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December 13, 1999; # 1333
PUBLIC LIBRARY ANNUAL REPORT
AND DATA PROGRAM
This year for the first time, all public libraries will submit their annual report data electronically using
Bibliostat, a software product from Management Dynamics. Over 20 people were present in Belen on
December 7 ( see HH # 1332) to attend the presentation on using Bibliostat Connect and Collect. The consensus
of the attendees was that both products are user friendly and will be effective for handling library data easily
and effectively. The State Library has obtained the rights to provide public libraries with this software at no cost
to the individual library.
The Collect software is available for downloading from the Bibliostat web site. This is the program that all
libraries must use for completing their annual reports for the year ended June 30, 1999. This is a large file to
download; if you are unable to complete the download please advise Scott Sheldon by e- mail at
lsheldon@ stlib. state. nm. us. He will contact the vendor to create and send you a CD- ROM of the program. The
Collect software for New Mexico includes a form that is to be printed in paper for the library director and
finance officer signatures. This portion must be mailed to Scott Sheldon. The electronic report is not sent to the
State Library at all, but will be e- mailed directly to the vendor, or sent on diskette by mail ( Scott receives the
report from Management Dynamics). An option in the Collect software makes it easy to e- mail.
Connect is a program which allows libraries to compare themselves with peer libraries. A library can see how
its own statistics compare with other similar libraries in other parts of New Mexico or nationally. The program
can automatically produce charts and graphs of these comparisons that can then be exported into other computer
programs such as Excel, Word, and other common programs for the creation of reports. Additionally, the raw
data can be exported to Excel spreadsheets to create various types of graphic representations such as pie charts.
The software vendor, Management Dynamics, is producing an updated CD- ROM version of the Connect
software/ data package, and will ship it to the State Library in the coming weeks. When it arrives, the State
Library will distribute the CD to all public libraries.
New bookmobile. The Thomas Branigan Memorial Library took delivery in November on a new bookmobile
manufactured by Ohio Bus Sales, Inc., of Canton, Ohio. The new vehicle, which cost over $ 160,000, was
approved for purchase by the City Council last January. The self- contained, RV style unit is 33 feet long and
custom built onto a bus chassis. It will hold about 4,000 books, and carries a computer with Internet access.
Archived copies of The HITCHHIKER found HERE
Branigan uses its bookmobiles to serve people who have difficulty in traveling to the main library in downtown
Las Cruces. The new unit will be on a two- week schedule with 26 stops covering both city and county
locations. The library has two old bookmobiles which have been in service for 25 years. They will be removed
from regular service, although one of them will be used to test potential sites for branch libraries. It will be
parked at the test sites for several weeks at a time to see how much use it receives from the neighborhood. The
other bookmobile is in such bad shape that it will be used for storage only.
Another new bookmobile. The State Library's Rural Services also put a new bookmobile into services at the
Rural Bookmobile East Office in Tucumcari. It is the Bluebird bus model from Ohio Bus Sales, like Branigan's
new bookmobile, a 35 foot diesel bus. It is capable of carrying 4,000 volumes, with an onboard computer able
to access the Internet, at a cost of $ 136,000. This is Rural Service's second bookmobile capable of using the
Internet as an onboard feature; the bookmobile at the Northeast Office in Cimarron had the first Internet
capacity. Money was appropriated by the 1997 legislature through a bill sponsored by Rep. Bobbie Mallory of
Tucumcari and Sen. Pat Lyons of Cuervo. The bookmobile replaced by the new model had been on the road
since 1988 and had driven 280,000 miles in its service area of Harding, Quay, Guadalupe, Curry, Lincoln,
Chavez, Roosevelt, Eddy, and parts of San Miguel Counties.
Sister libraries. El Paso Public Library is one of 47 participating libraries in 24 states that has been accepted as
a participant in Sister Libraries: A White House Millennium Council Project of the United States National
Commission on Libraries and Information Science ( NCLIS). Sister Libraries is a major initiative of NCLIS and
Sister Cities International. The goal is for public and school libraries in the United States to pair with other
libraries worldwide, focusing initially on programs specifically planned for children and teenagers.
Working with the Border Regional Library Association ( BRLA), EPPL will help develop school libraries in
Juarez, Mexico, as part of its Sister Libraries project. This project is in the planning stage. Staff members from
both the Juarez Public Library and EPPL have visited each others' libraries in the past month, and plan extended
visits/ training in the coming year.
Dr. Patricia Phillips, UTEP University Librarian, is the BRLA committee chair for this project. Martha Castro,
Special Collections Librarian at the Universidad Autonima de Cuidad Juarez and BRLA President, conceived
the idea and continues to develop it. Barbara Valle, Interim EPPL Director, has committed support to the
Mini- workshop. The State Library's Development Services will offer a mini- version of the workshop,
" Conducting Effective Library Surveys - Looking at the Numbers," on Thursday, January 13, from 2: 30- 5 p. m.
at the Lomas Tramway Branch Library in Albuquerque. The primary audience for the workshop is library
directors and program managers. The presenter is John Whitman, the president of Surveytools Corporation. If
you cannot attend the full- day version of this workshop on Friday, January 14, from 9 a. m. to 4 p. m. at the
Albuquerque Public Special Collections Branch, Botts Hall, 423 Central NE, then come to the mini- version. For
reservations, contact Lucille Gallegos toll- free at 1- 800- 340- 3890 or e- mail lucille@ stlib. state. nm. us. This is a
free program sponsored by the New Mexico State Library Development Services.
Library Science class. Clovis Community College will be offering one class in library technology in Spring
2000. LT 210 -- " Reference Materials and Services" is a study of basic library reference works including
indexes, dictionaries, atlases, encyclopedias, directories, etc. It also includes reference use of electronic
databases and the Internet. Students will receive practice case studies in reference and bibliographic procedures.
Each class will cost $ 76 for a New Mexico in- district student ($ 79, non- district and non- resident) plus books
and supplies. Registration for new and returning students is January 12- 13. If you are not currently enrolled at
CCC and plan to register for this course, you must complete an Admissions Application and return it to the
Office of Admissions and Records, 417 Schepps Blvd., Clovis, NM 88101- 8381. This form may be requested
by calling the Office of Admissions and Records at ( 505) 769- 4025. If you have questions about CCC's Library
Technology program or courses, please call Deborah McBeth Anderson, CCC Library Director at ( 505) 769-
4081 or e- mail andersondb@ clovis. cc. nm. us.
After three years as branch manager at Oliver LaFarge Library in Santa Fe, Bruce Adams has left New Mexico
to join the King County Library System in the Seattle area to be in charge of several branch sites. He helped in
initiating the Santa Fe Festival of the Book in its first year and for was the primary organizer for the second.
CASTING THE NET
Merry Christmas! Our newest collegue here at the State Library, Kirsten Shields, contributed the following web
sites for holiday atmosphere. The first one is Christmas. com. The company self- description is to provide world
class Christmas e- commerce, content and interactive services to families around the world. Visit the pages for
Countdown to Christmas Around the World, Merry Christmas in Many, Many Languages ( for instance, in
Malta, they say " Il- Milied it- Tajjeb" [ Happy Christmas] and " Is- Sena t- Tajba" [ Happy New Year]), Elves in
Black, Online Coloring Book, information, shopping, and much more.
For those culinarily inclined ( and who isn't in the Christmas season), visit ChristmasRecipe. com for a listing of
the season's recipes from A- Z. The home page blurb promises " From Gift Ideas to Traditions, food and
AllRecipes. com is where it's at this holiday season. Looking for some help in preparing the big meal? We've got
Christmas Eve and Christmas Dinner Menus complete with shopping lists! Plus, ideas and recipes for lots of
make- ahead goodies for Christmas Breakfasts. This time of year is also known as baking season. So be sure to
check out Gingerbread Fever and Are You Cut Out for Christmas? Read our hints to making a GOOD fruitcake
( yes, it can be done!) on CakeRecipe. com. We also have ideas for Cookie and Brownie Mixes in Jars and
Mailing Cookies from CookieRecipe. com. And finally, if your sweet tooth craves Fudge, Divinity and all sorts
of candy confections be sure to read our Candy Hints and Tips."
CANDIDATES FOR UPCOMING
NMLA BOARD ELECTION
The New Mexico Library Association is preparing for the annual election of officers. The Nominations and
Elections Committee, comprised of Mary Pat Kraemer, Marilyn Reeves, and Ellanie Samspon, has issued the
slate of candidates for the offices of Vice- President, Secretary, Member at Large, and ALA Councilor.
According to NMLA Bylaws, Article VI, Section I, " Nominations may also be made by the membership,
provided the candidate has agreed and one or more petitions for that candidate signed by a total of at least 20
current members of the Association have been submitted. Such petitions must be received by the Chair...
postmarked no later than January 1." The petition form is included on the web site: click on the link to get to the
petition. Completed petition forms should be sent by January 1 to Ellanie Sampson, 1929 Meadowview Drive,
NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104- 2513.
The candidates as announced by the Nominations and Elections Committee are as follows:
Vice President/ President- Elect:
! Paul Miller, Director, Alamogordo Public Library
! Leslie Chamberlin, Head of Tireman Library, UNM
! Kathy Matter, Librarian, John Baker Elementary School
! Claire Odenheim, Library Media Specialist, Oñate High School
Member at Large:
! Norice Lee, Branch Librarian, NMSU- Doña Ana Branch Community College
! Carol Merrill, Librarian, Hubert Humphrey Elementary School
! Olivia Newfield, Los Alamos County Library, White Rock Branch
! Rebecca Rich- Wulfmeyer, Senior Librarian/ Manager of Archival Collections, Museum of International
! Thaddeus Bejnar, State Law Librarian and Public Records Commissioner
! Susan Deese- Roberts, Director, Education Programs and Services, UNM General Library
! Teresa Naranjo, Santa Clara Pueblo Community Library
! Sandra Spurlock, Manager of Library Services for the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute
Election ballots will be mailed to the membership in late January. Please note that January 1 is also the deadline
for joining the Association or renewing your memberships in order to participate in the mail ballot election
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