- WESST Corp - will involve this agency in the econcominc development
- Congressman Bill Redmon and Senators Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingamin - requesting support for Federal projects and grants,
assisting the Senator in development of economic development, education,
health initiatives involving telecommunications.