May 28, 2010; #1714

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After years in the planning, tremendous community involvement, land clearing, construction, weeks of moving and organizing, and an amazing effort by volunteers, friends and neighbors, the new Placitas Community Library is now open at its new location at 453 Hwy 165. 

Although the new library had been open for business since May 4, enthusiastic community members celebrated the grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting  on May 22.  The festivities included costumed alpacas, live music, a juggler, refreshments, and an exhibit and fundraising sale of photographs of local scenery. 

Community members were obviously pleased with their new library.  Many signed up for the children's – and adults' – summer reading programs that will begin soon in the new facility. Others were already busy checking out books and using the computers.  The State Library congratulates the staff, volunteers, and community for this great achievement!



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NM attendees at Leadership Institute.  The 7th Mountain Plains Library Association (MPLA) Leadership Institute was held in Estes Park, Colorado, on April 25-30.  Three New Mexico librarians attended this year:  Tamara Sandia, Librarian at Jemez Pueblo Community Library;  Jim Pawlak, the Public Services Librarian and Acting Library Director of Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso Campus Library;  and Lynette Schurdevin, the Interim Library Administrator at Thomas Branigan Memorial Library in Las Cruces. 

The Leadership Institute idea was introduced in 2001 and the first Institute was hosted by the New Mexico State Library at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. Developed to respond to the need for renewal of the association in a way that also met the needs of the profession and of individuals who lived and worked in the MPLA region’s libraries,  the Institute fills the association’s goals of supporting and enhancing libraries of the region, and it brings identified leadership candidates into close relationship with MPLA’s products of training and professional development and creates a leadership pool for libraries while concurrently creating potential new leadership for MPLA itself. 

The Institute runs for five days, with each day’s activities building on the previous one. The curriculum includes understanding work and leadership styles;  interpersonal communication;  managing differences;  risk taking;  using power and influence;  working with others and creating a culture of commitment;  working with groups and teams;  leading change;  achieving your potential and personal planning;  guidelines for continuing your leadership development;  and leading in MPLA and state associations.   There's more about the MPLA Leadership Institute on the website

The Institute was facilitated again this year by nationally known organizational development consultant Maureen Sullivan.  Ms. Sullivan has over 25 years experience in leadership development.  She helped establish the ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute and is a faculty member for its annual program. 


Reading power.  Not infrequently during travels on New Mexico State Library’s Rural Bookmobile East based out of Tucumcari, library patrons come on the rural bookmobile and then exclaim, “Gee Whiz, I left my reading glasses at home” (usually back at their ranch quite a distance from the bookmobile stop).  In an effort to better serve her patrons, Manager Paula White searched around her ranch house and brought a few pairs of reading glasses for those patrons.  Now, she keeps 1.75 and 2.00 magnification pairs on the bookmobile so they can select their own books. Perhaps others will donate some reading glasses. 

New Mexico is the fifth largest state, ranked 36th in population and 46th in population density with an average of 15 people per square mile.  Due to the rural geography of our state, the New Mexico State Library is the last state library in the nation to operate a bookmobile.  The Rural Services Program for the NM State Library receives federal support through IMLS – Library Services Technology Act, the NM State Legislature and various counties, towns, and villages throughout New Mexico. 

Vista Grande PL grants.  Vista Grande Public Library in Eldorado received two new grants.  The Albert I Pierce Foundation gave VGPL $3,817 for improved community access to recorded music in the music-on-CD collection and summer programs.  The First National Bank of Santa Fe, a long-time supporter of VGPL, has again awarded funding ($1,000) to support library operations. 


What to buy workshop.  Thirty-two youth services librarians from libraries around the state took part in the “What Should I Buy Next?” workshop held at the New Mexico State Library in Santa Fe on May 21.  No, it wasn’t for the shopping in Santa Fe!  They had come together as an event of the Northern New Mexico Youth Services Special Interest Group (let’s call it NNMYSSIG) of NMLA for a collection development workshop.   Many thanks to Angie Manfredi and Melissa Mackey from the Los Alamos Public Library and Adam Becker from the Pueblo of Pojoaque Public Library for an excellent workshop.  It was a rousing roundup of new books, hot presses, up and coming authors, and trends in children’s and teen literature. For those that couldn’t attend, Angie created an online list of websites highlighted in the workshop.   


The Native Health Database.  The Native Health Database is a freely-available resource on the Internet for finding health and medical information as it pertains to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Canadian First Nations. This unique resource, developed by the Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center at the University of New Mexico with financial support from the Indian Health Service (IHS) over the past decade, is the only known resource that provides one site for finding a wide range of documents supporting historical, research, and clinical care purposes.  Citations and abstracts are provided for all documents, with the entire text of the document linked where available and within copyright guidelines. 

The Native Health Database contains citations, abstracts, and some full-text links to approximately 8,500 documents from 1672 to the present. What makes this database particularly useful is that it eliminates the need to search across multiple databases, websites, or through print materials when looking for Native health or medical information.  The Native Services Librarian routinely searches proprietary databases such as Medline (PubMed), Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), and PsycInfo, as well as government and non-government websites for appropriate content. 

The Native Health Database is searchable by tribe, keywords, title of an article, author(s), institution, publication source, publication year(s), country/region, and state or province.  Having the ability to specifically search by tribe is a unique and very convenient feature of the Native Health Database. In the proprietary databases, tribal names are searchable only within the article.  The Native Health Database provides quick access to documents not easily searchable elsewhere, the ability to search by specific tribal names, and links where possible to the full content of documents. 

For more information about the Native Health Database, contact Patricia Bradley, Native Services Librarian, UNM Health Sciences Library at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Holiday & furlough.  The New Mexico State Library will be closed on Friday, May 28 (a mandated furlough day for state agencies) and also on Monday, May 31 in observance of Memorial Day.  The library will reopen to the public on Tuesday, June 1. 


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Wanted.  The New Mexico Library Association is currently seeking someone to take over the position of newsletter editor.  If you may be interested, please contact Barbara Lovato-Gassman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible. A description of the duties and responsibilities of the position can be found in the “Members” area of the NMLA website.  This is a great opportunity to become involved in your association and utilize your creativity at the same time. 


LC resources for NM.  The extensive collections at the Library of Congress contain historic artifacts and cultural materials from across the U.S. The collections include many New Mexico resources available for free on the Library's Web site.  Librarians and teachers can find even more primary sources, along with the tools to help use them in the classroom.  They can also search the Library's American Memory or Prints and Photographs.  




Literacy annual meeting.  The New Mexico Coalition for Literacy will hold its 22nd Annual Meeting – “Connecting the Past to Today and Tomorrow:  Enriched – Valued – Celebrated” – on June 17-18 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Santa Fe.  Special guest speakers will be Ruth Colvin and Donna Jones. 

In 1962, Ruth Colvin founded Literacy Volunteers of America, which later merged with Laubach Literacy Action to become ProLiteracy Worldwide, with over 350 affiliates.  She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2006, the nation's highest civilian award. Colvin developed training curricula to teach basic literacy and English language learners and has recently revised her original sourcebook, Tutor 8.  Hear Colvin's keynote address about her adventures in the US and foreign lands. Learn about her new Spanish Literacy training and project, and attend this amazing tutor training yourself - a unique opportunity for bilingual ESL tutors. 

Donna Jones is an Adult Learner from California and has been an advocate for Adult Literacy at the local, state, and national levels.  She is currently the Chairperson of ProLiteracy's Student Advisory Council. As luncheon speaker, you will hear about how she improved her literacy skills as an adult and what she is doing now to champion the cause. 

There will be many morning and afternoon workshops of interest to the literacy community, as well.  Participant stipends are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  To apply, download the Registration Brochure




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Librarian.  Santa Fe Community College is seeking applicants for a position as Circulation and Electronic Services Librarian (posting number: 0080161).  This position is responsible for the circulation, reserve, online, and Web 2.0 services provided by the Santa Fe Community College Library in a diverse college community.   Minimum qualifications include a Master's degree in Library Science (MLS) or Master's degree in Library and Information Science (MLIS) from an ALA accredited institution and two years experience as a librarian. Experience using electronic information resources and technologies, such as Web 2, with online teaching and/or online reference services, and with integrated library systems, such as Millennium, required.   Preferred qualifications/knowledge, skills, and abilities include experience in an academic library setting, management or supervisory experience, and experience working with web pages; knowledge of the principles, practices and trends of professional library and information sciences; of modern methodologies, techniques, and terminology used in professional library and information sciences; of standard reference materials used in the retrieval of information; of library technology (computers, software/hardware, automated systems, etc.); and of cataloging techniques;  effective verbal and written communication skills and excellent computer skills;  ability to work in a team environment; to develop and maintain effective working relationships with faculty, students, and staff; and to act independently and make logical decisions based on policies and procedures.   Salary Range: $35,891 - $48,097.  Position closes June 3.  Please read "SFCC's Hiring Process" for a full description of the hiring process on the SFCC website.  See the online instructions for submitting an on-line application.   For further information or assistance, call (505) 428-1228.

Wanted:  Cataloging volunteer.  Bioneers is a non-profit organization in Santa Fe whose mission is environmental and social justice.  Bioneers is seeking a volunteer who can help catalog video/audio material gathered from their leading-edge annual conference.  This is an educational and informative volunteer opportunity, a great addition to a professional repertoire. Please submit your resume and/or enquiries to TC Gritt (505) 986-0366 ext. 104 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .