April 30, 2010: #1712

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Fast Forward New Mexico (FFNM) had its kick-off meeting on April 8 during the New Mexico Library Association meetings in Ruidoso.   Seventeen libraries will be hosting the Internet training that is the main work of FFNM.  All but one of them came together for the first time at the conference and met the grant partners who are developing and providing the training.   The conversations around the table were animated and resulted in a very positive sense of anticipation for the work ahead.  This was in contrast to the first three months of the grant. Our anticipation during that time has been somewhat dulled by the amount of red tape that a grant of this magnitude seems to engender.  

State Librarian Susan Oberlander said, “At last we can remember why we wrote the grant and how much fun it is going to be to be in public libraries around the state teaching Internet skills in each community.” 

The libraries where training will occur are Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library System, Arthur Johnson Memorial Library (Raton), Aztec Public Library, Carlsbad Public Library, Clovis Carver Public Library, Columbus Public Library, Hobbs Public Library, Octavia Fellin Public Library (Gallup), P'oe Tsawa Community Library (Ohkay Owingeh), The Public Library (Silver City), Rio Rancho Public Library, Roswell Public Library, Socorro Public Library, Taos Public Library, Thomas Branigan Memorial Library (Las Cruces) and Zuni Public Library.

If you would like to know more about the grant, please listen to the radio interview with KSFR  in which Susan Oberlander and Christy Snyder from the Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship discussed the grant. 

Susan Oberlander may be contacted at (505) 476-9762 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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Nominations sought.  The New Mexico State Library and Centennial planners are accepting nominations for four honorary positions associated with the commemoration of New Mexico’s hundred years of statehood.  The positions are: 

  • Poet
  • Storyteller
  • Author
  • Children’s Author. 

“The individuals chosen for these honorary positions will highlight the importance of poetry, storytelling, and literature to preserve and disseminate the state’s heritage and reading for pleasure,” said Cultural Affairs Secretary Stuart Ashman. “It is an important and appropriate moment to honor New Mexico writers as we pay tribute to the state’s past, celebrate the present, and envision the future.” 

New Mexico became the 47th state on January 6, 1912.  The Centennial commemoration will include the full school year of 2011-2012, when libraries statewide will engage children and adults alike in learning about New Mexico’s diverse history.  Said State Librarian Susan Oberlander, “We’re delighted to take advantage of this opportunity to recognize some of our finest home-based writers, and share their work with residents and visitors alike in 2011 and 2012.” 

Nominations may be submitted by individual New Mexico residents or representatives of organizations in New Mexico and may include self-nominations. The deadline for submissions is June 23, 2010. The individuals selected will be announced at a ceremony in the fall of 2010.  Those interested in nominating can visit the State Library website and click on “Centennial Nominations” (in the left-side menu) for complete guidelines. Applications may be submitted via postal mail or online.  Contact Beth Crist, New Mexico State Library, (505) 476-9753 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional information. 


Four NM libraries dream.  Seventy public libraries in 21 states – four of them here in NM – have been selected by the American Library Association (ALA) as part of “The American Dream Starts @ your library®” literacy initiative (see HH #1682).  Those four New Mexico libraries are Hobbs Public Library, Moriarty Community Library, Ruidoso Public Library, and the Town of Bernalillo Martha Liebert Public Library.  Each of these libraries will receive $5,000 grants to be used by the libraries to build innovative literacy services for adult English language learners living and working in their communities. 

For more than a century, public libraries have been a cornerstone of the American Dream, providing equal access to information of all kinds.  Libraries are among the first American institutions immigrants turn to for help in learning how to read, write, and speak English.  Libraries are uniquely positioned to help immigrants adapt to a new culture and connect with their new communities.  The 2005 National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) found that 11 million US adults – about one in 20 – have such limited English skills that they can’t read a newspaper, understand the directions for medication, or help their children with schoolwork.

Recent immigrants account for most of this group. To meet this need, ALA and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation joined together to start “The American Dream Starts @ your library®” literacy initiative. 

Dr. Camila Alire, ALA 2009-2010 President, said, “The American Dream Starts @ your library serves 70 communities, reaches thousands of adults, and helps libraries change lives across generations.  The American Library Association deeply appreciates Dollar General’s generous support and applauds their vision for a more literate America.” 

A complete list of the winning libraries is available on the website


NM Foundation Grant.  Truchas Library was the recipient of the New Mexico Library Foundation Grant for 2009-2010.  “We wanted to acknowledge The NM Library Foundation for money they awarded us,” Truchas Library Director Julie Trujillo told HH.  Truchas Library Director Julie Trujillo reports that the $1,000 grant will be used for the library’s teen area.  


World class.  The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC), a sister agency to the New Mexico State Library, has been listed by Frommer’s Travel Guide as one of nine must-see museums in the world!  Frommer's is a travel guidebook series and one of the bestselling travel guides in America. The series began in 1957 with the publication of Arthur Frommer’s book, Europe on $5 a Day. Frommer's has expanded to include over 350 guidebooks across 14 series, as well as other media including the award winning Frommers.com website which covers over 3,500 destinations. 

The other eight museums and art centers included in the listing are:  San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (USA), Museo Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (Spain), Tate Britain (England), Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney Opera House (Australia), Hamburger Kunsthalle (Germany), Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (USA), Centre Pompidou (France), and MAXXI (Italy). 

NHCC Executive Director Dr. Estevan Rael-Gálvez states, “We are honored to be mentioned alongside these other prestigious museums from throughout the world.  This is a testament to the work that we do at the local, national, and international levels.  It is also speaks volumes to the work and activity taking place in Albuquerque and New Mexico and places the NHCC, the city and the state in global context in regard to the world of arts and culture.” 

The story by Ms. Atlas Heelan can be accessed at the web address.  The National Hispanic Cultural Center is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs and is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Hispanic art and culture at the state, national and international levels.  For more information visit the NHCC website


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Librarian certification study session.  A study session for the Librarian Certification Examination has been scheduled for Thursday, May 6, at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the New Mexico State Library in the Acequia Room located in the Southwest Room area, lower level.  Class size is limited to the first 12 registrants.  Registration is required.  Registration closes at noon on Monday, May 3.  You will be sent a confirmation email when registration is full or several days before the class, whichever comes first.  If you need confirmation sooner, please contact Eleanor Bernau, New Mexico State Library, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; 1-800-340-3890 or (505) 476-7869.  For information about the New Mexico State Library’s Certification Program, please go to the State Library website. 

Please pass this email along to anyone you know who might be interested. 


Return to Sacred Places Library Lecture Series.  Christina Nealson will speak on “New Mexico’s Sanctuaries, Retreats and Sacred Places” at the Taos Public Library on May 8 at the launch of the library’s “Return to Sacred Places Library Lecture Series.” 

Christina is well known for her historical works on sanctuaries, retreats, and sacred places.  Following her adventure living alone on the wilderness for five years, she published Living on the Spine: A Woman's Life in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and New Mexico's Sanctuaries, Retreats, and Sacred Places. In addition she has been the photographer for several books including In Fire's Way and Arthur Carhart:  Wilderness Prophet by Thomas Wolf. Her lecture will focus on her writings on New Mexico sanctuaries.  

This series is funded by the Friends of Taos Library.  The lecture series will continue through August with the following speakers and topics: 

  • “A Sacred Place in Southwest China” by Pearl Huang, UNM Taos faculty and International Programs Coordinator on May 22, 2-4 p.m.  
  • “San Francisco de Asis Church – Ranchos de Taos” by David Maes, Taos Historian on June 5, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.  
  • “Heritage and History: The Camposantos of Taos” by Harvey Solomon, Taos Historian and Ron Reinikainen, Librarian and Taos Historian June 12, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  
  • “Wolf: Life, Allure, and Lore” by Leyton Cougar, Director of Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary on June 19, 1:30 – 3 p.m.  
  • “Descansos: The Sacred Landscape of New Mexico” by Joan E. Alessi, Photographer, and “Ritual, Meaning, and Sacred Sites” by Sylvia Rodriguez, UNM Professor, on July 10, 1 – 4 p.m. (two speakers)  
  • “Anatomy of a Sweat Lodge” by Tuktak Oteio Tohama (Tuk) on July 17, 1 – 2:30 p.m.  
  • “Churches and Santos” by Marie Cash, Artist and Santera, on August 7, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.  
  • “Rumi Returning:  The Return to Konya, Turkey, and the Land of Rumi” by Kell Kearns and Cynthia Lukas, Producers, August 21, 1 – 3 p.m. 

For more information about the series, visit the website.  


Free books to a good home.  Is your library’s book budget shrinking? Could you use some help filling in spots in your collection? The New Mexico State Library has completed a major weeding project, and, as a result, a large number of non-fiction books are up for grabs. In the first step of the project, staff removed and discarded books that were out-of-date or in bad condition.  The second phase pulled books that were better suited to the collections of other types of libraries, and these are the ones the State Library is offering to libraries statewide (no books were withdrawn from the southwestern collection). 

Although the State Library is offering the books at no charge, it will not be able to ship the books, so libraries that want them will have to make arrangements to pick them up.  Here  is the list of the withdrawn books arranged in Dewey order.  The best method would be for you to print the list and mark those you wish to take. The books are shelved in order, so selection could be done quickly. Bringing boxes with you would ensure you could get the books boxed up quickly.  If you have any questions, would like to schedule a time to pull books, or if you need someone to work with you to find a way to get the books, please call Linda Harris at (505) 476-9763 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .   


Free consumer health magazines.  Would you like to provide free, trusted health information to your library customers in a magazine written specifically for them?  Barbara Nail-Chiwetalu, Distance Services Coordinator at the UNM Health Sciences Library & Informatics Center in Albuquerque,  has these suggestions for you to consider: 

  • MedlinePlus Magazine is a free, quarterly magazine for the general public that highlights chronic health conditions such as asthma, cancer, diabetes, and heart disease as well as many other health topics which include eating disorders, hepatitis, migraines, and complementary and alternative medicine. 
  • A great follow-up is to go to the free, online resource, MedlinePlus, also for the general public, to learn more about health or wellness topics, find health check tools and multimedia, consult a medical dictionary and encyclopedia, search directories, and more.  
  • MedlinePlus Salud is the bilingual (Spanish/English) magazine that has articles of particular significance to Hispanic/Latino health. 

You may view the entire magazine online for free. If you prefer a copy in print, you may subscribe to either or both of these magazines online, by e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or by mailing in the card located in a copy of the print magazine. You can also request multiple copies (bulk order) through the e-mail address above. Subscriptions are available to individuals, libraries, or other organizations upon request at no cost. 

Be sure to visit the Consumer Health Information Resources for New Mexico Public Libraries for other free, online resources for you and your library customers. Comments or suggestions may be directed to Barbara Nail-Chiwetalu at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (505) 272-0757.



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Taos Public Library's children's library director, Annette Montoya, was named Coordinator of the Year by the Reading is Fundamental (RIF) organization located in Washington, DC.  A native of Taos, Annette started as an assistant children’s librarian and was promoted to children’s librarian at the Taos Public Library RIF program, which has been serving children for 20 years. Annette has been the RIF coordinator for the past six years, where she plans and manages four RIF events annually. Whether motivating children to read using video games, crafts, puppet shows, or bubble blowing activities, she pays special attention to providing books her children will love. 

The annual Anne Richardson RIF Volunteer of the Year Awards (VOYA) program, presented by Macy's, celebrates the dedication and service of truly outstanding volunteers. It recognizes the inspiring work of RIF coordinators, parent volunteers, and community volunteers who donate their time, talents, and energy to motivate children to read. These individuals share a common goal of fostering children's literacy through their efforts at over 17,000 RIF sites across the country.