July 25, 2008: #1668

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Public library/ legislative visits.  Over the summer, I will be joining several groups of public library directors around the state to meet with their local legislators to discuss public library funding.  Our goal is to get a commitment from each legislator to support an increase in state grants in aid to public libraries in the next legislative session.  The amount of state aid currently distributed to public libraries is $273,000.  This results in an average grant per library of $2,202.  When compared to thirteen other states of similar population, New Mexico is the second lowest in per capita distribution.  The thirteen state average per capita amount is $1.67 and New Mexico is $0.14. 

The following libraries have agreed to host a regional meeting this summer:  George Jaramillo, Taos; Donna George, Deming; Sybil Walterscheid, Carlsbad; Anne Frost, Placitas; Tina Ortega, Moriarty; Leo McCormick, Las Vegas; Paula Mertz, Socorro; Charlie Kalogeros-Chatten, Los Alamos; Pat Hodapp, Santa Fe; Anne Moore, Espanola; and Betty Long, Roswell. 

State aid may be used to supplement acquisitions and library services budgets.  There has been considerable interest among some public libraries, particularly non-profits and those in unincorporated towns, in allowing state aid to be used for operating costs as well.  The public library directors are currently reviewing the state aid rule for changes that will make the rule more meaningful to all types of libraries.  The State Library will review the proposed changes of this group and then open a rulemaking to consider these or other changes before filing a new rule.  For more information on state aid, see:

Components of successful library funding campaigns.  A recent report by OCLC, funded by the Gates Foundation, offers the following tips from elected officials for successful campaigns (see http://www.oclc.org/reports/funding): 

  • Messaging that focuses on the broader value of the library to the community, specifically a community gathering place, access to technology and programs for teenagers and other groups 
  • A passionate, committed, and active champion(s) who can rally support among the elected officials and community influencers  
  • Civic engagement, including a commitment to speak with every relevant group in the community to encourage grassroots support 
  • A willingness to partner with other public services in a joint effort wherever strategically advantageous 
  • The ability to ask for the right support at the right time:  

Voter turnout is greater for general elections than local elections 

It is often easier to campaign for a new building than for operating funds.

Hope you are all having successful summers.  I have heard from many public libraries that the summer reading programs to “Catch the Reading Bug” have been lots of fun and very well-attended by young New Mexicans.  Congratulations to these libraries for all their hard work.  -Susan Oberlander



The New Mexico State Library, which is a federal depository library, is changing its depository status from that of a “regional” to that of a “selective.”  The U.S. Federal Depository Library Program is comprised of libraries of these two types.  Regional depository libraries are required by law to acquire, retain, and provide access to all publications distributed by the Government Printing Office.  Selective libraries, on the other hand, can select items from a list of documents published by the federal government. 

On October 9, 1962, Senator Dennis Chavez sponsored the New Mexico State Library to be a regional federal depository library.  The University of New Mexico had participated in the Federal Depository Library Program as a selective library since 1896, and received a regional designation around the same time as the State Library.  As a consequence, the State of New Mexico has been one of a handful of states with two regional federal depository libraries that share regional responsibilities.  Questions about the need for two regional libraries in close proximity serving such a small state have come up from time to time, but increased efficiency in electronic dissemination of documents and government information in the past five to ten years prompted the State Library to take a closer look at the need for duplicative regional collections and services in New Mexico.  

After assessing the cost benefit ratio to the State of New Mexico and the service priorities of the State Library, State Librarian Susan Oberlander sent notice to the Government Printing office of the State Library’s intent to relinquish regional depository library status.  The State Library has subsequently received notice from the Government Printing Office that its status has been changed from that of a regional federal depository library to a selective federal depository library. 

Regional libraries were established in the early 1960s to ensure that U.S. citizens would have access to the full complement of government publications regardless of where they lived.  Regional depository libraries, which are required by law to acquire, retain, and provide access to 100 percent of publications distributed by the Government Printing Office, were distributed around the U.S. so that researchers in each state would have access to all available information in their region.  They are also required to coordinate collection development in their regions and to provide training and consultation services for selective libraries in their regions. 

Selective libraries can select items from a list of documents published by the federal government.  This gives selective libraries the ability to tailor their collections to suit the needs of their patrons and constituents.  Selective libraries can select as little as ten percent of what the Government Printing Office distributes or they can select close to 100 percent, giving them a great deal of flexibility in what they select. 

While the New Mexico State Library will no longer have a leadership role for federal depository libraries in the state, it will remain a selective library with a collection more closely tailored to the needs of constituents.  The State Library will reduce its item selection gradually to determine what percentage rate will be optimal to meet service priorities.  An estimate might be placed somewhere between a 30 to 60 percent selection rate. 

The essential portions of the New Mexico State Library historical collection pertaining to New Mexico, which dates back to the early 19th century, will be retained as will high value reference documents.  The State Library will also continue interlibrary loan services and training for public libraries in the use of both state and federal information. Researchers using the State Library collection will see little if any difference in the service they receive. Access to a specialized collection of federal documents and the staff expertise to support high quality service to researchers, state government employees, legislative staff, and public libraries will remain a core service value of the New Mexico State Library. 

University of New Mexico’s Regional Librarian, Dan Barkley, will be calling a meeting of New Mexico’s depository librarians to discuss what impact this change might have on the federal depository library community in New Mexico, including a necessary revision of the New Mexico State Plan. 



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On the road again!   The New Mexico State Library has completed the process of eliminating bookmobile stops that overlapped with local public library services and consolidating bookmobile offices from four to three regions. The New Mexico State Library’s bookmobiles will be back on the road as of the first week in August 2008.  Please see the State Library website for scheduled stops at www.nmstatelibrary.org (click on the Direct and Rural Services tab). 

Needless to say, the bookmobile staff are eager to get back on the road to continue actively providing library service to rural and underserved areas of New Mexico.  As program director, Eleanor Bernau, stated, “We’re rarin’ to go and look forward to seeing our loyal customers at the usual stops.  We thank all of those loyal customers for their patience during our month-long hiatus as we reorganized the routes.” 

For additional information please contact: 

  • Eleanor Bernau,  State Library, (505) 476-7869, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
  • Wendy Roberts,  Rural Bookmobile West, 1000 Main NW, Bldg 16-A,Los Lunas, NM 87031, (505) 841-5250, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
  • Paula White,  Rural Bookmobile East, P.O. Box 1163, Tucumcari, NM 88401, (575) 461-1206, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
  • Betty Palmer, Rural Bookmobile Northeast, P.O. Box 97, Cimarron, NM 87714, (575) 376-2474, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


LEA book awards.  The Land of Enchantment Award Committee is pleased to announce the 2008 winners of the New Mexico children’s and young adult’s choice award books. The winning book in the children’s choice category is Stink and the Incredible Super Galactic Jawbreaker by Megan  McDonald. The young adult’s winner is Ann Martin’s book, A Dog’s Life: The Autobiography of a Stray. Children and youth from around the state voted these titles as their favorites from lists compiled by the Land of Enchantment committee. For more information regarding the Land of Enchantment award and the 2008-2009 reading lists, go to www.loebookaward.com

Children’s Master Reading List 2008-2009

Anaya, Rudolfo.  The First Tortilla (Reading Level 3.6; AR points 0.5)
Clements, Andrew.   No Talking (Reading level 5.0; AR points 4)
Dowell, Frances O’Roark.  Phineas L. MacGuire Erupts! , (Reading level 5.0; AR points 2)
Fleischman, Sid.  White Elephant (Reading level 4.3; AR points 1)
Giblin, James Cross.  The Boy Who Saved Cleveland (Reading level 4.6; AR points 1)
Gutman, Dan. The Homework Machine (Reading level 4.8; AR points 4)
Holt, Kimberly Willis. Piper Reed, Navy Brat (Reading level 3.5; AR points 2)
Lauber, Patricia. What You Never Knew About Beds, Bedrooms, and Pajamas (Reading level 4.4; AR points 0.5)
Look, Lenore. Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything (Reading level 3.8; AR points 2)
Paulsen, Gary. Lawn Boy (Reading level 4.3; AR points 2)
Pennypacker, Sara.  Clementine (Reading level 4.5; AR points 2)
Pettenati, Jeanne K. Galileo’s Journal (Reading level 4.4; AR points 0.5)
Simner, Janni Lee. Secret of the Three Treasures (Reading level 4.7; AR points 4)
Winter, Jonah.  Roberto Clemente: Pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates (Reading level 4.5; AR points 0.5)

Young Adult Master Reading List 2008- 2009

Amato, Mary.  The Naked Mole Rat Letters (Reading level 4.3; AR points 6) Armstrong, Alan. Whittington (Reading level 4.9; AR points 5)
Avi.  Traitors Gate (Reading level 5.1; AR points 10)
Bauer, Joan. Best Foot Forward (Reading level 4.2; AR points 5)
Carman, Patrick. The Dark Hills Divide (Reading level 6.1; AR points 10) Cooney, Caroline B. Code Orange (Reading level 6.2; AR points 8)
Haas, Jesse.  Chase (Reading level 4.5; AR points 7)
Lord, Cynthia. Rules (Reading level 3.9; AR points 4)
Peck, Richard.  Here Lies the Librarian (Reading level 5.1; AR points 4)
Stanley, Diane. Bella at Midnight (Reading level 6.0; AR points 9)
Thomas, Jane Resh.  Blind Mountain (Reading level 4.3; AR points 2)
Weeks, Sarah. So B. It (Reading level 5.0; AR points 6)
Wiles, Deborah. Each Little Bird That Sings (Reading level 4.5; AR points 6)
Wilson, Diane Lee.  Firehorse (Reading level 5.9; AR points 13)

The committee is hoping to expand its membership and would welcome additional members. Those interested in being a part of the Land of Enchantment Committee should contact Charlie Cooper, committee chairman, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Foundation Center traveling collection.  The New Mexico State Library is pleased to announce that the Foundation Center Traveling Collection has been updated and is ready for scheduling. The collection currently consists of 40+ titles. 

The Traveling Collection reflects the State Library’s Foundation Center Cooperating Collection. The Center is a non-profit clearing house of information on private philanthropy. 

This collection began as a one-year experiment in 1996. The interest in this collection has remained high, and the State Library continues to commit state funds to update and ship it to libraries. 

Currently, there are only three Foundation Center Cooperating Collections in New Mexico: Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library, New Mexico State Library, and Las Cruces Public Library.  Providing the Traveling Collection makes access possible for people throughout the state to use the wealth of information included in the collection. 

Local libraries and organizations and individuals have a first-hand opportunity to develop grant applications using a collection of current editions from the Foundation Center’s core collection plus corporate fundraising reference tools. The collection does not provide quick answers. Grant writers will need to spend time working with the collection. As a result, the collection will remain in each library for six weeks. 

The host library must assume responsibility for housing the collection and promoting its availability to local government, community grant writers, and other non-profits. Prior to receiving the collection, the host library will receive a bibliography (see http://www.nmstatelibrary.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=424) of the collection and a sample press release to send to local newspapers. Each host will be asked to complete a brief evaluation form to help the State Library gauge the value of the collection. At the end of the six weeks, the host library will mail the collection on to either the next library or back to the State Library. Pre-paid postage labels are included with the collection when it is received. 

If you are interested in hosting this collection, contact Linda Harris at (505) 476-9763 or 1-800-876-2203. You can also send your request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Children’s roundtable.  The program for the Northern New Mexico Children’s Roundtable to be held on Friday, August 8, at the Farmington Public Library will be “Lights on Afterschool to promote Summer Reading.”  Here is the agenda: 

9:30 a.m.      Meet and greet
10 a.m.          Afterschool and non school day programs to promote summer reading (Preschool through High School)
11 a.m.          Lights on Afterschool
Noon              Lunch provided; participate in the Lights on Afterschool discussion!
1 p.m.            Teens present Science Laboratory and Dia de Los Ninos
1:45 p.m.       Share ideas / bring some to swap
3 p.m.             Prizes and Lights out!          

To register by email contact Flo Trujillo, Youth Services Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by August 4.  For hotel information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Temporary library closing.  The La Farge Library will be closing for renovations from August 4 through September 8. During this time the Library, including book drops, will not be accessible to the public. Renovations, funded by the State Legislature, include installing new heating and air conditioning units, replacing the ceiling tiles and installing new lighting. In addition, safety issues will be corrected. In 2006, the City provided funds for La Farge branch to be painted and have new carpeting installed in the 28 year old branch. 


NM librarians share their expertise.  Seven New Mexico librarians have bylines in a new book from McFarland Publishers (www.mcfarlandpub.com ). Edited by Carol Smallwood, Thinking Outside the Book – Essays for Innovative Librarians contains 79 articles topically arranged in twenty sections, covering a wide range of subjects important to today’s librarian.  As one reviewer on Amazon says: “Looking for a graduation gift for a recent MLS student? This book is it! Looking for a birthday present for a librarian suffering from career burnout? This book is also it! Thinking Outside the Book is packed with guidance from experienced librarians on how to triumphantly navigate just about every conceivable library situation.” 

The librarians and their articles are:  

  • Thayla Wright, Arthur Johnson Memorial Library, Raton – “Teens as Library Employees”
  • Rick Walter, Eileen O’Connell, and Kathy Barco, all with Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library System – “Authors R Us” 
  • Irene Shown, Susan Metcalf, and Mardi Mahaffy, NMSU Library, Las Cruces – “‘El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros’ Goes to College” 
  • Kathy Barco, Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library System, “Librarian as Author: Yet Another Thing They Didn’t Teach Us in Library School!”



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Librarian.  Santa Fe Community College is seeking applicants for Librarian (AP-4).  Under indirect supervision, reports to the Library Director. Coordinates interlibrary loan services; develops and conducts bibliographic instruction sessions for staff, faculty, and students;  assists users (faculty, staff, and students of the college as well as community members) in locating and utilizing needed materials and information; assists the Library director in realizing all of the goals and objectives of the library.  Requires a Master’s degree in Library Science (MLS) or Master’s degree in Library and Information Science (MLIS) from an ALA accredited institution, four years experience as a librarian, preferably in an academic library setting, the ability to work with a diverse population, and strong interpersonal and organizational skills.  Also requires good computer skills and experience in electronic information resources and technologies;  current experience in providing reference services using on-line and print resources, bibliographic instruction, and experience with an integrated library system preferably Millennium III’s innovative system;  effective verbal and written communication skills;  ability to act independently and make logical decisions based on policies and procedures;  a valid driver’s license and a good driving record. The ability to work in a team environment and supervisory skills preferred. Skills in maintaining and developing effective working relationships with the faculty, staff, and students are desirable.  Salary is $45,184.  Instructions and downloadable forms for applying for this position are on the website.  Go to the SFCC website at http://www.sfccnm.edu and click on “Employment Opportunities,” then on “SFCC Jobs Bank.”  SFCC required training:  All new hires are required to complete a new employee orientation program their first week of employment. 

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. 

Finance staff manager.  The New Mexico State Library is advertising the open position of Finance Staff Manager.  The employee serving in this position manages the State Library’s $5.5 million budget to accomplish the mission of the State Library;  serves as consultant to the State Librarian while reporting to the Deputy State Librarian and supervising two financial specialists to coordinate and direct the financial planning, budgeting, and procurement activities of the State Library.  Requires a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or Finance; five years experience in budget or finance to include two years of supervisory experience in business, finance, or government environment.  The hiring agency may accept State Personnel Office (SPO) authorized equivalencies for the required experience in fields listed for this position.  Preferred at least one year working knowledge of SHARE Financial module, and Microsoft Office applications to include Word, Excel, and its pivot table functions, Powerpoint, and Access.  The hourly salary range for this position is $18.35 minimum to $32.63 maximum, Pay Band 75.  Offered salary is determined based on education and experience qualifications.  It is Job ID# 16307 and closes August 7.  Go to the SPO website at http://www.spo.state.nm.us and click “Job Seekers,” click “Apply Online” scroll to “Financial Manager- Cultural Affairs,” click on job title to see full job description.  To apply click on “Apply Now” button at bottom of page.  Agency contact is Joy Poole, (505) 476-9712 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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