March 7, 2008; #1659

In this issue:

• NM library nominated for national medal   
• Tech Enhancement grant highlights 
• Librarian Certification
• Study session for Librarian Certification
• Cancer walk
•  Workshop


U.S. Representative Tom Udall has nominated the San Juan County Library for the prestigious National Medal for Museum and Library Service award, which was created to underscore the powerful role of libraries as leaders in our society. 

“The Four Corners area has benefited immensely from the public library’s creative and open approach to serving the diverse and culturally rich community,” Udall said. “The library does an extraordinary job of serving an area larger than Connecticut by partnering with area schools, starting family literary programs, and so much more. I am proud to nominate the Farmington Public Library for this award and would ask the community to also show their support by submitting letters detailing how the library has served them.” 

Udall said the award recognizes museums and libraries that demonstrate a core commitment to public service through innovative programs and active partnerships that address the changing needs of the communities they serve.  Once nominated, the library must compile letters from the community served by the institution. Letters of support can be sent to directly to the Farmington Public Library at 2101 Farmington Ave.,  Farmington, NM 87401. You may also visit the library’s website at

Library Director Karen McPheeters said of the library’s role in the community, “Many of our patrons live in remote locations and do not have access to traditional library resources. The Farmington Public Library serves as the only source for books and Internet access for many of our patrons, and I’m proud to work for a city that understands how important libraries are to our community members.” 

With a population of over 110,000, Farmington Public Library serves the entire San Juan County in a geographic area of 5,522 square miles.  As the area’s largest public library, it strives to serve a mission as big as its service area, supporting family literacy programs, innovative teen and youth programs, and storytelling programs celebrating cultural diversity – all in a new high-tech facility. The library maintains active partnerships with four school districts, two smaller public libraries and two local colleges.  It remains committed to providing quality services to non-traditional library users, having created a small homework library in the Farmington Boys and Girls Club and the Shiprock Branch Library in a neighboring reservation community. 

While the library’s primary funding source is the City of Farmington, the City recognizes that their library serves the entire county rich in tradition, blending the Anglo, Hispanic, and the Native American cultures of Navajo, Jicarilla Apache, and the Ute.  It supports the library’s creative and open approach to providing services to the greater Four Corners area. 



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Tech Enhancement Grant highlightsThe New Mexico State Library has announced the recipients of its Technology Enhancement Grants. Financed with $39,500 of federal Library Services and Construction Act (LSCA) funds, the grant project will allow these public libraries to enhance their technology-based services (see HH #1658). 

The nine recipient libraries are planning the following diverse projects: 


  • Belen Public Library is the anchor of a downtown revitalization project. A recent renovation and expansion of the library, along with these grant funds, provides an opportunity to create a hotspot for wireless computing. A wireless LAN (local area network) will be set up for the coffee shop, 100-seat meeting room, and outdoor reading patio. Customers with laptops and PDAs (Personal Device Assistants)will be able to access information from an Internet connection. This Wifi hotspot will bring more people downtown, provide high speed access for new downtown businesses, and expand services to locals and travelers who wish to access the Internet with their own equipment. 
  • Capitan Public Library currently has one ten-year-old black and white printer for its patrons. With grant funds, it will purchase a new color laser printer that will be connected to its six public access computers. As the library is currently the only facility in Capitan that is readily available to the public to access the Web, it will give the community the much-needed opportunity to print in color. 
  • Clovis-Carver Public Library currently has two computers with bar code scanners to check out materials for all patrons. At peak periods, there are lines of people waiting to complete their transactions. To improve service, the library will use grant funds to purchase a self-check out station to reduce waiting time.  The station will also help protect patron privacy. Shorter lines will free library staff to provide assistance for other patron needs. 
  • Irene S. Sweetkind Public Library is responsible for maintaining the public records of the Town of Cochiti Lake and making town records available for public viewing and research. The library has collected hundreds of documents pertaining to the establishment and governance of the town, including photographs. The library has undertaken a project to inventory, catalog, and digitize these documents to preserve them and make them more accessible to the public. With these grant funds, the library will purchase a scanner, laser printer, and workstation with appropriate software to allow staff to digitize these important materials. 
  • Patrons using Columbus Village Library’s four busy computers often cannot use needed programs and documents, or save to storage devices, because the equipment is obsolete. The workstations are networked to a public access printer that is also outdated, and prints only one-sided copies. The library will use the grant funds to purchase four new replacement computers that will allow patrons to have access to all the programs and documents they require and to save information in the format they choose. The library will also buy a new printer to replace the old one. Double-sided prints will be a feature of the new printer, which will save money for both patrons and the library and will benefit the environment by using less paper. 
  • Cuba Public Library broke ground in January 2008 for a new library building. Rather than moving their eleven outdated public access computers to the new building, they will use grant funds to purchase new workstations as replacements. The library will also replace its outdated public access printer. With these upgrades, the library will be able to provide the Cuba community with the most up-to-date software and Internet resources. 
  • Fort Sumner Public Library is adding a meeting room to its facility.  Located in downtown Fort Sumner, the public will have easy access to this new space for conferences, programs, classes, and more.  Using grant funds, the library will purchase a laptop computer, wireless printer, LCD projector, projector screen, and wireless router for the meeting room. This equipment will make the new meeting room the only public facility in town with the latest audio/visual technology. 
  • Grant funds will enable Glenwood Community Library to complete its first automated and integrated library system, and to replace two outdated public access computers. Patrons will benefit from the project as it will increase their level of privacy; provide both on-site and online access to the first public access catalog of the library’s collection, generate records to enhance collection development and maintenance, and provide up to date computers. 
  • The Los Lunas Community Library has a growing collection of genealogical, photographic, and oral history records of the Los Lunas area. In order to preserve and allow greater access to this material, the library plans to digitize the collection and make it available online through its catalog. The library will use grant funds to purchase a server to store the digitized material and a monitor to view it.


Librarian certification.  In an effort to ensure that Librarian Certification is a meaningful credential in the New Mexico library community, the New Mexico State Library has made changes to the process by which library directors and staff may take the Library Certification Exam. Using the feedback from New Mexico libraries, it should represent a level of competency and standard of knowledge that leads to effective work and leadership in a local library setting.  As such, the State Library has instituted the following changes:

  1. Updated Study Guide. The updated and enhanced Study Guide is now available on the State Library’s website (the Study Guide can be distributed on request as an MS-Word file by e-mail ). 
  2. Test Administered On Demand. As of March 1, 2008, a candidate for librarian certification may take the exam at any time and in almost any public library throughout the State. More information will follow on how to register for the exam. 
  3. Study Sessions.  Monthly pre-examination study sessions will be held at locations in Albuquerque and at the New Mexico State Library in Santa Fe.  Monthly teleconference study sessions by phone will also be available.
    Additional details will follow this announcement. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Robert Forman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call at 1 (800) 340-3890.


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Study session for Library Certification.  If you are preparing to take the New Mexico State Librarian Certification Exam, this is to let you know that there will be a pre-exam study session on Tuesday, March 25, from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m.  The study session will take place at the New Mexico State Library in Santa Fe.  Anyone preparing to take the Librarian Certification Exam is encouraged to attend.  For more information or to register contact Robert Forman, Continuing Education Coordinator at the New Mexico State Library, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (505) 476-9755. 


Cancer walk.  New Mexico librarians are working to form a walking team for the Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk in Albuquerque on Sunday, April 27.  Why walk? Besides doing your part to raise funds that will help with research, treatment, and education, you’ll get to meet new people and connect with librarians around the state, and help educate people in your life about cancer (just telling people you are participating in this walk opens doors to important discussions). 

Please join this team of librarians supporting this important cause.  This is one of the most beautiful walks in Albuquerque!  At what other time will Rio Grande Boulevard be closed so you can walk down the road and admire all of the beautiful homes? 
For information on how to join, go to this website: and click on “Join Librarians Fighting Breast Cancer.”  Questions?  Contact Ben Wakashige at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Val Nye at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Workshop.  The next NNMYSSIG (Northern New Mexico Youth Services Special Interest Group) Roundtable will be held in Los Alamos at Mesa Public Library on Friday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The topic for the day will be programming for two of your hardest to reach and yet most valuable patrons bases: the very young, and teenagers.  The morning session will cover programs for the very young and the afternoon will be given over to a discussion of teen services.  If you are interested in further information on joining the SIG or attending the roundtable, please contact Angie Manfredi, Chair, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   or (505) 662-8258.