May 2,2008; #1663

In this issue:

• Bookmobiles adapt to the future
• Diplomatic librarianship  
• How are libraries doing in 2008?
• Know your ‘bugs”
• Magazines Online training
• DigIn scholarships available
• Summer library courses
• NEH now accepting applications for Soul of a People
• JOBS - Library director, Library assistant, Library director


The State Library bookmobiles are going through some changes.  Cuts in the federal funds that pay all the operating costs of the bookmobiles are part of the reason, but the other part is good news.  During the last fifteen-plus years, 30 new public libraries have come into existence around the state in places like Laguna, Abiquiu, Cloudcroft, and Edgewood.  For more than 50 years, bookmobiles have served towns with libraries until these libraries reach a fully developed stage, which is, defined as a library that is open more than 25 hours per week with a certified librarian, basic reference collection, and a circulating general collection.  At that time, the bookmobiles can shift their service to other places where people do not yet have access to public libraries. 

The State Library will close the Silver City bookmobile office at the end of June.  With fewer stops to make each month, we can now provide bookmobile services using three offices.  Although closing the Silver City office was a hard decision and only arrived at after careful consideration of how to meet budget exigencies without cutting important services to both public libraries and bookmobile customers around the state, the State Library found it could successfully achieve this balance. 

The State Library’s is a two-fold mission:  to promote and strengthen public libraries and to offer services through the bookmobiles and books by mail services in areas where there are no libraries. The State Library has been, and will continue, to support public libraries by offering services such as consulting on all issues of library operations, assistance in obtaining the federal e-rate subsidy for telecommunications services, providing assistance and materials for the summer reading program, technology and web page assistance, and competitive grants to enhance the use of innovative technologies for providing information services.  With the many steps it has taken in the last year, we think that the results of our changes will be cost-effective services that will continue to meet the needs of public libraries.



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Diplomatic librarianship.  The New Mexico State Library recently received a visit by a pair of international visitors from Indonesia, Mr. Ariyo Bimmo Poetro and Mr. Holi Bina Wijaya, who came to the library as part of the Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program. The emphasis of the program is to increase mutual understanding through communication at the personal and professional levels.  Each year the International Visitor Leadership Program invites participants selected by American officials overseas to visit the United States from all over the world to meet with professional peers and counterparts and to have a firsthand experience of the U.S. The individuals selected for the program are current or potential leaders in government, politics, the media, education, and other fields. 

Mr. Ariyo Bimmo Poetro ("Ariyo Bimmo") is a Planning Officer working in the Indonesian national government's Directorate of Law and Human Rights where he works to empower citizens to participate in government.  One of the goals of that offices is to increase Indonesian citizens’ access to Justice, educate them as to their rights, and encourage involvement. His division comes up with annual, midterm, and long term development plans in law and human rights. 

Mr. Holi Bina Wijaya ("Holi") is the head of The Center for Participatory Democracy at the University of Diponegoro.  His interest is in urban planning and citizen participation in local economic development. He is working on a dissertation on the legal responsibility for space debris. 
These visitors were interested in transparency in government and the way libraries work to provide information to the public.  They had questions regarding the State Depository program and the State Library’s roll in disseminating information throughout the state.  Both gentlemen were interested in the online catalog, the free use of WorldCat, and how library users are able to obtain materials through Interlibrary Loan.  Mr. Holi Bina Wijaya enjoyed using the online catalog to find works regarding space debris, and both men seemed surprised that our libraries do not charge individuals for Interlibrary Loan. 

These guests were accompanied by Ms. Linda Wallace from the Department of State, English Language Officer, and John T. Johnson of the Institute for Analytic Journalism. 


How are libraries doing in 2008?  ALA's has released the 2008 State of American Libraries report.  It's available at: .  There is a section on public libraries at:$468558 .

Public libraries are still the place to go for Internet and many other services, the report finds.  Students and others continued to flock to public libraries in 2007 seeking greater access to computers and the Internet. Meanwhile, financial support lagged.  In a 2007 study, 73 percent of public libraries reported that they were the only source of free public access to computers and the Internet in their communities. Surveyed libraries said the three Internet services most critical to their community were online educational resources and databases for K-12 students (67.7 percent), services for job-seekers (44 percent), and computer and Internet skills training (29.8 percent).

Know your ‘bugs.”  To enhance your “Catch the Reading Bug” summer reading program, the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center in Cedar Crest created the attached materials on insects in New Mexico. The articles, photos, word games, and glossary are great for junior and senior high school students and can be used to supplement the more general national theme and materials. 

Because the attached file is large, Beth Crist, the State Library’s Children and Youth Services Coordinator is willing to mail you a printed version. Also, when permission is granted to put all the photos online, the whole thing will be posted on the State Library website. Please feel free to share this widely with other librarians and educators. 

Many thanks to the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center for providing this great resource.  The Center is a great place to visit for both individuals and field trip groups and they have special group programs for the summer (but if you or your young patrons can’t get there in person, there are great activities and other educator materials on the Center’s website – check them out at

How you choose to use this resource is of course completely up to you, but some ideas are: 

  • Give a copy to patrons who show an interest in collecting insects or in insects of New Mexico or the Southwest in general for them to take home
  • Use it as a reference for patrons who bring in insects for identification, or have a program on insect identification and use the packet to help 
  • Offer a program on New Mexico/Southwest insects (perhaps invite a local expert on the subject from a museum or college, or a science teacher) and give attendees a copy of the packet to take home

You may contact Beth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Magazines Online training.  Want to learn more about the Gale databases offered in  New Mexico State Library’s Magazines Online?   Do you have questions about search strategies or about what is in all those databases?  In an effort to increase familiarity and usage with the Gale databases offered in Magazines Online, Gale will be providing a total of six webinars in 2008.  The basic, intermediate, and advanced webinars will begin in May and will continue in September and October, 2008.  All New Mexico librarians are welcome!  Gale trainer Kurt Stovall will conduct two basic-level training sessions in May via Internet. 

  • On May 20, 10-11 a.m., Kurt will give an overview of the databases New Mexico has from Gale and cover the basics of the PowerSearch interface (agenda and outline will follow). 
  • On May 21, 10-11 a.m., Kurt will introduce the Business & Company Resource Center database, such as content, database organization, and basic search techniques (agenda and outline will follow).

Other workshops are planned for the Fall of 2008. 

For log-in instructions, please contact Jackie Dalmy at the State Library:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , call toll-free 1-800-340-3890. 


DigIn scholarships available.  The New Mexico State Library is pleased to announce three scholarships for New Mexico public libraries to attend DigIn, the Digital Preservation Conference, to be held on June 5-6 at the University of New Mexico. 

Is your library involved in projects to digitize any part of its paper based collections: archives, photos, local history?  Are you concerned about the long term storage, preservation, and providing access to your digital collections?  If so, DigIn may be an excellent opportunity to learn more about best practices in digital librarianship and digital collections preservation. 

DigIn will address the issues and concerns for the long-term preservation of digital assets, both those “born digital” as well as digitized objects. There will be a host of nationally recognized presenters including individuals from the National Archives and Records Administration, Lockheed-Martin Corporation, and Los Alamos National Laboratory. 

To qualify for one of the three competitive scholarships to attend DigIn you must be:  

  • currently employed or an active library volunteer in a New Mexico public library,
  • currently engaged in a digital preservation project in your library. 

To apply, please submit a letter describing the current digital initiative in your library and how attending DigIn will benefit that initiative while improving library services provided to your community.  The letter must be signed by the public library director. Also indicate the name, title, and responsibilities of the person wishing to attend the conference. 

Scholarship requests will be evaluated based on need and a compelling rationale for how you believe attending DigIn will benefit your library community. Scholarships are limited to one person per library.  Letters must be received no later than Wednesday, May 7. The scholarship covers the $150 registration fee for the main DigIn Conference.  Mail letters to New Mexico State Library, c/o Robert Forman, Library Development Services Bureau, 1209 Camino Carlos Rey, Santa Fe NM 87507. You may also fax your letter to (505) 476-9721 or e-mail it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  If you have any additional questions, please contact Robert Forman, Development Services Bureau at the New Mexico State Library at his email or call 1-800-340-3890. 


Summer library courses.  Northern New Mexico College in Espanola announces the classes for librarians that will be held this summer.  They are: 

  • LT 217 School Libraries. This 3 credit hour course begins June 9 and meets all week until June 13 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. 
  • LT 209 Media Services. This 3 credit hour course begins June 14 and ends July 26. It meets only on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 5  p.m.

Online registration is ongoing at . Click on Academics, then Admissions. Deadline to register is May 29. Additional questions may be directed to Isabel Rodarte at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling (505) 747-2241.


NEH now accepting applications for Soul of a People.  The National Endowment for the Humanities, in collaboration with ALA and Spark Media, is accepting applications through July 11, 2008, for "Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project," a program that will give public audiences the opportunity to participate in library-sponsored humanities programs that explore the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Writers’ Project through the American Guide series of state and regional travel guides, regional cultural studies, oral history interviews, films, and photographs. "Soul of a People" will also showcase works of important authors of the twentieth century who got their start in the Writers’ Project. 

The library programs are designed to enhance and strengthen the national impact of the Spark Media documentary, Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers’ Project. This film centers on the evolution of the WPA Writers’ Project – from its obscure bureaucratic origins to its creation of an epic series of travel guides and other works that amounted to a first-ever national biography. Programs in libraries will take place at approximately the same time as the national broadcast of the film in spring 2009. 

 “Soul of a People” grants of $2,500 will be awarded to 30 selected libraries to present five programs focused on the Federal Writers’ Project (FWP).  Libraries will be asked to enlist a lead project scholar with expertise in American history, American literature, the WPA, or the WPA era to help present and plan programs. Libraries and their local project scholars will be required to collaborate with at least one of the following in planning their programs: a state humanities council, a college or university, a museum, a state library with FWP archives, or a state or regional folk-life center. An expenses-paid planning workshop will be held in early 2009 for the library project coordinator and the scholar from each selected library.

 Go to  for complete information and a link to the application.



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Library director.  Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo is sseking applicants for Library Director.  The director oversees overall library operation; provides mission, education, and quality of life support to base personnel, their families, and retirees.  Responsible for full scope of library functions to include library administration, personnel management, circulation services, and reference/research services. Develops budgets and establishes short/long-range library plans.  Monitors funding allocations, meets expenditure targets, and justifies unfunded requirements.  Acts as liaison and library advocate.  Manages work force and is responsible for staff training. Requirements: Master’s degree in Library and Information studies from an ALA accredited school plus three years related work experience. Fax resume to (702) 871-9911.


Library assistant.   The IIA College, located in Albuquerque, is advertising a position for Learning Resource Center Assistant.  This is a part-time position with a work schedule Monday through Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Starting pay for the position is from $8 per hour, DOE.  This position provides support and back up in the Library /Learning Resource Center LRC) in the absence of the Librarian /LRC Coordinator.  Essential duties and responsibilities include assisting students, faculty, and other LRC users in finding information using the LRC's print and electronic resources;  maintaining security and cleanliness of the LRC;  enforcing LRC policies and rules;  loading and unloading CD-ROMs and operating all LRC equipment;  checking books and periodicals in and out;  maintaining overdue materials lists;  keeping daily LRC attendance and usage records;  reshelving books, periodicals, and other materials;  performing data entry and word processing as needed;  assisting with LRC inventories;  and other duties may be assigned to meet business needs.  Requires a high school diploma, GED, or 12 college credits. Must be computer literate. Preferred three months of library experience helping others use online services.  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The LRC Assistant must be able to communicate effectively with individuals at all levels of the organization and with third parties regardless of their level of education or sophistication or socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds. Effective interaction across departmental boundaries must be maintained.  IIA College is located at 4201 Central Ave. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87105.  Email resume to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  No phone inquiries please. 

Library director.  Rio Rancho Public Library seeks applicants for Director of Library and Information Services.  Recruitment is re-opened; seeking a high-energy library administrator to lead a dynamic staff in a growing Library system. The Library Director is a member of a group of talented professionals that comprise the City’s senior management team. The director serves under the direction of the City Manager and the advice of the Library Board.  Responsibilities include planning, implementation, supervision, and evaluation of all public library services, facilities, and programs.  Detailed job description available on city web site at .  Salary is up to $85,000 DOQ/E + monthly vehicle stipend; relocation allowance provided.  Requires Master's degree (MLS or MIS) from an American Library Association accredited college/university program and a minimum of seven years directly related public library experience, five of which were in a supervisory capacity.  Experience as a Public Library Director strongly preferred.  Apply immediately; submit cover letter, resume, and city application online or by mail to: Human Resources Department 3200 Civic Center Circle NE Rio Rancho, NM 87144; deadline for applications is May 30.  Rio Rancho was ranked #56 by CNN Money Magazine’s America’s Best Places to Live in 2006 and was selected by Fortune Small Business Magazine in March 2008 as the 83rd best place to “live and launch” in the United States.  The City is home to the premiere school district in the state and is the second safest city in New Mexico.