Archive for May, 2012


NMRT Awards Reception at ALA Annual in Anaheim!

Posted in Annual, Conference at 4:35 pm by nmrtsecretary

Save the date! NMRT Awards Reception @ the 2012 ALA Annual Conference

NMRT Awards Reception
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Hyatt Regency – Royal Ballroom A
1999 Harbor Blvd
Free Admission

The ALA New Members Round Table (NMRT) is pleased to invite you to NMRT Annual Awards Reception at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim!

The NMRT Awards Reception will take place on Sunday, June 24, 7:30-9:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Royal Ballroom A, 1999 Harbor Blvd. Everyone is welcome to attend; refreshments will be provided.

NMRT will be honoring the NMRT Shirley Olofson Memorial Award recipient, Kirby McCurtis, and the NMRT Professional Development Grant recipient, Amy Honisett. 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.

For information about the ALA New Members Round Table, please visit


Resume Review Service at ALA Annual

Posted in Annual, Conference at 1:38 pm by nmrtsecretary

The NMRT Resume Review Service seeks resume reviewers, volunteers, and conference attendees who need their resumes reviewed!

Want to volunteer as a reviewer or greeter?

The Resume Review Service Booth will be part of the ALA Joblist Placement Center. Our services will be available from 9 am – 5 pm Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24, 2012.

Volunteers usually work one or two hour shifts. You will be asked to greet and sign-up ALA members interested in getting their resumes reviewed. For more information see the Volunteer or feel free to contact for more information.

To volunteer, please fill out either the Resume Reviewer form at or the Booth Greeter volunteer form We hope to have at least two greeters and four resume reviewers per shift.

The schedules of Resume Reviewers and Booth Greeters are available on the Committee’s Wiki:

This is a fun way to meet, talk, and network with people from all over the country!

Want to get your resume reviewed?

The NMRT Resume Review Service will be available from 9 am – 5 pm Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24, 2012 at the ALA Joblist Placement Center. This service is free and open to all conference attendees, regardless of their affiliation with NMRT. 

Walk ins are welcome, but we strongly encourage advanced registrations for individuals who wish to have their resumes reviewed. To request an appointment, please fill out the Advanced Registration form at:


Want more details on the RRS & what we do? Please visit us at the NMRT Resume Review Service Web Site: or


Endnotes: The Journal of the New Members Round Table Seeks Submissions

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:45 am by nmrtsecretary

Endnotes: The Journal of the New Members Round Table is seeking submissions for upcoming issues. While submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, to ensure consideration for the next issue please submit articles by August 15, 2012 to

For more information about the submission process, please see or contact the editors at


2012 NMRT Online Program: Professional Networking for New Librarians

Posted in Annual, Conference at 10:06 am by nmrtsecretary

Can’t go to Anaheim this year for Annual?  Can’t wait that long to get new ideas that you can start using right away?  Join NMRT’s Annual Program Committee for an online program on June 7, 2012!

This program has been orginized for current and future NMRT members, in particular those who won’t be able to attend the 2012 ALA Annual Meeting. The NMRT Annual Program committee will also provide a handout and the summary of professional networking tips and resources after the program to maximize the benefit of the program for attendees.

We have great speakers who will share their networking experience and tips with new librarians.
Please submit your questions during the program either through the online chat or Twitter hashtags #ala12 and #networking.

After the program, there will be an opportunity for participants to complete a brief survey.

  • Time/Date: Thurs. June 7, 2012 at Noon (12:00 PM) EST (US time)
  • Place:
  • Speakers:   (See below for speaker bios)
    • Courtney L Young      (“On the Where of Professional Networking”)
    • JP Porcaro                  (“On the With Whom of Professional Networking”)
    • Loida Garcia Febo      (“On the How of Professional Networking”)
    • Ned Potter                 (“On the What and Why of Professional Networking”)
    • Pat Hawthorne          (“On the When of Professional Networking”
  • Evaluation Survey:

2011-2012 NMRT Annual Program Commttie
Alyse Ergood, Ava Iuliano (Co-Chair), Breanne Kirsch, Bohyun Kim (Co-Chair), Christy Shorey, Jared Harmon

Speaker Bios:

Courtney L Young  is currently Head Librarian and Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and Penn State Greater Allegheny. She is an active leader in the American Library Association (ALA), serving on the ALA Executive Board and as a past President of the New Members Round Table. In 2011, Courtney was named a Library Journal “Mover & Shaker”, recognized as a Change Agent for her ability to successfully make connections among a diversity of duties in her library, on campus, and in the profession. Courtney frequently presents and publishes on issues related to academic librarianship, diversity, African American studies, women’s studies, virtual reference, and professional development. She graduated from the College of Wooster in Ohio with a B.A. in English and minors in Black Studies and Women’s Studies, and received her M.S. in Library Science from Simmons College. Follow her on twitter @librarycourtney

JP Porcaro is currently head of acquisitions at New Jersey City University’s Guarini Library and a 2010 ALA Emerging Leader.  He played a major role in creating the Games and Gaming Round Table (GameRT), “a forum for librarians to discuss building, maintaining, and supporting library game collections.” In 2012, JP was named a Library Journal “Mover & Shaker” as a Comunity Builder. Follow him on twitter @8bitlibrary

Loida Garcia-Febo speaks, writes and researches internationally about human rights, access to information, advocacy, services to diverse populations, and professional development. She has published about her international work with new professionals on Feliciter, Canadian Library Association magazine, Incite, Australian Library and Information Association magazine, and the Australian Library Journal. She received the ALA 2010 Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award for her work with international new librarians, and was named a Mover & Shaker by Library Journal. Currently, she is ALA Councilor-at-Large and chairs the ALA Committee on Membership Meetings. Loida is a former President of REFORMA, was chair of the ALA Intellectual Freedom Round Table and is a former secretary of IFLA’s Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression Committee where she currently is an Expert Resource Person. Loida co-established and advises IFLA’s New Professionals SIG. She is Coordinator, New Americans Program, Queens Library. Follow her on twitter @loidagarciafebo

Ned Potter works as an Academic Liaison Librarian for the University of York Library. He has been named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker, is the author of the forthcoming book The Library Marketing Toolkit. He created LISNPN, the New Professionals Network, whose librarian members come from over 40 countries around the world. Follow him on twitter @theREALwikiman

Pat Hawthorne is currently the Director of Library Organizational Development & Human Resources for Emory University Libraries and previously served as Director of Library Human Resources for the UCLA Library for 8 years. She is currently serving as Vice-President/President-Elect for the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), one of the 11 divisions of the American Library Association.

NMRT @ ALA Annual 2012 in Anaheim!

Posted in Annual, Conference at 9:42 am by nmrtsecretary

Here are the NMRT events scheduled during the 2012 ALA Annual Meeting in Anaheim, CA from June 21-26, 2012.  A quick description of the hotel abbreviations is available here.

Friday, June 22

  • Conference 101, 1:00-3:00 p.m. (HIL-California A)
  • Mentoring Social, 7:30-8:30 p.m. (HYATT-Barcelona)

Saturday, June 23

  • NMRT Conference Orientation, 8:00-10:00 a.m. (MAR-Grand Salon A-C)
  • Executive Board Meeting, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (HYATT-Royal Ballroom C)
  • President’s Program:  Networking:  What Works?, 1:30-3:30 p.m. (MAR-Grand Salon A-C)

Sunday, June 24

  • NMRT/LLAMA New Leaders Discussion Group, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (ACC-205 B)
  • Association Options Fair, 1:30-3:30 p.m. (Anaheim Marriott-Salons E and F)
  • Student Reception, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (HYATT-Royal Ballroom B)
  • Awards Reception, 7:30-9:00 p.m. (HYATT-Royal Ballroom A)

Use the ALA 2012 Conference Scheduler to add these, and other, events to your schedule!  We look forward to seeing you in Anaheim!


April Grey and Kristin Maria Hylton Win the NMRT Annual Conference Professional Development Attendance Award!

Posted in Annual at 8:11 am by nmrtsecretary

The NMRT Annual Conference Professional Development Attendance Award Committee congratulates April Grey, University of Louisiana Lafayette, and Kristin Maria Hylton, a student at San Jose State University, on their winning essays.  April will receive a ticket to the International Librarians Reception at the ALA Annual Conference 2012 in Anaheim, CA.  Kristin will receive a ticket to the Stonewall Book Awards Luncheon.

In the spirit of ALA’s New Members Round Table (NMRT), this award fosters active involvement in ALA through various special events at the Annual Conference. The award provides professional development and networking opportunities to NMRT members by providing a ticket to attend the event of their choice.


NMRT 2012 Election Results Are In!

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:19 am by nmrtsecretary

Congratulations to the newly elected officers of the ALA New Member Round Table:

  • Emily Anne Prathers-Rodgers, VICE PRESIDENT/PRESIDENT-ELECT (2012-2013)
  • Jonathan Lu, TREASURER (2012-2015)
  • Jessica Paulette Pryde, SECRETARY (2012-2013)
  • Barbara Lewis, NETWORKING DIRECTOR (2012-2014)
  • Bohyun Kim, OUTREACH DIRECTOR (2012-2014)
View the full election results from the 2012 ALA election here.

The newly elected board members will join continuing board members serving two and three year terms.  The complete NMRT Executive Board for 2012-2013, officially taking office at the end of the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA, is:

  • Janel White, PRESIDENT
  • Emily Anne Prathers-Rodgers, VICE PRESIDENT/PRESIDENT-ELECT
  • Linda Crook, PAST PRESIDENT
  • Jonathan Lu, TREASURER
  • Jessica Paulette Pryde, SECRETARY
  • Susan L. Jennings, COUNCILOR

You can read about the responsibilities, duties, and privileges of serving on the NMRT Executive Board in the NMRT Handbook.

Outgoing board members who will complete their terms of service during the 2012 ALA Annual Conference include:

  • Deana Groves, PAST PRESIDENT
  • Rebecca Kate Miller, SECRETARY
NMRT would like to extend a special congratulations to the NMRT members and alumni who were elected as Councilors-at-Large in this year’s election:
  • Aaron W. Dobbs
  • Courtney L. Young

For all board members, both incoming and outgoing, we thank you for your service and contributions to NMRT and the American Library Association.  Your commitment to the profession and to NMRT’s mission to support new and emerging information professionals is to be commended.  We look forward to continuing to work with all of the outgoing board members as they take on new and exciting roles within other divisions, sections, and round tables within the American Library Association.