Archive for November, 2012


Resume Review Service at Midwinter in Seattle

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:03 am by nmrtsecretary

The NMRT Resume Review Service (RRS) Committee is gearing up for the Resume Review Service Booth for the ALA 2012 Midwinter Conference located in Seattle, WA! We are currently scheduling appointments for individuals to have their resume reviewed as well as looking for booth greeters and resume reviewers.

The Resume Review Service for Annual will be at the ALA Job Placement Center, location TBA. Our services will be available from 9 am – 5 pm Saturday and Sunday, January 27-26, 2013.

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

For more information see the Volunteer Guidelines or feel free to contact for more information. 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!

We are also accepting advance reservations for individuals who wish to have their resumes reviewed. To request an appointment, please fill out the Advanced Registration form (deadline is January 11th).

This service is free and open to all conference attendees, regardless of their affiliation with NMRT. Walk-ins are welcome, but we are encouraging people to schedule an appointment in advance because of the high demand of the service.

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

Hope to see you there!
Jodie Borgerding
NMRT Resume Review Service Committee

Speak Up: Developing Effective Public Speaking Skills

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:54 am by nmrtsecretary

LLAMA/NMRT New Leaders Discussion Group invites the submission of proposals for “Discussion Starters” at its meeting at the 2013 ALA Midwinter Conference in Seattle, WA. A Discussion Starter is a short and informal presentation that aims to provide a starting point for lively conversations.

We look for enthusiastic Discussion Starters to share their experience (it could either be a positive experience or a lesson learned), helpful tips, and advice on the topics. A panel discussion format will be used for this part of the program. Each Discussion Starter will have 8 minutes to present their topic. We will then break into small groups (joined by Discussion Starters) for in-depth discussions of the topics and ideas raised.

At this year’s Midwinter conference, we are interested in topics focusing on how to develop public speaking skills to engage people and to effectively convey our message. We seek proposals for discussion starters that address this topic from a variety of angles, including (but not limited to):
• Techniques that have contributed to your successful public speaking experience
• Learning and growing from harrowing experiences
• Advice and tips based on experience

Proposals are due by November 30. Notification of acceptance will be made by December 20. Please submit your proposal using this form.

NMRT Events at the 2013 Midwinter Meeting in Seattle

Posted in Midwinter, Uncategorized at 8:52 am by nmrtsecretary

Here are the details for the NMRT Events at 2013 Midwinter Meeting.

You can find them all listed within the conference scheduler linked on the Midwinter Meeting website.

We hope to see you in Seattle!

Saturday, January 26
8:30 – 10:00 am – Conference Orientation – WSCC – Room 611-614
New to the Midwinter Meeting or ALA? Get a fun and informative introduction to the Midwinter Meeting. Learn to navigate the exhibits, to decipher the conference program, how ALA really works, and ways to get involved. NMRT provides tips from the pros and the opportunity for you to get your questions answered.

10:30 am – 12:00 pm – Executive Board Meeting – WSCC – TCC 101

3:00 – 4:00 pm – Membership & Networking Meeting – WSCC – Room 205
Join potential & current New Members Round Table (NMRT) in learning about the round table’s latest activities. Hear from the ALA Presidential Candidates about their platforms and ideas for ALA. Stop by this informal meeting to network and learn more about the exciting things NMRT has to offer you.

5:30 – 7:30 pm – Midwinter Social – DragonFish Cafe, 722 Pine Street
Please join fellow NMRT members (and non-members!) at the DragonFish Cafe (722 Pine Street) in the Paramount Hotel for an evening of networking and fun in Seattle. Light refreshments will be provided. Everyone is welcome!

Sunday, January 27
10:30 – 11:30 am – Speak Up: Developing Effective Public Speaking Skills (NMRT/LLAMA Discussion Group) – WSCC – Room 619
Learn tips and tricks on how to develop public speaking skills to engage people and to effectively convey your message. Join us for discussion and networking with LLAMA and NMRT members, new librarians, new members of LLAMA and/or NMRT, librarians making career shifts, and anyone interested in developing leadership skills.

WSCC – Washington State Convention Center
WSCC-TCC – The Conference Center of the Washington State Convention Center

NOTE: The TCC ( The Conference Center) is part of the Convention Center. They have some of the same room numbers as the Convention Center so please make sure you notice the TCC in front of the number.


NMRT Sponsors Margaret Howard, Emerging Leader in 2013

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:57 pm by nmrtsecretary

Photo of Margaret Howard

The New Members Round Table is happy to announce Margaret Howard as the Class of 2013 Emerging Leader sponsored by NMRT!  Margaret is a Librarian with the Chesterfield County Public Library, and currently resides in Richmond, VA.  She received her MLIS from The University of North Carolina in Greensboro in 2010 and currently serves on the NMRT Annual Conference Professional Development Attendance Award Committee and the NMRT Liaison Coordination and Support Committee. She has two dogs and enjoys spending time with her husband, family and friends, and of course reading! In addition to financial support of $1000 towards attendance at the ALA Midwinter Meeting and the ALA Annual Conference, NMRT is providing Margaret with several professional development opportunities within the Round Table.

“I am so happy and honored to be an Emerging Leader for 2013 and to be sponsored by NMRT,” Margaret says. “I look forward to learning and growing professionally, collaborating with others in the program, and becoming more involved. I am truly a ‘new member’ and there is so much for me to learn. I look forward to this experience and believe that I can positively impact ALA and librarianship.”

The ALA Emerging Leaders program, now in its seventh 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, Megan Hodge in 2011 and Heidi Steiner in 2012.

Congratulations to Margaret, and to all the NMRT members that are now part of the 2013 Class of ALA Emerging Leaders!

Let’s Talk! Join the NMRT Online Discussion Forum

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:22 pm by nmrtsecretary

The NMRT Online Discussion Forum Committee have been working hard to put together a series of monthly discussions for the nmrt-l list from October 2012 until June 2013. The schedule is outlined below, and you’ll see we have a wide range of different topics to discuss, many of which focus on Janel Kinlaw’s presidential theme of Growing Your Professional Skills.


  • Library Schools

Do library schools prepare students for professionalization? How can LIS programs (including online programs) better emphasize these skills and their importance within the profession?


  • Writing Skills

How can librarians develop their own writing skills to entertain, inform and persuade?


  • Publishing

How do you get started with writing for publication? What to publish? Where? How can you find collaborators?


  • Professional development on a budget

Professional development budget/time allowance in LIS is increasingly being cut. What strategies have you developed to focus and prioritize? Any useful professional development resources?


  • Skills for utilizing new technologies

With social media, mashups, APIs and various other technologies available to libraries and information centers, what innovations have you been involved in or aware of? How can we develop skills to enable us to work with these technologies?


  • Public speaking skills

How can you develop public speaking skills? Do you have any tips or advice? Any recommended training opportunities, reading or organizations?


  • Job interviews

How do you prepare for job interviews? What resources do you find useful? Any tips/advice?


  • Professional/personal branding

How do you develop a professional/personal brand? Is it necessary? How can it be used to help you network?


  • Professional networking to make introductions
LinkedIn is used in other sectors to make introductions and contacts in potential workplaces. Does this happen in LIS profession? Should it?
How does it work?
The monthly facilitator will introduce the topic at the beginning of the month and ask questions to spark the discussion. Please do join in the discussions by posting to to share any information, tips or advice you may have. If you have any questions relevant to the topic that you think others in NMRT may be able to answer please do feel free to post them too – hopefully there will be someone out there with some advice for you. At the end of the month, the facilitator will post a summary of the discussion to the list bringing together the different elements discussed and any resources of relevance.
I’d like to thank each of the members of the committee who have all worked hard to shape the topics for you – I think we’re going to have some really interesting discussions.

If you have any questions, please contact