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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
Today’s 2014 Election post is by Sari Feldman, Candidate for ALA President.
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.
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.
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/.
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.email@example.com. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Whether you are new to ALA, the Midwinter Meeting or neither all are invited to the Conference Orientation hosted by NMRT. The session will be held Saturday morning from 8:30-10 a.m. in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, room 307B. A panel of experts will answer questions about how to navigate the exhibits, decipher the conference program, things to do while you’re in Philadelphia, 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, Director of the Free Library of Philadelphia Siobhan Reardon and Jan Sanders from the ALA Conference Committee. Pick up tips from these pros on how best to spend your time at Midwinter, secrets to getting your share of free food, books, tote bags and other swag and how to make the most of your time in the city of brotherly love.
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 Midwinter meeting, 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 Philadelphia, and an encouraging conference launch for first-time attendees and new members. So come hear from conference, ALA and library pros and get your Midwinter questions answered. We hope you will join us! http://alamw14.ala.org/node/12332
We hope to see you soon in Philadelphia!
Saturday January 25, 2014:
Conference Orientation (NMRT) 8:30 am 10:00 am PCC – Room 307B
Executive Board Committee Meeting (NMRT) 10:30 am 12:30 pm PCC – Room 308
Membership & Networking Meeting 3:00 pm 04:00 pm PCC – 105B
Midwinter Social–The Black Sheep Pub 5:30 pm 07:30 pm (Black Sheep Pub – 247 S. 17th St.)
Sunday January 26, 2014:
NMRT/LLAMA Discussion Group 10:30am 11:30am PCC – Room 108A
PCC – Pennsylvania Convention Center
Our guest blogger today is Jonathan Lu, NMRT Treasurer, to give us the run down on how NMRT spends money.
A lot of you might wonder why you need to pay fees for NMRT. The money just goes into a black hole or just enriches the officers. That can be further from the truth. The Board members and Chair persons volunteer their time to the Round table. We don’t see a cent of that money.
The money that we get goes to these following expenditures.
1. Room and equipment rentals
At every conference we have to pay thousands of dollars for rooms at the convention center. These rooms are for several programs you might have heard of like Conference 101 and the Resume Review Service. Also due to union rules we also have to pay for all the microphones, sounds system, Internet and conference staff help.
2. Scholarships and awards
NMRT supports several scholarships and awards including Student Chapter of the Year Award, Emerging Leader Sponsorship, Emerging Leader membership, Annual Conference Professional Development Attendance Award, Professional Development Grant, Spectrum, and all small door prizes during NMRT events.
3. Food and Drinks
You be surprise how MUCH food and drinks cost at the convention center. Due to contract agreements with the convention center and hotels. No one is allowed to bring in their own food and drinks to their events. A gallon of coffee would cost about $15 on the outside. At the convention it would cost double. Food is even worst. So remember not to waste any food that you see in the meeting rooms. You paid for them.
To try new things ALA has rules in place to help NMRT budget for new initiatives. Please look for new NMRT Initiative like webinars, speakers, pre conference programs, and swag in the future.
If you have any questions about how NMRT spend your hard earn dollars please e-mail the NMRT treasurer at email@example.com or come to any NMRT Board meeting at conference. These meeting are open to the public.
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