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Wakashige New Leader of Expanded Library Services

A lot of things have been in motion lately with Library Services at CNM. With the Main Campus Library's move to the new Student Resource Center, as well as the implementation of library services at the South Valley, Westside and Rio Rancho campuses, it's been an exciting time for the Libraries. The excitement continues with new leadership.

Sep 01, 2016

Ben Wakashige
A lot of things have been in motion lately with Library Services at CNM. With the Main Campus Library's move to the new Student Resource Center, as well as the implementation of library services at the South Valley, Westside and Rio Rancho campuses, it's been an exciting time for the Libraries. The excitement continues with new leadership.

Ben Wakashige began his new position as director of Library and Educational Resources in late July. He has been working in libraries for 38 years and in library administration for about 25 years. Most recently, he served as director of Libraries at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo. His position at CNM is his seventh academic library directorship and he has also served as a state librarian at the New Mexico State Library.

Originally from Maui, Hawaii, he says that "New Mexico is home," after studying and working at colleges and universities all over the Southwest region. In recent years, he has commuted between New Mexico and Colorado and is glad to be back in the Albuquerque region.

Wakashige has joined the CNM scene at a very exciting time, since the Main Campus Library has a new and impressive home in the recently opened Student Resource Center. He says that the move to the new facility expands the resources available to students.

"The library is the academic heart of the institution and now we have a facility to make that a reality. It's a great opportunity to expand our resources now that we have the facilities," he said. "Students are looking for places where they can go and study. This library provides a lot of places for those kinds of activities."

With the new state-of-the-art building and technological capacities of the SRC, Wakashige is looking forward to the new opportunities to expand library services.

"A lot of students like to have 24/7 access to information from any location. Our challenge is to provide the most current resources while letting students access them easily," Wakashige said. "I like using 2.0 and utilizing new technology."

Not only is Wakashige looking forward to the new opportunities, he's glad to be working with an experienced staff.

"I'm pleased we have a great staff committed to providing great service," he said. "We're going to be building on what was done before. I'm very optimistic."

Wakashige is looking forward to being a part of the team and his enthusiasm for CNM Libraries is obvious. During Welcome Back Days, he could be seen giving tours of the new library facility and helping students and staff discover resources in the new space.

"The reason I'm in the business is to make a difference," Wakashige said.