Archive for September, 2014


NMRT Member Spotlight: 5 Questions with Lorelei Rutledge

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Lorelei Rutledge

Lorelei Rutledge

University of Utah Marriott Library in Salt Lake City, UT

Research and Information Services Associate Librarian

A little about Lorelei’s job:
Lorelei Rutledge provides reference and instruction as a member of Marriott Library’s Research and Information Services Department. She provides information literacy instruction in a variety of courses, liaises with the University’s Communication Sciences and Disorders, Family and Consumer Studies, and Nutrition departments as well as the Center for Disability Services, and manages the library’s chat and email reference services.

1) What are some things you like about your job or about working in libraries in general?

I really enjoy working with students to introduce them to library resources. Many of them are delighted about the resources we provide, and I love seeing the light bulb go on when they see all of the materials they can access!

2) What’s a project or committee you’re working on right now that you’re excited about?

I am really excited to continue to improve and promote our library services for students, faculty, and staff with impairments.

3) What got you interested in libraries?

I was working on a Master’s degree in Communication when I got a chance to work on a library project at the University of Colorado that involved cataloging government materials. I was hooked.

4) What is one of your favorite things about NMRT?

I appreciate the opportunity to connect with other librarians.

5) Do you have any advice for other new librarians?

Don’t be afraid to ask for advice! There are several listservs and other tools that librarians can use to connect with each other on topics of interest, and I rely on them heavily to inform my own practices.

Want to be our next member of the week? Know another new librarian who deserves to be in the spotlight? Fill out our nomination form here!

NMRT Career Mentoring Program

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Do you sometimes feel you have professional questions to ask and no one to direct them to?

Do you find yourself wishing that someone would have been there to teach you all that you now know?

Would you like to walk alongside a new librarian as they enter the profession?

Here is your chance to participate in a great new project from the New Members Round Table of ALA (NMRT), to meet a new librarian ally, and to have someone to guide you as you learn the ins and outs of librarianship. The NMRT Mentoring Committee’s Career Mentoring Program focuses on long term mentoring. We will pair up “newbie librarians” with “seasoned vets” as part of a year-long mentoring program.

The NMRT Career Mentoring program will last from October 2014 to July 2015. Conference attendance is not required, but membership in ALA is required, and NMRT membership is encouraged. Applications are due October 3, 2014 with the goal of notifying the matching pairs by the end of October.

For further information and to apply, please visit

Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions after visiting the site.

Mentoring Committee of the New Members Round Table (NMRT) of ALA



NMRT Member Spotlight: 4 Questions with Tracy Wasserman

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Tracy Wasserman
Friends of the Boca Raton Public Library
Social media coordinator/Board secretary

A little about Tracy’s job:
I started volunteering for the Friends of the Boca Raton Public Library as their social media coordinator in May 2014 after graduating with an MLIS. I run their FB and Twitter accounts and also started the Library Friends interview series that showcases our volunteers ( I was recently elected to serve as Board secretary.

1) What are some things you like about your job or about working in libraries in general?

I love to introduce people to new things! Recently, the Boca Raton Public Library started offering online education courses through Universal Class, Inc. courtesy of the funding of our Friends organization, and it was so exciting to post about that on social media and get people interested! I signed up for a couple of classes myself. Also, the Friends events draw a lot of people – our kick off party for the Summer Reading program featuring a DJ, carnival food, and activities attracted close to 600 people. We also host Sunday matinees, a foreign film series, a speaker series, and book clubs, in addition to other special programs and exhibits featuring local artists and authors. These events are all opportunities to connect to people who live in the area and learn something new!

2) What’s a project or committee you’re working on right now that you’re excited about?

I started a Library Friends interview series, which highlights members of our volunteer organization one by one. These volunteers are fascinating people who bring a wealth of experience, talent and knowledge to our organization, and I love to write about them! It’s wonderful to get someone to talk about his or her past experience in libraries and write about it to hopefully motivate others to join our organization or just come into our bookstore to see our wonderful collection of used books of every kind!

3) What got you interested in libraries?

I wrote a high school career paper about being a librarian and the research I did hooked me! After earning my B.A., however, I took a detour for about 25 years (marriage, raising a family, and working as a legal secretary in south Florida) before going back to school to earn an MLIS online from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. I love how libraries have progressed and kept abreast of the technology boom from back in the 1980s when I took some library science classes as an undergrad.

 4) Do you have any advice for other new librarians?

If you can afford it, don’t be afraid to volunteer your time at a library. I work 40 hours a week as legal secretary, but I started volunteering while I was earning my MLIS on Sunday afternoons as a patron greeter and circulation assistant, where I met the Friends volunteers who offered me the opportunity to work as their social media coordinator – they didn’t have anyone to keep their Facebook account current. I have started a Twitter account now as well, and have many ideas in addition to the interview series. I am looking into updating their website, as well as possibly moving their two popular book clubs online so we can get discussions from people who can’t attend the live event at the library. Although all the work I do is unpaid, I feel blessed to be in the company of such dedicated library folk (who are all volunteers as well). They motivate me every day.

I also volunteer for, a library job curating site. I write articles and find library related jobs in Florida to post to the Florida page. For new librarians, INALJ is a wonderful resource, full of networking and other professional development information and advice, as well as, of course, a one-shop source of library jobs anywhere in the U.S. and Canada, and some international and virtual work jobs as well!

Someday I’ll look for a paying job in the library world and make the jump from my current job (it will be hard – I have been working for the same law firm for over 25 years), but right now, I am enjoying my experiences as a behind the scenes library friend!


Guest Post: NMRT Past-President Emily Prather-Rodgers

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Our NMRT Past-President, Emily Prather-Rodgers, shares her thoughts on the true value of a NMRT membership and makes a call to action for new (and “new-ish”) librarians everywhere.

Let’s be honest. At this point, I can only call myself “new-ish” at best. I joined ALA as a student member way back in 2005. I gladly accepted my free Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) membership (still available to students and the unemployed, by the way), and I hesitated only momentarily before spending the extra $10 on NMRT. When I attended my first Annual Conference later that same year, I attended a wide variety of programs and events, but NMRT’s conference orientation was the thing that made me feel like I belonged. NMRT quickly became my home within “big ALA,” and I’ve happily clicked the renew box every year since. The cost of the membership is nothing compared to all of the benefits I’ve received.

Last month, Mandi, NMRT’s Secretary, posted a Top 10 List of NMRT Resources here on this blog ( I want to add #11: people. NMRT provided me with opportunities to serve on committees, attend events, publish my writing, etc.. And, yes, each of those things has helped me throughout my career. But it is the people that I have met while taking advantages of those membership perks and the resulting conversations that I’ve had in person, by phone and e-mail, and through social media that I will continue to rely on and benefit from as I near the end of my first ten years in ALA.

Nearly ten years in, I’m still new-ish in many ways, but I’m comfortable offering this advice: sign up for one (or more!) of the NMRT Top 10, talk to everyone you meet as a result of your participation, and say yes to any of the opportunities and/or friendships that they offer. Do these things over and over again for 10 years, and I guarantee that you’ll be a better librarian and, more importantly, a better colleague by the time your “newness” begins to wear thin.


Volunteer as ALA-NMRT liaison for 2014-2015!

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Are you looking for a way to be more involved in the library profession? Being an ALA-NMRT Liaison is a good opportunity if you are an NMRT member and a member of another library section, round table, division, or organization. NMRT liaisons play a key role in increasing awareness of information and ideas of mutual interest to NMRT and liaison unit members with a minimal time commitment.


We are just beginning recruitment for 2014-2015, so if you see your organization on the list below, please consider volunteering! You must be a member in good standing of both ALA-NMRT and the unit you serve. Your assignment will be for one year. Conference attendance is not required (see note for ALA Legislative Assembly). If you are interested, please fill out the volunteer form by September 30, 2014.


You can contact me (Alyssa.L.Hislop[at] or Liz Johns (elizabethmariejohns[at] off list to ask any questions, but we’ll only be taking volunteers for liaisons from those that fill out the form above. Thanks!


Alyssa Hislop & Liz Johns
NMRT Liaison Coordination & Support Committee, 2014-2015
American Association of School Librarians  (AASL)
ACRL Anthropology and Sociology Section
ACRL College Libraries Section (CLS)
ACRL Education & Behavioral Sciences Section (EBSS)
ACRL Instruction Section (IS)
ACRL Science & Technology Section (STS)
ACRL University Libraries Section (ULS)
ACRL Western European Studies Section (WESS)
ACRL Women’s Studies Section (WSS)
Alaska Library Association
Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)
American Association of Law Librarians (AALL)
American Indian Library Association (AILA)
American Library Association (ALA) CPE
American Library Association (ALA) Legislative Assembly***must attend Annual
American Library Association (ALA) Membership Meetings
American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA)
Arizona Library Association
Asian Pacific American Library Association (APALA)
Asian, African, and Middle Eastern Section (AAMES)
Association Library & Information Science Education (ALISE)
Association Library Service to Children (ALSC)
Association Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends & Foundations (ALTAFF)
Association Specialized & Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA)
Beta Phi Mu
Black Caucus American Library Association (BCALA)
Canadian Library Association
Chinese American Library Association (CALA)
Connecticut Library Association
Federal Library & Information Center (FLICC) “NewFeds” Group
Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF)
Georgia Library Association
Government Documents Round Table (GODORT)
Intellectual Freedom Round Table
International Relations Round Table (IRRT)
Iowa Library Association
Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC)
Kansas Library Association
Learning Round Table (LRT)
Library History Round Table (LHRT)
Library Information & Technology Association (LITA)
Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT)–to be confirmed
Library Leadership & Management Association (LLAMA)
Library Research Round Table (LRRT)
Library Support Staff Interest Round Table (LSSIRT)
Map and Geospatial Information Round Table (MAGIRT)
Maryland Library Association
Missouri Library Association–ok to recruit
Mountain Plains Library Association
Music Library Association
Nassau County Library Association
New York Library Association
North Carolina Library Association
North Dakota Library Association
Office for Information Technology Policy Advisory Committee (OITP)
Pacific Northwest Library Association
Pennsylvania Library Association
Public Library Association (PLA)
Reference User Services Association (RUSA)
Retired Members Round Table
South Dakota Library Association
Southeastern Library Association (SELA)
Special Libraries Association (SLA)
Staff Organizations Round Table (SORT)
Tennessee Library Association
Texas Library Association
Theatre Library Association
Video Round Table
Virginia Library Association
Wyoming Library Association


NMRT Member Spotlight: 4 Questions with Nicole Spoor

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University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte, NC
Business Librarian

A bit about Nicole’s job:

I provide research support and instructional services for students, faculty and staff in the Belk College of Business.

1) What are some things you like about your job or about working in libraries in general?

I love being a student, but could never afford to be a student forever. Being a librarian at a university makes me feel like I am still in school without having to pay tuition.  I also used to be a public school teacher and I love that I now get to have all the fun of being a teacher without any of the downsides.

2) What’s a project or committee you’re working on right now that you’re excited about?

This year I am chairing two NMRT committees.  I am so excited about both of them.  The Orientations committee is a lot of fun and provides a great service at Midwinter and Annual.  I love helping conference newbies figure out how to navigate a conference that can be very overwhelming.  I have worked with the Resume Review Service for over three years.  I really enjoy working on a committee that provides such a great and much needed service to colleagues that are job hunting.

3) What is one of your favorite things about NMRT?  

There are so many wonderful reasons to be part of NMRT. My favorite thing is the people. I have found everyone to be very open and accepting.  Sometimes, it seems to me, organizations can be somewhat cliquish (is that real word?).  I have never had that feeling about NMRT.

Do you have any advice for other new librarians?

My greatest advice isn’t just for librarians, but I think it is really applicable in this field. I think life is just too short to be unhappy in your work. You spend a huge portion of your life working, so make sure you enjoy it.  No amount of money is worth hating where you work or what you are doing. Figure out what makes you happy and find a way to make a living at it.

Don’t be shy–nominate yourself or someone you know to be our next NMRT Member of the Week! Fill out our nomination form here!


New Issue of Footnotes

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The latest edition of Footnotes is now available for your reading pleasure:

Alongside our regular features, this issue is jam-packed with:
– recaps from the ALA Annual Conference
– tips on writing book reviews
– reflections on distance librarianship
– the experience of being a new-but-not-young librarian
– suggestions for improving your library instruction technique
– an interview with BCALA President Elect, Kelvin Watson.
If you’re interested in contributing an article for a future issue, please contact the Editor with your submission ideas:



NMRT Member Spotlight: 5 Questions with Stephanie Santiful

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Stephanie Santiful

William R. and Norma B. Harvey Library, Hampton University

Hampton, VA

Cataloging Assistant

About Stephanie’s job:

I work in the Technical Services department where I perform original and copy cataloging for a wide range of materials. I also perform collection development duties for the audiovisual collection.

1)      What are some things you like about your job or about working in libraries in general?

I love libraries. I love the feeling of being surrounded by information. It’s great knowing that people can come into a library and research so many different topics. I consider myself a lifetime student and learner, so libraries are just really exciting for me. I think they are one of the few places that can manage to be both exciting and calming at the same time.

2)      What’s your dream library job?

While I am not currently a student, I am actively seeking employment for a full-time librarian position. My dream library job would be a collection development/management librarian for either a public or academic library.

 3)      What’s a project or committee you’re working on right now that you’re excited about?

Right now I am working on the book sale committee at my job. I am extremely excited about the book sale. The committee is filled with wonderful people who want to make the book sale a total success. Gathering the books has been pretty strenuous on our bodies, but it will totally be worth it!

4)      What got you interested in libraries?

I have loved libraries for as long as I can remember. In elementary school, our library was on the top floor of the school. There was a little pit in the middle of the library where we all sat, and the librarian would read to us. Library visits were my favorite part of school. I’ve always wanted to be an educator, and I enjoy researching. Deciding to become a librarian just sort of came naturally to me.

5)      What is one of your favorite things about NMRT? Do you have any advice for other new librarians?

One of my favorite things about NMRT is that it can be a guide to the ALA as a whole. The ALA can be pretty overwhelming when you’re a newcomer, and the NMRT works to help out those who may need a hand with navigating. Another thing I like about NMRT is both Footnotes and Endnotes. What librarian doesn’t want to be published?

Right now I’m still a Cataloging Assistant, so I’m not sure if I’m qualified to give advice. I will say that it’s important to ask questions, and to always use the resources available to you. Network and communicate with your peers to help you with ideas and suggestions. The great thing about librarians is that most of them are always willing to lend a hand.

Want to be our next member of the week? Know another new librarian who deserves to be in the spotlight? Fill out our nomination form here!