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iPads & Laptops Now Available at Branson Library

Date: August 8, 2013


CONTACT: Susan Beck, NMSU Library, (575) 646-5091,


NMSU Library is continuing its successful partnership with ICT –Student Technology by expanding its popular laptop and iPad loan program to Branson library.  Up until July, 2013 only Zuhl Library offered laptops and iPads for student checkout. Now Branson Information Service Desk  has five new laptops and five iPads available for student use. Both laptops and iPads circulate for 3 hours and are building use only. Students need to show their NMSU student id card and sign a equipment liability form. All laptops have a briefcase that includes a power cord and feature  Microsoft Office 2013 and Adobe reader. All are internet ready with a wireless card. Each iPad has an easel cover and are loaded with all the standard apps. They also feature many popular productivity apps such as Evernote, Dictionary, textPlus, Dropbox, Google Earth and many more. For more information about the Library’s laptop and iPad loan program, contact Susan Beck, Head of Access Services at 575-646-5091 or e-mail

August 8, 2013 Categories: News iPads & Laptops Now Available at Branson Library

Electronic Reserves Transitions to Canvas

Date: July 30, 2013


CONTACT: Susan Beck, NMSU Library, (575) 646-5091,

As the start of the new academic year approaches, the Library’s Electronic Reserves service is taking a new direction.  Departing from a library-hosted, web-based system, electronic reserves, or e-reserves, will be made available for direct uploading into instructors’ Canvas pages.  This change will result in a more accessible, course-specific location for supplemental instructional materials. Reserves staff at Zuhl Library will continue to support e-reserves by offering many of the same services as in the past. These include checking copyright, scanning, creating permalinks (when available), and retrieving library materials from the collection for either physical or electronic access. However, rather than Reserves staff uploading e-reserve materials into the library’s system, they will now e-mail the electronic files or permalinks to instructors to upload into Canvas.  Instructors may continue to submit their Reserves requests in person at the Zuhl Service Desk or online at

The Reserves staff will be available to provide assistance to instructors who are interested in uploading e-reserve files to Canvas.  Assistance with uploading will also be available through  Academic Technology at or by phone at 646-5125.

Physical reserves will continue to be processed in the traditional manner with materials available for check-out at the Zuhl Service Desk.  Please visit the Library’s Reserves web page at for an overview of  services and guidelines.

As the new procedures for electronic reserves are implemented, processing may take slightly longer than usual.  Instructors are strongly encouraged to submit their requests as early as possible to ensure that they will be available for students when needed.  As always, requests will be processed in the order in which they are received.

Please contact Kimberly Miller, Library Specialist, ( at 646-4441 or Susan Beck, Access Services Department Head ( at 646-5091 with any questions.


July 30, 2013 Categories: News Electronic Reserves Transitions to Canvas

Veteran Dog a Faithful Companion to NMSU Student

Fabian Martinez and his faithful companion Ike, a military veteran dog, are becoming familiar faces at NMSU’s Branson Library.  Fabian is the son of Library Specialist Graciela (Gracie) Martinez, who works in the Technical Services Department in Branson.FabianGracieIke_small

Fabian was a medic in the Army National Guard but his military career ended when he was injured in Afghanistan.  Gracie said that Fabian was proud to serve his country.  “It was all he ever wanted to do since he was a child.” 

Ike helps Fabian emotionally and physically.  Fabian and Ike trained together for two weeks in New York, which included training in balance, retrieval and nightmare interruptions.

Fabian is now attending NMSU, and he is often seen on campus with Ike always at his side.  For more information, contact the Library Administration at (575) 646-1508.

July 29, 2013 Categories: News Veteran Dog a Faithful Companion to NMSU Student

NMSU Library Launches Ask Us Page

The New Mexico State University Library announces its new Ask Us! web page, a convenient one-stop-shop for research and reference services. 

Find quick answers to your research questions by searching the interactive Frequently Asked Questions database or chat instantly with a librarian by using the Instant Chat service available during reference service hours.

You can also ask your question by phone, email, text or in person at the Information Desk in Zuhl Library.  All contact points are found at one helpful location,, or click on the Ask Us! icon at the bottom left corner of the Library website at

Alisa Gonzalez, Reference Coordinator, said, “Our new Ask Us! page will provide 24 hour information and research help for students, staff, faculty and community members.  We are excited to provide this service and feel that it will be especially helpful for all of our online and distance education students, who often access our services when the library is closed.”

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




July 26, 2013 Categories: News NMSU Library Launches Ask Us Page

NMSU Library Displays Contemporary Paintings by Joan Talty

TaltyPaintingThirdFloor_smallSeveral untitled contemporary abstract paintings by Las Cruces artist Joan Talty recently went on permanent display for students to enjoy at NMSU’s Zuhl Library. They are hung in the Quiet Study Zone on the Library’s third floor. The new paintings are displayed near other works by Talty on the same floor, including “9/11.”

The vivid colors of the paintings show the influence of one of Talty’s favorite artists, Henri Matisse. Talty admires not only the color and form of the works of Matisse, but also his philosophy that art should make a positive statement and should be joyful and uplifting.

Talty originally studied music at Sarah Lawrence College. When she returned home bedridden from an illness, she began to draw in bed. She credits her recovery to her drawing and says that throughout her life, art has made her well. Encouraged to pursue art, she studied at the prestigious Art Students League of New York, which provided an intensive course of instruction that nurtured her creativity. Talty learned there that artists are the antennae of society and that they have a responsibility to the viewers of their art.

Talty moved with her husband Herbert Zuhl from Manhattan to Las Cruces in 1991. They donated a generous naming gift for Zuhl Library, and their Zuhl Geological Collection is displayed for the NMSU community and the public at the Zuhl Museum on campus, as well as at Zuhl Library and Breland Hall.

For more information, contact the Library Administration at (505) 646-1508.

July 15, 2013 Categories: News NMSU Library Displays Contemporary Paintings by Joan Talty

Online Access to Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition

Date:  July 10, 2013

CONTACT: Norice Lee, NMSU Library, (575) 646-1508,

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental  Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5™)  is now available through the Library’s subscription to Psychiatry Online.  Online access to the earlier edition, DSM-IV-TR, will continue through September 2013.  Access to DSM-IV-TR in hardcopy will still be available in Zuhl and Branson libraries after online access is no longer available.

DSM-5™ is used by clinicians and researchers to diagnose and classify mental disorders.  This fifth edition is the product of more than 10 years of effort by hundreds of international experts in all aspects of mental health.  DSM-5™ is the most comprehensive, current, and critical resource for clinical practice available to today’s mental health clinicians and researchers of all orientations.

Direct links to DSM-5™ are available on through Article Indexes or Electronic Journals and Databases.  If you have any questions, please contact John Sandstrom at 646-8093 or


July 11, 2013 Categories: News Online Access to Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition

Branson Renovation to Showcase Pete Domenici Collection

A $1.6 million renovation of the second floor east of New Mexico State University’s Branson Library is underway.  The renovation will result in an improved environment to showcase the Library’s Special Collections and Political Papers Archives, which includes the Pete V. Domenici Archives that Senator and Mrs. Domenici donated to the NMSU Library in 2008.

Construction on the 16,138 square foot area of Branson Library began on April 16 and will continue through August 13.  The contractor is the Jaynes Corporation and the architect is Van H. Gilbert.  The environment for the Library’s unique collections will be improved with new temperature and humidity controls.  Patron research, shelving, processing and staff spaces will be expanded and enhanced.

Dr. Laurence Creider, Archives & Special Collections Department Head, said, “I am very happy to see the construction get started after a great deal of planning and after rearranging staff and collections last summer.  We look forward to having better space for the Domenici papers, complete with climate control to aid in their preservation.  When we move back to the renovated quarters in the fall, we will be able to provide better service to our patrons.”

The papers of former U.S. Senator Pete V. Domenici began arriving at NMSU in 2008, and a few materials are still arriving.  The original shipment contained some thirty tons of documents and memorabilia comprising over 2,200 boxes, or more than 1,900 linear feet.  The collection currently contains nearly 3,000 boxes.  There are records of the Senator’s offices in Washington, D.C., and New Mexico, and his participation on numerous congressional committees and projects.  There are printed works, a small library, a large amount of memorabilia and five hard drives.  The material is being organized in a preliminary fashion before completion of the final organization and finding aids, anticipated in 2016.

For more information, please contact Associate Dean Norice Lee at (575) 646-1508.


July 8, 2013 Categories: News Branson Renovation to Showcase Pete Domenici Collection

Microform Collection is a Hidden Treasure

The Library’s Microform Collection (microfilm and microfiche) is a bit of a hidden treasure.  Look for it on the first floor west of Branson Library.microforms_small

Historical census material, historical newspapers and many interesting and informative Government Documents are still best found using microforms.

The people at the Branson Service Desk are happy to help!

July 1, 2013 Categories: News Microform Collection is a Hidden Treasure

Check Out the Library Media Collection

The NMSU Library has a small but growing collection of audio and visual media that is available for checkout.  Award-winning movies, documentaries and TV shows share space with music CDs and even a few VHS tapes on the first floor west of Branson Library!mediacollection_small

Check the Library’s catalog at to see what is available.

June 24, 2013 Categories: News Check Out the Library Media Collection

NMSU Library presents last will and testament lecture

Date: June 20, 2013

WRITER: Norice Lee, 575-646-1508,
SOURCE: Claude Fouillade,

Claude Fouillade

New Mexico State University will present a lecture on the experiences of two priests preparing their last will and testaments.

The lecture, “When Father Morin and Father Grange Were Preparing Their Last Wills and Testaments,” will be given by Professor Claude Fouillade and is co-sponsored by The New Mexico Historical Society, Office of the New Mexico State Historian, NMSU Department of Languages & Linguistics, NMSU Department of History, and NMSU Library Archives and Special Collections.

Fouillade, professor in the NMSU Department of Languages & Linguistics, will speak about the preparations made by Morin of Silver City, N.M. and Grange of Mesilla, N.M. to settle their estates.

Reasons why Morin, before his death in 1916, relied on Grange to prepare the documents will be discussed. Fouillade also will share how Grange, as he approached retirement in 1926, proceeded to prepare his own will and testament to ensure that his wishes and those of Father Morin were fulfilled.

The lecture is scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday, June 28, on the fourth floor of the NMSU Branson Library, adjacent to the Caroline E. Stras Research Room.

For more information, contact the NMSU Library Archives and Special Collections at 575-646-7455, or Claude Fouillade at


June 20, 2013 Categories: News NMSU Library presents last will and testament lecture