Archive for April, 2010

04.27.10

2010 Student Chapter of the Year Award winners and runner-up announced

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:13 pm by nmrtsecretary

The New Members Round Table (NMRT) and the American Library Association (ALA) Membership Committee wish to congratulate the American Library Association Student Chapter at San Jose State University as the winner of the 2010 ALA Student Chapter of the Year Award. This is the second year in a row San Jose State’s student chapter has won this award. The runner-up of this year’s award is the ALA Student Chapter at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

The Student Chapter of the Year Award is presented in recognition of a chapter’s outstanding contributions to ALA, its school and the profession. The purpose of the award is to increase student involvement in ALA through student chapters and to recognize its leaders. Official ALA Student Chapters are organizations formed by students at schools offering accredited programs of library and information studies. The winning student chapter receives a $1,000 travel grant to help with the cost of ALA conference attendance.

This year’s Student Chapter of the Year Award Committee praises ALASC’s accomplishments in each of the seven categories related to the Student Chapter of the Year Award. In light of SJSU’s School of Library and Information Science transitioning to an entirely online degree program, ALASC has not only adjusted and adapted but flourished in the move. The committee was impressed with ALASC’s excellent use of social networks including Elluminate and Second Life to inform and involve members, and the variety of both in-person and “virtual” social, professional and service programs. Chapter leadership demonstrated strong continuing involvement with state and national organizations. As one committee member commented, “This chapter exemplifies what an outstanding student chapter should be doing.”

Debbie Faires, assistant director for distance learning and advisor to the San Jose State University ALA student chapter, stated: “Our chapter has expanded the number of sponsored events and has drawn a higher number of participants than in the previous (very successful) year. Even our officer group has grown as positions were restructured and filled via a mid-year election…One of the new programs was an innovative pre-ALA Conference event to help students learn how to navigate conferences and network effectively. This was held via Web conference so that students could participate regardless of geographic location…The chapter has been flexible in its attention to programming this year in response to the School’s move to a completely online format for coursework. The officers have added local events in a variety of locations to provide opportunities for personal networking…The Banned Books Week events were a particularly well organized outreach effort that included multiple location-based events as well as online venues via web conference and Second Life.”

The runner-up of this year’s award, the ALA Student Chapter of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, is recognized for its use of social networks, programming including professional lectures, technical workshops and community volunteer opportunities, as well as the peer mentoring program. We also applaud the numerous awards received by chapter members and the chapter overall.

The members of the SCOTYA Committee, NMRT and the ALA Membership Committee appreciate all the time and effort put in by all of the nominated ALA student chapters this year, and encourage all to keep up the great work!

04.26.10

Sanders recognized for 25 years at ALA

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:25 pm by nmrtsecretary

On Friday April 23, Kimberly Sanders, NMRT’s liaison to ALA, was recognized for 25 years of employment at the American Library Association. Currently the Program Officer for Scholarships & Education in HRDR, Kim has held a number of positions at ALA. The NMRT Executive Board and the NMRT membership congratulate Kim on her achievement and thank her for supporting NMRT.

ALA President Camila Alire and ALA Executive Director Keith Fiels present Kim Sanders with her 25 years gift.
ALA President Camila Alire (left) and ALA Executive Director Keith Fiels (right) present Kim Sanders with her 25 years gift.
Photo taken by Courtney Young, NMRT President

04.15.10

Conference Funding

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:56 pm by nmrtsecretary

Interested in sources of conference funding? Check out this useful list of resources from LISjobs.com.

04.13.10

2010 ALA NMRT Student Chapter of the Year Award Winner and Runner-up Announced

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:39 am by nmrtsecretary

The New Members Round Table (NMRT) and the American Library Association (ALA) Membership Committee wish to congratulate the American Library Association Student Chapter at San Jose State University as the winner of the 2010 ALA Student Chapter of the Year Award. This is the second year in a row San Jose State’s student chapter has won this award. The runner-up of this year’s award is the ALA Student Chapter at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Both chapters will be recognized at the NMRT Awards Reception during the Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

The Student Chapter of the Year Award is presented in recognition of a chapter’s outstanding contributions to ALA, its school, and the profession. The purpose of the award is to increase student involvement in ALA through student chapters and to recognize its leaders. Official ALA Student Chapters are organizations formed by students at schools offering accredited programs of library and information studies. The winning student chapter receives a $1,000 travel grant to help with the cost of ALA conference attendance.

The members of the Award Committee, NMRT and the ALA Membership Committee appreciate all the time and effort put in by all of the nominated ALA student chapters this year, and encourage all to keep up the great work!