February 1, 2008

Hitchhiker Newsletter: Current Issue

February 1, 2008; #1656

In this issue:

* LIBRARY LEGISLATIVE DAY
* GO Bond for NM libraries
* Esther Bone Library to reopen
* Return of the youth services electronic discussion group
* Podcasts
* New discussion forums now open
* Amigos training in NM
* Readers wanted

LIBRARY LEGISLATIVE DAY

Librarians were a visible presence during Legislative Day at New Mexico’s state capitol in January. Over 100 librarians from all types of libraries in the state attended, proudly wearing bright t-shirts in the colors of the New Mexico state flag. A traveling display created by the New Mexico Library Foundation, “New Mexico’s Library Legacy,” was prominently displayed in the state capitol as well.

Having a large turnout at Legislative Day was part of the New Mexico Library Association’s initiative to encourage legislators to place a bond on the November ballot for supplemental funds for all libraries serving New Mexicans. Over the last 10 years, three successful bonds have been passed by the New Mexico.

-submitted by Margie Sartin, Public Relations Chairperson, New Mexico Library Association

GO Bond for NM libraries. The New Mexico Library Association (NMLA) is asking the State Legislature to support a bill authorizing academic, public school, and public libraries to have a bond question for the November 2008 statewide GO Bond election. This funding would fund the purchase of books and other materials, such as periodicals and electronic databases.

Originally, libraries were asking for $40 million. The House GO bill (HB 196) began life with $30 million (out of the $246 million that is earmarked for all bond issues) designated for libraries, again divided equally between the three categories. An additional $2 million was included for school libraries in a separate section which also included $7 million for school buses and pre-kindergarten buildings. HB 196 is moving slowly through the House committees. On the other hand, the Senate's GO Bond bill (SB 333 substitute) has already passed through the Senate's committees and passed by the full Senate on Tuesday, January 29, with some modifications from the original, with a vote of 31-0. Libraries would be getting $11 million and the bill includes a new section to include tribal libraries with a share of $2 million. School, public, and academic libraries get $3 million each, just as in 2006.

The last statewide library initiative was the 2006 Library Capital Improvement Bond which passed with 380,167 votes, approved by 57 percent of those voting. In 2006, the Senate received a House bill which had $53 million for the 2006 General Obligation bonds for the three major library categories used at that time (public, school, academic). The senators had initially zeroed out libraries, but relented in the final day negotiations of a House-Senate conference committee so the final amount which went to voters was $9 million, divided equally between the three library categories.

The current, modified Senate bill contains similar dollar amounts as the 2006 bond issue along with some differences: $3 million for each of the three categories plus a new category of tribal libraries, which would receive $2 million, for a total of $11 million for the 2008 GO bonds for libraries. The extra $2 million for public school libraries was dropped along with the $7 million for school buses and pre-kindergarten buildings.

Librarians and supporters active in the process tentatively conclude that the likely amount for libraries in the final 2008 GO bond bill will be in the $11 million range rather than $30 million (or $40 million as originally requested by the 2008 GO Library Bonds Steering Committee). By comparison, the Senate bill has $14.7 million for senior centers, $140.1 million for general higher education facilities and $57.9 million for higher education and other health care and medical research-related facilities. The total for the Senate's bill is $223.8 million.

The "Bonds for Libraries" PAC exists to help improve voter support so that when librarians show up at the Roundhouse, as at the recent NMLA Legislative Day, the senators and representatives know that there is positive citizen support for their efforts as measured by the only poll that counts: votes in the general election.

-report drawn for comments by David Giltrow, co-chair "Bonds for Libraries" PAC
and Joe Sabatini, Co-Chair of the NMLA Legislation Committee

BRIEFINGS

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. .

Esther Bone Library to reopen. Esther Bone Memorial Library in Rio Rancho re-opens on February 11. It was closed for renovation in October of 2006 after serving as the city’s only public library since the early 1990s. In December of 2006, the city opened the new Loma Colorado Main Library (see HH #1647).

It was originally scheduled to open on January 28, as Rio Rancho’s branch library, but a delay due to the installation and inspection of a new fire alarm system shifted the date. A grand opening ceremony is planned for Monday, February 25, at 10 a.m. The library is located at 950 Pine Tree Road SE in Rio Rancho.

Since its closure in 2006, the Esther Bone Memorial Library has undergone substantial renovations to update and improve the facility. When the Esther Bone Memorial Library opens on February 11, it will serve as a branch library of the Loma Colorado Main Library. This will be the first time Rio Rancho has ever had two public libraries operational at the same time.

For questions about the Esther Bone Memorial Library, please call 505-891-5012 or e-mail Branch Manager Rob Nankin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Send event and training announcements for 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. .

Return of the youth services electronic discussion group. The electronic discussion group for youth services librarians has been revived! Those of you who have missed the old INFO_SWAP discussion group will welcome its return in its new incarnation as NMYTHSERV. To receive postings to this list via email and participate in discussions, go to http://lists.zianet.com/mailman/listinfo/nmythserv to subscribe. As the list now has a new host, subscribers must subscribe again. Once you’ve subscribed, post youth services-related questions, comments, resources, upcoming programs, successes, etc., and respond to other messages. You can also visit the group’s archived messages at the link above to review previous postings.

But that’s not all! There are four other discussion lists for different groups. They are:
• NMLIBS http://lists.zianet.com/mailman/listinfo/nmlibs - Universal list for all New Mexico libraries
• NMGOVDOCS http://lists.zianet.com/mailman/listinfo/nmgovdocs - Focused discussion list for New Mexico libraries interested in Federal and State government documents

Podcasts. The most recent addition to the New Mexico State Library’s podcast series, “Librarian Live” (see HH #1653), features Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan. The interview is on the topic of intellectual freedom and is in two parts: “Librarian Live Episode 20” and “Librarian Live Episode 24” at http://www.clickcaster.com/ntrlspodcasts

Charlie Kalageros-Chattan is the Director of the Los Alamos County Library System in Los Alamos New Mexico. She is also co-chair of the Intellectual Freedom Committee of the New Mexico Library Association. The discussion includes a definition of intellectual freedom, recent activity by the NMLA Intellectual Freedom Committee, and advice for public libraries about how to prepare for challenges related to these issues.

New discussion forums now open. LISjobs.com, the largest free library career portal on the Internet, is pleased to announce the launch of its new online community for librarians. Devoted entirely to career development and job hunting, these forums provide a space for librarians, LIS students, library workers, and information professionals to discuss professional development issues: http://lisjobs.com/forum/

“I’m excited to be able to offer this space for collaboration and discussion,” says Rachel Singer Gordon, webmaster, LISjobs.com. “As librarians, we know that we work and learn best in community – I look forward to watching the forums grow.”

Current forum moderators include:
  • Michael Stephens, LIS schools
  • Jess Bruckner, Jumpstart your career
  • Meredith Farkas, Professional development and participation
  • Susanne Markgren, Talking tenure
  • Kim Dority, Professional writing
  • Sophie Brookover, Work/life balance

In recent related developments, Info Career Trends, LISjobs.com’s professional development newsletter, has moved to the Wordpress platform to better serve its subscribers. Its long-time career Q&A columnists, Tiffany Allen and Susanne Markgren, have moved to their own blog, and author/entrepreneur Kim Dority joins in with her new monthly column on “Rethinking Information Careers.”

Info Career Trends continues to fill an underserved niche, devoted entirely to career and professional development issues for librarians and information professionals. The newsletter and column content are accessible at: http://www.lisjobs.com/career_trends/ Rachel Singer Gordon shares: “I’m so pleased to bring Kim on board, and to watch the Library Career People column evolve in its new blog format. I look forward to hearing others’ opinions across the LISjobs.com online community.”

LISjobs.com, launched in 1996, provides free library-related job listings to both employers and job seekers, as well as related services from resume postings to career development blogs.
LISjobs.com: http://www.lisjobs.com
Online community: http://www.lisjobs.com/forum
Info Career Trends newsletter: http://www.lisjobs.com/career_trends/
For further information, contact Rachel Singer Gordon, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Amigos training in NM. Amigos has scheduled “Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery” to be held at Saint John's College in Santa Fe. Early Bird registration ends on March 24.

Amigos offers other training options as well:

  • Live online training through the organization’s web-based classroom. Course titles include “Basics of WorldCat Resource Sharing, Creating Copy, Loan and Deflection Policies in OCLC,” “Digital Imaging for Text-based Collections,” “Kid's Stuff on the Web,” “More MARC: MARC Format for Books,” and “XML: An Overview.” Course topics include cataloging, preservation, digital imaging, and much more.
  • The STOP & Learn program – STOP, an acronym for Short, Timely, Online, and Pertinent, provides Amigos members with the latest information on OCLC programs and services FREE of charge.
  • Other unique training opportunities available from Amigos are two new online classes: “Dealing with Difficult Patrons” and “Public Library Preschool Storytimes.” The popular “Listen Up!: Basics of Audiobooks in the Library” is also still available.

For the most up-to-date training schedule, a complete list of courses, descriptions, and a convenient online registration form, visit http://www.amigos.org/learning/calendar or contact Chris Brown at Amigos, 1-800-843-8482, ext. 2829, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Readers wanted. Cherokee Publishing Co. will be publishing a book set in New Mexico by author Sonny Sammons. It is entitled The Valley of the Gods and is expected to be released in September 2008. Since the author has never been to New Mexico, Ken Boyd, the publisher, would like to have input from readers with strong knowledge of the area to assist the editor who begins working on the book about mid-February. If you would like to be a reader to share your reaction with Sonny and Ken – does he have New Mexico right? How did you react to the principal characters? Did you get "hooked?" If so, when? – please contact Ken Boyd, at 1-800-653-3952.