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August 8, 2008; #1669

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When moisture-laden weather from Hurricane Dolly brought heavy rains to New Mexico on Sunday, July 27, up to 9 inches of rain fell in the mountainous area, and flash flood watches were in effect for central and eastern New Mexico.  The Rio Ruidoso went over its banks about midnight and crested at an estimated 11 feet above normal where it meets Carrizo Creek.  Two people in Ruidoso drowned in the widespread flooding, while about 300 people – residents and tourists – were evacuated from homes, campgrounds, and a recreational vehicle park as flooding hit around the resort town.  By Monday 11 bridges were reported to be not functional and secondary roads in the area remained closed, although the main highway, U.S. 70, reopened after part of it had been shut down Sunday.  Some 350 people were evacuated from their homes and up to 500 vacationers stranded away from their cabins, campsites, or recreational vehicles by flood waters.  An unknown number of cars were swept away, and even days later, at least 200 people remained stranded in the upper canyon areas.  An estimated 350 to 500 houses, campers, mobile homes, and structures were damaged in the flooding, authorities said.  The business district of Ruidoso was largely untouched, with most of the damaged bridges and roads lying in residential areas. 

Early Wednesday morning Gov. Bill Richardson directed the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and all related state agencies to assist Otero County and the city of Ruidoso to respond to severe flooding. The Governor declared Lincoln County a disaster area, freeing emergency state funding to help ensure the safety of residents and their properties, as well as to restore and maintain critical public services. 

The good news to the library community is that libraries in the mountain area are fine.  Ruidoso Public Library had no major damage to the building.  Seepage into the lower storage area spoiled some stored children’s materials, and the public Internet was disabled due to phone line problems.  Because rain was continuing to fall during the week, the staff put sand bags into place as added insurance.  Librarians sent library patrons who wanted to use the Internet to Capitan Public Library, where internet service was uninterrupted. 

Significantly less rain fell in Capitan and the Capitan Public Library had no damage.  Neither the new nor the old additions suffered any problems, although there were leaks in the roof in the neighboring building which serves as a second hand sales shop benefiting the library.  The Library is outfitted with Wifi, which residents from Ruidoso were able to use.  

Michael Nivison Public Library in Cloudcroft was also unaffected.  There was no flooding, but the library, housed in an old building, did experience some leaks to the roof.  The staff covered materials with tarps and the municipal maintenance crew repaired the leaky roof. 



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Camila Alire wins ALA presidency.  Camila Alire, who was Dean of Libraries at the University of New Mexico from 2002-2006, won the American Library Association election to be ALA President for 2009-20010.  She is ccurrently Professor of Practice (adjunct) for Simmons College’s Ph.D. program in library managerial leadership and professor (part-time) at San Jose State University LIS executive MLIS managerial leadership program. 

She is Dean Emerita at the University of New Mexico and Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. She has served as Dean/Director of Libraries at the University of Colorado at Denver. Other previous library experience includes serving as a community college library director, head of a special library, school librarian (K-12), and assistant to the dean/instructor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Librarianship and Information Management. 

Alire received her doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Northern Colorado and holds an MLS from the University of Denver. 

Her record of service includes an active and long-standing member/leader of several associations. She is active in ALA and currently chairs the ALA Committee on Legislation and has chaired several ALA Committees (Nominating, Committee on Education, American Libraries Advisory Committee) and has sat on four ALA President’s Special Advisory Task Forces. She has served on ALA Council and on the ALA Executive Board. She is past-president of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and served as chair of the 2005 ACRL National Conference. She is a member of REFORMA (National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking), serving as national president and chair of several committees. She  served on the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Board and on the Greater Western Library Alliance Board and was the conference co-chair for the GWLA National Diversity Conference. 

In New Mexico she was professionally active in the Association of Research Libraries of New Mexico and the New Mexico Consortium of Academic Libraries, and NMLA;  in Colorado she was in the Colorado ALA Chapter where she chaired the Colorado Library Association’s Legislative Committee, Education Committee, and Local Arrangements Committee. She has chaired the Colorado Council on Library Development’s Board (State Library Advisory Board) and its Committee on Library Services to Ethnic Populations. This committee established a scholarship for MLS students serving minority populations and a statewide mentoring program. She has also chaired two State Library Regional Library Systems (multi-type) governing boards.  Her writing focuses on library marketing and advocacy, library services for Latinos and other minorities, library disaster recovery, leadership development, and recruitment/retention of minorities in the library profession and in higher education. 

Her library advocacy work brought her recognition by the ALA/ALTA National Advocacy Honor Roll and she was named Scholar-in-Residence for the Chicago Public Library System. Alire was awarded the first ALA Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award and National REFORMA’s Librarian of the Year. Two times she was selected by the Colorado Library Association (CLA) to receive the CLA Exemplary Library Services to Ethnic Populations Award. She also received the Mountain Plains Library Association’s Legislative Leadership Award. She was named by Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the country. 

Upon winning the ALA presidency, she will first serve one year as vice-president/president elect before she takes over the office at the end of the 2009 ALA Annual Conference in Denver. 


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State Library web site.  The New Mexico State Library staff would like for you to take a look at the State Library web site.  The web team has made a few changes to the home page.  Specifically, please take a look at the “Quick Links” icons ( left edge of the page) and give your feedback to Renee Payne (505) 476-9728 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Do you know some good performers?  The State Library is creating a directory of performers for libraries in the state to use, and it’s you who know the good ones!  Please send your recommendations, including names, addresses, phone and email numbers, and a brief description of what they did for you to Robert Upton, (505) 476-9764, or even better, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  When the list is compiled, it will go on the State Library website as a resource for you and other librarians to use. 


Audio book donations.  Taped Editions, Inc. is a full-service, audio book distributing company which has been serving libraries coast to coast since the early 1990’s. They offer both new and used audio books for sale, Playaways, audio book supplies, and innovative leasing programs. 

In July 2006, the Board of Directors unanimously voted to donate $25,000 in used abridged audio book cassettes to Indiana libraries, and $15,000 in used abridged audio book cassettes to libraries in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana affected by Hurricane Katrina.  Later, donations were offered to small, rural libraries in other states, including Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia.  To date Taped Editions has far exceeded initial goals, giving away over $175,000 worth of used audio books to approximately 125 libraries in 21 different 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.  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. 


Save on gas! Take an (online) class!  There’s still time to sign up for convenient online courses, for both graduate and undergraduate credit, starting in August and October.  New Mexico State University will be offering the popular course: Foundations for School Library Specialists, which covers elements of librarianship, introduction to the history, purpose, and role of the school library. 

EMD 411 M70 (CRN#38776), Foundations for School Library Specialists
EMD 511 M70 (CRN#38777), Foundations for School Library Specialists

It gives an overview of current issues and legislation affecting school libraries.  This online course is 3 credits and runs from August 21 – December 12. There is also a 3 credit short course, starting October 15 and ending December 12:

EMD 413 M70 (CRN#38781), Curriculum Role of the School Library Specialist
EMD 513 M70 (CRN#38782), Curriculum Role of the School Library Specialist

In addition, NMSU - Doña Ana Community College will also be offering several 3 credit, 8 week courses online.  Courses scheduled August 21- mid October 14:

LSC 100 D01, D02 (CRN#37450, 37454), Introduction to Library and Information Services
LSC 111 D01, D02 (CRN#37458, 37459), Introduction to Information Literacy
LSC 120 D01, D02 (CRN#37465, 37466), Cataloging Basics I: Descriptive Cataloging
LSC 130 D01, D02 (CRN#37467, 37469), Introduction to Technical Services in Library
LSC 150 D01 (CRN#37471), Library Services for Children & Young Adults
LSC 203 D01 (CRN#37478), School Library Media Specialist

Courses scheduled mid October 15-December 12:

LSC 100 D03, D04 (CRN#37456, 37457), Introduction to Library and Information Services
LSC 111 D03–D07 (CRN#37460-37464), Introduction to Information Literacy
LSC 125 D01 (CRN#38499), Cataloging Basics II: Classification & MARC Cataloging
LSC 160 D01, D02 (CRN#37473, 37475), Intro. to Public Services in Library & Information Centers
LSC 210 D01, D02 (CRN#37480, 37481), Computer Application Library/Information Center
LSC 240 D01 (CRN#37487), Internet Resources and Research Strategies

There is a great line up of new one credit courses, which are 4 weeks in length and require no textbook:

LSC 145 D01 (CRN#37470), Marketing Your Library (September 2-29)
LSC 155 D01 (CRN#37472), Award Winning Books for Children (October 6-31)
LSC 236 D01 (CRN#38503), Banned Books (October 6-31)
LSC 261 D01 (CRN#37488), U.S. Government Documents (October 6-31)
LSC 281 D01 (CRN#38504), Grant Writing for Libraries (October 6-31)
LSC 211 D01 (CRN#38502), Electronic Privacy (November 3-21)
LSC 234 D01 (CRN#37486), Libraries, Access & Intellectual Freedom (Nov. 3-21)

You’re welcome to take one class or several.  Non-degree seeking students who desire single classes for professional development or for the state Library Media Specialist Endorsement are always welcome;  however, students may also choose to complete coursework leading to an Associate’s degree in Library Science or a Certificate of Completion in Library Science.  It’s easy to be admitted and enroll in these reasonably priced online courses. For further information, please go online at or contact either Susan Pinkerton at (575) 527-7567 or 800-903-7503, ext. 7567 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Nora Bernal at (575) 528-7338 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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.  

Phyllis Reed will be leaving Ruidoso Public Library the middle of August. She and her husband are moving to Albuquerque near their son and his family.  Phyllis has been Ruidoso Public Library Director for six years. She previously was library director at a Texas community college for 12 years and a public school librarian and teacher for many years before. She is planning to take her varied library experience and become New Mexico Sales Consultant for Davidson Titles, so she will be ready to see all New Mexico librarians in her travels. 


Ruth LaVern Farley (1918-2008), a long-time and a dedicated Taos library volunteer, died on June 27, of respiratory complications.  Ruth was an active member of the New Mexico Library Association and the SLA Rio Grande Chapter including past president. She served as a mentor to many throughout the years. Her ceaseless energy was legion.  The oldest of five children, Ruth was born in Iron Mountain, Michigan, on May 20, 1918, to D. Verner and Edith Swanson.  She was raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, and Gowrie, Iowa, where her father was a Lutheran minister and her mother an accomplished homemaker.  Ruth married Philip Farley, who preceded her in death in 1972, in 1945.  With degrees from Augustana College (Rock Island, Illinois) and the University of Minnesota, Ruth worked for more than 40 years primarily as a librarian;  her most recent position (1967-1980) was as the reference librarian at the Sandia National Labs Tech Library.  After Ruth’s retirement in 1980, she spent many years as a library volunteer in Silver City and then in Taos.  Just two weeks prior to her death, Ruth was embraced by 44 members of her immediate and extended family who gathered at Angel Fire for a family reunion in honor of their beloved “Aunt Ruth.”  Contributions in Ruth’s memory may be made to the Taos Public Library, 402 Camino de la Placita, Taos, NM 87571. 



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Library director.  Octavia Fellin Public Library in Gallup is seeking candidates for Library Director.   Under the general direction of the City Manager, manages, operates, directs, and controls a municipal library system providing reading, reference and related information services for the residents and patrons of a multi-cultural diverse community.  The Library Director is charged with the overall responsibility for planning, organizing, implementing and evaluating city-wide library and related information service programs for the Octavia Fellin and Children’s Public Libraries.  Requires a Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited graduate library school and ten years public library experience, of which four years must have been administrative and supervisory responsibility of four or more employees;  computer literacy skills with a minimum of four years proficiency in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;  experience in the selection, implementation, and operation of library automation systems;  and a valid driver's license.  Must summarize experience on employment application for application screening purposes.  Beginning salary is $45,240.  Applications for City employment can be obtained at City Hall, Personnel Office, 110 W. Aztec Ave., Gallup, New Mexico.  Contact Klo Gaspar, Personnel Director, at (505) 863-1218 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Closing date is August 11. 


Library director.  The City of Hobbs, Hobbs Public Library, is accepting applications to fill the position of Library Director.  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 five 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.  Requires a Masters in Library Science plus five years of experience as a professional level librarian in a public library with at least two years of supervisory experience.  To be considered for this position, please submit a statement of interest and resume (a completed application will be required prior to hire) to City of Hobbs HR Department, 200 E Broadway   Hobbs, NM  88240, (575) 397-9230 or FAX (575) 397-9212;  Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  See website at for more information.  An Equal Opportunity Employer/Smoke & Drug Free Workplace. 


Library manager.  The Village of Ruidoso has an opening for a full time Library Manager.  Under general direction manages, administers and directs all aspects of Ruidoso Public Library. Requires a Bachelor’s degree in Library Science plus three years of professional level library administration, excellent technology skills:  a demonstrated ability of personal computer operations within a Windows Microsoft environment, including Word, Excel, and Outlook;  knowledge of resource materials and references available to facilitate effective development and management of municipal library collections, knowledge of cataloging procedures, knowledge in the use of library automation systems;  skill in understanding, interpreting and implementing policies, practices, complex laws, procedures and guidelines of the Village of Ruidoso, Ruidoso Public Library and the state of New Mexico;  ability to  manage the day-to-day operations of a municipal library;  ability to determine the reference, general reading and programming needs of the community, and evaluating and building an appropriate library collection and services;  ability to balance a variety of duties, prioritize, and meet deadlines;  excellent communication and organizational skills;  knowledge and practice of the Library Bill of Rights;  must be able to pass regular criminal history checks;  and must possess and maintain valid New Mexico motor vehicle operator’s permit of appropriate classification and endorsement as required.  Must agree to maintain a satisfactory MVR and minimum requirement of insurability as required by law.  MVR background checks will be conducted by the Village.  Physical demands are ability to maintain physical condition and stamina appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities which may include sitting, standing, or walking for extended periods of time, driving or riding in vehicles;  the usual requirements in an office environment may require lifting boxes of supplies, equipment and occasional adjustment of office furniture;  occasional pushing, pulling, lifting and/or moving up to 25 pounds;  occasional squatting or bending required.  The work environment requires the ability to adapt to inclement weather conditions and/or situations;  ability to drive, occasionally long distances;  may work a fairly irregular schedule, long hours, weekends, and holidays;  ability to perform duties and adapt to flexible work schedules/may be called when needed;  noise level could be moderate to loud in work environment;  ability to work in stressful environment and deal effectively with stress and priorities; normal travel - ability to travel for activities such as meetings, classes, and workshops in and out of the area;  must be able to travel by air as needed to attend training, conferences, and related activities;  overnight travel as required.  Annual salary range is $59,466.  Application and resume must be submitted to the Human Resources Department of the Village of Ruidoso, 313 Cree Meadows Dr., Ruidoso, NM 88345. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.  All persons offered any job with the Village of Ruidoso shall be drug/alcohol screened.  Refusal to submit to a drug/alcohol screen will be deemed as a withdrawal of application by the applicant. 



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 for State of New Mexico job position.  Application period closes September 5, 2008.  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.


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