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Library Showcases Employees' Creative Works

Amid the hustle and bustle of teaching, grading papers, holding office hours, providing student support and serving as CNM administrators, many CNM faculty and staff find time outside of their busy lives to tend to their passion and create original works of their own.

Sep 01, 2016

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Amid the hustle and bustle of teaching, grading papers, holding office hours, providing student support and serving as CNM administrators, many CNM faculty and staff find time outside of their busy lives to tend to their passion and create original works of their own.

On April 14, CNM Libraries held a reception for CNM Authors – faculty and staff who have been published or composed creative works in 2009 or 2010.

Over 100 works were honored from over 45 CNM faculty and staff, in media ranging from books to paintings and sculptures to journalistic articles. 

"Many of the authors participating are really prolific," said Olivia Baca, reference librarian and part of the planning committee for the event. We're really fortunate to not only have a lot of people participate, but to have a lot of people visiting who are part of our community."

Many authors who participated in the event had multiple works.

Bill Heenan
Bill Heenan, a data manager in the School of Adult and General Education, spends his free time as a journalist. Heenan had about a dozen articles from both print and online publications with him at the reception, one of the higher numbers of published articles.

"I like to get beyond headlines and talk about things the media don't cover, such as food and culture," he said of his work. He said he appreciated being honored at the reception and that he hoped students saw the works and took inspiration from them.

The keynote speaker brought a similar message.

Anne Hillerman, daughter of Tony Hillerman and a well-know published author, congratulated the CNM staff and faculty for their dedication to their fields and encouraged them to keep creativity in their lives. She has written nine books, many of them about the Southwest region, and wrote for the Albuquerque Journal North and the Santa Fe New Mexican for many years.

"Your creative work is vital to you," said Hillerman. "Don't give it up because you have to do the laundry."

She said that as life gets busier, time to create becomes scarce, but it's always important to make time. She emphasized that creativity often requires patience and that dry spells are OK, but the cure is in remembering where you find inspiration.

Library staff members hope to continue to honor the creative works of CNM faculty and staff in the future.