September 3, 2010: #1720

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Fast Forward New Mexico’s first kickoff event was held in Gallup on August 21, and turned out to be a very successful and well attended event. After an introduction to FFNM by the Mayor of Gallup, NM State Librarian Susan Oberlander, and Mary Ellen Pellington, the library director of the Octavia Fellin Public Library, community members began registering for FFNM training sessions and familiarizing themselves with the library’s training lab. FFNM trainers and library staff were on hand to begin helping community members and library patrons use the FFNM laptops. Representatives from local ISPs were on hand as well to let community members know what options they have to subscribe to broadband. A reporter and photographer from the local newspaper were present to document the event and continue to spread the word about the project.

Registration for training sessions was brisk during the event, and library staff reports that people are continuing to sign up rapidly at the library. Registrants include senior citizens, tribal members from the nearby Navajo Reservation, employees of local social service agencies needing computer instruction for their jobs, and more. 
There will be additional events held around the state.  Scheduled locations are:  
  • Aztec Fast Forward New Mexico Kick-off on Saturday, September 18 from 3 – 4 p.m.  
  • Rio Rancho Fast Forward New Mexico Kick-off  on Saturday, October 16 from 10 – noon 
  • Other events to be announced
Go to the website for course descriptions, list of participating libraries, links to registering for training in Gallup and Aztec, and more.  The website is very much still in the development stage, so stay turned. 
Fast Forward New Mexico (FFNM) is a three-year, grant-funded program begun in 2010.  Sixteen of  New Mexico’s public and tribal libraries entered into a partnership to bring free Internet training, information, and awareness to the state’s residents.  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. 
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 in 2010 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. .  


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Regional reports to state legislators.  The State Library has compiled and published the 2009-2010 Regional Report to New Mexico Legislators.  This report is designed to give legislators an overview of the services that the New Mexico State Library directly provides to residents, rural populations, state agencies, the visually impaired, and students and citizens conducting research. The reports are on the State Library website in an easy-to-print PDF version, each representing a region in the state (e.g., northwest, northeast, southwest, and southeast).  Each report also contains a regional map indicating the location of public libraries that the State Library serves. 
To see the report of your area, go to the State Library website and click on the state quadrant:  
  • Northeast Report 
  • Northwest Report 
  • Southeast Report 
  • Southwest Report
Newsbank for libraries.  Has one of your patrons asked for a New Mexico newspaper article recently? Maybe it was from the Albuquerque Journal, and you had to search through a large number of print copies and microfilm hoping to find it? You would have liked to have had the option of searching the online archive of the Journal, but your budget can’t accommodate those fees.
Next time you have this situation, remember that the New Mexico State Library provides Newsbank to all libraries in New Mexico.  Encourage your patrons to search it. Students should find it very useful for current events topics. Patrons following state political news can view what’s happening in various parts of the state. Access is through the website or the State Library web site
The subscription provides access to the Albuquerque Journal, the Las Cruces Sun-News and the Roswell Record. There is no cost to the libraries or their patrons for using the database. The cost to the State Library remains the same regardless of usage. 
If you have access issues or any questions, please contact Linda Harris This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 505-476-9763, or Mark Adams This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   505-476-9710. 
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Tech support for public libraries.  The New Mexico State Library is pleased to announce the availability of Technology Support Grants for public libraries.  The State Library recognizes that many of our New Mexico public libraries lack local technology support for computers and networks – for example, 30 % of NM public libraries reported that computers are down for more than two days – and this grant will help provide affordable tech support, and encourage tech consultants in your area to become familiar with your library’s unique tech needs. 
Applications are available September 13, 2010, and are due from libraries on November 5.  The State Library will notify libraries of grant awards and provides pre-assessment document by November 22, 2010.  Agreements and pre-assessment documents due from libraries will be done by December 17, and the expenditures period begins January 1, 2011. 
The project report is due (for State Programs Report) on September 30, 2011, and the expenditures period ends May 31, 2012.  All reimbursements are due by June 30, 2012, and the final project report and post-assessment is due August 31, 2012. 
Successful applicants will be chosen in the following order:  
  • Library with no current technical support 
  • Volunteer support only for the library 
  • Dedicated contractual support to the library, paid by library’s budget [Libraries supported by city or library IT staff or city-wide technology contracts will not be eligible.]

Eligibility criteria: 

  • Meet guidelines and rules pertaining to receipt of federal funds 
  • Library must be a public library as defined by NMAC 4.5.2 
  • Library must be open to the public a minimum of 15 hours per week, two days per week 
  • Library must have submitted an FY2009/2010 Annual Report 
  • Ability to pay matching portion of the service (through GO Bonds or other funds) 
  • Have written approval from their governing body to participate 
  • Agree to use TechAtlas to inventory their technology with assistance from State Library Development 
  • Agree to a pre- and post-grant assessment of staff’s technology knowledge and library’s environment 
  • Agree to provide reports as required by the State Library 
Libraries supported by city or library IT staff or city-wide technology contracts will not be eligible. 
Libraries may request a maximum grant of $7,500.  Payments may be made on reimbursement basis, along with appropriate documentation.  The local matching contribution from a public library applicant to the project must be 10% of the total amount of the project.  The cash match may be from local or state funds (including State GO Bond funds) or from non-governmental agencies (e.g. foundations, Friends groups, etc.). 
Allowable expenditures: 
  • Technology contractors
  • Software, for example, (1) security-related, (2) anti-virus software, or (3) remote support software
The application form will be available through the State Library website.  The State Library will announce the availability of the form by email when the form is posted to the website. 
If you have any questions or concerns, contact Patricia Moore, Technology Consultant, New Mexico State Library, (505) 476-9724 or 1-8000-340-3890;  or Beth Crist, (505) 476-9753.  Geri Hutchins – (505) 476-9727 – will be the main contact for any budget questions and/or reimbursements.
THATCamp.  A unique program for those interested in technology and the humanities is coming to Albuquerque.  New Mexico’s THATCamp (The Humanities And Technology Camp) is a user-generated “unconference” on digital humanities. The program began in 2008 at George Mason University; since then, THATCamps have been held around the US, Europe, and Australia. The “unconference” is for anyone with ideas about and interest in learning more about the intersection and integration of the humanities and technology. There will be sessions and presentations, as well as a lot of time to discuss ideas, challenges and successes with fellow participants.
NM will have its first THATCamp on the campus of the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque on October 2-3. Attendance is free; however, a donation of $25 is requested from all attendees to cover meals, snacks, and supplies.
To learn more and register, go to the website
YALSA symposium.  YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) invites you to the 2010 Young Adult Literature Symposium in Albuquerque on November 5-7 for the biennial Young Adult Literature Symposium.  This year's theme, “Diversity, Literature, and Teens: Beyond Good Intentions,” discusses today's generation of teens – likely the most diverse generation ever. Does today's young adult literature reflect the many different faces, beliefs and identities of today's teens? What impact is this generation having on young adult literature and vice versa? Join YALSA to explore the depth and breadth of contemporary literature in search of an answer to these questions. 
Highlights include a full-day preconference on Friday, November 5, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on LBGTQ issues in young adult literature. The preconference requires additional registration of $119 and includes lunch.  Three mini forums on Friday, November 5, on teen readers' advisory (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.), street literature (12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.), and literature that focuses on body image and fat acceptance (12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.). The mini-forums require additional registration, include light refreshments and cost $59 each.  The Bill Morris Memorial Author Luncheon on Saturday afternoon features Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, Coretta Scott King Award-winning author of Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall. The luncheon requires additional registration and costs $35. 
There will be two days of educational sessions on Saturday and Sunday, ranging from international literature to disabilities in literature to diversity in historical fiction and paper presentations.
Hot air balloon rides can be reserved for Friday morning, 6:30 to 10:30 a.m.. This optional event costs $135; you must make reservations when you register but payment will be onsite. 
The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center excursion on Saturday evening includes light refreshments, a guided tour of the cultural center, and transportation to and from the event. Tickets cost $40 and require additional registration. 
Questions? Visit the Young Adult Literature Symposium website or call 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4390;  email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
You can register online (credit cards only) or download a registration form (PDF) to send in with your payment by check or money order. Rates listed here apply to the early bird rate, which expires September 10. Rates will go up after September 10, so book early and save.  Registration for the symposium includes all educational sessions on Saturday and Sunday, paper presentations, a Friday evening welcome reception, the YA Authors' Happy Hour on Saturday from 5-7 p.m., and a general closing session. For special events on Friday and Saturday, additional registration is required. 
The 2010 symposium hotel is the Albuquerque Marriott, 2101 Louisiana Boulevard NE. Rooms are available for symposium attendees at a rate of $99 per night.  For details on booking a room at the Marriott, visit the symposium housing page. 
All symposium attendees will receive a certificate of attendance showing they received professional development training.  The Young Adult Literature Symposium takes place biennially and is funded in part by the William C. Morris Endowment. 


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Eileen Sullivan was named director of the Silver City Public Library after a search for a new library director was put on hold for nearly a year due to budget cuts.  Eileen came to the library as the reference librarian three and a half years ago.  She brings more than 22 years of related experience to the position, including the years she served as the town's reference librarian.  She has been a medical librarian, directed special libraries, and owned a research and editorial consulting business. She has a Master's degree of Library and Information Science from the University of Texas-Austin, and a Library Certification from the state of New Mexico.  Cheryl Ward has been filling in as interim director during the year. 
Sullivan first applied for the director's position when the job was posted in spring 2009, but the economy forced cutbacks and the position was put on hold in September.  Town Manager Alex Brown was able to open up the search again just before the onset of the new fiscal year. It was a nationwide search, Brown said. 


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Librarian.   San Juan College has an opening for a Reference Librarian, Part-Time (20 Hrs Per Week) – $23,000.   The Reference Librarian reports directly to the Director of Library Services and is responsible for reference service, circulation and administrative support. The successful candidate will provide enthusiastic and creative reference services including instruction and assistance to library users, reference service, collection development, and general participation on the reference team. Responsibilities include: remaining informed and up-to-date on relevant trends in instructional and reference services; provide and promote reference services to all library patrons; explore and develop opportunities to integrate library resources and services into campus curriculum; collaborate with librarians and staff to develop instructional materials, orientations, workshops, and classes; assist in developing, teaching, and evaluating information literacy and library instruction sessions and associated material. Evening and weekend shifts are required.  Requires a Master’s degree in Library Science and a minimum of three years library experience. Experience with instruction and reference services (traditional and electronic) is highly desirable. Computer experience should include HTML, Microsoft Office software, and familiarity with Web 2.0 library related resources. Candidate must have solid communications skills and a commitment to customer service. Physical Requirements: Varied walking, standing, sitting and bending with the ability to lift up to 50 lbs of books, library materials and/or related office equipment and supplies. All candidates are subject to a Criminal Background Investigation prior to any offer of employment.  The application process will remain open until filled.  Interested applicants must submit a San Juan College application for employment; a letter of application indicating how the candidate meets the above listed qualification requirements; a current resume; a copy of transcripts of all academic work; and three current letters of reference.  Send to San Juan College Human Resources, 4601 College Blvd., Farmington, NM 87402;  phone: (505) 566-3215 Fax: (505) 566-3521.