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February 28, 2000; # 1343
BLOWIN' IN THE WIND
When the whirlwind of the 30- day legislative session ran out, little was left of the bills introduced to benefit
libraries. Of the various initiatives listed at the beginning of the session ( see HH # 1337), only the Tribal
Libraries Endowment Fund, SB 434, was sent on to Governor Johnson. This is a fund that would be managed
by the New Mexico State Library, the proceeds of which would be granted to New Mexico tribal government
entities for the support of tribal library service. Funding could come from government appropriations,
foundation and corporate grants, or donations. No money was appropriated in the bill; it only establishes a basis
for the fund.
HJM 19, for improving public school libraries, was awaiting final action on the Senate floor when the session
ended. NMLA will request that it be reconsidered during the Special Session.
Libraries were also left out of the final draft of the General Obligation Bond Issue package, HB 26, which had
contained proposals for electronic database subscriptions and public library media and equipment purchases. It
also contained funding for projects in the higher education portion of the bill, for Clovis Community College
and San Juan College in Farmington.
Capital Outlay Requests met a similar fate. These requests would have supplied funding for planning,
construction, renovation, equipment, and repairs to various libraries around the state.
The General Appropriations Act, which cleared the Legislature as SB 2, is expected to be vetoed by the
Governor and reconsidered in a Special Session. This bill included the State Library operating budget.
Court hears case on NM Internet law. The American Civil Liberties Union ( ACLU) entered a permanent
injunction against a New Mexico law ( NM Stat. Ann. 30- 37- 3- 2, " Sexually Oriented Material Harmful to
Minors"). The ACLU was joined in the case by various organizations, including the New Mexico Library
Association. The New Mexico Legislature enacted the law during the 1998 session ( see HH # 1251).
In November 1999, ACLU attorney Ann Beeson successfully argued the case before the Tenth Circuit of the
United States Court of Appeals. The Court cited the First Amendment in its ruling against the state law, and
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because the law was stated in overly broad terms and could not be effective as written. According to an
interview published in the Torch for Jan/ Feb 2000, Phil Davis, New Mexico's ACLU co- legal director and
counsel on the case, said, " This is a very important victory, because it is the first Federal Court of Appeals
decision to strike down a state online harmful- to- minors law. It protects everyone on the Internet from
prosecution under the New Mexico law, and also sends a message to other states that these laws are
A full copy of the case may be obtained on the web.
UNM Library joins the team. The University of New Mexico General Library has teamed up with Athletics
and the business community in the Athletic/ Library Partnership. Through such initiatives as the Intel Scores for
Scholars and the Bytes and Baskets program, both academics and athletics are served. A dinner at University
House and a check presentation ceremony during the UNM/ San Diego State men's basketball game on
Saturday, February 26 celebrated the completion of this year's campaigns.
Intel representatives, including Brian Harrison, Bill Garcia, and former UNM Regent Barbara Brazil, will
present a check for $ 20,000 to library representatives during the game, fulfilling Intel's Scores for Scholars
commitment for the year. The Intel Scores for Scholars program has provided a total of $ 120,000 over the last
six years by offering dollar amounts for points scored by men's basketball, football, and volleyball.
The Bytes and Baskets program has scored big for women's basketball and the library. During the dinner at
University House, Pamela Chavez of Wells Fargo Bank presented a check for $ 25,000 to representatives of the
library and women's basketball. Of that amount, women's basketball gets $ 15,000 to purchase an online game
editor, while $ 10,000 goes to the library to purchase electronic journals for Parish Memorial Library of
Business and Economics.
Other invited guests include PNM CEO Ben Montoya, the major contributor in the Center for Academic
Program Support ( CAPS) online training room in Zimmerman Library; Jamie Coch of Daniels Insurance;
Raphael Gutierrez of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center; Mike Stanford and Pat Dee of First State Bank; Robert
Maestas of Pepsi and Tina Otteni of Comcast Cable.
" All these businesses have supported initiatives to benefit both the library and athletics. We are proud to be
associated with each and every one of the businesses and the individuals involved," says Doris Rhodes, of
Community and Public Relations.
Correction. Last week, the Hitchhiker announced that the New Mexico Environment Department Library will
celebrate Earth Week during New Mexico Month of the Library with the Grand Opening of a new Geographical
Information Systems node on Friday, April 19. That date has been corrected to April 21. The NMED Library
received a grant of $ 10,000 from the U. S. Geographical Survey in October of 1999 to create GIS metadata and
give statewide accessibility to NMED GIS information. A hands- on demonstration of GIS, the BNA
Environment Library on CD, and the new web version of the NMED Library catalog will take place from 1- 3
p. m. followed by tea, coffee, and goodies. Call Ann Baumgarn at ( 505) 827- 2633 for more details.
Librarian. The University of New Mexico, Gallup Campus, Zollinger Library, invites applications for two
tenure- track positions as Assistant Professor of Librarianship. Applicants should be prepared to supervise
library staff, including audiovisual and distance education technicians, work with faculty and students on
collection development and use, serve on campus committees, and be able to use and train others to use a
variety of automated library resources. The successful applicant will be expected to help plan the move of the
Library's collection of 60,000 print, microfiche, tape, and electronic items to a new building, as well as selecting
and setting up a new library security system. Required minimum qualification is a Master's degree from an
ALA accredited program in hand at the time of appointment; and excellent communication skills, both oral and
written. Desirable qualifications include experience with computers and/ or other instructional technology;
previous library experience; human relation skills with others as a team; experience working with students and
others from diverse ethnic, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds; and supervisory experience. For best
consideration, applications must be received by 5 p. m. on March 31. The position, however, will remain open
until filled. Salary is commensurate with qualification/ budget/ policy. The University of New Mexico, Gallup
Campus, is a two- year community college with an enrollment of over 3,000 students, the majority of whom are
Native American. To apply, send a letter of interest, a résumé listing employment dates by month/ year, a one
page essay describing your thoughts on the impact of new technologies on traditional library practices, copies of
all undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and three current letters of recommendation ( within the last three
years). Address to UNM- Gallup Personnel Office, 200 College Road, Gallup, NM 87301. Please indicate Job
Requisition Number # 4951 A& B. Successful candidates must be prepared to submit official transcripts. Faxed
applications will only be accepted if hard copy is received within three days. The applicant must be legally
authorized to work in USA. The University of New Mexico is an Affirmative Action, Equal
Opportunity/ Employer & Educator.
B& T NOTES
This is a continuing discussion in the Hitchhiker. For background, see HH# 1335 and # 1336.
Max Dalrymple ( e- mail mdalry@ sr66. com ) writes:
" From my years of ordering books I'd strongly suggest Ingram be [ considered] by all public
libraries…. Ingram made a commitment to public libraries over ten years, perhaps twenty years ago
and their move from bookstores to libraries is appropriate for any library concerned with
" Also, do not forget standard orders from the book clubs. With 65 percent discounts available, book
clubs are a good way of adding popular titles to your collection. With all of the clubs I weeded the
book club editions before I weeded a standard edition, but they are good, inexpensive copies of
popular books that do not sit on the shelf long and can be sold in a regular " library bookstore" after
their period of intense popularity is over.
" If you do not regularly check used book stores for Fiction Catalog, Public Library Catalog, etc.,
titles, you are missing an excellent opportunity to add valuable books to your shelves
inexpensively. I've used this technique in low budget years to maintain increased circulation, so
consider making it a collection development priority."
HH editorial note: If your library must use the State Purchasing list of approved vendors, you will be unable to
use the advice concerning sources other than Ingram.
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