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December 16, 1996 # 1187
TRAVELING FOUNDATION CENTER COLLECTION
Back in April, the Hitchhiker announced the introduction of the Foundation Center Traveling Collection to
libraries ( see HH # 1149). This collection sends almost 100 pounds of books on the road to libraries to allow
local grant writers access to the most popular and useful resources from the more extensive State Library
collection in Santa Fe. The travelling collection has now circulated to eight libraries throughout the state,
including public, academic, and pueblo libraries.
Housing it at public libraries and inviting representatives and grant- writers from local non- profit organizations
to use it while it is easily available can bring real financial benefits to the community. As a result of exposure to
the resources, several of the host libraries have decided to invest in the basic foundation collection at an
investment of $ 1017. In Clayton, Jacque Callis of the Northeastern Soil and Water Conservation District and
fifteen other groups and businesses felt access to the materials was so important that they solicited the
community for money to purchase a grants resource collection.
In January, Portales Public Library will host the collection with its 62 reference books and one video. Among
the collection titles are the Big Book of Library Grant Money, the Foundation Directory, and the Grants Index.
A Guide to U. S. Foundations, Their Trustees, Officers, and Donors is in two volumes, and the New Mexico
Funding Directory helps with state resources. The total value of the collection is $ 3,575 and all the titles are the
Each library must assume the responsibility of housing the collection and promoting its availability to local
government, community grant writers, and non- profits. At the end of four weeks, the hosting library mails it to
the next library. The only cost to your library is approximately $ 30 to cover mailing charges to the next library.
Each host will be asked to complete an evaluation form to gauge the project's value to your community. If you
are interested in receiving the Foundation Center Traveling Collection, call Cynthia Lerma at the State Library,
( 505) 827- 3801. Let her know which month would be best for your library. State Library staff will assign your
month, taking into consideration the geographic distribution of hosting candidates and notify you of the travel
schedule. You will receive the generic publicity releases and bibliography one month before the collection's
arrival to help you prepare its reception. If you have questions about the contents of the collection, call Ingrid
Vollnhofer at ( 505) 827- 3805 or e- mail ingrid@ stlib. state. nm. us. Comments about the collection may be
directed to Elaine Goodman, e- mail egoodman@ stlib. state. nm. us. The State Library can provide you with name
for previous host libraries for their experience. The State Library is now evaluating the success of the traveling
collection to decide whether to continue it. If you would like to host this collection, please response before the
end of December.
NEH GRANT PROJECT AT WORK
The Archival Resources Project, funded through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities ( see
HH # 1164), recently finished orientation of the new staff and held a workshop for the people who will be
involved in providing the integrated online bibliographic access to the archival research materials located in
Santa Fe's specialized libraries. These collections are held in the historical archives of the New Mexico State
Records Center and Archives and the various libraries of the Museum of New Mexico, including the Fray
Angelico Chavez Library ( formerly the History Library), Palace of the Governors Library, Laboratory of
Anthropology Library, The Museum of International Folk Art Library, and the Museum of Fine Arts Library.
Together, their collections constitute a resource of major national significance. The New Mexico State Library
is administering the project.
During the five day workshop, trainers Steve Hensen, who is a recognized expert and author on archival
cataloging, and Dr. Bonnie Hardwick, a manuscript curator of twenty year with a special interest in New
Mexico collections, gave an overview of archival cataloging and MARC records, with hands- on cataloging of
selected archival collections from the repositories. New staff members Jo Anne Jager, Shan Sutton, and Daphne
Arnaiz- Deleon ( see HH # 1184) joined selected staff from the State Records Center and Archives, the Museum
of New Mexico libraries, and the State Library for the training. The NEH staff and the staff from the State
Records Center and Archives have begun creating cataloging worksheets for the collections in Archives. As the
project continues, the NEH staff will visit each library in turn during its year of funding.
Cyber auction! The Institute of American Indian Arts is pleased to announce its first cyber auction of hand
painted denim jackets and dusters donated by IAIA alumni. You can view the items you wish to bid on and read
the auction rules on the IAIA homepage at http:// www. nuovo. com/ iaia/ auction. The auction continues through
December 31. Proceeds will benefit scholarships for IAIA students.
Attention performers. Read the 7 Seas, the 1997 Statewide Reading Program, is requesting proposals for two
professional cultural performers to tour to about 25 sites each within the state of New Mexico during June, July,
and August of 1997. The performance must relate to this year's theme: Read the 7 Seas. Our mascots, Digby, a
bobcat, and Sophy, a rabbit, are off on ocean adventures. Possible thematic approaches could include sea
stories, an ocean environment, sea creatures, sailing and adventure, pirates and treasure, or a beach party.
Copies of the clip art are available and may be requested. Storytellers and other performers are encouraged to
contact Chris Baca at the State Library, ( 505) 827- 3807, for information.
Supreme Court reviews Communications Decency Act. The U. S. Supreme Court announced Friday,
December 6, that it will hear the government's appeal of a landmark legal challenge to the Communications
Decency Act ( CDA) passed last February by Congress ( see HH # 1165). Judith F. Krug, the director of the
American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom, said in a press release, " Many people turn to
public libraries for access to electronic information. Our concern is that decency is not defined in the Act and
we need a definition. Otherwise librarians are forced to self- censor or go off- line. Neither alternative is
acceptable. We are very pleased the Supreme Court has granted full review of the case." ALA is one of the 27
plaintiffs in the case.
Librarian. El Rito Public Library needs a librarian for 20- 25 hours per week at $ 7.50 per hour, to start January
6. Grade I Library Certification or higher and bilingual preferred. This is a demanding position which includes
fiscal management and grantwriting responsibilities. Send a cover letter and resume by December 20 to Andy
R. Lopez, Executive Director, Las Clinicas del Norte, P. O. Box 237, El Rito, NM 87530 or FAX ( 505) 581-
Assistant Librarian/ Cataloger. Thomas C. Donnelly Library at New Mexico Highlands University is inviting
and extending the search for applications for Assistant Librarian, Cataloger. The Cataloger will be responsible
to the Head of Information Processing for complete processing of all library resources added to the collection,
including original and general cataloging, classifying, and reclassifying. The Cataloger will have responsibility
for the accuracy of information entered into the Library's online public access catalog. Responsibilities will
include assisting with development of policies, procedures, and implementation of cataloging aspects of
networking and special collections; will oversee authority control services, preservation, work flow, and
inventory; perform other library related activities requiring similar knowledge and skills as instructed by the
Head of Information Processing Division; ability to compile statistics; should have good verbal and written
communication skills; be able to work well both independently and with others; be able to adapt to change; and
will assist in providing reference services to clientele on a rotational schedule, including evenings and
weekends. Requirements are a Master's degree from an ALA- accredited library school with a minimum of three
years cataloging experience, knowledge of Library of Congress Classification System in classifying and
cataloging all types of library resources; thorough knowledge of AACR2, use of LC Subject Headings, and LC
Classification Schedules is essential; must have a working knowledge of a bibliographic utility, such as OCLC,
and a local library automated system, such as DRA. Supervisory experience is desirable. Salary is determined
by qualifications and experience for a 12- month contract. A job description is available upon request.
Applications must be postmarked no later than January 24, 1997. A complete application consists of a transcript
from an ALA- accredited library school, a letter of intent, current resume, names, addresses, and telephone
numbers of three references. Send to: Chair, Assistant Librarian/ Cataloger Search and Screen Committee,
Human Resources Department, New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM 87701. For disabled access
or service, call ( 505) 454- 3332 or TDD# ( 505) 454- 3003. New Mexico Highlands University is an AA/ EEO
employer. The successful candidate will be required to submit an official transcript verifying MLS degree from
ALA- accredited library school.
CASTING THE NET
Virtual grammar. Worried about the corruption of the English language in cyberspace? The language is
changing before our very eyes right there on the Web. I discover new words faster than the OED can catch
them. Know what " going 3- D" means? It's what cybernerds do when they decide to take the Big Step to meet a
chat room partner in real time, face to face. And, judging by what I see on Websites, Webmasters never use
their spell checkers.
There is an up side to all this, according to Patricia T. O'Conner, author of Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe's
Guide to Better English in Plain English, and an editor for The New York Times Book Review. In the December
9 " My Turn" column in Newsweek, she said, " Thanks to the computer, Americans are communicating with one
another at a rate undreamed of a generation ago -- and in writing. People who seldom wrote more than a memo
or a shopping list are producing blizzards of words. Teenagers who once might have spent the evening on the
phone are hunched over their computers, gossiping by e- mail and meeting in chat rooms. Wired college
students are conferring with professors, carrying on romances, and writing home for money, all from computer
terminals in their dorm rooms. Many executives who once depended on secretaries to ' put it in English' are now
clicking on REPLY and writing it." She goes on to express that all this writing is grammatically challenged. But
she ends with the reasonable reminder that a grammatical error " is not a drive- by shooting."
Christmas Net. Have you looked for Christmas on the Internet yet? There is a wide selection to choose from.
An article in the December American Libraries called " It Came upon a Web Site Clear" served as a starting
point, guiding us to the following sites:
! Ho! Ho! Ho! at http:// www. santaclaus. com -- you can e- mail Santa, see featured sites and charities, enjoy
Christmas humor, see Christmas customs and celebrations around the world, visit " Santa's own FAQ",
learn " Santa's favorite recipes", and, of course, find out where to shop.
! Santa's Home Page at http:// www. north- pole. org -- has goodies like a countdown till Christmas, lets you
meet the elves, read Christmas stories, visit the reindeer, learn Christmas carols, and e- mail a Christmas
! Santa's Workshop at http:// www. santas- workshop. com -- tells about the North Pole, Santa's workshop, the
toybox and toystore, and write a wishlist.
! Santa Claus at Claus. com, http:// www. claus. com -- takes you to Santa Claus village.
These sites are all very cool with animated graphics ( high load memory eaters) and colored lights, lots of jumps,
and fun places for children to play. If you have a bored child grinching around, I bet these sites will put him or
her in the Christmas spirit.
Next, I searched AltaVista and Yahoo just to survey how many other possibilities there are out there. Between
99 and 30,000. You can look for gifts, culture, religion, books, children, etc. Caution: just because the search is
for " Santa Claus" does not mean that this can be an unsupervised activity. Here's a couple of safe ones:
! Santa Claus of Greenland Guest Book at http:// www. greenland- guide. dk/ santa/ write- me. htm -- " Read the
Christmas messages that Santa Claus of Greenland has received since the 1st of December -- and don't
forget to write Santa your personal message."
! North Pole Secret Village at http:// www. northpole. com/ main. html -- here's a cottage industry of Santa
elfdom that you can visit. See the toys the elves are making, read stories and print out pictures to color
about the toys, visit the mailroom, and write a letter.
! Santa Claus Suits! at http:// www. deeppool. com/ northpole. html -- get all your gear to impersonate Santa
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