Want to get the most from your Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia? Reserve a room in the NMRT Midwinter Hotel Block today!
NMRT has requested a block of rooms at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel (1200 Market St.) to be held for reservations by members attending the Midwinter Meeting. This block encourages members to network with their neighbors and will be particularly nice on Saturday evening when Midwinter Social (Black Sheep Pub, 247 S. 17th St.) attendees may choose to share a cab or walk back to the hotel together.
To reserve a room within the NMRT block, you may indicate during the conference registration process that you are an NMRT member and select the Loews Philadelphia Hotel.
If you have already registered for the meeting, you may contact OnPeak, ALA’s official housing partner, at (800) 584-9047 to add a hotel reservation to your registration or to change your reservation.
Rates at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel are $165 (single/double), $175 (triple), $185 (double).
The hotel is located across from the Pennsylvania Convention Center and SEPTA Market East Regional Rail Station. It occupies the original home of the first savings bank in the United States (http://www.loewshotels.com/en/Philadelphia-Hotel/guide/local); offers complimentary access to a state-of-the-art fitness center, including lap pool (http://www.loewshotels.com/en/Philadelphia-Hotel/spa/fitness); and is home the Level 33 Resaurant and Sky Lounge (http://www.loewshotels.com/en/restaurants/level33) overlooking the Center City skyline.
Good luck to the following NMRT members running for ALA Council:
Susan L. Jennings
Individuals who are interested in running for ALA Council by Petition may file petitions through the 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 31, 2014. Instructions for filing petitions can be found at http://www.ala.org/aboutala/governance/alaelection .
Ballot mailing for the 2014 ALA Election will begin on March 19. The election will close on April 25, 2014.”
See http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2013/09/ala-announces-slate-council-candidates for the original press release.
Are you a new librarian who’s just starting down the tenure track? A current student or recent grad who did original research as part of your LIS program? Scholarly publishing can be one of the most mysterious and often daunting tasks faced by new librarians. What do you write about? Where can you submit your article when it’s finished? What happens then?
Endnotes: The Journal of the New Members Round Table, NMRT’s e-journal, exists to provide support for librarians who want or need to publish scholarly articles. We publish peer-reviewed research by NMRT members that’s directed at new librarians.
Articles generally range from 2000 – 4000 words and present original research, practitioner-based research, and/or case studies that address issues faced by new librarians. Previous issues have included articles on the availability of mentoring for new librarians, management training in library school, and surviving the tenure process; all previously published articles can be viewed on the Endnotes committee page (http://www.ala.org/nmrt/oversightgroups/comm/schres).
Endnotes accepts article submissions throughout the year, but anything received by Dec. 1 will receive guaranteed consideration for our upcoming Spring 2014 issue. If you have an article idea, feel free to email me at email@example.com and we can discuss whether it would be a good fit. All submissions are peer-reviewed by the Endnotes committee, which is made up of NMRT members–new librarians like you. All authors, regardless of article acceptance, will receive comments and suggestions from the peer reviewers.
Endnotes also publishes reviews of books and media relevant to new librarians. If you’re interested in reviewing, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and request to be included on the reviewers’ mailing list. Our next call for reviewers is coming up in January. We can provide the books to review, or if there’s a book or website that you are interested in reviewing, please let me know.
And if you’d like to learn more about scholarly publishing from the other side, fill out the NMRT volunteer form in February and volunteer to be part of the Endnotes committee. You’ll gain experience as a peer reviewer as well as with other aspects of the publication process.
For more information about Endnotes, including complete submission guidelines, visit http://www.ala.org/nmrt/oversightgroups/comm/schres or email me at email@example.com.
The NMRT Board and Nominating Committee are pleased to present our slate of candidates for the 2014 election!
More information about each position is available in the NMRT Handbook.
Opportunities to get to know and ask questions of each candidate will be coming soon.
Kirby McCurtis, candidate for Vice President/President-Elect
Holly Okuhara, candidate for Vice President/President-Elect
Mandi Goodsett, candidate for Secretary
Jessica Sender, candidate for Secretary
Easter DiGangi, candidate for Assistant Treasurer/Treasurer-Elect
Anita Riley Dryden, candidate for Assistant Treasurer/Treasurer-Elect
Michelle Demeter, candidate for Networking Director
Tinamarie Vella, candidate for Networking Director
Stephanie Santiful, candidate for Outreach Director
Kelly Trowbridge, candidate for Outreach director
Rachel Altman, candidate for Councilor
Heather McNabb, candidate for Councilor
Questions? Contact the NMRT Nominating committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LLAMA/NMRT New Leaders Discussion Group invites the submission of proposals for “Discussion Starters” at its meeting at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Conference in Philadelphia, PA. A Discussion Starter is a short and informal presentation that aims to provide a starting point for lively conversations.
We look for enthusiastic speakers to lead the discussion by sharing their experience (it could either be a positive experience or a lesson learned), helpful tips, and advice on the topic. A panel discussion format will be used with each Discussion Leader having 8 minutes to present their topic. We will then break into small groups (joined by Discussion Starters) for in-depth discussions of the topics and ideas raised.
At this year’s Midwinter conference, we are interested in topics focusing on advocacy for librarians and libraries. We seek proposals for discussion starters that address this topic from a variety of angles, including (but not limited to):
- Elevator advocacy: how to promote yourself and your library in 2 minutes or less
- Self-advocacy for career advancement
- Grassroots advocacy for libraries
- Advice and tips based on experience
Proposals are due by November 29. Notification of acceptance will be made by December 20. Submit a 50 word or less abstract using this form. Questions about the program should be directed to Bethany Tschaepe (email@example.com).
The New Members Round Table (NMRT) is pleased to announce Kate Tkacik as its representative in the 2014 Emerging Leaders program. Tkacik is currently working as a business librarian with the Bank of Montreal Business Research Group in Chicago.
She received her MLIS from Dominican University in 2012. In addition to her work at BMO, Tkacik helped shape the “tumblarian” community (librarians on tumblr), and regularly blogs at “TheLifeguardLibrarian” (thelifeguardlibrarian.tumblr.com). She was named one of Library Journal’s 2013 Movers & Shakers for this work.
As the 2014 NMRT Emerging Leader, Tkacik is excited about the possibilities the program will bring to deepen her involvement with the American Library Association (ALA) and NMRT. “I’m incredibly thrilled and appreciative for this opportunity to participate in the Emerging Leaders program. I can’t wait to meet my cohort and do work,” she said. Tkacik joined NMRT in 2013 and currently serves on the Web Committee.
“Kate’s abundant energy and commitment to engaging with and inspiring diverse groups of individuals was obvious from her Emerging Leaders Program application,” noted NMRT President, Emily Prather-Rodgers. Tkacik is the seventh NMRT sponsored Emerging Leader. Previous NMRT-sponsored Emerging Leaders are Linda Crook (then Shippert) in 2008, Alexandra Tyle-Annen in 2009, Janel Kinlaw (then White) in 2010, Megan Hodge in 2011, Heidi Steiner in 2012, and Margaret Howard in 2013.
As NMRT’s 2014 Emerging Leader, Tkacik will attend the 2014 Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, PA as well as the 2014 Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV.
The Emerging Leaders program enables newer librarians from across the country to participate in workgroups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA’s structure and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. Emerging Leaders receive up to $1,000 each to participate in the Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference, and each participant is expected to provide years of service to ALA or one of its units.
NMRT, a roundtable of ALA, is an organization for people with fewer than 10 years of membership in ALA. To learn more about NMRT visit, http://www.ala.org/nmrt
I would like to invite you to give input on what NMRT will and should offer our members in the future. Please complete this short survey by November 10th to provide us with feedback and enter to win a $20 Amazon gift card. Your opinion is important to NMRT so be sure to take this opportunity to help shape the future of our organization.
ALA NMRT President, 2013-2014
Apply now for the 2014 Shirley Olofson Memorial Award
Are you looking for funds to help pay for your trip to ALA’s 2014 Annual Conference in Las Vegas?
Apply by Friday, December 20, 2013 for the NMRT Shirley Olofson Memorial Award and you may receive a $1,000 check to help defray the cost of attendance!
1. Be a member of ALA and NMRT
2. Be active in the library profession
3. Show commitment to professional development
4. Have a valid financial need
5. Have not attended more than five ALA annual conferences
To apply, please visit: http://www.ala.org/nmrt/initiatives/applyforfunds/shirleyolofson
Please e-mail Michael Mungin (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any additional questions
The NMRT Endnotes Committee seeks contributors for the Spring 2014 issue of its annual e-journal, Endnotes: The Journal of the New Members Round Table.
Endnotes is a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal that addresses issues faced by new librarians. Article submissions are accepted throughout the year. Articles should range from 2000 – 4000 words and present original research, practitioner-based research, and/or case studies. Those interested in discussing an article idea are encouraged to contact the Editor at email@example.com to determine if the proposal fits the publication’s scope.
Article submissions are accepted throughout the year; however, articles received by Dec. 1, 2013 will receive guaranteed consideration for the Spring 2014 issue.
Endnotes also offers book and media reviews relevant to new librarians. Reviews range from 300 – 500 words. Those interested in reviewing are encouraged to email the Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
It’s almost that time! Dates, times, and locations for all NMRT events are as follows!
Fri, June 28 01:00 pm 02:30 pm Conference 101 (NMRT) MCP-S104a
Fri, June 28 07:30 pm 08:30 pm Mentoring Social (MNRT) PALM-Buckingham Room
Sat, June 29 08:30 am 10:00 am Conference Orientation (NMRT) MCP-N228
Sat, June 29 10:30 am 11:30 am Executive Board (NMRT) HRM-Regency Ballroom A
Sun, June 30 08:30 am 10:00 am Building Your Professional Toolkit (NMRT) MCP-S103a
Sun, June 30 10:30 am 11:30 am New Leaders Discussion Group (LLAMA/NMRT) MCP-N140
Sun, June 30 01:00 pm 02:30 pm Association Options Fair (NMRT) MCP-Hall A, Meeting Room D
Sun, June 30 06:30 pm 07:30 pm Student Reception (NMRT) PALM-Wilson Room
Sun, June 30 07:30 pm 08:30 pm Awards Reception (NMRT) PALM-Chicago Room
MCP = McCormick Place Convention Center
PALM = Palmer House Hilton
MRM = Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel
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