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01-27-1976 THOMAS BRANIGAN MEMORIAL LIBRARY LAS CRUCES. NEW MEXICO 88001 LIBRARY BOARD MEETING, JANUARY 27, 1976 Notice is hereby given that there will be a Library Board meeting on Tuesday, January 27, 1976 at 4:00 p.m., in the Librarian's office. The agenda is as follows: AGENDA Unfinished Business: 1. Practicum in Public Libraries 2. Bookmobiles 3. Branigan Estate Leases Miscellaneous Business: 1. Tours, Meetings and Speeches New Business: - 1. Circulation 2. Children's Services 3. Personnel 4. Exhibits 5. Other New Business - 1 - 1 THOMAS BRANIGAN MEMORIAL LIBRARY 2 Las Cruces, New Mexico 3 January 27, 1976 4 !, 5 The Board of Trustees of Thomas Branigan Memorial Library met in the 6 Librarian's office at Branigan Library, Tuesday, January 27, 1976 at 4:00 p.m. 7 Members present were: Mrs. Priestley, Mrs. Roach, Mr. Taylor, the librarian 8 and Secretary of the Board, Don Dresp, and his secretary, Cathy Jacobs. The 9 meeting was called to order by Vice-Chairman, Paul Taylor. 10 Mr. Taylor asked if there were any additions or corrections to the Board 11 minutes of November 25. Mrs. Roach moved that the Board minutes of November 12 25 be approved and Mrs. Priestley seconded the motion. The minutes were 13 approved. 14 Copies of several items of interest were handed out or previously mailed 15 to the Board. 16 Under Unfinished Business, the following was discussed: 17 1. Practicum in Public Libraries. The Board had been sent Dr. Jack 18 Saunder's letter of November 24. The letter said that there is no way that 19 the Library Science program at NMSU will be continued after June 1, 1976. 20 There are five NMSU students taking the Practicum course this semester. 21 They are Carol Gaines, Ann Wright, Moira Jameson, Betty Williams, and Diane 22 Akins. They will intern at Branigan 7 hours a week for 16 weeks and 3 semester 23 credit hours. The librarian said that since the Practicum was initiated in 24 January 1974, 16 students will have taken the course. 25 Mr. Taylor said that the Library Board had supported the "Practicum in 26 Public Libraries" course and the Library Science Department. He asked that 27 Dr. Saunder's November 24 letter and the librarian's November 14 letter be 28 attached to the Board minutes. 29 2. Bookmobiles. Several bookmobile stops were changed January 1 because 30 of low circulation of materials. The FedMart stop was moved to Young Park; the 31 Gibson's location was changed to Immaculate Heart of Mary parking lot; the 32 Fairacres stop was moved to Mesilla Park; and the Econ Service Station stop at 2 - 1 Ash and Solano was initiated. 2 The library does not have an one ton truck yet. The only mechanical 3 problem on the bookmobiles presently is a heating problem. Sara Lujan is the 4 new County Bookmobile Librarian as Mary Lou Sema Oquendo has transferred to 5 Branigan for health reasons. 6 The bookmobiles will close during the 1976 Christmas holidays as the 7 circulation for the weeks of December 22, 1975 through January 2, 1976 was 8 very poor. 9 There was an accident January 13 on the City Bookmobile at the Econ 10 Service Station stop. The countertop lid fell on a little girl's head. The 11 girl was not injured and safety latches were installed on the countertop the 12 next day. 13 January 16, Jim Cardon, Bookmobile driver, injured his back at Branigan, 14 and was not able to move the bookmobiles for a week. 15 3. Branigan Estate Leases. The Board had received Ray Riordan's December 16 24 letter which was in response to the librarian's December 16 memo on the 17 Las Cruces Development Company. 18 Mrs. Priestley said a friend told her that it is not good practice for I9 anyone drawing up a legal document to tie-up the property for more time than 20 the life of the people drawing up the document. In other words, the property 21 being governed should not have a time period on it that would extend after 22 the life time of the people that draw up the legal document. The librarian 23 said that he would bring this to Mr. Riordan's attention. 24 Under Miscellaneous Business, the following was discussed: 25 December 4, the librarian reviewed books and talked about the Christmas 26 programs on Mary Lu Leger's "Coffee Time." December 11 he attended a Library 27 Development meeting in Albuquerque and December 9 a breakfast seminar on adver- 28 tising at NMSU. 29 December 14 he was a judge for the Optimist Club Talent Contest. He 30 attended Community Action Agency meetings January 6 and January 20 and on 31 January 8, he spoke to the Riwanis Club on library programs. 32 The WIA Literary Club met at Branigan January 14 for a speech and tour by - 3 - 1 the librarian. Mrs. Greathouse spoke on 15 books in the New Mexico collection. 2 Under New Business, the following was discussed: 3 1. Circulation. The librarian said that from January 1 to December 31, 4 1975, there were 15,551 new library cards issued or exchanged for old library 5 cards. 6 Circulation from July 1, 1975 to December 31, 1975 was 124,838. If the 7 library does another 125,000, the fiscal year circulation would be 250,000, 8 almost an 100,000 increase in five years. 9 The December 1975 circulation was 16,258 compared to December 1974 of 10 13,700, an increase of 2,558 or 16%. The November 1975 circulation was 18,697 11 compared to November 1974 of 16,391, an increase of 2,306 or 12%. 12 In November, 18 books were loaned to other libraries on Interlibrary loan 13 and 61 books were received for Branigan patrons. In December, 35 books were 14 loaned to other libraries and 65 books were received for patrons. 15 Starting in February, the staff will bring the registration file up-to-date 16 by weeding old and expired library cards. 17 2. Children's Services. Sixty Girl Scouts were at Branigan Library 18 Sunday, December 7, to decorate the Christmas tree and library with handmade 19 ornaments. 647 children attended the Christmas programs and activities held 20 in December. 21 Saturday, January 31, Allan Van Cunningham will be at Branigan to do a 22 magic show for children. 23 February is Bicentennial Month in Las Cruces with the log cabin dedication, 24 a wagon train traveling through Las Cruces, a parade and the dedication of the 25 Downtown Mall and the dedication of Fort Selden. The library will have special kow 26 events such as: the Las Cruces Story League presenting a patriotic puppet show, 27 February 21; General Hugh Milton giving a speech on flags, February 18; Colonel 28 Allison Scott setting up a special exhibit on flags; a small group from the 29 Mayfield High Band performing at Branigan February 20; and General Hugh Milton 30 as the February author of the month. 31 Vera Schrader gave a speech Decmeber 18 to the High Noon Optimist Club 32 on children's services. She also spoke to the San Ysidro Garden Club on the 1 - 4 - 7 1 Art of Story Telling. Mrs. Ramona Gonzales from the Las Cruces School District 2 has asked Mrs. Schrader to speak on Story Telling to the early pre-school edu- 3 cation class. 4 Mrs. Schrader's article on "Puppetry at Branigan Library" was published 5 in Story Arts Magazine and the New Mexico State Library's Hitchhiker. 6 3. Personnel. The librarian said that there were two staff weddings in 7 December and that Carol Gamboa of the staff is getting married April 10. 8 Library employees received raises that were effective January 1, 1976. 9 Pat Greathouse's official title is now Assistant Library Director. She 10 has her B.A. degree and Library Science courses at NMSU. 11 Branigan's custodian, Pete Pedraza, was transferred to the Municipal Servic 12 Center. Branigan's new custodian is Joel Beverly. A job description for the 13 custodian has been updated. 14 Three staff members (Clara Martinez, Dwight Riggs, and Mary Lou Oquendo) 15 are going to NMSU this semester. Mr. Taylor asked if the staff is reimbursed 16 for their tuition and if they get release time. The librarian said that they 17 do not get reimbursed and they do make up time that they miss. Dwight Riggs is 18 planning on Graduate school in September and getting his Masters in Library 19 Science and then returning to Branigan. 20 January 13, Terry Johnston spoke to the New Mexico chapter of the American 21 Federation for the Blind on the Talking Book program. 22 Kay Blackwell resigned January 24 to attend NMSU. With Kay's resignation, 23 Sara Lujan on the CETA program was moved to Kay's place on the City payroll. 24 The librarian said that his CETA employees are excellent and are: Dwight Riggs, 25 Maria Viramontes, Carol Gamboa and Jim Cardon. Mr. Taylor asked if the CETA 26 employees were receiving the same pay as the City employees and the librarian 27 said they were. 28 4. Exhibits. Currently there is a Do It Yourself exhibit prepared by 29 Maria Viramontes. The January author of the month is Dr. Charles Harris. 30 The League of Women Voters has an exhibit case with its "Who's Who" - a 31 Political Directory, 1975-76, its Las Cruces Citizens' Handbook, and the 32 Community Services Directory from COG. - 5 - 1 There was an exhibit of Euell Gibbons' books set up in January. A March 2 of Dimes exhibit is now in the Shannon Room. One exhibit case had a display 3 of animal books for the rabies clinics that were held in January. An exhibit 4 case in the children's area now has "Tall Tales and Fairy Tales" for young 5 people. Larry Silva's department recently built two excellent exhibit cases 6 for the library. 7 5. Other New Business. The librarian said he hadn't heard anything more 8 on the Post Office building. The County Commission will meet Wednesday night 9 January 28, on the feasibility of renovating the Post Office building. 10 The librarian mentioned the Dona Ana County Historical Society and their 11 letter about the Post Office building being used for a library and the present 12 library becoming a museum. The librarian said that Branigan is so short of 13 space that some bound magazines are being stored now at the Branigan home. 14 Two new bulletin boards have been added to the Shannon Room. Each side of 15 the three bulletin boards has its own heading and they are: Job opportunities 16 (State and local), Your public library, City notes, Newsletters, Community 17 announcements, and Community exchange notes. 18 Mrs. William Sedgwick and her grandchildren donated a children's painting 19 to the library January 15. The painting shows three Easter rabbits with an 20 Easter basket and eggs. It has drawn attention from both young and old. 21 The librarian mentioned the article that was in the E1 Paso Times Sun Dial 22 December 7, on Tom Lea. The mural above Branigan's circulation desk was painted 23 by Tom Lea and the Franciscan friar in the mural was pictured in the article. 24 Casey Church of the Sun-News is doing a write-up on Branigan Library for 25 the February progress issue. The librarian has given her Branigan Library's 26 1975 Annual Report which will be done on stencil next week. 27 The Chevron USA magazine has an article "Check out Your Public Library this 28 Winter" and it mentions Branigan Library, Farmington Public Library and Santa 29 Pe Public Library. 30 General Hugh Milton's bronze bust and Indian headdress are now located on 31 the children's card catalog in an exhibit case donated by Mrs. C. B. Woodward, 32 Mrs. Caroline Darr, Mrs. Nancy Goodloe, and Mrs. G. L. Boykin. p - 6 - �I 1 The Wednesday Literary Club gave a map, which is hanging in the New Mexico 2 Room, to the library in honor of Helen Caffey. 3 The Las Crucettes are having another book drive for Branigan Library in 4 March. 5 Wednesday nights from 7:00-9:00 there is a VISTA volunteer at Branigan 6 Library to help anyone with their income tax. On Friday mornings from 9:00-12:0 , 7 there is an American Association of Retired Persons volunteer at the library to 8 help on income tax. 9 February 11, the librarian has been asked to teach a class on "Public 10 Libraries" at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, via telephone. There are 22 11 students in the class and from 1:30 to 2:30, he will talk on the phone to the 12 students. 13 Mr. Taylor commended the librarian for the good job he did on the 1975 14 Annual Report. 15 The next Board meeting will be Tuesday, March 30, unless there is need to 16 call a meeting before then. Mrs. Roach moved that the meeting be adjourned and 17 Mrs. Priestley seconded the motion. 18 With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:10 p.m. 19 20 Respectfully Submitted, 21 22 23 24 Don Dresp Library Director 25 DD:cj 26 27 28 29 30 31 ` 32 THOMAS BRANIGAN MEMORIAL LIBRARY LAS CRUCES. NEW MEXICO 88001 November 14, 3.975 Dr. Jack 0. Saunders, Dean College of Education New Mexico State University Box 3155 Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003 Dear Dr. Saunders: For the past year, I have been concerned about the fact that the Depart- ment of Library Science at NMSU is to be phased out. The Library Science Department is badly needed at NMSU for the following reasons: 4W NMSU offers the only Library Science courses in southern New Mexico. There is no masters degree L.S. program in New Mexico, which makes the need for an undergraduate Library Science program more necessary. School librarianship in New Mexico will eventually require certified school librarians at the elementary level. With the emergence of Continuing Education for librarians in today's society, NMSU has the opportunity to play a significant role in librarianship growth. Branigan Library in the last four years has had six staff members taking L.S. courses. Without the L.S. Department, Branigan Library and the schools will suffer in the ability to offer quality library service to the taxpayers of Dona Ana County. Since January 1974, NMSU.students (Melinda Penn, Sharon Brisbin Clark, Pam Briggs, Lynn Molder, Jeannette Akins, Pat Capron, Jose Beltran, Cindy Smith, Ron Cousineau, Judy Cocke, Patsy Laird) have taken the Practicum in Public Libraries LSC 435, a course which allows students to gain the working experience available in a public library. The consensus of the students has been that the practicum offered working experience to the potential librarian entering a school library or public library in today's labor market. The practicum also offers a good example of intercooperation between NMSU and the City of Las Cruces. Dr. Jack Saunders - 2 - Nov. 14, 1975 Recently the University of Arizona contacted me about placing one of their MLS students at Branlgan in June 1976, for a 5 week practicum at 40 hours a week. Mr. McGuire has said that LSC 435 will not be offered in June 1976. Two students (Ann Wright and James Paine) have contactedmeabout the June practicum. Five students (Diane Atkins, Carol Gaines, Betty Williams, Margaret Stone and Moira Jameson) are planning to take the Practicum in January. The Library Board (Clarence Fielder, Chairman; J. Paul Taylor, Vice- _ Chairman; Mrs, Opal Priestley, Mrs. Rester Roach, and George ?") in August 1974 expressed their keen disappointment that the Library Science Department would be phased out and Mr. Fielder last week asked me to express the Board's concern to you. A newspaper article from the Albuquerque Journal, December 28, 1974, and a letter from Sharon Brisbin Clark are attached. The Library Board and I hope that: The Practicum in Public Libraries, LSC 435, will be offered in June 1976. NMSU will reconsider the decision to close the Department of Library Science. - Work may begin toward strengthening the Library Science Department with the addition. of another professor. We will be happy to assist in any manner possible in regard to these three goals. Sincerely, c:r- Don Dresp Library Director i DD:cj Attachments cc: Dr. Gerald Thomas, President - I- Dr. Don Roush, Vice-President Walter McGuire, Chairman C. Edwin Dowlin, State Librarian Christine Ruder, President NMLA Library Board ftfr f1 i COLLEGE OF EDUCATION w0-7CICC OFFICE OF THE DEAN CIDP Box 3AC/Les Cruces,New Merica 88003 W 9� Telephone 1505164&3404 GD� m November 24, 1975 Mr. Don Dresp Library Director Thomas Branigan Memorial Library Las Cruces, NM 88001 Dear Mr. Dresp: Thank you for your letter regarding the phasing out of the Library Science L Department at New Mexico State University. 7� The decision was made through a thoughtful study of the situation at NMSU. More- over, an analysis was made of students enrolled in the program so they would have the opportunity to complete the minimum requirements guaranteed to such students when they first enrolled at NMSU. We do not particularly like to delete programs that have been established and operative at NMSU. In some cases, small groups of individuals may be unhappy with such a decision as we are forced to make. We feel that we cannot continue to offer library science courses as a full-fledged program. Our clientele is so restricted that it is economically unfeasible to continue such a program. It simply comes down to this, Don, we cannot "be everything to everyone." Should the eventuality arise that the community has a need for certain experiences, then NMSU will always try to arise to those individual cases through Continuing Education. This solution seems to be more reasonable than a program where limited clientele does not merit investments of considerable funds with so little service rendered. Sincerely, /' ^ / Jack 0. L. Saunders Dean, College of Education JOLS/nr cc: Dr. Roush Dr. Dyke Mr. McGuire