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GO Bond Approval Sends Money to the NMSU Library

Date: December 8, 2010

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CONTACT: Jeanette Smith, NMSU Library, (575) 646-7492, jcsmith@lib.nmsu.edu



New Mexico voters approved GO Bond B during the Nov. 2 election, meaning libraries statewide will receive financial aid, including New Mexico State University.

The bond creates a $7 million fund for New Mexico libraries of all types to share. It was voted in by 52 percent overall, with 52 percent of Doña Ana County voters in support of the bond.

“As a librarian in New Mexico, I’m ecstatic,” said Library Dean Elizabeth Titus.

Library bonds have been approved every time they have come up since 1994, though there has never been landslide support for them. The most recent bonds, in 2008 and 2010, tied for the lowest approval votes of the last six proposals.

The bond money will be distributed July 2011. NMSU’s Las Cruces campus will receive an estimated $313,000, though this amount may change depending on enrollment numbers.

Titus said the university will spend the money on materials and equipment for the library and resources for the students in the form of one-time purchase items, such as books, maps, documents, movies and subscriptions.

“I’m hoping we can use the money for graduate program collections,” Titus said. As new graduate programs come to the university, the library must expand its collection, and she wants to be able to accommodate all of those students.

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December 10, 2010 Categories: Migrated GO Bond Approval Sends Money to the NMSU Library



NMSU Library Announces Winter Holiday Hours

Date: December 7, 2010

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CONTACT: Jeanette Smith, NMSU Library, (575) 646-7492, jcsmith@lib.nmsu.edu



The New Mexico State University Library announces hours for the end of Fall Semester and Winter holiday for both Zuhl and Branson libraries.

Saturday, December 11 through Sunday, December 12, closed.
Monday, December 13 through Friday, December 17, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, December 18 through Sunday, December 19, closed.
Monday, December 20 through Thursday, December 23, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, December 24 through Monday, January 3, closed.
Tuesday, January 4 through Friday, January 7, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, January 8 through Sunday, January 9, closed.
Monday, January 10 through Wednesday, January 12, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday, January 13, regular hours.

The Library’s Archives & Special Collections Department will be open by appointment December 15 through December 23 and January 4 through January 11. Call the Archives staff for an appointment at (575) 646-3839. Archives & Special Collections will be closed December 24 through January 3. Its research room will resume regular hours, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on January 12.

The full schedule of Library hours is available at http://lib.nmsu.edu/aboutlib/libhours.shtml#schedule and on a voice recording at (575) 646-4749.

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December 7, 2010 Categories: Migrated NMSU Library Announces Winter Holiday Hours



Zuhl Library Offers Late Night Hours During Finals

Date: November 29, 2010

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CONTACT: Jeanette Smith, NMSU Library, (575) 646-7492, jcsmith@lib.nmsu.edu



The NMSU Library announces end of semester late night hours at Zuhl Library only:

Monday, November 29 through Thursday, December 2, 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Friday, December 3, 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, December 4, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, December 5, 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Monday, December 6 through Wednesday, December 8, 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Thursday, December 9, regular hours
Friday, December 10, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, December 11 through Sunday, December 12, closed

Branson Library will maintain regular hours during finals week.

Free coffee will be served during the evening hours at both Branson and Zuhl libraries from Tuesday, November 30 through Thursday, December 9.

The full schedule of Library hours is available at http://lib.nmsu.edu/aboutlib/libhours.shtml#schedule and on a voice recording at (575) 646-4749.

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November 29, 2010 Categories: Migrated Zuhl Library Offers Late Night Hours During Finals



NMSU Library Announces Thanksgiving Holiday and Finals Hours

Date: November 15, 2010

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CONTACT: Jeanette Smith, NMSU Library, (575) 646-7492, jcsmith@lib.nmsu.edu



The New Mexico State University Library announces Thanksgiving holiday and end of semester hours for Fall Semester.

Thanksgiving holiday hours for both Zuhl and Branson libraries are:
Friday, November 19, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, November 20 through Sunday, November 21, noon to 5 p.m.
Monday, November 22 through Wednesday, November 24, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday, November 25 through Friday, November 26, closed.
Saturday, November 27 through Sunday, November 28, regular hours.

End of semester extended hours (Zuhl Library only) are:
Monday, November 29 through Thursday, December 2, 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Friday, December 3, 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, December 4, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, December 5, 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Monday, December 6 through Wednesday, December 8, 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Thursday, December 9, regular hours
Friday, December 10, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, December 11 through Sunday, December 12, closed.

Branson Library will maintain regular hours during finals week. Free coffee will be served during the evening hours at both Branson and Zuhl libraries from Tuesday, November 30 through Thursday, December 9.

The Library’s Archives & Special Collections Department will be open by appointment November 22 -24. Call the Archives staff for an appointment at (575) 646-3839. Archives & Special Collections will be closed November 25-26. The Archives research room will resume regular hours, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on November 29.

The full schedule of Library hours is available at http://lib.nmsu.edu/aboutlib/libhours.shtml#schedule and on a voice recording at (575) 646-4749.

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November 15, 2010 Categories: Migrated NMSU Library Announces Thanksgiving Holiday and Finals Hours



Gov Docs Display Features Census Bureau

Date: November 9, 2010

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CONTACT: Jeanette Smith, NMSU Library, (575) 646-7492, jcsmith@lib.nmsu.edu



The NMSU Library’s Government Documents & Maps Unit Display for November features documents that tell the interesting history of the U.S. Census Bureau.

The display is on the second floor of NMSU’s Branson Library.

Government Documents librarian Dotty Ormes said that the first U.S. Census Day was August 2, 1790. This day was more than a year after the inauguration of President Washington and shortly before the second session of the first Congress ended.

Congress assigned responsibility for the 1790 census to the marshals of the U.S. judicial districts under an act which, with minor modifications, governed census taking through 1840.

The law required that every household be visited, that descriptions of persons for every district be transmitted to the president and that completed census schedules be posted in each jurisdiction in two public places, “There to remain for the inspection of all concerned.”

The six questions in the 1790 Census called for the name of the head of the family and the number of persons in each household of the following descriptions:

    Free White males of 16 years and upward (to assess the country’s industrial and military potential)
    Free White males under 16 years
    Free White females
    All other free persons
    Slaves

Under the general direction of Thomas Jefferson, the Secretary of State, marshals conducted the census in the original thirteen States, plus the districts of Kentucky, Maine, and Vermont, and the Southwest Territory of Tennessee.

The number of population inquiries grew in the 1850 census. Every free person’s name was to be listed, not just the head of the household. The marshals also collected additional social statistics, including information on taxes, schools, crime, wages, value of the estate and data on mortality.

Each marshal was also responsible for subdividing his district into known civil divisions, such as counties, townships, or wards and ensuring that his assistants’ returns were completed properly.

New Mexico first appeared in the 1850 Census as a Territory. Ormes noted that deaths for females in the 1870 Census of Mortality for the New Mexico Territory were mostly babies that died from cholera. The highest number of deaths among males aged 15 to 34 were due to homicide.

For more information, visit http://www.census.gov or contact Government Documents & Maps Librarian Dotty Ormes at (575) 646-4385 or ormesd@lib.nmsu.edu.

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November 9, 2010 Categories: Migrated Gov Docs Display Features Census Bureau



Thank You to Voters

Date: November 8, 2010

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CONTACT: Jeanette Smith, NMSU Library, (575) 646-7492, jcsmith@lib.nmsu.edu



New Mexico State University Library Dean Elizabeth A. Titus extends her thanks to the voters of New Mexico for passing General Obligation Bond B.

She said, “Our state’s libraries needed you, and you came through for us. This successful initiative will make it possible for libraries to continue to make a difference in New Mexico communities.”

The $7 million in funding for publicly funded academic, public, school and tribal libraries in New Mexico will enable libraries to update their book and journal collections and subscribe to information databases.

For more information, contact the Library Administration at (575) 646-1508.

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November 8, 2010 Categories: Migrated Thank You to Voters



Alisa Gonzalez Receives Sony Award

Date: November 8, 2010

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CONTACT: Jeanette Smith, NMSU Library, (575) 646-7492, jcsmith@lib.nmsu.edu



Photo of Alisa Gonzalez

Alisa Gonzalez

The New Mexico State University Library announces that a member of the Library faculty, Alisa Corona Gonzalez, has been awarded a Sony Scholarship Grant.

Gonzalez is one of two NMSU faculty members and five students to receive the 2010 Sony award.
The faculty award, given to junior tenure-track faculty to support the pursuit of academic excellence, consists of Sony equipment valued at $2,300, including VAIO EA Notebook computer, a Handycam HD Video Camcorder, a Walkman MP3 player and peripherals.

For more information, contact Gonzalez at (575) 646-6926.

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November 8, 2010 Categories: Migrated Alisa Gonzalez Receives Sony Award



Student Wins NMSU Library Pumpkin Contest

Date: November 2, 2010

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CONTACT: Jeanette Smith, NMSU Library, (575) 646-7492, jcsmith@lib.nmsu.edu



Photo of Santa Fe Zubia and her son

Santa Fe Zubia with her son

Santa Fe Zubia, a student shelver at the NMSU Library, is the winner of the NMSU Library’s “Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin” contest. She guessed twelve pounds, ten ounces, and the pumpkin weighed twelve pounds, nine ounces.

Zubia is a NMSU sophomore majoring in anthropology. Her prize includes a gift certificate for treats at the NMSU campus plus the pumpkin.

She told NMSU government documents librarian Dotty Ormes that she was attracted to the Library’s display of documents from the U.S. Department of Agriculture by the children’s books included in the display.

Zubia guessed the weight of the pumpkin in the display by comparing it with the weight of her five-month-old son, Ori. He weighs much more than that now, but she has carried him around so much that she has a pretty good sense of how much that size package weighs!

There were 118 entries in the contest. For more information, visit http://nmsu.libguides.com/governmentdocuments or contact Ormes at (575) 646-4385.

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November 2, 2010 Categories: Migrated Student Wins NMSU Library Pumpkin Contest



Public Reading of Jett Letters Announced

Date: October 18, 2010

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CONTACT: Jeanette Smith, NMSU Library, (575) 646-7492, jcsmith@lib.nmsu.edu



The Dona Ana County Historical Society is sponsoring a public reading of the Daniel B. Jett Letters. The free public event will be held on Thursday, October 21, at 7:00 p.m. at the Good Samaritan Auditorium.

The letters are the personal correspondence of NMSU Engineering Dean Daniel Jett with his students during World War II. The Jett Letters collection is held by the NMSU Library.

The event will be narrated by NMSU University Archivist Martha Shipman Andrews, who edited the book The Whole Damned World: New Mexico Aggies at War 1941-1945 (NMSU Library and Rio Grande Books, 2008).

Readers include NMSU Library faculty members Charles Stanford, Molly Molloy, Cindy Pierard and Theresa Westbrock, as well as student employee Derek Gallardo. Dr. Richard Rundell of NMSU’s Language and Linguistics Department and Col. Stephen Groll and cadets Quaid Honeker, Joel Martin and Kyle Vincent of the campus Air Force ROTC unit will also read. NMSU graduate Daniel Sandino-Molloy will perform songs of the period.

For more information, contact Andrews at (575) 646-5028 or email mandrews@lib.nmsu.edu.

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October 18, 2010 Categories: Migrated Public Reading of Jett Letters Announced



Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin Contest Announced

Date: October 15, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Jeanette Smith, NMSU Library, (575) 646-7492, jcsmith@lib.nmsu.edu



The NMSU Library’s Government Documents Unit announces a Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin contest.

Visit the Government Documents display on the second floor of Branson Library and guess the weight of the pumpkin to the nearest ounce. Then register your guess with the Government Documents staff. The winner will receive a gift certificate to NMSU’s Frenger Food Court.

Anyone may enter except Government Documents & Maps Unit staff. The lucky prize winner will be announced on Halloween.

The featured agency in the Government Documents display for October is the U.S. Agriculture Department. Discover what the USDA has to offer by viewing some old and new documents. The display is the first in a series of monthly displays highlighting different U.S. agencies.

For more information, visit the Government Documents Unit in Branson Library or call Dotty Ormes at (575) 646-4385.

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October 15, 2010 Categories: Migrated Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin Contest Announced