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April 10, 2006
STATE LIBRARY LECTURE SERIES
The New Mexico State Library is pleased to
announce a lecture series, “ Literary Passions: South-west
Authors and Their Publishers Speak at the New
Mexico State Library.” This lecture series is presented
in conjunction with “ Lasting Impressions: The Private
Presses of New Mexico,” an exhibition at the Palace of
the Governors, and the concurrent exhibition at the State
Library, “ Library Legacy: A History of Printing in New
Mexico. Co- sponsors for the lectures are the Institute of
Museum and Library Services, New Mexico Book Asso-ciation,
NM Book Co- op, Palace of the Governors/ New
Mexico History Museum, and KNME – TV.
The lecture series opens May 9 with Judith Van
Gieson and Don Bullis, who will talk about the forma-tion
of ABQ Press. It continues June 20 with Sallie
Bingham and Jim Smith of Sunstone Press before taking
a break for summer. On September 19, Father Thomas
Steele and Dr. Charlie ( Charles) Carrillo join Barbe
Awalt of LPD Press. The series concludes with Joan
Logghe and Jeff Bryan of La Alameda Press on October
All four lectures are free and open to the public.
They will be held at 5 p. m. at the State Library and will
include displays of the participating publisher’s books,
author signings, and light refreshments. Featured books
will be available for sale.
The New Mexico State Library is located at
1209 Camino Carlos Rey in Santa Fe. For more infor-mation,
call ( 505) 476- 9764.
May 9 lecture. The fi rst lecture in the series features
Judith Van Gieson and Don Bullis. These two authors
have joined in a new enterprise to form ABQ Press, New
Mexico’s newest publisher. They will offer a unique
perspective of why, as established and well- known
authors, they decided to start their own publishing com-pany.
They will both be available after the talk to sign
their latest books: Van Gieson’s Wolf Path and Bullis’
Bulls Eye, as well as their old favorites. Van Gieson
lives in the North Valley of Albuquerque and Bullis
lives in Rio Rancho.
Aztec online. The Aztec Public Library is now spot-lighted
in a big way! Leanne Hathcock, director of the
Aztec Public Library, did a presentation in Boston for
rural librarians in March. This workshop, cosponsored
by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Public
Library Association, focused on strategies and skills
that can help libraries build increased support and fund-ing
for their services including public access comput-ing.
Three rural librarians and two state librarians from
every state were fl own in for this conference workshop
by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Leanne’s
topic was “ Promoting Public Libraries: Using Data and
Advocacy to Build Support and Funding” and she was
one of three featured speakers that also included a panel
of elected offi cials. All of the presentations, including
Aztec’s, are accessible through PowerPoint formats,
online at the WebJunction web site, http:// webjunction.
org/ do/ Navigation? category= 12801.
NM Library Foundation reception. Everyone is in-vited
to the New Mexico Library Foundation reception
during the New Mexico Library Association Annual
Conference at Farmington on Wednesday April 19, from
5: 30- 7: 30 p. m. It will be held in the Gateway Museum
at the Gateway Park. Come and enjoy wine, fruit, and
cheese. Be sure to see the prizes for the drawings:
Two Grey Hills rug
Sterling silver storyteller necklace and ring set
Basket of great goodies provided by Carmen
Forsee of Backston Audio, Inc.
Book 1 and 2, Paul Horgan’s Great River: The
Rio Grande in North American History
The tickets are $ 5 each or six for $ 25. This
helps to support grants which are awarded each year.
The drawing will be held at the Friday evening story-telling
event. You don’t have to be present to win.
Salem, NM style. The Witches of Abiquiu by Malcolm
Ebright and Rick Hendricks is the topic for a lecture and
book signing on Friday, April 21, from 3: 30- 4: 30 p. m.
in the Willard Reading Room of Zimmerman Library,
UNM- Albuquerque Campus. It is sponsored by the
Center for Southwest Research and Offi ce of the State
“ The little- studied witchcraft trial that took place
at Abiquiu, New Mexico, between 1756 and 1766 is the
center piece of this book. The witchcraft outbreak took
place less than a century after the Pueblo Revolt and
symbolized a resistance by the Genízaros ( hispanicized
Indians) of Abiquiu to forced Christianization.
" The Abiquiu Genízaro land grant where the
witchcraft outbreak occurred was the crown jewel of
Governor Vélez Cachupín’s plan to achieve peace for
the early New Mexican colonists. They were caught
between the Pueblo Indians’ resistance to Christianiza-tion
and raids by nomadic indio bárbaros who threat-ened
the existence of the colony. Thanks mainly to
the governor’s strategy, peace was achieved with the
Comanche and Ute, the Pueblo Indians retained their
religious ceremonies, and the Abiquiu Pueblo land grant
survived and fl ourished.
" The Witches of Abiquiu is the story of a polar-izing
event in New Mexico history equal in importance
to the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692.”
Credit classes. Northern New Mexico College is offer-ing
two three- credit hour courses this summer. They are:
LT 217 School Libraries. Meets for one week,
June 12 through 16 from 8: 30 a. m. to 4: 30 p. m.
LT 207 Basic Reference. Meets on Saturdays
from 8: 30 a. m. to 4: 30 p. m. Begins June 17
through July 29.
Registration is May 31 and June 1. If you cannot
register on either of the two days, call Isabel Rodarte
at ( 505) 747- 2241 or e- mail irodarte@ nnmc. edu to
make other arrangements.
Librarian certifi cation exam. It’s that time of year
again. The next public library certifi cation exam will
be held May 15. Certifi cation examinations are given
twice yearly. If you wish to take the exam in May, ap-plication
forms and fees must be postmarked no later
than April 14.
Librarian certifi cation is directed toward pub-lic
library directors. It is, however, available to those
persons other than the library director should they wish
it. The benefi ts to those persons is certifi cation that
they have had course work and/ or study in library skills
covered by the self study materials to qualify for cer-tifi
cation. Being certifi ed carries no additional benefi ts
unless local communities and agencies have allowed for
it within their own jurisdictions.
The exam is based on material presented for
self study. The application form and a study guide, as
well as more information regarding certifi cation, can
be found at http:// www. stlib. state. nm. us/ for_ libraries_
more. php? id= 242_ 0_ 14_ 0_ M30.
The exam will be given throughout the state,
at locations to be determined after all applications are
received. Fees for examination are $ 10. For more
information, contact Cassandra Osterloh, Continuing
Education Coordinator, New Mexico State Library at
1- 800- 340- 3890 or e- mail cassandra. osterloh@ state.
nm. us. Time for the exam will be from 10 a. m. to 2
p. m. ( review session from 9- 9: 45 a. m.). Locations to be
Upcoming Amigos Training in New Mexico. Amigos
has scheduled the following training for New Mexico
librarians and library staff. See the schedule of face-to-
face and web- based workshops coming soon to a
location near you at http:// www. amigos. org/ learning/
calendar. Or contact Chris Brown toll- free at 1- 800-
843- 8482, ext. 2829, e- mail brown@ amigos. org.
University of New Mexico, Zimmerman Library, Albu-querque
May 23 - 24
Basic Book Repair
Early Bird Registration Deadline: May 1
Basics of WorldCat Resource Sharing
Early Bird Registration Deadline: May 9
WorldCat Resource Sharing Administrative
Early Bird Registration Deadline: May 10
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, So-corro
Introduction to Preservation Issues and Practices
Early Bird Registration Deadline: June 5
Biological Agents of Deterioration: Mold &
Early Bird Registration Deadline: June 6
Susan Pinkerton of Doña Ana Branch Commu-nity
College in Las Cruces is an LJ Mover & Shaker. In
the online announcement ( see http:// www. libraryjour-nal.
com/ article/ CA6312498. html) Library Journal ex-plained
that Susan was named for her work in bringing
not only local students to the Doña Ana Branch Com-munity
College’s library technology degree classes, but
by including students from across rural New Mexico by
putting it entirely online.
“ I drew on my marketing background and did
everything I could to recruit students,” she told LJ. She
looked not only in New Mexico but nationwide. Since
then, enrollment has tripled.
As important as the number of classes is their
composition: 41 percent of the students are of Hispanic
descent. Colleague Karen Stabler says that with New
Mexico’s large, Spanish- speaking population, “ It’s very
important to train students with this ethnic background
to better serve the citizens in the many rural communi-ties.”
A large number of the students are the fi rst in their
families to attend college.
Since Pinkerton herself is writing a doctoral
dissertation while holding down a full- time job, she
understands her working students’ time constraints. She
encourages them to do “ real- world projects so that what
[ the students] spend time on is actually useful to them,”
she says. “ I’ve had them write technology plans or cre-ate
marketing materials that are actually implemented.”
Pinkerton knows her graduates are prepared and eager
for more professional responsibilities. She hopes MLS
librarians will come to regard students like hers as ca-pable,
full partners in library service.
Susan’s current position is Assistant Professor of
Library Science, with a Ph. D. in Educational Manage-ment
and Development. She takes a noncredit “ fun”
community education class every semester.
Children’s librarian. The Pueblo of Pojoaque Public
Library is seeking an experienced Children’s Librar-ian
to serve as a contractual consultant for evaluating,
weeding, and selecting sources for the children’s col-lection.
This is a part- time position. In addition, the
librarian will be evaluating children’s reference needs,
making recommendations and helping establish chil-dren’s
services, including reference and programming.
A written report will be required. Requirements include
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an M. L. S., at least three years experience working in a children’s library, and a thorough knowledge of children’s
materials and selection tools. Experience with Native American sources would be helpful, but not required. Hours
will be Saturdays 12- 4 pm ( not to exceed 100 in total), starting as soon as the position is fi lled through this Septem-ber.
The rate is $ 20.00/ hr. Please mail or fax resumes to Jill Conner, Library Director, Pueblo of Pojoaque Public
Library, 37 Camino Del Rincon Ste. 2, Santa Fe, NM 87506; Phone: 505- 455- 7511, Fax: 505- 455- 0501, e- mail
jconner@ puebloofpojoaque. org.
Library technician. The City of Rio Rancho has an opening for a Library Processing Technician. Applicant
should have knowledge of library processing procedures, materials, and equipment, and the ability to do repetitive
tasks with consistent quality, strong computer keyboarding and data entry skills with a high level of accuracy; the
ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of variables where standardization must prevail; and the
ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form. Applicant must be
at least 18 years of age with high school graduation or general education degree ( GED) and more than six months
directly related work experience and/ or training, or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experi-ence.
Must have a valid New Mexico driver’s license and an insurable driving record. All offers of employment
are contingent upon successful results of a drug screen, criminal records check, and verifi cation of an insurable
driving record and if appropriate, a physical examination. For further information, please see the web site at http://
www. ci. rio- rancho. nm. us. To apply you must complete an application online and fax to ( 505) 891- 9183, or stop by
Human Resources, 3900 Southern Blvd., Rio Rancho, New Mexico 87124. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.
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