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June 13, 2008: #1665

In this issue:

• Tribal libraries get IMLS awards
• Aztec Public Library gets the two-wheeled crowd  
• Reference service
• Trial databases
• Vouchers for summer reading
• Three libraries receive full status
• People notes


According to an IMLS press release for June 10, more than $1.2 million has recently been awarded to Native American libraries to improve and sustain their library services.  Included are ten New Mexico tribes.  Nine received the basic grant with an education/assessment option for $6,000;  they are the Pueblo of Santa Clara, Pueblo of Jemez, Pueblo of Laguna, Pueblo of Acoma, Pueblo of Tesuque, Pueblo of Pojoaque, Pueblo of Santo Domingo, Pueblo of Zia, and Zuni Tribe.   The Pueblo of Santa Ana received only the basic grant of $5,000. 

Nationally, the grant monies will be distributed among 209 tribes, and will bolster library services offered by Native American tribal communities and Alaskan Native villages. Visit to see a list of recipients. 

This year, 34 applicants were awarded $5,000 basic grants, totaling $170,000. These grants are intended to support existing library operations and maintain core library services. Basic grants with the additional education/assessment option - worth $6,000 each - were awarded to 167 applicants, representing 175 tribes, for a total of $1,050,000. The education/assessment option supports the hiring and training of library staff, consultations from outside professionals for on-site library assessments, and allows librarians to take continuing education courses, travel to give presentations, and attend conferences.  No cost sharing is required for either of these grant categories. 

“As repositories of history, as well as places to learn and interact, libraries play an important role in all communities,” said Anne-Imelda M. Radice, Ph.D., Director of IMLS. “The Native American Library Services Grants offer libraries in Native American and Alaskan communities the opportunity to strengthen essential library services and develop new programs. The education/assessment option ensures that library staff is trained to assist patrons and preserve their past for future generations.” 

In addition to the basic grant program, IMLS also administers the Native American Library Services Enhancement grant program. To be eligible for these grants, an institution must have applied for a Native American Library Services Basic Grant in the same fiscal year. Enhancement grant recipients may receive up to $150,000. These awards will be announced September 2008. 

The next deadline for the Native American Library Services Basic Grants is March 3, 2009. For more information, please visit

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the Institute, please visit



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Aztec Public Library gets the two-wheeled crowd.  The Alien Run Mountain Bike Trail, an endeavor spearheaded by the Aztec Public Library and the Friends Group, in conjunction with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has been rated by Bike Magazine as one of the top fifty picks in the United States and the top pick for New Mexico. Please see links provided: and .  

Want to learn more?  Contact Leanne Hathcock, Aztec Public Library Director, (505) 334-7658 V or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Reference service.  Did you know that the policy of the New Mexico State Library, serving as a backup reference source to other libraries in the state, is to answer reference questions within two business days of receipt?  Depending on the question it can take more or less time to answer.  Here’s a recent sample: 

Billy the Kid is not the only gun-toting bad boy of New Mexico;  he just had more “penny dreadfuls” (the equivalent for the time of  The National Enquirer) written about his exploits.   As they dug into the microfilmed newspapers to find information on a mean outlaw who went by many names – including Will Mason – the Southwest collection librarians learned that a bloody battle still gets big press.  This bank robber had killed seven or eight men (including his own brother) by the time he was 19.  His end came when a sheriff pursued him across the state line into Arizona, in the town of Snowflake (founded by William J. Flake and Erastus Snow).  On December 8, 1892, two bothers, Charles and James Flake went to arrest the desperado; Charles was shot and mortally wounded while James, despite losing part of his ear, brought the outlaw down. 


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Trial databases.  The New Mexico State Library has been offered free trials for several databases and permission to send this offer out to all New Mexico libraries and New Mexico state employees.  The trial for the databases from CRC Press is valid until June 28.  Please take this opportunity to use these databases to assist your patrons. You will find attachments which provide a user guide for each of the subject areas. 
The login information for this trial is:


Use the link and select from the databases listed in the attachments. 


Vouchers for summer reading.  The State Library is providing each New Mexico public, tribal, and military library, along with State Library programs, with a $25 voucher to purchase supplies from Highsmith to use for your 2008 Summer Reading Program. The vouchers will allow each library to purchase just what supplies it wants and this year, there is an even greater variety of supplies for both the children’s and teen programs.  Libraries with branches can use one $25 voucher per branch (public library bookmobiles, however, are not eligible for their own vouchers). 

For these funds to be applied to your order, you must mention “Coupon #8380” when placing your order, whether faxed or mailed in or completed online. If you fail to include or mention the voucher, your library will be billed the entire amount. You will not receive an actual voucher on paper; all you need to do is mention Coupon #8380 when placing your order. 

Your $25 voucher may be used as part of only one order and cannot be used to pay part of a previous order. Your total order will include the cost of the supplies, sales tax, and shipping/handling and your voucher may be applied toward that grand total. Your order may exceed the $25, but any part of the grand total that does exceed the $25 will be your library’s responsibility. You may place your order from the Highsmith catalog you received last winter either by fax, snail mail, or phone, or you may order online from ;  be sure to enter the coupon number on the second page of the Checkout process. Orders must be placed by the end of your 2008 summer reading program. 

Your library must be listed as the “Ship To” address:  Highsmith will ship your items directly to you.  Please do not list the New Mexico State Library as the “Bill To” address, as the State Library has already paid Highsmith for all of the vouchers. If your grand total exceeds the $25, you must list your library as the “Bill To” address since any amount that exceeds the voucher is your library’s responsibility. 

Although this is coming late and many of you have already placed orders, you may wish to purchase mid-summer supplies if your program turnout was better than expected (always a good thing) or to purchase a few items you held off on earlier.  If you do not plan to use your voucher, please let Beth Crist, the Outreach & Community Services Coordinator at the New Mexico State Library, know as soon as possible; we can put it to good use!  She can be reached at 800-340-3890 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Welcome!  Three libraries have met the State Aid criteria to move from the developing library category to the local public library category as of July 1.  They've completed all the paperwork and requirements and as of July 1, 2009 will be eligible for the Basic Collection Grant and all the other State Aid Grants.  They are:

  • Tularosa Public Library
  • Gila Valley Public Library 
  • Placitas Community Library 

The State Library considers a  library to be a  local public library  when it when it  meets a number of criteria, including having an active library board, being open at least 25 hours per week, spending a minimum of $1.50 per capita on collections annually, and other benchmarks.  For a full description of what the qualifications and rewards for being a  local public library, please see the State Library’s website at


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.  

Jackie Dalmy is leaving the New Mexico State Library after seven years with the Development Services Bureau.  She has accepted a job with State Regulation and Licensing. 

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