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The Newsletter of the New Mexico State University Library

Vol. 12, No. 1
January 1997

Materials Budget Reduced to 1993-94 Level

By Charles Townley, Dean 

Over the next few weeks faculty will be asked to help the University Library reduce 1997-98 spending for library materials and information to 1993-94 levels. This reduction is the result of three key factors. The cost of scholarly information has increased more than 10 percent per year for the last four years—vying with medical care as the fastest growing cost center in higher education. Second, the NMSU Library's permanent materials and information budget has not increased significantly during the same four years. Third, the one-time bond money that allowed the University Library to maintain its buying power since 1993-94 is now exhausted. NMSU students and faculty have been working since 1995 to address this situation, with little success to date. Last year, for example, the Faculty Senate passed a memorial describing the central role of library services and resources to teaching and learning, research, and service. The Senate Library Committee and the Graduate Student Council are aware of the issue and support increased funding. The Commission on Higher Education proposed an increase in the library materials budget of 7.3 percent but this was not approved by the legislative finance committee. We must begin planning a major reduction. The Library needs your help in this difficult time. The total materials and information budget must be cut by 27.6% to return to the $1,884,686 materials and information budget of 1993-94. This reduction must be made so that your access to information will be maintained insofar as possible. To accomplish this, purchases for the collection must be reduced an even larger percentage so that access tools can be maintained and documents purchased on demand. Journal subscriptions and books for the general collection must be reduced by 32.6 percent. Reference tools and other standing orders that are used to access information will be cut 20 percent. Purchases of retrospective collections in key research areas must be eliminated. Indexes, abstracts, and full-text services will be maintained, increasingly in electronic and web-based formats. Document delivery will grow by 35% to deliver materials no longer available because of the 32.6 percent cut in journals and books. The percentage allocations in the library materials and information budget will change modestly. Journal subscriptions will fall from 65.1 percent to 62.1 percent of the budget. Book orders will fall from 17.4 percent to 15.2 percent. Standing orders will increase to 8.6 percent of the budget, electronic subscriptions to 8.2 percent, and document delivery to 3.2 percent. These changes are evolutionary as we move towards buying more information at the time of need and less for the permanent library collection. To try to reflect variations in the growing costs of scholarly information and to avoid punishing those disciplines that have controlled their costs, the Collection Management Advisory Committee, and the Library Administrative Council have agreed to the principle of asking for reductions equivalent to the percentage of price increases since 1993-94. Thus, some departments will be asked to reduce spending in their subject discipline by more than 32.6 percent and others will be asked to reduce it by less. This step will also assure that departments cut last year will be credited for their previous cuts. Shortly, lists of serials will be given to faculty liaisons. They will be circulated among faculty for recommendations on retaining the most important journals for academic programs and research. Accommodation will also be made regarding heavy use and several other factors. Detailed instructions will be provided. Faculty advice and cooperation are critical to limiting the damage of this egregious cut. Later, comprehensive lists of proposed cuts will be circulated for consideration. Opportunities will be given to adjust the lists appropriately, while retaining the target reduction goal. Throughout the process, library personnel will be happy to work with any departments that wish to provide supplemental funding to retain specific journals. Later in the year departmental liaisons and library selectors will review and adjust collection management policies in the various disciplines and make appropriate changes in books to achieve the equally difficult 32.6 percent budget reduction goals in these areas. I know that these coming changes will be very difficult. We ask your cooperation in making them. We seek your support for additional funding. We also want to keep communication open. You are encouraged to contact Donnelyn Curtis, Head of Collection Management, David Myers, Associate Dean, or me, Charles Townley, to discuss your concerns. In addition, we are opening a moderated listserv to encourage discussion and learning on this topic. See page 3 of this newsletter for subscription information.

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More Library Services On the Web

by Holly Reynolds, Circulation  
The Circulation unit is pleased to announce the opening of 

              The Online Circulation Desk 

(http://lib.nmsu.edu/depts/circulation) on the World Wide Web. Using the Web, patrons will be able to access fill-out forms for requesting recalls and renewals. In addition, the Circulation homepage links with the Electronic Reserves Desk, where NMSU faculty members and teaching assistants will find forms for submitting reserves and students can access the electronic reserve collection. Last year, forty percent of all renewals were requested electronically; the Web page simplifies that process. Patrons no longer need to remember an e-mail address. They simply click on the RENEWALS link on the Circulation homepage and submit information using the supplied form. All requests will receive a response which provides the new due date. Customers have long requested the ability to place recalls electronically, and the RECALL link on the Circulation homepage is the first step in that direction. Users can provide the needed information and the Circulation staff will place a hold or recall, whichever is appropriate. The Electronic Reserves Desk provides Web access to files placed on reserve by University faculty and teaching assistants. At this time, materials loaded on the Web are limited to non-copyrighted files only. Perfect for test files or homework and notes collections, the system greatly facilitates access to high-use files. Students can now click on the course file and print out material from any Web terminal. For students, this means no more waiting in line for that elusive test file the night before the bug exam. Circulation staff members are eager to hear what users think about this new service, so check out the pages and send us your comments via e-mail: .

Latin America & The Border: Collections & Connections

by Molly Molloy, Reference Librarian; Latin American 
Specialist  mmolloy@lib.nmsu.edu  
Information on Latin American current affairs, politics, economics, business, 
literature and more is available in the NMSU Library. 
Regular book purchases and serial subscriptions have been 
supplemented by two large purchases in recent years.  The 
nationally-recognized Schulman Latin American Collection and 
the University of Illinois duplicate collection added 
roughly 6,000 titles to our holdings in areas of Latin 
American literature, criticism and social sciences. The 
Library also received and cataloged a generous donation of 
more than 2,000 books from Professor Ricardo Aguilar 
(Languages & Linguistics).  It includes many literary works 
by border authors that cannot be found in other U.S. 
We also maintain approval plans with  regional book dealers 
in order to acquire new Mexican and Latin American imprints 
as soon as they are published.  For example, you can read 
the latest from the popular Mexican novelist Laura Esquivel, 
La Ley del Amor (PQ7298.15 S638 L49 1995), also available in 
English, The Law of Love (PQ7298.15 S638 L4913 1996).  For 
some background reading on the Chiapas uprising (now 3 years 
old), the library provides a collection of the writings of 
Subcomandante Marcos, Shadows of a Tender Fury (F1256 M3613 
1995), or La Guerra de Año Nuevo: Cronicas de Chiapas y 
Mexico 1994 (F1256 G78 1994).  
Books are only one source of border and Latin American 
information. To keep up with current events in the region, 
the library provides subscriptions to several newspapers, 
newsletters and journals. Online periodical indexes (such as 
PAN, Sociofile, PAIS and others) available in the library 
and/or via the internet, provide excellent access to the 
contents of many magazines and journals which cover Mexico 
and Latin America. An excellent new database on the World 
Wide Web is the Handbook of Latin American Studies, a 40-
year bibliography of Latin American studies research. The 
Library of Congress has created a website that allows you to 
search the entire database to identify books and journal 
articles. The URL (WWW address) is   
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/hlas/ or connect from 
the Library web page: http://lib.nmsu.edu/subject/bord/data.html.
Resources such as Ethnic Newswatch (Library CD-ROM Network) 
and the Latin America Data Base, LADB (via the Library Web 
page) provide online full-text information on the region.  
The Latin America Data Base (LADB) is a full-text news 
source produced by the Latin American Institute at the 
University of New Mexico. It is available via subscription 
to NMSU students, staff and faculty through links on the 
Library web page or directly at  http://ladb.unm.edu. 

In addition to the searchable database, LADB produces three 
weekly electronic newsletters:   SourceMex—Economic News & 
Analysis on Mexico, provides detailed economic news from 
Mexico.   NotiSur—Latin American Political Affairs, covers 
political affairs including human rights, the environment, 
political parties, elections, indigenous issues, military 
activities, foreign relations, etc.  EcoCentral— Central 
American Economy & Sustainable Development, covers economic 
affairs in Central America.
In addition to these specialized databases, the Library Web 
page provides a one-stop-shop for Latin American information 
on the internet — http://lib.nmsu.edu/subject/bord.  More 
and more Latin American information sources are available 
through the internet, including: full-text newspapers, 
magazines and wire services, government and non-governmental 
organizations, companies, universities, libraries and more.  
If your teaching or research involves the U.S.-Mexico border 
region and/or Latin America, I would enjoy meeting with you 
to discuss any library and information questions. I am also 
available to provide orientations and research assistance to 
classes and individual students. Please call (646-6931) or 
write to me on email at  mmolloy@lib.nmsu.edu 

Library Research Services

by Cindy Watkins, Document Delivery 

The library is proud to announce the creation of the new  
Research Support Services unit. Cindy Watkins has been 
appointed as the coordinator.  She will be assisted by 
Ballard Wood.  The main responsibility of this unit is the 
management of the Pegasus Document Delivery Service.  The 
objective of this new unit is to provide efficient access to 
the world of scholarly information and knowledge.  Articles 
and books can be ordered at the users' convenience through 
e-mail or the web without leaving office, laboratory, or 
home and delivered within a few days.  If the item is owned 
by the library we will copy the article and deliver it 
immediately.  If the item is not owned by the library we 
will forward the request to the Inter-library Loan office 
and then deliver it when it is received.  To order 
photocopies of articles or books we have fill-out forms on 
the web at  or you may e-
mail your request to pegasus@lib.nmsu.edu>. 
Each faculty and professional staff member is allowed 500 
copied pages during the 96/97 fiscal year.  Once that limit 
is passed, additional copies may be requested at 15 cents 
per page.  Books are delivered and picked up from 
departmental offices free of charge. 
We believe this service saves valuable research time 
delivering requests directly to departmental offices.  This 
is a cost-effective use of resources, utilizing student 
employees instead of faculty or graduate assistant time.  
For a registration form or more information, contact Cindy 
Watkins at 646-7676 or 

Library Co-Sponsors Forum in Juarez

by Edward Erazo, Education Librarian, 
Under the auspices of  the Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad 
Juarez (UACJ) and with co-sponsorship of  New Mexico State 
University and the University of Texas at El Paso, the 7th 
Annual Transborder Library Forum (FORO) will be held in 
Juarez for the first time.  Past Forums or Foros, as they 
are called in Spanish, have been held in Tucson and El Paso 
in the United States and  Mexico City and  Monterrey in 
Mexico.  The annual conference attracts more than one 
hundred librarians from Mexico, the U.S. and Canada.   
This year's Foro Chair is Dr. Jesus Lau, Director of the 
Information Center at UACJ.  The conference dates are 
February 20-22, 1997 and the conference will be held at the 
Holiday Inn and Lucerna Hotels near Sanborn's in the ProNaf 
area of Juarez.  Some of the pre-conference workshops will 
be at UACJ's beautiful, two-year-old Social Science Library.   
The keynote speaker is the President-Elect of the American 
Library Association, Barbara Ford, the Library Director at 
Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.  Some of the 
other distinguished speakers at the conference are Pam 
Andre,  head of the National Agriculture Library in 
Beltsville, Maryland, and Pedro Jimenez from the University 
of Chihuahua.  Dean Charles Townley will chair one of the 
general sessions and serve as moderator for their panel on 
agricultural information resources.  Several librarians from 
NMSU are presenting: Marlo Brown, Ed Erazo, Gwen Gregory, 
Valerie Horton, Molly Molloy  and Karen Stabler.  
Presentations will be in both English and Spanish and 
interpreting services will be available at most sessions.  
Program sessions include topics related to technology, 
information resources, the Internet, Web page design, user 
education , interlibrary loan and transborder cooperation.  
Vendors and exhibitors from both Mexico and the U.S. will be 
The Foro has facilitated staff exchanges and other 
collaborative projects.  Last summer, for example, Dr. Ruben 
Lau, Rector of UACJ, and Dr. Michael Orenduff, President of 
NMSU, signed a reciporal borrowing agreement, which is the 
first between a U.S. and Mexican library.  NMSU librarians 
Ed Erazo and Charles Townley are also hosting a one-day 
visit to the NMSU Library for Mexican librarians on Sunday, 
February 23, 1997.  For most of these visiting librarians, 
it will  be their first trip to New Mexico. The Foro was 
started by librarians from Arizona and Sonora as a 
conference where librarians who shared the U.S.-Mexico 
border could meet and discuss common border-related 
concerns.   A couple of years ago, Canadians started 
attending, since they too share many of the same border 
concerns with their U.S.-Canada border.  The Foro is unique 
among library conferences because they have resisted forming 
a structured organization with standing committees.  At an 
informal meeting held at each Foro, someone volunteers to 
host next year's or a future Foro.  With that, each Foro 
chairperson organizes the Foro locally.  In addition to 
other support, NMSU maintains the FORO Web Page that is used 
to communicate Foro planning activities and other Foro news.  
True to the University's mission of internationalization, 
the NMSU Library has been a leader in fostering transborder 
library collaborations.  We look forward to participating in 
this and future Foros and to one day hosting a Foro in Las 

Do Library Research Naked

by Donnelyn Curtis, Interim Head of Collection Management 

. . . in the privacy of your home! 
Library users have made it clear that they love to use 
the World Wide Web for finding information, and publishers 
of scholarly resources have responded. Many of the same 
resources that you are accustomed to using in the library in 
print or on CD-ROM are now available to you, as a member of 
the NMSU community, 24 hours a day in your home or office. 
Unlike much of  what is available on the internet, this 
information is scholarly, from reliable sources, and is kept 
up-to-date. However, "internet" and "free" are no longer 
synonymous. As the library budget shifts towards the 
electronic end of the spectrum, internet resources are just 
another cost we bear, to give users increased access to 
information. All are available through the web, and most can 
also be accessed using Telnet. They can also be used, of 
course, on computers in the library, where we offer 
instruction and assistance in their use. 
The new web subscriptions are collectively included in Cafe 
OLE web, the library's gateway to scholarly information on 
the web. The URL is . The 
connection will work only if you get to the web through your 
NMSU e-mail account (the "guest" login to the NMSU-NET won't 
work). There will also be links to specific indexes in 
various logical places on the library's home page. Please 
let us know what you think. The following resources are 
included in Cafe OLE web.           
Pan Plus, also known as Proquest Research II, is an index 
(with abstracts) to articles in 1700 journals and popular 
magazines in a variety of fields. It is the same database, 
known locally as PAN, which has been available through the 
library's online catalog, enhanced with the full text (ASCII 
version) of articles from 800  journals. It also includes 
the full text of articles in the last three months of the 
New York Times. 
ABI Inform on the web is an index (with abstracts) to 
articles in business journals, with the full text (ASCII 
version) of articles from 540 journals. 
FirstSearch provides access to the following databases, 
accessed through a menu:		
        Worldcat (OCLC database): 30 million plus records representing the 
books and other holdings of libraries worldwide 
	Agricola: Bibliographic records from the National 
Agricultural Library 
	ERIC: Bibliographic records with abstracts for 
education-related articles and documents 
	Books in Print: The same database that is available in 
print and CD-ROM format, but more current 
	GPO: Records for government documents 
	Medline: Bibliographic records for medical literature 
	Papers 1st and Proceedings 1st: Index to conference papers 
	Articles 1st and Contents 1st: The complete table of 
contents from issues of 12,000 journals in all subject disciplines 
Ei Village: This site, with many web links, is designed for 
the Engineering community and includes the electronic 
bibliographic database many know as Compendex or Engineering 
MathSciNet: The electronic equivalent of Math Reviews. 
CARL UnCover: A public-access index to the tables of 
contents of 17,000 journals in all academic 
disciplines.Electronic Science Journals: This area of the 
web will continue to grow rapidly. Most of the journals are 
made available because we subscribe to the print version, 
but some are available to NMSU only on the web. Watch for 
the addition of 100 Academic Press journals this spring. You 
might want to look at the Journal of Molecular Biology, an 
example of a well-enhanced e-journal. 
Latin America Data Base: The full text of three weekly news 
sources on Latin American issues. The archival database is 
The library's shift to internet resources is still somewhat 
experimental, undertaken with reservations about the speed 
and accessibility of the internet. Some advantages of 
subscribing to internet-based library materials are: they 
are accessed with the aid of familiar browsers; they will 
help support distance education and remote researchers (such 
as Agricultural Extension faculty) at NMSU; they decrease 
the need for network servers in the library; and they will 
help the library save space and control costs.

Federal Funding Opportunities for the NMSU Campus

by Jeanette Smith, Head, Government Documents
       In these days of tight budgets it is more important 
than ever to be aggressive in seeking federal grant funding 
for campus programs and activities.  The NMSU Library can 
provide crucial information to help you in this effort.  
Campus grant writers can apply for available federal dollars 
through many opportunities announced in the "Bible" of grant 
writing, the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance.  The 
catalog is a government-wide compendium of federal programs, 
projects, services, and activities which provide assistance 
or benefits to the American public.  It contains listings of 
approximately 1,300 financial and nonfinancial assistance 
programs administered by over 50 U.S. agencies, including 
complete information needed for application.   
       Usually published each June and updated in December, 
the catalog is located in the Documents collection on the 
second floor of Branson Library under the call number Doc 
Ref PrEx 2.20.  A copy is also available at the New Library 
reference desk.  For those who prefer the convenience of a 
computer keyword search from home, your office, or the 
library, the catalog may be accessed through the Documents 
home page on the library's web site (http://lib.nmsu.edu).  
Click on "The NMSU Library," then "Services," then "U.S. 
Government Documents,"  then " U.S. Government Information 
Online."  Or call up the catalog directly on the World Wide 
Web at   
       	 As current as the catalog is, there is a way to 
find even more up-to-the-minute federal grant opportunities 
through the Federal Register, the "daily newspaper" of the U.S. government.  
Grant availability notices are published by agencies on a 
daily basis in this publication, which is located in the 
Documents collection under the call number AE 2.106.  The 
Federal Register may also be found online on GPO Access 
through the Documents home page, or may be called up 
directly on the World Wide Web through GPO Access at 
The library's Documents Unit staff can offer you expert assistance in 
using the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance and the 
Federal Register in traditional or electronic format.  Stop 
by our service desk on the second floor of Branson Library 
(our hours are 8-5, M-F) or call us at 646-3737 or e-mail us 
at govdocs@lib.nmsu.edu to schedule an 

Quick Guide to Finding Government Information in the NMSU Library

by Jeanette Smith, Head, Government Documents
Thanks to a few basic electronic finding aids, locating 
federal government information on the second floor of  
NMSU's Branson Library (or in cyberspace) can be an 
organized and positive experience.  To find a book published 
by a federal agency, look on the GPO on SilverPlatter CD-ROM 
under the "Government Information" menu on the Library CD-
ROM Network.  You can do a keyword search in a database 
covering 1976 to the present and get a citation including 
the call (SuDoc) number which will lead you to the document 
on the shelf or in a microfiche cabinet.  The first letter 
in the call number represents the publishing agency, such as 
"A" for Agriculture Department. 
You can also find books by federal agencies on the OLE 
online catalog.  OLE contains catalog records for government 
documents from 1993 to the present.  Ignore the "Doc" in the 
call number and locate the book by the rest of the number. 
Articles in journals published by federal agencies can be 
located by keyword on the U.S. Government Periodicals Index 
(also on the Library CD-ROM Network).  This index covers 
1992 to the present.  Again, you will get a call number, a 
date, and page numbers by which to locate the article in the 
Up-to-the minute government information on the Internet can 
be accessed through the Documents Unit's home page in your 
office, at home, or at Netscape terminals in the library.  
From the library's web site (http://lib.nmsu.edu) click on 
"The NMSU Library," then "Services," then "U.S. Government 
Documents."  Or locate the page directly at 
occont.html (you may wish to make a bookmark for this long 
address).  Useful online information includes the GPO Access 
database of bills, laws, and regulations and the online 
Monthly Catalog for current documents titles. 
For assistance with any of these finding aids or with 
specialized historical or subject seaches you are welcome to 
stop by the Documents service desk on the second floor of 
Branson Library (our hours are 8-5, M-F), call us at 646-
3737, or e-mail us at 

Sebastian Art Exhibit In New Library

Dean Charles Townley arranged a special 
NMSU exhibit of abstract sculptures by famed Mexican artist 
Sebastian.   More than two dozen pieces were exhibited in 
the lobby area of the New Library to the delight of students 
who came in during the month of November.  Many of the 
students took a break from their class work to study the 
colorful sculptures and read about the artist.  Sebastian's 
pieces are generally considered to depict the style of 
modernism—though Mexican author Carlos Fuentes has argued 
that Sebastian's work belongs more to postmodernism.  Most 
of the pieces were less than three feet tall and stood on 
white-washed pedestals, but a few were self-standing, taller 
works.  The artist's medium for the sculptures was smooth, 
steel forms covered in acrylic paint.  The show  was on loan 
for the month of November.

In Memory of Barbara Tucker

May 19, 1945 - January 26, 1997

This issue of Citations is dedicated to 
Barbara Tucker.  Barbara  worked in the Technical Services 
area of the library for the past 16 years.  She participated 
on many library committees including the Display Committee 
and the Social Activities Committee.  In addition to her 
work at the library, she was a member of the New Mexico 
Library Association and was active in the Mesilla Valley 
Road Riders, the Motor Cycle Club, the American Motor 
Association, the Cancer Support Group, and her church.  
Barbara will be remembered for her outgoing personality, her 
sense of humor, and her perseverance--as well as her love of 


by Mike Mitchell, Property Control Unit Head 

New Employees

Marah deMeule is the newest faculty member in the 
Unversity Archives and RGHC.  Before moving to Las Cruces, 
Marah lived and worked in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. 
area, but earned her Master of Library Science degree at the 
University of Texas at Austin.  Marah says that she is happy 
to now be living  in an area of such natural beauty—and 
good food!  She adds that she wants to thank the library 
staff for their warm welcome. 
Tim Blevins and Cindy Watkins have been appointed as full-
time faculty with the library.  Both received their Master 
of Library Science degrees from the University of Texas at 
Austin's extension program at the University of Texas at El 
Paso last year.  Tim Blevins is the Archives and Manuscripts 
Librarian and Cindy Watkins is the Documents Delivery 
Librarian.  Both Tim and Cindy have worked at the library 
for a number of years while they earned their degrees, so 
everyone  was especially pleased that they were able to 
remain at NMSU in faculty positions. Congratulations to both 
of them! 
Jay Kanitz is the new reference librarian in the New Library 
Reference Department.  His contract runs through June 30, 
1997.  He grew up in Palo Alto, California and started 
working in the family wine business while still in high 
school, traveling overseas in summers on buying expeditions.  
He holds an undergraduate degree in business economics from 
San Francisco State University, an M.B.A. from New Mexico 
State University and  an M.L.S. degree from the University 
of Arizona.  He also completed two years of graduate work in 
economics before taking a position as an Operations Research 
Analyst at White Sands Missile Range, where he monitored 
procurement contracts for Army missile and helicopter 
contracts.  During his tenure at White Sands, he traveled to 
Japan, Korea and Germany as well as to army posts throughout 
the U.S.  He left White Sands in 1994 to study at the 
University of Arizona.  His hobbies include book collecting 
in history and the Southwest, hiking and econometrics. 
Lara J. Trujillo is the new administrative assistant in 
Information Services.  Lara was born in Denver, Colorado and 
raised in Santa Fe.  She obtained her bachelor's degree from 
NMSU in Journalism and Public Relations and is currently 
pursuing a master's degree in Educational Management and 
Development.   She recently was accepted into the WICHE 
student exchange program and is planning on pursuing a 
second master's degree in Library Science, which will begin 
in the Spring of 1998 either in Hawaii or Arizona.  In her 
spare time, she greatly enjoys fishing, jogging, lifting 
weights, skiing and (of course!) reading. 
Yolanda Chacon-Valle has joined the Order/Recipts Unit.  Her 
primary jobs are checking in journals on Innopac, processing 
microfiche/microfilm, and claiming journals not received.  
Yolanda was born in Santa Rita, NM and graduated from Cobre 
High School before attending Western New Mexico University 
in Silver City.  Prior to joining the library staff, she 
worked at the NMSU Bookstore for five years.  Yolanda's 
husband, Andres, is a school teacher in Hatch.  Yolanda has 
a daughter, Michelle, an eight-month-old grandaughter, and 
two step-children, Dina and Luis.  Yolanda enjoys dancing 
and being around her friends and her dog, Buffy. 
Dennis Daily recently joined the RGHC staff to assist with 
the microfilming of archives in Durango, Mexico.  Dennis 
will relocate to Durango.  His contract is through June 
1998, realized through funds appropriated by the NM 
Legislature.  He has worked as a professional photographer 
for 8 years and received his BA in journalism and visual 
communication from NMSU.   
Susan Beck joined the reference staff February 10.  Susan 
was hired as coordinator of bibliographic instruction.  
Susan comes from Del Mar College in Corpus Christi TX where 
she was a reference librarian for 6 years. 
Ballard Wood has joined the library's new Research Support 
Services Unit.  Born in Mt. Pleasant, Utah and raised in 
Salt Lake City, Ballard received his bachelor's degree in 
social anthropology at the University of Utah and a master's 
in social anthropology from Brandeis University in Waltham, 
Massachusetts.  He is also a recent NMSU graduate with a 
master's degree in range science.  He is now considering 
earning a master's in library science from the University of 
Texas at Austin/El Paso extension program.  Ballard's wife, 
Susan, works at the Dona Ana Branch Community College; they 
have two children: Raleigh, who is almost five, and Joseph, 
who is nineteen months old.  Welcome to the library, 

1997-98 Collection Management Advisory Committee Announced

The following faculty have been appointed as 
representatives of their colleges for the 96-97 and 97-98 
academic years to the Collection Management Advisory 
Committee. This committee will serve as a communication link 
and forum for discussion between the library and 
theteaching/research faculty in matters concerning the 
collection, and will act in an advisory capacity to develop 
short-range and long-range policies, procedures, and 
guidelines in the selection of library materials. 
Cecilio Barrera          -- 	Administration
Craig Liddell            -- 	College of Agriculture
Reed Dasenbrock          -- 	College of Arts and Sciences
Jim Hageman 	         -- 	College of Arts and Sciences  
Mike Hyman 	         -- 	College of Business Administration and Economics
Karin Wiburg 	         -- 	College of Education
Jay Jordan 	         --     College of Engineering
Mike Barnes              -- 	College of Health and Social  Services 
David Myers, Associate Dean, Donnelyn Curtis, Interim Head 
of Collection Management, and Molly Molloy, Reference 
Librarian represent the library on the 

Have Any Gift Books?

Often faculty receive copies of books for their review 
or extra copies of books to which they have contributed. If 
you have such books taking up space in your office, please 
consider donating them to the library. Pegasus couriers will 
be glad to pick them up at your office during 
theirdeliveries to your building. If you have a large 
donation, we encourage you to bring it to the Collection 
Management area on the second floor of Branson. Send e-mail 
to  gifts@lib.nmsu.edu to 
arrange a pickup or 
delivery, or call Leilani Horton at 6-6297. We depend on gifts to 
fillgaps in our collection. We can't appraise your 
donations, but we will provide an official acknowledgement 
of all donations summarizing (but not itemizing) the 

Library Tours and Workshops

Reference staff have launched two new services this 
semester.  Half-hour geographical tours of both libraries 
were held the first few weeks of the semester by library 
technicians Lara Trujillo and Mila Smith.  
In addition, one-hour workshops, which cover a variety of 
subject areas have been scheduled throughout the semester.   
Please note the following workshops and (if interested) plan 
to attend.  Students, the public, university faculty, and 
staff, are welcome.  The workshops are held in either New 
Library classroom (N) or Branson Library classroom (B).  
Call the reference desk at 646-2932 or 646-6928 to register. 
24  "Corporate Intelligence" by Sylvia Ortiz  3:30B
25  "Westlaw" by Sylvia Ortiz	4:00  B
28  "Basic Internet" by Ed Erazo  2:00  N
28  "Intermediate Internet" by Marlo Brown  3:00  N 
10  "ERIC and PsycLit" by Ed Erazo  4:00  N
13  "Business" by Laural Adams  3:30 N
14  "Basic Internet" by Ed Erazo  2:00  N
14  "Intermediate Internet" by Marlo Brown  3:00  N
18 "Corporate Intelligence" by Marlo Brown  4:00 N
19 "Engineering and Patents" by Roger Steeb 3:30  B
20 "Westlaw" by Sylvia Ortiz	4:00  B
21 "ERIC and PsycLit" by Ed Erazo  2:00  N
21 "Social Sciences" by Molly Molloy  4:00  N
21 "APA Style" by Roger Steeb  3:00 B 
4 "Basic Internet" by Ed Erazo  2:00  N
4  "Intermediate Internet" by Marlo Brown  3:00  N
4  "Westlaw" by Molly Molloy  4:00  N
8  "APA Style"  by Ed Erazo  3:00  N
11 " ERIC and PsycLit" by Ed Erazo  2:00  N
14 "Student Day"  8-5  N
16 "Humanities" by Helen Barber  4:00  N
18 "Basic Internet" by Ed Erazo  2:00  N
18  "Intermediate Internet" by Marlo Brown  3:00  N
23  "Government Documents" by Jeanette Smith  9:00 N

Branson Opens New Staff Lounge

by Mike Mitchell 
Branson Hall's new airy and spacious staff lounge opened in 
mid-November.  Members of the library's Social Activities 
Committee—Mila Smith, Cheryl Wilson, Lisa Valdivia, Barbara 
Hart, Fatemeh Zafaremi, and Molly Molloy—did a thorough and 
eye-pleasing job of making the converted space on the first 
floor into a comfortable and homey lounge.  In addition to 
new walls and doors, new carpeting and a small kitchen were 
added to convert this space. At present the furnishings are 
from the original lounge on the fourth floor, but the 
committee hopes to add new coffee tables when funds become 
available.  Two events were held at the new Branson Lounge 
in December: the Student Appreciation Party and the Staff 
Christmas Party.

Library to Hold Workshop:"Risktaking in the Electronic Library Environment"

Johann van Reenan, director of Centennial Library at 
UNM, will present a workshop at the library Friday, February 
28.  The workshop will focus on the importance of risktaking 
in an electronic environment and the preparation, attitudes, 
and skill sets conducive to risktaking. 
This workshop will benefit those faced with using new 
electronic skills, who want to implement new services and 
ideas in traditional, sometimes resistant, settings, and who 
are tentative about moving into the new paradigm facing 
information workers. 
Participants will explore their attitudes about risktaking, 
and what holds them back; what the benefits are of taking 
risks as opposed to letting things happen; and why it is 
imperative to take risks, or join  others who take risks.  
Participants will take part in exercises and discussions in 
a confidential environment which will require some 
risktaking.  At the end of the session they will be able to 
develop a Risk Action Plan and will have a greater 
understanding of their own potential for taking risks to 
improve their job satisfaction and benefit the workplace. 
This workshop is designed primarily for library participants 
and is being limited to 30 participants. If all 30 slots are 
not filled, interested others may have the opportunity to 
participate.  If interested, call Marti Torres, 646-

New Mexico Academic Librarians and Computer Professionals Meet

by Tim McKimmie, Reference
The annual CHECS/NMARL conference was held in Farmington, 
November 6-8, 1996.  The Conference proved that libraries 
and  academic computing centers from around New Mexico are 
building closer relationships.  CHECS (Council for Higher 
Education Computing Services) has been conferencing for more 
than 10 years.  In 1994, NMARL (New Mexico Academic and 
Research Librarians) was approached to begin convening a 
joint conference.  The relationship has proved to be 
productive.   NMARL is the NM chapter of ACRL, the 
Association for College and Research Libraries.  This 
conference has become a major forum for and opportunity for 
librarians to present papers on electronic information and 
There were many fine programs.  Topics included copyright, 
distance education, licensing of electronic information, and 
technical subjects.  Jim Hall, the Chief Information Officer 
of New  Mexico, a newly created office, was one of the 
keynote speakers.  He spoke of organizational challenges 
commenting  "We'll gain big wins not in automating processes 
already in place but in implementing process change".  Marlo 
Brown from the NMSU library won the award for best 
presentation ("Keeping Your Information Secure") and another  
librarian, Kim Felknor,from New Mexico Junior College in 
Hobbs  won best paper ("Reserve Room Policy in the Age of 
Copyright Debate".  This sweep of awards by librarians gives 
the computer professionals something to shoot for next year.   
Some of the most interesting information was presented on 
licensing and collection management of electronic products.  
The University of New Mexico is a leader in  this area.  The 
new director of Centennial Library, Johann van Reenen, is a 
man of vision and his ideas should be welcome in the New 
Mexico library community.  He will give a workshop at the 
NMSU library in February titled "Risk Taking in the 
Electronic Environment".   See page 11 of the newsletter for 
details.  The conference proceedings will be published 


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