February 19, 2010; #1707

In this issue:

• Library Snapshot Day
• Choosing a library automation system  
• UNM student assistance
• Edgewood wins grant
• Library certification study session
• Author event
• Submissions sought
• Summer institute
• People notes



Get ready for Library Snapshot Day in New Mexico - Wednesday, April 14, 2010

This is an early-bird announcement to let all New Mexico libraries know that WE NEED YOU to “strike your best pose” and join libraries across the country for “Library Snapshot Day.” 

What Is It? 
On ONE DAY, libraries collect statistics, comments and photographs to provide proof that libraries consistently provide invaluable services to their communities and show the positive impact libraries have on community members in every part of our state on a daily basis. 

At the 2010 ALA Midwinter Meeting, the ALA Advocacy Coordinating Group, in conjunction with the Chapter Relations Committee and Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA), agreed to take this initiative to a national level, asking that states across the country find a date this April to conduct a Library Snapshot Day. 

The New Mexico State Library and the New Mexico Library Association (NMLA) are partnering to get as many libraries (school, academic, public, and special) as possible involved. 

Why Do It? 
The information will be aggregated and libraries can use the results to advocate with their local elected officials, mayors, councils, members, and other stakeholders. The State Library will tabulate the final results and also create an informational handout that will be sent to every state legislator and local news media outlet to bring forth the message, “that libraries are busier and providing for tomorrow’s needs with yesterday’s resources.” 

Keeping It Flexible for You! 
Snapshot Day in New Mexico is Wednesday, April 14, and will capture a “typical day” in the life of a New Mexico library. However, if this day doesn’t work for you, please choose another day any time from Monday, April 12, through Monday, April 19. 

The State Library will provide an easy form to collect data. Keep in mind that we’ll also need heartfelt stories and testimonials from your patrons – because it takes more to tell a story than just using basic information about how many people walked through your door, or used your computers that day. And remember to take photos of people using your library that day. We’ll open a Flickr account where libraries can upload their photos easily and quickly. 







What You Can Do Today 

  • Step 1 – Mark your calendar now and let staff know your library is participating in Snapshot Day on Wednesday, April 14, or whatever day you’ve chosen between April 12-April 19.  Hopefully, this early announcement will build up the excitement and allow you to plan “crowd gathering” events ahead of time. 

We’ll Help With These Following Steps:  

  • Step 2 – More details coming soon. We’ll let you know when to visit our “Snapshot Day Toolkit for Libraries” web page.  You’ll be able to print out the data collection/survey PDF form, review it with staff, and keep copies at all of your service desks on Snapshot Day. 

We’ll also create a Flickr account on the website so you can have an easy, one-stop place to put your photos.  We’ll also provide you with a photo release form template for your patrons to sign and keep on file. 

  • Step 3 – We’ll try not to nag, but to help keep you on track we’ll send out reminder emails. 
  • Step 4 – Submit your statistics, stories from customers and photos by Friday, April 26, 2010.  
  • Step 5 – Visit the “results” page on our website after May 10 to see how other libraries participated, read the statistics, see comments and view the Flickr photos. 

For more information, please contact Renee Payne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   or call 800-340-3890 or 505-476-9728. 

When you get a moment, please send Renee a quick email to let her know if your library will be participating. Thanks!



Send your news or stories that you would like to share with the library community to the HH editor, Robert Upton, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Choosing a library automation system.  In January, 2010, the New Mexico State Library had a series of four hour-long online workshops on the topic of  “Choosing Your New Library Automation System”.  Because approximately half of the public libraries in New Mexico are (1) not automated, (2) using software no longer supported by the vendor, or (3) using software that does not provide for web access to their library’s catalog, these libraries were the targeted audience of the workshops. 

The workshops were held on January 12, January 14, January 20, and January 22.  There were two sessions each day to try to accommodate as many participants as possible. 

These workshops focused on the steps involved in preparing for vendor demonstrations and choosing the criteria to evaluate library systems.  

  • Session 1A and 1B (January 12) focused on the beginning steps, “What to Consider When Evaluating Library Software”  
  • Session 2A and 2B (January 14) addressed issues in how to prepare for a product demo and how to compare library systems to each other   
  • Session 3A and 3B (January 20) focused on the vendors, what you can learn from their websites, vendor evaluation, and questions to ask the vendor   
  • Session 4A and 4B (January 22) discussed implementing an automated system, training, locally managed or system hosting, future considerations, and general wrap-up of the process.

Online vendor demonstrations will be scheduled for late February into March.  The State Library will invite five vendors to participate in these demonstrations:  

  1. Follett DESTINY Library Management System
  2. Auto-Graphics, Inc. AGENT VERSO
  3. Biblionix APOLLO
  4. Mandarin Automation Systems OASIS  
  5. BookSystem ATRIUUM 

Archived presentations will be made available on the State Library website under Continuing Education.  Any interested persons could participate in the product demonstrations. 
Questions may be directed to Patricia Moore, Technology Consultant, (505) 476-9724 or 800-340-3890, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Indigenous Nations Library Program explores new ways to assist students.  Students who come from small high schools without libraries are sometimes overwhelmed when they reach the University of New Mexico and find four on-campus libraries with complex electronic databases. That’s where the Indigenous Nations Library Program (INLP) at University Libraries can make the transition easier. 

Two INLP instructors Paulita Aguilar and Mary Alice Tsosie work with students on a one-to-one basis to make sure they know how to use and critically evaluate print and electronic information. They also teach visiting high school classes how to conduct research at a library. 

The INLP program reaches out to students by holding personalized research assistance hours in Mesa Vista Hall near El Centro de La Raza, African American Students Services, and American Indian Student Services. Aguilar also works with the Jemez Pueblo Charter School, the Santa Fe Indian School, and the Native American Community Academy so their students are comfortable using electronic databases. 

Tsosie works with students and is responsible for arranging lectures on topics of particular interest to the Native American community. Students come to Zimmerman Library with questions ranging from “How do I select a topic in Native American philosophy?” to “How do I find books and journal articles about Native Americans in sports?” 

The program was established in 2004 with seed money from a bill passed by the New Mexico legislature to provide Native American library outreach and information literacy services to New Mexico Native American communities and to UNM students. 

The INLP librarians say students don’t need to wait for a drop-in lab to get help. They can contact the librarians directly. Paulita Aguilar can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Mary Alice Tsosie at, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Edgewood wins Walmart grant.  Andrea Corvin at the Edgewood Community Library is really excited with the $1,000 Walmart Community Grant the library received to start The Young Adult Book Club for community young people.  “There are very few educational programs dedicated to young adults in the community outside of the classroom,” she says, “and this free program is open exclusively to teens residing in the East Mountain area who may be interested in young adult contemporary literature. 

The Young Adult Book Club will meet every Tuesday evening from 6-7 p.m. throughout the school year.  Registration will be held for each new session (featuring a new book) and limited to the first fifteen participants.  Guided open discussion, concerning the assigned reading, will occur each meeting to encourage critical thinking and analysis on a mature level.  The Library is in the process of collaborating with the Moriarty High School English Department in offering this program as an extra credit opportunity for students. 

For more information contact Andrea Corvin at the Edgewood Community Library, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (505) 281-0138


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Librarian certification study session.  A study session for the Librarian Certification Exam has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the New Mexico State Library in the Acequia Room located in the Southwest Room area, lower level.  Registration is required.  Class size is limited to the first 12 registrants.  Registration closes at noon on Monday, March 1.  You will be sent a confirmation email when registration is full or several days before the class, whichever comes first. 

If you need confirmation sooner, please contact Eleanor Bernau, Continuing Education Coordinator at the New Mexico State Library;  at (505) 476-7869 or (800) 340-3890 toll free;  email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  For information about the New Mexico State Library’s Librarian Certification Program, please click the website.  

Feel free to pass this email along to anyone who might be interested. 


Authors event.  The Moriarty Library, in conjunction with the Read “Write” Adult Literacy Program in Moriarty, is hosting an Authors for Literacy event on February 20 at the Moriarty Civic Center.  The program runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The authors will each have a table with books for sale/signing, and literature on whatever classes or workshops they host. There will be plenty of time for interaction with the audience, both personal and Q&A following authors’ talks.  Nearly 30 New Mexico authors are signed up to be there this year, all of whom are published. 

This is a wonderful opportunity for budding authors to learn from those who have “been there” and have gotten their works published. The Library hopes to see a great number of students at this event. 

For additional information, contact Cyndi Waite, (505) 832-2513 (Library open Wednesday and Friday mornings);  or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Seeking submissions about challenged materials.  Valerie Nye and Kathy Barco are compiling a book for ALA Publications with the working title True Stories of Censorship Battles in American Libraries. They are looking for stories from librarians and/or about librarians who have experienced a challenge to material in their library. The story does not have to be a “first person” experience.  The call for essays and further information can be found at the website

Questions? E-mail them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kathy Barco and co-author Valerie Nye have published Breakfast New Mexico Style (Winner of the 2009 New Mexico Book Award in the Travel/Guidebook Category)  , Breakfast Santa Fe Style,  and READiscover New Mexico - A Tri-Lingual Adventure in Literacy


Summer Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management.  Registration has opened for the 2010 Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management (SEI Pro 2010) to be held at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque from June 8 to June 11. 

This is an intensive workshop intended to provide advanced instruction in visual resources and image collection management. SEI Pro 2010 is a joint initiative of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and the Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF).   Tuition is $495 for ARLIS/NA and/or VRA members, $575 for non-members. 

ARLIS/NA and the VRAF are developing a special curriculum to offer in-depth training that is often not found in library and information science degree programs.  This new program has been designed to build on the core competencies taught in previous institutes and to offer more advanced instruction to help participants acquire skills they need to meet the challenging opportunities of the profession. 

Find all you need to know on the SEI webpage



Send announcements of new personnel, changes, achievements, and retirements in your library to the HH editor, Robert Upton, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Elizabeth Aguilar is the new librarian at Town of Bernalillo Martha Liebert Public Library.  Born and raised in Albuquerque, Elizabeth earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree, from the University of Albuquerque and a Master’s degree from UNM.  She taught in the elementary grades of Bernalillo Public Schools with a bilingual and ESL endorsement for 20 years before becoming the librarian in the same school in the Town of Bernalillo for the next 11 years for a total of 31 and a half years.  Upon her recent retirement from Bernalillo Public Schools on December 31, she is proud to be hired by the Town of Bernalillo as the Library Director for the Martha Liebert Public Library.