New NMRT logo revealed!

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:59 pm by nmrtsecretary

In January, Laura Arnhold, Erin Berman, Erin Huffman, and Kate Tkacik were selected to work on one of the NMRT Emerging Leader projects. Our mission was to design a new logo for the round table and develop a marketing plan which would include fundraising ideas, merchandising options, and a social media strategy.

After taking a close look at NMRT, our group redesigned the NMRT logo with a fresh new design, bright colors, and a slogan, which we believe will educate ALA members on NMRT’s primary focus and goal. The logo will help members to identify NMRT, and can also be used in the promotion and sale of branded merchandise. We hope that this new logo will inspire a new librarian to become a part of the round table.


Our group also made suggestions on ways that NMRT could continue to reach out to its members online. In a recent survey, members commented about how they wanted to talk with the NMRT board and its members. One of our suggestions has recently been implemented, a NMRT Facebook group. With the addition of a group, members are now able engage in discussion, learn from each other, and to create a community where new librarians can turn when in need of advice or have questions about ALA or the library world in general.

NMRT has a ton of great resources for those new to the profession and to ALA. It was a pleasure to be a part of the Emerging Leaders class and to help with a round table which provides so much to its members. We believe that with the new logo and marketing plan, NMRT will be able to even more effectively reach new members and promote all of the round table’s resources.


Endnotes: The Journal of the New Members Round Table

Posted in Publications at 10:57 am by nmrtsecretary

The NMRT Endnotes Committee is pleased to announce that volume 5, number 1 of Endnotes: The Journal of the New Members Round Table has been published and can be accessed here: http://www.ala.org/nmrt/oversightgroups/comm/schres/endnotesvol5no1/endnotesvol5.


Many thanks to this issue’s contributors and to the members of the Endnotes Committee for their work in preparing the publication.Article and book review submissions to Endnotes are accepted on a rolling basis. Please see the submission guidelines here: http://www.ala.org/nmrt/oversightgroups/comm/schres.

Lindsay Harmon
Endnotes Chair, 2013-14


Conference Program Spotlight: NMRT 101

Posted in Annual, Conference at 8:33 am by nmrtsecretary


New Members Round Table leaders and experienced members welcome current and prospective NMRT members to the NMRT 101 session. The session will be held Saturday morning from 8:30-10 am at the Las Vegas Hotel in Ballroom E. A panel of NMRT leaders will share with attendees about what NMRT does, NMRT events happening at ALA Annual Conference, benefits of membership, and how to get more involved. 
NMRT 101 will also be a great place to make connections and network with other new members and experienced leaders alike. In addition to a panel discussion, there will be round table discussions and ample opportunities for networking and informal conversation. If you are looking for a home within ALA the New Members Round Table might just be the place for you. Join us on Saturday morning at ALA Annual and find out for sure. http://ala14.ala.org/node/14302


Conference Program Spotlight: Orientation

Posted in Annual, Conference at 8:24 pm by nmrtsecretary


Whether you are new to ALA, the Annual Conference or neither all are invited to the Conference Orientation hosted by NMRT. The session will be held Friday afternoon from 1-2:30 at Caesars Palace in the Florentine Room (II-IV). A panel of experts will answer questions about how to navigate the exhibits, decipher the conference program, things to do while you’re in Las Vegas, how ALA really works and ways to get involved. The panelists will be Kay Cassell from the ALA Membership Committee, ALA Membership Development Director Ron Jankowski, Alice Knapp of the Exhibits Round Table, NMRT President Emily Prather-Rodgers, Executive Director of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District Jeanne Goodrich and Jan Sanders from the ALA Conference Committee. Pick up tips from these pros on how best to spend your time at the Annual Conference, secrets to getting your share of free food, books, tote bags and other swag and how to make the most of your time in Vegas.

The Conference Orientation is also a great place to network with other new conference attendees and seasoned veterans alike, swap stories and share strategies. You may make a connection that leads to deeper involvement in ALA or influences the direction of your career, or perhaps you will just get to know some fun new people.The Conference Orientation is a great way to learn more about the Annual Conference, a prime opportunity for conference newcomers to network with each other and make connections with representatives from divisions and round tables, a good introduction to the city of Las Vegas, and an encouraging conference launch for first-time attendees and new members. So come hear from conference, ALA and library pros and get your questions answered. We hope you will join us! http://ala14.ala.org/node/14301



NMRT in Las Vegas

Posted in Annual, Conference at 6:56 pm by nmrtsecretary

Once again, NMRT is sponsoring all types of programs and socials at Annual Conference. Take a look at what we are offering and if you see one of the board members around be sure to stop and say hi!

Coming out of the Shell: Becoming a Powerful Public Speaker (Preconference/Institute $)
Friday, June 27, 2014 – 9:00am to 12:00pm
Location: Caesars Palace, Anzio

Anyone, even the shyest among us, can give a presentation that everyone will listen to.. it just takes learning savvy presentation and public speaking skills. Three experienced librarians with years of instruction and public speaking experience will impart their wisdom at this pre-conference session, sharing their favorite tools, tricks, and tips. Attendees will learn how to put together an engaging, informative, and appropriate presentation that will command attention, how to overcome nervousness and stage fright. Join us on June 27th to gain new insight into coming out
of your shell and becoming a powerful public speaker.

Conference Orientation
Friday, June 27, 2014 – 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Location: Caesars Palace, Florentine II-IV
New to the Annual Conference or ALA? Get a fun and informative introduction to the Annual Conference and Las Vegas. Learn how to navigate the exhibits and decipher the conference program, how to make ALA and NMRT work for you, and where to spend your free time in the city. NMRT provides tips from the pros and an orientation that will prepare you to take full advantage of the conference experience.

NMRT Mentoring Social
Friday, June 27, 2014 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: Caesars Palace, Sorrento
The NMRT Mentoring Social gives participants in both the NMRT Conference Mentoring Program and NMRT Career Mentoring Program a chance to meet in person. For Conference Mentoring participants, this is a further chance to exchange conference survival tips and make a definite professional connection at Annual. For Career Mentoring participants, the social provides an opportunity to cement the mentoring relationships developed during the previous nine months of career mentoring. All participants in NMRT’s Mentoring programs are encouraged to attend even if their mentoring partner cannot attend the social.

NMRT 101
Saturday, June 28, 2014 – 8:30am to 10:00am
Location: Las Vegas Hotel, Ballroom E
New Members Round Table leaders and experienced members welcome current and prospective NMRT members to the NMRT 101 session. Learn about what NMRT does, NMRT events happening at ALA Annual Conference, benefits of membership, and how to get more involved. This will be a great place to make connections and network with other new members and experienced leaders alike.

Executive Board Meeting
Sunday, June 29, 2014 – 10:30am to 12:30pm
Location: Las Vegas Hotel, Conference Room 03
The Annual Conference meeting of the NMRT Executive Board. Everyone is welcome to observe this meeting.

Student Reception
Sunday, June 29, 2014 – 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Location: Las Vegas Hotel, Ballroom G
Library school students are invited to network in a relaxed environment and learn more about ALA from unit representatives, NMRT leadership, and experienced ALA members. The Student Chapter of the Year Award is presented and light refreshments will be served.

NMRT Awards Reception
Sunday, June 29, 2014 – 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: Las Vegas Hotel, Ballroom G
Join us for networking and light refreshments as NMRT recognizes our award recipients. All are welcome.

Emily Prather-Rodgers, President

Emily Prather-Rodgers, President

Megan Hodge, Vice President

Megan Hodge, Vice President

Kirby McCurtis, Secretary

Kirby McCurtis, Secretary

Kate Kosturski, Leadership Development Director

Kate Kosturski, Leadership Development Director



NMRT Annual Conference Professional Development Attendance Award

Posted in Annual at 10:40 pm by nmrtsecretary

The NMRT Annual Conference Professional Development Attendance Award Committee congratulates Tina Chan, State University of New York at Oswego, and Angela Fortin, Kalamazoo Public Library, on their winning essays.  Chan will receive a ticket to the NMRT preconference “Coming Out of the Shell: Becoming a Powerful Public Speaker” at the ALA Annual Conference 2014 in Las Vegas, NV.  Fortin will receive a ticket to the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast.  In spirit of ALA’s New Members Round Table (NMRT), this award fosters active involvement in ALA through various special events at the Annual Conference.  The award provides professional development and networking opportunities to NMRT members by providing a ticket to attend the event of their choice.

Tina Chan AngelaF


NMRT Shirley Olofson Memorial Award

Posted in Annual at 11:45 am by nmrtsecretary

The 2014 NMRT Shirley Olofson Memorial Award Committee is pleased to announce that Kelly Robinson has been selected as the 2014 recipient.Rosen College Staff Portrait on white background

Kelly is a Public Services Librarian with the University of Central Florida Libraries. The award committee was very impressed with Kelly’s professional engagement and scholarly interests as well as her plan of action for her time at this year’s Annual Conference.


NMRT Professional Development Grant Award Winner

Posted in Annual, Conference at 7:08 pm by nmrtsecretary

The 2014 NMRT Professional Development Grant Award Committee is pleased to announce that Samantha Helmick has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the NMRT Professional Development Grant Award. This award provides funding to cover airfare, lodging, and conference registration fees for attendance at the American Library Association Annual Conference and fosters in-person participation in ALA and NMRT professional activities.


Samantha Helmick serves her Iowa community in the capacity of UX & Outreach Librarian for Burlington Public Library. She received her MLIS from University of Illinois, where she designed a sustainability internship with DigitalLearn.org through PLA. She currently volunteers as an Iowa Library Association chair for the Member Relations, Public Library and Information Technology Forums. She is a contributor to YALSAblog, EdReach, LiTTech and as YALSA Division and Membership Promotion chair. Samantha is currently writing a textbook for the Library Tech Essentials series on “Mobile Social Marketing for Libraries” which will be published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2015. She is enthusiastic to develop new relationships and opportunities to collaborate with NMRT members and learn from her colleagues throughout the field.

More information about the NMRT Professional Development Grant, including a list of past recipients, is available on the NMRT Awards, Grants, and Scholarships webpage http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/awards/264/apply


Election Results

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:54 pm by nmrtsecretary



Thank you to all members who participated in the ALA election. All of our Constitution/Bylaws amendments passed!  This means that we’re getting our long-needed dues increase in September. In reaction to this good news current NMRT president Emily Prather-Rodgers writes,  “I hope this means we’ll be able to provide even better programming and support to our members.”

Here is your board for next year, and congratulations to all:

Megan Hodge, President

Kirby McCurtis, Vice President/President-elect (newly elected)

Emily Prather-Rodgers, Past President

Jonathan Lu, Treasurer

Easter DiGangi, Assistant Treasurer/Treasurer-elect (newly elected)

Mandi Goodsett, Secretary (newly elected)

Kate Kosturski, Leadership Director

Kari Weaver, Members Services Director

Tinamarie Vella, Networking Director (newly elected)

Kelly Trowbridge, Outreach Director (newly elected)

Rachael Altman, NMRT Councilor (newly elected)

Cory Lampert, Fundraising Coordinator







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!

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