NMSU Library Announces End of Semester Hours
The New Mexico State University Library announces end of semester hours for both Zuhl and Branson libraries.
• Monday, December 16, through Friday, December 20, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Saturday, December 21, through Wednesday, January 1, closed (Winter Holiday).
• Thursday, January 2, through Friday, January 3, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Saturday, January 4, through Sunday, January 5, closed.
• Monday, January 6, through Friday, January 10, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Saturday, January 11, through Sunday, January 12, closed.
• Monday, January 13, through Wednesday, January 15, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Regular Library hours resume on January 16, 2013, when classes begin (closed January 19-20 for Martin Luther King, Jr., Day).
The Archives & Special Collections Department in Branson Library will be open by appointment only from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., December 18 through December 20, and January 2 through January 15. The Caroline E. Stras Research Room will resume regular hours, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on January 16. Visit http://lib.nmsu.edu/depts/archives/archsvs.shtml for Archives & Special Collections hours.
The Government Documents & Maps Reference Desk in Branson Library will be open by appointment only. Regular Documents service hours will resume January 16. Visit
http://lib.nmsu.edu/depts/reference/govdocs.shtml for Documents hours.
The full schedule of general Library hours is available at http://lib.nmsu.edu/aboutlib/libhours.shtml#schedule and on a voice recording at (575) 646-4749.
Library Supporter John Cordova Shares His Experiences
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.
NMSU Library Announces Finals Week Hours
The New Mexico State University Library announces Thanksgiving holiday and finals week hours for Fall Semester 2013.
Thanksgiving holiday hours for both Zuhl and Branson libraries are:
- Friday, November 22, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Saturday, November 23, through Sunday, November 24, noon to 5 p.m.
- Monday, November 25, through Wednesday, November 27, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Thursday, November 28, through Friday, November 29, closed
- Saturday, November 30, through Sunday, December 1, regular hours.
Extended finals week hours (Zuhl Library only) are:
- Monday, December 2, through Thursday, December 5, 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.
- Friday, December 6, 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Saturday, December 7, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Sunday, December 8, 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.
- Monday, December 9, through Wednesday, December 11, 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.
- Thursday, December 12, regular hours
- Friday, December 13, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Saturday, December 14, through Sunday, December 15, closed.
Branson Library will maintain regular hours during finals week.
The Library’s Archives & Special Collections Department and the Government Documents & Maps reference desk will be open by appointment only Monday, November 25 through Wednesday, November 27. Call the Archives staff for an appointment at (575) 646-3839 and the Government Documents staff at (575) 646-5791. These units will resume regular hours on Monday, December 2.
Coffee will be served during the evening hours of finals week at both Branson and Zuhl libraries Wednesday, December 4 through Wednesday, December 11. The NMSU Alumni Association will sponsor goodies in both libraries from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, December 8 through Tuesday, December 10.
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.
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.
Social media currently in use by the Library include:
- The Library Facebook page, which informs, entertains and communicates with regular posts of news about the Library and its employees, the world of reading and information, humor and special incentive features (https://www.facebook.com/LibraryatNMSU)
- A Library Twitter page that provides brief continuing updates for Library followers (https://twitter.com/nmsulibrary)
- Library YouTube, which showcases videos about the Library’s services, collections and special projects (http://www.youtube.com/nmsulibrary)
- More in-depth Library news is available through the Web Feeds link, which provides RSS feeds for Library news releases (http://lib.nmsu.edu/webfeeds.html)
- Click the “Ask Us” button for an instant chat with Reference and Research Services staff (http://lib.nmsu.edu/askus/)
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com.
New Mexico Academic Libraries Collaborate on Purchase of Electronic Resources
The New Mexico State University Library is one of twenty-six academic libraries in New Mexico that are collaborating on an innovative joint purchase of electronic resources. Through the New Mexico Consortium of Academic Libraries (NMCAL), the higher education libraries recently purchased access for two years to ten online research databases and two e-book collections managed by EBSCO Publishing.
Students at both large and small colleges in New Mexico benefit from the partnership. The electronic resources are accessible through the NMSU Library’s home page at http://lib.nmsu.edu/article.shtml. Click on “E-book Collection (EBSCO).” Individual bibliographic records for the e-books are also being loaded into the Library’s online catalog at http://libcat.nmsu.edu, where they will be accessible to users of all five NMSU campuses.
The electronic resources offer information on a number of topics, including environment, history, literacy and technology. The funding for the initiative comes from the academic library portion of general obligation bonds, which voters decide on every two years for all libraries across the state.
Christopher Schipper, NMCAL president and library director at San Juan College, said, “NMCAL looked at the amount of money that was allocated from the bond, then decided to set it aside to use for a joint purchase. The challenge for us was that we wanted to provide access to all of our students on all campuses in the state.”
Schipper said that the two-year contract costs about $897,000 for the public colleges and universities involved in the initiative. By purchasing as one entity, the schools will save about $230,000. The plan has been in the works for five years.
For more information, contact the Library Information Desk at (575) 646-5792 or the Service Desk at (575) 646-6910.
The Tom Lea Trail Leads to the NMSU Library
The New Mexico State University Library is delighted to participate in the Tom Lea Month celebration as part of the Tom Lea Trail, along with 24 other institutions in eight other cities. The October celebration is an annual activity of the Tom Lea Institute in El Paso. Lea, a noted El Paso artist, is known for his paintings and murals, but is also quite well known for his work as an author and illustrator. He also served as a war correspondent for Life Magazine during WWII.
A 17 minute DVD, “Dignity Beyond Borders,” depicting a 1994 conversation with Lea, is available for checkout at the Zuhl Library service desk. The film shows Lea in his El Paso studio sharing experiences from his life and explaining his love of the Southwest. Brochures on the Tom Lea Trail are also available at Branson and Zuhl libraries. The Library is privileged to have two 1934 murals by Lea, “Old Mesilla” and “Conquistadores.” These works, relocated during the recent Branson Library renovation, will be rehung in the Branson lobby this fall.
Lea made his mark on Texas history and left a trail of artwork for people to follow. Although the Tom Lea Trail is not officially designated, following it requires a rambling traverse of the entire state. From El Paso to Dallas to Austin and south to Kingsville, Lea’s artwork and murals can be found spread across the state, and beyond into New Mexico. Using his artist’s brush and writer’s pen, Lea commanded his bit of Texas history without a bayonet or musket or the title of a military commander.
Born in 1907, Lea expressed an interest for the arts throughout childhood. When he was 18, Lea left El Paso for the Art Institute of Chicago where he accomplished two years of formal training, as well as a five-year apprenticeship with Chicago muralist John Norton. When Lea returned to El Paso, he was already an accomplished artist. Lea was also a published author. His best-selling novel titled The Brave Bulls was published in 1948. In 1951 it was made into a movie starring Mel Ferrer and Anthony Quinn.
For more information on Tom Lea Month and the Tom Lea Trail, visit www.tomleainstitute.org or contact NMSU Library Development Officer April Anaya at (575) 646-3642.
Hendricks to Speak on Former NMSU President Winfred Garrison
Historian Dr. Rick Hendricks will present a lecture on former NMSU President Winfred Ernest Garrison at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, October 23, on the fourth floor of Branson Library. Garrison was president of NMSU from 1908-1913. The presentation is sponsored by the NMSU Library.
The presentation relates to the Library’s new exhibit, “New Mexico Agricultural College 1901-1920: The Forgotten Presidents: Foster, Garrison, Ladd and Crile.” The free public exhibit will run from October 15 through mid-February 2014 in the Milton Gallery on the fourth floor of NMSU’s Branson Library.The exhibit, organized by University Archivist Martha Shipman Andrews, draws from photographs and documents from NMSU’s Hobson-Huntsinger University Archives.
Shipman said, “The exhibit explores a turbulent time in NMSU’s history when it was struggling with its identity and its relationships with the state and federal governments. Each of these presidents brought unique talents and interests as leaders but faced such challenging circumstances as low enrollment, changing curriculum, political opposition, financial catastrophe and, not the least, world war and epidemic.”
The exhibit encompasses Garrison as well as NMSU presidents Luther Foster (1901-1908), Dr. George Edgar Ladd (1913-1917) and the Reverend Austin D. Crile (1917-1920).
The presentation and exhibit celebrate American Archives Month in October.
For more information, contact Andrews at (575) 646-5028 or Archives & Special Collections at (575) 646-3839.