July 11, 2008; #1667

In this issue:

• The value of small libraries
• Librarian in a “grease truck”  
• Online newspaper database 
• New feature for Magazines Online
• Podcast workshop
• Hardcover and paperback book contracts 
• Library Commission to meet
• People notes
• JOBS - Coordinator of Technical Services, Library technician, Teen librarian



The following is from a session on the “Future of Libraries, a Sense of Urgency, ” a comment from Andrea Berstler.  She is the director of the Village Library of Morgantown, PA. 

“As the director of one of the ‘small’ libraries being discussed, here's my two cents worth.  People are using their local, small libraries more than ever. We are close, usually on the route they take to run their errands; we are friendly, helpful, and can conduct a good reference interview (try that on Google or Amazon) and we will go out of our way to get them something for free.  We offer a variety of stuff to borrow, entertaining programs based on their requests, computer classes, literacy programs, and ILL and most, if not all, for free. 

With the current economic climate, the price of gas, and a desire for a return to ‘small town life’ within the confines of our out-of-control pace of life, the small, local library offers something you cannot find everywhere, a return to the ‘old days’ with the technology of today.  The best of both, if you will. We are busier than we have ever been, are checking out more items than ever, have more people coming to our library than ever - because we offer this ‘best of both’ philosophy. 

I believe that the future of the small, local public library is not in changing into Barnes and Nobel or beating Amazon and Google on the Internet.  It is in offering to people the opportunity to find the best of technology at the wonderful, stress reducing pace of yesterday. 
Consider us an oasis on the desert of today's information highway.” 



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.  

CT to NM on WVO.  A State Library employee (name withheld;  see last bulleted item) recently drove from Connecticut to New Mexico in a “grease truck.” 

“This past June my husband and I travelled 2,300 miles in a Dodge truck that was converted to run on pure, filtered waste vegetable oil (WVO).  The oil was collected from restaurant grease dumpsters and stored in several fuel tanks installed on the truck.  How much oil?  Around 120 gallons worth.  We ran out in Denver, where we bought one tank of diesel fuel to carry us home to New Mexico. The engine runs really smoothly on I, and yes, we left a scent trail of French fries as we drove down the road. 

The whole grease car movement makes for fascinating reading.  You can find out more by Googling ‘grease car’ or ‘waste vegetable oil.’  Here are some frequently asked questions about grease cars to get you started: 

  • Can any vehicle use vegetable oil ? Only those with a diesel engine. 
  • How does it work ? A second, heated fuel tank and extra fuel filter is installed in the vehicle to hold and filter the grease.  The diesel engine, patented by Rudolf Diesel in 1898, was originally designed to run on vegetable fuels.  
  • Where do you get the grease and how do you collect it ? From a restaurant or fast food place that discards their used frying oil.   People pump the grease out of the dumpster with a hand pump or take it away in the plastic 5-gallon containers it originally came in.  
  • What kind of mileage do you get ? The same mileage your diesel vehicle normally gets.  
  • Is it legal ? This is a hot, greasy issue as of this writing.  Right now it’s o.k, but there are political forces at work around the country which may change the nature of grease collection and usage for the private citizen.  Time will tell.”  -submitted by dd. 


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Online newspaper database.  The New Mexico State Library is pleased to announce it will be providing, at no cost to libraries, online, searchable access to three New Mexico newspapers beginning in July 2008. This service came about as a result of a survey sent to public libraries a few months ago asking what type of database they would like the State Library to provide in addition to Magazines Online.  An online newspaper database was the overwhelming choice. Funds became available to provide the service to academic, public and school libraries. 

This database will be provided through NewsBank. The three newspapers are Albuquerque Journal (1/1/1995-present), Las Cruces Sun-News (2/14/2004- present), and the Roswell Daily Record (1/2/2002-present). 

State Library staff is still working with NewsBank to get all the libraries set up. They will need the Internet Protocol (IP) address or range of addresses for your library to make this happen.  Go to the link at http://infoweb.newsbank.com .  If you click on that link, and you do not get a screen saying “New Mexico Newspapers” with a link to each of the three listed above, please contact Linda Harris at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , (505-476-9763) or Mark Adams at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , (505-476-9710).  They will be happy to help.  If your library already receives New Mexico newspapers from NewsBank, your access is probably already set up. If you have paid for any of these three titles for this year, you should get a credit. 

Each library should be receiving a call from Customer Service at NewsBank to make sure you have access. Please be patient as it will take some time for all of these calls to be made.


New feature for Magazines Online.  New Mexico Libraries that are registered Magazines Online users now have access to the new (as of July 1, 2008) Magazines Online Administrative Portal at http://access.gale.com/nm/

What is an “Administrative Portal?”  The Administrative Portal is designed for librarian users and managers of Magazine Online’s Gale-Cengage databases. The Portal provides access to Gale support contact information, registration page for new users, Magazines Online databases, product information, and many other things. 

Some features in the Portal for new or beginning users are:  

  • Online registration
  • Searching tips, Navigation Guides 
  • Training calendar

More advanced features include:  

  • Customization of screens (itconfig)
  • Usage reports 
  • MARC records

Please look at the Portal and send suggestions, feedback, or other comments to Mark Adams, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at the New Mexico State Library. 



Podcast workshop.  The Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque is inviting a trainer from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region, to teach a new workshop called “Can You Hear Me Now: How to Make a Podcast” on Wednesday, October 29, 2008. This free, three-hour, hands-on class is designed to provide a fun yet informative introduction to what podcasting is and how you can utilize this technology in your library services to enable your users to access the information whenever they want, wherever they want, and however they want it. Basic steps and suggestions on how to make a podcast will be covered and participants will be able to enjoy hands-on practice using popular audio recording and editing software to make their first personal podcast.  The number of attendees is limited due to the hands-on nature of the workshop. There are a few seats remaining for the morning session from 9-12 a.m. and, if there is sufficient interest, an afternoon class will be added from 1-4 p.m. 

If you are interested in attending or for more information, please contact Barbara Nail-Chiwetalu, Distance Services Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 505-272-0757 by July 30. 


Hardcover and paperback book contracts – FY09.  The State of New Mexico annually renews the periodicals, hardcover, and paperback book contracts with a number of vendors. These vendor products and services are offered through the Statewide Price Agreements. There are several categories of Book Agreements – hardcover, paperback, and Spanish. Several large book jobbers, such as Baker & Taylor, Follett, and Ingram for monographs and EBSCO for periodicals are included in these agreements, along with other specialized vendors. 

The periodicals price agreement (Periodicals, #60-00012) expires July 10, 2008. One hardback price agreement (Books, Hardcover, #70-00052 ) expires January 7, 2009, and the other hardback price agreement (Books, Hardcover, #71-00052  AA-AZ) expires June 12, 2009. The paperback price agreement (Books, Paperback, #80-00023) expires January 21, 2009. There are 14 Spanish Language book contracts, all of which expire on December 19, 2008. These contracts are posted on the State Purchasing Division’s web site: http://www.generalservices.state.nm.us/spd/swpa.html . There may be a lag time between the renewal of a particular contract and the posting of its applicable renewal date on SPD’s website. 

The vendor contracts include a description of terms. Although the agreements are negotiated for the State of New Mexico, they are applicable to other New Mexico institutions. Any New Mexico library that must use a bid process to purchase these materials may usually use these Statewide Price Agreements.  Anna Wade, at the New Mexico State Library, is available at (505) 475-9754 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to answer your questions. 


Library Commission to meet.  There will be a State Library Commission meeting on Monday, July 14, 2008, at 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Commission Room at the New Mexico State Library in Santa Fe.  There are five commissioners;  they are:  

  • David Luther Caffey – Public Member
  • Hiram L. Davis, Ph.D – Public Member 
  • Karen McPheeters - Professional Member/Vice-Chairperson 
  • Catherine M. Smith - Department of Education Appointee/Chairperson 
  • Mary G. Storm - Professional Member

On the agenda will be reports on the progress of summer reading programs in public libraries, government information workshops around the state, an update on the Resource Sharing Initiative, the State Librarian’s report on focus groups at the State Library and the strategic planning process, and the FY09 budget. 



Send announcements of new personnel, changes, achievements, and retirements in your library to the  HH editor, Robert Upton, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Mildred Walters is the new director at the Pueblo of Sandia Learning Resource Center.   For three years prior to this move, she coordinated the Tribal Libraries Program at the New Mexico State Library where she offered general consulting, training, resources, and other valuable services to libraries in New Mexico.  Mildred received her MA in Information Resources and Library Science from the University of Arizona in 2003.  Her background also includes two years experience as a school librarian. 


Daria Labinsky, who worked at the Rio Rancho Public Library for seven years as an adult services librarian and the local history librarian, will appear on the television game show, “Jeopardy,” on July 17.  She quit her position with the library back in May to travel with her family in an RV and in Europe (staying in hotels and apartments) for 15 months. The show was taped in April. 


After 31 years as a librarian, 28 of which have been at the Hobbs Public Library, Cris Adams is retiring.  She received her MLS from the University of Oklahoma, and spent her first three years as a librarian in Arizona with the Mohave County Library System. During that time, she was Public Services Librarian at the headquarters in Kingman, then Branch Director in Lake Havasu City.  In 1975 she came to Hobbs and was Library Director until 1978 before leaving to start a family.  She returned to Hobbs in 1983, and as they say, the rest is history!  “I’ve really enjoyed being a part of the New Mexico community of librarians,” she told HH. “But now it’s time to write, garden, write, travel, write, and play with my granddaughters.  My best to everyone!” 



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Coordinator of Technical Services.  New Mexico Junior College is seeking applications for Coordinator of Technical Services.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  For more information about the college, click http://www.nmjc.edu  or http://www.hobbsnm.org  for the city of Hobbs.  This position reports to the Director of Library Services. The duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: supervise technical services staff;  provide direction and assist with problems in cataloging, serials, and government documents areas;  evaluate and modify technical services procedures for most effective and complete catalog display and provide guidance in the usage of MARC holdings records;  evaluate government documents to make annual item selections and deletions decisions;  review and create selected print orders with vendor;  manage leased book program;  work with computer support personnel to establish local and remote access for new databases and assist with resolution of problems relating to access, installation, updates, and organization of new resources;  provide relief at circulation/reference desk needed;  weekend shift rotation;  collaborate with others in assessing technological needs;  participate in a process of continual personal and professional improvement;  actively participate in the institutional goals and objectives designed to support the mission of the college as well as serving on college committees as assigned.  Nothing contained herein shall limit the President in assigning the employee to any of the various college activities for which he/she would be qualified in order to meet the needs of New Mexico Junior College.  Requires an accredited American Library Association (ALA) Master’s in Library/Information Sciences degree required. Training and/or experience highly recommended in ILS (Sirsi preferred), cataloging and classification, government documents, serials processing and staff supervision. Familiarity with trends and issues in computer and telecommunications technology and a demonstrable ability to apply this knowledge to the local situation required. Good computer skills and experience working in a networked environment required.  This is a twelve-month professional position with a salary range of $39,290 to $49,112 commensurate with education and experience. Standard NMJC benefits apply.  Submit NMJC application form, letter of application (cover letter), resume, unofficial transcripts (official transcripts required prior to employment), and provide eight personal references with current addresses and telephone numbers to: Human Resources, New Mexico Junior College, 1 Thunderbird Circle, Hobbs, NM 88240.  Call toll free: 1-800-657-6260 or (575) 492-2793, Fax: (575) 492-2796, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  New Mexico Junior College is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. 


Library technician.  The Art Center Design College is a private, regionally accredited college offering Bachelor of Arts degrees in art and design.  The Art Center Design College has two locations in the southwest, one in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and another in Tucson, Arizona.  The Albuquerque campus currently has a full-time position available for a Library Technician.  The College seeks an individual who will articulate and advance the mission of the College and the department.  The successful candidate will be a progressive leader with strong interpersonal and communication skills who will work collaboratively with the Tucson campus.  The successful applicant must possess two years of library experience in an academic library;  have a high school diploma and preferably an Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in library technology;  have the ability to train and supervise library staff;  have a working knowledge of technological resources;  be able to train customers in the use of technology;  possess administrative experience with strong skills in communication, consensus building, and multidisciplinary cooperation;  be responsible for the organization and dissemination of information and services through the effective utilization of library resources;  serve as an advocate for the Library and provide leadership and support for faculty, students, and staff;  and support diversity, gender equity, and fair treatment of all individuals.  Please send resume and salary requirements to The Art Center Design College, 2525 N Country Club Rd., Tucson, AZ 85716, or Fax (520) 325-5535, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Review of applications is ongoing and will continue until the position is filled.  The Art Center Design College is an equal opportunity educator and employer that strives to recruit people who reflect the diverse mix of the student body. 


Teen librarian.  The City of Rio Rancho is advertising an opening for Teen Librarian (Position Number: 4505450702-4).  This is a full-time position.  Working under the supervision of the Youth Services Manager, the Teen Librarian selects print and non-print materials for teens, creates and implements instructional and entertaining programs, provides reference and readers' advisory, and assists patrons in the use of library materials.  Minimum qualifications include:  applicant must be at least 18 years of age with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college, and at least two years experience in library services;  experience working with and programming for teens;  working knowledge of teen literature, library collections, automated systems, and online reference resources;  excellent computer skills in word processing, spreadsheet, and library software, and the ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from customers;  must have excellent verbal and written communications skills;  must have a New Mexico Librarian Certificate, Grade 1, or acquire it within 12 months;  and a valid New Mexico driver's license and an insurable driving record are required.  Preferred qualifications include a Master’s degree in Library Science from a program accredited by the American Library Association.  For a full description and to apply, go to the website at:  www.ci.rio-rancho.nm.us .  In accordance with the Military Selective Service Act all male applicants between the ages of eighteen (18) and twenty-six (26) are required to present proof of registration.  Offers of employment are contingent upon successful results of a drug screen and criminal records check, and if appropriate, a physical examination and verification of an insurable driving record.


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