March 21, 2008; #1660


In this issue:
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The New Mexico State Library has announced the recipients of its Technology Showcase Grants (see “Technology Enhancement Grant” announcements in HH #1659). Financed with $92,860 of federal Library Services and Construction Act (LSCA) funds, the grant project will allow these public libraries to enhance their technology-based services.  Technology Showcase Grants are awarded to implement innovative projects that use technology to develop new services or to demonstrate new approaches to current services. The six recipient libraries are planning the following diverse projects:
  • The Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library System will use project funds to provide the users of the library system’s catalog with an enhanced and comprehensive experience in searching. Patrons using the enhanced catalog will be able to receive faceted search results displays and results ranked by relevance, to search the catalog and online databases simultaneously, and to tag results with their own keywords. 
  • The Aztec Public Library, in partnership with the Bloomfield Public Library, will use its grant funds towards community-based digital media training to individuals and agencies in the Four Corners area. The libraries will provide the hardware, software, and training/mentorship to produce digital media projects. Through this start up project, an ongoing program will develop in partnership with other San Juan County agencies, including educational institutions. Its long range goal is to broaden San Juan County’s job market by creating a skilled workforce that can attract viable economic development opportunities. 
  • The Pueblo de Abiquiu Library and Cultural Center will receive funds to begin a digital multimedia archive and community geographical information system for Abiquiu. The program will establish a multimedia archive to digitize, map, and store historical community materials, including photos, documents, audio recordings of music and oral histories, and films. 
  • These grant funds will allow Santa Fe Public Library System to create a federated search application for library catalog users. The software will create a unified access point to the library’s online databases from one point on its catalog, making it possible for patrons to search multiple databases simultaneously. 
  • The Vista Grande Public Library will use its grant award to use new technology to enhance services toits young adult and senior audiences. The project includes establishing in-house iPod listening stations, circulating iPods, and graphic design computer stations. The new equipment will support the library’s effort to give seniors hands-on experience with the newest technologies and young adults new ways to learn inside and outside the library.


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State Librarian Susan Oberlander’s new libraries report. “I attended the opening of the new Belen Public Library on February 26 and the new Jemez Springs Public Library on March 2.  They were both fun and inspirational events packed with happy library supporters.  In Belen, the attendees ranged from several state legislators who were instrumental in funding the building, to teenagers who had all the computers in use by the time I finally made it inside to mariachi band members who kept things happy and lively.  Beverly McFarland, the Director, was properly proud and the ceremony and ribbon-cutting went off perfectly.  I would say that the hits of the day were the tiny toilet in the children’s bathroom and the new café in the library.  At Jemez Springs, the place was equally packed with proud community members, state and city officials, and lots of Library Friends.  The food was fabulous, as were the many champagne toasts.  Judith Isaacs, who retired as Director on February 29, was justifiably very proud of her last big achievement as Director.  The mayor read a proclamation making March 2 Judith Isaacs Day, much to the satisfaction of the crowd.  I was very interested to note that both libraries featured a few very attractive purple accent walls – clearly a great-minds-think-alike design symbiosis.  If any of us ever doubt how meaningful public libraries are to a community, we should dwell on these outpourings of support that occur when a landmark like a new library building comes along.” 
State Librarian Susan Oberlander’s legislative report. “I heard a similar level of support for local libraries from all around the table in every committee meeting I attended during the legislative session. Now we need to get this library support to manifest itself in new levels of statewide library funding.  The biggest source of statewide library funding that passed was in the GO Bond bill (SB 333) which gives $3M for public libraries, $2M for tribal libraries, $3M for academic and $3M for school libraries.  The Rural Library Development Fund, which benefits about 75 rural public libraries, received an endowment of $1,000.  This is a non-reverting amount and we expect that Representative Arnold-Jones will continue to get more money awarded to this fund in the next session.  There was no success at getting an increase in state aid money for public libraries.  In light of the great amount of legislative support that we have seen in the last session, I believe that we have a real chance at achieving this in the future.  Thanks to all of you who contacted your legislators before and during the session.  I was told many times by legislators that they had heard from their libraries about the state aid bill.  I think we all owe a big thanks to Cynthia Shetter, Los Lunas Public Library, on behalf of the Municipal League, and Joe Sabatini, on behalf of NMLA, who worked very hard during the session to support library bills.”   
Pick up a book, bulk up your brain. On cognitive tests, book lovers outperform people with lower reading levels. No surprise there. But the big news is that people who read regularly may develop a "cognitive reserve." What’s that mean? Being a bookworm doesn’t just make you smart. It makes you mentally tough. It builds so much cognitive reserve that bookworms’ brains may be bolstered against bad things like pollution and toxins. That they’ve got extra brainpower to keep the mind rolling when brain cells are under attack. In a study of factory workers, the brains of the big readers functioned just fine on cognitive tasks, despite on-the-job exposure to toxic substances, like lead. –from RealAge Tip, March 7
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Grantsmanship training. The Grantsmanship Center’s (TGCI) signature Grantsmanship Training Program—the most widely attended training program in nonprofit history—is coming to Santa Fe, May 12-16. You and your staff are invited to attend this intensive five-day workshop, hosted by the New Mexico State Library. It will teach you to: 
ü      Identify the specific grant making foundations that support programs like yours—even in tough economic times
ü      Convince local companies to support your organization with money, goods or services
ü      Connect with the decision-makers who dispense millions of dollars in state and federal grants every year
The Grantsmanship Training Program combines personalized instruction with practical exercises, through a “hands-on” workshop that takes you step-by-step through all the stages of writing a grant proposal. You will learn how to research available grants and how to negotiate with funding sources—both public and private. During the week, participants learn the TGCI writing format, team up with classmates to prepare and write a proposal, and investigate funding sources for their individual organizations. Participants get to use the extensive materials in the State Library’s Foundation Center Cooperating Collection, a vital resource for New Mexicans looking for funding opportunities. Workshop graduates receive a one-year TGCI Membership, which affords follow-up proposal review and access to TGCI’s exclusive funding databases. All TGCI Membership services are included in the program tuition of $875. 
Anyone in your organization who has management, fundraising, or grant-related responsibilities is encouraged to attend. The workshop is geared to both novice and advanced grantseekers. If you choose, you may draft a proposal for your own organization during the workshop. You will leave the workshop knowing how to prepare effective grant proposals, how to approach grantmakers, and—most important of all—how to plan programs that they will want to support. 
Because TGCI workshops are designed to address the current needs and program activities of each participant, enrollment is limited to 30. A limited number of half-tuition scholarships are available to agencies with annual budgets of less than $300,000. To register for the May 12-16 workshop, or to apply for a scholarship, contact the TGCI registrar toll-free at 1-800-421-9512 or enroll online at If you have questions about local facilities and arrangements, please contact Linda Harris, Reference Services Manager, New Mexico State Library at (505) 476-9763 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
National Library Week. April 13 through 19 is National Library Week. Is your library planning an associated program or event? Here at the State Library, we would love to know how you may be celebrating. Could you sent us a brief description of what you are doing, and/or any materials that you are using to publicize and support your event? It would be greatly appreciated. Send them to Robert Upton, Hitchhiker editor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by mail to New Mexico State Library, 1209 Camino Carlos Rey, Santa Fe, NM 87507. 
The Big Read for YS librariansThe Big Read for Youth Services program is in progress! All youth services librarians and volunteers are invited to read Markus Zusak’s YA novel The Book Thief and join the online discussion at

Join in these 2 live online chats about the book: 
  • March 25 at 10 a.m. - topics to include the theme of reading throughout the book, the power of reading in general, and how to capture and impart Liesel’s love of reading to young library patrons today
  • April 1 at 2 p.m. - topics to include booktalking the novel to YA patrons and using online book chats and clubs in your library
To join in the chats, go to (this link is also on the wiki). This is a simple, basic chat room. All you need to do is go to the website, click on “Enter my Chat Room,” type in your first name and, under profile, your library name, and that’s it! Please join the online chats even if you haven’t finished the book yet. And plan to attend the NMLA conference Big Read session on Thursday, April 10, at 1:45!
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Conference. The New Mexico Chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators has issued a special invitation to NM librarians to attend the group’s conference as a great opportunity for librarians, authors and illustrators to get together. The conference is May 2 and 3 at the UNM Continuing Education Center in Albuquerque. Go to for more information and to register.


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Anne Lefkofsky is leaving the State Library to “pursue new adventures in life and work”.  Her last day was Friday, March 14.  Anne served as Director of the Library Development Services Bureau since late May, 2006. Beth Crist, Outreach and Community Services Coordinator, will serve as Interim Bureau Director.  Beth will be responsible for overall coordination of the Bureau over the next few months, while the State Library conducts a recruitment for the Director position.  Beth can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (505) 476-9753 / (800) 340-3890.
Renee Payne and Robert Upton (Office of Marketing and Communications) have become part of the Development team at the State Library.  Both have worked in Development during their time with the State Library, and bring valued talents, knowledge and energy to the Bureau.  Renee and Robert will enrich the scope of Development’s services, adding communications and marketing projects and consulting expertise to the mix. 
Eva Jacobson is the new librarian at Jemez Springs Public Library. She comes from a background in Political Science and Public Administration, with Masters degrees in Political Science and International Relations.  Although she has no professional experience in public libraries, she has worked as archival research assistant for several years and intends to take many of the courses offered through the State Library.  
With a brand new and much larger library in Jemez Springs, Eva states that the first goal is to up the child and youth profile. Like so many other rural areas she points out that the community doesn't have much to offer kids after school and the library will hopefully become the new place for them to gather.  The library staff has many ideas for new programs and a large and enthusiastic corps of volunteers to help carry them out. Eva, who holds the only paid position, relies heavily on volunteers who are essential to everything the library does. It is very much a community effort. 
Adnan Raza has been hired as the new Librarian/Learning Resource Center Coordinator at IIA College (formerly The International Institute of the Americas) in Albuquerque.  Mr. Raza received his B.A. from the University of California at Irvine, his Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law, and his M.L.I.S.c. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  He recently moved to New Mexico from Southern California.