September 17, 2010; #1721

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In the face of budget and staff cuts Belen Library is doing the only thing they can:   throwing a party. You are invited to a celebration in honor of Bilbo Baggins’ Birthday at Belen Public Library – Becker Avenue and 4th Street - on Saturday, September 25!
As all you Tolkien fans may recall, Bilbo's birthday party was a remarkable event, loaded with surprises.  The Belen Public Library event will feature displays, events, and activities for all ages, including:
  • Friends of the Library Used Book Sale, featuring Sci-Fi and Fantasy Titles and Children’s Books – 11 3:30 p.m., Becker Street
  • Pilot Club Puppet Show – 2 p.m., Children’s Library
  • Bake Sale and Baking Contest – Library Patio (Bag End!) 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Entries and recipes will be accepted for the following items: Lembas (the Wayfaring Bread of the Elves); Cram (the travelling bread of the Dwarves), and the Honeycakes of the Beornings. Entries must be submitted by 11:30 a.m.  Winners will be announced at 1:30 p.m.
  • Bilbo’s Birthday Speech - 2:30 p.m. Bag End (Library Patio). Bilbo (Gerard Michaud) will be available from 1-4 p.m. to discuss the Tolkien works of fiction and there will be audio readings by Tolkien of his poetic works.
  • Costume Contest - Enter at Bag End between 11a.m. and 4 p.m. Winners will be announced at 4:30, Bag End (Library Patio).
  • Trivia Contest - Forms will be available from the Library on Friday, September 17, and must be submitted by 5 p.m., Wednesday, September 22, by 5 p.m. The winner will be announced at 4:15 p.m., Bag End (Library Patio).
  • Hobbit Feast – At the First Baptist Church on 4th Street – 12:30-3 p.m. – to benefit the Food Pantry. Tickets are $5.00, available for purchase at the Church, the Library, and the Belen Chamber of Commerce. Menu includes Sloppy Joe, chips, baby carrots, and a Hobbit brownie. Bring a non-perishable donation for the Food Pantry, too, if you can.
  • Valencia County Literacy Council - Becker Ave., 2-3 p.m. Come enjoy a story! Mayor Rudy Jaramillo will be reading at 2 p.m

Additional Events: Nestor and Miracle (Tail Waggin’ Tutors) will be on-site. Smaug the Dragon will be appearing from 11 a.m. 1 p.m. There will be music (sing along!!) and games for all ages, (including the Valencia County Chess Club).  And don’t miss the Sackville-Baggins Silent Auction and White Elephant Sale – Bag End (Library Patio) 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  And there will be a continuous showing of the New Line Cinema Lord of Rings Trilogy movies, in the Library Lecture Hall: The Fellowship of the Ring 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; The Two Towers 1-4 p.m.; The Return of the King 4:15- 7:15  p.m.

The whole idea started, Library Director Deborah Graham reported, when one of the Library’s regulars came in and demanded to know what the Library was doing for Bilbo Baggins’ Birthday (of course!).  She said, “We decided there is no time when we need to be more visible than now, so here we are. Our Bilbo is a true expert and would love to have other fans of the books to discuss minor points with (such as the famous cats of Gondor). What can I say – we will have a whole bunch of people running around celebrating and talking about BOOKS!! A librarian’s dream come true.”  The actual birthday, she pointed out, is September 22, but Belen needed to move to Saturday, to coincide with Belen’s Rio Abajo days.  That means that there will be an electric light parade, beer garden, and balloon glow in addition to the Library functions.

For more information, contact Deborah Graham,  Library Director, (505) 864-7522, or visit the website



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Banned Book Week at NMSU.  In commemoration of Banned Books Week (September 25 through October 2), the New Mexico State University Library will hold a “Read Out” on Wednesday, September 29, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the courtyard of Zuhl Library.  The NMSU Library joins libraries nationwide in the celebration of Banned Books Week. For 28 years, Banned Books Week has been both a celebration of intellectual freedom and a campaign to raise awareness about continuing attempts at censorship.  A Read Out is an event where community members gather to read passages from banned or challenged books.  
This year's readers include NMSU Provost Wendy K. Wilkins, Carrie Hamblen from KRWG, Tom Smith and a group of students from the NMSU Theatre Arts Department and Library Dean Elizabeth Titus.  
The Read Out will expand beyond banned or challenged books with presentations on information censorship, including a presentation from Mary Lamonica from NMSU's Journalism and Mass Communications Department, a presentation on the suppression of information in Ciudad Juárez by librarian Molly Molloy and a presentation by librarian Dorothy Ormes on the closure of Environmental Protection Agency libraries.  
Information on banned or challenged books will be available in both Zuhl and Branson libraries during the week, as well as displays of banned or challenged books available for check-out.  
For more information, contact event organizer Ingrid Schneider at (575) 646-4707 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  
Participate in Banned Books Week by joining a webinar.  Librarians and teachers face more challenges than ever when it comes to defending children’s right to read. “Defending the Right to Read: Celebrating Banned Books Week” features a stellar panel of experts who will discuss book rating systems, the impact of the Internet on challenges, the effect of censorship on children’s publishing, and how to best prepare for book challenges.  Panelists include Judy Blume, renowned author and longtime advocate of intellectual freedom;  Beverly Horowitz, Vice President and Publisher, Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers;  Nanette Perez, Program Officer, Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association;  Kristin Pekoll, Young-Adult Librarian, West Bend (WI) Community Memorial Library;  and Pat Scales, former school librarian and member of the National Coalition against Censorship Council of Advisors. 
The webinar will take place on Tuesday, September 28, at 12 p.m. Mountain Time.
This webinar will be archived and e-mailed to all registrants.  
As with all Booklist’s webinars, register even if you can’t attend on the date, September 28, since registration ensures that registrants are notified when the event is archived, so it can then be viewed at your convenience. 
UNM’s MedlinePlus Media.  Users are familiar with the health topics section of MedlinePlus.  With the re-design of MedlinePlus, the media available on the site is more prominent.  Under the “Videos & Cool Tools” tab on the home page can be found the following.  (Note: These media do require a fast Internet connection for optimal viewing.)
  • Interactive tutorials which present symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases and conditions from Acne to Warts.  These tutorials require Flash, version 8 or above.
  • Anatomy videos that show the anatomy of body parts and organ systems and how diseases and conditions affect them.  The videos play in QuickTime format.
  • Videos of surgical procedures are linked to prerecorded webcasts of actual surgical procedures performed at medical centers in the US.  The videos last an hour.  The videos are in Flash format.
  • Understanding Medical Words is a tutorial for learning medical terms.
  • Evaluating Internet Health Information tutorial teaches one how to evaluate health information found on the Web.
  • There are also tools for health calculations, quizzes, and games. 
For these and more consumer health resources, visit the Consumer Health Information Resources for New Mexico Public Libraries 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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Librarian Cerification Exam changes.  The New Mexico State Library announces changes to the Librarian Certification Exam that will become effective November 1, 2010.  Grade I and II Certification Exams and the Certification Exam Study Guide have been revised to reflect the educational levels required of all applicants for certification in New Mexico, including library directors, as defined by statute (New Mexico Statutes Annotated 1978 [NMSA], Chapter 18, Articles 2-8 through 2-18). 
Grade I Certification
  • Grade I Certificate is required for the library director in a library that is supported in whole or in part by public funds and serving a municipality or other political subdivision having a population of at least 3,000 but not more than 10,000 persons as shown by the last federal decennial census.
  • Grade I certificate will be issued to any applicant without examination when the applicant has completed two years of undergraduate work plus nine semester hours of library science courses in an accredited institution.

Grade II Certification

  • Grade II Certificate is required for the library director in a library that is supported in whole or in part by public funds and serving a municipality or other political subdivision having a population of at least 10,000 but not more than 15,000 persons as shown by the last federal decennial census.
  • Grade II certificate will be issued to any applicant without examination when the applicant has a college degree from an accredited institution with a major in library science OR has completed a minimum of two years of undergraduate work AND 30 semester hours in library science courses.

The new Certification Study Guide contains bibliographies of materials that certification applicants are to use in preparation for the certification exam.  The Study Guide focuses on six core competencies required of library directors and library staff that are detailed in the Study Guide.

  • Cataloging
  • Collection Development
  • Information Technologies
  • Management (including personnel, budgets/finance, community assessments, needs analyses, etc.)
  • Reference
  • Youth Services
The study guide also contains a glossary; and a topical listing of useful print and online resources.  For full details about the core competency requirements, please go to the New Mexico State Library’s website.  Please note these important dates for certification changes.
  • The “old” study guide will be removed from our web site on October 1, 2010.
  • On October 1, 2010, the new Study Guide will be posted on the NMSL web site.
  • The new Certification Exams and the new Study Guide will go into effect on November 1, 2010.
  • Applications postmarked after September 30, 2010, will be for the new Certification Exams.
  • Testing using the new Study Guide and the new Certification Exams can begin on November 1, 2010, when applications and payments have been received.
If you have questions, please contact Beth Crist, Development Bureau Director, (505) 476-9753 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Eleanor Bernau, Continuing Education Coordinator, 800-340-3890  toll free or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
SLA-Rio Grande Chapter to meet.  The Los Alamos National Labs Research Library will host the next SLA-Rio Grande Chapter program, “Past and Future Directions,” on Friday, September 24, from 3:30-5 p.m. at the New Mexico State Library, Piñon Room #2027.  The New Mexico State Library is located at 1209 Camino Carlos Rey in Santa Fe.  Cost is $15 for members of SLA-Rio Grande Chapter; $20 for non-members.  Refreshments will be served. 
Miriam E. Blake, Director of the LANL Research Library, will be the speaker, talking about the LANL Research Library.  This is a large digital library, housing a commercial collection of over 90 million bibliographic records in a sophisticated, standards-based digital repository, designed and developed at LANL. In recent years, the Research Library has also begun focusing on local collections – the scholarly output of LANL researchers and scientists – and is interested in related content at the lab that the Library is aware of but does not currently manage, such as datasets and digital media. The talk will cover the evolution of its digital collections, and thoughts about where the Research Library will go in the future, including emerging areas for collaboration.  There will also be an overview of some of the Research Library’s work in the area of information integration and of the R&D contributions it has made to information science, web architectures, and standards.
For more information, contact Larry Compton, SLA-Rio Grande Chapter Program Chair, at (505) 277-2142 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sparks grant.  The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announces the release of grant guidelines for “Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums.” This new grant program will provide one-year grants of $10,000 to $25,000 for innovative projects that respond to the challenges and opportunities facing cultural heritage institutions in a rapidly changing information environment. The submission deadline is November 15. 
Successful proposals will address problems, challenges, or needs of broad relevance to museums, libraries, or archives, will test innovative responses to these problems, and will make the findings of these tests widely and openly accessible. Grant funding may include all activities associated with planning, deploying, and evaluating the innovation, as long as the expenses are allowable under federal and IMLS guidelines. Examples of projects that might be funded by this program include, but are not limited to:
  • exploring the potential of highly original, experimental collaborations,
  • implementing new workflows or processes with potential for substantial cost savings,
  • testing new metrics or methods to measure the impact of promising tools or services,
  • rapid prototyping and testing of new types of software tools, or creating useful new ways to link separate software applications used in libraries, archives, or museums,
  • offering innovative new types of services or service options to museum, library, or archive visitors, or
  • enhancing institutions’ abilities to interact with audiences in new ways to promote learning or improve services, such as through the deployment of innovative crowd-sourcing techniques.
Sparks! Ignition Grant funds may not be used for:
  • evaluation of an existing program or service,
  • projects that are only for planning or research (as distinguished from experimentation),
  • projects that are limited to existing and traditional approaches to exhibitions, performances, or other types of public programs,
  • projects that involve mainly digitization, unless the applicant is proposing an innovative method for digitization,
  • activities that will produce only incremental improvements in operational or business processes,
  • support of conferences or professional meetings, or
  • acquisition of equipment in excess of 50 percent of the total funds requested from IMLS. 
Because innovations can emerge in a variety of settings, the Sparks! Ignition Grants initiative is structured to encourage participation by museums and libraries of all types and sizes. Libraries and library organizations that fulfill the general criteria for libraries may apply. Museums and museum organizations that fulfill the general criteria for museums may apply. Partnerships are permitted, but not required. No cost sharing is required for these grants. 
IMLS grants staff is holding three upcoming webinars on September 30, October 13, and November 3. These programs last for one hour and begin at 1 p.m. ET.  Program staff will talk about the purpose of the grants, the grant application process, and answer participants’ questions during the webinars.  Learn more on the webinar link at  Conference call number: 1-888-850-4523; Participant Passcode: 761243.  Please test your computer’s compatibility with Adobe Connect Pro by visiting the test link.  Please do this well before the conference begins.  Participants may begin logging in to the webinar up to 10 minutes prior to the conference start time. Log in to the webinar before calling the conference call line. If you do not have a computer available to you, you may participate solely through the conference call line. 
Archaeology in New Mexico.  An Emmy award-winning television production company that produces programming for networks such as PBS, Discovery, History Channel, National Geographic, A&E and many others will be producing a new non-fiction television series about archaeological discoveries across America. The show is hosted by a professional/academic archaeologist and anthropologist who will meet with individuals who believe they’ve found objects or sites of historical, cultural, or scientific importance. These scholars, both professors at major universities, will help participants and viewers better understand the significance of these discoveries, as well as the correct and ethical ways to approach potential sites and artifacts.
The production company’s representative, Jamie Bennett, would like your help to circulate this information through your contacts and suggest people for the program to speak with.  She asks local libraries in New Mexico who have been contacted by lay members of the public about interesting discoveries or sites to contact her if you or your colleagues are working with individuals to investigate their claims.  The company would be interested in possibly filming this process, and having you discuss it with the program’s archaeologist and anthropologist on camera. As this show is about archaeological and anthropological science, the company’s representatives are not interested in talking to individuals who have obtained artifacts illegally or those who have been involved in the intentional looting or destruction of archaeological sites.
In addition, the company would also like to hear from members of the scientific community who have themselves recently made interesting and unusual discoveries.  Please feel free to refer individuals with discoveries directly to the website for more information about the series and how to contact them. Jamie Bennett, Development Researcher, may be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  She would like to receive replies as soon as possible as filming starts this fall, and she is on the lookout for as many engaging people, discoveries, and stories as she can find.