HEATHER GALLEGOS-REX is Director of Library Development Services for the state of New Mexico (1996-present).
SLA Member Since: 1992
Past Employment: Librarian Senior with the New Mexico State Highway and Transportation Department and the Alliance for Transportation Research (1992-96); Head of Map and Geographic Information Center (MAGIC), Centennial Science and Engineering Library, University of New Mexico (1988-92); Map Room Manager with Government Publications and Maps Department (1981-88), University of New Mexico Zimmerman Library; Clerical Specialist Government Publication and Maps, University of New Mexico Zimmerman Library (1979-81).
Education: M.L.S., University of Arizona (1990); M.A. Geography, University of New Mexico (1989); High Performance Teams Management Skills Training, University of New Mexico (1990).
SLA Chapter Activities: Rio Grande Chapter: past president (1996-97); president (1995-96); president-elect and program chair (1994-95); strategic planning chair (1997-present); government relations chair (1999-present) Regional Activities: Planning Committee (1994-96) for Southwest Regional Conference, Albuquerque, NM Oct.30-Nov.2, 1996 and Local Arrangements Committee (1995-96).
SLA Division Activities: Transportation Division: member (1992-96); Library Management Division: member (1997-present).
SLA Association Level Activities: DACOLT session discussion leader 1995 Annual Conference; Government Affairs and Intellectual Property Committee, 1999-2002.
Other Professional Activities: American Library Association (1984-92, 1996-present) Map and Geography Round Table (MAGERT) Secretary (1985-89); MAGERT Membership Committee (1984-90). Western Association of Map Libraries, (1984-92), New Mexico contributing editor to Information Bulletin (1987-92); New Mexico Geographic Information Council (1984-94), Chair Public Awareness and Education Committee (1985-94). Board of Directors (1992-94); New Mexico Library Association (1984-present); Mountain Plains Library Association (1999-present).
Publications/Presentations (selected): "Exploration as Odyssey: the Mapping of Carlsbad Caverns National Park," In Exploration and Mapping of the National Parks. Jenny Marie Johnson, ed. Winnetka, IL: Speculum Orbis Press, 1994. Seavey, Charles A. and Heather F. Rex, "Users and geographic area of interest in an academic map collection: 1983-1989: implications for collection development," Meridian, no. 7, 1992. "A Value Study Model for a State Agency Library" presented to NM state agency librarians (March 1996) and Legislative Research Librarians of the National Conference of State Legislatures (October 1997). Sourcebook for New Mexico Geographic Information, New Mexico Geographic Information Council, 1991. Numerous book reviews, software reviews, and newsletter articles in local and national publications (1985-present).
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