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November 21, 2008: #1676

In this issue:

• Branch library/museum opened  
• Meeting of the state depository libraries
• License plate facts & fun
• A regional library directors’ meeting update
• Updates from the Legislature
• The State Library announces free NewsBank training
• People notes
• JOBS - Library director, HobbsLibrary director, Sunland Park



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Branch library/museum opened.  The Los Lunas Public Library opened a branch library, The Museum of Heritage & Arts in March of this year to house the oral history project. The Library has been collecting history of the area as well as recording oral histories, and has a variety of exhibits including the history of the founding Luna family, and the Civil War in New Mexico. Currently, an exhibit featuring the history of area churches and the artwork of the Santeros of the Rio Abajo entitled “Saints and Sacred Places” is up and will run through December 31. 

Special holiday events accompanying this exhibit are the following: 

  • “The Heritage of Catholicism in the Rio Abajo” presented by John Taylor from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, November 22 
  • “Historic New Mexico Churches” with author presentation and book signing by Annie Lux from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, December 6  
  • “Holiday cooking demonstration” by author Irene Sanchez featuring traditional recipes on December 13 from 5-7 p.m. 

The exhibit and all events are free.  Museum hours are Tuesday - Friday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.;  Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.;  Sunday - Monday closed.  For more information contact Cynthia J. Shetter, Los Lunas Public Library director, (505) 839-3850. 


Meeting of the state depository libraries.  On November 7 librarians came to the New Mexico State Library from Farmington, Las Cruces, Roswell, Albuquerque, and other areas for a meeting regarding the state documents depository program.  The depository network is made up of 24 libraries around the state.  Attendees were able to meet new colleagues, renew old acquaintances, and hear presentations on digitization, marketing, legislative documents, the New Mexico Register, and much more.  Guest speakers included State Historian Estevan Rael-Galvez, State Records and Archives Administrative Law Division Director John Martinez, and Legislative Council Service Librarian Tracey Kimball.  The meeting is an annual event held at the State Library.


License plate facts & fun (contributed by Susanne Caro, NM State Library).  License plates are something you need for your car, something which can be stolen, puzzled over at a stoplight, or jotted down and reported to the police.  They are also little bits of history tracing the rise of popularity of the automobile, rationing of materials (during WWII some license plates were made from soy and other materials), statements of personal pride and causes.  Someone on my street has a mail box made from old New Mexico vanity plates – another use for pieces of stamped metal which we are all used to seeing every day.  The variety of art, color, shape, and history draws many collectors to search out a rare or interesting license plate.  It was such a collector who drew our [State Library reference librarians] interest to a hobby few of us had ever heard of. 

The collector was looking for an article from a 1923 New Mexican about a change in license plates and the history of New Mexico transportation including license plates.  Since the State Library has a large collection of microfilmed New Mexico newspapers dating back to the late 1800’s, researchers frequently reference it, as this license plate collector did.  Southwest collections librarian Faith Yoman was able to find the article and send the information to the thankful patron. 

Here are a few fun facts about New Mexico license plates:  

  • From 1920 through 1923  New Mexico license plates were made of porcelain 
  • “Land of Enchantment” was first added in 1941  
  • “USA” was added in 1969;  New Mexico was the first state to have USA on its license plates, and is currently the only state including a reference to the country to which it belongs  
  • There are currently 38 different license plates available through the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division including the latest for breast cancer awareness. To see current New Mexico license plates go to the web site at

For more information on collecting license plates go to Automobile License Plate Collectors Association website at .  To see historic New Mexico license plates


A regional library directors’ meeting update. Earlier this summer State Librarian Susan Oberlander encouraged library directors to organize regional meetings with legislators for the purpose of discussing state aid.  As she reported recently, these meetings were a success. 

Another positive outcome resulted from those meetings, and that was the formation of the Mid-Region Libraries Cooperative (as of this writing it is a working title) who met on October 24.  Its librarian members  are:  Juanita Montano, Bernalillo; Nellie Pacheco, Cochiti Pueblo; Mildred Walters and Kathy Potter (Tribal Education Director), Sandia Pueblo; Cynthia Crespin and Charlene Reano (Tribal Education Director), Santo Domingo Pueblo; Joyce Medina, Zia Pueblo; Melverna Lujan, Santa Ana Pueblo and Donna Pino (Tribal Education Director),  Santa Ana Pueblo; Shannon Townsend and Charles Kaplan (Tribal Education Director), San Felipe Pueblo; and Anne Grey Frost and Rebecca Watson-Boone, co-directors of the Placitas Community Library.  Once the group is formally established, it will then create a formal structure by electing officers and creating by-laws. 

This enthusiastic group plans to meet quarterly to discuss ideas on resource sharing and materials swapping, funding, training, technology, grant writing, special events, initiatives to support it as a cooperative or to initiate legislative bills on behalf of the group,  and how to meet the needs of small, unincorporated libraries.  The next meeting is scheduled for January 30, 2009 at the Sandia Pueblo Library. 

If other regional library directors’ groups would like to share notes about their meetings, please forward the information to Robert Upton, editor, Hitchhiker. 


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Updates from the Legislature.  Susanne Caro, the state documents librarian at the New Mexico State Library, is adding a new section to the Online Resources tab on the State Library web site called Library Legislation.  She will track current library legislation from the 2009 Legislative Session beginning December 17 when bills can be pre-filled, with input from NMLA member Joseph Sabatini who sends out regular updates.  This should be beneficial to public libraries and others in the library community who need to keep up with the legislation.  State docs already works with the bills, bill finders, and other legislative documents, so this service is an addition to make the information more timely and accessible to libraries around the state. The New Mexico Legislature will open on January 15 for the 60 day session running until March 15, the deadline for bills to be signed by the governor. 


The State Library announces free NewsBank training!  Receive free training on the recent addition to the State Library’s statewide databases:  NewsBank, New Mexico Newspapers.  On Tuesday, December 2, at 9 a.m., Ren Dimond, NewsBank’s training and regional contact for New Mexico, will provide live training via webinar for any New Mexico librarian and state employee.  The training will provide an overview of the NewsBank New Mexico Newspapers database, including content, searching, displaying results, etc.  Questions will be encouraged. 
To register for this free webinar, on the day of the training, go to:
and call:  (866) 603-2932.  The Access Code is:  4470224, and the Meeting ID is:  453-319-003. 
For any problems or questions, please contact State Library reference librarians:  Mark Adams (800-477-4401), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Linda Harris (800-477-4401), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




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Joe Sabatini, currently the branch manager at the Special Collections Library, is retiring on December 6 after almost 36 years with the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library System.  Joe was born in Bronx, New York, and grew up in Los Angeles, California. He came to New Mexico as a VISTA Volunteer in 1966, after receiving a B.A. in Political Science in 1964, and a Master's Degree in Library Science in 1965 from the University of California at Los Angeles.  He worked for five years at the Law School Library at the University of New Mexico, developing a collection in American Indian Law.

He began working for the public library as Head of Reference when Special Collections was still at the Main Library. In February 1975 he helped to plan and execute Main Library's move to its new location downtown at Fifth and Copper, a building five times larger than Old Main.  In 1980, Joe was promoted to be Head of Main Library, a position he held until June of 2000, when he was assigned to be the branch manager at Special Collections. He refers to Special Collections as "Library Heaven," an outstanding historic building filled with wonderful collections patronized by supportive customers. In his eight years at Special Collections, he has had the chance to build upon the work of outstanding predecessors, particularly Katherine MacMahon and Laurel Drew, who developed the New Mexicana and genealogy collections. 

Joe, who has been an active member of the New Mexico Library Association since 1968, plans to continue his involvement, especially with the Legislation Committee.  He will also stay active in the Albuquerque Historical Society and in his local neighborhood association. He would like to give talks on Albuquerque history topics. He will enjoy leisure hours by gardening, bicycling and traveling in New Mexico. 


Pamela H. MacKellar announced her new book, The Accidental Librarian (432 pp/softbound/$29.50/ISBN 978-1-57387-338-3;  published by Information Today, Inc.), which is a comprehensive guide for anyone who has “fallen into” library work.  It covers library principles, practices, and tools of the trade for individuals who work as librarians without benefit of a formal education.  According to a recent report from the National Center for Education Statistics, more than 30 percent of librarians working in U.S. public libraries do not have a master’s degree from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited program of library and information studies.  Among them are thousands of so-called accidental librarians who either felt the call of librarianship early in their working lives or turned to it as a second career.  MacKellar points out, “Often, communities that cannot afford to hire a librarian with a master’s degree are delighted to hire someone with a high school diploma or undergraduate degree to fill a librarian position. A church, organization, or school may be happy just to have a library and someone to run it at all. We are fortunate to have people who step up to the plate when the job of librarian needs to be filled.” 

In addition to offering advice on basic library principles and practices, technology, and career development, MacKellar includes tips and examples along with simple exercises designed to test a librarian’s knowledge and increase his or her understanding.  Throughout the book, she emphasizes the roles librarians play in their communities and the value of libraries in the lives of the people they serve. Other features include a foreword by Karen Strege, Director of ALA’s Library Support Staff Certificate Program; sample library policies; a list of educational resources; a round-up of current library issues including legislative matters; and recommended print and Internet resources.  Readers can stay connected and learn more about librarianship at the author’s website,

Pam, who has had a broad, 25-year career in libraries, said that she was inspired to write this book primarily about librarians she knows here in New Mexico;  stories from New Mexican librarians Martha Liebert, Tamara Sandia, and Diana Lorton are included in the book.  Pam received a Master of Library Science from State University of New York at Albany and has worked in public libraries such as Corrales Community Library and Martha Liebert Library in Bernalillo, various academic libraries, served as the technology consultant at the New Mexico State Library, and has been a trainer, consultant, and planner.  She is active in professional organizations like ALA and NMLA. 

The Accidental Librarian is available in bookstores and direct from the publisher by calling (800) 300-9868, emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or visiting the ITI website at


Eleanor Bernau has accepted the position of Continuing Education Coordinator in the Development Bureau at the New Mexico State Library.   For the past four years Eleanor has been the Rural and Access Services Manager – that included overall manager of the bookmobile program.  She came to the State Library in June 1999.  She received her MLS from Emporia State University in 2001 after 20 years of library experience at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and St. John’s College, Santa Fe.  Joy Poole is replacing Eleanor as the head of Rural Services.  This will be in addition to Joy’s other duties as Deputy State Librarian.




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Library director.  The City of Hobbs is accepting applications to fill the position of Library Director for the Public Library.  Salary range $57,345 to $65,957 DOQ with excellent benefits – retirement, insurance, leave benefits, etc.  The Hobbs Public Library has a staff of 12 full-time and 5 part-time. The collection consists of approximately 130,000 items and circulated over 115,000 items in FY 2007-08.  The Director is responsible for all library operations and supervision of staff, payroll, budget, programming and service to the public.  Candidates should be versed in all facets of current technology and possess supervisory, communication, organizational, interpersonal, decision-making, and public relations skills that have been demonstrated in a library setting.  The City is seeking a person with a minimum of five years of experience as a professional level librarian in a public library with at least two years of supervisory experience.   A Masters in Library Science preferred.  To be considered for this position, please submit a statement of interest and résumé (a completed application will be required prior to hire) to City of Hobbs HR Department, 200 E Broadway,  Hobbs, NM  88240;  (575) 397-9230  - (575) 397-9212 FAX, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Visit the web site at .  An Equal Opportunity Employer/Smoke & Drug Free Workplace. 

Library director.  The City of Sunland Park, New Mexico, has a vacancy for a full-time library director.  The applicant must have a Master’s degree in Library Science, Library Studies, or Library and Information Science (MLS/MLIS) from a graduate library program accredited by the American Library Association, four years of professional library experience, with at least two years of supervisory, administrative, or managerial experience, and must be eligible to work in the United States.  The Director supervises two 20 hour Library Assistants, works closely with a seven member Library Advisory Board, and provides the full range of public library services to the City of Sunland Park and the surrounding area of southern Doña Ana County.  There are about 35,000 patron visits each year.  The library has about 14,000 items and circulates about 15,000 items per year.  As of the 4th quarter of 2008, the library is in the process of converting from III to TLC.  There about 18,000 persons in the service area, 85% of whom are Hispanic.  Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.  Contact Dexter Katzman, Library Director, Sunland Park Community Library, 984 McNutt Rd, Sunland Park NM  88063-9039; (575) 874-0873, fax:  (575) 589-1222. 


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