Meet Your NMRT Board Member, Nicole Spoor

Name:  Nicole Spoor

Job Title:  Business Librarian

Institution: The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

NMRT Board Position/Title: NMRT Vice-President

What role does your Board Position serve in NMRT?  The Vice-President’s main job is support the President. Some of the project’s that the Vice-President gets to work on during the year include helping to choose the NMRT Emerging Leader and matching up volunteers to their chosen committees.

How long have you been an NMRT member? I have been an NMRT member for about eight years.

What’s your favorite thing about NMRT?  I really like the people that I have been able to meet and work with.  I love that NMRT is home to library professionals who may be new to the American Library Association, but have really innovative ideas and diverse experiences that help make this profession even better.

What advice would you give to someone just joining NMRT this year? GET INVOLVED!  Your NMRT membership come with some great perks, but much of its value is only realized when you choose to get involved.  Join a committee, participate in a monthly online discussion forum, attend a webinar, or volunteer at one of the conferences.  It doesn’t really matter how you become involved, but it will benefit you so much to do so.

Meet Your NMRT Board Member is a 2016-2017 series to help NMRT members get to know their board. If you have any questions about this series, please contact the NMRT Communications Committee Chair, Jennifer Wilhelm (

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Apply for the 2018 MANGO/NMRT Professional Development Grant

ALA’s New Members Round Table (NMRT) welcomes applications for the MANGO/NMRT Professional Development Grant. This annual award of $1,000 will help offset costs for one NMRT member to attend the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA, on June 21-26, 2018. This award is generously sponsored by Mango Languages.

More information on the grant and the online application form can be found here: Applications will be accepted through December 15.

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.

Questions? Please contact Teresa Schultz, Chair of the NMRT Professional Development Grant Committee, at

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ALA NMRT Student Chapter of the Year Award Nominations

Contributed by Sierra Laddusaw

Apply now for the ALA NMRT Student Chapter of the Year Award!

In the spirit of ALA’s NMRT, the Student Chapter of the Year Award is presented in recognition of a chapter’s outstanding contributions to the American Library Association, their school, and the profession. The purpose of the award is to increase student involvement in ALA through student chapters, and to recognize future leaders in the profession. The Student Chapter winner will receive $1,000 to help defray travel expenses to ALA Annual; the winning chapter and the runner up will each receive a certificate. Both will be recognized at the NMRT Student Reception at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA. The seven categories of Student Chapter of the Year Award criteria include:

  • Membership Engagement
  • Programs
  • Communications
  • Leadership
  • Financial Health
  • Awards and Honors
  • Student Chapter Advisor Statement

All ALA Student Chapters in good standing are eligible to receive the ALA Student Chapter of the Year Award. There is no limit on the number of times a student chapter may win the award. Any ALA Student Chapter advisor, Student Chapter officer or member, or ALA member may nominate a Student Chapter, and self-nominations are encouraged.

Please e-mail the completed application form and any supporting documents in either Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format to the committee chair, Sierra Laddusaw – sladdusaw86 (at) gmail (dot) com. Deadline for submitting completed nomination forms is March 2, 2018 – 11:59pm EST. All nominations will be acknowledged upon receipt.

More information, including the nomination form, may be found at the award website:

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Looking for funds to help pay for your trip to ALA’s 2018 Annual Conference? Apply for the Shirley Olofson Memorial Award

Are you looking for funds to help pay for your trip to ALA’s 2018 Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA? Apply for the Shirley Olofson Memorial Award by December 14, 2017!

The award, which is intended to help defray costs to attend the ALA Annual Conference, will be presented in the form of a check for $1,000 during the 2018 Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA.  The winner will be chosen in January before the ALA Midwinter Meeting. All applicants will be notified in March.

Applicants must:

  1.  Be a member of ALA and NMRT
  2.  Be active in the library profession
  3.  Show promise for activity in the area of professional development
  4.  Have a valid financial need
  5.  Have attended no more than five ALA annual conferences


To apply, please visit:

Please e-mail Alexandra Janvey ( if you have any additional questions.


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Volunteer as an NMRT Liaison!

Are you looking for a way to be more involved in the library profession? Being an ALA-NMRT Liaison is a good opportunity if you are an NMRT member and a member of another library section, roundtable, division, or organization. NMRT liaisons play a key role in increasing awareness of information and ideas of mutual interest to NMRT and liaison unit members with a minimal time commitment. A liaison communicates NMRT interests held in common with other groups and advises NMRT on activities and issues of other units relevant to NMRT.

We are just beginning recruitment for the 2017-2018 term, so if you see your organization on the list below, please consider volunteering! You can volunteer for more than one and will be assigned to no more than three units. Your assignment will be for one year. Conference attendance is not required (see note for ALA Legislative Assembly). If you are interested, please fill out the volunteer form (

You can contact us off list to ask any questions, but we’ll only be taking volunteers for liaisons from those that fill out the form above. Thanks!

Organizations Needing a Liaison

ACRL African American Studies Librarians Section
ACRL Anthropology and Sociology Section
ACRL Arts Section
ACRL Asian, African, and Middle Eastern Section
ACRL College Libraries Section
ACRL Community and Junior College Libraries Section
ACRL Distance Learning Section
ACRL Education and Behavioral Sciences Section
ACRL Law and Political Science Section
ACRL Literatures in English Section
ACRL Rare Books and Manuscripts Section
ACRL Slavic and East European Section
ACRL University Libraries Section (ULS)
ACRL Western European Studies Section
ACRL Women and Gender Studies Section
Alaska Library Association
American Association of Law Libraries
American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
American Indian Library Association
American Theological Library Association
Arizona Library Association
Arkansas Library Association
Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA)
Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association
Assn. for Library Service to Children (ALSC)
Assn. of Specialized & Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA)
Association Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)
Association for Information Science and Technology
Association for Library and Information Science Education
Association for Rural and Small Libraries
Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services
Association of Research Libraries
Beta Phi Mu
Black Caucus of ALA
California Library Association
California School Library Association
Canadian Library Association
Catholic Library Association
Chinese American Library Association (CALA)
Colorado Library Association
Connecticut Library Association
Delaware Library Association
Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exchange RT (EMIERT)
Exhibits Round Table (ERT)
Federal and Armed Forces Libraries (FAFLRT)
Florida Library Association
Games & Gaming (GAMERT)
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT)
Georgia Library Association
Government Documents (GODORT)
Guam Library Association
Hawaii Library Association
Idaho Library Association
Illinois Library Association
Indiana Library Association
Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT)
International Relations Roundtable (IRRT)
Iowa Library Association
Kansas Library Association
Kentucky Library Association
Learning RT (LearnRT, formerly CLENERT)
Legislative Assembly
Library History (LHRT)
Library Information & Technology Association (LITA)
Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT)
Library Research (LRRT)
Library Support Staff Interests (LSSIRT)
Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa
Louisiana Library Association
Maine Library Association
Map and Geospatial Information (MAGIRT)
Maryland Library Association
Medical Library Association (MLA)
Michigan Library Association
Minnesota Library Association
Mississippi Library Association
Montana Library Association
Music Library Association
National Storytelling Network
Nebraska Library Association
Nevada Library Association
New England Library Association
New Hampshire Library Association
New Jersey Library Association
New Mexico Library Association
New York Library Association
North Carolina Library Association
North Dakota Library Association
Ohio Library Association
Oklahoma Library Association
Online Audiovisual Catalogers
Oregon Library Association
Pacific Northwest Library Association
Patent and Trademark Resource Center Association
Pennsylvania Library Association
ProLiteracy Worldwide
Public Library Association
Reference & User Services Assn. (RUSA)
Retired Members Round Table (RMRT)
Rhode Island Library Association
Round Table Coordinating Assembly
Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials
Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT)
Sociedad de Bibliotecarios de Puerto Rico
South Carolina Library Association–selects own liaison
South Dakota Library Association
Staff Organizations (SORT)
Sustainability (SustainRT)
Texas Library Association
The Joint Conference of Librarians of Color
Theatre Library Association
United for Libraries (Trustees, Friends, Foundations)
Urban Libraries Council
Utah Library Association
Vermont Library Association
Video Round Table (VRT)
Virgin Islands Library Association
Virginia Library Association
Washington Library Association
West Virginia Library Association
Wisconsin Library Association
Wyoming Library Association


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Online Discussion Forum Topic Schedule 2017-2018

By: Leigh Milligan

The Online Discussion Forum will be having monthly discussions on the NMRT listserv this year from Oct-May. We will also be having one live chat on Twitter in January.

Here is the discussion topic schedule:

Oct-Outreach to the underserved

Nov-Managing your professional image online and/or online networking

Dec– How to brainstorm and/or partner with a colleague to submit a conference proposal

Jan– Overcoming Negativity in the Workplace: Tips for staying professional, keeping it together and being a positive force for change in a negative workplace culture

Jan Live Twitter Chat (Date TBD)- Managing Stress: Creating work/life balance, saying no, practicing mindfulness, making time for exercise

Feb- Collaboration between libraries: Not just ILL programs but with programs, coordinating and sharing resources and so on.

March– Service to the profession:  This would include committees and other ways we can give back to the library community

April-Designing Welcoming Spaces on a Budget: Tips librarians can use to make areas of the library or even the whole library more welcoming to patrons without spending a ton of money. Things like how to best arrange furniture, best ways to organize/showcase the collection, etc.

May-Ways to Develop Your Leadership Skills

Keep your eye out on the NMRT listserv for information on how you can participate!

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Call for Articles

By: Tammy Ivins & Leah Plocharczyk, Chairs, NMRT Endnotes Committee


The NMRT Endnotes Committee seeks contributors for the Spring 2018 issue of Endnotes: The Journal of the New Members Round Table. NMRT members, current LIS students, and recent graduates are encouraged to submit manuscripts for consideration.

Endnotes is a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal that publishes articles of interest to early career librarians, LIS students, and newer members of the Association.  Articles published in Endnotes are indexed in Library & Information Science Source.

Those interested in discussing an article idea are encouraged to contact the Editors at to determine if the proposal fits the publication’s scope.

Articles should range from 2,000 – 4,000 words and be relevant to LIS students and new library professionals. Endnotes welcomes research papers, technical papers, conceptual papers, case studies, and literature reviews (more information on these types is available in our complete submission guidelines).

Submissions are accepted throughout the year, but articles received by February 15, 2018 will receive guaranteed consideration for the Spring 2018 issue.

We also published reviews for books or websites. Interested reviewers can submit a brief book or website review pitch (<150 words) that makes a concise, cogent case for their proposed review. All pitches should be sent to the Endnote Editors at no later than February 15, 2018.

For more information about Endnotes, including complete submission guidelines & previous issues, please visit

Please feel free to contact Endnotes Editors with any questions.


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Greetings from your NMRT president, Mandi Goodsett!

Hello from your new NMRT President! I’m so excited to take the reins this year and continue the awesome work of Past President, Kate Kosturski! We have lots of great projects and programs already in the works for the coming year, and I can’t wait to begin working to make NMRT an even more vibrant and valuable organization for its members!

To give you some background about me: I’m currently the Performing Arts & Humanities Librarian at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio. I grew up in Appleton, WI and earned my library science degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013. I spent my first year after graduation at a small, rural university library in Georgia, which was a wonderfully rewarding learning experience. I’ve been at Cleveland State for three years and absolutely love working with the students on my campus. The research I conduct when I’m not doing library instruction or meeting with students has focused on mentoring new librarians, LIS education, and information literacy instruction with an emphasis on critical thinking. I’ve also been fortunate to participate in some wonderful professional library organizations, including LIRT (Library Instruction Roundtable), ACRL (Association of College & Research Libraries), MLA (Music Library Association), and ALAO (Academic Library Association of Ohio). Because I’m really excited about giving early career librarians opportunities to develop professionally, in 2016 I founded the New-to-Libraries Network of Northeast Ohio, which serves library school students and new library professionals in Northeast Ohio. I’ve also been a member of NMRT for five years and involved in NMRT leadership for three. During that time, I have found NMRT members to be some of the most enthusiastic, innovative, and cooperative people I have ever met!

My presidential theme is “You Belong Here,” and I think this theme has become increasingly relevant with every passing week. NMRT is often the first experience new professionals have with ALA and the professional librarian community. It’s important that the initial NMRT experience emphasizes the values of equity, inclusion, and diversity in the work that we do and the projects we undertake. New professionals also occasionally feel the effects of impostor syndrome, and NMRT can be a vehicle for giving those new to the profession opportunities to build their skills and confidence. Stay tuned for an ALA pre-conference that aims to help you develop your professional identity and boost your confidence!

ALA can seem like a convoluted, impenetrable organization. I’m here to tell you that “you belong here,” and NMRT can serve as a place to begin your involvement in ALA. I hope you find it as welcoming and rewarding as I did when I first got involved.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with your questions about, and ideas for, NMRT this year. I’m honored to work with you all, and I’m excited to get started!

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Seeking Nominations for the NMRT 2018 Elections

NMRT offers training, opportunities, and a wide variety of programs on the national, state and local levels to assist, encourage, and educate those new to the association and the profession. Now is the opportunity for you or a librarian you know to take a leadership role in that mission!

The NMRT Board seeks nominations for the following open positions for the 2018 election slate:

The terms-of-office, attendance obligations, and responsibilities vary between the positions.

Anyone interested in either nominating someone or nominating themselves should have the Google form completed by Sunday, September 24, 2017.

Questions about the nomination and election process? Please contact Abigail Phillips (nominating committee chair)  at

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Hurricane Harvey: How Can You Help?

By Jennifer Wilhelm, Chair of the NMRT Communications Committee

This week, Hurricane Harvey devastated an enormous swath of Texas, along with parts of Louisiana. Thousands of residents have been displaced, and damage assessment is just beginning. If you would like to get involved in recovery efforts specific to libraries, here are some suggestions and resources.

The Texas Library Association (TLA) is encouraging donations to the TLA Disaster Relief Fund. You can also contribute by purchasing a TLA Coloring Book, which will benefit the Disaster Relief Fund. TLA also maintains a Disaster Recovery Resources page, which offers more ways to help and resources for affected libraries. The American Library Association (ALA) also maintains #LibrariesRespond, which is focused on helping United States libraries after disasters.

The Central Texas Library System (CTLS) is maintaining a page of damage reports. If you are an affected library, you may contact CTLS to report damage.

Although this is by no means an exhaustive list of ways to get involved, I encourage everyone to step up in this time of need so that affected libraries can get back on their feet and  helping their local communities.

As a quick note: I’m sure many of us would happily send books and resources to the affected libraries however, such donations should wait until clean up begins and a needs assessment is complete. Keep checking the resources above and use your professional networks to stay in touch with affected librarians and libraries.

I also want to take the time to remember Kristina Carter and Wanda Walters, librarians in Clovis, New Mexico whose lives were tragically cut short on August 28 by a gunman. Hurricane Harvey is dominating the news this week, for good reason, but I would be remiss if I did not mention the loss these two women.

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