September 2001 ISSN 0272-9644 Vol. 44 n. 3
Message from the President
Roberta Shaffer Assumes Leadership of SLA
Call for Nominations for SLA Board of Directors
Board of Directors’ Candidate - Jesus Lau Noriega
Calling All Nominations - SLA Association Award
Chapter Members Proud as Punch – Sandy Spurlock
A first timers’ perspective – Heather O’Daniel
Article of Interest from WCCc
RGC LOCAL HAPPENINGS
From the Membership Chair – Donna Cromer
October Program – Gloria Zamora
Rio Grande Chapter Programs 2001/02
LANL Library makes reference a digital space – Lou Pray
Digitization projects - Lee Goodwin
LRRI Research Library to move - Sandy Spurlock
AISTI 2nd Annual Mini-conference
A to Zia Indexing Workshop
American Society of Indexing - H. W. Wilson Award
Safeguards Information Analyst Position
IFLA Conference Report – Judith Bernstein
Emporia and UNM announce graduates
Total Eclipse in Africa – Donna Cromer
Sabbatical note - by Mary Frances Campana
Southern African Sightings - Judith Bernstein
Access Innovations, Inc.
P. O. Box 8640
Albuquerque, NM 87198
Work: 505-998-0800 x 137; fax 505-998-3372
Sandia National Laboratories
P. O. Box 5800
Albuquerque, NM 87185-0131
Work: 505-844-0811; fax 505-844-8496
Theresa G. Connaughton
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Information & Records Management
P. O. Box 1663, MS-C322
Los Alamos, NM 87545
Frances K. Ewing
Presyterian Hospital Medical Library
P.O. Box 26666
Albuquerque, NM 87125-6666
Work: 505-841-1516; fax 505-841-1067
Pamela H. MacKellar
Center for Development & Disability
2300 Menual Blvd., NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Work: 505-272-4631; fax 505-272-5280
900 Vassar NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Donna R. Berg
Los Alamos National Laboratory
P. O. Box 1663, MS-P362
Los Alamos, NM 87545
Work: 505-667-4175; fax 505-665-2948
Intel Corporation Library
1600 Rio Rancho Blvd.
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
Work: 505-893-6671; fax 505-893-6894
Mary Ellen McMurtrie
Honeywell Avionics Library
9201 San Mateo Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113-2227
Work: 505-828-5378; fax 505-828-5500
Government Relations Chair
Director, Development Services
1209 Camino Carlos Rey
New Mexico State Library
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Work: 505-476-9720; fax 505-476-9701
Centennial Science & Engineering Library
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131
Work: 505-277-4753; fax 505-277-0702
Professional Development Chair
Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute
P. O. Box 5890
Albuquerque, NM 87185-5890
Public Relations Chair/Advertising Chair
Linda Morgan Davis
Lovelace Medical Library
5400 Gibson Blvd
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Work: 505-262-3090; fax 505-262-7897
Frances L. Knudson
Los Alamos National Laboratory
P.O. Box 1663, MS-P362
Los Alamos, NM 87545
Work: 505-667-9233; fax 505-665-6452
Gloria Zamora, our President-Elect and Program Chair, is busily putting together a phenomenal group of programs that will benefit our membership in many ways. I hope that you will make the effort to come to several, and bring a friend or colleague with you. Gloria has developed an invitation that you can customize and send to your network or network-to-be. It is posted on the Rio Grande Chapter's website.
Membership, Leadership, and Partnership –
These are the three "ships" in the Rio Grande Chapter's fleet. They are interdependent, and successes in one area lead to successes in the others. With your help this year, we can use our Partnerships to increase our networks, and perhaps increase the chapter's Membership. Increasing our Membership gives us more leaders to serve in Leadership, both within the chapter and in their individual careers. Leadership, with their creativity and vision, then provide new ideas for Partnerships.
Of course, this only happens with your involvement. I hope to see you at a Rio Grande Chapter function soon.
Mary Frances Campana has been personally touched by the events of Sept. 11. Her sister-in-law, Ann Judgem was on American Flight 77 that struck the Pentagon. Ann was Mary Frances' husband Michael's younger sister. She would have been 50 in December. She lived in Great Falls, VA with her husband. There are no children. Ann was the Director of Travel for the National Geographic Society and was bound with teachers and students to LA for an educationaly experience. There is more information on the Society's webpage at www.nationalgeographic.org. There was a Memorial Service on Monday Sept. 17 in Viriginia. Mary Frances and Michael were able to attend as American flew them out on Sunday.
Mary Frances is currently on her Intel sabbatical until Nov. 1.
Roberta Shaffer comes to SLA with an extensive background in academic and legal information management. Prior to her appointment, she served as Dean and Professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Texas (Austin). She previously worked as Director of Research Information Services at Covington and Burling, a Washington-based international law firm, and as a professor at the chool of Library and Information Science at the Catholic University of America. Shaffer has also served as the Director of External Affairs for the Washington Project for the Arts, as Acting Director of the Law Library at the George Washington University Law Center in Washington, DC. Roberta worked at the Law Library of Congress as the first Special Assistant to the Law Librarian. In 1988-89, Shaffer was a senior Fulbright Research Scholar.
Ms. Shaffer earned her Master's Degree in Librarianship from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and a law degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. She received her B.A. in economics from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.
An SLA member for more than twenty-five years, Ms. Shaffer also holds professional memberships in the American Association of Law Librarians (AALL), the American Library Association (ALA), Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP) and American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&t). She served as Vice President of the International Association of Law Librarians. Roberta is a member of the American Bar Association, United States Supreme Court Bar, the Texas Bar, as well as the District of Columbia Bar Association. She has authored a number of articles and books dealing with various aspects of law librarianship.
"On behalf of the membership, Board of Directors and staff of SLA, I want to welcome Roberta, as she assumes the responsibilities of Executive Director of the Special Libraries Association. She brings to SLA great enthusiasm, experience and talent. We are delighted to have her on board and look forward to working with her to ensure that SLA thrives in this time of fast-paced change and opportunities for our profession," remarked SLA President, Hope N. Tillman.
"I am very excited to have this opportunity to serve as the twelfth executive director of the Special Libraries Association, and to follow in the footsteps of David R. Bender. This is an amazing and hallenging time for all information professionals, and SLA brings a great deal to the table in terms of the diversity of its membership, its potential to educate present and future information professionals, nd the substantial role that it can play in a global knowledge-based society, remarked " SLA Executive Director, Roberta I. Shaffer.
Special Libraries Association (SLA) is an international association representing the interests of thousands of information professionals in 60 countries. Special librarians are information resource experts who collect, analyze, evaluate, package and disseminate information to facilitate accurate decision-making in corporate, academic, and government settings. SLA offers a variety of programs and services designed to aid its members in serving their customers more effectively and succeed in the competitive global information management marketplace.
Your help is requested to help identify good leaders for the SLA Board of Directors.
Board positions to be filled in the 2003 Election:
President-Elect (need 2 nominees for 1 position)
Treasurer (need 2 nominees for 1 position)
Chapter Cabinet Chair-Elect (2 nominees for 1 position)
Division Cabinet Chair-Elect (2 nominees for 1 position)
Board (4 nominees for 2 positions)
Please take a moment to think of SLA members within the Chapter or within Divisions with which you are affiliated who have shown excellent leadership qualities. Substantial experience at either the Chapter or Division level is important, as well as other Association experience such as Committee work, teaching, or other contributions to SLA.
You don't need to have extensive knowledge of a potential nominee's SLA experiences, just a name to pass
on for consideration. Please send your suggestions to any member of the SLA Nominating Committee:
Barbara Semonche, Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Hartman email@example.com
Lyle Mintor firstname.lastname@example.org
Charles Shellabarger email@example.com
Sandy Spurlock, Deputy Chair sspurloc@LRRI.ORG
Bill Fisher, Board Liaison firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Broussard, SLA Staff Liaison email@example.com
My professional experience has been mainly in academic and special libraries for two decades. My present job on the Juarez-El Paso border has given me a good exposure to American libraries. I am member of more than ten library associations, including the main ones from Mexico and the US, plus my membership of IFLA.
In addition to our own Rio Grande Chapter Awards, the international SLA Association gives several awards each year, and we want to be sure that our own Rio Grande Chapter members are given consideration for these.
Recent Award recipients include Margorie Hlava, who received the SLA President's Award last year; and Judith Bernstein, who received the SLA Hall of Fame Award this year. Gloria Zamora is an SLA Fellow. All of these awards are very prestigious, and bring much honor to the recipients.
While it is possible for potential Award recipients to nominate themselves, a nomination is much more likely to be successful if a Chapter or Division does the nominating.
This year's deadline is December 7, 2001 (with the exception of International Special Librarians Day Award).
See below for a description of each Award. Send suggestions to Heather Hlava so that as Chapter President she can submit names on behalf of the Chapter. Heather can be reached by mail at 6300 Bobcat Hill Place, NE, Albuquerque, 87111. Her phone number is 505.828.9577. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Diversity Leadership Award: Awarded to active members of the Assn. From multicultural backgrounds who display excellent leadership abilities in the profession and demonstrate a willingness to develop into leadership roles for the Assn. Cash Award - $1000 stipend to attend the SLA Annual Conference and/or continuing education.
2. Factiva Leadership Award - 21st Century Competencies in Action: Awarded annually to an SLA member who embodies leadership as a special librarian through examples of personal and professional competencies. Cash: $2000.
3. Fellow of the Special Libraries Association: Bestowed to an individual member(s) in recognition of his/her leadership in the field of special librarianship and for his/her outstanding contributions and expected future service to the Assn.
4. H.W. Wilson Company Award: Awarded to the author(s) of an outstanding article published in Information Outlook during the publication year.
5. Hall of Fame Award: Granted to a member(s) of the Assn. At or near the end of an active professional career for an extended and sustained period of distinguished service to the Assn. In all its spheres. Prolonged distinguished service of a Chapter or Division which has contributed to the Assn. as a whole may receive special consideration.
6. Honorary Member Award: Nominated at the Special Libraries Assn. Winter Meeting, this individual is elected to this honor by the Assn. members at the SLA Annual Conference. The candidate shall not belong to the Special Libraries Assn., and there may be no more than 15 Honorary Members concurrently.
7. Innovations in Technology Award: Granted to an individual member(s) for innovative use and application of technology in a special library setting. This award is sponsored by Mergent, Inc. Cash Award - $1000.
8. International Special Librarians Day Award: Awards the efforts made by an individual member(s) to promote his/her special library, information resource center or profession during International Special Librarians Day, Thursday, April 18, 2002. Deadline for submissions is May 18, 2002.
9. John Cotton Dana Award: Conferred upon an individual member(s) in recognition of exceptional service to special librarianship.
10. Media Award: Recognizes an individual journalist(s) who published an outstanding feature on the profession of special librarianship preferably in a general circulation publication or radio or television production.
11. Member Achievement Award: Presented to an individual member(s) for outstanding contributions by raising visibility, public awareness, and appreciation of the profession, Association Unit or the Assn. at large.
12. President's Award: Awarded to an individual member(s) for a notable or important contribution during the past Assn. year. The contribution must have enhanced the Assn. or furthered its goals and objectives.
13. Professional Award: Given to an individual or group, who may or may not hold membership in the Assn., in recognition of a specific major achievement in, or a specific significant contribution to, the field of librarianship or information science, which advances the Assn's stated objectives.
14. Rose L. Vormelker Award: Given to an individual member(s) in recognition of exceptional services to the profession of spcial librarianship in the area of mentoring students and/or practicing professionals in the field.
One of the highlights for me of SLA's 92nd Annual Conference in San Antonio in June was watching as Judith Bernstein received the SLA Hall of Fame Award.
The Hall of Fame Award is given to "a member(s) of the Association at or near the end of an active professional career for an extended and sustained period of distinguished service to the Association in all its spheres".
In Judith's case, this prestigious award was based on three areas of service.
First, her leadership at the Chapter and Regional levels were noted, including terms as President Elect and President as well as a number of Committee and Board appointments. Her work on the 1st Annual Southwest Regional Conference was also noted here.
Of even more significance, in the eyes of the Awards Committee, were Judith's longstanding interest and contribution to international librarianship, exemplified by her years of involvement with IFLA; and her strong mentorship of special librarians, particularly throughout her tenure as Director of UNM's Parish Library.
As a member of the Rio Grande Chapter, my first thrill was to see Judith accept her Award at Monday morning's General Session. The meeting hall was filled with Conference attendees waiting to hear the first General Session speaker, journalist Molly Ivens. With her husband Daniel there to see her, Judith was called to the stage to accept her Award. It was very heartwarming to hear the applause, and wonderful to see our colleague and friend being recognized in this way.
Judith herself has seemed to me to have a "much ado about nothing" approach in receiving this Award. She told me earlier that when the SLA President called her in January to ask her if she would accept the Hall of Fame Award, she thought the Awards Committee must surely have made a mistake and confused her with someone else!
Imagine her surprise when she arrived for the pre-Gala Reception prior to the Conference Closing Gala on Wednesday night, and was immediately whisked away by her friend, former Hall of Fame recipient Dorothy McGarry, to a VIP Reception. Hmm, maybe this award thing really was a big deal, after all.
Imagine her further surprise when she was invited to join the other VIP's (including among others the SLA President, Executive Director, and members of the Board of Directors) as they made their grand entrance into the banquet hall to a wave of enthusiastic applause from the assembled guests. Along with the President and others of these luminaries, Judith was seated at the dais at the top of the room.
I don't know how comfortable it was for her to eat dinner up there, with lots of people watching and her own particular friends far away. The intention was certainly to make sure that she received the recognition that goes with the Hall of Fame Award. I, for one, was very proud of the Mighty Rio Grande Chapter, and proud of Judith. I wish you all could have been there to share in the reflected glory with me, especially Pam MacKellar and the other Executive Board members who decided to nominate Judith and made sure that the nomination paperwork got completed and sent in on time.
I previously attended two SLA regional conferences, but never had the opportunity to go to the Annual meeting, until now.
So, how was it? To be honest, it was a bit disappointing. My expectations were met in that I networked with other interesting people, made some great contacts with vendors, and learned a few things in sessions. But, I was not really “wowed.”
The most valuable piece was the ability to connect with a large variety of vendors within an easily navigable arena. My normal workday is so full of tasks it is very difficult to make time for any analysis of vendor products for comparisons or emerging trends. Creating the atmosphere to concentrate on the various products and learn the latest enhancements was essential to collection development and well worth the time.
Networking was important to gain understanding for best-known practices of other libraries. The opportunity to share common problems and seek innovative solutions others have found was quite valuable, however dependent on serendipity.
The sessions were open enough to be able to session hop, which helped. It was rare for me to sit though an entire session without leaving to check for better content elsewhere. The topics were interesting, but the information or solutions presented offered little beyond what my current environment had already encountered. I told Mary Frances it was because the Intel Library is so cutting edge, and there may be some truth to that statement.
The absolute worst thing that happened was the experience with my son and his wife when they came to pick me up one day at the end of the sessions. While they watched for me among all the attendees leaving the building, they kept saying “ there she is…oh I guess not, that’s her…no, guess not”, until I finally appeared. They then said, “Gee Mom, you dress just like all these other people. It’s really hard to tell you apart.” I was devastated. I thought a group of librarians were the most eclectic bunch of folks you could find, and I was the most unusual of all! Ah me…
Chapter and Division Cabinet officers are designing a Leadership Development Institute shaped by the
comments you provided. Watch for more detailed information to be provided later in the year.
Back again, will be the Town Meeting to discuss issues critical to the Association's strategic path
and the opportunity to hear from Board candidates so that you may learn their view for the future
of your professional organization.
The article, "If the (Sensible) Shoe Fits: The Image of the Librarian," by Jennifer Bobrovitz and Rosemary Griebel of the Calgary Public Library, reports on a survey they conducted in Alberta Canada that updated a 1988 SLA Inter Association Task Force on Image Survey. Though the findings aren't scientific ---
1. The stereotypical image of librarians identified in the SLA study persists and as in 1998, "the image is too often reflected in the status and compensation accorded members of the profession and even in the self-esteem of librarians themselves."
2. "Results indicate that increasingly community leaders are not using libraries and do not perceive librarians as integral to their personal life or their professional success."
3. "In spite of radical technological advancements since 1988, community leaders still do not believe technological skills are essential for the profession in 2001."
4. "The first source of information that community leaders consult is the Internet. ... Sixty two percent of the respondents said they "never" consult a librarian to assist them in using the Internet, nor do they see to link Internet use with the library/information profession in any way."
5. "In spite of the changing role of the library/information professional in a technological age, little has changed since 1988. At that time, the authors of the SLA study stated 'one positive development that seems to have created more respect for librarians is the introduction and usage of electronic technology.' The 2001 study does not support this theory."
Of course, this study reflects more on public librarians than special, yet its findings, though not scientific, are disturbing. The study reports that to enhance the image of librarians, there should be more public relations and advocacy initiatives, and they "correspond to the recommendations of 1988."
Helen Barber, a long time member of New Mexico State University’s Library in Las Cruces has retired from both the Library and the Chapter. Enjoy your retirement!!!
We still have only 73 members, however. We plan to emphasize building the Chapter this year, so watch for upcoming events and news about our efforts to add new members to the Rio Grande Chapter.
The October meeting of the Rio Grande Chapter will examine the issues of Freedom of speech and our rights under the first amendment with a real life example as the backdrop. It is scheduled for Thursday, October 11, 2001 1:00-5:00 pm., at the New Mexico Museum of International Folk Art.
The current exhibit: “Cyber Arte at the Folk Art Museum: Tradition meets technology” is an exhibit featuring computer-inspired work by contemporary Hispana/Chicana/Latina artists all of whom combine elements traditionally defined as "folk" with computer technology to create a new aesthetic. As you may know this exhibit has created quite a controversy in the state and across the nation. One of the pieces by California artist, Alma Lopez, “Our Lady” is a representation of the Virgin of Guadalupe displayed as a modern young woman in a floral bikini. Several religious groups have protested that this work is sacriligeous.. The Arch bishop of Santa Fe commented on the exhibit, and several NM legislators wrote a letter to the museum threatening their funding.
Our program will focus on the rights individuals and institutions have under the first amendment to the constitution. We will then look at the specific situation at the Folk Art Museum. Joyce Ice the Director of the Folk Art Museum and Tom Wilson, Director of Museums for the State will talk about their decision to hang the exhibit and the compromise they made on the exhibit. Our other panelist will be a noted Santa Fe Attorney who is a first amendment scholar. Mr. Saul Cohen will set the stage for the discussion we will have. Following the panel discussion, we invite you to visit the exhibit and make up your own mind.
Please mark October 11, 2001 on your calendar now and remember to bring a friend.
Two exciting events are in process this year--one is the installation, corporatewide (which means worldwide for us) of a new online catalog--Endeavor's Voyager. Heather O'Daniel has been a key player in the myriad tasks involved in bringing this tool to Intel. We are very excited about its capabilities, including its potential to store full-text online documents.
The second event is the reorganization of the Library structure. The Intel Library, over 20 years old, has never had a complete 'releveling/reorganizing' refresh. The new structure has largely been accepted by Corporate Compensation & Benefits, and the implementation is being planned. This structural makeover is long overdue and, coupled with our January, 2001 move from HR to Intel Research, will improve the Library's ability to do its job.
Starting September 24, Los Alamos National Laboratory Research Library is taking digital reference a step up. Using LSSI's Virtual Reference Desk Software, the library will begin offering "live" digital reference from 10-12 and 1-3 (Mon - Thursday). Just click on the Ask A Librarian Link and you'll have the option to connect with a librarian over the web. This allows the librarian to push web pages as needed, carry on an electronic chat, escort users through a search as if they were beside you, share materials with the user, provide bibliographic reference via Power Point along with the escort feature and more. This prototype of digital reference service used now at hundreds of libraries (public, academic and special) has great potential for the increasing number of "virtual" long distance users who need help but can't or won't leave their computer to get it.
I have no background in this area, and was hoping to get enough of a sense of the overall process and issues in order to consider potential projects for collections at the School of American Research. Since SAR has collections of manuscripts, photographs, art objects and archaeological artifacts pertaining to the history of Southwest archaeology and Native American art, the Summer Institute was an excellent introduction to thinking about each of these areas -- both their similarities and their differences, in terms of digital presentations. SAR has a new president, Richard Leventhal, who just started in mid-August; he will particularly emphasize the use of technology and the internet as outreach tools to the scholarly community, the general public, and K-12 classes. It will be interesting to see how we develop in this area over the next few years!
I am also involved in the New Mexico Digitization Collaborative, a newly developing group of libraries, archives, historical societies, museums, and other government and private non-profit cultural and information insititutions. The Collaborative will support efforts to create online resources for the cultural and intellectual heritage of New Mexico (similiar to the digital projects in Colorado and California). Any one interested in finding out more about this project or getting involved with it should contact Deveon Skeele, Information Services Bureau Chief, New Mexico State Library, at email@example.com or (505) 476-9712.
[Lee Goodwin is Librarian/Archivist at the School of American Research in Santa Fe.]
The actual date has been a moving target but is now expected to occur by the end of October 2001.
The new address and phone numbers are already being used, so please make a note:
Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute
2425 Ridgecrest Dr SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Larry Gutierrez, Library Aide lgutierr@LRRI.ORG
Sandy Spurlock, Library Manager sspurloc@LRRI.ORG
Diane Thomas, Library Assistant dthomas@LRRI.ORG
This may be a good time to remind everyone that the LRRI Research Library is not the same entity as the Lovelace Medical Library. To put this into context, here's an abbreviated history of Albuquerque libraries with the Lovelace name:
The LRRI Research Library has been located on Kirtland Air Force Base since the 1950's. LRRI itself has had a variety of names.
The original organization comprised the Lovelace Clinic and Foundation, which gave rise to the current Lovelace medical organization as well as a cluster of research programs and institutes.
Many changes later, the clinical part of the organization is the highly regarded Lovelace Health Systems, with Lovelace Medical Center on Gibson Blvd and several satellite facilities throughout New Mexico. his organization is now owned by Cigna, and supports the widely acclaimed Lovelace Health Plan (HMO). The library that supports this organization is the Lovelace Medical Library, with Linda Morgan Davis as Chief Librarian.
By contrast, the research part of the original organization has gone through its own set of changes since selling the clinical facilities and services in the 1980's to establish the research endowment that supports continuing evolution of the original Lovelace research agendas.
Known as The Lovelace Institutes (TLI) in the early 1990's, this was really a collection of research institutes, all located next door to the Medical Center on Ridgecrest Blvd except for the Inhalation Toxicology Research Institute (ITRI) on Kirtland. A clinical trials, for-profit organization, Lovelace Scientific Resources (LSR), was also part of TLI.
In the late 1990's, The Lovelace Institutes were reorganized as Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, acquiring a new CEO in Dr. Robert Rubin. ITRI, which was formerly a DOE Lab, privatized, and its scientists and programs formed the core of the new organization. LRRI, while maintaining the old TLI headquarters building on Ridgecrest, as well as keeping LSR as a clinical trials component, moved most of its research to Kirtland.
Now a new chapter begins for LRRI. A new, 3 story Research Building has been built on Ridgecrest Dr, enfolding the old headquarters building and connecting the preclinical and basic research facilities to the LSR clinical trials unit.
This new building will soon be occupied by all LRRI research scientists and administrative staff. The Kirtland facility won't be abandoned, however - most animal facilities, exposure chambers, and some small amount of other research space will be maintained out there, with research staff traveling back and forth as their projects require.
The bulk of the LRRI Research Library's collections will also remain on the Base, setting an nteresting challenge for Library staff in terms of retrieving and copying needed materials in a timely way for its scientist clients.
As soon as the new Library is opened, all RGC members are invited to come and visit. We hope to host an open house at some point early in the new year.
It will be held October 16, 2001 at the Hotel Eldorado in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The conference will include Lunch at the Old House Restaurant,
Hotel Eldorado .
Conference rates are:
Members : $50 for the first person plus $35 per additional person per institution
Non Members: $65 for the first person plus $45 per additional person per institution.
To Register at: http://www.aisti.org/conf.htm or contact our Executive Director, Corinne Machado at 888-901-4144 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration deadline is October 1, 2001.
Program topics include: Information partnerships, models of success: AISTI, LOWG, and ISTEC; Directions in scientific research, collaboration and communication; Automated categorization of unstructured content: methodology and case-study; exploring digital reference options; PDAs: integrating "personal" technology with institutional information resources. [Heather O’Daniel, (bulletin editor) will be presenting “Physical Navigation Integration”]
The Alliance for Innovation in Science and Technology Information was originally established as the Library Services Alliance of New Mexico in January 1992. In 1999 the organization changed its name to reflect the broadening geographic and philosophical scope of its membership. From its inception, the Alliance has focused on scientific and technical information and the best way to provide that information to the researchers of the members' primary communities. The Alliance for Innovation in Science and Technology Information's mission is to acquire science and technology information and to create collaborative tool sets exploiting these to the best advantage for our researchers. The goal of the mini-conference is to share members’ knowledge with other scientific and technical libraries.
9:00 – 12:00: Indexing Basics – Vicky Agee
Please send registration and check (payable to A to Zia Indexers) to Nancy Ford, 66 Skyland, Tijeras NM 87059. For more information, call Nancy at (505) 281-7837.
Name: _______________________________________ ASI member? _______
Phone and email:__________________________________________________
Topic you’d like Vicky to cover? _____________________________________
Our local chapter member, Victoria Agee, Agee Indexing Services, served as indexing consultant on the 805-page cumulative index published as volume 26 of The Letters. It has over 20,000 main entries in a 3.5 million-byte file of the electronic format.
Gephart accepted the H. W. Wilson Indexing Award for 2000, which consisted of a citation and $1,000 each, for Paul Smith and himself. The Award was presented at a June luncheon of the American Society of Indexers during their 33rd annual convention.
In an Ohio History book review, Letters was described as "one of the most noteworthy and useful series to have appeared in the past 100 years of historical editng and publishing in America."
The purpose of the ASI-H.W. Wilson Indexing Award is to recognize and publicize models of excellence in indexing and to encourage greater recognition of the importance of quality in book indexing.
Thaddeus P.Bejnar, the New Mexico State Law Librarian, recently returned from three weeks in Croatia where he was doing an evaluation of the legal research materials available for Croatian law.
The project was under a USAID contract for improvement in the commercial courts in Croatia.
For those that may be interested, her job in Vienna is now posted at the IAEA job site: http://www.iaea.org/worldatom/Jobs/2001p055.shtml
The position is for three years. Salary quoted is free of income tax in the US.
Position and Grade: Safeguards Information Analyst (P-4)
Organizational Unit: Section for Information Support Services
Division of Safeguards Information Technology
Department of Safeguards
Duty Station: Vienna Application Deadline: 22 October 2001
Type/Duration of Appointment: Fixed term, 3 years
One ordinarily may expect a contract extension of 2 years, and then another 2 year extension. At that point the Agency must make a decision to offer a long term contract of 5 years, which basically is a permanent contract which is automatically renewed. Mandatory retirement age is 62.
Joyce enthusiastically recommends the experience and would be happy to answer questions about the job, life in Austria, financial concerns, or anything else! As a word of warning, iIt is difficult for spouses to find employment in Vienna. Unless the spouse is qualified for IAEA employment, the spouse may have to adjust to being a house-husband or house-wife in a foreign country, which is usually a difficult adjustment.
In continuing efforts to make it possible for more members to join IFLA, and following last year's positive vote to lower the fees for developing countries, IFLA delegates voted to lower the membership costs for single librarian units and school libraries as well as allowing sub units in University libraries to join at 50% of the usual fee. In other efforts to enlarge participation, IFLA had its first mail ballot for the election of IFLA officers. Kay Rasereka from Botswana was chosen as President Elect. Following ALA's lead in its "@your library campaign", IFLA officially launched the "Campaign for World Libraries" (See the IFLA site at www.ifla.org@your library for more information.).
At the first Council meeting on August 19, Jonathon Kozol, author and champion of the rights of children o equal access to educational resources, gave a stirring keynote address highlighting the inequalities in US education with particular reference to the amount of money for education provided by wealthy districts and those by poor communities. On a more joyful note, after the opening votes and speeches, to the resounding voices of the Gospel Singer, the thousands of delegates took their tambourines from under their auditorium seats and sashayed three short streets to the Boston Public Library for a festive evening of eating, viewing, and visiting. I was much impressed by the library's exhibition of international children's books from the IBBY Honour List 2000 and their own superb children's collections.
The conference programs as usual, covered the range of library interests and issues but I concentrated my time on primarily on knowledge management and copyright issues. Michael Koenig defined KM in various ways but I like this combination of his points, "A method that promotes an integrated approach to identifying, capturing, evaluating, retrieving, and sharing all of an enterprises information assets. These assets may include databases, documents, policies,procedures and previously uncaptured expertise and experience in individual workers". He emphasized training (he pointed out that it is more political to call it coaching) and user education with examples of studies that showed how important this was for productivity. Laurence Prusak of IBM emphasized that the most difficult and perhaps most crucial knowledge was that which people know from insight, judgement and experience. Prusak, in particular talked about knowledge as imbedded in the routines of companies and learned through stories in a group setting. The job of librarians is to connect those who know and those who want to know.
Several sessions covered copyright and intellectual property issues including Sandra Norman on the "EC Directive on Harmonization", Michael Gorman on "Privacy in the Digital Environment", Randall Davis on "The Digital Dilemma and guest speaker Peter Jaszi , law professor at American University and expert on intellectual property and copyright. All the speakers spoke to the challenges of digital data and urged librarians to be vigilant in protecting fair use rights which were under scrutiny all over the world.
A sampling of other sessions included "Speaking Differently: Transition in Scientific Communication". Felice Frankel of MIT in a talk entitled "Making Good Science Look Good" showed examples to illustrate how different photographic approaches illuminate the subject matter. One can gauge her expertise in the number of science journal covers on which her work appears. This year FAIFE (Freedom of Access and Freedom of Expression committee) in its first annual report pointed out that all is not well in libraries around the world: library closings in Zimbabwe, the destruction of libraries in Albania and East Timor and other flagrant examples of access denied. (For further details and papers see the IFLA web site at www.ifla.org) IFLA, of course is never just papers. Many social evenings enlivened the conference; an evening of disco dancing at the Museum of Science the delightful party at the State House sponsored by the Library of Congress and the Massachusetts Governor, the reception following the American caucus, the Boston Public Library open house, and visits to innumerable libraries in and around Boston.
IFLA will be 75 years young in 2002 when the Annual Council and General Conference will meet in Glasgow 18-25 August; Berlin 2003; Buenos Aires 2004; Oslo 2005.
New librarians have graduated from the University of New Mexico General Library (UNMGL), in partnership with Emporia State University and New Mexico State Library, announced the graduation of the 2001 class of the School of Library and Information Management (SLIM), Master of Library Science. The commencement ceremony took place on Saturday, August 25, at University House on the UNM campus. Special guests for the event included UNMGL Deputy Dean Fran Wilkinson and New Mexico State Librarian Ben Wakashige. Individuals from Emporia were also in attendance.
We started out in Johannesburg and flew to Victoria Falls. We then drove a couple of hours to Hwange National Park and stayed at the Hwange Safari Lodge. We had 6 different game drives, three early mornings and three evenings. The environment of the park was mostly scrub brush with a few big trees and watering holes rather far apart. I saw a wonderful array of birds, giraffes, several kinds of antelope, lots of lephants, cape buffalo, a hippopotamus, a hyena, a bat-eared fox, baboons, zebras, and finally, on the very last drive, two lions, a male and a female. It was, of course, winter there, and the dry season, so the weather was just perfect with few, if any, mosquitoes!
Then we drove back to Victoria Falls and actually saw the Falls--pretty darn amazing! We stayed in the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, a very nice place indeed. We had a tour of an African village and had a wonderful African dinner, complete with dancing and music, warthog roasting on a spit, and fried worms (OK, I confess, I was not adventurous enough for the worms!)
Then we had a long bus ride (all day) to Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. I enjoyed this drive, as we got to see a lot of countryside, a nice small museum, and a typical roadside town. The next day was Eclipse Day, and we drove to a farm site about an hour outside of Lusaka. There was a lot of burning going on in nearby fields, but luckily the smoke didn't detract from the eclipse viewing. It’s always a lot of fun for me to see the equipment others bring out at this time—telescopes, tents, fancy cameras, and other miscellaneous stuff.
Getting on to the plane in Lusaka was a miracle (what with huge numbers of tourists all trying to do the same :-) ) but we did. Because we were late getting into JB, most of the group got bumped off the flight to the US. I was lucky enough to get on, and even luckier then, to get into Business Class. What a difference! Of course, the payment was that my bag was lost for 2 days. But I did get it back and I consider the price well worth it.
I took pictures with both a digital camera and a small point and shoot type. Without a big telephoto ens, big closeups just aren't possible, but the best I took with the digital camera can be found in a Yahoo photo album at: http://y42.photos.yahoo.com/decromer
If you’re at all interested, I also have an album of pictures of my new kittens, Camille and Cassi.
From Capetown we flew to Windhoek, Namibia where we were flown by small plane to the private Ongava Game Reserve situated on the edge of Etosha National Park. This was the first of a series of game reserves at which we stayed. We were both overwhelmed and delighted by the luxurious private cabins and the gourmet food although our choice to stay here was guided by our reading that here were the best guides in Etosha. The usual schedule was to wake at 6am, be escorted to the main lodge for breakfast, bundle up in all our clothes, and be on the morning drive by 7am. (It was 40 degrees and the wind blew sharply through our open vehicle.) It was usual to return at noon for a sumptuous lunch, rest or wander around camp, take tea at 3pm and be off again on our evening drive. Martin, our guide and driver, was a native Namibian and expert in spotting and identifying plants, animals, and birds as he proved the evening he located a bright green 8" chameleon up a tree while driving on the dark dirt roads, spotting with a hand-held lantern. In the winter months, the Etosha Pan is very dry and large numbers of animals congregate at the scarce water holes. We saw herds of Namibian plains animals including springbok, hartebeest, zebra, gnu, oryx, tsessebe, and elephant. Our favorite cry was "zebra crossing" as the animals made their way to the waterholes. To have a picnic, we had to drive into a gated, fenced area since one could not leave the vehicle or stand up during the drives. When we returned at 7pm, we paused for refreshments at the well-stocked bar in the main lodge, and then sat down to an outdoor dinner, usually with game as the main course; such as oryx, kudu, ostrich. The dining area overlooked a lighted water hole where animals could wander in at will since the reserve is not fenced. One early morning I was awakened by a knocking at the door. Our guide wanted us to know that a pride of lions was wandering through the camp.
Later in our trip we chose to stay at Harry's Camp in Mala Mala, adjacent to Kruger National Park, because the eco -system and wildlife were very different from Ongava. Mala Mala, one of the oldest game reserves in South Africa is always ranked in the top safari destinations in Africa, due to its superb guides, great expanses of private land, and fabulous accomodations and cuisine. We sighted our first herd of Cape buffalo driving to the camp from Skukuzu airport. Also on the road coming in were the remains of a giraffe, downed by lions the day before. Bertrand, our guide was a 21 year old macho driver, temporarily stepping out of his role as son of a citrus plantation owner, who delighted in crossing sand bars in the river and careening through the bush in search of the elusive leopard and rhino. He was partnered with the sharp eyed spotter, Anton, of Zulu origin and familiar with this terrain. We were additionally lucky because it was a cold winter and there was not a full complement of 24 guests; this meant we had the safari vehicle to ourselves, as had also been the case in Ongava. Additionally all Mala-Mala vehicles, from their three camps, are in radio contact. As soon as a sighting is made one can rush off to see what is happening, (although Harry's puts a limit on how many vehicles may congregate in one spot). One day, following the screeching of baboons, we tracked a leopard successfully through the tall bush and watched an elephant banging his head on a jackalberry tree so that he could eat the succulent berries when they dropped to the ground. We spent a quiet hour watching seven cubs gamboling in a pride of lions within four yards of us and then watched the graceful giraffes drinking and squirting water at a small watering hole. One afternoon, behind our son's chalet, a party of 20 banded mongoose was seen scrambling to the river below.
Having learned some general guidelines for spotting, we moved to government housing in Kruger National Park. Here we spent one night at Skukuza camp sleeping on narrow beds in a single room rondeval with a washstand for ablutions and barely adequate food because of the crush of the school holidays. However, the next day a move to Bergen Dal camp gave us an entire chalet to ourselves. At a hippo pool in the far Southeast of Kruger, we were rewarded with a view of some 30 hippos with including a really small baby (only about 400 pounds) riding on his Mother's back. Driving along we spotted several species of vultures tearing apart a kill while the ground hornbills waited their turn . As well we spotted both the elusive sable and the rare roan antelopes. Often there were giraffes silhouetted ahead on the road and always numerous impalas.
Our final national park was Hluhluwe-Umfozoli, just a few hours north of Durban. Once we watched a troop of baboons digging holes in a dry river bed and drinking water at the bottom. Another day we visited various water holes, sat in our car, and watched whatever water birds and animals came by. We signed up for a guided walking tour with an armed guide who beat a hasty retreat when a solitary elephant turned to face us, flared his ears and gave warning we were on his turf.
In South Africa, we traveled through Blydes Canyon visiting a number of waterfalls with the usual tempting craft stands. The greatest of the waterfalls, however, was Victoria Falls on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Although we have seen innumerable photographs, no photo can truly prepare you for its power and majesty. It was in the city of Victoria Falls that we spotted warthogs, munching on the lawn of the elegant downtown hotel. That evening we had wart hog stew for dinner.
We would have liked the trip to be only a paean to the beauty and wonder of Africa's natural environment but there is the other side of South Africa - the terrible divide of class, caste and color made pervasive both by whites and Indians. We witnessed innumerable cases of total insensitivity to the feelings of blacks, words spoken as if blacks were invisible and had no feelings, menial tasks performed by blacks and no thanks ever given. When I mentioned to one non-black salesperson that I did my own housework, she countered ( in front of her young black assistant) with "well, only blacks do housework here". We drove for two days from Hoedspruit in the north to Durban passing by sugar cane, citrus and tree plantations separated by what we would call shanty towns (called townships in SA) where black workers and their families lived. There were few cars on the road for the size of the population and most drivers were whites or Indians. Black South Africans walked on the highways, hoping perhaps to get a lift in the minivans which ran from town to town. But mini vans are insufficient and we often saw them pass by full where black Africans were waiting. Late one evening we drove up a few miles off the main highway to a scenic overview. The craft people were just packing up, putting their merchandise on their heads, and walking down the miles to the main road where perhaps, only perhaps, they might be picked up to go to their township.
Anger and hate are palpable. One is dismayed but not surprised at the number of criminal acts written up daily in the local paper. We, who have walked in cities over most of the world, would not think of walking the streets of Durban or Capetown after dark and we declined to go into downtown Jo'burg where crime is more prevalent, although we passed through the airport five times. Several students at the conference were robbed and some mugged. The papers reported barricades on highways where whites were dragged from their cars and beaten or killed. The keynote speaker at the conference opined that it would take at least two generations before black South Africans would have the educational opportunity to move into high ranking positions at the Universities. South Africa is a beautiful country with tremendous potential but it will take a long time to heel the scars of past and continuing injustices.
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Paper subscribtions can still be purchased from State Records and Archives, are just printed from the PDF copy.
State Records and Archives plans to have the entire New Mexico Administrative Code (NMAC) available on their web site by January 15, 2002 with a Google-like search engine.
Michie (a division of Lexis Law Publishing) will still be providing the NMAC on their CDROM New Mexico Law on Disk, as well as on their web site, at least for the time being.
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