Archive for December, 2012


Midwintering in Seattle

Posted in Midwinter at 3:26 pm by nmrtsecretary

This Midwinter is my last on the NMRT Board, and going back to Seattle seems like coming full circle.

Six years ago, Midwinter 2007 was held in Seattle, and it was my first ALA event EVER! I reported on the Executive Board meeting for Footnotes, and that’s where it all began. Unless I should say it began the first evening of Midwinter with the erstwhile NMRT Meet & Greet, where I rubbed shoulders (sometimes literally) with the NMRT elite; or perhaps it truly began the next night at the Midwinter Social, where I met lots of great people, including Michael Golrick and the then-infamous Aaron Dobbs, both very supportive NMRT alums. Al, my now-husband, was also at that Social…little did we know!

Thanks to then-Board members Amanda, Amy, Catherine, Courtney, Kara, Katie, Michelle, Nadine, Nanette, Sally, Sam and Kim, and everyone else I met at that conference. You were all so nice, and so welcoming, and you helped make me feel like I had something to offer. That conference was when ALA took my job and turned it into a career. I’ve spent almost 5 of the intervening years on the NMRT Board, and it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done.

My favorite part of conferences now is meeting folks who are like I used to be, and helping them find their place in ALA and the profession. I’m looking forward to ALA Midwinter 2013!

Linda Crook
ALA NMRT Past-President 2012/2013

Michael Golrick, Linda Crook, Anna Creech (back to the camera)


Call for Applications: Student Chapter of the Year Award

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:53 pm by nmrtsecretary

Presented by the New Member Round Table

Deadline: March 1, 2013

Has your chapter had an outstanding year?
Has membership in your chapter increased?
Did your chapter develop and provide opportunities for members to participate in interesting and rewarding activities?
Has your chapter received any awards?
Do you have outstanding officers or members who should be recognized nationally?

If you answered YES to these questions:

Apply for the New Members Round Table Student Chapter of the Year Award!

Purpose of the Award:
The Award is presented in recognition of a chapter’s outstanding contributions to the American Library Association, their library school, and the profession. All interested applicants must be accredited ALA Student Chapters.

The Student Chapter winner will receive $1,000.00 to help defray travel expenses to ALA Annual; the winning chapter and the runner up will each receive a certificate.

The winners and runner up will be recognized at the NMRT Student Reception at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL.

Application Process:
Please visit the NMRT Student Chapter of the Year Award website at for more information on the award and nomination form. If you have any questions please contact committee chairs Amanda Grundmann ( or Nicole LaMoreaux (