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February 5, 2010; #1706

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NEEDS vs. RESOURCES

 In 2009, the need for public library services continues to outpace the available resources.  Compared to 2008, revenue and the number of paid staff decreased, while use of library resources continued to grow.  

 

 
“As Americans deal with the weakened economy, they are using their libraries more than ever before, visiting them over 119 million times each month. American Library Association (ALA) President Camila Alire said freezing federal funding for libraries at this time of increased demand will hinder libraries from serving job-seekers, who are flocking to the library for help with online job searching and applications, resume writing, computer classes and much more.”
Quote is taken from the ALA Washington Office for February 1, in an article titled “President’s budget freezes library funding, omits school libraries from education increase” .

 


BRIEFINGS

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State Library gets $5,000 grant.  The American Library Association announced that the New Mexico State Library, in partnership with library veteran and author of The Accidental Librarian, Pamela MacKellar, has been awarded the 2010 Loleta D. Fyan grant for $5,000. 

The project team that consisted of Eleanor Bernau, State Library Continuing Education Coordinator and Pamela MacKellar, submitted a proposal entitled “Online Management Course for New Library Directors in New Mexico” to develop free online courses in management for new library directors in local communities with 15,000 residents or less and who do not have a Master’s in Library Science (MLS) degree.  New Mexico statutes require library directors in communities over 3,000 who do not hold a MLS degree to become certified by passing a written exam.  The course will help them to acquire the management skills necessary to pass the State Certification Exam, which is administered by the State Library.  Currently, 76% of library directors in New Mexico do not have a MLS degree. 

The $5,000 grant, given annually on a competitive basis, supports a project that will develop and/or improve public library services, will effect changes that are innovative and responsive to the future, and has potential for broader impact and application beyond a specific local need.  The chair of the Fyan Grant jury stated, “the committee of five voted independently, and the New Mexico State Library-MacKellar proposal received four of the highest weighted votes.” 

 

A new library for Anthony.  Final inspection of Anthony’s new 2,600 square-foot library building took place in January and books were hurriedly moved in time for the town to celebrate a ribbon-cutting ceremony. According to an article by Diana M. Alba writing for the Las Cruces Sun-News, the celebration for the new, $430,000 library featuring folklorico dancers, an honor guard, and a special blessing by Father Andres Alava, a Catholic priest. 

Despite hosting the ceremony, city officials said the library won't actually open for business until a newly hired employee can start.  The new library is outfitted with computers, Internet service, and at least a portion of the 9,500 library books that have been in storage the past two years.  Susan Pinkerton, associate professor with the Dona Ana Community College Library Science Program, is one of a handful of volunteers who helped sort through stored books and put them on the shelves. She said, “They need funding to continue to build the collection, but it's a good start.” 

Construction began in June 2009.  During the past two years, there has been no library in town.  Anthony's first library opened on Gadsden Independent School District property and then moved to the community's water utility building. It operated there until August 2007, when the utility said it needed the space and ended the library's lease. A dispute then arose between state lawmakers and the county about how state funding for a new library should be spent.  Misty Dawn Benavidez, of Dona Ana County's facilities department, said the county plans to run the library until its contracted operator, Anthony Charter School, can take over. 

Pinkerton said the library will be a boon to the community, especially considering the economic recession keeps people from spending on books.  “The community really needs it,” she said. 

 

The largest book in the world.  In an article by Mark Brown, arts correspondent for guardian.co.uk, on January 26, the online Guardian News and Media Limited,
reported that the largest book in the world, the Klencke Atlas, which is 350 years old, will go on show for the first time as part of British Library exhibition on maps.  Presented to Charles II on his restoration, the Klencke Atlas has never been publicly displayed with its pages open before. 

It is almost absurdly huge – 5ft. tall and 6ft wide – and was given to the king by Dutch merchants and placed in his cabinet of curiosities.  It takes six people to lift it.  The exhibition aims to challenge people's assumptions about maps and celebrate their magnificence, as demonstrated by the 37 maps in the Klencke Atlas, which was intended as an encyclopedic summary of the world.  The summer show will feature about 100 maps, considered some of the greatest in the world, with three-quarters of them going on display for the first time. 

To read the whole story, go to the website

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

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2010 New Mexico Book Awards judges wanted.  It's time to do the 2010 New Mexico Book Awards judging again (judging will not actually start until about May).  Were you a judge last year?  Would you like to be a judge this year?  The New Mexico Book Awards Committee hopes you and other staff members of your organization will want to participate.  The judging form is very easy and relatively short. 

As in the past judges may request any books they judge once all the judging process is done.  You may keep these books for your own use;  any books not requested by the judges will be donated to libraries and literacy programs all across the state. 

Books and forms start coming in May.  Deadline for reading/judging is September 1 to allow judges about a four-month time frame.  The categories are the same as last year. You can judge as many (or few) entries as you like or are able. Your support is what makes this possible.  Anyone who would like to be a judge may contact Paul Rhetts, LPD Press & Rio Grande Books, 925 Salamanca NW, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM 87107;  (505) 344-9382 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your preference of categories.  Please include your contact info. 

Here are the categories: 

  • Children’s Picture 
  • Children’s Activity (workbook/craft book/coloring book) 
  • Young Readers (to grade 3) 
  • Juvenile (grade school to junior high school) 
  • Young Adult (high school) 
  • Anthropology/Archaeology/Science 
  • Arts (includes art, music, or photography) 
  • Biography (includes memoirs and autobiographies) 
  • Business (includes career)
  • Cookbook 
  • Crafts/Hobby/How-to 
  • Gardening 
  • Gay/Lesbian (GLBT) 
  • Health (includes wellness, nutrition, beauty) 
  • History – New Mexico subject 
  • Nature/Environment 
  • New Age 
  • Parenting/Family Issues 
  • Political (includes social/current events) 
  • Reference 
  • Religious 
  • Self-help (includes spirituality /inspirational) 
  • Travel (includes guides) 
  • Multi-cultural Subject (Hispanic, Native American, etc.) 
  • Nonfiction, Other Novel – adventure or drama 
  • Novel – historical fiction 
  • Novel – mystery/suspense 
  • Novel — romance 
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy 
  • Fiction, Other 
  • Poetry (individual or collection) 
  • Anthology (individual or collection) 
  • First Book (first book published by author)


Archivists’ convention.  The Society of Southwest Archivists Local Arrangements Committee invites you to attend the 2010 Society of Southwest Archivists 2010 Annual Meeting in Santa Fe, April 28 - May 1, 2010. Program sessions and workshops will address topics of interest to archivists, records managers, and librarians with special collections of any size.  Please visit the conference website for complete information. 

 

JOBS

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Librarian.  Roswell Public Library has an opening for Librarian I - Adult Services (position #10-010).  Responsible for the Library in the absence of the Library Director;  for evaluation, collection development, selection, weeding, and general maintenance of the adult book collection in the main Library;  for the selection and coordination of the gift book program;  works closely with other departments to enhance efficiency and effectiveness, attends conferences and workshops, and reads professional literature;  staffs the library reference desk and provides general reference guidance and specialized reference guidance in a subject area specialty, gives out information both in person and over the phone, may do specialized and difficult subject matter reference work away from reference desk;  assists various community groups at a professional level in developing library-related programs, assists them in book selection, suggests reference sources to further goals of any special programs so developed;  maintains an ongoing self-development program resulting in a thorough knowledge of Library reference materials, assistance and procedure developments, and an extensive awareness of authors, books, and readers interest levels;  plans and conducts Library programs for adults, compiles indexes, list, and bibliographies;  develops budget for department within the Library;  writes reviews for the weekly newspaper column;  keeps records and prepares reports;  and performs related work as required.  Requires knowledge of professional library principles, methods and techniques;  a considerable knowledge of cataloging principles and practices and the reasoning behind these practices;  a considerable knowledge of reader interests at varying educational and age levels;  thorough knowledge of the library's collection and the related resources available to the community; considerable knowledge of general reference sources and information sources available;  ability to communicate effectively;  ability to drive City vehicles safely and efficiently;  and ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees and the general public.  Minimum requirements are either a Bachelor's degree, preferably a Master's degree, in Library Science from an ALA-accredited college or university;  or graduation from an accredited four-year college or university preferably supplemented by sufficient library science credits to qualify as a major and two years' increasingly responsible advanced library experience.  Necessary special qualifications are that applicant must possess and maintain a valid Class D driver's license issued by the State of New Mexico and have a satisfactory driving record;  must be certified as a Grade II Librarian by the State of New Mexico within one year of date of hire.  Must be able to pass a rigid background investigation including work history, criminal records, driving records, and other records deemed necessary.  This is a regular, full-time position.  Hours will vary to include days, evenings, weekends and holidays.  Salary range is $31,963.03 to $40,793.83 per year.  Deadline is February 26.  Application and waiver forms can be obtained on-line at www.roswell-nm.gov in the "employment" section.  Application and waiver forms must be completed and mailed to City of Roswell, Attn:  Human Resources, P.O. Box 1838, Roswell, NM  88202-1838. 


School librarian.  Albuquerque Academy has a full-time faculty position opening for an Upper School Librarian.  The Academy seeks an enthusiastic, compassionate, creative, and collaborative educator with a strong background in library science and an appreciation for both adolescent students and the broad liberal arts curriculum. S/he will join faculty along with three librarians, four staff members, one archivist, and a group of over 35 parent volunteers to support a welcoming learning environment and to connect students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni with the rich resources of the library.  To apply send resume and cover letter to Susan Scarvie, Search Coordinator, Albuquerque Academy, 6400 Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109;  or (505) 858-8801, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. 
Albuquerque Academy is an independent, co-educational, college preparatory day school, serving approximately 1,100 students in grades six through twelve. The Academy’s resources are committed to a mission comprising accessibility, affordability, excellence, caring, and outreach in the greater Albuquerque area.  At the heart of the campus is Simms Library, a 56,000 square-foot facility filled with opportunities made available through a collection of more than 140,000 print and non-print items, 250 periodical subscriptions, and 23 online databases. 


Librarian specialist.  Los Alamos County is advertising an opening for Library Specialist (announcement number 10-55).  This is a regular, three quarter time (30 hours per week) with the White Rock Branch Library and a salary of $15.97/hr. to $22.36/hr.  Closing date is February 18 at 5 p.m.  Minimum qualifications are a Bachelor’s degree in Library Science, Library and Information Science, Humanities or related field, and two years library-related experience (MLS degree may be substituted for experience on 1:1 ratio);  must possess, or have ability to obtain within first thirty days of employment, and maintain a valid New Mexico Class “D” driver’s license;  successful completion of the pre-employment physical exam prior to commencing work;  and, if primary task includes Youth Services, must successfully complete a thorough background investigation.  Under general supervision of the Senior Librarian, Librarian or Designee, performs acquisitions, cataloging, bibliographic maintenance, sorting and delivering of materials, data entry and public service required to provide the public with orderly and helpful access to library materials.  For a thorough description of job duties and requirements, visit the County website.  A County application is required.  Apply at the Human Resources Division, County of Los Alamos, 2451 Central Avenue, Suite B, Los Alamos, NM  87544.  Applications are available at the County office or by calling (505)662-8040.  All vacant positions are listed on the above website and on the Job Line at (505)662-8039.  If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the examination process, notify the Human Resources Division at (505)662-8040 at the time of application.  Some documents can be provided in accessible formats.  Contact Human Resources at the above number if an accessible format is needed.  Applications become a public record upon receipt and may be made available for public inspection.  The Incorporated County of Los Alamos does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex religion, age, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, or veteran status in employment or the provisions of service.  Los Alamos County is an Equal Opportunity Employer  

 

Library  paraprofessional.   Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library System has two Library  Paraprofessional positions vacant (Job Code: 700082).  This is a union position at Grade M12 with a starting salaray of $1,108.00 to Midrange $1,460.00 Bi-weekly.  The person working in this catagory responds and provides assistance to library customers in the use of library services and equipment:  participates in developing, preparing, coordinating and providing special library programs for both adults and children; assists in collection development activities;  provides technical services to library system including catalog database management, processing and preparing new materials for distribution, receiving and verifying invoices, and providing leadership to staff performing library functions.  Requires an Associate's degree in lLbrary Science or general studies, plus three years of full-time experience in an academic, public, or special library, bookstore environment, or related field to include one year technical lead or supervisory experience in an administrative capacity. Experience in research or customer service and general knowledge skills preferred. Related education and experience may be interchangeable on a year for year basis. Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred.  Preferred knowledge, skills, and abilities include knowledge of operations, services and activities of a municipal library;  methods and techniques of library circulation;  principles of library reference services;  principles of efficient and effective customer service;  ability to interpret, explain, and enforce department policies and procedures;  perform a variety of reference duties supporting customer requests;  respond to requests and inquiries from the general public;  communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing;  and ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.  Position requires a background check, shift work, odd days off.  All applicants must submit, by Friday, February 19, a City Application. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the application. An On-Line Application Process can be accessed at web site.  Applications are also available at the City of Albuquerque Human Resources Department 400 Marquette NW 7th Floor Suite 703, Albuquerque NM 87103. Copies of required certifications, registrations, and/or licenses, if not attached on-line, must be provided at the time of interview.  Your qualifications for this position will be determined on the basis of the information presented in your City application.  An Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accomodation Employer

 

Circulation supervisor.  Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library System has two Circulation Supervisor positions vacant (Job Code: 700081).  This is a union position at Grade M12 with a starting salary of $1,108.00 to Midrange $1,460.00 Bi-weekly.  The person working in this catagory supervises, plans, schedules, assigns and reviews work performed by library staff;  performs the more technical and complex library circulation activities;  selects, motivates, and trains library staff;  supervises and/or performs branch library cash handling function;  and maintains inventory of office supplies.  Requires an Associate's degree in Library Science or general studies, plus three years of full-time experience in an academic, public, or special library, bookstore environment or related field to include one year technical lead or supervisory experience in an administrative capacity. Experience in research or customer service and general knowledge skills preferred. Related education and experience may be interchangeable on a year for year basis. Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred.  Preferred knowledge in methods and techniques of library circulation;  principles of efficient and effective customer service;  should independently perform the most difficult library circulation duties;  should be able to interpret, explain, and enforce department policies and procedures;  should be able to perform a variety of duties supporting customer requests; respond to requests and inquiries from the general public;  work independently in the absence of supervision;  understand and follow oral and written instructions;  communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing;  and establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.  Position requires a background check, shift work, odd days off.  All applicants must submit, by Friday, February 19, a City Application. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the application. An On-Line Application Process can be accessed at web siteApplications are also available at the City of Albuquerque Human Resources Department 400 Marquette NW 7th Floor Suite 703, Albuquerque NM 87103. Copies of required certifications, registrations, and/or licenses, if not attached on-line, must be provided at the time of interview.  Your qualifications for this position will be determined on the basis of the information presented in your City application.  An Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accomodation Employer