- Dean Titus has been involved with the current University and Library budget process and college-level search committees.
- Associate Dean Norice Lee and Samantha Rich, Assessment Librarian, finished a class on storytelling assessment with the Dr. David Boje’s Small Business Consulting (MGMT 548) class in the College of Business. They will be reporting their results “Assessment through Storytelling” at the Mountain Plains Library Association conference in October. From the abstract: “[Norice and Samantha] collaborated with graduate-level business students to assess implications of their library’s budget crises and to more effectively demonstrate the library’s value to broader communities through storytelling.”
- April Anaya, Director of Development, is working on Tombaugh Digitization funding, revamping content for the new Library giving page, and is pleased to announced the formal naming of a graduate study carrel in honor of library supporter Barbara Myers.
- Cassie McClure, Communication Specialist, is working on the Communication Plan with feedback from departmental meetings. She is also working on a Community Library Card campaign to increase Las Cruces awareness of the NMSU Library.
- Nathan Brown, Digital Projections Librarian, has been working on the digitization of the Clyde Tombaugh collection and has added some new Ag Pubs from Project Ceres [part of the United States Agricultural Information Network (USAIN) Digital Libraries & Preservation Committee].
- Susan Beck, Department Head, mentioned that Access Services are doing deselection projects of print serial duplications. They’ve also had a large amount of new hires. [See New Hires section below.]
- Linda Landez-Garcia, Library Assistant, said that this time of the year is about fielding calls and walk-in’s about theses and dissertations. “I love seeing their success stories, their faces of relief, and to see them reaching their dreams,” said Linda. She explained that sometimes the parents of students bring in the materials for binding, because their children already have jobs in their field, or that faculty, who worked closely with students, come in to accompany their students dropping off their years-long work. She said that these encounters are an inspiration for students library employees behind the counter. “Those students finishing [their degrees] become role models for our student employees,” said Linda.
Archives and Special Collections
- Martha Andrews, University Archivist, is planning an expansion of the University Archives which will included constructing shelving for a move this summer. She is also transferring records from PastPerfect to ArchivesSpace. Notably, Martha participated in NMSU Founders’ Day and gave a short address on the latest Aggie Legend, Kathleen Kelly Titland, class of 1941, who served as a WASP during WWII. “In my talk, I mentioned that WASP families were contesting the prohibition for WASP burials in Arlington National Cemetery,” said Martha. “On the library’s twitter feed we got a shout-out from the granddaughter of the family contesting that ruling. Yesterday, it was announced that WASPs may now be buried in Arlington.”
- In the Reprographics Unit, Dean Wilkey and Elizabeth Villa have completed the first ever census of the department’s motion picture films, recording information about the films and their condition so that they can take measures to conserve the films. This involved at looking at more than 2,000 individual films.
- Caitlin Wells, Rio Grande Historical Collections Archivist, is updating finding aids and making catalog records. “They’re being updated because we’ve added items to the collection or changed the arrangement and now we need to update the Rocky Mountain Online Archive [which houses NMSU Library’s RGHC finding aids] to reflect the changes. I’m going through each collection and finding aid to make sure everything online is up to date,” said Caitlin.
- Sarah Allison, Special Collections Librarian, completed a preservation and condition survey of material in Special Collections. From this survey, a preservation and procedures manual was completed earlier this year. She began reviewing material from the Frances Stelloff portion of the Gotham Book Mart purchase for deselection. This review evaluates the Gotham Book Mart material for relevance to the NMSU curriculum and the current collection development policy of the NMSU library, in addition to identifying and weeding possible duplicate copies and taking account of the rarity of individual items to make space for new acquisitions to the collections. Sarah will also be presenting at the Rare Books and Manuscripts Conference this coming June. She will take part in a panel discussion with colleagues who took part in the 2015 IMLS-RBS Fellowship. The panel will discuss their experiences with Diversity Initiatives within libraries and more specifically, the IMLS-RBS Fellowship program. Additionally, Sarah will be presenting a poster regarding her survey of Special Collections Archives departments and the roles and responsibilities of undergraduate student employees.
- Adam Heien, Political Papers Archivist, is reviewing the photographs in the Domenici collection and working to improve the captions so as to better identify the individuals who might be in the photographs. Teddie Moreno, Library Specialist, is preprocessing Veterans Affairs.
- Teddie also found an interesting quilt square in the agricultural section in the Domenici papers. “Previously when we came across this type of item it was from an organization that was raffling or auctioning off a quilt made from squares signed by celebrities,” said Teddie. “This block had no accompanying information. But I loved how it represented the way the senator felt about his time away from New Mexico. His heart was always here.”
- The Acquisitions Unit [Graci Martinez, Matt Martinez, Dora Morales, Ben VandenBoom] continues to work on gathering statistics for the serials cancellation process, as well as processing the ongoing receipt of invoices.
- The Cataloging Unit [Linda Baldwin, Stu Peale, Jo Ann Vincenti] is up-to-date on processing all new materials and gifts and continues to work on special projects, such as the dime novels. To date, 3,758 dime novels have been cataloged. In addition, the Unit is working on removing over 100,000 NMCAL records from Voyager and fixing 4,000 Alamogordo records that have a problem with their OCLC symbol. Finally, Liz [Miller, head of the Cataloging Unit] made two trips to Alamogordo to train their new employee.
- The Metadata Unit [Laura Galarza, Tiffany Schirmer] continues working on the Tombaugh papers, University News Releases, and agricultural materials for the CERES grant. Work on the Spaceport Body of Knowledge is anticipated to begin over the summer.
- John Sandstrom has also passed his comps for his Ph.D. – congratulations! [Note the Southwest-appropriate tie!]
Reference and Research Services
- Library Specialist Sr. Susan Bontly’s proposal “Transforming learning environments: Co-constructionism in higher education classrooms” for EdMedia 2016: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology has been accepted for presentation in Vancouver later this year.
- Paula Johnson, Engineering/Mathematical Sciences Librarian, is working on a Patent Trademark Resource Center Libguide. The PTRC will have an event on Sept. 21, 2016. More details to follow.
- Luci Ortiz, Government Doc Library Specialist, sends great photos from Gov Docs!
- Teresa Roberts, Web Developer, announced the opening of the new Archives and Special Collections page. Check it out here: http://lib.nmsu.edu/archives/
There are plenty of new faces, some arriving in August, but many have already started including:
- Jennifer Chavez has returned to the Archives and Special Collections Department as a Library Specialist. She is a 2008 NMSU graduate with bachelor’s degrees in both criminal justice and Spanish. She enjoys working with people, spending time with her family and pets.
- Jesus Hernandez starting working at NMSU Zuhl Library in the Summer 2012 and is now the Library Assistant for Access Service. He was a student assistant for Reserves under the supervision of Kimberly Miller. Jesus is responsible for overdue notices, billing delinquent accounts and assisting with a variety of circulation duties. In Spring 2015, Jesus received an Associate in Computer Technology from Doña Ana Community College.
- Adam Sainz is the Branson Service Desk Supervisor. Adam was born and raised in Las Cruces. He has lived here all his life, and really enjoys the atmosphere that the town has. Adam earned his Associates degree in Computer Technology through DACC and plans on continuing his education to complete his BA in Information Technology, as well as a minor in Hotel Restaurant Tourism Management. Adam worked on campus before both as a student and professional staff member. In his previous position, he was the Facility Set-up Coordinator for Housing and Campus Life. Adam was responsible for the coordination of two student teams as well as a variety of other tasks. He really enjoys working with the college community and people in general. Adam likes to think of NMSU as his 2nd home.
- Ben VandenBoom recently moved to Las Cruces to be closer to his family and is now Library Specialist in Acquisitions. He has lived in New York City for the past 20 years, where he graduated from New York University with a BFA in Film Production. In the past decade, he worked as the Senior Staff Accountant for Opus 3 Artists, an international classical artist management firm. He is excited that the NMSU Library is his new career home, where he can put his experience with spreadsheet budgeting and management of large databases to use.
- Jessica Zubia is the Shelving Supervisor at Zuhl and Branson Libraries. She was born and raised here in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Jessica received her BA in Sociology from NMSU in 2013. She is currently a Library and Information Science graduate student at the University of Arizona and also a Knowledge River Scholar within the program. Jessica’s estimated graduation date is December 2016.