Archive for May, 2013


Twitter chat on preparing for conferences (hosted by NMRT Online Discussion Forum Committee)

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:24 pm by nmrtsecretary


Are you attending your first conference this year? Are you a seasoned conference attendee who has developed effective ways of organising your time/self/belongings to get to all the things you want to attend? Please join ALA New Members Round Table (Online Discussion Forum Committee) for a discussion on preparing for conferences where we can share experiences and tips. This will be of benefit to anyone attending conference this summer, or in future. It has been timed before ALA Annual to help those who will be attending.

Date: 5th June 2013

Time: 4pm (EDT)

Location: Twitter (using #nmrtchat tag)

The chat is open to all so please pass the details to others you think might be interested.

Call for proposals! LLAMA/NMRT New Leaders Discussion Group at ALA Annual

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:11 am by nmrtsecretary

LLAMA/NMRT New Leaders Discussion Group invites the submission of proposals for “Discussion Starters” at its meeting at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. 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 Annual conference, we are interested in building on the success of our Midwinter session and continue the discussion — focusing on how to develop public speaking/presentation 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 May 30. Notification of acceptance will be made by June 10. Please submit your proposal using this form: 

Questions?  Please contact Erin Dorney (

New Librarian’s Guide to Professional Writing and Publishing

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:10 am by nmrtsecretary

New Librarian’s Guide to Professional Writing and Publishing

June 7, 2013 @ 12:00pm.  Virtual program (held online).

Does the world of professional writing and publishing seem impossible to break into?  Do you feel like you have nothing to say?  Are you feeling intimidated by academic publishing?

Professional writing benefits both the author and the profession as a whole.  In this program, you will receive advice from three librarians with lots of experience writing and publishing.  You will leave this program with the tools and confidence to get involved in professional writing and get your voice heard!

The presenters include:
1)    Beth Evans, Associate Professor, Electronic Services Specialist at the Brooklyn College Library, part of the City University of New York (CUNY). She is the author of many peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and a blog titled “bad photos, good memories.”
2)    Brian Matthews, Associate Dean for Learning and Outreach in the Virginia Tech libraries.  He is the author of many scholarly and professional works.  He also blogs for The Chronicle of Higher Education as the Ubiquitous Librarian.
3)    Maura A. Smale, Assistant Professor and the Information Literacy Librarian at New York City College of Technology.  She holds a PhD in Anthropology and an MLIS, and is no stranger to scholarly research and writing.

Questions?  Contact Jared Harmon ( or any member of the Annual Program Committee.


Join NMRT at ALA Annual in Chicago!

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:21 am by nmrtsecretary

Now that the Calendar is up and running, be sure to add these events sponsored by NMRT!


Fri, June 28 01:00 pm 02:30 pm Conference 101 (NMRT) MCP-S104a

Are you a first-time conference attendee with a long list of questions? Long-time ALA members and leaders will teach you to decipher the conference program and navigate the exhibits. You’ll learn how ALA really works and leave with the confidence and knowledge to make the most of your conference experience.

Fri, June 28 07:30 pm 08:30 pm Mentoring Social (MNRT) PALM-Buckingham Room

The NMRT Mentoring Social gives participants in both the NMRT Conference Mentoring Program and NMRT Career Mentoring Program a chance to meet in person. For Conference Mentoring participants, this is a further chance to exchange conference survival tips and make a definite professional connection at Annual. For Career Mentoring participants, the social provides an opportunity to cement the mentoring relationships developed during the previous nine months of career mentoring. All participants in NMRT’s Mentoring programs are encouraged to attend even if their mentoring partner cannot attend the social.

Sat, June 29 08:30 am 10:00 am Conference Orientation (NMRT) MCP-N228

New to the Annual Conference or ALA? Get a fun and informative introduction to the Annual Conference and Anaheim. Learn how to navigate the exhibits and decipher the conference program, how to make ALA and NMRT work for you, and where to spend your free time in the city. NMRT provides tips from the pros and an orientation that will prepare you to take full advantage of the conference experience.

Sat, June 29 10:30 am 11:30 am Executive Board (NMRT) HRM-Regency Ballroom A

Sun, June 30 08:30 am 10:00 am Building Your Professional Toolkit (NMRT) MCP-S103a

Hunting for a job and looking for ways to set yourself apart from the rest?
Ready to tackle a new project or bring an idea to life?
Looking for a way to update your skill set without going back to school?

Come and join us to learn about what other librarians from a variety of environments consider the essential items in their professional toolkit that have led to position, job, and career success.

Sun, June 30 10:30 am 11:30 am New Leaders Discussion Group (LLAMA/NMRT) MCP-N140

Sun, June 30 01:00 pm 02:30 pm Association Options Fair (NMRT) MCP-Hall A, Meeting Room D

The Association Options Fair provides interested members from diverse backgrounds with an opportunity to visit with Association, Division, Committee, Affiliate, and Roundtable representative leaders to discuss volunteer opportunities. A speed networking approach allows members to visit briefly with member groups and take note of possible leads for future involvement.

Sun, June 30 06:30 pm 07:30 pm Student Reception (NMRT) PALM-Wilson Room

Library school students are invited to network in a relaxed environment and learn more about ALA from unit representatives, NMRT leadership, and experienced ALA members. The Student Chapter of the Year Award is presented and light refreshments will be served.

Sun, June 30 07:30 pm 08:30 pm Awards Reception (NMRT) PALM-Chicago Room

Join us for networking and light refreshments as NMRT recognizes our award recipients.  All are welcome.

Congratulations to the Newly Elected NMRT Members!

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:18 am by nmrtsecretary

Congratulations to the newly elected board members, Megan, Kirby, Kate and Kari, who will join the returning members in July to form the 2013-2014 NMRT Executive Board.

Emily Prather-Rodgers, President

Megan Hodge, Vice-President/President-Elect

Janel Kinlaw, Immediate Past President

Kirby McCurtis, Secretary

Jonathan Lu, Treasurer

Susan Jennings, Councilor

Kate Kosturski, Leadership Development Director

Kari Weaver, Member Services Director

Barbara Lewis, Networking Director

Bohyun Kim, Outreach Director

Cory Lampert, Fundraising Director

Thank you to Jessica, Linda, Curtis, and Coral whose terms on the Executive Board are ending at the end of June.

Thanks to everyone who volunteered to run for office.  Thanks also to those of you who voted!

Full election results can be found here ->


Congrats to NMRT Past President Courtney Young for being elected as ALA President-Elect as well as NMRT Member Services Director Coral Sheldon-Hess for being elected to ALA Council and NMRT member Dave Trudeau for being elected as Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) Chair-Elect



NMRT President 2012-2013


NMRT Resume Review Service at ALA Annual in Chicago!

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

The NMRT Resume Review Service (RRS) Committee is gearing up for the Resume Review Service Booth for the ALA 2013 Annual Conference located in Chicago, IL! 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, June 29-30, 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 June 19th).

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