October 15, 2010: 1723

In this issue: 


Susan Oberlander, State Librarian, writes the following: 

“I would like to lead the staff at the State Library and all of you around the state in saying farewell to Robert Upton, both as the editor of the Hitchhiker and as an employee of the State Library.  He is retiring on October 29, 2010.  He arrived at the State Library in 1985 and began work in Interlibrary Loan. Then in 1989, he joined the Development Bureau as the editor of the Hitchhiker. Many of you will remember the Hitchhiker when it came in the mail to your desk.  It was 1 or 2 pieces of copied paper folded in two and stapled.  I became a subscriber around 1980 when there were virtually no technological communication channels to easily, quickly or continually share information among all the libraries in the state.  The Hitchhiker was the only professional communication tool that connected all of us working in libraries. Now, it is hard to grasp the importance of those 2 sheets of paper landing on our desks every week.  Robert, as the editor of the Hitchhiker, was, and is, a well-known and trusted member of the statewide library world.  He has a folksy, West Texas persona who always has a good homily or story based on country life to drop into conversations.  Some of the punch lines have become hardwired into my vocabulary and brain over the years even though I don’t quite remember the rest of the stories style worked very well, both in writing and talking with his readers – never judgmental, always genial and always punctuated with humor.
I am sure that you will join me in thanking him for all those issues landing on your desks and now in your e-mail boxes and wish him good adventures in retirement.  Send him emails until Oct. 29 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .”

Editor's note:  Obviously, the Hitchhiker will have a change in editor.  Please send your stories, announcements, and vacant positions to Renee Payne, Office of Marketing Communications, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  The Hitchhiker will also change its publishing schedule from bi-weekly to monthly.




Send your news or stories that you would like to share with the library community to the HH editor, Robert Upton, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Health resources.  A comprehensive professional development resource for public librarians and library staff titled “Finding Health and Wellness at the Library:  A Consumer Health Toolkit for Library Staff” has just been released.  Its primary purpose is to assist public libraries in providing excellent consumer health services to their customers.  The Toolkit is divided into six sections which cover all aspects of consumer health information services, including:  Core Competencies, Health Resources, Consumer Health Information Services, Technology and Health 2.0, Workplace Wellness, and Resources for Health Care Professionals. 
The toolkit was developed through an ongoing collaboration between the California State Library and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Southwest Region.  Although based on a needs assessment of public libraries in California, this toolkit is considered relevant in every region.  A formal evaluation is planned for early 2011.  In the meantime, feel free to utilize this tremendous resource.  It is available online and will soon be posted on the Consumer Health Information Resources for New Mexico Public Libraries web page (http://hsc.unm.edu/library/distance/consumerhealth.shtml ).
Questions about consumer health resources can be directed to Barbara Nail-Chiwetalu, Distance Services Coordinator, UNM Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , (505) 272-0757.
USDA announces awards.  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that projects funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) will create jobs by building and enhancing libraries in 129 rural communities in 30 states across the nation.  In New Mexico, Bayard is the only library to receive funds.   The City of Bayard will use the $221,250 loan and a $148,750 grant to expand the library .  Read the full USDA announcement .  
“Libraries are the centerpiece of rural community life,” Secretary Vilsack said, “but in many cases they need additional funding to provide rural residents with computer access, modern equipment, and new training and educational opportunities.  These Recovery Act investments in our nation's libraries will serve rural America for generations to come.”

HH notes.  The Hitchhiker is about you and your libraries.  We depend on you to let us know what is going on at your libraries, and what you like or don’t like about the content of the newsletter.  Please help by reminding others to send their email addresses so we can notify them each time a new issue is available.  Send your news and announcements, and also new and corrected email addresses to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Send event and training announcements for the library community to the HH editor, Robert Upton, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
“One World, Many Stories.”  Your 2011 Summer Reading Program will be here before you know it! Come to one of the New Mexico State Library’s workshops to learn more about the 2011 program, with the theme of world cultures and travel. At each session, take a look at the Summer Reading manual and DVD and all they offer for children, teens, and adults.  Enjoy special guest presentations and performer demos, learn about local resources relating to world cultures and travel, share your Summer Reading ideas, successes, and challenges with your colleagues, get to know colleagues from nearby libraries, make crafts related to the theme, and have lots of fun! 
The sessions are free (though lunch will be on your own) and open to directors, staff, volunteers, and board members – all are welcome. These three in-person sessions run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Attend even if your library is planning its own theme. To register, click on the link of the session of your choice for more info and the online registration form:

For the first time, this workshop will also be offered online. The online workshop will be divided into two sessions:

  • December 7, 2:00 to 4:00: Overview of the theme, manual and DVD (approx. 2:00 to 3:00), and One World, Many Stories: 2011 Children's SRP (approx. 3:00 to 4:00) 
  • December 14, 2:00 to 4:00: You Are Here: 2011 Teen SRP (approx. 2:00 to 3:00), and Novel Destinations: 2011 Adult SRP (approx. 3:00 to 4:00) 

Attend all four hours, or pick and choose which sessions or parts of sessions you like. You only need to register once, though.  If there’s interest, this workshop will be offered again later in the winter or early spring.  If 2011 will be your first Summer Reading Program (or if you’d like a refresher), the online workshop can be offered just for you!  It's called SRP 101 and will be held on October 25 from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. to introduce SRP basics and tips of the trade. It will cover planning, promoting, working with a theme, working with performers, counting reading time, awarding incentives, evaluating, and much more.  To learn more about this online opportunity and to register, go to Summer Reading 101 .  Participants in this workshop are encouraged to take one of the sessions specific to the 2011 SRP listed above.

Speaking of the SRP, please take the survey to complete the 2010 SRP Evaluation, if you haven't sent it to the State Library already. Your responses help the State Library to continue funding for the program, as well as provide valuable information that allows better resources and materials for future programs.

If you have questions about these workshops or the evaluation form, contact Beth Crist, Library Development Bureau Director, (505) 476-9753 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

SLA meetings and workshops.  The Rio Grande Chapter of the Special Libraries Association would like to invite librarians, library students, and others interested in professional development in the information fields to these upcoming chapter events: 
October 2010: 
“Information Collaboration II” – an event sponsored by the local chapters of ARMA and SLA on Thursday, October 21, 12:30-5 p.m. at Improve Group, 3550 Pan American Freeway NE, Albuquerque.  Registration: $55.00/members or $65.00/non-members - includes luncheon and snacks.  (A scholarship will be available for SLA and ARMA members, one from each organization, to attend for free; contact Larry Compton This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details) 
Workshop schedule:  
  •  “Using the LinkedIn Networking Site in your Business,” presented by Andy Alsop of Deep Web Technologies and Nora Stoecker of NKS Information Services; 
  • “Initiating an Institutional RIM and Archives Program:  A Look at NMSU’s Collaborative Efforts,” presented by Steve Hussman and Diane Madrid of New Mexico State University;
  • “I’m not giving up my commodore 64 until they pry my cold, dead hands off of it!” presented by Marvin Procter, President of Improve Group. 

For more information and a registration form, visit the website http://units.sla.org/chapter/crio/documents/ARMA-SLA%20October%20event%20flier.pdf

In addition, please “Save the Date” for these upcoming sessions: 
November 2010: 
SLA-Rio Grande Chapter Annual Business Meeting and dinner on Thursday, November 4 from 5 - 9 p.m. at Chama River Brewing Company, 4939 Pan American Freeway NE, Albuquerque.  Guest speaker will be Sara Tompson, Associate Dean for Public Service, University of Southern California, and 2011 Special Libraries Association Board member.  Agenda: happy hour and social networking (Sponsored by Zipperer Project Management); annual business meeting; presentation by Sara Tompson; three-course dinner. 
January 2011:
“Politics and the library: Behind closed doors, a workshop” presented by Barbara Jones, Missouri/ Library Advocacy Liaison at the University of Missouri, on Thursday, January 13; time and place to be determined. 
For more information on these and other programs, visit the website http://units.sla.org/chapter/crio/programs.htm or contact: Larry Compton, Program Chair, SLA-Rio Grande Chapter, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
For information pros and data gatherers.  Do you need training on where to get New Mexico economic indicators? Do you ever have questions about finding and interpreting Census Bureau and other demographic data?  Then plan to attend the 12th Annual New Mexico Data Users Conference on Wednesday, November 10, at the UNM Continuing Education Conference Center, 1634 University Blvd. NE, Albuquerque.  There will be sessions on accessing and using socioeconomic and demographic data, with speakers from UNM, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the NM Dept. of Health, among others.  Registration is $50 per person and includes all conference materials, continental breakfast, beverage breaks, and a luncheon buffet. 
For more information and a registration form, go to BBER’s website (http://bber.unm.edu/conference.htm) or call (505) 277-8300. 
Art auction and fundraiser.  The NM Tribal Libraries Fundraising Committee (TLFC) invites you to the 3rd Annual Tribal Libraries Native Art Auction and Fashion Show on Saturday, November 6, at the Hard Rock Casino Hotel in Albuquerque.  The (TLFC) consists of voluntary members from Tribal Libraries throughout the State of New Mexico who meet with the objective to raise money for their libraries not met by other funding sources.  Examples of ways funds will be used include staffing, building improvements, programming, collection development, and new computer equipment.  Current members include Tribal Librarians and staff from Acoma Learning Center, Jemez Pueblo Community Library, Isleta Pueblo Public Library, Laguna Pueblo Public Library, and San Ildefonso Community Library.  The event starts at 5 p.m. with an opening reception and preview of art items.  Tickets are $75 each or $500 for a table of eight.  
For more information contact Maureen Wacondo (tickets) (505) 362-6463 or Janice Kowemy (505) 977-3978.
Another NM Craig Childs event.  Albuquerque's Main Library will host a talk and book signing with Craig Childs, naturalist, adventurer, and desert ecologist, on Tuesday, October 26, at 7 p.m.  Childs, a frequent contributor to NPR’s Morning Edition, will discuss and sign his book, Finders Keepers: A Tale of Archaeological Plunder and Obsession.  
He has been in NM this summer with the “Water Your Mind – Read @Your Public Library” to present his book, The Secret Knowledge of Water, that was chosen as the adult complement to this year’s Summer Reading Program. 
For more information, contact Riann Powell, Cultural Activities Coordinator at the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library System, (505) 768-5115.


Send announcements of new personnel, changes, achievements, and retirements in your library to the HH editor, Robert Upton, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Robert Blankenship has joined the New Mexico State Library’s Fast Forward New Mexico program as Program Manager on October 4.  The FFNM program is responsible for a coordinated effort of bringing broadband and internet training to New Mexico’s libraries across the state.  Robert brings to the position 15 years of financial and management experience developed in the private sector in consumer and business banking.  Robert can be reached at (505) 476-9784 with any questions related to Fast Forward New Mexico project.


Send job announcements to the HH editor, Robert Upton, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . There is no charge for this service to the library community.
Library director.  The City of Albuquerque announces a posting for Associate Director Library (Advertisement # 11167, Job Code: 800287).  Grade: E19 Starting $2,423.20 to Midrange $2,944.80 Bi-weekly; expires: October 29.  Duties:  to plan, direct, manage, and oversee the activities and operations of the Library Division of the Cultural Services Department including children's programs, reference support services, and implementation of automation; to coordinate assigned activities with other divisions, departments and outside agencies; and to provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Director of Cultural Services.  Requires a Master's degree with major course work in library or information science from an American Library Association (ALA) certified institution, plus six years of full-time library management experience to include five years direct supervisory experience in a management and/or administrative capacity. Possession of a valid New Mexico Driver's License;  possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid City Operator's Permit (COP) within six months from date of hire.  Background check required.  Preferred knowledge, skills, and abilities in operations, services and activities of a comprehensive library services program;  of pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations;  assume full management responsibility for all library division services and activities;  analyze and assess programs, policies and operational needs and make appropriate adjustments;  to identify and respond to sensitive community and organizational issues, concerns, and needs;  ability to develop and administer division goals, objectives and procedures;  ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing;  and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work  All applicants must submit, by expiration date, a City Application. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the application. An On-Line Application Process can be accessed at web site.  Applications are also available at the City of Albuquerque Human Resources Department 400 Marquette NW 7th Floor Suite 703, Albuquerque NM 87103. Copies of required certifications, registrations, and/or licenses, if not attached on-line, must be provided at the time of interview.  Your qualifications for this position will be determined on the basis of the information presented in your City application.  Vacancy listings may be obtained from the City's Jobline at 768-4636, the City's website  classified advertisements in the Sunday, Albuquerque Journal.  An Equal Opportunity/ Reasonable Accommodation Employer
Library tech.  The Joseph R. Skeen Library at New Mexico Tech in Socorro has an opening for Library Technician III, Circulation Supervisor.  Starting rate is $13.21-$16.38.  Under the supervision of the Library Director, the Circulation Supervisor plans and supervises the operations of the circulation department of the Library and interprets library policy concerning the circulation of library materials.  This includes planning for and supervising such functions as library opening/closing, patron registration, reserves management, materials check-out and check-in, over-dues handling, fine collection and related bookkeeping, library inventories, shelving of library materials, and maintenance of stack reading schedules.  The Circulation Supervisor is further responsible for the management of the library coffee service and library photocopiers;  coordinates with other library units to locate, distribute, and receive materials;  update forms and manuals;  hire, train, discipline, schedule, supervise, and evaluate circulation staff;  oversee collection and deposit of cash transactions;  monitor penalties assessment for overdue and lost materials;  collect and report statistical data;  coordinate meeting room reservation and arrange for peripheral equipment components;  assure building security after hours, coordinating with Campus Police;  serve on reference desk and answer directional questions;  and attend staff meetings.  Requires a Bachelor’s degree or a combination of higher education and experience (each three years of experience is equal to one year of college);  supervisory and management experience;  experience maintaining integrated computer systems and large databases;  proven ability dealing effectively with the public;  experience staffing and scheduling service desks;  ability to work collaboratively;  full competence using the internet browsers and databases, navigating subscriptions databases;  and knowledge of Microsoft Office software.  Desired qualifications include experience working in a library;  experience with remotely located and shared integrated library system;  cash management experience;  and skill in operating the full range of library service equipment.  Apply to New Mexico Tech, Human Resources, 801 Leroy Pl., Brown Hall Box 109, Socorro, NM 87801-4796;  (575) 835-5206, http://www.nmt.edu/hr-jobs-at-nmt .  See the website New Mexico Tech is an Equal Opportunity Institution.