Your ALA ballot should be arriving soon…

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:00 pm by nmrtsecretary

Before you vote, get informed!

Learn more about all of the amazing NMRT candidates and ask questions in our ongoing Facebook Forum.Or, watch all the candidate videos here

Tell us if you’re running for ALA positions outside of NMRT by posting on our Facebook page. We’re with you!

Be prepared to vote on NMRT’s Due’s Increase, and get to know the candidates for ALA president on our blog. More information about the nominees for ‘big’ ALA is available here

Most importantly, VOTE! ALA and NMRT are OUR organizations, and your vote will help steer the future of our profession.

If you’re ready to take the next step after you vote, you can volunteer to serve in NMRT, too!


ALA Elections are here!

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:40 pm by nmrtsecretary

Learn more and meet your NMRT candidates!

ALA elections begin this Wednesday, March 19, and you can submit your ballot anytime until April 25. More information about the elections and nominees for ALA is available here.

Remember, NMRT has several items on this year’s ballot, including a proposed dues increase. Check out the blog for posts on each topic.

Nominees for NMRT board positions will be on the ballot, and this year we’re offering a new forum for you to get to know the candidates. Starting tomorrow, each NMRT nominee will be introduced on our Facebook page! You’ll have the opportunity to view the candidates’ videos, ask questions, and join in discussion. Be sure to ‘like’ the official NMRT Facebook page to receive these updates

Your candidates are:
For Vice-President/President Elect: Kirby McCurtis and Holly Okuhara
For Secretary: Mandi Goodsett
For Assistant Treasurer/Treasurer-Elect: Easter DiGangi and Anita Dryden
For Networking Director: Tinamarie Vella and Michelle Demeter
For Outreach Director: Kelly Trowbridge
For Councilor: Rachael Altman

Beth Boatright Chair, NMRT Nominating Committee


Apply for the 2014 NMRT Development Attendance Award

Posted in Annual, Conference at 1:38 pm by nmrtsecretary

Deadline: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

NMRT members are invited to submit an essay to win a ticket to attend a ticketed event of their choice at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. The essay contest is open to all NMRT members who are not currently serving on the Annual Conference Professional Development Award Committee or the NMRT Executive Board.

To apply for the award, fill out the application form at


The application requires an essay of approximately 250 words about why you would like to attend a ticketed event at Annual Conference and how it would benefit you professionally.

Applications are due April 16, 2014. Winners will be notified by May 7, 2014. The committee does not consider geographic location, age, sex, religion, race or national origin in the award selection process.

For more information, contact the committee chair, Easter DiGangi, at MLIS@easterdigangi.com.


Apply for the 2014 NMRT Professional Development Grant

Posted in Annual, Conference at 4:31 pm by nmrtsecretary

Deadline: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by 5 pm (Eastern time).

We are excited to announce that members of ALA’s New Members Round Table (NMRT) can apply to receive a grant, sponsored by NMRT, which will cover expenses to attend the ALA Annual Conference, June 26 –  July 1, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV.

The application form and further information about the grant is available on the NMRT website. You must be a current member of NMRT in order to apply. To join NMRT, visit the ALA website and follow the “Join ALA” link to add NMRT to your ALA membership.

Click here for information about the award and award criteria.

Click here to go to the application.

For further information about the grant, please contact:

Melanie T. Kowalski

Chair, NMRT Professional Development Grant Committee

Email: melanie.t.kowalski@emory.edu


NMRT committee volunteers needed

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:03 pm by nmrtsecretary

The ALA New Members Round Table is looking for committee volunteers for 2014-2015!  Appointed committee members will have terms beginning on July 1, 2014, and ending on June 30, 2015. You must be a dues-paying member of NMRT to serve on a committee.

Many NMRT committees do not require conference attendance, but please note that for some, attendance at the Midwinter Meeting and/or Annual Conference is expected.

As some committees fill up quickly, we recommend selecting all committees you are interested in being appointed to. If you are interested in multiple committees, please rank them in order of your preference. Detailed descriptions of committee work and responsibilities can be found at http://wikis.ala.org/nmrt/index.php/Section_4:_Committees

Offers to serve as member or chair of committees will start going out in late April/early May.

If you are interested in serving, please complete the NMRT volunteer form at http://www.ala.org/nmrt/nmrt-committee-volunteer-form

Please contact Megan Hodge directly (mlhodge@gmail.com) if you have any questions.



2014 Ballot: Sari Feldman, Candidate for ALA President

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:43 pm by nmrtsecretary

Today’s 2014 Election post is by Sari Feldman, Candidate for ALA President.

sari headshot

The future of ALA is contingent upon a commitment to strong leadership development and member engagement. ALA must develop leaders able to take libraries into the future. The New Member Round Table is doing important work to better connect those new to the association and the library profession with the wide variety of opportunities that ALA provides.


As ALA president, I will support and sponsor initiatives that promote engagement with a special focus on leadership development. We cannot underestimate the value that ALA provides as a forum for learning and growing in the profession. ALA profoundly shaped my own professional development at critical stages throughout my career. Early on, ALA provided key leadership development opportunities that enhanced my professional skills. ALA became the place where I could share ideas with colleagues and learn about best practices.

I place a high value on engaging our members at all points in their careers. We need our members to understand the critical role they play in our advocacy efforts. I will work to help members see the ways in which their contributions are essential to the ongoing success of a future-focused, financially stable ALA.


Beyond engaging our members, it is crucial that we do more to attract a diverse group of library professionals and supporters to lead our organization. The key to building diversity in any organization is to foster a collaborative and inclusive culture. Part of creating that kind of culture is effective communication; the other part involves becoming comfortable with and adept at change. The fact of the matter is that we need to do more across ALA to communicate the broad changes in our profession and to encourage innovators and entrepreneurs to join us in the workforce and the Association.


I want to ensure that the sense of community that ALA provides is sustained for generations to come, so it is imperative that we address the financial challenges affecting the Association. My ability to identify new revenue streams and increase fund development to ensure financial sustainability is an essential leadership skill that I will apply.

I hold a broad perspective on the critical issues affecting libraries of all kinds. In addition to my leadership experience in public libraries, I have served as an adjunct faculty member at Syracuse University for more than 20 years and co-authored articles on topics ranging from early literacy to broadband access. As ALA president, I will bring the necessary vision, talent and commitment to lead our Association into the future.


2014 Ballot: Maggie Farrell, Candidate for ALA President

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:32 pm by nmrtsecretary

Today’s 2014 Election post comes from Maggie Farrell, Candidate for ALA President.


Thank you for the opportunity to discuss my candidacy for ALA President Elect with the New Members Round Table.  NMRT performs a critical function within ALA by introducing librarians and library workers to ALA and quickly getting them involved in activities that advance the association.  I would be honored to work with you to be an advocate for libraries and to communicate the power of libraries in strengthening our society.

As President, my focus will be to evaluate the progress on our ALA 2015 Strategic Plan in order to develop the next plan that will include advocating for libraries and library issues, protecting intellectual freedom, promoting diversity, and creating a sustainable, fiscally responsible and efficient operation.  I will lead us forward in a way that strengthens our libraries, engages our members, and continues to promote our value to society and the world.  This requires a diversity of voices and inclusion of the full membership to develop a new plan of action.   I hope NMRT is deeply involved in this effort to ensure that our association provides pathways for new members to be engaged and that ALA is connecting in meaningful ways with librarians and library workers.

Please contact me if you have questions regarding my qualifications and vision at www.maggiefarrell.com or Facebook “Maggie Farrell for ALA President.”  Thank you for your service to NMRT and ALA.  I ask for your vote.


2014 Ballot: NMRT Dues Increase

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:45 pm by nmrtsecretary

Over the next few weeks we will be posting information related to the 2014 Election Information. The first post addresses the proposed NMRT dues increase. Kari Weaver, NMRT Member Services Director breaks down the issue.

Where Were You in 1986?

Enjoying a Popsicle from the ice cream truck? Perfecting your Janet Jackson dance moves? Getting over your first crush? In 1986, NMRT was there waiting for you to discover your passion for librarianship and grow into a new professional.

Since 1986, many things have changed:



Cost of a first-class stamp



Cost of a gallon of regular gas



Cost of a dozen eggs



Cost of a gallon of milk



But others have not:

Cost of NMRT Membership        1986   $10                                               2013       $10

This means in real dollars, NMRT today has only $4.78 from each member to provide the services including Resume Review, Mentoring, Travel Grants and the professional development opportunities that have helped you engage with ALA and colleagues as a new professional.


We need your help. We are asking you to vote “Yes” on increasing NMRT membership dues. The dues increase will be as follows:

Student NMRT Membership……………$10

Personal NMRT Membership………….$15

Alumni NMRT Membership…………….$20

Corporate NMRT Membership…………….$50

Though we know nobody likes to see prices rise, this small increase will allow NMRT to continue offering the services you have enjoyed now and for future generations of librarians. You have moved beyond 1986, please help NMRT do the same.


*All consumer pricing information provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index. For more information, see http://www.bls.gov/cpi/.


Resume Reviewers needed!

Posted in Midwinter at 4:17 pm by nmrtsecretary

Help! NMRT Resume Review Service Needs Reviewers and Greeters!

The NMRT Resume Review Service (RRS) Committee is in immediate need for volunteers to review resumes and greet participants at the Resume Review Service Booth, located in ALA’s Job Placement Center, Philadelphia Convention Center. The RRS is open 9-5, Saturday and Sunday, and although all times are available, we particularly need Saturday volunteers!  If you can volunteer for one hour, two, or more, please indicate your willingness to help by contacting the chair, Cheryl Blevens, at Cheryl.blevens@indstate.edu.  It would be also helpful for the pairing process, if you would indicate your area of expertise. Your help with this vital service is most sincerely appreciated by the committee and those participants who are asking for the service’s help.

Thank you!

Cheryl Blevens,



Annual conference housing

Posted in Annual, Conference at 1:56 pm by nmrtsecretary

Registration and housing are open!
NMRT has a housing block at LVH – Las Vegas Hotel – HQ Hotel
Remember you must be registered for the conference in order to book a hotel room. For more information visit: http://ala14.ala.org/hotels
If you need assistance with anything housing-related please contact the housing vendor onPeak at 800-584-9047 or ala@onpeak.com.

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