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April 18, 2008: #1662

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The Navajo Nation has had its Internet connections severed, according to a report by Felicia Fonseca for News from Indian Country (AP 4-08).  Thousands of Navajo Nation tribal residents who rely on the Internet to work, study, and communicate across their 27,000-square-mile (69,930-square-kilometer) reservation lost their connectivity – a project that was funded by the Gates Foundation – when the service provider shut off access on April 7. 

A tribal audit last year revealed that Utah-based provider OnSat Network Communications Inc. may have double-billed the tribe and it raised questions about how the tribe requested bids for the Internet contract.  Those discoveries led the Universal Service Administration Co.(USAC), which administers the service under the Federal Communications Commission’s E-rate program, to tell the tribe on March 28 that $2.1 million would be withheld.  

Through the Washington, D.C.-based USAC, the FCC reimburses 85 percent to 90 percent of the costs for Internet service to 70 of the tribe’s 110 chapter houses.  The Navajo Nation covers the other 10 percent to 15 percent of the cost and offers service inside the chapter house and nearby through Wi-Fi.  Most evenings, when residents get off work, the reservation’s chapter houses are closed, but their wireless signals remain live. So it is common to see residents with laptops sitting in cars outside working away, a local official said. 

The USAC told Navajo President Joe Shirley Jr. in a March 28 letter that it is withholding money for OnSat for 2006-07 because of the possible overbilling and because the tribe didn’t comply with federal rules that require it to select the most cost-effective service or equipment through a fair, open, and competitive bidding process.  The USAC asked the tribe to prove OnSat provided the service it is billing for and has not overbilled. 

Jim Fitting, an attorney for OnSat, said the delay in payment means it cannot pay subcontractor SES Americom for satellite time.  “With USAC taking this particular position, it doesn’t look like we’re going to get paid in the foreseeable future,” Fitting said. “We’re already $4 million in the hole, so why should we continue doing it?”  OnSat won a preliminary injunction last July in Window Rock District Court barring the tribe’s auditor from further disseminating the audit, said Fitting. 

The Navajo Nation has until May to respond to USAC’s letter, and the USAC can release full or partial funding or continue to withhold funding, said spokeswoman Laura Betancourt.  Tribal officials have given the USAC documents detailing how OnSat was selected. 

OnSat will continue to provide Internet services for the tribe’s Division of Public Safety and the Office of the President and Vice President, offices whose satellite service isn’t dependent on FCC funding, Fitting said. 

Each Navajo chapter received a grant for computers and Internet access from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Native American Access to Technology Program in 2000. But it wasn’t possible to establish dial-up access – or create a wireless grid – because the reservation largely lacked wired telephone service.  The tribe’s Division of Community Development contracted with OnSat in 2001 to provide satellite Internet service to the chapter houses.  The tribe eventually would have stopped using OnSat because satellite Internet technology is costly, slow, and unreliable, but it needed to sustain the satellite connections for at least two years until a wireless grid is completed on the reservation. 

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Billy’s big in Israel.  Who knew?  The State Library’s reference desk recently had a slew of Billy the Kid questions. One was in regard to an investigation in which former Sheriff Tom Sullivan and former Capitan Mayor Steven Sederwall of Lincoln County were trying to dig up Billy’s remains for DNA testing.  The problem was that he was not buried alone, and was in an unmarked grave.  The other problem was that there was no permission to dig up the graves of Billy or his mother. Here is the response the reference staff received after emailing several news articles:  “We in Israel are sorry to hear that the investigation has stopped. Billy the Kid is famous in Israel, and many Israeli kids grew up reading about him. As a child I loved Billy along with millions of other little kids. Moms used to warn us that Billy was an outlaw and a gunman and as we grew we learned that they were right. If Billy is innocent my newspaper will be the first to print it. If Billy is innocent the toy industry will move to full shift work to manufacture and sell his toys.”


A library news column.  Beth Nieman, the Public Services Librarian at Carlsbad Public Library, made an arrangement with her local newspaper, the Current-Argus, about contributing a weekly column pertaining to books and activities at the  library.  The managing editor was excited about the idea because she wanted some more arts content for the “Sunday Living” section of the paper.  Beth started doing this in February.  As she reported to HH, “Every single week since I’ve had people come up to me either in the library, or at the store and say they have been reading and enjoying the articles.  I usually tell about a book I’ve enjoyed and then I reserve the last part of the column to make an announcement about a service, program or other offering at the library.  With all the comments I’ve received, I can’t help but think that this is raising the visibility of our public library within the community.  (Plus, it’s fun!)” 

Last Sunday’s column had to do with National Library Week; in case you’d like to look at it, here’s a link: .   If you would like to learn more about how she does it, you can contact her at (575) 885-6776 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Public library directors’ meeting.  Please join the 22 public library director’s who have already confirmed their attendance at the second annual Public Library Director’s Meeting.  This is an opportunity for the directors of the state’s public libraries to come together to brainstorm about issues that effect the public library community without interruptions.  It’s essential to hear from libraries both big and small.  The meeting will be held at the Belen Public Library, 333 Becker Avenue, on May 16-17.  If you are interested in attending, please respond by e-mail by May 1.  The local contact for more information is Beverly McFarland, Director Belen Public Library, (505) 864-7522, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

 Most people have chosen to stay at the Holiday Inn Express, at 2110 Camino del Llano Belen, NM 87002, (505) 861-5000.  Other options are: 

  • Super 8 Motel 428 S. Main St., 87002 (3 blocks from the Library), (505) 864-8188 
  • La Mirada B&B, 2200 Camino del Llano, (505) 864-1900. 


Podcasts.  The newest episode of “Librarian Live” features an interview with Jill Connor, Library Director at the Pueblo of Pojoaque Public Library. The Pueblo of Pojoaque Public Library was recently awarded an Institute of Museum and Library Services - Library Enhancement Grant. Jill talks about the grant writing process and programming under the auspices of the grant. Jill is both engaging and charismatic, so check it out! 

To hear Jill’s interview, click on the following link and scroll down to Episode 36,


Book Weekend in Chama.  For the past three years, the Village of Chama and the New Mexico Book Co-op have organized a book weekend in Chama.  The theme for the 2008 Chama Book Fair is “The Lure of the Milagro.”  It will be held Saturday, June 7, at Cookin' Books from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The keynote author for 2008 will be John Nichols, author of Milagro Bean Field War.  His sidekick author will be fly fishing guide Taylor Streit, who is the author of several fishing books.  Along with book signings for authors, there will be a number of workshops scheduled for book industry people at this year's book festival. 

The author's seminar will take place from Friday, June 6 to Sunday June 8. It will be available to all authors at a cost of $99, which includes registration and a welcome gift, the Welcome Reception Tea, a Friday evening event, a shared table (with one or the other author) at the Book Fair, ticket to the Author's Seminar, which will be presented by John Nichols, and one ticket to the EHL Chuckwagon Suppershow.  Authors selling their books at the Book Fair will get 100 percent retention of personal book sales.  Guests are welcome to the Chuckwagon for an additional fee. 

There will be various lodging options available, with discounted author rates. Taylor Streit will hold a fly fishing class on the Rio Chama on Sunday morning (at additional cost). Other optional activities are available – such as a ride on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, horseback riding etc. – all available in the area either pre or post the seminar. 

For more information, contact Jill Lane at (505) 220-4933 or e-mail jill.lane@jillevents  or visit the website at ;  new information will be posted on this website as it becomes available.  Information on the seminar schedule and lodging information can also be found at the website.  Don't miss one of New Mexico's most exciting and rewarding book events of the year!  It's fun, it's educational, it's revenue producing... and it's tax deductible. 

IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf.  The Institute of American Indian Arts Library in Santa Fe has been chosen as a recipient of the Institute of Museum and Library Services Connecting to Collections Bookshelf, a core set of conservation books, DVDs and online resources donated by IMLS and its cooperator, the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH).  The materials address such topics as the philosophy and ethics of collecting, collections management and planning, emergency preparedness, and culturally specific conservation issues. 

Your library can participate, too!  The second round for the IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf is now open and encouraging applications anytime from now until April 30. 

What is the Bookshelf?  The IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf is part of a multi-year, multi-faceted IMLS national initiative to raise public awareness and inspire action to care for the collections held in public trust by libraries and museums throughout the United States. The initiative is grounded in the results of A Public Trust at Risk: The Heritage Health Index Report on the State of America’s Collections, which reports that a stunning 190 million objects in U.S. collections need conservation treatment. The Bookshelf is actually three sets of resources. The Core Collection set contains eleven publications that all awardees will receive. The Living Collections set contains six additional resources that will be distributed to those institutions that care for living, biological collections. The Nonliving Collections set contains five additional publications focused on specialized collections and on library preservation issues. Awardees will receive either the Living or the Nonliving Collections set, not both. The Bookshelf includes books, DVDs, and other collections resources, as well as a Guide to Online Resources and a User’s Guide to all of the materials. It addresses such topics as the philosophy and ethics of collecting, collections management and planning, emergency preparedness, and culturally specific conservation issues. Such texts as The National Trust Manual of Housekeeping (published by the British National Trust in 2005), the Field Guide to Emergency Response (published by Heritage Preservation in 2006), and Essentials of Conservation Biology (published by Primack in 2006) are among the recent publications included in the Bookshelf. For a complete list of the Bookshelf publications, visit .  The User’s Guide and the Bookshelf bibliography can be viewed at links at the top right of the webpage.  The Bookshelf would cost over $800 if purchased individually. 

Priority will be given to smaller institutions, but large museums and large libraries with special collections are also eligible to apply. Please note that federally operated institutions, for-profit institutions, and libraries that do not hold special collections are not eligible to receive the Bookshelf. 

The Bookshelf will be distributed free of charge to 2,000 institutions. Over 800 institutions were awarded the Bookshelf during the first round. Over 90% of those whoapplied were winners. 

For more information about the bookshelf and to see all recipients, go to


DigIn.  The Digital Preservation Conference (DigIn) will be held at the University of New Mexico Continuing Education Conference Center in Albuquerque, June 4-6.  This conference will address the issues and concerns for the long-term preservation of digital assets, both those “born digital” as well as digitized objects.  For more information and to register visit the website at .


Digital preservation.  The Alliance for Information Science and Technology Innovation (AISTI) will be holding its 9th Annual Mini-Conference at the Hotel Santa Fe on May 12-13.   AISTI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit association of research libraries and information programs. AISTI offers a unique forum to share cutting edge ideas, implement solutions and combine resources for research tool development and information sharing.  The annual conferences examines trends that will be impacting library science and information science. This year’s theme is "Virtually Yours! Information, research and learning, through gaming and on-line relationships."  This conference will leave you with a new perspective, invigorated and also give you plenty of chance for networking and brainstorming.  Here is the link: .  The deadline to sign-up is May 7. 



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.  

Scott Sheldon, who has been with the New Mexico State Library since 1987, is leaving the State Library to accept a position as Financial Specialist with New Mexico State Records and Archives.  Scott has served as a Librarian Administrator and Finance Manager for the State Library under five state librarians.  We wish him the best for his new endeavors. 



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Children’s librarian.  The City of Roswell, Roswell Public Library has an opening for Librarian I – Children.  Professional library work in the children’s department. Work involves providing professional library expertise to a major library area in children's services. Work is performed in accordance with professional knowledge and standard library procedures. Responsible for evaluation, collection development, weeding, and maintenance of the children’s collection;  responsible for understanding children’s basic behavior patterns and initiating appropriate responses when required;  plans, organizes, and directs children’s projects and programs such as Summer Reading Program, story times, tours, outreach contacts, etc.;  staffs the children’s reference desk and provides general reference guidance and specialized reference guidance in a subject area specialty, gives out information both in person and over the phone, may do specialized and difficult subject matter reference work away from reference desk Must possess and maintain a valid Class D driver's license issued by the State of New Mexico and have a satisfactory driving record. An out-of-state current driver’s license will be accepted.  If hired, a New Mexico driver’s license must be obtained within six months of date of hire. Must be certified as a Grade II Librarian by the State of New Mexico within one year of date of hire.  Must be able to pass a rigid background investigation including work history, criminal records, driving records and other records deemed necessary.  Requires either 1) a Bachelor's degree, preferably a Master's degree, in Library Science from an ALA-accredited college or university;  or 2) graduation from an accredited four-year college or university preferably supplemented by sufficient library science credits to qualify as a major and two years' increasingly responsible advanced library experience.  Job posting will remain open until filled. Application and waiver form can be obtained on-line at  (Employment section) or by calling (575) 624-6700, Ext. 268.  Salary Range is $31,031.95 to 39,605.50 per year with excellent benefits. Normal starting salary $31,031.95 per year.


Librarian.  The City of Santa Fe is advertising for Librarian at the Southside Branch.  Salary range is $17.86.  The Librarian works under the general guidance and direction of Library Service Director or Library Section Manager to provide assistance to library patrons in various sections of the library;  provides library services to all patrons to assist them in their recreational, informational, research, and education needs;  may assist in the development and implementation of special library section programs including selection of materials, publicity, scheduling, events, etc.;  may supervise a small staff of library technicians or assistants.  This position holds a minimum requirement of a high school diploma and five years of experience in library functions and operations such as cataloging, reference, interlibrary loan, media, and children’s services.  MLS preferred.  Relevant education may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.  Requires considerable knowledge of types of materials in collections;  knowledge of the tools and practical applications of acquisitions, including the City of Santa Fe purchasing policies and the State of New Mexico purchasing agreements;  considerable skill in demonstrating good interpersonal communication skills when dealing with coworkers and library patrons, including adults, children and young adults, skill in the use of library reference tools, and must possess general office and computer skills;  must be able to use good judgment in decision-making and be able to work with little supervision;  must be able to work accurately with detail, present information clearly and concisely both orally and in writing;  must be able to learn the operation of specialized equipment in the area of assignment.  This position is performed in a library environment with quiet to moderate level of noise.  Position involves standing, walking, sitting, carrying, pulling, climbing, stooping, kneeling, crawling, crouching, reaching, and handling.  Must be able to speak, hear and have good visual acuity including close, distance, peripheral, depth and color vision.  Must be able to lift and/or move 25 pounds (40 pounds for employees in media services section).  May be required to work evenings and weekends.  To apply, submit a completed City of Santa Fe application to the Human Resources Department, City of Santa Fe, 200 Lincoln, or mail to P.O. Box 909, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504-0909 or apply online at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Applications become public record upon receipt and may be made available for public inspection upon request.  Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the city application form.  Deadline for application is 5 p.m. of April 24.  EEO/AA

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