Archive for March, 2012


Submissions Sought for May 2012 Issue of Footnotes

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:00 am by nmrtsecretary

The NMRT Footnotes Committee is seeking articles and reviews for the May 2012 issue of Footnotes, the official newsletter of the ALA New Members Round Table. Please email Rekesha Spellman (rjspellman @ if you are interested in writing an article, book review, or Web site review by Monday, April 2, 2012.

Articles and reviews will be due by Monday, April 30, 2012.


NMRT Strategic Plan

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:20 am by nmrtsecretary

The NMRT Executive Board have been drafting a 3 year strategic plan for NMRT based off the ALA 2015 Strategic Plan

The draft plan outlines core values for the first time as well as set goals with key objectives. This strategic plan will guide the current and future roundtable activities.

The NMRT Executive Board seeks your feedback on the draft strategic plan by Friday, April 20th. Please send your thoughts to Janel Kinlaw via email (

Previous discussion can be found here -> 


New Members Roundtable Strategic Plan 2012 – 2015 


New Members Roundtable (NMRT) is a training ground to promote a greater feeling of responsibility for the development of library service and librarianship. NMRT was established as a discussion group to get the young librarians to join ALA and help orient them to their profession.


NMRT’s mission is to help those who have been association members less than ten years become actively involved in the association and the profession by:

1. Providing formal opportunities for involvement and/or training for professional association committee experiences on the national, state and local levels

2. Providing a wide variety of programs to assist, encourage, and educate those new to the association and the profession

3. Offering a variety of leadership training and opportunities to help those approaching the end of their NMRT eligibility make the transition to future positions in the association and the profession

4. Developing and implementing ongoing programs for library school students which encourage professional involvement and networking.

Core Values:

Advocacy & Empowerment 

The roundtable serves as the unified voice for library students and 21st century librarians in the profession, advocating their value, promoting best practices, and empowering members to become critical assets within their organizations.

Education & Lifelong Learning 

The roundtable provides opportunities to its members to discover and master emerging technologies, develop leadership skills, and achieve professional success.

Knowledge Sharing & Collaboration 

The roundtable leverages global networking opportunities to promote knowledge sharing and the exchange of information, innovative ideas, insights and trends among its members.

Organizational Excellence 

The roundtable is inclusive, effective and responsive to the needs of its members.


Advocacy & Empowerment 

1. Increase resources and training for members seeking to secure increased funding and support for all libraries.

2. Provide resources and training for members on crucial library issues such as literacy, intellectual freedom, privacy, fair use, and information literacy.

3. Increase public awareness of the value and impact of 21st century librarians as well as Library and Information Science students.

Education & Lifelong Learning

1. Increase leadership and career development opportunities for 21st century librarians as well as Library and Information Science students.

2. Increase the availability for continuing education, career development and certification opportunities for members.

3. Increase roundtable activities in recruiting, developing and retaining a high-quality, diverse library workforce.

Knowledge Sharing & Collaboration 

1. Increase leadership development and training opportunities designed to support the ongoing transformation of libraries

2. Increase opportunities to share innovative practices and concepts across the membership.

3. Increase recognition of and support for experimentation with innovative and transformational ideas.

Member Engagement 

1. Increase member innovation and experimentation in the creation of new opportunities for face to face and virtual engagement.

2. Increase member engagement by identifying and eliminating barriers to participation and through technological innovation.

3. Develop new models to recognize member contributions within the roundtable.

Organizational Excellence 

1. Develop and sustain the resources required to ensure the vitality of the roundtable, its programs and services.

2. Enhance the roundtable’s organizational structure to meet the changing needs of its members.

3. Assess and continuously improve products and services to better serve current members and to attract new members.


NMRT Members Running for Councilor-at-Large

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:31 am by nmrtsecretary

It is election time at ALA and the NMRT Nominating Committee would like to share with you NMRT members and alumni who are running for ALA Councilor-At-large. If you are a candidate and your name is not included, please speak up and let us know!

  • Melissa Brisbin
  • Kate Kosturski
  • Aaron W. Dobbs
  • Gina Persichini
  • Courtney L. Young
  • John M. Jackson
  • Alys Jordan
  • Vicky Schmarr 

ALA has created a wonderful guide to the 2012 election, found here:

Voting begins on March 19th; this is your association, so let your voice be heard and VOTE!

Good luck to our NMRT members and alumni, and thanks to ALA NMRT Past President Deana Groves for compiling this list!  


2012 NMRT Elections Nominee Chat

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:40 am by nmrtsecretary

Please join us on Wednesday, March 14 (tomorrow!) at 7 p.m. EST for our first-ever NMRT elections nominee chat!  The event will take place in ALA Connect; a special chat space has been set up in the NMRT group space on Connect:

During this event, nominees for elected positions on the NMRT Executive Board will be answering questions put forth to them by the NMRT membership.  For a bit of background on the candidates, check out the video that each candidate created for the NMRT YouTube channel and read the bio that each candidate has written.  Questions or comments about this event?  Please contact Natalie Clewell (nclewell @, the current chair of the NMRT Nominating Committee.

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow night!


Annual Conference Professional Development Attendance Award

Posted in Annual, Conference at 9:14 pm by nmrtsecretary

We are excited to announce the NMRT Annual Conference Professional Development Attendance Award!

NMRT members are invited to submit an essay to win a ticket to attend the ticketed event of their choice at the 2o12 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim. The essay contest is open to all NMRT members who are not currently serving on the Annual Conference Professional Development Attendance Award Committee.

To enter the contest, fill out the application form at, which includes an essay of approximately 250 words about why you would like to attend a ticketed event at Annual Conference and how it would benefit you professionally.

Applications are due April 16, 2012. Winners will be notified by May 7, 2012. The committee does not consider geographic location, age, sex, religion, race or national origin in the award selection process.

For more information, contact the committee chair, Emily Prather-Rodgers, at eapratherrodgers @