Archive for October, 2013


NMRT announces Kate Tkacik as 2014 Emerging Leader

Posted in Annual, Midwinter at 3:32 pm by nmrtsecretary

04db2bcThe New Members Round Table (NMRT) is pleased to announce Kate Tkacik as its representative in the 2014 Emerging Leaders program. Tkacik is currently working as a business librarian with the Bank of Montreal Business Research Group in Chicago.

She received her MLIS from Dominican University in 2012. In addition to her work at BMO, Tkacik helped shape the “tumblarian” community (librarians on tumblr), and regularly blogs at “TheLifeguardLibrarian” ( She was named one of Library Journal’s 2013 Movers & Shakers for this work.

As the 2014 NMRT Emerging Leader, Tkacik is excited about the possibilities the program will bring to deepen her involvement with the American Library Association (ALA) and NMRT. “I’m incredibly thrilled and appreciative for this opportunity to participate in the Emerging Leaders program. I can’t wait to meet my cohort and do work,” she said. Tkacik joined NMRT in 2013 and currently serves on the Web Committee.

“Kate’s abundant energy and commitment to engaging with and inspiring diverse groups of individuals was obvious from her Emerging Leaders Program application,” noted NMRT President, Emily Prather-Rodgers. Tkacik is the seventh NMRT sponsored Emerging Leader. Previous NMRT-sponsored Emerging Leaders are Linda Crook (then Shippert) in 2008, Alexandra Tyle-Annen in 2009, Janel Kinlaw (then White) in 2010, Megan Hodge in 2011, Heidi Steiner in 2012, and Margaret Howard in 2013.

As NMRT’s 2014 Emerging Leader, Tkacik will attend the 2014 Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, PA as well as the 2014 Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV.

The Emerging Leaders program enables newer librarians from across the country to participate in workgroups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA’s structure and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. Emerging Leaders receive up to $1,000 each to participate in the Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference, and each participant is expected to provide years of service to ALA or one of its units.

NMRT, a roundtable of ALA, is an organization for people with fewer than 10 years of membership in ALA. To learn more about NMRT visit,


NMRT Member Survey

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:20 pm by nmrtsecretary


I would like to invite you to give input on what NMRT will and should offer our members in the future. Please complete this short survey by November 10th to provide us with feedback and enter to win a $20 Amazon gift card. Your opinion is important to NMRT so be sure to take this opportunity to help shape the future of our organization.



Emily Prather-Rodgers
ALA NMRT President, 2013-2014


Shirley Olofson Memorial Award now accepting applications

Posted in Conference at 12:19 am by nmrtsecretary

Apply now for the 2014 Shirley Olofson Memorial Award

Are you looking for funds to help pay for your trip to ALA’s 2014 Annual Conference in Las Vegas?

Apply by Friday, December 20, 2013 for the NMRT Shirley Olofson Memorial Award and you may receive a $1,000 check to help defray the cost of attendance!

Applicants must:
1. Be a member of ALA and NMRT
2. Be active in the library profession
3. Show commitment to professional development
4. Have a valid financial need
5. Have not attended more than five ALA annual conferences


To apply, please visit:

Please e-mail Michael Mungin ( if you have any additional questions


EndNotes Committee needs you for our Spring 2014 issue!

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:46 pm by nmrtsecretary

The NMRT Endnotes Committee seeks contributors for the Spring 2014 issue of its annual e-journal, Endnotes: The Journal of the New Members Round Table.

Endnotes is a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal that addresses issues faced by new librarians. Article submissions are accepted throughout the year.  Articles should range from 2000 – 4000 words and present original research, practitioner-based research, and/or case studies. Those interested in discussing an article idea are encouraged to contact the Editor at to determine if the proposal fits the publication’s scope.

Article submissions are accepted throughout the year; however, articles received by Dec. 1, 2013 will receive guaranteed consideration for the Spring 2014 issue.

Endnotes also offers book and media reviews relevant to new librarians. Reviews range from 300 – 500 words. Those interested in reviewing are encouraged to email the Editor at to be included on the reviewers’ mailing list. Approved reviewers will receive periodic announcements of available books and websites.

For more information about Endnotes, including complete submission guidelines, please visit