Archive for May, 2014


NMRT Annual Conference Professional Development Attendance Award

Posted in Annual at 10:40 pm by nmrtsecretary

The NMRT Annual Conference Professional Development Attendance Award Committee congratulates Tina Chan, State University of New York at Oswego, and Angela Fortin, Kalamazoo Public Library, on their winning essays.  Chan will receive a ticket to the NMRT preconference “Coming Out of the Shell: Becoming a Powerful Public Speaker” at the ALA Annual Conference 2014 in Las Vegas, NV.  Fortin will receive a ticket to the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast.  In spirit of ALA’s New Members Round Table (NMRT), this award fosters active involvement in ALA through various special events at the Annual Conference.  The award provides professional development and networking opportunities to NMRT members by providing a ticket to attend the event of their choice.

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NMRT Shirley Olofson Memorial Award

Posted in Annual at 11:45 am by nmrtsecretary

The 2014 NMRT Shirley Olofson Memorial Award Committee is pleased to announce that Kelly Robinson has been selected as the 2014 recipient.Rosen College Staff Portrait on white background

Kelly is a Public Services Librarian with the University of Central Florida Libraries. The award committee was very impressed with Kelly’s professional engagement and scholarly interests as well as her plan of action for her time at this year’s Annual Conference.


NMRT Professional Development Grant Award Winner

Posted in Annual, Conference at 7:08 pm by nmrtsecretary

The 2014 NMRT Professional Development Grant Award Committee is pleased to announce that Samantha Helmick has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the NMRT Professional Development Grant Award. This award provides funding to cover airfare, lodging, and conference registration fees for attendance at the American Library Association Annual Conference and fosters in-person participation in ALA and NMRT professional activities.


Samantha Helmick serves her Iowa community in the capacity of UX & Outreach Librarian for Burlington Public Library. She received her MLIS from University of Illinois, where she designed a sustainability internship with through PLA. She currently volunteers as an Iowa Library Association chair for the Member Relations, Public Library and Information Technology Forums. She is a contributor to YALSAblog, EdReach, LiTTech and as YALSA Division and Membership Promotion chair. Samantha is currently writing a textbook for the Library Tech Essentials series on “Mobile Social Marketing for Libraries” which will be published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2015. She is enthusiastic to develop new relationships and opportunities to collaborate with NMRT members and learn from her colleagues throughout the field.

More information about the NMRT Professional Development Grant, including a list of past recipients, is available on the NMRT Awards, Grants, and Scholarships webpage


Election Results

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:54 pm by nmrtsecretary



Thank you to all members who participated in the ALA election. All of our Constitution/Bylaws amendments passed!  This means that we’re getting our long-needed dues increase in September. In reaction to this good news current NMRT president Emily Prather-Rodgers writes,  “I hope this means we’ll be able to provide even better programming and support to our members.”

Here is your board for next year, and congratulations to all:

Megan Hodge, President

Kirby McCurtis, Vice President/President-elect (newly elected)

Emily Prather-Rodgers, Past President

Jonathan Lu, Treasurer

Easter DiGangi, Assistant Treasurer/Treasurer-elect (newly elected)

Mandi Goodsett, Secretary (newly elected)

Kate Kosturski, Leadership Director

Kari Weaver, Members Services Director

Tinamarie Vella, Networking Director (newly elected)

Kelly Trowbridge, Outreach Director (newly elected)

Rachael Altman, NMRT Councilor (newly elected)

Cory Lampert, Fundraising Coordinator