Skeen Library

Policies

Confidentiality:

The New Mexico Tech Skeen Library respects the privacy of all its students, faculty, staff and other patrons regarding the use of the library. All library records relating to an individual patron's use of the library and its resources are considered confidential.

The library follows the Code of Ethics of the American Library Association which requires all libraries to protect the patron's right to confidentiality and privacy when using library material.

The library seeks to minimize the collection and retention of personally identifiable information and only retains information that is required for the management of library operations. This policy conforms to the New Mexico Library Privacy Act, which covers the privacy and confidentiality of library patron records.

 

Children in the library:

The New Mexico Tech Skeen Library provides a welcoming physical environment to promote life-long learning and to assure an atmosphere conducive to research. Children who use the library must follow these guidelines:

Library Use

Anyone under 15, not in possession of a valid New Mexico Tech ID, must be under the direct supervision of a parent or guardian.

Computer Use

Open access computer use is limited to one hour per day. Anyone wishing to use computers will be asked to sign in at the main desk. They will then be given an access code and assigned to a computer.

Computer users must comply with the Internet Use Policy.

Appropriate Behavior

Any person behaving in an unacceptable manner will be asked to leave the library premises and may lose their library privileges.

 

Internet use:

Library users are encouraged to use the Internet for educational and informational purposes. All users of the Internet are expected to use this resource in a manner consistent with the purposes for which it is provided and according to guidelines established by the Library and ITC (Information Technology and Communications). NMT Skeen Library, as a state and federal government depository, complies with all free public access laws.





Disclaimer – New Mexico Tech Library does NOT monitor or control the information accessed over the Internet. While the Internet expands access to information, it contains information that may be inaccurate, outdated, or offensive. Patron use of the Internet carries with it the responsibility to evaluate the quality of the information accessed.

WARNING: Internet transmissions are subject to interception under the USA Patriot Act.

 

Archives use:

Mission of the New Mexico Tech Archives

The New Mexico Tech Archives of the Skeen Library serves to promote and preserve the intellectual history of New Mexico Tech and the Middle Rio Grande region.

The New Mexico Tech Archives shall be the depository for University records which are no longer administratively useful in the several departments, but which have historical or other value. The Archives may also receive personal papers and materials of officials, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and others if the materials are deemed pertinent to either New Mexico Tech or the region.

Access to the Archives

As a public institution our collections and services are available to all. However, archival material cannot be checked out. Material in the New Mexico Tech Archives of the Skeen Library is available by appointment only.

To schedule an appointment, please contact Lucinda Whitehorse at 575.835.6504

Researching in the Archives

Our responsibility for proper care of the unique materials housed in the New Mexico Tech Archives requires us to institute the following safeguards:

 

Using the Materials

Please follow these procedures when using New Mexico Tech Archives materials:

 

Photocopying, Scanning and the Use of Digital Cameras

Photocopy Guidelines

Scanning Guidelines

Use of Digital Cameras

Locating Materials

A library staff person will assist you in locating materials. Currently, most of the collection is not processed and awaits itemization. A comprehensive list of all materials in the New Mexico Tech Archives collections will be added to the Archives Web page. Currently, the only means of locating materials is by browsing the materials with a library staff person. The Skeen Collection is itemized and access points are available on the computer workstation located in the archives. An inventory of the Joseph R. Skeen Papers can be found at The Online Archive of New Mexico.

Supporting the Archives

The New Mexico Tech Archives welcomes gifts of materials, including individual items and collections, that are suitable for its various collections and will work with prospective donors to develop at mutually acceptable Deed of Gift Agreement. We especially appreciate materials appropriate for inclusion in the Archives, materials relating to the history of New Mexico Tech, and materials about the region. We also accept items that would be considered rare though we do not appraise the value of donated items. (We can, however, provide you with a referral to organizations that appraise rare books.)

The New Mexico Tech Archives and Skeen Library are grateful for monetary gifts that enhance the development, management, and preservation of its collections. Supplementing large gifts of materials with monetary endowments is a great way to expedite processing and facilitate the maintenance of the collection you give to the Skeen Library.

If you have any questions about the appropriateness of a collection for New Mexico Tech Skeen Library, please do not hesitate to contact the Library Director. If a collection is outside of the scope of the mission of the Skeen Library, we will make every attempt to direct you to a more suitable home for your archival material.

Citing Materials Found in Archives

Correspondence

General formula:
Writer to receiver, date, box, folder, record group, Collection, New Mexico Tech Archives, New Mexico Tech.

Example:
E. J. Workman to E. U. Condon, Director, National Bureau of Standards, March 4, 1948, Box 511, Folder: Correspondence 1-6, 1948, E. J. Workman Papers, New Mexico Tech Archives, New Mexico Tech.

Minimum citation (for display purposes):
Collection, New Mexico Tech Archives, New Mexico Tech.

Example:
E. J. Workman Papers, New Mexico Tech Archives, New Mexico Tech.

Photographs

General formula:
Descriptive information, date if known, box, folder, record group, Collection, New Mexico Tech Archives, New Mexico Tech. 

Example:
Photograph of Joseph Skeen and Ronald Reagan in Washington DC, 1988, Box 83, Folder B, Joseph R. Skeen Collection, Skeen Library Archives, New Mexico Tech.

Minimum citation (for display purposes):
Collection, New Mexico Tech Archives, New Mexico Tech.

Example:
Joseph R. Skeen Collection, New Mexico Tech Archives, New Mexico Tech.

Other Items

General formula:
Item, date, box, folder, record group, collection, New Mexico Tech Archives, New Mexico Tech.

Example:
Plastic Frog Refrigerator Magnet, 1985, Box 86, Joseph R. Skeen Collection, New Mexico Tech Archives, New Mexico Tech.