March 19, 2010: #1709

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Be a part of New Mexico Library Snapshot Day!  Get your toolkit here on the New Mexico State Library website.  The New Mexico State Library and New Mexico Library Association invite all public, academic, special, and school libraries to participate in Library Snapshot Day on April 14, or whichever day you've chosen between Monday, April 12, and Monday, April 19.

The “toolkit” includes: the survey/data collection form, a photo release form, a press release template, graphics, instructions on how to upload your photos to Flickr, and tips to help plan a successful event.  Click for the Snapshot Day Toolkit. 

Why do it? 
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 (see HH #1707).  The information will be aggregated and libraries can use the results to advocate with their local elected officials, mayors, councils, members, and other stakeholders. At the state level in New Mexico, 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 than ever and providing for tomorrow’s needs with yesterday’s resources. 

All the materials you'll need are on the State Library website:  

  • Survey/Data Collection Form - The link will take you to SurveyMonkey where you can make copies of the data collection form to have at all your library's service points.  Then at the end of the day, total all your stats and use a “clean” form to report your FINAL statistics and testimonials.  This brief survey will provide powerful statistics and heartfelt stories that show the positive impact libraries have on our communities.  Information gathered will be made available for libraries to distribute to your local newspapers, share with Friends groups, and promote to legislators and other stakeholders.  The deadline for stats, photos, and patron stories/comments is Monday, April 26. 
  • Photo Release Form Template - We won't post any photos without your permission.  Have your staff ask photo subjects in the library to sign release forms.  
  • Post your photos to Flickr - Please upload your snapshots to Flickr (click here for Flickr instructions) OR email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  The Flickr web account is .  The logon ID is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the password is redorgreen.  
  • Graphic elements - We've created four jpg files of our “snapshot” graphics – please note there are versions with the April 14 date and versions without the specific date.  Additionally, please note that ALA has been given permission to share six other versions of snapshot day graphics, however, you will have to customize these graphics.  
  • Press release template - Get the word out to your community to come to the library on Snapshot Day.  There's a press release template you can customize for your local newspaper or newsletter.

10 tips for a successful snapshot day. 

Here are some of the “best of the best” ideas borrowed from libraries who have already initiated this library advocacy event. 

  1. Make it viral.  Send emails to your patrons and community contacts to invite them and ask them to spread the word. 
  2. Sponsor a video contest.  Ask talented teens to make a 30-second or 1-minute YouTube video about the library.  
  3. Invite your mayor or other local dignitaries.  
  4. Be sure your local press is invited and ask them to run a photo and caption.  
  5. Arrange for cameras to be available for taking photos around the library.  
  6. Give patrons who submit a testimonial or comment about the importance of YOUR library, a coupon for one free DVD rental.  
  7. Use your own library’s stats, photos, and testimonials and create a poster to document the importance of this community’s library.  
  8. Use quotes and comments in your annual report.  
  9. Share your custom handout with new library card holders.  
  10. Ask if your town website can feature a slideshow of your photos. 




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.

Public hearing on State Grants-In-Aid.  The New Mexico State Library of the Department of Cultural Affairs will hold a formal public hearing on April 26, at 10 a.m. in the Commission Room of the Library’s Administrative Area, Garrey Carruthers State Library Building, 1209 Camino Carlos Rey, Santa Fe, to receive public comment regarding the amendment of a rule that governs the distribution of state grants-in-aid funds to public libraries (4.5.2 NMAC.)  The proposed rule may be obtained on the New Mexico State Library website  or by contacting Susan Oberlander at (505) 476-9762.  Interested persons may testify at the hearing or submit written comments no later than 5 p.m. on April 22, 2010.  Written comments will be given the same consideration as oral testimony given at the hearing.  Written comments should be addressed to:  Susan Oberlander, New Mexico State Library, 1209 Camino Carlos Rey, Santa Fe, NM 87507; faxed to (505) 476-9761; or by electronic mail to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you are a person with a disability and you require this information in an alternative format or require special accommodations to participate in the public hearing, please contact Susan Oberlander at (50) 476-9762.  The New Mexico State Library requests at least 10 days advance notice to provide requested alternative formats and special accommodations. 


Earth Hour.   The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is having an Earth Hour Celebration on March 27 from 6 – 9 p.m. at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, 1801 Mountain Road NW, Albuquerque.  Earth Hour is a project by the Community Science Connections, a museum-library partnership funded by IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) and managed by the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. This five museum-library partnership is committed to bringing fun-filled, hands-on science to families in the community. 

The “Earth Hour Family Extravaganza” will feature bilingual, hands-on family science activities, Planetarium shows, Observatory and night-sky viewing, a special “switch off the lights” ceremony with free admission and pizza dinner. 

Earth Hour Family Extravaganza celebrates a worldwide event where millions of people switch off their lights for one hour to raise awareness about global climate change.  Bilingual activities will include constructing a large-scale map of New Mexico that records personal pledges to the Earth, a special lights-out ceremony, a reading corner and a student research project – All About Asteroids!  Planetarium shows, Observatory and telescope night-sky viewing complete this evening of community fun and collaboration. 

Earth Hour Family Extravaganza is a unique Community Science Connections event as it has brought together the combined efforts and resources from the Planetarium at the Museum, three Albuquerque libraries, a student science project on asteroids, a Climate Change project funded by NSF (National Science Foundation); volunteers from ENLACE New Mexico, the Museum and students from Albuquerque Public Schools. 

Reservations not required.  For more information, call (505) 841-2814  or visit  My Earth Hour.   


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Library Commission meeting.  The New Mexico State Library Commission will be holding an open hearing at the New Mexico Library Association Conference in Ruidoso on Friday, April 9, from 8 - 9 a.m.  Items on the agenda are as follows: 

1. Results of the LSTA Federal Funding Needs Assessment

  • Technology Support for Public Libraries 
  • Statewide contracts/pricing agreements for databases and downloadable books 
  • Preliminary findings from the public library financing study 
  • Update on Fast Forward New Mexico Grant

Everyone is invited to attend.  Watch for additional reminders with room information prior to the meeting. 


Southwest Archivists to meet.  The Society of Southwest Archivists (SSA) will be holding its Annual Meeting in Santa Fe on April 28 - May 1, at the Inn at Loretto. The conference theme is “Archives at the Crossroads.”  This year's pre-conference workshops include half-day sessions on “Fundraising 101,” “Preservation of Photographic Materials,” and “Caring for Native American Archival Collections in a Culturally Responsive Way.” 

The SSA Conference Registration E-Packet which includes the preliminary schedule of events, workshop flyer, registration form, and hotel information is available on the conference website.  

If you have any questions contact Melissa T. Salazar, CA, Local Arrangements Committee Chair, Society of Southwest Archivists;  Division Director, Archives and Historical Services, NM State Records Center and Archives, Santa Fe, NM 87507, (505) 476-7951. 



 UFO Syposium.  The annual Aztec UFO Symposium conference will be held on March 26-27, in Aztec.  This year the focus is on the various topics that allude to the idea that Aliens and UFOs have visited earth in the past and are visiting here now. 

The annual UFO Symposium is sponsored by the Friends of the Library as a fundraiser for the Aztec Public Library. For more information visit the website


Workshop for preserving audio and video.  The New Mexico Historical Records Advisory Board and the NM State Records Center and Archives will present a workshop, “Preservation Management of Legacy Machine-Based Audio and Video Collections” to be held at the New Mexico State Records Center and Archives in Room 2027, 1209 Camino Carlos Rey, Santa Fe.   Part 1 will be held on Wednesday, April 7, from 1-5 p.m.;  Part 2 will be Thursday, April 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 Noon.  Fee is $10.  Archive, library and historical society administrators, oral historians, archivists, broadcasting and media librarians, conservators, stock footage collections staff and preservation managers as well as film, audio and video laboratory managers are encouraged to attend.  This workshop is an intensive, basic training, short course for persons and institutions that have curatorial responsibilities for collections dependent on legacy machine-based audio/video media. The curriculum will deal with audio/video concepts, terminology, technologies, basic conservation and preservation methods, storage considerations, and equipment needs. Attendees are encouraged to bring in examples (or pictures) of problem recording media or unusual equipment that they are challenged with for a “Stump the Expert” session. 

The presenter is Alan Lewis, retired AV preservation manager at the National Archives and Records Administration.  Mr. Lewis has worked for a variety of television news organizations, including the Public Broadcasting Service in Washington D.C. where he served as Supervisor of Acquisitions for its Public Television Library and was later named its Director. In 1983, he moved to CBS News in New York as Director of the Film and Videotape Archives.  He returned to Washington D.C. in 1991 where he served as Subject Area Expert – Audiovisual Preservation in the Special Media Archives Services Division of the National Archives and Records Administration. He retired in January 2005 and resumed private preservation management consulting. 

To register or obtain more information please contact Antoinette Solano at (505) 476-7902 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . You may also register on-line.  Funding for this workshop made possible through the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. 



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In addition to winning the 2010 Coretta Scott King Author Award (see HH # 1705), Vaunda Nelson, Youth Services Librarian at Rio Rancho Public Library, is featured in the March 2010 edition of School Library Journal, with the focus on her winning book about Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves.  The article, “True Grit” (pgs 31-33) by Joy Fleishhacker, herself a New Mexican and children’s librarian, paints a portrait of Vaunda and her writing activities, as well as telling how Vaunda came to write about the Old West hero, Bass Reeves. 


Janice Kowemy has been named a 2010 Mover & Shaker by Library Journal!  Walking in the footsteps of the late Liz Wacondo, Janice is only the second Laguna tribal community librarian in tribal history.  Liz mentored her since Janice worked at Laguna Public Library in high school and when she decided to become a librarian, Liz vowed not to retire until Janice could take over.  Liz died just weeks before Janice could succeed her (see HH #1644).  When Janice came into the job interview fresh from library school, she came prepared with a “portfolio of products:” a library website that she designed, a calendar of programs, a draft of library policies, and new job descriptions that eventually became a statewide model, and was appointed director one month after finishing library school. 

On the job during the past two years, she has updated and expanded the collection, forged community partnerships, and promoted services.  She has been involved in the Institute of Pueblo Indian Studies (IPIS), which is governed by the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico. IPIS houses documents, archives, and artifacts for the pueblos. Her committee is working on making these materials accessible through the tribal libraries, also ensuring that research policies and protocols are in effect “that reflect cultural sensitivity for tribes.”  This grass-roots advocacy for tribal libraries and for tribal people has also informed Janice's leadership role in the Native American Libraries Special Interest Group of the New Mexico Library Association.  She coordinates fundraising events and is drafting a statewide resolution calling for the restoration of tribal library support. This work is especially important, as the position of the first statewide tribal library consultant has recently been eliminated. 

Janice attended her first ALA conference in 2002 as an undergraduate. Since then, she's made her mark as a presenter at conferences worldwide. More recently, she was a member of the planning committee for the 2009 International Indigenous Librarians Forum held in New Zealand, taking the legacy ever outward into the international library community. 

See the full article on the Library Journal website.   


State Records Administrator Sandra Jaramillo has announced the selection of Rick Hendricks, Ph.D., as the new State Historian. Dr. Hendricks attended the Universidad de Sevilla in Seville, Spain, and received his B.A. in Latin American History from the University of North Carolina in 1977.  He earned his Ph.D. in Ibero-American Studies from the University of New Mexico in 1985.  He is a former editor of the Vargas Project at the University of New Mexico and was most recently with the Archives and Special Collections Department at New Mexico State University (NMSU) Library.  He also teaches Latin American History in the History Department at NMSU.  He has written or collaborated on more than 16 books and 70 articles on the Spanish colonial period in the American Southwest and Mexico. His most recent book, New Mexico in 1801: The Priests Report, was published in June 2008 by Rio Grande Books. 

The State Historian serves as New Mexico state government's primary authority on New Mexico history and is director of the Office of the State Historian, a division within the State Records Center and Archives. The overall purpose of the Division is to promote an understanding and appreciation of New Mexico history. It provides consultation and research assistance to state agencies, scholars, elected officials and the public. The State Historian also sits as a statutory member of the Cultural Properties Review Committee, the primary function of which is to review proposals for the preservation of cultural properties throughout New Mexico.