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LBPH Newsletter Summer 2010

STAFFING AND SCHEDULING CHANGES

    As some of you may know, Lucy Dix decided to retire in July due to health concerns. This leaves the library with one full-time Reader Advisor—Bella Lucero. National Library Service (NLS) consultants have recommended three reader advisors for this library for many years. Other staff will be assisting Bella as needed and possible, but inevitably there will be some impact on our ability to provide service in as timely a manner as before.

    While it may be possible to eventually fill the vacant Reader Advisor position, there is currently a State of New Mexico hiring “freeze” (with rare exceptions). The library will attempt to receive an exemption from the hiring freeze, but this process will take several months and has about a 50-50 chance of success. A few years ago, the library lost a half-time position to internal reorganization within the State Library; so it is currently operating at 80 per cent of previous staffing levels as responsibilities have increased due to the NLS transition from audio cassette to digital media, resulting in the maintenance and inventory of dual media and players.

    In order to help us to continue to maintain high quality service, we encourage those who can to prepare their book orders in advance of telephoning or to submit orders via mail, fax, voice-mail or e-mail. Please do not feel frustrated if you phone and receive a voice-mail message or are asked to be placed on hold. We recommend that those who have access to the Internet to consider the use of our Web OPAC, which allows registered patrons to search titles and order audio books online. Also, for those with digital players, the use of BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) is recommended as a way to download and receive digital books efficiently. More information on the use of the Web OPAC and/or BARD can be provided upon request.

    This library is part of the Public Services section of the State Library, which is changing its hours to 10 AM to 4:30 PM beginning Monday, August 2nd. In line with these changes, the library for the blind plans to operate on the following schedule beginning August 2nd:

            Telephone hours: Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM

            Public hours: Monday through Friday, 10 AM to 4:30 PM

    Hopefully, the insufficient staff situation will be allowed to improve in the future. In the meanwhile, we ask for your patience, understanding, and cooperation.

CHECK YOUR AUDIOCASSETTES AND CARTRIDGES

    Please remember to rewind audio cassette books and place the audio cassette or cartridge title in its matching mailing container in order to allow for the efficient check-in and check-out of books. Thank you.

RECENT RECORDING STUDIO PRODUCTIONS

RNM00192—Lucien Bonaparte Maxwell: The Napoleon of the Southwest written by Lawrence R. Murphy and narrated by Charles Boatright. A fine, comprehensive biography of frontiersman Lucien Bonaparte Maxwell, who along with his friend Kit Carson accompanied John C. Fremont on three transcontinental expeditions. Partner of the vast Beaubien and Miranda Land Grant, he eventually controlled more than two million acres of the Territory and was instrumental in the development of northern New Mexico.

RNM00193—The Man Who Killed Shakespeare written by Ken Hodgson and narrated by Walter McWalter. In Depression and Prohibition era 1932, the small silver-mining town of Shakespeare, New Mexico had seen better days. Lett Halsy inherited the Roxy Jay Saloon, complete with bartender, a snake-killing dog,  and lady of the evening Delight Jones. Soon mining speculator Sam Ransome swings into town with promises he can't keep as the plot thickens and the sparks fly.

RNM00195—The Song of Jonah written by Gene Guerin and narrated by Joyce Townsend. A metaphor on the book of Jonah. A brash, but charming young priest is exiled to the Archdiocese of Santa Fe in the 1960s where he is posted to the small parish of Nueve Ninos, perched on the edge of an ancient crater lake in the starkness of northeastern New Mexico, a parish that has a reputation of mistreating its pastors. Slowly he gains insight into himself and his calling.

RNM00196—The Man with the Calabash Pipe written by Oliver La Farge and narrated by Pen La Farge. Selections from the author's weekly column in the New Mexican newspaper.Intensely personal, these pieces are what the author called "the cream of thirteen years' work" as he put together his columns he called it "talking to myself in print." Edited by La Farge's friend Winfield Townley Scott, former editor of the New Mexican.

RNM00199—Taking on Giants: Fabian Chavez Jr. and New Mexico Politics written by David Roybal and narrated by Charles Boatright.  Biography of a man who gave thirty years of his life to numerous state posts in New Mexico, in order to contribute to civil rights, education, business, government, and politics. He was instrumental in the creation of the University of New Mexico Medical School, pushed legislation to reform the state's corrupt liquor laws, and promoted New Mexico tourism.

RNM00200—Junkyard Dreams written by Jeanette Boyer and narrated by Joyce Townsend. Rita Vargas owns a junkyard outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico, on land adjoining a hill with spectacular views, but land that also has been in her family for generations. Developers want her land and this is a story about people who wish to retain their emotional ties to the land, facing newcomers with money who want to build on every hilltop.