March 5, 2010; #1708

In this issue:

• Broadband news
• Alamogordo PL funding reauthorized  
• Health help
• Santa Fe PL adds downloadable audiobooks
• Book Repair workshop
• State Library training on database resources
• People notes
• JOBS - Librarian



The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Wednesday, February 17, that $277 million for federal stimulus broadband projects will go forward in nine states.  Eleven rural projects will receive the federal stimulus funds, and two of them will benefit customers, including libraries, in New Mexico. 

According to a report in the February 17 Albuquerque Journal, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said, “The broadband projects we're announcing today will create construction jobs now to build high speed Internet networks in unserved and underserved communities.  Deployment of broadband will support job creation and rural economic development.” 

The news release said that an additional $1.6 million in private investment is being provided in matching funds. In addition to New Mexico, the states with projects receiving money are Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon, and Texas. 

The New Mexico projects are:  

  • Western New Mexico Telephone Company, broadband infrastructure project: $11,516,679 grant. The funding will provide last mile broadband services to remote and unserved locations and critical community facilities throughout western New Mexico. 
  • Baca Valley Telephone Company Inc.: $1,651,000 loan and $1,586,000 grant. The funding will expand fiber optics to Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) nodes in rural northeastern New Mexico, replacing outdated deteriorating copper wire and low bandwidth microwave transport systems in some areas, while providing new connectivity in others, and enabling advanced, high-speed DSL service throughout the area.



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Alamogordo PL funding reauthorized.  The Alamogordo Public Library recently learned that more than $173,000 would be coming its way.  State Rep. Gloria Vaughn said in a letter to the Alamogordo Public Library Advisory Board chairman that “the library funding has been reauthorized.”  The city, the board, and library supporters had requested reauthorization of the capital outlay funds to allow that the appropriation be switched from its original purpose for new library construction to allow for renovation of the current facility.  The request was made because construction of a new library proved to be economically unfeasible at this time.  

In a letter to all area legislators, Mayor Ron Griggs  said use of the funding could allow the city to address several concerns about the existing library, such as new roofing, replacing carpet and tile, upgrading inefficient fixtures, installing alternative-energy PV panels to offset energy costs, painting, weatherizing, and other upgrades. The reaction of the seven-member library board at its Wednesday meeting was optimistic. 

The library will celebrate its 110th birthday with a party from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, March 6, sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Vaughn and Griggs are among those invited to attend. 


Health help.  Here are a couple of useful information resources to have on hand at library reference desks.  They have been “borrowed” from the Consumer Health Information for Public Libraries website under development as part of the partnership between the New Mexico State Library and the UNM Health Sciences Library to assist the state’s public, tribal, and military libraries as a way to provide expanded health information resources to New Mexico’s citizens.  They are: 

As the program evolves, more information will be available through the State Library website and through online training.  Watch the HH for additional announcements. 


Santa Fe PL adds downloadable audiobooks.  The Santa Fe Public Library is pleased to announce the launch of One-Click Audio, which is a collection of audiobooks that can be downloaded to library patrons’ home computers, iPods, or MP3 playes. Just like checking out a CD audiobook from the library, the downloads are free. 

The Library has over 2,000 titles available and the vendor adds new books to the site every month. The list of One-Click Audio titles can be found on the Library’s website (click on the One-Click logo in the middle) or through a link from the Library’s Media & Large Print listings on the Library Catalog.   

Margret Baca, Director of Technical Services, said, “This new resource gives patrons access to over 2,000 titles. The Library has worked hard to find a resource for the burgeoning audiobook needs of our patrons. This audio book provider allows ten books to be downloaded at one time. And the audio books can be checked out for a loan period of 21 days before needing to be renewed.” 

The Library website is the key gateway to accessing the Library’s catalog of downloadable books. After going through either the Library website or catalog, patrons must create a free account on the One-Click (NetLibrary) site to access these titles. The One-Click site also has excellent Help Pages for anyone needing technical assistance. 

For further information contact Margret Baca at (505) 955-6780. 


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Book Repair on a Budget (or Beautiful Books Minus Bags of Bucks!).  Learn how to repair damaged and ailing books.  The New Mexico State Library is holding this class primarily for public library staff and volunteers.  The focus is strictly on repair and using materials that are readily available.  This demonstration is not about conservation, though appropriate conservation measures will be referenced.  These processes are designed for people with limited staff and (non-existent!) budgets with the outcome of getting the item back into a usable condition as quickly as possible.  The presenter will be Eleanor Bernau, Continuing Education Coordinator at the New Mexico State Library.  She has an MLS, a Master’s degree in fine art, and is a professionally trained book and art-on-paper conservator.  The class will be held on Tuesday, March 23, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Philmont Scout Ranch near Cimarron, in the Phillips Building.  Registration is required;  go to the New Mexico State Library website under Upcoming Events or use the registration form.  Registration closes at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 18.  

Please bring two books from your library that need repairs.  Also, if you can, bring as many of the following as you have available:  

  • Scissors
  • wax paper, an old washcloth, or small towel 
  • a pencil 
  • a small jar with a lid (to hold water) 
  • an X-acto knife 
  • a ruler, preferably metal or with a metal edge 
  • large binder clips 
  • a metal knitting needle or wooden skewer

Lunch will be provided for $7 in the Philmont Dining Hall or bring a bag lunch and everyone can eat in the dining hall.  Philmont Scout Ranch is located on Highway 21, about four miles south of Cimarron.  Drive in the training center entrance which is called Orchard Circle.  Follow the drive around past the training center office to the far side.  There is a parking area just across the road from the Phillips Building.  If you would like more detailed directions, please contact Eleanor Bernau at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , (505) 476-7869 or 800-340-3890.  Please pass this announcement along to others who might be interested. 


State Library training on database resources.  The Public Services staff at the New Mexico State Library is heading out on the road again to bring training to another part of the state.  This time the topic is “Using Electronic Resources” and the training will be at the Clovis-Carver Public Library on March 10.  In this training, you will learn about the new Power Search feature of Magazines Online and how to search and what you can expect to find in the Newsbank database.  Susanne Caro, State Library state documents librarian will also be doing training on government documents and government web sites. 

For more information and the registration, please go to the New Mexico State Library web site. The description is prominently featured on the opening page, and it is also listed under Upcoming Events. 

Please pass this on to others who would find this training useful.  For more information, contact Linda Harris, Reference Services Manager, (505) 476-9763 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  



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Donna Birchell, long time staff member at Carlsbad Public Library, has completed a book, Carlsbad and Carlsbad Caverns, to be the latest volume of the Images of America series. Donna worked closely with the Southeastern New Mexico Historical Society that has amassed over 15,000 vintage photographs.  After going through hundreds of old photographs, the book is 128 pages, featuring 216 historical photographs of the early days of Carlsbad and the Carlsbad Caverns.  Published by Arcadia Publishing, it will be available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Walgreens, Books A Million, Hastings, and through their website as well.  Release date is March 1.  So far, local shops, such as the Carlsbad Museum and Art Center, the Carlsbad Caverns book store, and the Trinity Hotel, will carry volumes too. 



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Librarian.  Apollo College, a provider of career-focused, outcome-based postsecondary education in healthcare and related fields, has an opening for Librarian at its Albuquerque campus.  As a Librarian at Apollo College you will be responsible for the management and supervision of the campus library overseeing all facets of its daily operations, participating in the development and management of the library annual operating budget, and employing ethical library management standards, which meet all regulatory agencies, and Company standards.  Skills and responsibilities require someone who is highly organized and detail oriented;  interacts effectively and professionally with students, staff, faculty, and external customers of Apollo College including Advisory Board members and externship and other off campus sites;  exceptional customer focused skills;  ability to address student needs and resolve issues with diplomacy and tact;  interpersonal skills including questioning, listening and showing concern and respect for others;  solid writing skills to communicate effectively in memos, letters, and via email;  excellent verbal communication skills including ability to project voice and be clearly understood when speaking in front of a group;  ability to maintain confidentiality;  possess a high degree of integrity and commitment to comply with policies, regulations, and codes of conduct governing all aspects of job responsibilities;  commitment to the success of the students and the school;  and computer literacy skills including working knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.  Qualifications include Bachelor's degree with emphasis in library and information technology required;  Master's degree in Library Science or equivalent preferred.  Also, previous work experience as a librarian or library technician;  excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communications skills;  and ability to motivate and inspire students.  Prior experience working in an educational environment preferred.  Competitive compensation and benefits for full time equivalent employees including health benefits, tuition assistance, 401k, PTO and flexible work schedules.  To apply, please submit your resume and contact information on the website.  An EEO employer M/F/D/V. Apollo College maintains a drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing. 

The school has nine campuses throughout the Western U.S. that offer practical, real-world education and hands-on experiences. For more information about Apollo College, visit the website. Apollo College is a division of DeVry Inc. (NYSE: DV), a global provider of educational services.  U.S. Education programs, offered through Apollo College and Western Career College, prepare students for careers in healthcare through certificate, diploma, and associate degree programs. The colleges provide career-focused, outcome-based, postsecondary education and training.  U.S. Education is a division of DeVry Inc. (NYSE: DV), a global provider of educational services. For more information about U.S. Education, visit the website.  For more information about DeVry Inc. visit the website