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June 9, 1997 # 1212
SUMMER SHANGHAIED --
Kids before the mast. Yep, it's that time. Summer reading programs. Mary Lee Smith of Lovington Public
Library sent Hitchhiker a report to share with other libraries. Mary Lee said that she and her staff are anxious
to hear what other libraries are doing.
In Lovington, at the time of registration each child will sign on as a shipmate for the
Reading Regatta, and will be given a schedule of
program events, a passport, and other goodies to
get them started on reading adventures. The
Reading Regatta is a friendly competition
between four fictional sailing ships. Children will
sign on ( or in old salt parlance, " go before the
mast") with one of four ships: the SS Page-
Turner, the SS Readmore, the SS Tale- Spinner,
or the SS Eyes- in- Book. Shipmates will record
the books they read on flags which are color-coded
to represent their ships. To sign on with a
ship, each participant will add his or her name to
a large roster, which will be displayed
on the corresponding color of the ship. This gives a child the chance to see who their shipmates are. The library
staff will keep each crew approximately the same length. The completed flags will be added to the library
display, and at the program's end the ship with the most flags on display will be declared winner of the
ADA info. The State Library has received the 1996 edition of the Section 504 Compliance Handbook. Included
in it are the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards. In 1992, this was an eleven page booklet; the new version
has expanded to 92 pages. The Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards are in Vol. II, App. V and the call
number is REF 344.0159 S446. This is important information, not only for libraries, but all public buildings,
and should be disseminated to as large a part of the population as possible. Although the copy cannot be
borrowed, libraries may call the State Library Interlibrary Reference number toll- free at 1- 800- 876- 2203 with
questions. Please be prepared to ask for as specific information as possible.
Aida Alva Gerdes, an employee at the UNM Library since 1980, was killed by bandits in Ecuador on
Thursday, May 29. She was on a trip with her husband Dick Gerdes who is a UNM Spanish professor, and 14
university students on a trip to study ruins. The incident occurred west of the port city of Quayaquil. The driver
of the bus on which they were traveling was also wounded, but no other members of the group were injured.
Aida Alva Gerdes was apparently hit by random gunfire. She was originally from Lima, Peru, and was a
cataloger of Spanish and Portuguese materials at Zimmerman Library.
Sarah O'Neal will be the new librarian at Bloomfield Community Library. She has her Bachelor's from Austin
College in Sherman, Texas, and is presently working on an MLS from the University of Arizona. She has been
teaching in the Four Corners area for five years and worked at Farmington Public during the past year.
Librarian. St. John's College in Santa Fe has re- opened its search for an Associate Librarian for Systems and
Cataloging. While the job description may sound demanding, keep in mind that St. John's is a very small
academic institution ( less than 500 students) making the demands within the two areas of responsibility not as
great. The cataloging responsibilities, for example, entail processing about 2,000 items per year ( fewer records
than many large institutions add in a month). The work load is varied, interesting, and do- able. Under the
direction of the College Librarian, the incumbent designs, promotes, and implements library systems and
databases; diagnoses software and hardware problems; runs automated systems and networks; repairs PCs and
Macintoshes; provides training for library staff in applications; manages Student Computer Center and the
campus Internet connection; establishes documentation and evaluation of cataloging policies and procedures;
performs original and copy cataloging using OCLC; manages student assistants; prepares statistical reports and
The display will consist of four masts made out of a length of PVC pipe which stands inside a PVC flange.
They will be covered with corrugated paper, to extend the height to the ceiling. Each mast will bear a
styrofoam life preserver with the ship's name on it. The life preservers will be made out of florist's wreaths.
Lines off each mast will be used for displaying the flags. The life preservers will also be used for posting a
running tally of how the ship is doing in the race. The flags are from the clip- art provided in the " Read the 7
Seas" packet, and will be copied onto colored construction paper.
Throughout the program the staff will be passing out handouts for fun ( dot- to- dot, word search, mazes, etc.)
These will also have " Read the 7 Seas Reminders" to encourage participation in the Reading Regatta,
reminding crews of the storyteller program, and other events. There will be a relay race where the kids carry
sand in a seashell to see which team can get the most sand in the pail ( outdoors, of course); another week, kids
will make paper sailboats and sail them in wading pools ( also outside). The sailboats will have styrofoam plate
bottoms, so they WILL float. Kids will also be make their own signal flags, grass skirts, and leis. The staff will
be uniformed in cotton sailor hats with the iron- on " 7 Seas" transfers. Mary Lee dug out an old shark costume,
and hopes get someone to pose in a homemade grass skirt for publicity photos. Ah, to sail the wine- dark seas!
develops long and short range plans. Requirements are a Master's degree in Library Science from an ALA
accredited program; two years of automated library systems and two years of cataloging experience; knowledge
of AACR2, MARC formats, LC classification, LCSH, and OCLC; knowledge of DOS, PC Networks, system
testing, and system debugging; ability to catalog European language materials and knowledge of at least one
foreign language; demonstrated supervisory, teaching, communications, and organizational skills; and an
interest and willingness to participate in ongoing professional training and development. Desirable
qualifications include management of Novell networks and Internet connections; significant original cataloging
experience; broad liberal arts education or completion of the St. John's College program; and a reading
knowledge of ancient Greek and French. This is an exempt, full- time position. Salary is $ 25,709 ( min.) to
$ 30,430 ( mid) annually, with an excellent benefits package. St. John's is a four- year, non- sectarian, liberal arts
college offering undergraduate and graduate programs devoted to reading and discussing the Great Books of
Western civilization, and a graduate program in Eastern Classics. Classes are small with a student body of 480
and 60 faculty. The Library has 65,000 volumes, is automated ( Micro- VTLS), fully networked ( Novell 3.12),
and maintains the college Internet node and web pages. The 250 acre campus, at an elevation of 7,400 feet, is
located in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains overlooking the city of Santa Fe. To apply, send a
letter addressing your qualifications, a résumé, and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three
professional references to Ted Gonzales, Director of Personnel, St. John's College, 1160 Camino Cruz Blanca,
Santa Fe, NM 87501- 4599, FAX# ( 505) 984- 6003. Applications accepted until the position is filled. Those
received by July 1, 1997 will be given first consideration. For more information, contact Inga M. Waite,
College Librarian, St. John's College, Santa Fe, NM 87501- 4599, ( 505) 984- 6041, FAX ( 505) 984- 6004, e- mail
iwaite@ shadow. sjcsf. edu. To find out more about the Santa Fe campus and its programs, visit the Website at
http:// www. sjcsf. edu. SJC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.
Reference librarians. The University of Texas at El Paso Library seeks two dynamic reference librarians for
entry level positions. Must be service oriented and able to work in a dynamic environment. These librarians will
be responsible for providing general reference assistance and instruction, as well as assisting in the preparation
of instructional material and user aids. The successful candidates will work closely with faculty and students in
collection development and in providing library instruction to enhance students' mastery of life- long learning
skills. Requirements are an MLS from an ALA- accredited library school, knowledge of standard reference
works, experience with online catalogs, familiarity with electronic information sources, including the
Internet/ World Wide Web; excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team environment are a must.
Desirable qualifications include knowledge of research sources in the social and behavioral sciences and/ or
business, and the ability to speak Spanish. Library or classroom instruction experience is highly desirable.
Salary is $ 25,000 minimum with a comprehensive benefits package, choice of retirement plans, and health care
options. Texas has no state income tax. Send letter of application, résumé, and names, addresses, and phone
numbers of three references to Lydia Limas, Administrative Assistant, University Library, University of Texas
at El Paso, El Paso, TX 79968- 0582, ( 915) 747- 5683, FAX ( 915) 747- 5345. Review of applications will begin
July 1, 1997 and continue until the positions are filled. More information about the Library and the University
may be found at the Library's Web home page at www. utep. edu/~ library. The University of Texas at El Paso
does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in employment
or provision of services.
REVIEWS OF NEW BUSINESS
AND MANAGEMENT BOOKS
These books are available at the New Mexico State Library, 325 Don Gaspar, Santa Fe.
1001 Ways to Reward Employees. A chock- full guide to rewards for every conceivable type for every
658.4/ S476/ 1994
Senge, Peter M.
The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization. This book will help managers to
overcome their obstacles to growth and create brave new futures for them and their companies.
Robbins, Harvey and Michael Finley
Why Teams Don't Work: What Went Wrong and How to Make It Right. This book identifies the obstacles
preventing teams from achieving their potential, suggests ways to remove those obstacles, and explains how to
take care of those " human things."
Newstrom, John and Edward Scannell
The Big Book of Business Games. Quick group activities for spicing up staff meetings, presentations, and other
potentially boring business occasions.
Robbins, Harvey and Michael Finley
Why Change Doesn't Work: Why Initiatives Go Wrong and How to Try Again and Succeed. The title says it all.
Fat Free Meetings: How to Make Them Fast, Focused, and Fun! This book show how all meetings - from
telephone calls to task force give- and- takes, staff updates to supplier management sessions, by video hookup or
across the conference table - can be customer driven and bottom- line oriented. 658.812/ R362 Reilly, Tom
Value- Added Customer Service: The Employee's Guide for Creating Satisfied Customers.
Schneider, Benjamin and David E. Bowen
Winning the Service Game.
DeMente, Boye Lafayette
How To Do Business With the Japanese: A Complete Guide to Japanese Customs and Business Practices.
Doing Business With The Japanese: A Guide to Successful Communication, Management, and Diplomacy.
The Psychology of Selling.
Handbook for Multilingual Business Writing. This book is an indispensable reference for anyone who must
write or understand business communication in English, Spanish, French, German, or Italian. Contents cover all
aspects of business and trade, including sales and distribution, customs, real estate, banking, and the hotel and
How to Create High Impact Business Reports. A complete guide to one of the most essential tools in business
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persuasive case for your project, plan or request.
Book or Audio Cassettes
Never Be Nervous Again: Time- Tested Techniques for the Foolproof Control of Nervousness in
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