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October 24, 2008; #1674

In this issue:

• State aid rule change
• Voting information  
• Symposium on Native American repatriation issues
• Library opening 
• Workshop reminder 
• Free cassettes
• JOBS - Library director, Librarian


The State Grants-in-Aid Rule (NMAC 4.5.2) outlines eligibility and the way State Aid is to be administered to New Mexico public libraries.  At the request of the State Library, a group of public library directors, chaired by Betty Long of the Roswell Public Library, met to review and propose changes to the State Grants-in-Aid rule State Librarian. Susan Oberlander recently thanked Betty and her committee for their thoughtful efforts in working through the first draft of changes to the rule.  Based on that initial draft, the State Library has taken those proposed changes and made further revisions. 

State Librarian Oberlander said, “Based upon our fervent hope that the rule could be even easier to use and less burdensome to libraries than it currently is, we agreed with some, but not all, of the suggested revisions from the group and made a number of further changes.” 

What comes next?  

  • The State Library hopes to receive all comments on this revision from pubic library directors before the November 15 deadline.  
  • At the same time, the State Library will file a notice in the NM Register giving notice of a public hearing in Santa Fe to be held in November or December.  Anyone who wishes to comment at that hearing may appear at the hearing or file written comments with the State Library.  The State Library will notify public library directors of the hearing date.  
  • After the public hearing, the State Library will file the final rule in the NM Administrative Code and it will become the official rule on state aid.   The rule should be final and go into effect in July 2009. 

You can find the current rule online




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Voting information.  If you want information before you go to the polls, go to You will see a button in the center of the page for a sample ballot and another one for a booklet that explains the constitutional amendments and the bond issues on the ballot.


Symposium on Native American repatriation issues.  It has been almost twenty years since the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) was passed.  NAGPRA was created in response to the historical relations between Native Americans and non-Native people over differing perspectives on the practice of collecting, studying, displaying, and interpreting Native American cultures along with their human remains and religious objects.  Many Native people have voiced their outrage through protests and challenging calls for change.  Those voices joined with others and became stronger, eventually leading to the return of ancestral remains and religious objects to their rightful guardians.  Native America's concerted efforts on a local, national, and international scale joined those voices to create a significant and important legacy for our ancestors and future generations.  

During the past two decades since NAGPRA was passed, important cultural objects including human remains and sacred articles have been repatriated.  However, museums, universities and private collectors continue to hold on to their Native American objects including human remains while acquiring new pieces of Native American cultural property to add to their collections.  The students and faculty from the Indigenous Liberal Studies and Museum Studies departments of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) are holding the IAIA Repatriation and NAGPRA Symposium to discuss the issue of repatriation and NAGPRA.  In an effort to create awareness on this very important area, presentations, case studies and critical discussion sessions will provide opportunity for participants to hear and respond to the history of repatriation, current condition of repatriation efforts.  The Symposium will be held October 29 -30, at the Institute of American Indian Arts, 83 Avan Nu Po Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico.  There is no cost to attend the symposium but seating is limited.   To register please contact Audrey Dreaver at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  The Symposium is sponsored by “Woksape Oyate - Wisdom of the People” American Indian College Fund and Lilly Endowment, Inc. 

Guest speakers will be:  

  • Pemina Yellow Bird - a member of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation who has been working on issues related to the repatriation and reburial of Native dead and the protection and preservation of Native sacred and cultural places for nearly 25 years. She is the mother of four sons and grandmother to nine and is currently working to protect traditional cultural properties at home on the Ft. Berthold Reservation. 
  • James Riding In (Pawnee) – an associate professor of American Indian Studies at Arizona State University and the editor of Wicazo Sa Review. He has challenged imperial archaeology since the late 1980s and his research about repatriation as well as other historical and contemporary Indian issues has appeared in various books and scholarly journals.  
  • T. J. Ferguson -  owns Anthropological Research LLC, a research company in Tucson, Arizona, where he is also a Professor of Practice in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. Dr. Ferguson specializes in archaeological and ethnographic research needed for historic preservation, repatriation, and litigation of land and water rights. His clients include Indian tribes, governmental agencies, and museums. He was appointed to the Smithsonian Institution’s Repatriation Review Committee in 2005.


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Library opening.  The Village of Corona Public Library is a developing library in Corona, at the junction of Highways 42 and 54, about half way between Carrizozo and Vaughn.  The Grand Opening for its new facilities was held on October 23.  The new library facility is located behind the Village Hall on Main Street/Highway 54.  Regular library hours are 9a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and from 2 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays. 


Workshop reminder: The New Mexico State Library still has seats available for three workshops in November and December:  

  • In-Service for Youth Services Librarians: Exploring the Girard Wing in the Museum of International Folk Art.  Thursday, November 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe.  Learn about amulets and milagros in the Girard Wing, find curricular links to NM Standards and Benchmarks, and discover some interactive folk art activities for your young patrons with “Writing the Galleries” and other hands-on activities. A great way to learn about folk art while discovering how to blend museum and library resources! This is also a perfect tie-in to the 2009 Summer Reading Programs theme of Be Creative @ Your Library for kids and Express Yourself @ Your Library for teens. Click here to register.   (Can't attend this program? Check out the Museum's website for lots of materials for educators, as well as information on its exhibits and collections.) 
  • Intellectual Freedom Fundamentals Training:  A collaborative endeavor of the NMLA Intellectual Freedom Committee and the NM State Library.  Thursday, November 13, 9:30 to 4:00 at the Belen Public Library.  Intellectual Freedom Fundamentals Training will explore the fundamental legal and professional principles underlying intellectual freedom, as well as provide librarians with practical tips on how to strengthen their policies and cope with challenges and issues in their own libraries. Although geared towards public librarians, academic, and school librarians will also be exposed to information on principles that apply to all types of libraries. Topics covered include First Amendment and the Library Bill of Rights; banned books, challenges, labeling, collection development policies; Internet use; access by minors; public forum in the context of meeting rooms, displays, exhibits; library privacy and confidentiality; and policy writing.  Click here to register.  
  • 2009 Summer Reading Program Workshops:  Be Creative @ Your Library.  Four sessions, each 9:30 to 4 p.m., will be held:  at the  Los Alamos Public Library on November 14;  Hatch Public Library on November 18;  Artesia Public Library on December 8; and at the Alamosa Community Center in Albuquerque on December 12.  Click here to register 

Please contact Beth Crist if you have questions or run into difficulties with the online registration form.  Beth Crist at (505) 476- 9753 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Free cassettes.  Taped Editions, Inc. is a full-service, audio book distributing company which has been serving libraries coast to coast since the early 1990’s.  In July 2006, the Board of Directors voted to donate used abridged audio book cassettes to libraries.  To date, the company has given away over $175,000 worth of used audio books to approximately 125 libraries in 21 states.  They are now nearly out of abridged audio books but have re-started their donation program to give away used unabridged cassette titles.  These are audios which have previously circulated in their leasing collection – primarily fiction titles by popular authors.  On average, their unabridged donation boxes will hold 15 to 20 cassettes. 

Taped Editions is extending its offer for used cassette donations to libraries in New Mexico.  So far, 15 libraries have requested donation boxes.  Audios have been sent to the following libraries:  Fort Sumner Public Library, Hillsboro Community Library, Mountainair Public Library, Embudo Valley Community Library, W. Thompson Public Library, Village of Corona Public Library, Tucumcari Public Library, Tularosa Public Library, Marshal Memorial Library, Laguna Public Library, El Rito Public Library, Truchas Community Library, Moriarty Community Library, Santo Domingo Tribal Library, and Eagle Nest Library. 

Though the audio books themselves are free, they ask receiving libraries to pay shipping/handling costs, and they ship the boxes through UPS.  An invoice for shipping is included in each box, and librarians can reimburse the shipping cost at their convenience.  All public libraries in New Mexico may request a donation box via email or phone by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or 800-850-1701. 

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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 director.  The Octavia Fellin Public Library in Gallup is looking for a director for the two-branch system. The library, which is a centerpiece of the community, includes the main library and the children’s library located a block away.  The library director will have the opportunity to provide reading, reference, and related information services to a multi-cultural diverse community;  work with and expand state of the art library information systems;  develop a "Friends Of The Library" group;  develop adult programs and activities;  work with a talented and motivated staff of employees;  develop and expand programs and activities for children and adults;  prepare and present budget requests to city council.  Minimum requirement qualifications include a Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited library school and three to five years public library experience including administrative and supervisory positions.  Applications for City employment can be obtained at City Hall, Personnel Office, 110 W. Aztec Ave., Gallup, New Mexico; or by calling (505) 863-1215.  Please mail your application to City of Gallup, Personnel Dept., PO  Box 1270, Gallup NM  87305



Librarian.  The Town of Edgewood has an opening for Library Operations Manager (Position Class Code: 1111).  Under limited supervision, oversees the day-to-day operations of the Town library, provides a high level of customer service to library patrons, identifies collection needs, orders and catalogs library material, writes and administers funding grants for the library;  forms partnerships with various community agencies and organizations, initiates and coordinates outreach programs, and establishes programs and projects in which the library is active.  Essential job functions include the following:  develops, evaluates and implements Library goals and objectives; develops policies, systems, and standards for operations and reporting;  ensures Library activities are in compliance with relevant laws, regulations, and professional standards, develops and monitors department budget, prepares reports, grants, proposals, and agreements relating to Library operations;  provides for the general supervision of Library staff and volunteers including setting schedules, preparing and administering annual budget, reviewing work for quality and completeness, and assesses employee performance, and provides related administrative approvals such as leave requests and time sheets, and provides professional guidance; maintains patron service responding to reference inquiries, checks library material in and out, identifies collection needs, orders and catalogs library material, shelves material, updates catalog database, and provides instruction on the use of library including word processing and Internet;  performs a variety of administrative functions in support of library operations including coordinating and assisting in the application and administration of grants, processing of invoices, ordering of supplies, preparation of reports relating to library needs and activities, attends meetings and classes, presents workshops, speaks at conferences, and initiates programs and projects;  and performs other work-related assignments as required.  Knowledge required:  State of New Mexico regulations and administrative guidelines relating to library operations;  grant application procedures and administrative requirements;  Town of Edgewood policies and procedures;  computer hardware and software and basic instructional techniques on the operation of library systems;  effective library collection management and fundamental principles of supervision.  Skills required:  reading, interpreting, understanding, and applying New Mexico regulations and administrative guidelines, and Town of Edgewood policies and procedures;  application of the fundamental principles and standards of library management and supervision;  working with the public, establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with department staff, other Town departments and community agencies;  communicating effectively orally and in the development of written documents, reports, and financial information;  identifying and applying for grants and the establishment of procedures for the library operations;  the use of computer hardware and software and the application of basic instructional techniques on the operation of library systems.  A high school diploma and three years experience demonstrating increasing responsibilities in the field of office and/or library administration, or related field is required.  Work experience directly related to the essential functions of the position may substitute for education at a rate of one year of experience for each 30 credit hours of education.  Desirable qualifications include grant writing experience and supervisory experience.  A State of New Mexico Grade 1 Library Certificate and a valid driver’s license is required.  Apply at


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