January 22, 2010; #1705

In this issue: 


VAUNDA NELSON WINS CORETTA SCOTT KING AWARD! 

Congratulations NM youth services librarian Vaunda Nelson for winning the Coretta Scott King Award for her book, Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall.  The American Library Association announced the list of award-winning books at the Mid-Winter Conference, with the big news for Vaunda and New Mexico.  Vaunda is a librarian at the Esther Bone branch of the Rio Rancho Public Library. 

Published by Carolrhoda Books and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, the biography relates the story of a slave who grew into one of the most feared and respected lawmen in Indian Territory in the 1800s. During his career, Reeves made more than 3,000 arrests but killed only 14 men. 

The Coretta Scott King award annually recognizes outstanding books for young adults and children by African-American authors and illustrators that reflect the African -American experience. It encourages the artistic expression of the black experience via literature and the graphic arts in biographical, social, and historical treatments by African-American authors and illustrators.  The Coretta Scott King award is an ALA Youth Media Award, which includes the Newbery and the Caldecott. 

When You Reach Me (Random/Wendy Lamb) by Rebecca Stead won the 2010 Newbery Medal and Jerry Pinkney won the 2010 Randolph Caldecott Medal for The Lion & the Mouse (Little, Brown). The 2010 Michael L. Printz Award went to Libba Bray for Going Bovine (Delacorte). 

To see the full list of winners, go to the website

 

 

BRIEFINGS

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From fossils to future.  The New Mexico State Library collection of state documents has information spanning billions of years.  Bulletins from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science are fabulous publications filled with information on the creatures who roamed New Mexico millions of years ago leaving their footprints and bones as clues to our distant past. 

The Museums of New Mexico publish many wonderful books on archeology art and history. Learn about the art of the Santera, traditional woodworking, and native pottery. Dig deep into intriguing aspects of the Civil War in New Mexico, the arrival of the Spanish or the traditions of the state’s native peoples. 

You may not even have to leave your home to see where our state is headed in the future.  The State Library has a growing digital collection as well.  We have thousands of documents covering environmental, health, teen pregnancy, water, finance, education, and other topics.  These are available online

 

2010 Census to begin.  Here's a good tip from the Better Business Bureau:  be cautious about giving information to anyone who might contact you at your door, by telephone, or by email, claiming to be a Census worker. 

With the U.S. Census process beginning, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises people to be cooperative, but cautious, so as not to become a victim of fraud or identity theft. The first phase of the 2010 U.S. Census is under way as workers have begun verifying the addresses of households across the country. Eventually, more than 140,000 U.S. Census workers will count every person in the United States and will gather information about every person living at each address including name, age, gender, race, and other relevant data. 
The big question is - how do you tell the difference between a U.S. Census worker and a con artist? BBB offers the following advice:  If a U.S. Census worker knocks on your door, they will have a badge, a handheld device, a Census Bureau canvas bag, and a confidentiality notice. Ask to see their identification and their badge before answering their questions.  However, you should never invite anyone you don't know into your home. 

Census workers are currently only knocking on doors to verify address information.  Do not give your Social Security number, credit card, or banking information to anyone, even if they claim they need it for the U.S. Census.  Remember, no matter what they ask, you really only need to tell them how many people live at your address. 

While the Census Bureau might ask for basic financial information, such as a salary range, you don't have to answer anything at all about your financial situation.  The Census Bureau will not ask for Social Security, bank account, or credit card numbers, nor will employees solicit donations.  Any one asking for that information is NOT with the Census Bureau. 

Also, the Census Bureau has decided not to work with ACORN on gathering Census information.  No ACORN worker should approach you saying he/she is with the Census Bureau. 
Eventually, Census workers may contact you by telephone, mail, or in person at home. However, the Census Bureau will not contact you by email, so be on the lookout for email scams impersonating the Census.  Never click on a link or open any attachments in an email that are supposedly from the U.S. Census Bureau. 

 

In just one day… Here's a snapshot of what happens in New Mexico's libraries:  

  • 25,400 people walk through the doors of New Mexico public libraries 
  • 33,165 books, movies, CDs, and more are borrowed from New Mexico public libraries 
  • 6,480 people use computers at New Mexico public libraries 
  • 4,242 reference questions are answered at New Mexico public libraries 
  • 1,326 people attend programs at New Mexico public libraries

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

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New Mexico Library Legislative Day.   On Thursday, January 28, the New Mexico Library Association will hold its annual Library Legislative Day to show support for library funding and a 2010 library bond issue.  The event will begin with an orientation at the Main Santa Fe Public Library, 145 Washington St., at 8:30 am.  Please enter from the staff door that faces the parking lot in back of the Library.  

The Library will provide a shuttle at 9:45 a.m. to take attendees to the Roundhouse. There will not be a return shuttle. The Capitol is just over 1/4 mile from the Library. (Be aware that if you plan to try to find a parking place near the Capitol, it is near impossible and the parking guys do issue tickets regularly.) 

Attendees may park at the Library lot free until 10 a.m., but must move their cars by 10:15 a.m. The City's new parking garage next to the Convention Center on Federal, across from the Post Office, charges a maximum of $9 a day. It is two blocks from the Main Library at 145 Washington Avenue. 

For Legislative Day, if you have questions call Pat Hodapp at (505) 955-6788. The morning of the event, Maria Finley can answer questions or give directions at (505) 955-6789. 
At the Capitol, library supporters in distinctive t-shirts will be in the House and Senate galleries when the sessions begin, and delegations of librarians will be introduced. There will be a table in the rotunda to display and distribute information about statewide library services.  Supporters will visit with their individual legislators to advocate the importance of continued funding of library programs. For additional information, check the NMLA website where there is also a link to the Bond for Libraries.  Special library tee-shirts will be made available by NMLA and NMCAL, with a suggested donation of $12. 

 

Flash fiction contest.  The Writers' Circle, Inc. is accepting submissions for the National Flash Fiction Contest.  The Writers' Circle is a nonprofit, charitable center for emerging and professional writers since 1993.  Deadline for submissions is June 10, and 1,000 words or less.  First prize is $500 dollars with publication in the Anthology and on the Circles’ website. Additional awards will also include Artistic Merit Nominees. Final judge is Randall Albers, Chair of the fiction writing department at Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois. All entrants will be considered for publication. Submissions should 1,000 words or less. For contest rules and guidelines go to the web page. Winners are announced in the national news August 2010.  For more information call (401) 461-6691 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Seeking submissions from practicing librarians.  The American Library Association is seeking submissions for two publications:  

  • Library Management Tips That Work 
  • Surviving and Thriving in the Recession: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians

Library Management Tips That Work is an anthology by practicing academic, public, school, special librarians sharing their experiences about librarians as managers. Concise, how-to case studies, using bullets, headings, sidebars by librarians based on successful management employing innovation.  The book editor is Carol Smallwood, MLS.  Afterword by James Lund, Director, Red Wing Public Library, Red Wing Minnesota. 

No previously published or simultaneously submitted material, please. One chapter 2,400-2,500 words; or two chapters (preferred) divided to total 2,400-2,500 words. Chapters may be by one librarian, or if co-authored by the same two librarians.  Possible topics might include: staff flex hours, financial planning, administration skills, public relations, time management, library boards, partnering, library manuals, professional ethics, innovative technology, handling employees, volunteers. 

To receive a “go-ahead,” please e-mail 1-4 topics each described in 2-4 sentences by February 7, along with a 85-90 word bio that includes your name, library of employment, city/state location, employment title, where you got your degree, awards, publications, and career highlights. If co-authored, each of the two librarian-writers will need a separate bio. You will be contacted as soon as possible telling you which of your topics are not duplications, inviting you to e-mail your submission; an invitation doesn't guarantee acceptance. Please place MANAGEMENT/your name on the subject line to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Surviving and Thriving in the Recession: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians is an anthology by practicing academic, public, school, special librarians sharing their experiences on handling the recession. Concise, how-to case studies, using bullets, headings are being sought. A sample will be supplied illustrating desired style.  The book publisher is Neal-Schuman;  editor: Carol Smallwood, MLS.  Afterword by Dr. Loriene Roy, Professor in the School of Information, the University of Texas at Austin, Past President of the American Library Association. 

No previously published, simultaneously submitted material, please. One chapter 2,100-2,300 words; or two chapters divided into 2,100-2,300 words. Only 2,100-2,300 words (include sidebars in word count) from each contributor. Chapters by one librarian, or if co-authored by the same two librarians are welcomed.  Possible topics might be: creative staffing, financial planning, sharing facilities, cooperative buying, maximizing the media, innovative technology, creative public relations. 

To receive a "go-ahead" before completing writing, please e-mail in an attached Word File, 1-3 topics each clearly proposed in 2-4 sentences by February 1, 2010 along with a 80-90 word bio beginning with: your name, library of employment, city/state location, employment title, where you got your degree, awards, publications, and career highlights. If co-authored, each of the two librarian-writers will need to send a separate bio. You will be contacted as soon as possible telling you which of your topics will work, inviting you to e-mail your submission; an invitation doesn't guarantee acceptance. Please place RECESSION/your name on the subject line to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


PEOPLE NOTES

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Gary William Mayhood, 61, of Las Cruces died on Sunday, January 3, at Memorial Medical Center. Gary ran the listserv for state documents librarians and lent his cataloging experience to state documents for many years while an Associate Professor at New Mexico State University’s Branson Library. Gary retired from NMSU on July 1, 2008, after seventeen years of service.  Gary came to librarianship after a career as an Anglican priest. He worked at Drew University and the University of Kansas before joining the NMSU Library faculty where his primary responsibilities were music, serials, and state documents cataloging.  He was directly responsible for bringing the Mountain Plains Music Library Association’s annual conference to Las Cruces in 2002. 

Gary created a number of unique projects while at NMSU. Although he held several other key positions throughout his NMSU career, including acting Head of Technical Services, he will be best remembered for his music-related activities. One such initiative involved digitizing the music from 1,700 CDs in order to deliver the music via computers in the Library and Music Department. This innovative project was the only one of its kind in New Mexico, and the response was overwhelmingly positive. 

Gary was the frequent recipient of grants from the Southwest and Border Cultures Institute (SBCI) to enhance the Library’s music collections. The SBCI grants funded “Expanding  Southwestern Cultural Resources: Development of a Mariachi Collection” and “Across the Rio Grande: Hispanic Folk Music Traditions in New Mexico, Texas and the Borderlands of Northern Mexico.”

 

 

 JOBS

Librarian.  The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs is seeking applicants for ARRA Librarian -Advanced. Full job description and application is through the State Personnel Office website.  This position will assist with the implementation of the federal Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) grant by providing all administrative support in the areas of human resources, finance and compliance. The position will also perform tasks such as partnering with libraries around the state, overseeing training in broadband technology, coordinating with marketing and promotional awareness.   Requirements include a Master's in Library Science or MA or MS in Business and/or related field (Please enter your education level on the Education and Work experience page of the application even when submitting a resume);  five years of managerial or administrative experience in a library, non-profit or government agency; and must possess and maintain a valid New Mexico driver's license.  The salary range for this position is $16.37 min - $29.10 max hourly (Pay Band 70).  Offered salary is determined based on education and experience qualifications.   To apply, go the State Personnel Office website and follow instructions.  Agency contact for this position is: Angela Soliz (505) 476-9783 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  State agency must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.  Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.  If you do not receive an email confirmation that you have applied successfully, please call the contact for this posting or the SPO Recruitment Bureau at (505) 476-7777, before the closing of the position being applied for. 

 

Librarian.  The City of Gallup has a vacancy for an Adult Services Librarian.  The person in this position administers the overall adult services program and oversee the development of library collections for the program;  assures that library materials are properly catalogued, circulated, shelved, and easily available for patron use;  assists library customers in locating answers to questions in person, by telephone, or email using the variety of available resources including print, non-print, and electronic databases;  selects library materials in accordance with the needs and interests of the library’s diverse community and Collection Development Plan;  instructs and advises customers in the use of the catalog system, classification system, using on-line database, and evaluating Internet and other available resources;  develops and presents programs of interest for the community;  establishes and maintains contacts with customers, community groups, and organizations and the media;  performs outreach activates and represents the library and Board in activities of community organizations to promote library services and programs;  assists in budget preparation and monitoring expenditures;  assists with staff training and providing leadership to staff in the interpretation and implementation of Library policy;  functions as a back-up with library processing quality controls;  shares responsibility for maintaining relationships with other departments with regard to their special needs and timetables;  works closely with staff to coordinate and accomplish goals and to provide interface from technical services to public service;  serves as member of management team;  maintains awareness of developments in the profession;  and performs other duties as assigned. 
Minimum required qualifications include a Master’s degree in Library Science (MLS);  two years  experience in professional library work;  a valid driver's license (must meet City’s insurability requirements).  Applicant is required to pass skills assessment test in Microsoft Word/Excel.  Preferred qualifications include:  two years experience with electronic reference service;  any level experience with readers advisory services; and any level experience with community programming and outreach.  This is a regular, full-time position with pay beginning at $17.85 – 18.94.  Deadline is February 11.  Applicants can go to the City of Gallup website to download a City of Gallup application to be filled out and faxed or mailed to City of Gallup, P.O. Box 1270, Gallup, NM  87305;  (505) 863-1215/1218, fax (505) 726-2053.  Any questions, please call Kitty Olguin, City of Gallup, 505-863-1276, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  They can also call (505) 863-1215 for an application to be emailed, faxed, or mailed.  The contact email address is:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ;  fax (505) 726-2053.  The City of Gallup is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in employment or the provision of services on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, disability, age, gender, Vietnam Era or disabled veteran status, sexual orientation or medical condition.  The City of Gallup enforces a drug-free workplace;  an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer


 

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