01.16.17

Spotlight On: NMRT’s Resume Review Service Committee

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:25 pm by nmrtsecretary

By Brandy Horne

As stated in its mission, the Resume Review Service (RRS) committee “gives NMRT members an opportunity to have their resumes and/or cover letters reviewed via e-mail by experienced professionals in the field.”  Our volunteer reviewers represent many different library types, including academic, public, school, medical, and special, and their areas of expertise are even more varied.  In addition to their expertise as librarians, our reviewers have considerable experience when it comes to the hiring process.  Our reviewers are directors, managers, and department heads, or they have considerable experience serving on search committees.  They know, first-hand, what hiring managers look for in a resume, and they’re more than willing to share their insights to help people find success in their job search.

The RRS committee’s email service is available year-round and is the easiest way to have a resume and/or cover letter reviewed.  NMRT members can take advantage of this service by visiting the jobseeker’s page of our website. The RRS committee uses the requested information to match requests with reviewers whose experience and expertise most closely support the needs of the job seeker.  Once a reviewer agrees to review a resume, he/she has 7-10 days to respond to the job seeker with feedback.  Most requests are handled within two weeks.

In addition to the year-round email service, the RRS committee hosts an on-site resume review service at both ALA Annual and Midwinter.  This service, located within the ALA JobLIST Placement Center, runs from 9:00 am-5:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday during the conference.  The on-site service is open to everyone, and access to the Placement Center does not require conference registration.  Scheduling an appointment prior to the conference is strongly encouraged and is the only way to guarantee a meeting with a reviewer.  However, walk-ins are welcome and scheduled as space and time allow.  The deadline to make an appointment in advance of the conference is Tuesday, January 17 at 5:00.  For more information and to access the appointment form, please visit the “Get Your Resume Reviewed” page of our Midwinter 2017 website.

The RRS committee has only a few members, so the on-site resume review service would not be possible without the help of volunteers.  If you would like to volunteer as a Reviewer or a Booth Greeter, please visit and explore our Midwinter 2017 website.  This is an excellent opportunity for everyone from seasoned professionals to library students to network and to get involved with ALA.

If you are an experienced library professional with hiring experience and would like to be added to our database of volunteer email reviewers, please email us at resumereviewnmrt@gmail.com

If you have any questions regarding NMRT’s Resume Review Service committee, the email service, the on-site service, or volunteering opportunities, please contact the committee chair, Brandy Horne at brandybell@gmail.com or the assistant chair, Hannah Buckland, at hannah.buckland@lltc.edu

01.10.17

Gaining a Managerial Mindset

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:16 am by nmrtsecretary

By Hannah Joy Chapman

The monthly online discussion in December focused on the process of becoming a manager. The interest in this question was not only the routes library staff took to become managers but also in the tools and resources used to maintain and improve on management skills. This question was of particular personal interest because I am a relatively new manager of student assistants who work several hours a week at the reference desk in a large academic library. I find myself constantly searching for ways to improve my management skills or revise my style. The methods used to gain managerial skills or improve upon those skillsets can vary greatly depending on the resources available to you and often times the pre-existing structure of your place of employment can play a huge role. This post will elaborate on some common tools and methods to achieve managerial growth.

Through the discussion thread I found that there is a contingent of supervisors who have experiences quite similar to my own, in which a supervisory role may come suddenly or unexpectedly through retirements and reshuffling of tasks. As one respondent pointed out, it can be helpful when you have the opportunity to move into a management role directly from a pre-existing position in the same institution. One of the benefits being that you are already somewhat familiar with the workflows and supervisory styles preferred by your newly acquired reports. As a new supervisor in a library familiar to you, your reports may informally assist in mentoring you into the role of a new supervisor.

When confronted with a question, what better to do as a librarian than research the topic? One supervisor scoured YouTube to uncover a wealth of free resources, including New Manager Training – Excellent Manager Training tips. The YouTube video is provided by www.managertrainingacademy.com, another resource providing managerial guidance. Some libraries offer Lynda.com, a subscription-based video database containing curated instructional material on a variety of topics including management. Library Juice also offers a six-course certificate series in Library Management taught asynchronously for a fee.

Voices of those with early-career supervisory ambitions were also heard in the discussion. One of the recommendations was to take courses during your MLIS on management. The formal style of learning in a classroom can be very helpful in gaining a managerial mindset. A management course was required by my MLIS curriculum, I wish I had considered the course as potentially helpful to my future career goals so that I may have taken more away from the course and felt it worth the time to enroll in an advanced management course later in my MLIS. Hindsight is always 20/20. An integral point in taking required management courses seriously is to have a clear understanding of the current landscape and the varied types of management available. Although one may not aspire to be a university librarian or library director, management skills are useful in nearly every position.

The discussion also had a recommendation for a book called Good to Great by Jim Collins. The respondent recommending this text had been introduced to the reading in a management course. Despite some age and potentially problematic content the book holds up to present a view of a managerial style that is worth a close read. I have also found value in some readings specifically focused on a niche like student management in an academic library setting. One title to recommend is Mentoring & Managing Students in the Academic Library by Michelle Reale. Reale’s title speaks very specifically to the unique circumstances of student management.

The next best thing to taking courses during an MLIS career is to seek courses elsewhere. Some communities offer courses in person at nonprofit training centers. Opportunities for growth and development may also be offered at your institution, and actively seeking those courses from your own supervisor may be the only barrier to enrollment. Mentoring can also be a great way to gain insight into managerial styles and techniques. NMRT offers a mentoring program which can allow you to interface with an experienced librarian who may offer an alternative viewpoint based on their position or setting. Some larger libraries also offer formal mentoring programs and pair a seasoned librarian with a new comer. Both types of formal mentorship arrangements can augment the experience of a new supervisor.

If you aren’t able to set up a formal mentoring arrangement, looking to listservs can offer similar support and advice. In my role as a student supervisor, I have found the listserv LIB-CIRCPLUS@princeton.edu to be extremely helpful as a sounding-board and a place to share tips and tricks. Although I don’t work in a circulation department currently, the lib-circplus listserv contains ample content on student supervision. One of the discussion respondents wrote that some friends had worked to set up a community web page and associated listserv for aspiring or new library directors. The website is: www.librarydirectors.org and the listserv signup can also be accessed from the website.

Seeking support from groups can be difficult if those groups don’t exist within your community. Taking the initiative to form a group such as the library directors group or an informal face to face meet up can reveal others within your community desiring the same type of support. If a group meeting seems like a heavy commitment to add to an already hectic work level, informal peer-to-peer mentoring can also fill the need. Among the most important aspects to becoming a supervisor or working in management is to feel supported in your new role and to find resources and people to look to when you need advice.

Resources & Experiences Shared:

  • Management responsibilities can be an unexpected addition to current tasks
  • Courses during MLIS on management or other management training targeted at the nonprofit sector
  • Read Good to Great by Jim Collins
  • Website and listserv for new library directors: http://www.librarydirectors.org/
  • Take advantage of formal and informal mentoring opportunities
  • YouTube videos can be very helpful, a search for ‘new manager training’ is a good place to start in addition to New Manager Training – Excellent Manager Training tips

01.09.17

Alternative Voices: An Interview with April Hathcock, Scholarly Communications Librarian at New York University

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:14 am by nmrtsecretary

By: Erin Prentiss

Alternative Voices: Promotes librarians’ participation, engagement, and involvement in matters affecting the profession. Alternative Voices welcomes all librarians to take part, but we place importance on including librarians whose voices are often not heard because of their gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, and religion.

Alternative Voices: An Interview with April Hathcock, Scholarly Communications Librarian at New York University

April Hathcock is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at New York University and a former lawyer.  She is the author of the impactful article “White Librarianship in Blackface: Diversity Initiatives in LIS” that appeared in the journal In the Library with the Lead Pipe in October 2015. You can find her on Twitter at @AprilHathcock and at her blog At the Intersections.

  1. Librarianship is a second career for you. What drew you to it?

After only three short years in private practice with a large global law firm, I was feeling run down and burnt out with the legal work I was doing. I needed something that would allow me to continue doing the research, writing, and outreach that I loved but provided a better standard of living. I noticed that all our firm librarians were in around 8 and out the door by 5, and I thought, I should do that! I talk more about my transition in an upcoming volume from Rowman & Littlefield called Career Transitions for Librarians: Proven Strategies for Moving to Another Type of Library edited by Ray Pun and Davis Erin Anderson. It should be out mid-year.

  1. In your article “White Librarianship in Blackface: Diversity Initiatives in LIS” for In the Library with the Lead Pipe, you identify “playing at whiteness” as a major factor in the professional success of librarians from underrepresented populations, including your own. Can you define “playing at whiteness”?

“Playing at whiteness” is about wearing that mask that Paul Laurence Dunbar, prolific black poet, playwright, and novelist of the 19th and 20th century, refers to in his famous poem. It’s about hiding my true concerns as a black woman in order to come off as “safe” and “unassuming” to the white world I’m seeking to infiltrate. I give the answers they want to hear and promise to do the things they want done, but all the while, I’m planning and enacting my resistance against oppression and struggle for change. I had tremendous privilege growing up and still do, so it was easy for me to wear this mask when necessary. It’s a familiar costume that oppressed people have been wearing since the early days of this country, from slavery and onwards.

  1. What did “playing at whiteness” look like in your path to librarianship?

For me it was largely a matter of toning down the outward expressions of my radicalism while still keeping my thoughts and actions steered toward dismantling oppression in whatever way I could at the moment. I worked at a public library that wouldn’t allow homeless people to register for library cards with shelter addresses or PO boxes, and I’d sign them up anyway. I worked in an academic law library that devalued students of color, and as the only librarian of color, I made a point of reaching out to them and letting them know they could come to me. Now, I focus a lot of my personal research and time on building a more inclusive profession. All the while, I can sit in administrative meetings and hobnob with the highest denizens sitting above the glass ceiling without causing them to clutch their pearls in fear. They welcome me in and encourage my work, and I’m able to further the cause of chipping away at oppression a bit at a time.

  1. I’m interested in some of your writing choices here. You wrote this article in the first person and use a variety of sources, including journal articles and other traditional forms of scholarship, personal essays, informally published material like blogs and tweets, and your own experiences.  Why did you take this approach?

I had recently read Patricia Hill Collins’ Black Feminist Thought and bell hooks’ Teaching to Transgress, and both women talk extensively about alternative ways of knowing. Personally, I’ve been going through a period of working to incorporate my traditional knowledge with my academic work, and being able to work with informal material, including my mother’s own words, was powerful for me. My work is about more than an academic exercise; it directly relates to my day-to-day life, so writing informally and personally while within the academic sphere took on extra meaning for me.

  1. Please say more about alternative ways of knowing for those who are not familiar with that phrase.

Sure. Alternative ways of knowing acknowledges that intellectualism and scholarship can take place outside of the walls of higher education. It can exist in the life philosophy of a grandparent, or the lived experiences of a community member, or the anecdotes of a friend. Thus, in addition to referring to published work from scholarly books or articles, a scholar can and should consider bringing in works from blogs or social media or conversations to help make their argument.

  1. Race remains a very sensitive topic of discussion in the United States. Did you ever worry about any possible backlash while working on this article? Why or why not?

I was raised by two people who imbued me with an extremely (maybe overly?) healthy dose of self-respect and self-worth, so I have to say I didn’t once worry about the backlash from this article. All I thought was, “This is an important journey I’m on and I need to share it because it could help others.” Also, it didn’t hurt that I was on vacation when it came out; drinking pina coladas on the beach in Costa Rica does wonders for your lack of worry. In any event, some of the backlash did hit me pretty hard when I returned to the “real world,” especially some of the hurtful things said by fellow people of color. But I realize that not everyone is ready or willing to have these tough conversations, and while that can be frustrating at times, it’s also okay. We all take our own journeys. I’m extremely grateful to my family, reviewers, colleagues, and friends at In the Library with the Lead Pipe for having my back and keeping me pumped up with positivity.

  1. How has this article been received? Has the response been similar to or different from your expectations prior to publication?

Honestly, I was surprised so many people read it. It was eye-opening to see all the discussion it has engendered. And I love how much those discussions are continuing. I’ve been asked to speak at several conferences coming up, including the LACUNY Institute on racism in May, and I’m so honored and thrilled. The conversations that have begun far exceed my expectations. This article has allowed me to make some really wonderful connections with others who care about and are working through these issues.

  1. How would you advise social justice-oriented LIS practitioners who are considering publishing or presenting work that critically examines the field?

Do what you can, where you can, how you can. It’s okay not to feel you have the power or voice to say certain things. It’s okay to engage in self-care. Just know that when you feel ready enough, you can and should speak up. The rest of us are out here listening for you, ready to support you.

Alternative Voices: Promotes librarians’ participation, engagement, and involvement in matters affecting the profession. Alternative Voices welcomes all librarians to take part, but we place importance on including librarians whose voices are often not heard because of their gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, and religion.

Erin Prentiss is the Outreach Services Manager at Augusta-Richmond County Public Library System.

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01.03.17

The NMRT Resume Review Service Committee is Recruiting Volunteer Resume Reviewers & Booth Greeters

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:10 pm by nmrtsecretary

The NMRT Resume Review Service Committee is recruiting volunteer resume reviewers and booth greeters as well as taking resume review appointments for the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting! Visit our informational website for more details or keep reading:

Are you on the job market? Is your resume rusty? Are you attending Midwinter in Atlanta? Join us in the ALA JobList Placement & Career Development Center on Saturday, January 21 and Sunday, January 22 to get your resume reviewed by an expert! Walk-in reviews are accommodated as time allows, and we encourage signing up for an appointment in advance. Advanced sign-up for appointments closes on Tuesday, January 17 at 5:00 PM CST.

We also seek volunteer resume reviewers and booth greeters! If you’ve been a hiring manager or served on a search committee, consider signing up to volunteer an hour or two as a Resume Reviewer at Midwinter 2017! Not ready to review but still want to be part of the action? The Resume Review Service also seeks Booth Greeters! Booth Greeters make sure the resume review service runs smoothly by checking in reviewers and reviewees. Volunteering as a Booth Greeter is a great opportunity for library school students and new professionals; it looks good on a resume and provides you with an excellent chance to network. Sign-up today and visit our informational website for more details. Sign-ups for these opportunities close Sunday, January 15 at 5:00 PM CST.
If you have any questions, please contact NMRT Resume Review Service Committee Chair Brandy Horne & Assistant Chair Hannah Buckland at resumereviewnmrt@gmail.com. Thank you!

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

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:01 pm by nmrtsecretary

In the spirit of ALA’s New Member Round Table, 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 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. 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 form and any supporting documents in either Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format to the committee chair, Kristen Mapes (kmapes86@gmail.com). Deadline for submitting completed nomination forms is March 3, 11:59pm EST. All nominations will be acknowledged upon receipt.

More information, including the nomination form, may be found here:http://www.ala.org/nmrt/oversightgroups/comm/awscotya/scotya

12.19.16

Meet Your NMRT Board Member, Nicole LaMoreaux

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:04 pm by nmrtsecretary

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Name: Nicole LaMoreaux

Job Title: Assistant Director of Research & Instructional Services

Institution: The New School

NMRT Board Position/Title: Secretary

What role does your Board Position serve in NMRT?

The purpose of the NMRT Secretary is to perform the duties of Secretary as outlined in the Sturgis Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure and act as Secretary to the Executive Board by recording and documenting the decisions and discussions of the Board. In this role, I attend all NMRT Board Meetings, either in person or online, and I am a voting member of the Board. I also request the reports of Board members and committee chairs throughout the year. I also coordinate the NMRT social networking presence on the appropriate tools.

How long have you been an NMRT member?

I’ve been a NMRT member since 2011.

What’s your favorite thing about NMRT?

It’s an inviting round table. ALA can be a bit overwhelming and finding your place within the organization can sometimes be hard, but NMRT makes it much easier. Members of this round table want to see each other succeed and grow as librarians.

What advice would you give to someone just joining NMRT this year?

The best way to understand NMRT is to volunteer for a committee. It allows you to get involved as well as meet other new librarians and para-professionals.

 

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, Melanie Kowalski (melanie.t.kowalski@gmail.com).

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12.13.16

Greetings from the Membership Promotion, Diversity & Recruitment Committee

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:45 am by nmrtsecretary

Holiday greetings to all ALA and NMRT members! The Communications Committee has graciously given the Membership Promotion, Diversity & Recruitment Committee (MPDR) an opportunity to share with NMRTs’ readers what we do, discuss our upcoming goals and how you can get involved. In 2007, MPDR started after the consolidation of the Membership, Promotion and Relations Committee with the Diversity Committee. Since 2007, our group’s charge has been to welcome new members into NMRT and ALA, but also provide outreach to not only recruit and retain minority librarians within ALA. MPDR works hard to foster a welcoming environment to all underrepresented groups and people. Our committee works and discusses in an open collaborative environment that values inclusion and the discussion of progressive ideas that when implemented, will help our ALA and NMRT members in their career path. At MPDR and NMRT, we value your membership and want to ensure you make the most of every opportunity.

This year, the MPDR Committee is ramping up our efforts to increase our presence and improve our line of communication to better inform all our members of the opportunities available to them throughout NMRT. Many thanks to those of you who participated in the survey administered by MPDR last year and shared your opinion. We heard your concerns and our committee is working diligently to implement your feedback.

Currently, we are working on a rewrite of the welcome email to new and returning NMRT members. We are developing a more personalized format that touches on the work of our committees within NMRT, opportunities available to our members, and how you can get involved. NMRT will be working with the Communications Committee in relaunching Alternative Voices. A column devoted to promoting open discourse amongst librarians regarding current events to embrace the change-making role we play in our local communities, as well as the larger global context of librarianship. Our first column will feature an interview conducted by MPDR’s Erin Prentiss with Ms. April Hathcock.

MPDR will also be working with the Communications Committee on launching a new segment to spotlight current or former NMRT members, who have utilized opportunities within the roundtable to push their individual development and further their career. If you would like to take part in this exciting new series, feel free to contact us. Or if you would like to nominate someone who you feel would be perfect for this segment, we would gladly welcome your email as well! By sharing your stories, we hope to inspire current and new professionals to take part, share their voice and help make an impact on our profession. We are also currently working on a diversity and inclusion guide to help committees, and their members, foster a positive and supportive environment of acceptance for all.

Our committee would gladly welcome any of your questions and feedback. MPDR and NMRT want to help make your ALA experience work for you and positively impact your professional development. If you would like to learn more about MPDR, please feel free to email and write to J.Rimmer84@gmail.com, or the MPDP account at ala.nmrt.mpdr@gmail.com. We would also strongly encourage you to check out NMRT’s webpage, browse and see what piques your interests. Get involved, make your voice known and make a difference!

12.12.16

Meet Your NMRT Board Member, Kate Kosturski

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:34 am by nmrtsecretary

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Name: Kate Kosturski

Job Title: Outreach Coordinator, Southern United States

Institution: JSTOR

NMRT Board Position/Title: President

What role does your Board Position serve in NMRT?  I think that’s an easy one based on the title – I’m the woman in charge of NMRT! If you want to break it down further, I am the public face of NMRT to the rest of ALA and the library community.  Within NMRT, I oversee the great work that our committees and board members do to ensure that it meets our four NMRT goals:

  1. to structure formal opportunities for involvement and/or training for professional association committee experiences on the national, state and local levels;
  2. to provide a wide variety of programs to assist, encourage, and educate those new to the association and the profession;
  3. to offer a variety of leadership training and opportunities to help those approaching the end of their NMRT eligibility make the transition to future positions in the association and the profession;
  4. to develop and implement ongoing programs for library school students which encourage professional involvement and networking.

How long have you been an NMRT member? I joined ALA and NMRT in 2007, so it’s been almost 10 years!  It was actually one of the first things I did after my first semester of library school was done (when I was sure I was sticking with this career path).

What’s your favorite thing about NMRT? I love our guarantee of committee placement.   I’ve had many occasions of involvement with divisions where I filled out a committee form and then it went…nowhere.  It took a lot of work and personal connections to get involved in some divisions, but some people may not have that temperament.   NMRT provides a low-barrier to ALA involvement – we ensure you are on a committee in some form, regardless of your ALA and library experience.

What advice would you give to someone just joining NMRT this year? Get involved.   And I am not just talking about joining committees when I say that (though that is very important as well).  Your professional association is not just the people who are in the highest levels of leadership, or the paid staff – it is also the dues paying members.   If you see/hear something you do not like that your association is doing, work to change it!

Also, don’t have qualms about contacting your leadership with questions or concerns – whether that is me as your roundtable president, ALA Council members, or the ALA President!  We have our email addresses on the ALA website for a reason – to hear from you!

Favorite Genre: That’s like asking a parent to pick a favorite child! J  Thanks to my boyfriend, I’ve had a greater appreciation of fantasy and science fiction over the past few years. Jo Walton (My Real Children, Among Others) is one of my favorite authors, and I just finished Nisi Shawl’s Everfair, a great take on alternative history from the turn of the century/World War I.  I’m also a BIG fan of the Outlander series thanks to the TV show, working on keeping pace with the TV show with my book reading (just finished the third book in the series, Voyager, which will be the focus of the third season due to debut next year).  I also love comics and graphic novels – if you’re not reading Ms. Marvel, you should be!

 

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, Melanie Kowalski (melanie.t.kowalski@gmail.com).

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12.08.16

Call For Proposals: Endnotes: The Journal of the New Members Round Table

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:19 am by nmrtsecretary

The NMRT Endnotes Committee seeks contributors for the Spring 2017 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.

Topics that might be appropriate for Endnotes include:

  • Training and mentoring
  • Job searching or hiring
  • Developing leadership and management skills
  • Library instruction and assessment
  • Academic librarian responsibilities: hiring, promotion, and tenure
  • Developing new collections or services

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

Articles should range from 2,000 – 4,000 words and present original research, practitioner-based research, and/or case studies relevant to LIS students and new library professionals. Submissions are accepted throughout the year, but articles received by February 15, 2017  will receive guaranteed consideration for the Spring 2017 issue.

Endnotes also offers book and media reviews. Reviews range from 300 – 500 words. Those interested in reviewing are encouraged to contact the Editors at nmrtendnotesjournal@gmail.com to be included on the reviewers’ mailing list. Approved reviewers will receive periodic announcements of available books and websites.

For more information about Endnotes, including complete submission guidelines, please visit http://www.ala.org/nmrt/oversightgroups/comm/schres.

Sincerely,

Tammy Ivins & Josh Rimmer

Chairs, NMRT Endnotes Committee

12.06.16

Meet Your NMRT Board Member, Elizabeth A. M. Howard

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:10 pm by nmrtsecretary

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Name: Elizabeth A. M. Howard

Job Title: Director, Eunice & James L. West Library

Institution: Texas Wesleyan University

NMRT Board Position/Title: Parliamentarian

What role does your Board Position serve in NMRT? I am the governance committee chair. In this role, I oversee the Governance Committee. We make sure the bylaws are up to date and reflect any changes that are voted on by the board. In this position, I also serve on the board as Parliamentarian when I ensure that the meetings are conducted appropriately and in accordance with Roberts Rules of Order. I help the president run the meetings and make them feel comfortable.

How long have you been an NMRT member? I joined ALA and NMRT together, I believe, in 2010.

What’s your favorite thing about NMRT? I love the opportunities to be on committees. It can be very hard to get on a committee in ALA, even more so if you are a newcomer and do not have any connections. NMRT instantly made me feel welcome, and I did not worry (too much) about making a mistake. Everyone on the Board and in the Committees is happy to help you. When you are not sure what to do next or how to implement something you have never done before in a committee role, just ask. NMRT members are happy to help. It is a great environment to learn how ALA operates.

What advice would you give to someone just joining NMRT this year? Get involved! Don’t just stand on the sidelines and observe.

Favorite Genre: At first I was going to say favorite book, but I knew I would not be able to choose. I am enjoying Steampunk right now both the adult and middle-grade books I am reading with my son. Authors I would suggest trying in the genre are Gail Carriger and S. S. Taylor.

 

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, Melanie Kowalski (melanie.t.kowalski@gmail.com).

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