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December 26, 2008; #1678


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Send event and training announcements for 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.  

Magazines Online, webinar training Part 2 The second Magazines Online Webinar will take place onTuesday, January 6 at 10 a.m.  Kurt Stovall of Gale/Cengage, the company that provides the databases in Magazines Online, will provide the training.  The Webinar will cover how to search Magazines Online, and will include PowerSearch, an explanation of Basic and Advanced Search, and search limiters.  The Webinar starts where Kurt left off at the first Webinar in May 2008, which was an introduction to Magazines Online, focusing on the databases provided and the opening screens.  Lasting about one hour, this webinar should polish your skills enough that you will feel able to train even your most computer-illiterate patrons. 

To join the audio conference, the primary dial-in number is 1-866-394-9513 and the alternate is 1-847-619-3114; passcode: 6805146#.  To join the web conference, see the State Library web site at .  

 For more information, please contact Mark Adams at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1-800-477-4401. 


Hard times and library service.  As you know, there have been many national news stories about public libraries being used more during hard economic times.  We’d like to bring that story “closer to home,” so to speak, and report to local media on how New Mexico’s libraries are faring. 

If your library has made adjustments to meet an increase in the demand for library services, we’d like to know.  For example, Thayla Wright, Library Director at the Arthur Johnson Memorial Library in Raton, reports that her library has reopened an extra half day per week on Mondays, added an extra public access computer, and is looking into providing fax services for the public.  Perhaps your library has seen an increase in computer usage because people are looking for jobs, filing unemployment claims, etc.  Are more movies being checked out?  Has your circulation increased because people are looking for ways to cut back on spending and now are checking out more books and magazines?  Can you provide patron comments? 

Here at the State Library, we think it is important to publicize how our New Mexico libraries are here to serve our local communities – in good times and not so good times – and that our libraries are always in on the forefront of public service and should not be taken for granted.

Thanks so much for your participation.  Please send your stories, testimonials, or stats to the attention of Renee Payne, Marketing Communications at the New Mexico State Library, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 1-800-340-3890;  or Robert Upton, Hitchhiker Editor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Online Library Science courses.  Registration has started for online graduate and undergraduate courses in Library Science at New Mexico State University and Doña Ana Community College in Las Cruces. Sign up early so you don’t miss out:  several three-credit courses, only eight weeks long, will be starting in January and March.  There are also several short month-long one credit courses, with no text required. New classes have also been added. For three credits, see the new L SC 220, “Innovative Technology Applications in Libraries”, where you will learn about blogs, wikis, social networking, and so forth. For those interested in public libraries, there will be a class that hasn’t been offered in several years, L SC 201, “Public Libraries”. Two one-credit courses are also brand new: “Boys and Books” and “Adult Spelling Bee.”  

  • Online courses being offered in the spring semester include:

16-week, 3 credit NMSU Upper Division/Graduate Course, accepted for school library endorsement (Jan. 14 – May 8):

EMD 412 M70 (CRN#24263) Administration of the School Library
EMD 512 M70 (CRN#24264) Administration of the School Library

  • 3-credit courses starting in January and March:

Courses Scheduled January 14 – March 9:

L SC 100 D01 (CRN#26820) Introduction to Library & Information Services
L SC 110 D01, D02 (CRN#26830, 26833) Reference & Information Resources I
L SC 111 D01 (CRN#26836) Introduction to Information Literacy   
L SC 200 D01 (CRN#26859) Coll. Mgt. & Development in Libraries & Info. Ctrs.
L SC 201 D01 (CRN#26860) Public Libraries
L SC 220 D01 (CRN#26863) Innovative Tech. Applications in Libraries & Info. Ctrs.
L SC 260 D01 (CRN#26877) Cataloging Non Book Formats

  • Courses Scheduled March 10 – May 8:

L SC 100 D02, D03 (CRN#26823, 26827) Introduction to Library & Information Services
L SC 111 D02–D07 (CRN#26841,44,46,47,49,50) Introduction to Information Literacy
L SC 140 D01, D02 (CRN#26851, 26852) Multimedia Materials & Presentations in Libraries
L SC 203 D01 (CRN#26861) School Library Media Specialist
L SC 250 D01 (CRN#26869) Reference & Information Resources II
L SC 270 D01 (CRN#26880) Library Science Capstone
L SC 275 D01 (CRN#26883) Fundamentals of Library Science  
EMD 414 M70 (CRN#24261) Collection Mgt. & Development in School Libraries
EMD 514 M70 (CRN#24262) Collection Mgt. & Development in School Libraries

  • 1-credit courses starting in February, March and April:

L SC 205 D01 (CRN#26862) Preservation Basics for Libraries (February 2-27)
L SC 255 D01 (CRN#26870) Special Topics:  Boys and Books (February 2-27)

L SC 165 D01 (CRN#26854) Interacting With the Public in Libraries (March 2-20)
L SC 168 D01 (CRN#26855) Managing Library Volunteers (March 2-20)
L SC 145 D01 (CRN#26853) Marketing Your Library (April 1-30)
L SC 255 D02 (CRN#26871) Special Topics:  Adult Spelling Bee (April 1-30)
L SC 255 D03 (CRN#26873) Special Topics:  Library Conference Internship (April 1-30)

  • 1 to 3 credit – vaiable credit - courses starting in January or March:

L SC 175 D01, D02 (CRN#26857, 26858) Civic Involvement (requires community service)
L SC 221 D01, D02 (CRN#26864, 26865) Cooperative Experience (requires work in a library setting)
L SC 222 D01, D02 (CRN#26866, 26867) Cooperative Experience (requires work in a library setting)

Non-degree seeking students who desire single classes for professional development are always welcome; however, students may also choose to complete coursework leading to an Associates Degree in Library Science or a Certificate of Completion in Library Science. Additionally the program offers courses that fulfill state requirements for School Library Media Specialist Endorsements. 

It’s easy to be admitted and enroll in these reasonably-priced courses. Out-of-state students enrolling in six credits or less may receive the in-state tuition rates. 

For further information about courses or degree options, go to the web site at  or contact: Susan Pinkerton: (575) 527-7567 or 800-903-7503 ext. 7567;  email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Connecting to Collections.  Museums, libraries, and archives are being urged to apply for the free IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf program.  Based on the enthusiastic response from museum, library, and archive professionals throughout the country, IMLS will offer a third, and final, round of competition to distribute an additional 1,000 copies of the IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf. 

The Bookshelf is actually three sets of resources:  the Core Collection set contains eleven publications that all awardees will receive;  the Living Collections set contains six additional resources that will be distributed to those institutions that care for living, biological collections;  and the Nonliving Collections set contains five additional publications focused on specialized collections and on library preservation issues. Awardees will receive either the Living or the Nonliving Collections set, not both.

Apply between January 5, 2009, and March 9, 2009 on the website at .


Invitation for nominations to the 2009 Coming Up Taller Awards In partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) is embarking on the twelfth year of the Coming Up Taller Awards, which recognizes the accomplishments of exceptional after-school and out-of-school arts and humanities programs.  Coming Up Taller finalists receive $10,000, an individualized plaque, and an invitation to attend the Coming Up Taller Leadership Enhancement Conference. 

Included with this announcement is the 2009 nomination application and a letter from the federal cultural agency partners.  We encourage you to share these or disseminate the link to the Coming Up Taller website .  The deadline for nominations is Friday, January 30, 2009. 

If you have questions, please visit the website or contact the President’s Committee at (202) 682-5409. 


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