April 2, 2010; #1710

In this issue:



Governor Richardson signed SB 1, the “2010 Capital Projects General Obligation Bond Act,” on March 19. This bill places four bond questions on the New Mexico General Election ballot in November, including Bond B, which, if approved by voters, would provide $7 million for public, tribal, academic, and public school libraries. The 2008 library bond issue provided $11 million, and the amount was $9 million in 2006. 

Here is the text of library portions of SB 1 is as follows: 

Section 10. PROJECTS.--The proceeds from the sale of bonds issued under the provisions of the 2010 Capital Projects General Obligation Bond Act shall be distributed as follows for the purposes and in the amounts specified: 

B. for library acquisitions and capital improvements at public libraries, public school libraries, academic libraries and tribal libraries statewide:  

1.  to the cultural affairs department: 

(a) two million dollars ($2,000,000) to acquire library books, equipment and library resources for public libraries statewide; and
(b) one million dollars ($1,000,000)for supplemental library resource acquisitions, including books and equipment and planning, designing and constructing capital improvements, at library facilities for tribal libraries statewide;  

2.  to the higher education department, two million dollars ($2,000,000) to acquire library books, equipment and library resources for academic libraries statewide; and

3. to the public education department, two million dollars ($2,000,000) to acquire library books, equipment and library resources for public school libraries statewide; 

B. The ballots used at the 2010 general election shall contain substantially the following language: 

"The 2010 Capital Projects General Obligation Bond Act authorizes the issuance and sale of library acquisition and construction bonds. Shall the state be authorized to issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed seven million eighty-two thousand one hundred ten dollars ($7,082,110) to make capital expenditures for academic, public school, tribal and public library acquisitions and provide for a general property tax imposition and levy for the payment of principal of, interest on and expenses incurred in connection with the issuance of the bonds and the collection of the tax as permitted by law? For________________ Against___________________"; 

The bill also provides $7.7 million for senior citizen facilities, $7 million for public education projects and $155.2 million for higher educational and special schools projects. Among the higher education projects are three academic library projects: 

  • Eighteen million dollars($18,000,000) to plan, design, construct, conduct necessary demolition, renovate, furnish, expand and equip the Hershel Zohn Theater and Branson Library to house the Institute for Public Policy at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces in Dona Ana County; (Senator Domenici's papers will be housed here.) 
  • One million four hundred thousand dollars ($1,400,000) to construct and make improvements to the Zollinger Library, including completing the lower level shell space, at the Gallup branch campus of the University of New Mexico in McKinley County; and 
  • Two million dollars ($2,000,000) to plan, design, construct, equip and furnish phase 1 of the research center and learning library at the Taos branch campus of the University of New Mexico in Taos County. 

The Bonds for Libraries Political Action Committee will be meeting on March 31 to plan campaign strategy and fund raising. The PAC is already preparing bumper strips to be made available during the NMLA conference in Ruidoso on April 8.  For additional information, check the PAC website

-information submitted by Joe Sabatini, Co-Chair NMLA Legislation Committee 



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At NMLA - Places to Go and People to Meet @ the State Library!  Visit the New Mexico State Library staff at the New Mexico Library Association Convention, Booth #38 

Thursday, April 8 at the Booth  

  • 8 a.m. to Noon – The Library Development Staff is on hand to talk about Library Snapshot Day, Summer Reading, Continuing Ed, and Library Automation. 
  • Noon to 4 p.m. – The Public Services Staff wants to hear from you! Also, learn more about statewide databases, Southwest Collection, the Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped, and state/fed docs.  
  • 2 to 4 p.m. – Ask the State Librarian!  Susan Oberlander is on hand to give updates about the broadband project and other library issues.  
  • 3 to 5 p.m. – Have questions about state funding, public library statistics, or LSTA funding? Ask Geri Hutchins! 

Friday, April 9 at the Booth  

  • 8 to 10 a.m. – Have questions about state and federal docs?  Ask Monica and Denise. 
  • 10 a.m. to Noon – Geri will be back to talk about funding.    Brigitte and Brenda will answer your cataloging and SALSA questions.  
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Meet Heather Heunermund, Director, National Coalition for Literacy.  Find out how to start a literacy program and how to support adult literacy. 

Other State Library Workshops & Meetings  

  • Thur., Apr. 8 @ 1:30 p.m. - Public Library Directors Coming Together
  • Thur., Apr. 8 @ 2:45 p.m. – 2010 Summer Reading Swap & Chat  
  • Fri., Apr. 9 @ 8 a.m. – State Library Commission Meeting  
  • Fri., Apr. 9 @ 1:30 p.m. – Reference Services – A Changing Landscape  
  • Fri., Apr. 9 @ 2:45 p.m. – What’s In It For You? (Inter-library reference)


NMLA library directors session.  The Library Development Bureau of the NM State Library invites you to a session at the upcoming NMLA conference in Ruidoso (for more info on the conference, visit the website). The session, called “Public Library Directors Coming Together,” will be held Thursday, April 8 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. During this informal session, Development staff will introduce the public library directors and interim directors new in their positions since January 2009. It’s also a good opportunity to see familiar faces and discuss ideas and challenges with colleagues from across the state. 

If you plan to attend the session, please send a brief email to Beth Crist, Development Bureau Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  For directors who are already “seasoned” in their positions, please include what you’d like to have known that no one told you, and/or what surprised you during your first year as a library director in New Mexico (and please feel free to send these comments whether or not you plan to attend the session). Development would like to share your responses (anonymously, unless you request your name and library be shared) at the NMLA session to provide real life experience, exchange ideas, laugh, and learn! 

Whether or not you’re able to attend this session, Development will send all directors a summary of the discussions as a way to allow ongoing email conversations.


Whose cow is grazing on my lawn?  Do you have a wandering cow on your property? Are you looking for the owner, so that you know who is responsible for your smashed daffodils? Perhaps a publication from the New Mexico State Library can help you to get out of your predicament.

The New Mexico Brand Book 1887-2010, published by the New Mexico Livestock Board Brand Department, is an example of a state publication that was anxiously anticipated by anyone in the state with an interest in brands and/or the history of New Mexico’s ranches.   The brand book contains the registration information for each brand, including the brand picture, ear mark picture and ownership information.  Each character or symbol that forms a part of a brand has a distinct name and there is a methodology for reading brands. Thanks to the efforts of the New Mexico Livestock Board Brand Department, libraries can provide assistance to folks asking for help in identifying an old branding iron they have found in their barn, creating a new brand for their livestock, or reconstructing farm and ranch history.   So, if there is a cow grazing in your lawn, the New Mexico Brand Book can help you to identify find that cow’s owner, so that you can help that cow get back home. 

Susanne Caro, the State Documents Librarian at the New Mexico State Library, collects copies of all publications produced by state agencies in New Mexico, creating a comprehensive collection that is accessible to all New Mexicans. The State Documents collection provides access to the work product and history of state government.  It is a gold mine for historians, social scientists, statisticians, geologists, engineers, health scientists and state government staff working in all aspects of state government. 

Visit the State Library website to see what additional services the State Library provides for you. 

Ground breaking study on library use.  77 million people - nearly one-third of Americans age 14 or older - used library computers and Internet access as the nation struggled through a recession.  A first-ever national study released by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) shows that during 2009 people relied on library technology to find work, apply for college, secure government benefits, learn about critical medical treatments, and connects with their communities. 

The report, “Opportunity for All: How the American Public Benefits from Internet Access at U.S. Libraries,” looks at who uses public computers and Internet access in public libraries, the ways library patrons use this free technology service, why they use it, and how it affects their lives. It was conducted by the University of Washington Information School and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  An HTML version of this release can be read on the agency's website.   


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Job hunters' page.  Many public libraries are now finding themselves working with patrons who have lost their jobs.  The New Mexico State Library has set up a new page on its website to act as guide for librarians and their patrons to help navigate the state unemployment website and find employment opportunities.  There are sections to include sources of information on Job Hunting, Career Explorer, Resumes, Publications, Got Kids?, and Unemployment.  Or are you looking for some help with housing, getting eye glasses, or need to know where to go for food assistance? Check out Who Can Help


Van of Enchantment – Culture to Go.  The Van of Enchantment is currently accepting requests for visits for summer 2010.  A museum on wheels, the Van of Enchantment is a converted RV that tours New Mexico carrying artifacts and materials from the state museums and monuments.

With two Vans of Enchantment on the road, they bring its contents to life with dynamic activities. There is never an admission or program fee for the Van of Enchantment.  The exhibits on board will be “Trails and Tales” and will cover the roads surrounding Chaco Canyon, El Camino Real and the Old Spanish Trail, with the other Van carrying “Riding the Rails.”  It will focus on the Santa Fe Trail, the Railroad, and the Rail Runner Express.

The van offers an enriching educational experience and can be customized for your program. The van is staffed with traveling educators who can offer guided tours, encourage independent exploration and lead creative activities. The van is home to touchable items and authentic artifacts that bring a genuine, yet unique museum experience to all its visitors.  To submit a request please complete and email the attached document to Amanda Lujan, Van of Enchantment Coordinator by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 19. Libraries will be informed of the visit date and the exhibition visiting by May 15. 

For more information please contact Amanda Lujan, Van of Enchantment Coordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Visit the website for more information. 



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In a story by Joe Bartels, Eyewitness News 4 and Taryn Bianchin, KOB.com, an idea proposed by a NM librarian has captured the attention of NASA.  Sean Shepherd, a librarian with Eastern New Mexico University library, came up with a solution to capture the debris which orbits the earth at thousands of miles per hour.  “There is a hazard of space debris, up in orbit … and there's literally thousands and thousands of pieces of trash,” Shepherd explains.  His plan involves big, sticky spheres that can snag the debris. “They would be large, about room size, surrounded with a space friendly adhesive and the idea is to basically calculate the trajectory of one of these clouds of debris and try to send one of these up in the path.”  Shepherd has been invited to a conference in Virginia by NASA to discuss his plan with scientists from around the world. 



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Volunteer help wanted.  Breezy Gutierrez is the library director of the new public library at Anton Chico, just south on Las Vegas on the road to Santa Rosa.  She has plenty of donated books, but she needs volunteers, especially any willing librarians or retired librarians, to come to Anton Chico to help sort through them and help her turn the donations into a collection.  Anyone who is interested can contact Breezy by cell phone at (575) 799-3476 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  She doesn't have a specific date yet for a huge book sorting event, but the interested volunteers can contact her so that she can plan a date.  If a volunteer is interested in coming on weekends or on weekdays, she would be happy to work out an arrangement.