Archive for November, 2011


NMRT @ ALA Midwinter 2012 in Dallas!

Posted in Conference, Midwinter at 3:19 pm by nmrtsecretary

Here are the NMRT events scheduled during the 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas, TX from January 20-24.  Except for the Social, all meetings will take place in the Dallas Convention Center (DCC).

Saturday, January 21

8:00-10:00 am:  NMRT Conference Orientation, DCC – D173

10:30 am-12:00 pm:  NMRT Executive Board Meeting, DCC – D163

1:30-3:30 pm:  NMRT Membership, Networking, and Committee Interest Meeting, DCC – D226

5:30-7:30 pm:  NMRT Midwinter Social, City Tavern (1402 Main St.)

Sunday, January 22

10:30 am-12:00 pm:  NMRT/LLAMA Discussion Group, DCC-A307

We look forward to seeing you in Dallas!

You’re Invited to the 2012 NMRT Midwinter Social!

Posted in Conference, Midwinter at 3:15 pm by nmrtsecretary

ALA’s New Member’s Round Table (NMRT) is hosting its annual Midwinter Social at The City Tavern, in Dallas, TX from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 21. In addition to learning about the wonderful opportunities NMRT offers new librarians and discovering new ways to become more involved with ALA, attendees will be treated to a free buffet with everything from vegetable crudites and cheeses to sandwiches and quesadillas. The City Tavern will be offering drink specials, such as $3 domestic beers and $5 mixed drinks/wine.

We will also be hosting a raffle that will include library swag from various members of the Social Committee, in addition to library advocacy items.  There will music (requests welcome), pool and darts.  Please come out to socialize, network, and have a great time!

The City Tavern is located at 1402 Main St., Dallas, TX–not too far from the Dallas Convention Center!

A full schedule of NMRT events during ALA Midwinter 2012 will be posted later this week, so be sure to check back.


Latest Issue of Endnotes Now Available!

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:12 pm by nmrtsecretary

NMRT and the Endnotes Committee are pleased to announce publication of the latest issue of Endnotes: The Journal of the New Members Round Table. Vol. 2, Number 1 can be accessed here:


Some of the articles that you will see in this issue include:

Many thanks to the contributors for this issue, and to the members of the Endnotes Committee for their hard work preparing the publication. Article submissions for Endnotes are accepted on a rolling basis; please check the Submission Guidelines for more information.   Please direct any questions about the journal to editor Melissa Mallon (melissa.mallon @ or the rest of the Endnotes Committee


NMRT Sponsors Steiner as 2012 ALA Emerging Leader!

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:29 am by nmrtsecretary

NMRT is proud to announce that it will be sponsoring Heidi Steiner as a 2012 ALA Emerging Leader! Heidi will receive $1000 in funding to attend the ALA Midwinter Conference in Dallas, TX and the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA in 2012.

Heidi received her MLIS from Wayne State University in 2008 and has been the Distance Learning Library at Norwich University in Vermont since 2009. She previously worked at Oakland University’s Kresge Library and at the Southfield Public Library, both in Michigan. Heidi also serves as the Co-Chair of the ALA NMRT Footnotes Committee and as the Secretary of the Vermont Library Association.

“I’m in my third year of NMRT committee work, have branched out to ACRL committees, as well, and am also involved on the state and regional levels. I see Emerging Leaders as a natural extension of my work for ALA thus far and want to continue to give back and contribute to the profession that’s treated me so well,” Steiner said. “I hope to attain transferable leadership skills, lasting professional connections, and continued motivation to contribute to ALA and librarianship through the Emerging Leaders program. If nothing else, I know this will be a valuable learning experience.”

The ALA Emerging Leaders program, now in its sixth year, was instituted under ALA Past President Leslie Burger, and is designed to enable library staff and information workers from across the country to participate in project planning workgroups; network with peers; gain an inside look into ALA structure; and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity early in their careers.

Previous NMRT-sponsored Emerging Leaders are Linda Crook (then Shippert) in 2008, Alexandra Tyler-Annen in 2009, Janel Kinlaw (then White) in 2010, and Megan Hodge in 2011.

Congratulations to Heidi, and to all the NMRT members that are now part of the 2012 Class of ALA Emerging Leaders!

Headliners Column Seeking Submissions!

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:08 am by nmrtsecretary

Do you have a new job?  Have you been published? Have you presented at a recent conference? Have you received a promotion or an award?
The Headliners column for the November issue of Footnotes is seeking submissions!

Email Heidi Steiner at by Tuesday, November 15th to have your announcement in the November issue. Please include “Headliners” in the subject line.


Need Funding for ALA Annual 2012?

Posted in Annual, Conference at 11:20 am by nmrtsecretary

Take advantage of two awards made available through NMRT:  the 3M/NMRT Professional Development Grant and the Shirley Olofson Memorial Award!  Please note, applications for these two awards are due December 16 and December 12, respectively.

Deadline: December 16th, 2011

We are excited to announce that members of ALA’s New Members Round Table (NMRT) can apply to receive a grant, sponsored by 3M Library Systems, which will cover expenses to attend the ALA Annual Conference, June 21 – 26, 2012 in Anaheim, CA.

Curious about being a 3M/NMRT award winner? Take a look at the 2006 winner’s conference journal in Footnotes:

The application form and further information about the grant is available on the NMRT website at You must be a current member of NMRT in order to
apply. To join NMRT, visit the ALA website at and follow the “Join ALA” link to add to your ALA membership.

For further information about the grant, please contact:

Laura Krier, Chair, 3M/NMRT Professional Development Grant Committee
California Digital Library

Deadline: December 12, 2011

Are you looking for funds to help pay for your trip to ALA’s 2012 Annual Conference in Anaheim?

Apply by Monday, December 12, 2011 for the NMRT Shirley Olofson Memorial Award and you may receive a $1000 check to help defray the cost of attendance!

Applicants must:

  1. Be a member of ALA and NMRT
  2. Be active in the library profession
  3. Show promise for activity in the area of professional development
  4. Have a valid financial need
  5. Have attended no more than five ALA annual conferences

To apply, please visit:

Please e-mail Holly Cole Okuhara ( if you have any additional questions.