Archive for March, 2011


3M/NMRT Professional Grant Winners Announced

Posted in Annual at 12:57 pm by nmrtsecretary

Three library professionals —Natalie Traylor Clewell, West Georgia Technical College, Jessica Nadine Hernandez, U.S. FDA Biosciences Library and Julie N. Kane, Sweet Briar College Library in Virginia — have been named to receive the 2011 3M/NMRT Professional Development Grant at ALA Annual Conference to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The grant, sponsored by 3M Library Systems for 40 years, is awarded to librarians who have been working in the field for less than 10 years. The 3M/NMRT grant sponsors each recipient’s trip to the ALA Annual Conference by providing transportation, hotel accommodations, conference registration fees and daily expenses.

All national NMRT members are eligible to apply for the grant; the NMRT selection committee chooses the winners based on academic achievement, previous work experience, honors earned, library association activities and financial need.

Congratulations to the winners!


Congratulations to Mover & Shaker Courtney Young!

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:43 pm by nmrtsecretary

Last week, Library Journal announced their list of Movers and Shakers 2011: the People Shaping the Future of Libraries, and we were very pleased that NMRT Past-President Courtney Young was honored as a Change Agent. In addition to her recent promotion to Head Librarian at the Greater Allegheny Campus of Penn State University, the article summarizes, “Young serves as an academic advisor to Penn State students, coordinates an honors program, works to improve university-wide virtual reference services, and evaluates and tracks diversity of the library’s acquisitions. She also serves on the American Library Association’s (ALA) Executive Board and is [past-president] of ALA’s New Members Round Table.”

Courtney has been moving & shaking and change-agent-ing in NMRT for nearly ten years. For the past three years, 2008-2011, Courtney has served as NMRT Vice President/President/Past-President. 2005-2008 she served as NMRT Counselor, and continued on ALA Council after that as a member-at-large.  She chaired the Student Chapter of the Year Award committee in 2004-2005, chaired the Diversity Committee in 2003-2004, was a member of the Diversity Committee in 2002-2003, and was a member of the Liaison Coordination and Support Ad Hoc Committee in 2002-2003.

Courtney’s contribution to the New Members Round Table, and to the American Library Association, is inestimable. We benefit so much from her confidence, courage, and unfailing competence. As she completes her term as NMRT Past-President at ALA Annual in New Orleans, she has already gone on to bigger and better things, and she is a shining example of the possibilities of Association and Round Table involvement. I hate to lose Courtney from the NMRT Executive Board, but I’m glad to share her with the rest of ALA. I know that the work Courtney has done, is doing, and will do, will continue to impact NMRT in the future, and she’ll always be one of us. Once an NMRT or JMRT member, always an NMRT member.

Congratulations, Courtney! I can’t think of anyone more deserving. The profession is tremendously lucky to have you.


Shirley Olofson Memorial Award Announced

Posted in Annual at 3:12 pm by nmrtsecretary

Eamon Tewell is the 2011 recipient of the New Members Round Table (NMRT) Shirley Olofson Memorial Award. This award, named in honor of the late NMRT President Shirley Olofson, is given annually to help defray the cost of attending the ALA Annual Conference.  Criteria for the award includes membership in ALA and NMRT, promise or activity in the area of professional development, and financial need.


Eamon Tewell is Senior Library Assistant at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia, PA, where he provides reference, instruction, and outreach services.  He earned his MLIS from Drexel University and his BA from the University of Colorado at Denver.  Eamon has published and presented on the topics of emerging technologies and popular media, and is an active member of ALA, serving on committees in ACRL, RUSA, and NMRT. He is also active within the Art Libraries Society of North America and the Pennsylvania Library Association.


The committee would like to thank everyone who applied for this year’s Shirley Olofson Memorial Award. Further information about this award, including past recipients, is available at the NMRT awards page.


The Shirley Olofson Memorial Award Committee 2010-2011:

Marissa Ball, Chair
Sue Anderson
Natalie Clewell
Nicholas Pavlik
Maura Seale


Save the Date! NMRT Awards/Merritt Fund Reception

Posted in Annual at 1:26 pm by nmrtsecretary

The ALA New Members Round Table (NMRT) and the LeRoy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund are pleased to announce that we will be collaborating to present a joint reception at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans!

We’ll be combining the NMRT Awards Reception and the Merritt Fund “Reception for a Cause” into one great event. This event will take place on Sunday, June 26, 7:30-10:00 p.m. at L’Entrepot Gallery, 527 Julia (in the Gallery District). Everyone is welcome to attend; refreshments will be provided.

NMRT will be honoring the NMRT Shirley Olofson Memorial Award recipient, Eamon Tewell, and the 3M/NMRT Professional Development Grant recipients, Natalie Traylor Clewell, Jessica Nadine Hernandez, and Julie N. Kane. These awards provide financial assistance for ALA/NMRT members to attend the annual conference in order to encourage and support professional development and participation in ALA and NMRT activities.

The LeRoy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund was established in 1970 and is devoted to the support, maintenance, medical care, and welfare of librarians who, in the Trustees opinion, are denied employment rights or discriminated against or denied employment rights because of defense of intellectual freedom.

Janel White receives SLA conference award

Posted in Conference at 1:24 pm by nmrtsecretary

Janel White is the recipient of the Special Library Association’s (SLA) $1,500 SLA Conference Stipend Award. Janel, the 2010-2011 NMRT Secretary, is a broadcast librarian at National Public Radio (NPR). Active in SLA and on the DC SLA Program Planning Committee, she has repeatedly demonstrated hard work, creativity, intelligence, and a sense of humor while coordinating a broad range of events. In NMRT, she chaired the 2009-2010 NMRT President’s Program and was selected as the NMRT Emerging Leader based not only on her involvement with the Round Table, but on her growing involvement locally in SLA.

This Award will allow Janel to attend the conference to continue to network with other SLA members, and build upon the leadership and planning skills that her DC SLA committee work has advanced. NMRT congratulates Janel on her achievement!


Still time to apply for Marshall Cavendish Award

Posted in Annual at 3:01 pm by nmrtsecretary

Marshall Cavendish has again generously donated tickets for NMRT members to attend the Newbery/Caldecott/Wilder Banquet. The dinner, to honor the winners of this year’s Newbery, Caldecott, and Wilder awards, will be held in New Orleans, LA. The evening’s program is sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children.

Any NMRT member who is not currently serving on the Marshall Cavendish Award Committee may enter. Just write a short essay (around 250 words) telling us why you want to attend the Newbery/Caldecott/Wilder Banquet and how you feel you would benefit.  Information about Newbery, Caldecott and Wilder honorees

Submit your information and essay on the NMRT Award page at  by Friday, May 21st. For more information, contact the award committee chair, Alexandra Tyle-Annen at atyle at homerlibrary dot org.

Please note: only NMRT members are eligible.

Applications due April 22.

Winners will be notified by May 12.

Highlights from Midwinter – February Footnotes Available

Posted in Midwinter at 2:53 pm by nmrtsecretary

The February 2011 issue (Volume 40, no. 3) of Footnotes is now available!

If you weren’t able to make it to the Midwinter events this winter, you will find a number of recaps in this issue, among other featured articles and reviews.
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Thanks again to all committee members and all the authors for their contributions!