June 11, 2010; #1715

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This year, the reading program is not just for kids.  The NM Humanities Council, State Library, and 15 public libraries are teaming up this summer and fall to offer a water-themed reading program for adults. The NM Humanities Council has provided funding for the project to enable the participating libraries to host book discussions on Craig Childs’s The Secret Knowledge of Water, as well as related programs.

Author, naturalist, and commentator Craig Childs will speak at six of the participating libraries, beginning with the project’s kickoff event at the Los Griegos branch of the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library System on June 19 at 11 a.m.

Craig Childs is a writer who focuses on natural sciences, archaeology, and mind-blowing journeys into the wilderness. He has published more than a dozen critically acclaimed books on nature, science, and adventure. He is a commentator for National Public Radio's Morning Edition, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Men's Journal, Outside, and Orion. His subjects range from pre-Columbian archaeology to US border issues to the last free-flowing rivers of Tibet. 

Seven of the participating libraries also will host the traveling exhibit, “Moving Waters: The Colorado River & the West.” The humanities councils in seven western states collaborated on a project to generate regional consciousness of the Colorado River and its watershed several years ago; through the generosity of the NM Humanities Council and rest of the group, the exhibit will be revived for its tour of NM libraries. The Ruidoso Public Library, the first in line for the exhibit, has just received and installed it; it will travel through September. View the exhibit online



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Fast Forward New Mexico.  Beginning in the summer of 2010, Fast Forward New Mexico (FFNM), a three-year, grant-funded program, entered into a partnership with 16 of  New Mexico’s public and tribal libraries to bring free Internet training, information, and awareness to the state’s residents.  There is a documented link between broadband deployment, jobs, and output growth.   Many New Mexicans remain underserved or unserved in the areas of Internet access and proficiency.  As a result, New Mexico ranks 46th in the nation for percentage of the population that uses the Internet, and 36th in availability of broadband telecommunications.  There is no doubt that New Mexico’s lack of broadband access, affordable rates, and Internet skills is hindering opportunities. 

The mission of Fast Forward New Mexico is to increase statewide broadband adoption and promote computer literacy and Internet use in rural, Hispanic, and Native American populations in order to better prepare the state’s citizens to participate in economic development and educational opportunities.  The initiative will also reach out to small businesses and entrepreneurs. 

New Mexico’s public and tribal libraries are in a unique position to help alleviate these issues.  Over recent years, libraries have become the sole source for Internet access and training for tens of thousands of New Mexicans.  By offering free computer and Internet skills training at the libraries, FFNM offers a way for citizens to increase their skills in using the Internet for job, health, information, and social needs.  Libraries and communities participating in the FFNM project include Aztec, Gallup, Raton, Rio Rancho, Taos, Socorro, Silver City, Zuni, Ohkay Owingeh, Roswell, Clovis, Las Cruces, Carlsbad, Hobbs, Columbus, and the Alamosa and West Broadway Library branches in Albuquerque (in Spanish).  

FFNM is designed to fit into the lives of each community.  FFNM begins by cultivating relationships with community members through meetings with individuals, library patrons, small business owners, local broadband providers, and community leaders.  Based on community priorities, FFNM brings Internet-related awareness events to the communities to discuss the relevancy of the Internet, how to choose a broadband provider, provide information about its training classes, and share community-based success stories.  

FFNM offers 64 hours of free computer and Internet training in each community.  It provides two levels of training.  Level I offers basic computer and Internet skills and teaches participants how to select, install, and maintain a computer.  Level I also includes a class that introduces online learning and teaches participants how to become successful online students.  

Level II is geared towards entrepreneurs and small businesses.  Level II courses focus on using Internet tools to decrease business costs and increase sales through e-commerce, e-marketing, and social media. 

Fast Forward New Mexico is a project of the New Mexico State Library in partnership with the Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship, University of New Mexico - Los Alamos, University of New Mexico - Continuing Education, and the First Mile Institute.  The project was awarded a $1.5 million grant funded by the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program and provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  For specific details about Fast Forward New Mexico, please contact State Librarian Susan Oberlander at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  


Make a Splash!  2010 Summer Reading Program supporters are making a splash with “Make a Splash!”  Many organizations have contributed funds, resources, and in-kind goods to New Mexico’s 2010 Summer Reading Program (SRP) featuring a water theme. The New Mexico State Library would like to thank them for their generous support:  

  • New Mexico Humanities Council provides funding for and partnering with the State Library on an adult reading program to be held this summer and fall in 15 public libraries across NM. 
  • Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority presented at SRP workshops last fall and created materials specifically for librarians in conjunction with the 2010 theme of water; for these great resources.  
  • Applebee’s Restaurants gave certificates to libraries within 30 miles of an Applebee’s Restaurant for free meals for kids and free desserts for teens that complete the SRP at their local library.  
  • City of Santa Fe and Office of the State Engineer provided booklets and posters for children for the state’s public libraries featuring educational water themes.  
  • New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science provided space to host a SRP workshop and free entrance to the museum for workshop participants, and presented part of the workshop. 

And our national partners: 

  • American Red Cross is offering water safety presentations, storytime materials, and educational resource kits to public libraries. 
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is providing free online print and interactive resources to librarians and children.

And of course a big thank you to all of the public, tribal, and military libraries, and the State Library’s bookmobiles and Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped that are offering the program this summer to their communities. 
The Summer Reading Program is funded in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). 


Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped celebrates volunteers.  The sixth annual New Mexico Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH) volunteer event was held on April 28 at the State Library and featured a presentation by Mary Woods, an Albuquerque based actress and broadcaster, who has professionally narrated about 400 books, many for the National Library Service (NLS) of the Library of Congress. She is a past recipient of an Alexander Scourby Narrator of the Year award presented by The American Foundation for the Blind.  Ms. Woods spoke on her experience as a narrator, which began with the NLS in 1979. She moved to Colorado in the early 1990s, where she continued to narrate for Talking Book Publishers in Denver. Additionally, she has narrated for Blackstone Audio and Books on Tape. She presented a reading excerpt from Turtle Moon by Alice Hoffman, which she had read when accepting the Scourby award. Currently, she performs in regional theatrical productions and hosts a daily radio program for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. 

This year’s volunteer of the year recipient was William Scheer. He has narrated nearly 20 books for the program and is the first to have converted an audiocassette book to digital cartridge. Additionally, he assisted in the transfer copy of over 15,000 digital titles from the Colorado Talking Book program to digital storage in New Mexico for duplication purposes. 

The LBPH serves nearly 4,000 visually impaired and physically handicapped individuals throughout New Mexico. Established in 1967, it receives about 2,000 new audio book titles annually from the NLS. It currently holds a collection of over 60,000 recorded titles. Recently, it has begun a transition from audio cassette books to digital cartridges. These digital “talking books” are also available for download and playback on players authorized by the NLS. Persons with physical or visual disabilities, who would like to have more information about the program are encouraged to telephone the LBPH at 476-9770 (in the Santa Fe area) or 1-800-456-5515 statewide. 


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

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

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. The individuals selected will be announced at a ceremony in the fall of 2010.  Go to the State Library website for nomination guidelines and more details.  Please submit your own nominations, and help get the word out to about the project to your communities!


Certification exam study session.  There will be an opportunity for anyone planning to take the Librarian Certification Examination to attend a certification exam study on Wednesday, June 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the New Mexico State Library.  Registration is required and closes at noon on Monday, June 28.  Class size is limited to the first 12 registrants.  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, e-mail 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 State Library's Librarian Certification Program, please go to the website.  



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Library director.  The Embudo Valley Library, located in Dixon, seeks a full time Library Director who will administer library operations, oversee program development, fundraise and advocate for the library, and work well with the Board and part-time staff.  Embudo Valley Library began as an all-volunteer non-profit organization in 1992, and though it has grown in size and capacity, meeting all NM public library guidelines, it keeps its doors open every year without significant government support; raising the budget each year from individual donations, foundation grants, and regional fundraisers. Operating as the region’s main civic and social service hub, the organization is a public library and more, providing daily public library service and programs, facilitating a community center, and running an all-volunteer local radio station. In 2006 Embudo Valley Library received the John Gaw Meem Award for Civic Service and overall non-profit excellence from the Santa Fe Community Foundation and the NM State Senate. 

Currently the library operates with a full-time director and a staff of three part-time assistants. The library budget ranges from $80,000 to $115,000. Salary range for the director is $28,000 to $35,000 depending on qualifications and experience.  A Master’s of Library Science from an ALA accredited school is preferred, but applicants who are currently completing their degree, or who have appropriate experience are encouraged to apply. Application by persons from under-represented groups, especially Hispanic or Native American is particularly encouraged.  Desirable qualities are as follows:

  • Enthusiasm and a can-do attitude 
  • Knowledge of principles and ethics of public librarianship 
  • Fundraising /grant-writing experience 
  • Knowledge of cataloging and classification 
  • Experience with updating and maintaining a website 
  • Experience working with diverse communities

Helpful but not required:

  • Experience with a bricks-and-mortar building project campaign 
  • Experience running youth programs 
  • New ideas for marketing, advocacy, and outreach

Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please submit your materials by June 30.   Send a letter of interest addressing the criteria above, a current resume, three contacts as references, and copies of graduate school transcripts if applicable to:  Personnel Committee, Embudo Valley Library, PO Box 310, Dixon, NM 87527 or e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . with LIBRARY DIRECTOR application as the subject heading. 

Library director.  The Town of Silver City is accepting applications for the position of Library Director.  Responsibilities include:  management, operations, and promotion of the Silver City Public Library; providing effective and efficient library services to the public; budgets, directs, instructs, sets standards, reviews, and counsels/disciplines employees.  Requirements include a Bachelor’s degree in related field from an accredited university;  Master’s in Library Science from an ALA Accredited University preferred; three years experience in public library service; two years supervisory experience in a library setting; experience and knowledge  in principles and practices of library administration, budgeting, supervision, and personnel administration; proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and communication with the public,  Town management, boards, and staff;  familiarity with work processing, spreadsheets, internet access/use, and automated library systems.; ability to write and speak effectively, to produce clear, concise administrative material, public service announcement, and grant applications; ability to lift 15 lbs. and ability to pass drug and alcohol tests.  Application and copies of required license and certification must be submitted by June 18, to the Town of Silver City, Personnel Office, 101 W. Broadway, Silver City, NM  88061. The Town of Silver City’s application form and hiring policy is available for review at City Hall or on the web