August 22, 2008; #1670

In this issue:


Reading New Mexico, an online review spot for books with a New Mexico connection will post its first reviews on September 1, 2008, at .  The site will feature reviews of books by New Mexico authors and/or books with a New Mexico setting. 

New Mexico author and former librarian, Sabra Brown Steinsiek saw a need for a place where New Mexico books could get the attention they deserve. The site will be updated monthly (at least) and will be accessible to the general public. Reviews will be posted by both author and title.  

Reviewers include a number of authors and readers and Sabra is looking to New Mexico’s librarians for help.  

If you, as a librarian, come across a book that should have a review, please make a suggestion to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Better yet, write your own review of the book;  after all, who better than a librarian understands reading New Mexico?

  1. To submit a review:  Check out the website for guidelines  
  2. Check to see if the book has already been reviewed either at the site or by e-mailing Sabra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
  3. Write your review and submit it to the same e-mail address as above. There are no specifications on length of review. Sabra will edit, if needed, for length 
  4. Do not review pornography for this review site 

Reading New Mexico doesn’t do “slash and burn reviews”.  That’s not to say all reviews must be positive, only that they must be civil. Final approval on reviews is Sabra’s. 

This is a non-paying gig. At the moment all costs are coming out of Sabra’s pocket and it’s not that deep! You will receive a byline and a link to your website or your library’s website. Albuquerque librarians are encouraged to sign up for the list of books available for review since Sabra can hand-deliver those. Right now, there are insufficient funds to mail books out to the rest of the state… but she’s working on that! 

Sabra hopes that this will be a benefit to librarians and authors alike and she looks forward to working with you. If you have any questions, Sabra can be reached at the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. address. 



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.  


State Aid grants.  The 2008/2009 State Aid Grant Awards have been posted on the New Mexico State Library website at: under the heading, “2008/2009 State Grants-in-Aid to Public Libraries.” 

As soon as each library grant has a State of New Mexico purchase order generated for it and these have been approved through the state process, each library will receive an official letter.  At that time libraries may submit invoices for payment.  Please do not submit invoices for payment until your notification letter has been received. 

Those libraries that did not receive State Aid either did not meet the per capita, the hours requirement, did not submit an annual report, do not have a board, or in other ways did not meet the criteria to qualify as a public library as per the terms of state statute. 

If you have any questions contact Geri Hutchins, Federal Programs Coordinator at the New Mexico State Library (505) 476-9727 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


NM reference librarians.  New Mexico librarians participated in the Reference Renaissance conference (see held in Denver August 4-5.  Bernadine Goldman and Lizzie Eastwood, both from the Los Alamos County Library System, were joined by Karen Long of Farmington Public Library in a panel discussion entitled “You Bought It, Now Sell It! Creating a Reference Renaissance in the Public Library by Merchandising Collections and Services.”  The panel discussed ways to increase the visibility and usage of public library reference by merchandising hybrid collections and marketing varied service approaches in an ever-changing environment. 

Karen spoke on her library's efforts to market their reference services. Not just chat reference, but reference by any venue the library does. The first step was designing a logo. They settled on a puzzle piece with the words "just ask!" which you can view at Farmington Public Library's web site at The next step was to put the logo all over their library (including large versions plastered to the ref desk), web site and brochures. They also have some of their employees wear "just ask" pins. They also use mp3 "cordmen" earbud holders to promote the IM part of the "just ask" service. Karen emphasized that it was important to do demonstrations of chat reference for staff. They have to understand the product and its potential before they can promote it to others. 

In addition to the “in the library” measures above, Karen stressed the importance of getting the message into the community through venues such as the use of radio spots and attending rotary club meetings. 

  1. Bernadine and Lizzie explained how they have promoted reference collections using the goal “make sure that all users of the reference collection are aware of all the resources available, and are introduced to them all in one place.”  The point is to show patrons and other staff tangible AND electronic resources the library has to offer on given topics in the reference collection. This is done in three main ways:  Rearrange the physical collection into broad subjects without abandoning Dewey entirely 
  2. Integrate electronic resources into the physical collection through the use of lists and brochures 
  3. Create displays of reference materials in the low shelving areas of reference. 

For the rearrangement of the physical reference collection, Bernadine came in over a weekend and created several sub-collections in reference including: Aging, Health, Weapons, Environment, Culture, and Jobs. She then brought all the books together on these topics regardless of Dewey classification. For example the Health section includes Public Health items from the 300s as well as medical books from the 610s. 

The next step was to comb through their databases and the list of RUSA Best Free Reference Websites list and classify them into the same keywords as the reference books. These lists of  “resources by keywords” were then posted by their corresponding section in the physical collection. 

Finally, books and resource lists were put on display using low shelving in the reference area. Another promotional tool used with highlighting the availability of ten free photocopies from books in the reference collection. This seemed to give patrons permission to use the “don't check out” collection. 

A user at the library commented that this method “doubled the value of the collection.” 


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Library photos The State Library is working to enhance an upcoming feature to go on our new website: an interactive New Mexico Library Directory.  This project targets public libraries although there will be basic information available for school, academic, and special libraries, too.  It will include photos showing the libraries as well as the contact information for each.  So we’re asking you for your best shots –clear digital pictures of the library building, or possibly unique art work or interior shots that showcase your library.  Send your photos to Robert Upton, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  If you have questions use the same email or call (505) 476-9764.  We would like to have the photos by October. 


Gifts & exchange.  That’s not all!  The State Library would also like to make a space on its website for libraries to offer books and other materials to other libraries in the state.  This will not be a site where catalogs of materials would be listed, but rather a space to broker exchanges.  If you have materials that you would be willing to give to another library, send a general description of how many titles, what types of materials, and conditions for the give-away with a person for interested parties to contact to the attention of Robert Upton, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Library science class.  The University of New Mexico will be offering an online class this fall: “Organization and Administration of the School Library Media Center,” EMLS 460/560.  Tuesdays will be the designated time to connect online, but most coursework can be accomplished from a personal computer.  There is still time to register.   For more information, contact Leslie Chamberlin at (505) 277-7260 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  You can register online by going to and clicking on View Class Schedule on the lower left side of the home page screen. When you enter Lobo Web, you can look at the current schedule of classes. 


NMLA seeks newsletter editor The New Mexico Library Association is seeking an editor for the NMLA Newsletter/Bulletin.  The editor receives $100 per issue. 

The editor is responsible for soliciting contributions for each newsletter; setting deadlines; compiling text, photos, and graphics; proofreading each issue; and submitting an electronic file to the NMLA Administrator.  Currently, six newsletters are produced per year. 

The position of newsletter editor is an appointed position, recommended by the Public Relations Committee and approved by the NMLA Executive Board.  The editor is an ex-officio non-voting member of the Executive Board and the Public Relations Committee. 

The newsletter is currently produced in Microsoft Publisher, and a template is available.  Past issues may be viewed at .  The position will begin with the November/December issue of the NMLA Newsletter/Bulletin. 

Those interested in the position are encouraged to email Jeanette Smith, Chair of the Public Relations Committee, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , with the email copied to Bambi Adams at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ,  with a statement of experience and qualifications.  Include two-three electronic files of publication samples.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 


International Literacy Day in NM.  New Mexico will celebrate International Literacy Day, Monday, September 8 with John Corcoran, “The Teacher Who Couldn't Read.”  The New Mexico Coalition for Literacy has organized this event for the New Mexico State Capitol Building, 491 Old Santa Fe Trail, in Santa Fe at 10 - 11:30 a.m.  After the reading of the proclamation of International Literacy Day at the Roundhouse in the Rotunda, the featured guest speaker will be John Corcoran, author of "The Teacher Who Couldn't Read."  Mr. Corcoran learned to read after he became an adult, only after he had already taught for many years! John Corcoran once lived in Santa Fe and now serves on the Board of the National Institute for Literacy.  He also promotes intergenerational literacy efforts both through his advocacy and foundation.  For more information contact Heather Heunermund, 800-233-7587, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  The NM Coalition for Literacy website is at


NM Library Foundation The New Mexico Library Foundation invites you and a friend to the Third Annual NMLF Donors’ Event to be held from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, September 20, at Albuquerque’s Special Collections Library / Center for the Book, 423 Central Avenue NE (Corner of Central and Edith).  There will be light refreshments and a wine bar.  A silent auction will be part of the event.  Please RSVP by September 6 to Caroline Beckner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (505) 983-6274. 

The Special Collections Library is opening a new exhibit September 20 with a Chautauqua performance by Dave Jackson portraying Clyde Tingley, famous New Mexico governor and Albuquerque mayor. The Chautauqua performance is at 4 p.m.; you are invited to attend it before joining NMLF at 5 p.m. for the donors’ event.  Parking is available on adjacent residential streets and in the parking garage by Old Albuquerque High School on Arno NE.



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.  

Rio Rancho has hired a new director, William (Bill) Cicola.  He has been a library director in the Long Island, New York area for many years before retiring to Mountainair.  Retirement didn’t take, however;  he got bored and applied  the position at Rio Rancho.  He brings a strong background in RFID (radio frequency tagging) that is an issue Rio Rancho Library has been working on. 



Send job announcements to the  HH editor, Robert Upton, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . There is no charge for this service to the library community. 

Library consultant.  The New Mexico State Library has an opening for Continuing Education Coordinator in its Library Development Services Bureau.  The job title is Librarian – Advanced in the Department of Cultural Affairs (Job ID: 16588).  Salary is State pay band 70 with an hourly salary range of $16.37 minimum to $29.10 maximum.  Offered salary is determined based on education and experience qualifications.  This is a full-time, PERM State of New Mexico job position.  Application period closes September 5.  The purpose of this position is to coordinate and implement an effective and continuously improving continuing education program that proves regular, proactive, and responsive training events with a focus on core librarian competency skills;  and to offer consulting and problem solving assistance to public library directors, staff, volunteers, and board members in all aspects of librarianship.  Requires a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science (MLS) (Please enter your education level on the Education and Work Experience page of the application even when submitting a resume) and five years experience to include four years of paid library experience and one year of professional developmental training.  The hiring agency may accept the State Personnel Office (SPO) authorized equivalencies for the required education and/or work experience fields listed for this position.  Must possess and maintain a valid New Mexico Drivers License.  The work environment requires bending, lifting up to 50 lbs., standing, sitting, and reaching, with frequent in-state travel with occasional overnight stays;  extensive computer usage.  To Apply for this job go to the New Mexico State Personnel website at  Cutting and pasting a resume in Word will assure that your resume will come through on the new system, or you may complete the Work Experience section.  There are a series of questions that are different for every job.  In order to receive full consideration for all your qualifications, be sure to answer all questions (do not skip any).  Remember there is no hard copy application.  If you submit a resume directly to an agency and don’t apply on-line, your application will not include the questionnaire answers for inclusion on the ranked list.  In addition to applying for the position at NM State Personnel Office, you will also need to submit your resume, transcripts, and cover letter, to New Mexico State Library, ATTN:  Beth Crist, 1209 Camino Carlos Rey, Santa Fe, NM 87507-5166.  If you have any questions, please contact Angela Soliz, Human Resources Officer, at (505) 476-9783 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Librarian.  The Laboratory of Anthropology in Santa Fe, part of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, has an opening for Librarian - Advanced, Department of Cultural Affairs (Job ID:  16905)  This is a full-time, permanent position with the State of New Mexico.  Requires a Master's degree in Library or Information Science (ALA Approved) and four years post-masters library experience with knowledge of the anthropology and archaeology of the Native American Southwest.  This position requires some evening and weekend work; must have a valid driver's license; some heavy lifting, kneeling, using stepladders and pushing carts; and substantial computer use.  The purpose of the position is to enhance the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology's commitment to the public by actively recruiting, training, and supervising Library staff and volunteers, and participating in MIAC/LAB operations;  facilitate access to Laboratory of Anthropology Library collections on Southwestern anthropology, archaeology, and Native American art and culture;  acquire and maintain research collections and support supplies for the Laboratory of Anthropology Library;  maintain an up-to-date automated catalog and index of Laboratory of Anthropology Library holdings. This is highly demanding library position responsible for serving a diverse client base including research associates, staff, school groups and the general public. This position is also responsible for the annual Laboratory of Anthropology book sale, including the acquisition of books, marketing, and the organization and set-up for the sale, as well as recruiting and supervising volunteers.  The hourly salary range for this position is $16.37 min to $29.10 max plus benefits.  Pay Band 70.  Offered salary is determined based on education and experience qualifications.  Closing date for applications is September 8.  All applications must be submitted online at # 16905.  Contact: Dr. Shelby J. Tisdale, Director, at (505) 476-1251. 


School librarian.  Central Consolidated Schools has a Librarian position open at Kirtland Central High School (KCHS).  Working under the supervision of the School Principal, the Certified Secondary Librarian maintains and operates an efficient school library and works with building staff to instruct students in use of information resources.  This person provides an extensive collection of books, research materials, etc.;  coordinates library instruction with class assignments, workshops, and one-on-one instruction;  processes and catalogs library materials;  prepares and administers the library budget;  assists library patrons to locate information and resources for their personal use;  oversees Internet usage in the library;  attends professional development conferences as required;  networks with other library professionals;  is responsible for daily operations of the library and its services, including setting of library policy and hours;  helps students to develop skills of independent reference work and in the use of reference materials in relation to planned assignments;  promotes appropriate student conduct while using library facilities;  participates in curriculum and school leadership meetings;  complies with all Board of Education policies, administrative regulations, Public Education Department guidelines, and local, state, and federal laws; and performs other job responsibilities as assigned.  Requires a Bachelor’s degree or higher and a current New Mexico Secondary teaching license with Library/Media endorsement.  A valid driver’s license, knowledge of universal hygiene precautions, and knowledge of automated library software and databases is also required.  The one year contract is exempt status for 185 days/7.5 hours per day.  For information and to complete an on-line application go to .  CCSD is located in the Northwest corner of New Mexico and an easy drive to the Colorado mountains, Chaco Canyon, Mesa Verde, Navajo Dam, Canyon de Chelly, the 4-Corners Monument, and much more!  Farmington is 10 minutes east of KCHS and is the major shopping venue for the region.  The position will remain open until filled. 


Library technician.  The Fray Angélico Chávez History Library, Palace of the Governors, in Santa Fe is seeking a permanent, part-time Library Tech/Archivist. The purpose of the position is to accession and process book and archival collections; to create electronic finding aids for upload into the SALSA online catalog and  RMOA (Rocky Mountain Online Archives); to assist patrons in the reading room; to work on projects as assigned.  The position will be posted on Monday, 28 August 2008 on the New Mexico State Personnel website.  For additional information and/or to apply for the position, please visit and click on “Browse and apply for state government jobs.”  If you have any difficulties, please contact Tomas Jaehn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (505) 476.5090.

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