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ACLU president to speak at state library conference in Las Cruces

Nadine Strossen, president of the American Civil Liberties Union, will be the keynote speaker for the annual New Mexico Library Association Conference to be held in Las Cruces April 17-19.


ies: The Human Factor" is the theme for the conference. Meetings, exhibits and registration will be located at Corbett Center Student Union on the New Mexico State University campus. The awards banquet and some meal functions will be held at the Las Cruces Hilton.

Strossen, a professor of law at New York Law School, will speak on censorship issues. Her keynote address is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, April 18, in the Corbett Center Auditorium following welcoming remarks by association president Kay Krehbiel of New Mexico Tech and Las Cruces Mayor Pro Tem Steve Trowbridge.

Strossen has written, lectured and practiced extensively in the areas of constitutional law, civil liberties and international human rights. She has been president of the ACLU since 1991 and is the first woman to head the nation's largest and oldest civil liberties organization.

Two pre-conferences will be offered on Wednesday, April 17, at the Hilton. "Trends in Publishing for Southwestern Children and Young Adult Readers" will be presented by Jeanne Whitehouse Peterson and Dan Zancanella, both authors affiliated with the University of New Mexico. "Writing Grants for the Small Library" will be presented by Clare Gearhart, director of the Cochiti Lake Public Library; Joan MacNeish, a librarian at Raton Public Library; and Carolyn Kingson, a member of the Embudo Valley library board.

Workshops and presentations on literature and collection building, library technology and electronic resources, budgeting, library instruction, cataloging, fund-raising, the census, student assistants, publicity and other topics will be offered during the conference.

There will be several presentations on legal issues: "Keeping Kids Safe on the Internet," "What to Do When the FBI Calls," "The Aging Workplace," "Safety in the Library," "Sex, Privacy and the Single Librarian," and "Seven Deadly Sins."

The New Mexico State Library is sponsoring a teleconference on virtual reference services that coincides with the conference. For more information on the teleconference, see the Web site at http://www.cod.edu/teleconf/Virtual/index.htm.

Las Cruces novelist Denise Chavez, author of "Loving Pedro Infante" and "Face of an Angel," will be the speaker for the association's awards banquet, scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Hilton.

In addition to workshops and presentations, the conference will feature exhibits by publishers and library vendors, business meetings of the New Mexico Library Association and several other library organizations, and a job fair.

The conference fee is $95 for association members and $110 for non-members. On-site registration on the third floor of Corbett Center is $105 for members and $120 for non-members. There is a special conference fee of $40 for retirees and students. Free continental breakfasts, box lunches and snacks will be served.

The pre-conferences, meal functions and a tour are available for additional fees. For more information and for an online registration form, visit the New Mexico Library Association web site at http://www.nmla.org or call the association at 1-800-898-6652.

Karl Hill
March 15, 2002