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September 5, 2008; #1671

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We were recently looking at old Hitchhikers (issue # 1 was published on May 8, 1972) here at the State Library and thought it might be interesting to republish articles from past issues from time to time.  Looking back to that first year to the same September date (more or less) brought up this feature from HH #17: 

NEMISYS is the latest!  Some thought CLS was a good acronym for our cooperative library efforts in New Mexico, but now Larry Larason has come up with NEMISYS (New Mexico Information System), a sort of subsystem of CLS.  Larry, a doctoral candidate at the University of Oklahoma, is the systems man in a two part team called Helen F. Redman and Associates, with Helen representing New Mexico librarians.  They are preparing a funding proposal for the Council on Library Resources to promote NEMISYS, the locator unit portion of the CLS plan.  NEMISYS will record acquisitions and holdings in the state and will provide locator information for interlibrary loans, as well as statistical data upon which acquisitions programs can be built.  It will be tied in with SLICE/MARC-O (see HH #15) and will offer spin-off possibilities such as catalog card production.  The NEMISYS proposal will encompass a two-year period preceded by a trial span running from September 1 to the end of 1972.  During that time a few large public, academic, school, and special libraries will be asked to participate in an experiment aimed at gaining statistics and experience important to the actual operation of NEMISYS.  If the program is funded for the two years following all other libraries in the state will be invited to join the program at levels they select according to their holdings and needs.” 

The content editor for the Hitchhiker in 1972 was Louise Brown,  Betty Ela was the distributor.  HH was distributed to libraries in New Mexico along with LJ/SLJ Hotline (now known as Library Hotline).  Because it was attached to Hotline, it went “hitchhiking.” 



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.  

Library cats/pets.  A recent article that came our way featured a cat-in-residence at the Hall Memorial Library in Connecticut.  The article by Max Bakke, writing for the Journal Inquirer of North-Central Connecticut, pointed out that library cats are not an uncommon phenomenon.  This particular cat, Bob, is just one of the Connecticut’s long history of library felines. Carolyn Scholz, an assistant librarian at Mystic & Noank Library of Mystic, Connecticut, was quoted in the article as saying that library cats date back to the time of medieval monks, who needed cats around to protect the manuscripts they were creating from mice.  That may be a good reason for libraries to have cats in the past, but what about today’s libraries? 

There’s a web site, maintained by Boston filmmaker and comedian Gary Roma, that aggregates library cats across the country. The site,, claims there have been 19 library cats in Connecticut since 1976, including Bob.  It shows three libraries in New Mexico that have had library cats:  Manzano Day School Library in Albuquerque, Clovis-Carver Library, and Farmington Public Library.  Are there others?  What other kinds of library pets may be living in your library?  We would like to know. 

How about sending us information on your non-human library resident(s) along with a photo (digital, please).  We would like to put it on the New Mexico State Library web site.  Send your information and photo 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. 


The September Project.  Welcome to the 5th annual September Project! The September Project is a grassroots effort to encourage events about freedom and democracy in all libraries in all countries during the month of September. September Project events are free and organized locally.  Connecting the world one library at a time is at

In 2004, the September Project was begun to break the silence following September 11, and to invite all people into libraries to consider topics of patriotism, democracy, and citizenship. Initially, events focused on September 11 and largely took place on September 11. As the project evolved, events spread throughout the month of September and focused on issues of freedom and democracy. 

To date, public, academic, school, and government libraries around the world have organized September Project book displays, community book readings, childrens' art projects, film screenings, theatrical performances, civic deliberations, voter registrations, murals, panel discussions, and so much more. What will this year bring?  How can you participate? 

Organize an event at your library!  The September Project would like to know about it, so they can post all events on their site as they develop around the world. 


Movers and shakers.  Forty-three people attended the EarthScope program at the Arthur Johnson Memorial Library in Raton (see ) on Thursday, August 14.  Sponsored by the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science and the New Mexico State Library, the EarthScope program,  “Taking the Earth's Pulse” was presented by vulcanologist Jayne C Aubele and geologist Leo Sandoval. EarthScope is a decade-long national geoscience program that collects data from several multi-disciplinary observatories. A DVD presentation, Power Point presentation, posters, and interactive activities brought the geoscience of New Mexico, which includes everything from volcanoes to earthquakes, to the audience. A question and answer period followed the presentations. Those who attended were able to sign up for posters that will be provided by the sponsors of the program. Special thanks go to coordinator Carolyn Gregory for making it easy to host this program.  K-Bob's provided a refreshment table. 

EarthScope is an Earth Science program to explore the structure and evolution of the North American continent and understand processes controlling earthquakes and volcanoes (see ).  The EarthScope scientific community is conducting multidisciplinary research across the Earth Sciences utilizing the freely accessible data collected and maintained by EarthScope facilities. In-depth collaboration between scientists and educators bring the excitement of cutting-edge Earth Science research into classrooms, museums, and parks. EarthScope provides freely accessible data and data products from thousands of geophysical instruments that measure motions of the Earth's surface, record seismic waves, and recover rock samples from depths at which earthquakes originate.


Seeking submissions from practicing librarians.   Wanted: articles by practicing librarians sharing their experiences for Librarians as Community Partners: An Outreach Handbook (publisher: American Library Association).  The focus of this book will be how U.S. librarians are not tied to computers inside libraries;  how they partner, do outreach, and market libraries in their communities. Librarians with ethnic backgrounds serving diverse cultures are especially encouraged to submit topics. 

Articles should be practical, concise, how-to contributions of about 1,900-2,100 words; no co-authors. Possible topics might be workshops at senior centers, story hours at community swimming pools, innovative literacy outreach, partnering with artists and writers, creative youth participation, effective advocacy with elected officials.  Please submit 3-4 brief topic proposals with a 65-70 word bio beginning with your library of employment, title, highlights of your community library outreach activities, awards, and related professional contributions. Place “PARTNERS/your name” on the subject line to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The deadline for current cycle of submissions is October 30. Contributors sign an ALA Writer Agreement before publication. Compensation is a complimentary copy plus a discount on additional copies. 

The editor is Carol Smallwood, MLS, who has written/co-authored/edited 19 books such as Educators as Writers and others. Her work has appeared in English Journal, Clackamas Literary Review, The Detroit News, and several others including anthologies. A recent book is Thinking Outside the Book (see ). 

Kathy Barco, author of READiscover New Mexico: A Tri-Lingual Adventure in Literacy (Sunstone Press, 2007) who is also a children's librarian with the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Public Library, has been chosen to write the foreword to Librarians as Community Partners

“I’d really love to see lots of articles from New Mexico librarians in this exciting handbook.” Kathy said. “Let me point out that being able to say that you’ve added to the body of Library Lit as a contributor to a publication such as this (published by ALA no less) might bring considerable sparkle to your resumé.”  Kathy adds this comment, something that could only come from a children’s librarian: “If your submission is accepted for the book, you may not live happily after, but you’ll find out that seeing your name in print’s charming!” 


Book review site.  Reading New Mexico ( posted its first reviews on September 1 (see HH #1670).  Reading New Mexico is an online review spot for books with a New Mexico connection.  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.  Although a note was added that Sabra is not looking for reviewers right now, she wants you to know it does not apply to New Mexico librarians! She still welcome your reviews. 
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. 


HH notes.  The Hitchhiker is about you and your libraries.  We depend on you to let us know what is going on at your libraries, and what you like or don’t like about the content of the newsletter.  Please help by spreading the word that Hitchhiker is back, and by reminding others to send their email addresses so we can notify them each time a new issue is available.  Send your news and announcements, and also new and corrected email addresses to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  



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.  

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.  The State Library would also like to make a space on its website for libraries to offer books and 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.


The New Mexico Library Foundation is seeking trustees.  The New Mexico Library Foundation supports identified needs of New Mexico libraries by providing grants to libraries so that they may maintain their collections, update information access technology, and enhance library programs.  The Foundation raises funds through fundraising initiatives, and through individual donations.  The Foundation by-laws call for thirteen trustees to serve on the board. 

The board is currently seeking 4-5 trustees.  Among these new trustees, the Foundation is seeking members to fill the roles of Chairperson and Treasurer.  The Foundation board is a working board. Meeting attendance is required of all trustees as is participation in fundraising efforts and board initiatives. Trustees do not need to be librarians and do not need to be affiliated with any library. 

Serving on the board offers all members the excellent opportunity to serve all types of New Mexico libraries statewide, and will give you the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of patrons in large and small communities.  This year the Foundation provided six grants to libraries in Farmington, Virden, Capitan, Questa, Aztec, and the Pojoaque Pueblo.  Grants have supported children, high school students, middle school students, and adults. 

For more information about the Foundation, visit: .  Please consider this exciting opportunity.  If you are interested in serving or know someone who would be interested, contact Caroline Beckner for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Webinars available through WebJunction.  Although the New Mexico State Library is no longer a state partner with WebJunction, there are opportunities and resources available that may be of interest to NM librarians through the site.  WebJunction has redesigned the web site recently to make it more navigable than ever. 

Upcoming webinars include (please note all times are Central Time Zone): 

  • Conflict in a Peaceful Library, September 16, 1 p.m. CST
  • Public Computers and 2.0 Tools, September 17, 1 p.m. CST 
  • Visual Design: Theory & Best Practices for Library Websites, October 7, 1 p.m. CST

Also, take a look at their events calendar at to see a number of other webinars in upcoming months which are pertinent to many NM libraries, especially the more rural ones. 




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.  

Melanie Templet, after 10 years in Rio Rancho Public Schools, has accepted the position of Library Chair/Director at Sandia Preparatory School, a 6th -12th grade private school, in Albuquerque.  She will head up an Astronomy Club there and partner activities with Rio Rancho High School and Rio Rancho Astronomical Society, Inc., of which she is the President.   She looks forward to the change and challenge of this new position.

Sarah Henderson retired from Albuquerque Public Schools on July 1, 2008 after 30 years at Library Services.  In that time the centralized processing went from catalog cards produced by the mainframe computer to a customized library automation system. One of Sarah’s main interests was the maintaining of the Union Catalog of good MARC records for the whole district.  She was also a part-time faculty member at UNM where she taught cataloging classes. Sarah has been active with the New Mexico Library Association for most of her career, most notably as a member and co-chair of the Legislative Committee.  Sarah says that all the changes the library world went through, the challenges these brought, and the people with whom she worked are the reasons she stayed as long as she did.


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