January 14, 2011, #1727

In this issue: 


2011 New Year’s Message from
State Librarian Susan Oberlander

In this time when serious economic tradeoffs are being made, the State Library has, like all of you, had to make some hard decisions.  Surprisingly, on paper the world looks bleaker than daily life – State Library FTE has been reduced from 63 to 39 over the last two fiscal years and the budget cut by 20%.  Yet we come to work every day and make meaningful choices about what work we can do given these reduced resources. 
Perhaps not surprisingly, many of our decisions have led to retention of technology-based projects.  For instance, the Public Services and Technical Services Bureau are continuing a project to digitize the first 20 years of El Palacio Magazine.  El Palacio documents the art, history and culture of the Southwest and has been published since 1913 by what is now the Department of Cultural Affairs.  As such, it is a state document and within the mission of the State Library, which is charged with managing a statewide State Document Depository collection.  We picked this project as one of the State Library Centennial projects since El Palacio is just one year younger than New Mexico. 
Another technology project that the Development Bureau will be working on for the next two years is digital literacy training in public libraries to accompany our federal grant, Fast Forward New Mexico.  The grant will provide digital literacy training directly to patrons of 17 public libraries, but the Development Bureau will provide support in all 91 public libraries for this type of training. 
When I look at the future, information and technology skills for both libraries and their patrons loom larger than anything else.  These skills form the basis of most future work, social dialog and information provision.  While we may be in the midst of a shift in the way that library patrons obtain content, I believe that libraries will remain a key resource to our patrons and play a central role in providing open and free access to information and ideas.
The State Library, therefore, is holding on to our technology projects as we prioritize our work for the coming year.  I hope we are successful!  We have enjoyed all of our contacts with each of you throughout the year and wish you the best in 2011.


Free Training Classes in Spanish on Internet Marketing for Artists.  If you know of artists and cultural entrepreneurs looking for new cost-effective ways to promote and sell their work, or have questions about websites or blogs, search engine optimization, cost-cutting technologies, or using Facebook to promote their art or product(s), please pass along this information.
Fast Forward New Mexico offers free hands-on computer training designed for people starting or growing small businesses in the arts and cultural markets. The “Small Business Success” class series offers four eight-hour Internet business development courses combining expertise in business, marketing, and tourism with topics including e-commerce, e-marketing and using social media to network and sell products. The world of opportunities available through the Internet is growing each day; there are infinite opportunities for cultural entrepreneurs to market their artwork and products online.

Classes are available in 17 locations around New Mexico over the next two years. Registration is now open for classes beginning in February in Albuquerque (taught in Spanish), and will open at the end of January for March classes in Rio Rancho (taught in English).   Interested participants can register for one or all four of the following Small Business Success course offerings:

Internet Tools for Business 1: Reducing Costs
Internet Tools for Business 2: Increasing Sales
Social Media for Marketing 1: How to Choose the Right Tool
Social Media for Marketing 2: Promoting Your Business

“This is small business success training for people building cultural enterprises, but it is useful to any business owner,” said Alice Loy, Fast Forward New Mexico Instructor and staff with the Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship (GCCE), a lead partner in the program. Both projects connect cultural entrepreneurs with knowledge, technical assistance, market links, and information necessary to the success of their ventures. Fast Forward New Mexico’s outreach to artists falls directly under the GCCE mission.
The partners in the Fast Forward New Mexico program are the New Mexico State Library, the Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship (GCCE), the University of New Mexico - Los Alamos, the University of New Mexico Continuing Educations, and 1st- Mile Institute. Funded under the Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program (BTOP), the $1.5 million dollar grant began in 2010 and will continue through 2012, offering training at 17 public libraries across the state.

To register for classes go to: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SpanishFFNM.
Visit www.FastForwardNM.org or call Carla Rachkowski at 505-750-2617 for locations, schedules, and additional information.
Your Feedback Wanted.  Since April 2010, the UNM Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center has provided Consumer Health Information Resources for New Mexico public libraries at http://hsc.unm.edu/library/distance/consumerhealth.shtml and highlighted resources or features regularly in the Hitchhiker. Barbara Nail-Chiwetalu, Distance Services Coordinator, would now like to get your feedback as to the usefulness of the web page and suggestions for improvement.
Anytime between January 14-28, please visit the online survey at https://esurvey6.unm.edu/opinio/s?s=30802. There you will find a very brief, four question survey that will take only a few minutes to complete. Whether you have used the web page or not, we ask that you complete the survey. Please contact Barbara if you have any questions or comments at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 505-272-0757.

 The Palace of the Governors Photo Archives has announced that its book and digitized photograph collections have gone global, through WorldCat, the world’s largest and most comprehensive catalog.
The Photo Archives has digitized historic photographs for several years using a digital content management software, and posted digitized materials online at New Mexico’s Digital  Collections, at http://econtent.unm.edu/cdm4/indexpg.php, hosted by UNM libraries.  This site now has 14,000 searchable records in the Photo Archives collection.
Also noteworthy is the Photo Archives’ holdings of 3,000 books on photography, that has just been cataloged and is now available on WorldCat.  The Photo Archives book collection covers subjects such as the history of photography, artistic photography, travel photography, works by individual photographers, and exhibit catalogs.  As well as its books collection, the Photo Archives has begun to process and catalog its unique historic photograph collections of individual photographers as manuscript collections, also now searchable on WorldCat.
In today’s library world, searchers expect to not only discover but also to take delivery of digital items at their desktops.  This is now possible as part of an ongoing effort to maximize the Web visibility of the unique primary source material held by the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives.
WorldCat is free and searchable by anyone simply by going to http://www.worldcat.org.
To search the other catalogs of the Photo Archives collections, as well as the collections of the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library, go to the Library’s web site at http://www.palaceofthegovernors.org/catalogue.html.  The Photo Archives and the History Library are open to the public from Tuesday through Friday from 1-5 PM, and by appointment.  Please note that collections are non-circulating.  Free wireless is available on site.
The Fray Angélico Chávez History Library and Palace of the Governors Photo Archives are part of the New Mexico History Museum campus in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  For further information contact Daniel Kosharek at 505-476-5092 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
New Titles at the State Library.  Here are just a few of the new titles acquired in January for the Southwest Collection.  For a complete list, go to our website at www.nmstatelibrary.org.  If you need assistance, please contact Southwest Collection Librarian Faith Yoman for details at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 505-476-9790.  The asterisk indicates circulating copy available.
              Southwestern History and Culture:
             Border Culture, edited by Ilan Stavans
*Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression, Morris Dickstein
Hand Talk: Sign Language Among American Indian Nations, Jeffrey E. Davis
*Indians and Energy: Exploitation and Opportunity in the American Southwest, edited by Sherry L. Smith and Brian Frehner.
Las Vegas, New Mexico, Joseph Lordi
Navajos in the Catholic Church Records of New Mexico, 1694-1875, David M. Brugge
*Nearby History: Exploring the Past Around You [3rd ed.], David E. Kyvig and Myron A. Marty
New Town and the Railroad Boom Years, 1880-1912: A Selection of Three Booster Booklets from the Era, a joint publication of the Albuquerque Museum and the University of New Mexico General Library
*Sam English: The Life, Work, and Times of an Artist, by Samuel F. English and Ann Dallman
Santa Fe Tales & More, Howard Bryan
*Southwest Textiles: Weavings of the Navajo and Pueblo, Kathleen Whitaker; with textile analysis assistance by Susie Hart
*Teaching History with Film: Strategies for Secondary Social Studies, Alan S. Marcus et al.
*Towns of Lincoln County, John LeMay
*Trails of Historic New Mexico: Routes Used by Indian, Spanish and American Travelers through 1886, Hunt Janin and Ursula Carlson
Weekends with O’Keeffe, C. S. Merrill
Southwestern Fiction and Literature:
Camino del Sol: Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing, edited by Rigoberto González
*In the Bear’s House, N. Scott Momaday
The Man Who Killed Shakespeare, Ken Hodgson

Sound Recordings:
Juegos y Canciones de los Niños, Roberto Mondragón

*500 Nations: Kevin Costner Explores America’s Indian Heritage [DVD], produced and directed by Jack Leustig.
*A Class Apart: A Mexican American Civil Rights Story [DVD], Camino Bluff Productions; produced and directed by Carlos    Sandoval and Peter Miller.
*The Colonization of North America: The Early Settlements Collection [DVD], Cerebellum Corporation.
*Lost Souls = Ánimas Perdidas [DVD], a co-production of Monika Navarro and Independent Television Service.
*The Orphan Trains [DVD], Janet Graham and Edward Gray.
*Santa Fe Video Collection, volume 1: Artists of New Mexico [VHS], produced, directed, photographed and edited by David Ellis.
*U.S. Mexican War, 1846-1848 [DVD], Ginny Martin, director and editor; KERA-TV, Dallas/Fort Worth.
*The Way West: How the West was Lost & Won, 1845-1893 [DVD], directed by Ric Burns; Steeplechase Films, Inc.
*We Shall Remain: America Through Native Eyes [DVD], WGBH Boston & PBS Home Video.



Library Legislative Day, Thursday, January 27, 2011.  Cynthia J. Shetter, Co-Chair of the NMLA Legislation Committee, announces that the New Mexico Library Association is holding its annual Library Legislative Day on Thursday, January 27, 2011, to show support for libraries and library funding. Library supporters will meet at the State Capitol at 9:30 am.   Participants will then gather in the House and Senate galleries when the sessions begin, and delegations of librarians will be introduced.  Afterwards, supporters will visit with their individual legislators to advocate the importance of continued funding of library programs. All library supporters are urged to attend.                                               
 Members of the NMLA Legislation Committee have put together a guide book to assist supporters in making that vital connection to their legislators. You can find the e-book at http://nmla.org/docs/Connecting.pdf
New databases for Magazines Online.  The State Library has added the following two Gale databases to Magazines Online.  The new databases will be available from now until June 30, 2011.  A decision will be made later in the Spring about whether or not to continue the subscriptions to these two new databases depending upon the availability of our federal LSTA grant. These databases are funded by the 2010 LSTA Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
ChiltonLibrary.com represents the most authoritative automotive repair information available to car owners. There are thousands of year, make and model combinations covering the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years, plus additional coverage of specialty models. ChiltonLibrary.com gives you the confidence to service or repair virtually any system on your vehicle.
Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context – This database is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues. Drawing on the acclaimed Greenhaven Press series, the new solution features continuously updated viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.
Please access Magazines Online as you normally do. To see the new databases, click on “Change Databases” at the very top of the Gale screen and scroll down under “Additional Products.” If for some reason you don't see them, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
 New “libreteria” branch opens.  Thomas Branigan Memorial Library in Las Cruces celebrated the opening of the San Andres branch library on Jan 6.  The new branch is located in the older portion of San Andres High School in Mesilla.  The cafeteria was remodeled to house books, reference materials and periodicals, hence the nickname, “libreteria.”  Local residents appear to be quite pleased with the first branch library, commenting that the long-awaited library has definitely added to their quality of life.  The Las Cruces City Council and the Dona Ana County Board of Commissioners plan to discuss the possibilities of opening more branch locations in community centers throughout the county.   Lynette Schurdevin is the Administrator of the Branigan Memorial Library.
Coming soon -- El Portal.  The New Mexico State Library is in the process of developing a new portal page, “El Portal,” for Magazines Online, NewsBank, and other online resources.  El Portal has been developed with the idea of making it simpler for New Mexicans to have access to online databases offered by the State Library.  Online resources will be located on one central page, and New Mexicans will have access from anywhere that they have a computer and a connection, be it their public library, coffee shop, school, office or home.  New Mexico public library directors will receive more details in the next few weeks from Laurie Canepa, Public Services Bureau Director.
Literary Action Figures.   If you need promotional giveaways you might want to see some fun suggestions from Bookpublishing.com:   It's a bird, it's a plane... actually Edgar Allen Poe. While literary action figures might not come with an arsenal of weapons, superhero allies or a legion of ne'er-do-wells plotting against them, they do look pretty great sitting on your desk. Thanks to Accoutrements, you can now proudly display Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde, Edgar Allen Poe, Charles Dickens, and- of course- Shakespeare. Perhaps the greatest hero of all, and might even be considered the Professor X of this Action Team, is the Deluxe Librarian figure.     Check out http://www.accoutrements.com/shop/categories/Classics/Action-Figures/ for a complete list of super heroes.



The Winter 2010, volume 115, no. 4 of El Palacio, a quarterly magazine published by the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), features an article by State Library State Documents Librarian Susanne Caro entitled, “Going Digital: A Newish Look for Old El Palacios.”  El Palacio began publication by the DCA museums in 1913 focusing on art, culture and history of New Mexico and the Southwest.  Susanne will be contributing a number of articles to the magazine in 2011. 
Dean P. Smith has been promoted to the position of Director of the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Libraries.  Smith has worked for the library system since January of 2008, replacing Julia Clarke who retired as director in December 2010 after 25 years of service.  Smith also has held various supervisory positions with the New York Public Library System and the Southwark Libraries in London, England.  He holds a Master of Library and Information Science from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Education in School Media Services from Ball State University.
Susie Sonflieth, Library Services Director for Branches of the Santa Fe Public Library, has announced her retirement effective Jan 21.  Susie’s career in New Mexico has spanned 15 years with Santa Fe Public, seven years at the State Library, and seven years with the New Mexico Coalition for Literacy.  Susie plans to spend her well-earned retirement traveling, gardening, taking classes, and volunteering. 

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