Archive for March, 2014


Your ALA ballot should be arriving soon…

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:00 pm by nmrtsecretary

Before you vote, get informed!

Learn more about all of the amazing NMRT candidates and ask questions in our ongoing Facebook Forum.Or, watch all the candidate videos here

Tell us if you’re running for ALA positions outside of NMRT by posting on our Facebook page. We’re with you!

Be prepared to vote on NMRT’s Due’s Increase, and get to know the candidates for ALA president on our blog. More information about the nominees for ‘big’ ALA is available here

Most importantly, VOTE! ALA and NMRT are OUR organizations, and your vote will help steer the future of our profession.

If you’re ready to take the next step after you vote, you can volunteer to serve in NMRT, too!


ALA Elections are here!

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:40 pm by nmrtsecretary

Learn more and meet your NMRT candidates!

ALA elections begin this Wednesday, March 19, and you can submit your ballot anytime until April 25. More information about the elections and nominees for ALA is available here.

Remember, NMRT has several items on this year’s ballot, including a proposed dues increase. Check out the blog for posts on each topic.

Nominees for NMRT board positions will be on the ballot, and this year we’re offering a new forum for you to get to know the candidates. Starting tomorrow, each NMRT nominee will be introduced on our Facebook page! You’ll have the opportunity to view the candidates’ videos, ask questions, and join in discussion. Be sure to ‘like’ the official NMRT Facebook page to receive these updates

Your candidates are:
For Vice-President/President Elect: Kirby McCurtis and Holly Okuhara
For Secretary: Mandi Goodsett
For Assistant Treasurer/Treasurer-Elect: Easter DiGangi and Anita Dryden
For Networking Director: Tinamarie Vella and Michelle Demeter
For Outreach Director: Kelly Trowbridge
For Councilor: Rachael Altman

Beth Boatright Chair, NMRT Nominating Committee


Apply for the 2014 NMRT Development Attendance Award

Posted in Annual, Conference at 1:38 pm by nmrtsecretary

Deadline: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

NMRT members are invited to submit an essay to win a ticket to attend a ticketed event of their choice at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. The essay contest is open to all NMRT members who are not currently serving on the Annual Conference Professional Development Award Committee or the NMRT Executive Board.

To apply for the award, fill out the application form at

The application requires an essay of approximately 250 words about why you would like to attend a ticketed event at Annual Conference and how it would benefit you professionally.

Applications are due April 16, 2014. Winners will be notified by May 7, 2014. The committee does not consider geographic location, age, sex, religion, race or national origin in the award selection process.

For more information, contact the committee chair, Easter DiGangi, at


Apply for the 2014 NMRT Professional Development Grant

Posted in Annual, Conference at 4:31 pm by nmrtsecretary

Deadline: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by 5 pm (Eastern time).

We are excited to announce that members of ALA’s New Members Round Table (NMRT) can apply to receive a grant, sponsored by NMRT, which will cover expenses to attend the ALA Annual Conference, June 26-July 1, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV.

The application form and further information about the grant is available on the NMRT website. You must be a current member of NMRT in order to apply. To join NMRT, visit the ALA website and follow the Join ALA link to add NMRT to your ALA membership.

Click here for information about the award and award criteria.

Click here to go to the application.

For further information about the grant, please contact:

Melanie T. Kowalski

Chair, NMRT Professional Development Grant Committee