Looking Towards the New Mexico Library Association Conference: April 17-19, 2013

by Mychal Ludwig, Head Editor, INALJ New Mexico

Looking Towards the New Mexico Library Association Conference:  April 17-19, 2013

imageHere in Albuquerque New Mexico, it’s the first day (pre-conference sessions) of the annual New Mexico Library Association Conference. I thought I’d share some of the interesting sessions and talks that I plan on attending, over the three days of the 17th, 18th, and 19th of April, 2013:

For a look at the full conference program (the postings below are taken directly from this website) and all talks that are available, go on over and check out nmla.org/annual-conference

Wednesday April 17th

We Can Do IT! Copy Cataloging with RDA
Presenters: Liz Miller, New Mexico State University & Rebecca Lubas, University of New Mexico

– Resource Description and Access (RDA), the new cataloging code, is being implemented this year by many libraries, including the Library of Congress. If you’re a little mystified about using RDA when *you* catalog, this workshop is for you! Topics to be covered: RDA’s background, differences between AACR2 and RDA, new MARC fields in RDA, changes in authority records, using the RDA Toolkit, and field-by-field cataloging of popular formats (printed books, e-books, videos, sound recordings). You will leave the workshop feeling more confident about cataloging with RDA!

Library Data Services for Social Science and Humanities
Todd Quinn, Amy Jackson, Lori Townsend, Jonathan Wheeler, & Holly Phillips, University of New Mexico Libraries

–  Researchers are increasingly turning to libraries for help with finding, using, and managing datasets. Because this type of service is relatively new in libraries, many librarians may not know how to find more information about data services. This session will give an overview of the data movement, including a discussion of different types of data used in social science and humanities, common data sources, and a basic introduction to data curation. The workshop will include hands-on tasks and exercises for participants. Attendees will gain an understanding of data services that can be offered in their own institution, as well as resources to turn to for more information.

Thursday April 18th

Welcoming Ceremonies Featuring Laguna Pueblo Dancers

Keynote Address by Michael Dowling
–  Michael Dowling is Director of International  Relations and Chapter Relations Offices of the American Library Association since 2001. He currently is a member of the library association committee of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). Before taking on his current positions, Michael was the Deputy Executive Director of ALA’s Reference and User Services Association (RUSA.) Prior to joining ALA, he served as Director of the Monroe Public Library in Wisconsin and as a Reference Librarian at Temple University’s branch campus in Tokyo, Japan. He received MLS from the University of Maryland.

Using New Technology to Provide Access to Government Information
Presenter: Josephine Smith, New Mexico State University

–   As more and more library users rely on the internet to find information, there is an opportunity for librarians to create new spaces which promote and provide access to information to a more global community. This session will explore how librarians can use various new technologies, like Adobe Captivate, LibGuides, and Google products, to provide access to free, and often hard-to-find, government information in a clear and attainable fashion for citizens. These virtual tools make it possible for librarians to reach outside of library, locality, and beyond to serve the public in the borderless land of the World Wide Web.
Olla Bearers & “Indian Detours”: Indigenous New Mexicans as Tourist Attractions.  A Presentation by the Local & Regional History Special Interest Group.
Presenters: Joe Sabatini, Albuquerque, Local & Regional History SIG

–    This illustrated talk describes how promoters created romantic and stereotyped images of Native American communities “little changed since Coronado first viewed them” to draw tourists to New Mexico. Through books, postcards, pamphlets, maps, pageants, and brochures; entrepreneurs like Charles Lummis, the Santa Fe Railway, the Fred Harvey Company, Erna Fergusson, J.W. Willis, and Ward Hicks, the State Tourist Bureau successfully promoted a growing industry, with mixed consequences for the “colorful” natives. Materials come from the collections of the Special Collections Library, Albuquerque Bernalillo County Library and from the Archives and Library of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

History Hoarding: Now that we have all that stuff… What do we do with it?
Presenter: Ricardo Gonzales, Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Arts

–   Most libraries collect photos, oral histories, and other historical information for their communities then…. it collects dust and is broke out for “research purposes”. The presenter will show participants how to transform their history collection into a source for exhibits, documentaries and online resources for the public to enjoy.

Metadata Futures: The Semantic Web
Presenter: Bill Walker, AMIGOS

–    Librarians and Archivists are experiencing massive changes to the ways they describe and provide access to their collections. AACR will be replaced by RDA; EAD will be replaced by a newer version and supplemented with the Encoded Archival Description.Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families, and MARC will eventually be replaced by a new carrier for bibliographic information. What’s behind these changes? One of the drivers is the quest for the Semantic Web. This session will explain the Semantic Web and provide examples of how this technology is influencing the changes in the metadata experienced by the entire spectrum of information professionals from librarians to archivists and beyond.
Adventures in Online Integrated Reference
Presenters: Alisa Gonzalez, Felipe Castillo, & Jonathan Butz, New Mexico State Univ.

–      The NMSU Library at Las Cruces has offered virtual reference for five years. We have also experimented with wikis and other tools that could serve as a knowledgebase, but without success. During the past summer, we began using Springshare’s LibChat and LibAnswers, which offer a way to integrate a live chat service, a knowledge base/frequently-asked-questions database, and research guides. An additional piece, RefAnayltics, offers options for better tracking and analyzing questions. This program will share lessons learned with implementing and maintaining this model of integrated  research help and support.

A Strategic View of the eBook Market.
Presenter: Michael Kocurek, Follett

–    Have you been holding out on the eBook experience? Are you finding it challenging to make a decision about the direction of e-Content? Platforms, devices, content; questionscontinue to swirl. Come and join Follett for a frank overview of the marketplace, discussing various avenues including Kindles, Nooks, Overdrive, and various models in the marketplace in the eBook marketplace. You will walk away with a clearer understanding of the challenges and uncertainties regarding eBooks and the future.

Juarez Mexico – What the Mainstream Media is Not Covering
Presenter: Joe Kolb, Gallup Herald

–     Journalist, Joe Kolb, is passionate about reporting on the tragedies that occur in Juarez, Mexico. Much of his time there is spent covering the murderers, mayhem, and innocent people trying to carry on with their lives. Mr. Kolb, a strong library supporter, will focus on the spectrum of alternative information (print, online and film) broadening understanding and providing different perspectives.

Friday April 19th

What?! You Want My Life Story? Why? What Are You Going To Do With It?
Presenter: Ricardo Gonzales, Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Arts

–     Many New Mexicans do not realize how their stories convey the history of the community and they are reluctant to let someone into their home -much less tell their intimate life stories. The presenter will discuss what constitutes oral history, the ethics of the interviewer/interviewee relationship, how to cultivate someone’s trust, and the importance of collecting relevant materials such as photographs, records, and historical documents during the interview process.

Tools for Protecting Privacy Online
Presenter: David Hurley, New Mexico State Library

–   While many of us happily choose to share information about ourselves online, few are comfortable with (or even aware of) the amount of information we unintentionally publish as we interact with the online world. Legal protections and corporate privacy policies are minimal and are often violated – intentionally or not. This session will be an in-depth look at some of the free and almost easy tools that exist to protect your privacy. Topics will include: protecting files on your computer with TrueCrypt; surfing the web anonymously using Tor; encrypting email and chat; and privacy on cell phones and public computers. For each tool discussed we’ll look at how it works, the ease of installation and use, strengths and weaknesses in the protection, and the tradeoffs that come with using that tool. This session is for people interested in protecting their own privacy or who want tools to offer their patrons.

Digitizing New Mexico’s Historical Agricultural Publications
Presenter: Cindy Watkins, New Mexico State University

–    NMSU Library faculty and staff are spearheading an effort to collect, scan, digitize and add metadata to the NMSU’s Cooperative Extension Service publications and the Agricultural Experiment Station Publications. The NMSU Library is making these publications web accessible because of their research value and to preserve the aging fragile original publications. The Library owns approximately 3,200 unique documents which are, currently, only available in paper format to those visiting the NMSU Library. As a Land Grant University established by the Morrill Act of 1862, NMSU is charged with providing a liberal and practical education for students and to sustain excellent programs of research and public service, including outreach and extension education to the people of New Mexico. Completion of this project will result in free online access to searchable full text and images for the citizens of New Mexico.

 Connecting to Global Communities through Partnerships & Collaborations
Presenter: Mimi Roberts, New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs

–    There are many opportunities for libraries to collaborate with museums and other outside agencies, such as NMPBS, and global initiatives for education and community engagement, such as Wikipedia and Historypin. This panel will highlight these kinds of opportunities through presentations of case studies by representatives of museums and other potential partners.

 Getting Along with Almost Anyone – Better Communication Through an Understanding of Personality
Presenter: Michael Kocurek, Albuquerque

–   Join Michael Kocurek, Certified Personality and Behavioral Analyst, for an interesting and lively discussion on personality styles and how they affect communication. We will discuss the four personality types and the characteristics that set them apart. We will then apply what we know to relationships with supervisors, administrators, patrons, and students. We will also answer specific questions related to scenarios that are presented.


And there you have it!

Naomi House

Naomi House, MLIS, is the founder and publisher of the popular webzine and jobs list INALJ.com (formerly I Need a Library Job) and former CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) of T160K.org, a crowdfunding platform focused on African patrimony, heritage and cultural projects. INALJ was founded in October 2010 with the assistance of her fellow Rutgers classmate, Elizabeth Leonard. Its social media presence has grown to include Facebook (retired in 2016), Twitter and a LinkedIn group, in addition to the interviews, articles and jobs found on INALJ. INALJ has had over 20.5 Million page hits and helped many, many thousands of librarians find employment! Through grassroots marketing, word of mouth and a real focus on exploring unconventional resources for job leads, INALJ grew from a subscription base of 20 friends to a website with over 500,000 visits in one month. Naomi believes that well-sourced quantity is quality in this narrow job market and INALJ reflects this with many new jobs published daily. She has also written for the 2011, 2012 and 2013 LexisNexis Government Info Pro and many other publications in the past decade. She presents whenever she can, including serving on three panels at the American Library Association's Annual Conference in Las Vegas; as breakout presenter at OCLC EMEA in Cape Town, South Africa; as a keynote speaker at the Virginia Library Association annual meeting; at the National Press Club in Washington DC; McGill University in Montreal, Canada; the University of the Emirates, Dubai, MLIS program and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Naomi was a Reference, Marketing and Acquisitions Librarian for a contractor at a federal library outside Washington, DC, and has been living and working in Budapest, Hungary and Western New York State. She spent years running her husband’s moving labor website, fixed and sold old houses and assisted her husband cooking delicious Pakistani food. She is preparing to re-enter the workforce and is job hunting. Her husband is now the co-editor of INALJ, a true support!  She has heard of spare time but hasn’t encountered it lately. She pronounces INALJ as eye-na-elle-jay. 


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