Archive for May, 2011


Call for Mentees and Mentors at ALA Annual Conference

Posted in Annual, Conference at 12:24 pm by nmrtsecretary

NMRT Mentoring Committee is pleased to announce that they are accepting applications for their Conference Mentoring Program for the ALA Annual Conference in June!

Attending your first ALA Conference?

Overwhelmed by all the programs and events available at Annual?

Sign up for a Conference Mentor today!

Do you have experience attending ALA conferences?

Do you find yourself wishing that someone would have been there to teach you all that you now know about attending conferences?

Do you find yourself wondering to whom you can impart all this hard-fought knowledge?

In that case, we have just the person!

Volunteer to be a Conference Mentor today!

The Conference Mentoring Program is open to all ALA members and is designed to connect a first time conference attendee with a ‘seasoned professional’ who can help them navigate the ALA Annual Conference.

Check out the guidelines and an online application form.

The application deadline is June 1, 2011 for first consideration.

Applicants will be matched with a Conference Mentor in June and communicate via email or telephone prior to the conference and then meet during the conference.

If you have questions, please contact elove at illinois dot edu.

Please feel free to share this invitation with your colleagues.

Please note that this mentoring program is not structured to provide career guidance, it is focused on issues related to the ALA Annual Conference.  NMRT also offers a Career Mentoring program that will  begin taking applications at the end of the summer.  Please watch your email for an announcement regarding Career Mentoring later this year.


NMRT President’s Program – Seizing Opportunities to Serve

Posted in Annual, Conference at 12:17 pm by nmrtsecretary

NMRT President’s Program at ALA Annual Conference – Saturday, June 25 from 1:30- 3:30 pm Morial Convention Center, 265-268

Seizing Opportunities to Serve: Professional Involvement, Local to National

Are you just getting started in librarianship? Are you looking for ways to volunteer for your local, state, regional or national organizations? Do you want to serve on a committee, act as a reviewer, or run for an office, and you don’t know where or how to get started?

Well, you’ve taken your first step…by joining ALA! Whether you are new to librarianship or a not so new librarian looking for ways to become more involved and make an impact in the profession, this session is for you!

Come hear from librarians in a variety of libraries, at different stages in their career discuss their involvement in professional organizations. Our panel will provide tips and techniques on how to be an effective volunteer, and why service work is valuable to you and librarianship at large!

The panel includes

  • Jade Alburo, Librarian for Southeast Asia, Oceania, Anthropology, and Religion at UCLA
  • Nancy Faget, a federal librarian in Washington DC
  • Rhonda Puntney, youth services and special needs consultant at Lakeshores Library System in Waterford, Wisconsin
  • Jenica P. Rogers, Director of Libraries at the State University of New York at Potsdam.

Come hear what they have to say about the effect of service work on you and your career!


NMRT Events at 2011 ALA Annual Conference

Posted in Annual, Conference at 7:57 pm by nmrtsecretary

Join us at the NMRT events during the Annual Conference, June 23-28, 2011.

Friday, June 24

Conference 101, 1:00-3:30 pm, Morial Convention Center, room 293-296

Mentoring Social, 7:30-8:30 pm, Doubletree Hotel, room Rosedown A

Saturday, June 25

Conference Orientation, 8:00-10:00 am, Morial Convention Center, room 271-273

Executive Board Meeting, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, Morial Convention Center, room 239

President’s Program, Seizing Opportunities to Serve: Professional Involvement, Local to National, 1:30 – 3:30 pm, Morial Convention Center, room 265-268

LLAMA/NMRT New Leaders Discussion Group, 4:00 – 5:30 pm, Morial Convention Center, room 271- 273

Sunday, June 26

Membership, Networking & Committee Interest Meeting, 1:30 – 3:30 pm, Marriott at Convention Center, room RiverBend 1

Student Reception, 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Hilton Riverside, room Rosedown

Joint Merritt Fund/NMRT Awards Reception, 7:30 – 10:00 pm, L’Entreport Gallery at 527 Julia Street

NMRT Video Contest

Posted in Annual, Conference at 7:30 pm by nmrtsecretary

From the First day to Everyday – finding and keeping your first library job and beyond

Not attending the ALA Annual Conference and/or need something fun to do? Create and submit a short 1-3 minute video for new librarians who cannot attend the 2011 ALA Conference at New Orleans!  Watch and vote for your fellow NMRTers’ videos! Spread the word to all librarians you know.

  • Submission period: Sunday, May 1, 2011 – Monday May 30, 2011
  • Submission instructions: 2011 NMRT Video Contest Website
    (You must be a current ALA-NMRT member to submit a video.)
  • Voting period: Tuesday June 7, 2011 – Wednesday June 15, 2011
  • Voting instructions: Give stars to the submissions
  • Winner announcement: Saturday June 25th at the ALA Conference NMRT Student Reception and online at ALA Connect NMRT page
  • Prize: Amazon gift card (1st place – $50, 2nd – $30, 3rd – $20)  for the 3 videos with the most votes.
  • Video Topics:
    • Helpful information for the new librarians who are unable to attend the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.  Topic examples are:
      • Job searching tips for new librarians
      • How to survive your first year at your first professional job
      • Tips for professional development of the conference
      • How to use NMRT to get help with any of these above (ex. resume review service, mentoring program, conference scholarships, networking, and committees etc.).
    • Or other similar topics.

The NMRT video contest is organized by the 2010-2011 NMRT Annual Program Committee.  E-mail your questions regarding the video contest to nmrtvideo at gmail dot com.


NMRT 2011 Election Results

Posted in Annual, Conference at 7:17 pm by nmrtsecretary

NMRT Vice President/President-Elect Linda Crook announces the 2011 Election results for NMRT.

Congratulations to the candidates elected to the ALA New Member Round Table Board!


Rebecca Kate Miller, SECRETARY

Susan L. Jennings, COUNCILOR



Thank you to everyone who ran.  We appreciate your dedication and contributions to NMRT!

Thank you also to all the NMRT members for voting!

Complete ALA election results


The newly elected board members will join continuing board members serving two and three year terms. The complete NMRT Executive Board for 2011/2012, taking office at the end of the 2011 Annual Conference, is:

Linda Crook, President

Janel White, Vice-President/President-Elect

Deana Groves, Past President

Veronica L. C. Stevenson-Moudamane, Treasurer

Rebecca Kate Miller, Secretary

Julie Kane, Networking Director

Cory Lambert, Outreach Director

Megan Hodge, Leadership Director

Coral Sheldon-Hess, Member Services Director

Susan Jennings, Councilor

The incoming Fundraising Coordinator will be appointed shortly.

You can find out more about the duties and functions of the board members in the NMRT handbook.

Outgoing Board members, who will complete their term of service at the end of the 2011 Annual Conference, include:

Courtney Young, Past President

Jenny Emanuel, Councilor

Amy Harmon, Leadership Director

Emily Love, Member Services Director

Amanda Roberts, Fundraising Coordinator


Thank you so much for your service to NMRT!  The combined years you have contributed to NMRT is staggering. Thank you for all you have done.

Many of the outgoing Board members are continuing their service to ALA or NMRT in other capacities. Congratulations to Jenny Emanuel, newly elected Councilor-at-Large.