August 20, 2010; #1719

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The New Mexico History Museum at the Palace of the Governors, in a partnership with the New Mexico State Library, is sharing materials and curricula with librarians throughout the state to help children and adults discover the trail-blazing work of world-famous conservationist, artist, and co-founder of the Boy Scouts, Ernest Thompson Seton. 
“The History Museum aims to tell stories of our past in ways that relate to the present,” said History Museum Director Frances Levine. “Ernest Thompson Seton not only has lessons to teach us in caring for nature, but his focus on the natural world gives us a gentle way to entice children into a love of reading.” 

Reaching beyond the walls of the History Museum, David L. Witt, curator of the Seton Legacy Project at the Academy for the Love of Learning, and Beth Crist, library development director at the State Library, designed an array of discussion topics and hands-on activities for librarians in association with the exhibit, Wild at Heart: Ernest Thompson Seton.  In addition, the Academy is making available free DVDs of an animated Seton story produced for the exhibit, “The Mother Teal and the Overland Route.”  The animation was done by interns Virginia Marrujo and Cabrini Martinez from the New Mexico Highlands University Media Arts Program, and narrated by actress and Santa Fe resident Ali MacGraw. (The animation is also available online.)

“Public librarians statewide are pleased to have this educational material available from the History Museum,” Crist said. “Many libraries have books by Seton in their collections, and this project will help them to showcase these books and offer programming based on them for children, teens, and adults.” 

Librarians were invited to enter a drawing for packages of Seton’s most acclaimed book, Wild Animals I Have Known, along with Witt’s new book, Ernest Thompson Seton: The Life and Legacy of an Artist and Conservationist (Gibbs Smith, 2010).  The books, generously provided by the Museum of New Mexico Foundation’s Spiegelberg Shop, will go to the Alamogordo Public Library, Placitas Community Library, Vista Grande Public Library (Eldorado), Village of Corona Public Library, and Eagle Nest Public Library. 
The Museum and State Library have also partnered to circulate more of Seton’s books to rural residents of the state by placing them on three bookmobiles and offering them through the State Library’s books-by-mail programs.

All of the materials are available to public and school librarians, teachers, and members of the public on the State Library Web site.

As part of the effort with the State Library, Witt is making himself available to libraries for limited speaking opportunities on his years of studying Seton and his work.  “As a young naturalist and writer, I found in Seton a kind of mentor - someone whose creativity was inspired by his connection to nature,” Witt said. “His life can be seen as one dedicated to the acquisition of knowledge. This led to a radical change in the way Americans experience the natural world. A similar dedication to learning can, as Seton showed, lead to personal transformation in all of us.”

An intern from the Archives and Historical Services Division of the State Records Center and Archives, along with staff from the State Library and AHSD, prepared an exhibit of books and illustrations by Seton for the exhibit case near the entry to the State Library’s Southwest Room, 1209 Camino Carlos Rey in Santa Fe. That exhibit will remain on display through April 2011.

Wild at Heart: Ernest Thompson Seton, on exhibit at the History Museum through May 8, 2011, is presented with special support from the Academy for the Love of Learning, home of the Seton Legacy Project in Santa Fe.  Funding for the exhibit and programming events was made possible by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, National Park Service/Save Our Treasures Grant Program, Museum of New Mexico Foundation, New Mexico History Museum Opening Gala Committee, Phyllis and Edward Gladden Endowment Fund, Herzstein Family Endowment Fund, and the Palace Guard.

The New Mexico History Museum is the newest addition to a campus that includes the Palace of the Governors, the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States, the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library, 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 Museum's website.   


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Alamogordo Public to get new roof.  Alamogordo Daily News reporter Bev Eckman-Onyskow recently wrote that Alamogordo Public Library will get a new roof.  The Alamogordo Public Library Foundation board of directors working with state Rep. Gloria Vaughn sought an appropriation of $1.2 million in 2005 for construction of a new library.  When a city bond issue failed, Vaughn had the wording changed to read “renovations for the library,” resulting $173,250 to be available for the Library through the state Department of Finance and Administration.  The library board agreed that the new roof is the top priority. 

The library board and staff, joined by representatives of the Alamogordo Public Library Foundation and the Friends of the Library, all expressed unanimous support for a new roof during the recent board meeting.  “After five years, this is great,” said Joe Quintana, president of the foundation. “We can finally get something done for the library.” 

“Looking at our list of priorities, we all came to the agreement the roof is the most important,” said Bonnie Meagher, who handles daily operations for the library. “We just had a leak in the reference department roof and we had to move everything out of that area.” 

Bob Johnson, the city public works contract coordinator, said two different roofing systems will be involved, due to the variations in the existing roof and to decreasing the need for demolition of any of the existing roof.  “We are determined to get a water-tight system and a 10- to 15-year warranty,” he said. 
Free consumer health resources in Spanish.  Habla espanol?  Where can you find quality health information for the Spanish-speaking customers that come into your library?  The consumer health resource, MedlinePlus, provides a convenient Espanol button in the upper right corner of the screen where, with just a quick click of the mouse, you can transform the site into Spanish and then just a click back to English as needed. The Spanish site is not a complete mirror site of the English version. MedlinePlus links resources that have already been produced in Spanish and meet the list of criteria for being included in this resource. 

The companion magazine, MedlinePlus Salud, offers a bilingual consumer health magazine with a page in Spanish next to the same content in English. The focus is on Hispanic/Latino health issues, not just a Spanish language version of the English MedlinePlus Magazine

Whereas MedlinePlus is a good starting point for Spanish language consumer health information, the Medical Library Association has compiled a more detailed list of selected online health resources in Spanish. The resources are grouped in categories such as diabetes, domestic violence, substance abuse, women’s health, and more. 

For these and more consumer health resources, visit Consumer Health Information Resources for New Mexico Public Libraries on the website ( ).  For additional information, contact Barbara Nail-Chiwetalu, Distance Services Coordinator, UNM Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   or (505) 272-0757.
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NM best books?  The Office of the State Historian is requesting recommendations about the best books about New Mexico.  Send your suggestions for two or three titles that you believe should be considered for the best books about New Mexico list. Your choices need not be limited to history or even nonfiction.  If you would like to explain why you made your selection, you may feel free to do so, but you are not obligated to provide an explanation.  The Office of the State Historian will post them on the website when the results have been tallied.  Send to Rick Hendricks, Ph.D., New Mexico State Historian, State Records Center and Archives, 1205 Camino Carlos Rey, Santa Fe, NM 87507, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   For more information about the State Historian's activities, see the website.  


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Lorie Mitchell is the new librarian at Alta Vista Middle School in Carlsbad. She returns to the library profession after a long professional detour as an educational technologist at New Mexico State University-Carlsbad. She was a public librarian (technical services) at Carlsbad Public Library from 1995-1999 and the Interim Director of the New Mexico State University Carlsbad library in 2009.  She is excited to be back in a library again and is looking forward to challenging the students and teachers to read more and implement more technology in the classroom.

In 2010 the Freedom to Read Foundation Board of Trustees  established a Diversity Task Force  to help improve the Foundation's efforts at being inclusive and increasing  focus on diversity.   ALA's ethnic caucuses were asked to appoint liaisons to the Foundation. The American Indian Library Association has asked Mary Ellen Pellington, director of the Octavia Fellin Public Library in Gallup, to be their first diversity liaison on this task force.

The Freedom to Read Foundation is a distinct 501(c)(3) organizations from the American Library Association. The focus is on First Amendment litigation, involving the right of people to access information in libraries as well as general free speech concerns.  Since FTRF's founding in 1969, the organization has participated in dozens of high-profile First Amendment cases, including most of those that have shaped the ability of libraries to uphold basic intellectual freedom values. 


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Library director.  The Placitas Community Library Board of Directors seeks a library director for a part-time, paid position. Placitas is an unincorporated area of approximately 5,200 residents north of Albuquerque and east of Bernalillo.  PCL was established in 2004, and is a 501c3 full-service public library that is staffed by approximately 50 volunteers and funded through donations, bond issues, and grants.  The director serves as head of the library, proposes and implements library projects and policies, and provides leadership for continuous improvement of service to the community.  General responsibilities include overseeing budget/finance, collection management, personnel, facility, services, and chairing the Management Team of library service area coordinators.
The Board seeks someone who is committed to the mission and philosophy of public library service and to the Placitas community; has excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills; can work effectively with the library board, elected officials, and community groups; has the ability to support, supervise, and motivate volunteer staff; has computer expertise; and has an MLIS or equivalent experience. The successful candidate is not required to live in Placitas. Preferred start date: January 1, 2011. It is expected that the director will spend 12-15 hours/week in the library with the stipend dependent upon PCL resources and the successful candidate’s level of experience.  Interested applicants should send resume, cover letter, and names of three references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Applications accepted through September 30, 2010. PCL is an AA/EEO organization.  For more information, please contact Rebecca Watson-Boone (PCL Director) Mondays 9-4 and Fridays 9-12 at (505) 867-3355 ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Jim Pilcher (Library Board President) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Librarian.  The New Mexico State Library is advertising a position through the New Mexico State Personnel Office for Librarian Advanced (Fast Forward NM Program Manager, Job ID# 23725, pay band 70).  This position will be the project manager of the State Library’s federal Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) grant, Fast Forward New Mexico. Requires a Master's degree in Library Science or an MA or MS in Business and/or related field;  five years of managerial or administrative experience in a library, non-profit, or government agency;  one year experience working with wikis and a thorough working knowledge of Excel Spreadsheets.  Must possess and maintain a valid New Mexico driver’s license.  It requires administrative skills such as managing complex federal compliance reporting, technical skills such as Excel spreadsheets, and project management skills in the areas of human resources, finance and compliance. The position will also perform tasks such as partnering with libraries around the state, overseeing training in broadband technology, coordinating with marketing and promotional awareness.  The job will last for the duration of the grant, concluding in November 2012.  This job application will be open from August 13-27.  Applicants must apply on the State Personnel website .  For more information contact Angela Soliz, HR Officer, at (505) 476-9783 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .   
Library tech.  The College of Santa Fe is searching for a Library Technician (Req #: laur-0000591) to work a Saturday-Wednesday schedule.  The position requires evening work until 11 p.m.  This position is responsible for collaboration with library services staff.  The Library Technician will coordinate the library's document delivery service and support the work of the library's teams.  The Library Tech is responsible for providing excellent customer service to all patrons using the library and for providing support for all the technical aspects of the library's functions.  Responsibilities include: serving students, faculty, staff, and community members at the circulation desk; assisting patrons with library resources and equipment; processing library materials; creating exhibits; training and supervising workstudy students; shelving books, DVDs, music, and periodicals; providing minimal reference assistance; shifting and moving library collections; assembling shelving and furniture; assisting with the college archives; and opening and closing the library.  The Library Tech is also responsible for enforcing all library policies and must be comfortable with independent decision making and working alone.  Requires a B.A. degree, experience in library or equivalent setting (i.e., library vendor or consortium), familiarity with library databases and search techniques, proficiency in M.S. Word, PowerPoint, Access, and Excel, and excellent customer service skills.  The position is posted online.  Select “College of Santa Fe” and search all positions.  Apply online.  For additional information, contact Valerie Nye, (505) 473-6575.  Laureate Education, Inc., and all of it subsidiaries or affiliates, are equal opportunity employers. EOE