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The Newsletter of the New Mexico State University Library

Vol. 11, No. 3 October 1996

Journal Cancellation Begins

 Donnelyn Curtis, Interim Head of Collection Management 
As the NMSU library continues to struggle with staggering      
increases in journal costs, we have been forced to implement      
journal cancellations (see list of cancelled journals, page      
7).  Unless more funding is received, this is only a prelude      
to a larger cancellation next year.  This year's      
cancellation was limited to five departments (Physics,      
Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Mathematical Sciences,      
and Electrical and Computer Engineering) that accounted for      
the highest journal expenditures in 1995.   Each department      
was asked to cancel approximately 10% of the journals      
assigned to them.  To help with the cancellations the      
library provided some statistics based on its studies of the      
use and citation of individual journals: the departments      
identified a list of journals for cancellation that totaled      
almost $70,000.  It's not that these are insignificant      
journals that can be easily cancelled;  in some cases, their      
selection was an agonizing and divisive process.  The      
librarians who were involved lament the loss of these      
important research resources.      
At a series of meetings with the departments heads, the      
library liaisons, and, in some cases, most of the faculty of      
these departments, librarians presented the cold, hard      
facts: the average cost of science journals (already a      
significant portion of the materials budget) has risen more      
than 50% during the last five years, while the regular      
library materials budget has remained static and has relied      
on vanishing special funds (from bond issues and the      
legislature) to cover journal inflation.      
We were told that PhD programs that are operating in an      
already-competetive academic marketplace will suffer      
seriously if journals are cancelled.   It wasn't easy for      
any of the departments to arrive at a consensus on which      
journals could be eliminated.  For fiscal year 1997-98 the      
situation will be much worse.  Without new funds there will      
be a $500,000 deficit in the materials budget.  Therefore,      
an even larger cancellation project must be undertaken.      
New Services and Products Ease the Transition      
In conjunction with the cancellation of journals, the      
library is seeking cost-effective alternative methods of      
delivering information.  We received helpful  feedback at      
the meetings.  We found that most faculty in the five      
departments use e-mail regularly and have the necessary      
equipment and network connections to access online indexes      
and electronic journals.  This opens up exciting      
possibilities for new services.  We gave the faculty our      
assurance that the library will continue to provide the      
popular Pegasus service, delivering articles from journals      
the library does not own, as well as from those in our      
collection, to all faculty offices.  Contact Cindy Watkins      
at 6-7676 for more information.  It is more cost-effective      
for the library to provide individual articles on demand      
than to subscribe to expensive, lightly-used journals;      
however, we do know that document delivery removes the      
browsing factor.  In order to partially compensate for the      
loss of browsability, we have been encouraging science      
faculty to take advantage of our current awareness service,      
in which keywords that describe a person's research are      
matched electronically against weekly compilations of      
journal table of contents.  Citations for articles are then      
e-mailed to the researcher.  Call Roger Steeb at 6-7484 or      
Tim McKimmie at 6-7483 for more information about this      
service.  We can also e-mail the tables of contents for      
specific journals when requested.  We are beginning to test      
other kinds of current awareness services that link directly      
to article delivery.      
To help users identify literature in their fields, the      
library has purchased several new indexing tools.  Biosis,      
the CD-ROM equivalent of Biological Abstracts, was added      
last year.  This has greatly increased access to biology      
literature.  Campus users now have access to MathSciNet, the      
electronic WWW equivalent of Math Reviews.  After meeting      
with Engineering faculty, we agreed to subscribe on a trial      
basis to EI Village via the WWW, which includes the      
Compendex database (electronic version of Engineering      
Index).  We are also investigating a product called      
SciFinder, that provides greatly improved access to Chemical      
Abstracts.  MathSciNet and EI Village can be accessed at      
	We have recently initiated subscriptions to several      
electronic journals.  Some of these electronic journals,      
indexes, and databases are available through the library's      
home page (http://lib.nmsu.edu/reference/epubs.html).  These      
are available to NMSU users, but in some cases there is an      
individual registration process.  Journals now available      
through the web include:      
Communications on Pure and Applied Mathematics      
Journal of Biological Chemistry      
Journal of the American Mathematical Society      
Journal of Physics       
Nucleic Acids Research      
Proc. of the Am. Mathematical Society      
Reports on Progress in Physics      
Trans. of the Am. Mathematical Society      
The library is also participating in a cooperative      
electronic journal project which will be of interest to      
science and engineering faculty and students.  The New      
Mexico Library Alliance, consisting of NMSU and several      
other science libraries (including the Los Alamos National      
Laboratories Library and Centennial Library of UNM) is      
negotiating a contract with Academic Press.  All members      
would have access to all Academic Press journals held by any      
of the other participating members.  A drawback to the      
agreement is that none of the libraries would be allowed to      
cancel any of the Academic Press journals for a three-year      
period, which may prove to be a handicap as we try to      
balance future budgets.  However, it is an example of      
cooperation between libraries to increase access to research      
literature.  NMSU subscribes to 71 Academic Press journals      
but will now have access to an additional 97 titles.      
The library will continue to customize and strengthen      
services as we work with faculty to manage the journal cost      
crisis.  As we reduce subscriptions we will do our best to      
provide convenient identification and delivery of articles.      
As we brace ourselves for the deeper cuts to come in Spring      
1997, we echo the feelings of faculty that the loss will be      
felt throughout the research and instructional community at      

The Bacharach Collection: Profile of a Special Collection

by Cheryl Wilson, Head, Special Collections,       
One of the special collections in the NMSU Libraries is a      
group of illustrated children's books collected by Herman      
Ilfeld Bacharach (1899-1976), a descendent of the      
nineteenth-century New Mexico  Ilfeld and Spiegelberg      
mercantile families.        
	Herman Bacharach was an artist, illustrator and book      
designer.  As an artist he achieved no fame, although he      
illustrated several books for Grossett and Dunlap and      
Houghton Mifflin including The Adventures of Pinocchio      
published in 1927 which is in the collection. Herman      
Bacharach was a collector of illustrated books.  He acquired      
decorative bound and skillfully illustrated children's      
books, a collection of 275 volumes in which almost every      
major illustrator of the first half of the twentieth century      
is represented.  NMSU Library added this collection to its      
holdings in 1979.      
	In addition to the many American and British printings,      
there are a number of French, German, Swiss, and Italian      
children's books.  Several very lovely editions of      
Anderson's and Grimms' fairy tales illustrated by Arthur      
Rackham, Edmund Dulac, Gustaf Tenggren, Kay Nielsen, Harry      
Clarke and W. Heath Robinson) are included.  There are four      
of L. Frank Baum's Oz books with illustrations by John R.      
Neill, some early editions of A.A. Milne, and various      
illustrated editions of the Arabian Nights, Aesop's Fables      
and Mother Goose.      
	To search OLE for books in the collection type      
t/Bacharach.  The books may be used in the Special      
Collections Research Room Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. -      
12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Thursday 6:00      
p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  Special Collections is located on the 2nd      
floor east in Branson Hall.  For more information about the      
Herman Ilfeld Bacharach Collection, please call 646-3238      

Note: New Special Collections Hours

The NMSU Library Special Collections is now open    
Thursday evenings 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. in addition to the  
regular Monday  through Friday hours of 9:00 a.m. - 12:00  
noon and 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.  The Thursday evening hours are  
being added to better accommodate researchers using the  
library's unique and valuable published materials. Special  
Collections is located on the 2nd floor east in Branson  
Hall.  For more information call 646-3238.

Alamogordo Joins Dona Ana Records on NMSU's OLE

By Gwen Gregory,  Head, Post Cataloging,      
The staff of the NMSU Library and the NMSU-Alamogordo Branch      
(NMSU-A) Library have begun the process of adding records      
for all materials held at the NMSU-A Library to OLE, the      
Library's online catalog.  NMSU-A bought the equipment      
necessary to access OLE from their library.  NMSU-A      
librarians Stan Ruckman and Melinda Bako Dermody worked with      
NMSU Systems Librarian Valerie Horton, Head of Technical      
Services Anne Morgan, Cataloging Specialist Sherry Ward,      
Circulation Coordinator Holly Reynolds, and Head of Post-     
Cataloging Gwen Gregory on this project.  They have attached      
their own holdings to records for items the NMSU Library      
already owns, and loaded tapes from the OCLC bibliographic      
database for other materials they own.  NMSU-A has signed an      
agreement with NMSU to provide support and consulting for      
their online catalog and circulation functions, for which      
they will pay the NMSU Library.  The addition of these      
records for NMSU-A materials will benefit students and staff      
at both locations.  Many items are owned by only one of the      
three libraries participating in OLE.  Users are now able to      
search a larger database that contains a wider variety of      
items.  The NMSU-A collection includes many materials      
related to their curriculum, including health professions,      
vocational education, and the humanities and social      
sciences.  They also have a sizable collection of      
audiovisual materials.  Records for NMSU-A materials are      
integrated into the OLE database along with all other      
library materials, just as the materials from the Dona Ana      
Branch Community College are. 


Two New CD-ROM Newspaper  
Products Available      
by Lara Trujillo, ltrujill@lib.nmsu.edu      
The NMSU Library has purchased two newspaper CD-ROM      
products, Newsbank and Newspaper Abstracts.  These products      
will be replacing NEWS, which was a searchable index      
available through the library's on-line catalog.      
Newsbank supplies over 70,000 full-text articles from      
approximately 500 selected newspapers from the U.S. and      
Canada. It also includes articles from ten wire services.       
There are two ways to search this database:  by keywords; or      
by selecting certain search fields (such as author, date, or      
index terms) to customize the search.  Coverage is from June      
Newspaper Abstracts indexes four newspapers:  the Christian      
Science Monitor, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times      
(which includes the Book Review and Magazine sections), and      
the Washington Post.  This database is available from 1988      
to the present and is updated monthly.  Each record provides      
a title, a complete citation to the newspaper, names,      
subjects, and a brief abstract.  (Note:  The Library carries      
all four of these newspapers in print).      
These two products are available on the Library CD-ROM      
network.  If you need search assistance, please call either      
the Branson reference desk at 646-2932 or the New Library      
reference desk at 646-6928. 

Sculptor Exhibits

One of the most celebrated  
living sculptors in Mexico, Sebastian (Enrique Carbahal)  
will be exhibiting his works in the New Library November 1 -  
29, 1996.  He is the most important exhibitor of Mexican  
geometrism and has had more than 120 shows around the world  
with numerous awards.

New Preservation Efforts at the Library

by Gwen  
Gregory, Head, Post Cataloging,      
As library collections age, preservation of books and      
journals become an important consideration.  You have      
probably seen older volumes with problems.  Paper becomes      
brittle with age and crumbles.  Bindings wear out with use.       
Pages are torn or cut out.  In order to keep our research      
materials available, the NMSU Library has begun several new      
programs in the past year.      
The Library has expanded its book repair program.  In 1995,      
we hosted a 2-day training session on book repair.  We are      
now doing many more sophisticated mending tasks and are      
using repair materials such as acid-free page mending tape      
and pH-neutral polyvinyl acetate glue.  It is important to      
use acid-free materials, because they will not decay with      
time and inflict further damage.  For books with paper which      
is too brittle to be mended or rebound, we are now using      
phase box enclosures.  These specially constructed boxes are      
individually made to fit for each volume.  They are built      
from acid-free gray book board and fastened on the edge with      
strings.  The phase box, with the damaged book inside, is      
labeled and shelved with the circulating collection.  Each      
box has a label on the front with instructions for using the      
materials inside.  This keeps these items available for      
researchers to use.  We have also begun to use acid-free      
pamphlet binders for preservation of our collections of      
music scores and other pamphlet materials.  These items are      
especially prone to damage because they are thin and have      
only lightweight cardboard covers.  Scores or other items      
are sewn into these binders using thick linen thread.       
Scores with separate parts are accommodated using binders      
with pockets.        
Library users also have an important impact on our      
collection. Many of the books we own are out-of-print and      
cannot be replaced, so if they are damaged, this is not an      
option.  We ask patrons not to try to fix any library books      
which may fall apart or be damaged while being used.  Just      
return them to us and we will handle all repairs with our      
special equipment and supplies.  Be gentle with volumes when      
handling them.  If a book resists being pressed flat to      
photocopy pages, don't force it.  Paper clips, post-it      
notes, rubber bands, and other items left in books can cause      
stains or damage the print or paper.  Intense sunlight or      
heat, dampness, food, chewing tobacco, and household pets      
are other frequent sources of damage to our materials.       
Please help us take care of our books so they will be here      
for everyone to use in the future. 

Reference Librarian Departs

   Don Barclay   
served as Reference Librarian and Bibliographic      
Instruction Coordinator at NMSU Library from 1991 until      
1996.  He recently took a position at the University of      
Houston.  His efforts to improve library services at NMSU      
were greatly appreciated.

Zia Docs: Searching New Mexico Online

Bonnie Wetzel, Technical Services,  bwetzel@lib.nmsu.edu      
    Do you want information about a bill in the New Mexico      
State Legislature?  How about a New Mexico state map?  Where      
should I stay in Albuquerque?   What about birth, death, and      
health statistics?  When is the Indian market in Santa Fe?      
Where is that art exhibition in Las Cruces? What  is the      
outlook for employment?  If you want to know the answers to      
these questions and many more, search Zia Docs on the New      
Mexico State University Library's web page      
     Zia Docs  is a guide to NMSU's New Mexico state      
documents collection, one of the major collections in the      
state. Documents from early territorial days to the present      
published by New Mexico state agencies are represented.       
NMSU has been a depository library for these materials since      
1978.  Over 500 titles and 1,000 volumes are added each      
year.  The collection is fully cataloged and added to the      
library's online catalog.  The documents are shelved on the      
2nd floor of New Library under call numbers starting with      
J87.N6.  The number following the J87.N6 indicates the      
issuing state agency.  Zia Docs includes a detailed call      
number schedule which gives the breakdown by state agency.       
Check Zia Docs for more facts about the call numbers, the      
collection, and for new collection additions.      
     In its Resources by Subject section, Zia Docs has a      
section on Jobs and Career Information that lists employers,      
positions, job training, and employment projections.  There      
are twelve other subjects, from Agriculture through Women's      
Studies, which highlight some of the more important works in      
NMSU's documents collection.            
     In addition to the NMSU document collection, Zia Docs      
has links to the collections of other New Mexico academic      
and public libraries, including the New Mexico State      
Library.  Also included are the NMSU Cooperative Extension      
Service publications.  A direct link to the New Mexico      
Legislative Bill Finder allows the user to follow a bill      
through the New Mexico State Legislature.       
     How about tourist information on New Mexico cities?       
Where to stay? What to see, eat, and do?  Zia Docs links      
directly to 17 New Mexico cities that have created home      
pages.  Cultural events like the Santa Fe Indian Market and      
art exhibitions can be found, as well as information about      
motels, restaurants, and sight-seeing trips.      
     For more general information about New Mexico and the      
Southwest in Zia Docs see: Viva New Mexico, Indian Ruins of      
the Southwest, New Mexico Pueblos, New Mexico National      
Forests, and New Mexico Wilderness Areas.  A listing of New      
Mexico WWW registered servers can be found under the      
category Miscellaneous New Mexico.      
     We are adding more new sites and collection information      
all the time so please visit us often!

Branigan Memorial Library Opens Again After Mold Attack

M. Marlo Brown, Reference Librarian,   
	The situation at the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library      
looks much better than it did a few weeks ago. On August 29,      
library staff noticed mold growing on some of the reference      
collection. The mold, later identified as Eurotium      
amstelodami, spread through approximately 7,000 volumes in      
the collection, in spite of the efforts of staffers to fight      
it. The mold first attacked older volumes with leather      
bindings. Most of the damaged books are in the reference      
collection and the 900 section (geography and history).      
	According to Molly Harris, Acting Assistant Director at      
Branigan, the eurotium mold exists almost everywhere. In the      
Branigan Library, however, humidity and temperatures caused      
by the building's evaporative coolers and recent heat and      
rain created a perfect environment for the       
growth and spread of the mold. On September 23, the Las      
Cruces City Council unanimously voted to hire Steamatic      
Services, Inc., of El Paso to undertake the cleanup.  They      
are affiliated with BMS Catastrophe of Fort Worth, which      
helped in the cleanup of the World Trade Center. Staff at      
the Branigan Library have praised the professionalism and      
speed of the crew working on the building. Harris stated:      
"We're in excellent hands." They are also very pleased with      
the support they have received from the public. The library      
reopened October 8.  The library is attempting to obtain      
funding from the city to replace its aging evaporative      
coolers with a refrigerated air system and to replace the      
building's leaky roof. These changes should prevent the      
problem from happening again in the future.

Connecting to the OLE Online Catalog via Netscape

by Don Barclay      
Telnet software lets your computer "talk" to the OLE      
computer.  At this point in the progress of technology, it      
is almost impossible to access any online library catalog      
without Telnet.  In the future, online library catalogs will      
have interfaces that do not require Telnet, but for now      
configuring your web browser to use Telnet is a must if you      
want to access online library catalogs via the World Wide      
Web.  Because there are many versions of WWW browsers and      
many kinds of Telnet software, there is no one-size-fits-all      
solution to the Telnet problem.  NMSU faculty, students, and      
staff can contact the NMSU Computer Center help desk (646-     
1840) for assistance, or you can try to configure your web      
browser yourself.      
Configuring Your Netscape Browser Yourself      
The following instructions are for two widely used versions      
of Netscape. The exact steps for configuring your browser      
will vary depending on the version of Netscape you are      
using.   Since you can't configure your Netscape browser to      
use Telnet if there is no Telnet software on your computer,      
the first question to ask yourself is "Do I have Telnet      
software?"  Telnet software may go by the name of "Telnet,"      
or it may be called "EWAN," or it may go by some other name.       
If you got your Netscape software package from NMSU      
Computing & Networking, it should have come with Telnet      
software.  Once you know that you have Telnet software, you      
can configure your browser to use it.      
Configuring Netscape 1.0      
	1.	Go into Windows and start Netscape.       
	2.	Click on Options at the top of you Netscape      
	3.	A drop-down menu should appear. Click on      
	4.	From Preferences choose Directories and      
	5.	 Click on the word Browse that appears at the end      
of the Telnet Application box.       
Configuring Netscape 2.02      
	1.	Go into Windows and start Netscape.       
	2.	Click on Options at the top of you Netscape      
	3.	Click on General Preferences.       
	4.	Click on APPS.       
	5.	Click on the word Browse that appears at the end      
of the Telnet Application box.       
	The Tricky Part      
	You should now be looking at a box that allows you to      
look at the various directories on your C: drive. Double      
click on the C:/ at the top of the directories box.  This      
should allow you to see a list of all the top-level      
directories on your C: drive.   You need to scroll through      
the list of directories looking for the directory that has      
Telnet software in it. The directory you want may be called      
Telnet or EWAN or possibly some other name. When you find      
the directory that you think has the Telnet software in it,      
double click on the name of that directory. This should      
produce a list of the executable files that are in that      
directory. When you find the Telnet executable file (which      
might be called telnet.exe or ewan.exe), then you should      
double click on the file name. The name of the file you      
double click on will then appear in Netscape's Telnet      
Application box and (if the file you chose is a Telnet      
software file) you will be able to access OLE and many other      
online library catalogs via Netscape.      
Dialing Up OLE  If you want to, you can skip the WWW      
entirely and access the Cafe OLE menu by dialing it up with      
your modem at 646-4942.  Type guest [return] twice in order      
to get to the NMSU-NET prompt.  Then type the word library.       
This will connect you to the Cafe OLE menu.  Option #1 on      
the menu connects you to the OLE Online Catalog.       
Telnet to OLE  Telnet is another way to access the Cafe OLE      
Menu. The Telnet address for the Cafe OLE menu is      
lib.nmsu.edu.  If you have an NMSU DANTE account, you can      
telnet  from your DANTE prompt: DANTE% telnet

NMSU Library Journal Cancellations, 1997

Crystallographica Package      
	Section A: Foundations of Crystallography      
	Section B: Structural Science      
	Section C: Crystal Structure Communications      
	Section D: Biological Crystallography      
Acta Phyica Hungarica      
Advances in Quantum Chemistry      
American Dyestuff Reporter      
Annalen der Physik (Leipsig)      
Annales de Chemie - Science Des Materiaux      
Annual Report on NMR Spectroscopy      
Applicable Analysis      
Applied Psycholinguistics      
Artibus et Historieae      
Bulletin des Societes Chimiques      
Bulletin of the Crimean Astrophysical Observatory      
Canadian Modern Language Review      
Cell and Tissue Research      
Colorado School of Mines Quart. Rev. of Eng., Science, 	     
	Ed. & Res.      
Comments on Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion      
Complex Variables, Theory and Applications      
Comprehensive Analytical Chemistry      
Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry      
Earth Sciences      
Energy Resources Development Series      
Gazzetta Chemica Italiana      
Geologie en Mijnbouw      
Hadronic Journal      
Human Genetics      
The Indian Concrete Journal      
Indian Journal of Physics (Parts A & B)      
Instruments and Experimental Techniques      
Insurance, Mathematics and Economics      
International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation      
Int. Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering      
International Journal of Biometeorology      
International Journal of Quantum Chemistry      
International Journal of Radiation Biology      
Interstate Oil & Gas Compact & Community Bulletin      
Izvestiya, Acad. of Sci., USSR: Physics of the Solid Earth      
Journal of Alloys and Compounds      
Journal of Atmospheric and Terrestrial Physics      
Journal of Communications Technology & Electronics      
Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics      
Journal of Electromagnetic Waves and Applications      
Journal of Engineering Physics and Thermophysics      
Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology      
Journal of Imaging Science and Technology      
Journal of Marine Research      
Journal of Official Statistics      
Journal of Polymer Science Package      
	Part A, Polymer Chemistry      
	Part B, Polymer Physics      
	Part C, Polymer Letters      
	Polymer Symposia      
Journal of Rheology      
Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids      
Journal of Wave-Material Interaction      
Laser and Particle Beams      
Le Vide, Science, Technique et Applications      
Linear and Multilinear Algebra      
Materials Research Bulletin      
Measurement Science and Technology      
Meteorologische Zeitschrift      
Mineral Resources Development Series      
Molecular Immunology      
Nuclear Science and Engineering      
Problems of Information Transmission      
Progress in Oceanography      
Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society      
Russian Physics Journal      
School Foodservice & Nutrition      
School Foodservice Research Review      
Southern Communication      
Telecommunications & Radio Engineering      
Textile Chemist and Colorist      
Theoretica Chimica Acta      
Theoretical and Mathematical Physics      
Thermochimica Acta      
Transactions of the American Nuclear Society      
Zeitschrift fur Kristallographie      
**  Editor's Note.  A total of 89 titles were cancelled.       
Some were cancelled in order to add other titles.  In      
addition to the above cancelled journals, departments chose      
to initiate new subscriptions to approximately 30 other      
journals.  Contact Donnie Curtis in the Library Collection      
Management Office, 646-4228, for further information.

My Sabbatical Research: Luther's "Lord Katie"

by Jeanette C. Smith, Head, Government Documents/Codes   
and Standards, jcsmith@lib.nmsu.edu      
     Katharina von Bora Luther (1499-1552), a partner in one      
of history's most controversial marriages, is to historians      
one of the most well-known and interesting women of the      
sixteenth century.  Nearly five hundred years worth of      
sources on her life, consisting of accumulated layers of      
fact, legend, fiction, and scholarship, demonstrate how      
Katharina, like her famous husband, Martin Luther, was      
satirized, vilified, and idealized by her contemporaries and      
later commentators.  Each century has seen Katharina through      
the filter of its own values, right up to modern feminists,      
who took her for their own.  However, through it all,      
Katie's own unique strong personality shines through.      
     My original sabbatical project, a biographical article      
and annotated scholarly bibliography of sources on Katie,      
quickly grew in length and changed in scope from a      
bibliography to an historiography.  This project has      
resulted in a monograph-length manuscript which I have been      
invited to submit for publication to the Lutheran      
Brotherhood Foundation Reformation Research Library      
monograph series.             
     Research for the project took me through many formats      
of information, from electronic data files to microformats      
to audiovisual materials to printed books from many eras.       
It also took me from the U.S. to the former East Germany.  A      
fascinating intellectual as well as physical journey, it was      
a real education for a librarian.  Once my electronic      
sources of information, particularly the Online Computer      
Library Center, Inc. (OCLC) FirstSearch databases, which      
yielded about one hundred international citations, were      
exhausted, I visited a variety of university, special, and      
other types of libraries in Chicago, St. Paul, St, Louis,      
Berlin, Lutherstadt Wittenberg (where the Luthers lived in      
the sixteenth century), and Leipzig to use their catalogs      
and collections.        
     When the number of citations had grown to approximately      
two hundred, I began to verify and compile the bibliography      
and to write the historiographical essay.  At the same time      
I conducted an extensive correspondence with many librarians      
and scholars in Germany and elsewhere, many of whom kindly      
sent me books and photocopies of bibliographies or catalog      
entries.  I also began to try to track down manuscripts of      
seven of Katie's letters.  I located three in Denmark, one      
in Germany, and one handwritten dedication in a book in      
     By the time I arrived in Germany, my list of citations      
needing verification was shrinking with each library I      
visited, and despite much effort I added only a few very new      
works.  I visited components of the German national library      
(there is no single German national library) in Berlin and      
in Leipzig.  Because so many German books were carried off       
or were destroyed in WWII, historical German library      
research is very difficult to conduct.  Just because an item      
is listed in a library's catalog does not mean that the      
library owns it any more.  Surviving collections were also      
dispersed.  The Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (which has      
buildings in former East and West Berlin with separate      
microfiche catalogs) specializes in older materials dating      
to 1945, and the Deutsche Bucherei in Leipzig is a      
depository for materials published after 1945.  In addition,      
materials listed in bibliographies published in the late      
nineteenth and early twentieth centuries during the golden      
age of Katharina scholarship, may not survive anywhere.      
     I was fortunate to find very reasonably priced lodgings      
in seminaries in the U.S. and Germany.  From my window at      
the seminary dorm in Lutherstadt Wittenberg I was privileged      
to have a view of the "Katharinenportal," a beautifully      
carved stone door which Katharina had added to the Luther      
home in 1540.  The Luther home, like the seminary a      
sixteenth century building, now houses Lutherhalle, the      
world's premier Reformation museum.  I saw Katie's wedding      
ring, the only personal possession of hers to have survived,      
in the City Museum of Leipzig.  I also saw some Lucas      
Cranach workshop portraits of her in various churches and      
museums.  The highlight of my time in Germany was a tour of      
several sites where Katie had lived.      
     Fortunately, Wittenberg was not destroyed during WWII,      
and both the seminary and Lutherhalle had excellent      
collections of sixteenth century materials preserved with      
ideal temperature and humidity conditions.  It is wonderful      
that transatlantic Luther scholarship, stifled during the      
Communist regime in East Germany by censored correspondence      
and travel restrictions, has resumed.      
	The combination of factors that enabled my project to      
succeed, including, subject access to the OCLC database      
through FirstSearch and freedom to conduct correspondence      
and travel in former East Germany, prompted me to enter the      
OCLC 25th Anniversary Essay Contest, "What the OCLC Online      
Union Catalog Means to Me."  The first day I returned to      
work after my Sabbatical I was greeted with the news that I      
was among five national winners in this contest and had been      
awarded $500.  The winning essays will be printed in the      
OCLC Newsletter as well as in a forthcoming OCLC      

Restored Tom Lea Murals Dedicated in Branson October 25th

by Charles Townley, Dean, University   
Library, ctownley@lib.nmsu.edu      
Two restored murals by Tom Lea will be dedicated in the      
Branson Hall Library during Homecoming at 10:30 a.m. on      
Friday, October 25, 1996.  Tom Lea is a distinguished El      
Paso artist and author.  These murals were originally      
painted in 1934 for the Young Hall Library at New Mexico      
State University.  They were removed in 1951 when the      
Branson Hall Library was completed and hung for a time in      
Milton Hall.  They were in storage for many years awaiting      
repair and renovation.        
At a recent workshop on the restoration, Mr. Lea provided      
some background information on the murals.  In 1934, Gustave      
Bauman contacted Tom Lea regarding the possibility of a WPA      
contract.  The WPA administrator hired Lea to paint two      
murals for "the A and M library in Mesilla".  He received      
$40.00 a week for his work and the paintings took three      
months to complete.  Mr. Lea brought the paintings to New      
Mexico State University ". . . in an old Dodge sedan with      
the windows broken out of it."  The paintings themselves      
were rolled around a cardboard tube originally used to roll      
carpet.  They were framed at the University and hung on      
either side of the circulation desk on the second floor of      
Young Hall.        
Tom Lea painted "Conquistadors" first.  It presents several      
views of the first hundred years of New Mexico history,      
emphasizing the colonizing efforts of DeVargas and Onate.       
The Conquest, the Pueblo revolt of 1680, and the Reconquest      
are all depicted.  The second painting is "Old Mesilla".       
This mural depicts historical events in and around the      
Mesilla area in the 19th Century such as the Gadsden      
Purchase and agricultural fields.      
Tom Lea described some of the techniques that he used in the      
painting.  He began with number 12 cotton duck canvas which      
he purchased in Santa Fe and primed and sized himself.  The      
canvas was wrapped around oversized plywood sheets which had      
been previously primed and finished.  Much of the color came      
from pigments prepared by Raymond Johnson, another artist in      
Santa Fe, who was willing to provide paints to Lea on      
credit.  To achieve the vibrant colors of the paintings, he      
used the paint straight out of the tube with no medium.  Lea      
says that his brush work emulates Cezanne's method of      
parallel brush strokes.  John Norton, Lea's master at the      
Art Institute of Chicago, did not believe in overpainting on      
murals.  Therefore, Lea painted a la prima, avoiding      
overpainting to achieve a flat surface.      
The paintings were restored with a grant from the Stockman      
Family Foundation.  Restoration work was undertaken by      
Randall Ash of Denver, Colorado.  New frames for the works      
were prepared by Matt Lynch.  Frank Rocha and his crew at      
the Physical Plant Dept. assisted with the hanging.  The      
work was coordinated by Charles Lovell and Rosemary      
McLoughlin from the NMSU Art Gallery.  We hope that many      
people will come and join us in the rededication of these      
two important works during Homecoming festivities at 10:30      
a.m. on Friday, October 25, 1996 in the Branson Hall      

Documents Web Page

 by Jeanette C. Smith Head,  
Government Documents/Codes and Standards,  
       The World Wide Web home page for the library's U.S.  
government documents unit is now online.  You can find it  
via the library's home page at http://lib.nmsu.edu.  Click  
on "The NMSU Library - Services - Library Collections - U.S.  
Government Documents" or call up the documents page at  
occont.html.  Now you can ask a documents reference question  
via e-mail, schedule an individual or group tour, connect to  
U.S. government information, or read some of our helpful  
guides and brochures online.  One unique guide included is a  
list of current U.S. government publications in Spanish.  
There is also information on patents, basic and advanced  
guides to the GPO on SilverPlatter index, a list of Hot Docs  
in English, and much more.

1,000,000th Volume

 The NMSU Library will soon  
acquire its one-millionth title.  The library was begun in  
approximately 1890.  The following reminiscence by Hiram  
Hadley, appeared in the March 20, 1917 issue of The Roundup.      
	"When I look through the main library at the  
Agricultural College, ... and admire the great growth in the      
library facilities at this institution, memory carries me      
back to the beginnings of these, and I rejoice in what has      
been done.      
	When Las Cruces College, the forerunner of the      
Agricultural College, was in existence, one of the good      
patrons of that school fell short of means with which to pay      
tuition ... and he came to me and said he had a new set of      
the Encyclopedia Britannica for which he had paid $112 and      
he would like to exchange it for tuition for his children.       
The deal was made, ... and so far as my memory serves me, it      
was the beginning of the library.  I will narrate another      
step in the growth of the library... on June 15 (1890) or      
thereabouts, I found on hand an unexpended $600... I wrote      
to a bookseller in Columbus, Ohio, to make us the best list      
of books, according to his own judjement... He did this and      
I think this was the beginning of the present excellent ...      

Ed Mayfield Retires

by Jeanette C. Smith,   
Head, Government Documents/Codes and Standards,  
        The retirement of R.E. "Ed" Mayfield, the      
Coordinator of the Southwest Center for Codes and Standards,      
was observed at an October 3rd reception at the New Library.       
Ed has been with the library since 1991.  A long-time      
resident of Las Cruces, Ed plans to remain here and to      
pursue his many other interests including writing.  His      
award-winning short story "One Hell of a Summer" was      
published in The Storyteller by the Society of Southwest      
Authors in 1994.          
         Ed is the first and only Coordinator of the      
Southwest Center for Codes and Standards in its five-year      
history.  Established in 1991 by the New Mexico legislature,      
the Center celebrated its Grand Opening in April 1992.  Over      
the years, Ed's assistants in the Center have included       
staff members Julie Snellgrove, Tony Soliz, Binni Ortiz, and      
Debi Estrada and student employees Theresa Puckett, Troy      
Alvarez, Juan Tanabe, and Jorge Esparza.  He has also had a      
close working relationship with the Center's "sister" unit,       
Government Documents.      
        The Center was established as a regional, national,      
and international source for industrial standards, military      
specifications and standards, and New Mexico state, county,      
and local codes; all provided to clients on a cost-recovery      
basis.  Instruction for NMSU classes and mentoring for the      
Advanced Manufacturing Center are also important activities      
for the Center.  In addition, special projects such as a      
contract with the New Mexico State Highway Department to      
assist in metrication activities, and a Mexican standards      
initiative have been undertaken.  Ed organized a state-wide      
Metric Conversion Conference in 1994, and ongoing district      
metric conferences.            
         An active member of the American Library      
Association's Fee-Based Information Service Centers in      
Academic Libraries (FISCAL) group and the perennial chair of      
the Think Metric special interest group of the New Mexico      
Library Association, Ed has been a visible and personable      
representative of the library.  He has also been a tireless      
volunteer for many activities and committees within the      
library.  We wish him a happy and fulfilling      

RGHC Digitally Reformatted Photographs

 by Tim  
Blevins, Archives, tblevins@lib.nmsu.edu excerpted from the  
Southwestern Archivist 19(3):28, 1996      
	The Rio Grande Historical Collections has completed a      
digital reformatting pilot project, having scanned nearly      
4000 photographs for electronic access.  The Digital      
Reformatting Lab,  was designed to reformat selected      
holdings which comprise the RGHC's collection of 500,000      
photographs.  Photograph collections targeted for digital      
access are those which attract a high level of use, have      
high intrinsic value, or are in need of cold-storage      
preservation measures to thwart the inherent deterioration      
common with nitrate and acetate base negatives.      
	Photographs of Dawson, New Mexico, in the 1920s      
(donated by Carol and Dwight Myers) were the first images      
scanned.  The 395 nitrate base negatives provide a glimpse      
of some of the coal mining town's 500 buildings, local      
events and the Phelps Dodge Corporation's mining operations.       
Today, not much more than the cemetery exists at the      
location where Dawson once claimed to a population of 6,000.      
	Scanning continued with another collection of mining      
related photographs recently donated by the Phelps Dodge      
Corporation.  This collection contains more than 2,100      
black-and-white and color photographs showing the copper      
extraction activities of Chino Mines Company at Hurley, New      
	One objective was to create a system which would be      
highly productive and allow a single technician the      
capability to carry out many activities at the same time.       
The technician is surrounded with buzzing, humming and      
screeching equipment including two locally-networked      
computers with three monitors, two scanners, a densitometer,      
CD-ROM recorder and a printer.  The two computers perform      
several activities simultaneously; one does the computer-     
intensive activities of batch scanning, thumbnail image      
creation, printing or writing CD-ROMs, while the other      
assists the technician with the labor-intensive work of      
quality control and image adjustments.  Photographs ranging      
in size from 35mm slides to 11 3/4" x 16 1/2" prints,      
negatives or transparencies can be accomodated.  A high      
level of production is possible.  The flatbed scanner      
accommodates several photographs at once and can batch-scan      
images during which time the technician is making      
adjustments to the completed scans on the other computer      
station.  Another objective is to effectively satisfy      
researcher's print requests without overwhelming our already      
stressed conventional darkroom print-production resources.       
A color thermal dye-sublimation printer provides research      
and publication quality copies of the digital images at a      
reasonable cost.      

Edward Erazo Presides at the 1st REFORMA National Conference

The first REFORMA National   
Conference was held at the Austin     Convention Center on  
August 22-25, 1996.  REFORMA is the      
national association dedicated to the promotion of library      
services to the Spanish speaking and an affiliate of the      
American Library Association. REFORMA has 1,152 members.       
The conference was dedicated to the memory of Cesar Chavez      
and was a wonderful way to celebrate REFORMA's 25th      
anniversary.  More than 700 people registered from all over      
the country—including Puerto Rico—and from Mexico as well.       
There were 75 programs over a two-day period on topics of      
interest to librarians serving Spanish-speaking populations      
in public, school and academic libraries.  The half-day      
preconference workshop, "Latinos and the Information      
Superhighway" attracted 139 people.      
NMSU Education Librarian, Edward Erazo, is serving as      
president for the 1996-97 term.  Building on the momentum of      
the conference, which has caused membership to jump 30%, Ed      
has chosen strategic planning as the major focus of his      
presidential term and "Creating REFORMA's Future" as its      

Library Opens Electronic Classroom

 by Edward  
Erazo, Education Librarian ederazo@lib.nmsu.edu      
	The New Library opened its electronic classroom in time      
for the start of the fall semester.  It is equipped with 25      
Pentium PCs and designed to encourage interactive, computer-     
assisted learning.  Students can access the OLE online      
catalog and the CD-ROM Network as well as the Internet      
through the Library Home Page  http://lib.nmsu.edu.  As a      
result, there has been an immediate and dramatic difference      
in our bibliographic instruction sessions.       
	Computers hold a magical attraction for most students.       
Gone are the lectures and overhead presentations of library      
databases on the one large screen and in their place are      
multiple, hands-on sessions of the actual databases on each      
computer workstation.  The new electronic classroom has      
changed not only what we teach, but how we teach it.  Here      
are some examples of the classes.  Bibliographic instruction      
for the 50+ English 111 classes now uses a new online      
tutorial on the Library Home Page called "Shortcuts," which      
lets students work on any computer to complete a four-part      
worksheet on OLE and PAN basics for finding books and      
periodicals, respectively.  Most students can finish the      
worksheet in 50 minutes.  The instructor gives a 5 minute      
overview and then the students spend the rest of the class      
period working at their own pace.  For University 150 and      
University 110 classes, "The Freshman Year Experience", we      
offer a two-session sequence that provides hands-on database      
searching not only on OLE and PAN, but with the CD-ROM      
Network and the World Wide Web as well.  During the second      
session, students work in small groups on a research topic      
of their own choice and then report back after 30 minutes to      
their classmates on their search statement, strategies and      
choice of databases.      
	Library workshops, which had been originally developed      
for ERIC and PsychLit CD-ROMs, have been expanded to include      
both "Internet Basics" and "APA & MLA Style Manuals."  The      
workshops will be offered all semester long: ERIC/PsychLit      
and Internet Basics on Friday afternoons and ALA/MLA Styles      
on Thursday afternoons.  The Internet workshop is especially      
popular with graduate students and faculty.  We will be      
offering more workshops next semester and are looking for      
suggestions.  The workshops last 50 minutes and are limited      
to 24 participants per session.  Sign up at the New Library      
Reference Desk in person, by phone (646-6928), or by e-mail      
	What's next?  The classroom in the Branson Library is      
being enlarged and remodeled and will be completed later      
this fall.


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