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Free public program in celebration of Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros

Date: April 10, 2014

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CONTACT: Luci Ortiz, NMSU Library, (575) 646-1286, luci@nmsu.edu or Cindy Pierard, NMSU Library, (575) 646-7010, cpierard@nmsu.edu


The New Mexico State University Library announces a free public program in celebration of Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day).

Native New Mexican author Cristina Ortega will read from her children’s books at Thomas Branigan Memorial Library on Saturday, April 26th at 1:00 p.m. Each child will receive a free book while supplies last.

Cristina Ortega was born and raised in New Mexico and taught first grade for 26 years in Albuquerque. She has published two books, The Eyes of a Weaver and The Key to Grandpa’s House both based on her time spent in northern New Mexico with her grandfather, a master weaver from Chimayo, and other family members.Each book has a sprinkling of Spanish phrases and words plus a glossary for translation. The stories reflect the Ortega family’s unique Hispanic traditions along with first-hand accounts of the author’s grandpa, Juan Melquiades, as he taught her how to weave Chimayo designs on his handmade loom. Author, Cristina Ortega

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Día de los Niños / Día de los Libros was founded by Pat Mora, an award-winning Latina author of poetry, nonfiction and children’s books. Mora was born in El Paso, TX and currently resides in Santa Fe, NM. “Día” is a nationally recognized program that nurtures cognitive and literacy development in ways that honor and embrace a child’s home language and culture.

The NMSU Library’s celebration is funded by a grant from NMSU’s Southwest and Border Cultures Institute, and is co-sponsored by the NMSU Library and the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library.

April 11, 2014 Categories: News Free public program in celebration of Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros



Panel Discusses Mental Health Audit During NMSU Sunshine Week Celebration

Date:  March 5, 2014

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CONTACT: Norice Lee, NMSU Library, (575) 646-1508, nlee@nmsu.edu


swlogo2_smallAs part of the celebration of Sunshine Week, the NMSU Library is co-sponsoring “Sunshine and Shadows: Public Records and the New Mexico Mental Health Provider Audit,” a panel discussion on open government and the state of mental health care in New Mexico. The program will be held on Thursday, March 20, 2014, at 5 p.m. on the third floor of Zuhl Library on the NMSU Las Cruces Campus.

The panel will discuss the New Mexico In Depth and Las Cruces Sun News lawsuit seeking the release of a 2013 state government audit that resulted in the state withdrawing Medicaid funding from 15 mental health providers due to allegations of fraud. Speakers include Heath Haussamen from New Mexico In Depth; Walt Rubel from the Las Cruces Sun News; and State Senator Mary Kay Papen.

The program will also include a tribute to Margaret Markham, a former health reporter and long-time community activist known for her outspoken advocacy for governmental transparency. A public reception will follow the program.

Both the program and reception are free and open to the public. Parking is free in NMSU lots after 4:30 p.m. For a map of parking lots, see the Transportation and Parking Map at http://hr.nmsu.edu/parking/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2013/05/Map.pdf.

Sunshine Week is a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information.  It is held each year in March to coincide with James Madison’s birthday and will be celebrated during the week of March 16-22, 2014.

The NMSU’s Sunshine Week activities are sponsored by NMSU alumnus Tim Parker, the NMSU Library, and the NMSU Department of Journalism & Mass Communications. For more information, contact sunshine@lib.nmsu.edu or 575-646-2869. Additional information is available at the Library’s Sunshine Week information page at http://nmsu.libguides.com/sun.

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March 5, 2014 Categories: News Panel Discusses Mental Health Audit During NMSU Sunshine Week Celebration



Library Holds Student Infographic Contest for Sunshine Week

Date: February 6, 2014

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CONTACT: Jonathan Butz, NMSU Library, (575) 646-2869


The NMSU Library is co-sponsoring a student infographic contest as part of the second annual celebration of Sunshine Week.

Sunshine Week is a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. It is held each year in March to coincide with James Madison’s birthday and will be celebrated during the week of March 16-22, 2014.

Choosing either New Mexico’s Open Meetings Act (10-15-1 NMSA 1978 et seq) or Inspection of Public Records Act (14-2-1 NMSA 1978 et seq), contestants are asked to create an infographic to inform citizens about the law and how it may be used.

The contest is open to all students currently enrolled at New Mexico State University.  1st prize is a $200 gift card and 2nd prize is a $100 gift card, both from the Barnes & Noble at NMSU bookstore.

Additional information and contest rules are available at the Library’s Sunshine Week libguide at http://nmsu.libguides.com/sun.

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, March 4, at 8:00 a.m.  Winners will be announced the following week and will be recognized at a public program to be held Thursday, March 20.

The contest and NMSU’s Sunshine Week activities are sponsored by NMSU alumnus Tim Parker, the NMSU Library and the NMSU Department of Journalism & Mass Communications.

For more information, contact sunshine@lib.nmsu.edu or 575-646-2869.

 

 

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February 6, 2014 Categories: News Library Holds Student Infographic Contest for Sunshine Week



Idioma Espanol Biblioteca Tur Disponible/Library Tour Available in Spanish

Date: February 5, 2014

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CONTACT: Wendy Simpson, NMSU Library, (575) 646-4129


Los hispanoparlantes están invitados a la biblioteca para un recorrido de cuarenta minutos de ambos edificios de NMSU Library enteramente en español.  El recorrido está programado para el jueves, 13 de febrero a las 3:00 de la tarde y comienza en el mostrador de Branson Service Desk. Para obtener más información, póngase en contacto con Wendy Simpson  (575) 646-4129, el Mostrador de Información al (575) 646-5792 o visite http://lib.nmsu.edu/tours/.

The NMSU Library invites members of the Spanish-speaking community to join the staff for a forty-minute tour of both Branson and Zuhl libraries.  The tour will be conducted entirely in Spanish.  In addition to seeing and learning about highlights of services and collections, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions.  The tour is scheduled for Thursday, February 13 at 3:00 pm and begins at the Branson Library Service Desk.  It is not necessary to sign up for the tour in advance. Students are provided with a certificate of attendance that instructors may elect to count toward extra credit.  For more information please contact Wendy Simpson, Library Specialist Senior, at (575) 646-4129, the Information Desk at (575) 646-5792 or visit http://lib.nmsu.edu/tours/

 

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February 5, 2014 Categories: News Idioma Espanol Biblioteca Tur Disponible/Library Tour Available in Spanish



NMSU Library announces tours for campus community

Date: January 23, 2014

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CONTACT: Wendy Simpson, NMSU Library, (575) 646-4129



All members of the campus community are invited to join the Library staff for a forty-minute tour of both NMSU Library buildings. In addition to seeing and learning about highlights of services and collections, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions.  One tour will be presented in Spanish.

Tours will begin at the Information Desk at Zuhl Library on the following dates and times:

Wednesday, January 29 11:30 am-12:10 pm & 12:30 – 1:10 pm
Thursday, January 30 11:00- 11:40 am
Monday, February 3 10:30-11:10 am
Tuesday, February 4 1:00-1:40 pm
Thursday, February 13 3:00-3:40 pm SPANISH LANGUAGE TOUR – begins at Branson Library Service Desk
Friday, February 14 9:30-10:10 am

It is not necessary to sign up for tours in advance and individual tours may also be arranged. Students are provided with a certificate of attendance that instructors may elect to count toward extra credit.  For more information please contact Wendy Simpson, Library Specialist Senior, at (575) 646-4129, the Information Desk at (575) 646-5792 or visit http://lib.nmsu.edu/tours/

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January 23, 2014 Categories: News NMSU Library announces tours for campus community



Library Supporter John Cordova Shares His Experiences

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Aggie fans will notice that an ad in this week’s basketball program features Mr. John M. Cordova.  Cordova is the Director of Sports Transaction Management for Coca Cola and a strong supporter of the NMSU Library.

Cordova was a student athlete who attended NMSU on a football scholarship and although his time with the football program kept him busy, he said that the Library helped to provide a place where he could focus and study, as he strongly believed in the value of his education.

Cordova earned a B.A. in Business Management (1980) and an M.B.A. (1982) from NMSU’s College of Business.  He supports the Library both financially and by sharing his Library experiences with people.

He said, “As a student athlete during my time at NMSU, my time was limited and required structure.  The NMSU Library became an integral element of my educational experience, because it provided the study atmosphere and educational resources I needed to complete my studies.  In my day, if you needed to find me between the hours of 7 to 10 p.m., I was probably at the Library!”

Cordova continues to support the NMSU Library, so that it can continue to provide the level of excellence that he enjoyed to current and future generations of NMSU students.

Library Major Gift Officer April Anaya thanks Cordova for his loyalty and support, and encourages everyone to check out the basketball ad.  For more information, contact Anaya at (575) 646-3642.

 

December 4, 2013 Categories: News Library Supporter John Cordova Shares His Experiences



NMSU Library Connects with You!

You are invited to connect with the New Mexico State University Library on its Facebook and Twitter pages or follow the Library through a variety of other social media.  Links are available at the top of the Library’s home page at http://lib.nmsu.edu.socialmediamontage

Social media currently in use by the Library include:

More Library social media such as Pinterest and Instagram are being developed.

Library Dean Elizabeth A. Titus said, “Social media is a communication tool that assists us in acquiring and creating content and making it accessible.  For academic research libraries, content is our business.”

Dean Titus quoted Melville Dewey, the father of American librarianship, who said, “A library’s function is to give the public in the quickest and cheapest way information, inspiration and recreation. If a better way than the book can be found, we should use it.”  She added, “In social media we may have found a better way than the book.”

Connect to the Library now—it’s fast, easy and fun!  For more information, contact facebook@lib.nmsu.edu.

November 20, 2013 Categories: News NMSU Library Connects with You!



NMSU Library 2014 Calendar Now Available

The New Mexico State University Library announces the release of its 2014 calendar, Our Beginnings: The First Ten Years of New Mexico State University.  This year’s calendar focuses on the University’s 125th anniversary, and each month features a photo which showcases the architecture, students, presidents and lifestyle during the earliest years at what was then Las Cruces College. From the football team in 1894 to the only graduate in 1895, the photos capture an exciting time in NMSU’s history.Calendar cover

Calendars can be purchased for only $8 each, and the proceeds support the NMSU Library. Supplies are limited. The calendars are available at the Library’s Administration Office, Room 224, Zuhl Library and at the Library’s Archives and Special Collections Department, Branson Library, 4th floor.

For more information or to place an order, call the Library Administration Office at (575) 646-1508.

 

 

 

 

 

November 13, 2013 Categories: News NMSU Library 2014 Calendar Now Available



NMSU Library Collects E-Books

The NMSU Library is actively building a collection in e-book format to provide the best service for the NMSU community.  An e-book is a book, just like a physical book you can find on the shelves in the Library.  However, instead of having a physical existence, it is stored as a digital image.  This allows e-books to be accessed from outside the Library 24/7/365.  As with physical books, there are circulating e-books and reference e-books. ebrary copy_small

Circulating e-books are checked out which makes them available to the patron who checks them out.  In many cases, the patron checking an e-book out has the option of either downloading it to his own e-reader, or accessing the title through the Library’s or vendor’s websites.  The majority of the Library’s circulating e-books were purchased for single user only, which means that when you check out an e-book, it ceases to be available to other users, just like a physical book.

Reference e-books can only be accessed online through the Library’s catalog, or, in some cases, directly from the vendor’s website.  If you are accessing the catalog or the website from off-campus, you may be asked for your username and password to authenticate you as a person who is authorized to access the resource you are requesting.  Many reference e-books can be accessed by multiple users simultaneously.

The Library currently has e-books from NetLibrary, EBSCO, ebrary, Gale Virtual Reference, EBL and a few directly from the publishers.  Most come from EBSCO, EBL and ebrary.  Each vendor has different content, search basics and rules for printing, downloading, viewing and checkout.  They also require different apps for use with various e-readers.  The Library purchased its first e-book collection from NetLibrary in 2003.  This was followed by additional purchases in 2004–2006.  In 2009, the Library started purchasing e-books using title-by-title selection, adding an additional 1,165 titles in the past five years.

Several projects are underway to expand and enhance the Library’s e-book collection.  Thanks to the generosity of New Mexico citizens in passing the 2012 GO Bond, the state is subscribing to more than 100,000 e-books from EBSCO for the next two years.  Records for these materials are in the process of being loaded into our catalog, so students, faculty, and staff can access them through the catalog, or search them directly at the EBSCOHost page at http://lib.nmsu.edu/article.shtml.

In addition, with the help of the Library’s subject specialists, the Library will pilot test a Patron Driven Acquisitions (PDA) program.  This involves loading e-book records into the catalog, but not purchasing the title until certain usage parameters are met.

E-books are the fastest growing format in the publishing industry.  For libraries, they provide a variety of opportunities and challenges.  As the business models for e-books continue to evolve, so will the ways libraries include them in their collections.  For more information, visit the E-Book Guide at http://nmsu.libguides.com/ebooks or contact Acquisitions Librarian John Sandstrom at jsand713@nmsu.edu.

October 29, 2013 Categories: News NMSU Library Collects E-Books



Digital Collections Grow

New Mexico State University course catalogs have been added to the NMSU Library’s digital collections.  Requests to see past catalogs are common, and the project allows the catalogs to be more widely and readily available to the public.  The course catalog collection provides electronic access to undergraduate academic catalogs from 1890 to the present. CourseCatalogs_small

Nathan Brown, Digital Projects Librarian and director of the Library’s new digitization lab, said, “The collection will ultimately contain graduate catalogs as well, and current catalogs will be added as they are released.”

The collection is available at http://contentdm.nmsu.edu:2011/cdm/landingpage/collection/catalogs.

Additional digitized collections currently found on the Library’s growing digital collections landing page include:

  • “NMSU Extension and Experiment Stations Publications,” a collection of documents dating from 1890 to the present about agriculture, health, economics, family life and natural resources
  • “New Mexico Statehood Centennial,” a link to 580 historical photographs
  • “NMSU Library Newsletters” from 1996 to the present
  • “Photographic Collections,” more than 500,000 historical photos from the Rio Grande Historical Collections
  • “The Round-Up,” NMSU’s student newspaper and its predecessor “The New Mexico Collegian,” published since 1893
  • “Zuhl Geological Collection,” more than 2,000 images of petrified wood, fossils and minerals from the world-class collection of Herbert and Joan Zuhl

For more information, visit the landing page at http://lib.nmsu.edu/digitalcollections.shtml or contact Brown at (575) 646-5769 or nbrown@nmsu.edu.

 

 

October 29, 2013 Categories: News Digital Collections Grow