April 16, 2010; #1711

In this issue: 




Legislative Business – FY11

GO Bond Bill Passes! 

  • Congratulations to the NMLA Legislation Committee, Joe Sabatini and Cynthia Shetter, and all of the rest of you who worked to let your legislators know why this bill is important to libraries.  Now the work begins of generating public support for the November election.  The final allocation was:  $2M – school libraries; $2M – academic libraries; $1M – tribal libraries; and $2M – public libraries.  The preliminary analysis by Geri Hutchins of amounts for each public library will be up on the State Library website in April. 

State Aid to Public Libraries  

State Aid to public libraries did not fare as well in the session.  The increase of $350,000 we received this fiscal year, due to the work of Senator Carroll Leavell, Jal, was reduced by at least $255,900 for next year. We have not yet received our final budget from Dept of Finance, but we calculate that next year public libraries will receive a payment that is about 36-40% less than they received this year.  When we have a final number, we will notify all public libraries immediately of their new allocation. 

Upcoming events/news 

Federal Communications Commission Broadband Plan 

The FCC has released its national broadband plan, at the behest of Congress.  It is heartening to hear and see that the important role that libraries play in their communities by providing computers and training is recognized and applauded in this plan and at the national level.  While the recommendations in the plan may not be realized immediately, they affirm many of the concerns and hopes of librarians. The Washington Office of ALA has been a constant voice in these national discussions and is certainly deserving of our praise and support.  I have listed a few interesting aspects of the plan with ALA Washington Office commentary.  I know that many of you will be appreciative of the ALA position on these items.

Online Government Resources 

ALA applauds the plan’s focus on more open and transparent government services online. While libraries are pleased to serve their communities providing access to these online services, librarians are also aware of the cost shifting to their institutions. ALA urges federal government officials involved in e-government to be cognizant of the full implications of changes in service delivery on their end users – and what resources may be allocated to libraries and other community organizations. 

Modernizing the E-rate Program

ALA agrees with the plan as it recognizes the important role that the E-rate program has played – and will continue to play – in supporting telecommunications and other services for schools and libraries and proposes to improve the program in multiple ways. Schools and libraries need an efficient E-rate program that will continue to meet their needs in the face of ever-increasing broadband requirements and continuing unfavorable economic climate.

National Digital Literacy Program 

This new program will provide individuals with the guidance and training necessary to search, locate, obtain, and use all forms of information resources online.  This goal is central to the mission of libraries. ALA believes that libraries – whether school, public, academic, or otherwise – are already present in communities across America and are ideally situated to provide digital literacy training or to collaborate with other community organizations to provide such training.

Library Snapshot Day

The State Library is excited to work with the New Mexico Library Association to sponsor Library Snapshot Day during the week of April 12-16.  For one day during this week, libraries are encouraged to participate by collecting information that captures the impact that their library has on their community on a typical day.  Information collected may tell such things as how many people use the library that day; how many use computers or attend programs; stories and pictures of your patrons; interviews with local officials or organizations about the library.  The State Library will gather this information so that libraries can distribute it to local newspapers, share with Friends groups, and promote to legislators and other stakeholders the important role your library plays in your community. 

Fast Forward New Mexico

The State Library was one of the first 18 recipients in the nation of a federal Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) grants from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.   We received the good news before Christmas that our proposal, “Fast Forward New Mexico,” was successful and awarded a $1.4 million grant.  The State Library entered into a partnership with the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, the Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship and the 1st Mile Initiative to submit an application. 

Fast Forward New Mexico is awarded under the Sustainable Broadband Adoption category of BTOP grants.  The goal of these grants is to fund innovative projects that promote broadband demand, including projects that focus on providing broadband education, awareness, training, access, equipment or support, particularly among vulnerable population groups where broadband technology has traditionally been underutilized. 

Specifically, the goals for Fast Forward New Mexico over the next two years are three-fold: 1) to offer a series of training courses in public and tribal libraries across the state for inexperienced users on computer literacy, how to be a successful online learner, tech support for small organizations, e-commerce essentials, entrepreneurial online marketing and Internet-based small business management tools, 2) to organize a NM Broadband Conference to bring decision makers together to shape state and local agendas and phase implementation of “broadband for all,” and 3) to create a Broadband Awareness Campaign to provide experiential opportunities to engage people in the online world. 

-Susan Oberlander, State Librarian. 
For more information, contact (505) 476-9762, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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NMLA Officers announced.  Winners of the New Mexico Library Association election for 2010 were announced at the Annual Convention April 7-9.  They are:  

  • Vice-President/President Elect – Mary Alice Tsosie 
  • Secretary – Lynette Schurdevin 
  • Treasurer – Norice Lee 
  • ALA Councilor – Paulita Aguilar 
  • Members at Large – Mary Ellen Pellington and Mildred Walters

Barbara Lovato-Gassman advances from Vice President to President;  Tina Glatz and Danielle Johnson remain as Members At Large.

Winners of NMLA’s awards are as follows: 

  • Honorary Life Membership Award – Betty Long, for her long-term leadership and service to the Association 
  • Library Amigo – Mike Andrews, for his commitment to the Roswell Friends of the Library 
  • Community Achievement – Carol Sarath, Library Media Coordinator in the Gallup-McKinley School District, who has served as Co-chair of the NM Task Force for School Libraries for over six years; an active member of the Library GO Bond Steering Committee, and former NMLA Board Member 
  • Legislator of the Year – Joni Marie Gutierrez, House of Representatives for District 33 -  Las Cruces/Dona Ana County, for her support of public education and on-going support of Library GO bond funding, and for support of various library-related bills 
  • Library Leadership – Janice Kowemy, for being the organizational force behind NALSIG and service as an advocate and leader for the advancement of tribal libraries in NM. 

NALSIG (Native American Libraries Special Interest Group) election results are as follows:  

  • President – Janice Kowemy
  • Vice-President – Tamara Sandia 
  • Secretary/Treasurer – Maureen Wacondo


Fray Angélico Chávez’s 100th Birthday Symposium.  The Fray Angélico Chávez History Library celebrated Fray Angélico Chávez’s 100th birthday with a symposium on Saturday, April 10, in the museum auditorium.  The scholar and artist's work remains invaluable to genealogists and to historians in New Mexico.  The New Mexico History Museum's library, which carries his name, marks what would have been his 100th birthday on April 10, 1910.  The free, public event invited the general public and scholars to exchange thoughts on Fray Angélico's influence on New Mexico and share their stories about him.  Speakers at the symposium included Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan, poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, authors Nasario Garcia, Ellen McCracken, whose biography of Fray Angélico was just published by the University of New Mexcio Press, and Thomas Chávez, former director of the Palace of the Governors and a nephew of Fray Angélico. 

“Fray Angélico's love was New Mexico, its history and culture,” said Tomas Jaehn, director of the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library. “Interested in the people who settled New Mexico, he is well-know for his work in genealogy.  At least once a month, a patron visiting the Library tells me, `I knew Fray Angélico personally.'” 

The Fray Angélico Chávez History Library preserves materials documenting the history of the state, the Southwest and meso-America. It is part of the New Mexico History Museum campus that includes the Palace of the Governors; Palace of the Governors Photo Archives; the Press at the Palace of the Governors; and the Native American Artisans Program. The New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, visit the website.


100 years of Navajo history.   The Octavia Fellin Public Library is hosting an exhibit, “100 Years of Navajo History Celebrating Crownpoint” starting April 10 and lasting through May 24.  The interactive exhibit explores Navajo history through displays and kiosks, film, paintings, photographs, rugs, and other art forms.  The artists tell this history through spotlighted venues which include the Navajo Rodeo and ranching, the Sacred Horse in Navajo culture, honoring Navajo veterans, traditional Navajo stories and weaving, and the Crownpoint Rug Auction.  The objectives for this exhibit are to preserve heritage by passing stories from elders to the new generation, reach children and young adults, and inspire community pride while providing cultural and historical education and supporting local economic development. 

Mary Ellen Pellington, Director of Octavia Fellin Public Library said, “University representatives contacted me and asked for the library’s participation.  Working with the Crownpoint Historical and Cultural Heritage Council and Highlands University to provide our community with this noteworthy exhibit has been a most rewarding experience and reflects what partnerships are all about.” 

Highlands University professor, Andrew Wollner said, “This exhibit is an outgrowth of a partnership that the University has with the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs to prepare students for careers as multimedia specialists in museums and other cultural institutions throughout the state.” 

“100 Years of Navajo History Celebrating Crownpoint” is sponsored by New Mexico Highlands University, New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Crownpoint Historical and Cultural Heritage Council, in conjunction with the Octavia Fellin Public Library.  Navajo Technical College students made an authentic loom in support of this exhibit.  For more information call the library at (505) 863-1291. 


Library teaches digital arts.  The Aztec Public Library’s Digital Arts Program is providing Vista Nueva High School students with opportunities to learn digital arts in this rapidly growing field.  The library’s Digital Arts Program was implemented last year by the Aztec Public Library’s Director, Leanne Hathcock. Part of her vision for this program is to provide opportunities for everyone in the community to have equal and inexpensive access to state-of-the-art and industry-standard digital art software and computer equipment. While other public schools in the area have digital arts programs, the Vista Nueva High School cannot afford its own program. However, because of the library’s digital arts program, Vista Nueva students are presently learning skills in 3-D modeling and animation, and film editing. These fields are directly linked to the State of New Mexico Media Industry Strategy Project, or MISP, to bring a sustainable industry cluster to the state. 

Patti Shaffer was the first teacher at Vista Nueva to realize the opportunities the program offered to her students. Currently, she has three groups of students using the program’s software and equipment. Two groups are learning 3-D modeling and animation, and one group is learning film editing. 

In January, the library was able to use money from grants for the program to hire Hendrick Brown, a graduate of the Art Institute of Phoenix with a Bachelor’s degree in Media Arts and Animation.

The Library’s Digital Arts Program is open to everyone. Members have access to about $10,000 worth of software and equipment for film editing, 3D modeling and animation, digital sound editing and composing, web-page design, and much more. For more information, contact Jim Evilsizer, Library Technology Coordinator, at (505) 334-7695, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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What Should I Buy Next?  Collection development may be the most important skill for librarians, yet all too often it’s the one we let get rustiest.  How can a librarian keep up with everything that’s being published?  What’s going to fly off the shelves and what’s going to make your patrons roll their eyes?  It’s time to reinvigorate your collection development skills and this one day workshop from the Northern New Mexico Youth Services Special Interest Group can show you how.  Participants will spend the day not only hearing about the latest trends in children and teen’s publishing but learning how to stay on top of what’s coming out next and what the “next big thing” is going to be.  (What’s next after vampires?  Zombies?  Faeries?  Mermaids?!)   The session will cover titles for all ages, from birth to age 18, and expose participants to a wide range of new titles and publishers.  

The workshop will be held on Friday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Register online (registration required) today and contact NNMYSSIG Chair Angie Manfredi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information on how you can participate in this amazing event.  

The workshop will be held at the New Mexico State Library, 1209 Camino Carlos Rey, Santa Fe.  It's free and lunch is provided;  handouts and door prizes too! 


Gants available.  The New Mexico Library Foundation is now accepting applications for grants through April 30.  Grants are a maximum of $1,000 and they are given to all types of libraries in New Mexico (public, private, school, special, academic). The grants are given to support collections, programming, activities, and equipment that enhance library programs. 

For more information about the grant, and to apply online, visit the website


Applebee’s support for Summer Reading.  For the third year, Applebee’s is supporting Summer Reading Programs in NM libraries. The restaurants are supplying “Free Kid’s Meal” certificates for children 12 and younger and “Free Dessert Shooter” certificates for teens to public libraries with Applebee’s Restaurants nearby, as well as the Library for the Blind and Physically Impaired (LBPH) at the State Library. The State Library wishes to thank Applebee’s for their continued generous support of this crucial program.



Lynette Schurdevin has been named Las Cruces library administrator to Thomas Branigan Memorial Library.  “I'm very excited to be the new leader of this library," Schurdevin said in a report by Steve Ramirez in the Las Cruces Sun-News. "I'm excited, I'm happy but still kind of in shock. Branigan Library has a lot of good things going on and a lot of good things coming for it.”  Schurdevin succeeds Kathleen Teaze, who resigned in late October to become executive director of the Prince George County (Md.) Memorial Library System. Schurdevin has been serving as Branigan's interim administrator since Teaze's departure in late November.  Schurdevin earned a Master's degree of Library Science from Texas Women's University, in Denton, Texas, in 1994. Her library experience includes serving as the circulation supervisor at her hometown library in Moorhead, Minnesota. A year after receiving her MLS, Schurdevin moved to Las Cruces and became Branigan's reference librarian.  She is currently participating in Leadership Las Cruces, is secretary of the New Mexico Library Association, a representative of the Mountain Plains Library Association, and a board member of Border Servant Corp. 


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