Archive for November, 2013


Midwinter Planning: Hotels

Posted in Midwinter at 5:18 pm by nmrtsecretary

Want to get the most from your Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia?  Reserve a room in the NMRT Midwinter Hotel Block today!

NMRT has requested a block of rooms at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel (1200 Market St.) to be held for reservations by members attending the Midwinter Meeting.  This block encourages members to network with their neighbors and will be particularly nice on Saturday evening when Midwinter Social (Black Sheep Pub, 247 S. 17th St.) attendees may choose to share a cab or walk back to the hotel together.   

To reserve a room within the NMRT block, you may indicate during the conference registration process that you are an NMRT member and select the Loews Philadelphia Hotel.

If you have already registered for the meeting, you may contact OnPeak, ALA’s official housing partner, at (800) 584-9047 to add a hotel reservation to your registration or to change your reservation. 

Rates at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel are $165 (single/double), $175 (triple), $185 (double). 

The hotel is located across from the Pennsylvania Convention Center and SEPTA Market East Regional Rail Station.  It occupies the original home of the first savings bank in the United States (;  offers complimentary access to a state-of-the-art fitness center, including lap pool (; and is home  the Level 33 Resaurant and Sky Lounge ( overlooking the Center City skyline.


ALA Council Candidates

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:44 pm by nmrtsecretary

Good luck to the following NMRT members running for ALA Council:

Denice Adkins

Tina Chan

Tyler Dzuba

Susan L. Jennings

Individuals who are interested in running for ALA Council by Petition may file petitions through the 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 31, 2014.  Instructions for filing petitions can be found at .

Ballot mailing for the 2014 ALA Election will begin on March 19.  The election will close on April 25, 2014.”

See for the original press release.



Looking to Publish? Here is your Opportunity!

Posted in Publications at 2:40 pm by nmrtsecretary

Are you a new librarian who’s just starting down the tenure track? A current student or recent grad who did original research as part of your LIS program? Scholarly publishing can be one of the most mysterious and often daunting tasks faced by new librarians. What do you write about? Where can you submit your article when it’s finished? What happens then?

Endnotes: The Journal of the New Members Round Table, NMRT’s e-journal, exists to provide support for librarians who want or need to publish scholarly articles. We publish peer-reviewed research by NMRT members that’s directed at new librarians.

Articles generally range from 2000 – 4000 words and present original research, practitioner-based research, and/or case studies that address issues faced by new librarians. Previous issues have included articles on the availability of mentoring for new librarians, management training in library school, and surviving the tenure process; all previously published articles can be viewed on the Endnotes committee page (

Endnotes accepts article submissions throughout the year, but anything received by Dec. 1 will receive guaranteed consideration for our upcoming Spring 2014 issue. If you have an article idea, feel free to email me at and we can discuss whether it would be a good fit. All submissions are peer-reviewed by the Endnotes committee, which is made up of NMRT members–new librarians like you. All authors, regardless of article acceptance, will receive comments and suggestions from the peer reviewers.

Endnotes also publishes reviews of books and media relevant to new librarians. If you’re  interested in reviewing, email me at and request to be included on the reviewers’ mailing list. Our next call for reviewers is coming up in January. We can provide the books to review, or if there’s a book or website that you are interested in reviewing, please let me know.

And if you’d like to learn more about scholarly publishing from the other side, fill out the NMRT volunteer form in February and volunteer to be part of the Endnotes committee. You’ll gain experience as a peer reviewer as well as with other aspects of the publication process.

For more information about Endnotes, including complete submission guidelines, visit or email me at


NMRT candidates for 2014 election

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:45 pm by nmrtsecretary

The NMRT Board and Nominating Committee are pleased to present our slate of candidates for the 2014 election!
More information about each position is available in the NMRT Handbook.
Opportunities to get to know and ask questions of each candidate will be coming soon.

Kirby McCurtis, candidate for Vice President/President-Elect
Holly Okuhara, candidate for Vice President/President-Elect
Mandi Goodsett, candidate for Secretary
Jessica Sender, candidate for Secretary
Easter DiGangi, candidate for Assistant Treasurer/Treasurer-Elect
Anita Riley Dryden, candidate for Assistant Treasurer/Treasurer-Elect
Michelle Demeter, candidate for Networking Director
Tinamarie Vella, candidate for Networking Director
Stephanie Santiful, candidate for Outreach Director
Kelly Trowbridge, candidate for Outreach director
Rachel Altman, candidate for Councilor
Heather McNabb, candidate for Councilor

Questions? Contact the NMRT Nominating committee at


LLAMA/NMRT New Leaders Discussion Group seeks Conversation Starter proposals!

Posted in Midwinter at 3:28 pm by nmrtsecretary

LLAMA/NMRT New Leaders Discussion Group invites the submission of proposals for “Discussion Starters” at its meeting at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Conference in Philadelphia, PA. A Discussion Starter is a short and informal presentation that aims to provide a starting point for lively conversations.

We look for enthusiastic speakers to lead the discussion by sharing their experience (it could either be a positive experience or a lesson learned), helpful tips, and advice on the topic. A panel discussion format will be used with each Discussion Leader having 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 advocacy for librarians and libraries. We seek proposals for discussion starters that address this topic from a variety of angles, including (but not limited to):

  • Elevator advocacy: how to promote yourself and your library in 2 minutes or less
  • Self-advocacy for career advancement
  • Grassroots advocacy for libraries
  • Advice and tips based on experience

Proposals are due by November 29. Notification of acceptance will be made by December 20. Submit a 50 word or less abstract using this form. Questions about the program should be directed to Bethany Tschaepe (