Archive for February, 2015


NMRT Annual Conference Professional Development Attendance Award

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NMRT members are invited to submit an essay to win a ticket to attend a ticketed event of their choosing at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA.The award is intended to facilitate professional development and networking opportunities for NMRT members through participation in special ticketed ALA events.

The essay contest is open to any NMRT member who is not currently serving on the Annual Conference Professional Development Attendance Award Committee or the NMRT Executive Board. To enter the contest, please write a short essay (about 250 words) telling the committee why you want to attend the selected event and how you feel you would benefit personally and professionally.

Applications due: April 16, 2015.
Winners will be notified by: May 7, 2015

The committee does not consider geographic location, age, sex, religion, race or national origin in the award selection process. Applications can be completed here.


NMRT Shirley Olofson Memorial Award Winner Announced!

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Kai Alexis Smith is the 2015 recipient of the New Members Round Table (NMRT) Shirley Olofson Memorial Award. This award, named in honor of the late NMRT President Shirley Olofson, is given annually to defray the costs of attending the ALA Annual Conference. Criteria for the award include membership in ALA and NMRT, promise or activity in the area of professional development, and financial need.

Kai Alexis Smith is the Librarian-­in­-Residence at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana. She earned her MSLIS from Pratt Institute (New York, NY) and her BFA in Writing for Publication at Pratt Institute (New York, NY). Current leadership roles in  library professional organizations include chair of the Diversity Committee of Art Library Society of North America (ARLIS/NA), liaison to the Black Caucus of ALA on Diversity Council, and a member of the ACRL/Arts Conference Programing Committee San Francisco 2015 and the Digital Technologies and the Arts Committee. Kai is also active in ALA, and NMRT, and is currently serving as NMRT’s Liaison to Library Information Technology Association (LITA). She will receive $1,000 to attend the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA.

The committee would like to thank all who applied for this year’s Shirley Olofson Memorial Award. Further information about this award, including past recipients, can be found at the NMRT Awards, Grants & Scholarships page.

Please join us in congratulating Kai Alexis Smith!

NMRT Shirley Olofson Memorial Award Committee
Rachel Jaffe, chair
Elizabeth Lieutenant
Sophie Rondeau
Jenny Stout
Maurini Strub
Samuel Suber
Lois Wilkins


NMRT 2015-2016 Candidates: Secretary

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ALA elections are approaching and this year NMRT is electing a Leadership Development Director, Vice-President/President-Elect, Member Services Director, and Secretary. Below, our candidates answer a few questions about their plans for the position.

Why are you interested in this position?

Karen Doster:   I would like to become more involved in ALA from a leadership perspective. I have found the NMRT to be a very engaging committee of ALA, and believe my involvement would give me the opportunity to provide influential to support to new individuals to our profession.

What skills and experiences do you bring to the position?

Karen Doster:  I served as secretary for the FSU ALA student chapter.

As Secretary your responsibilities include coordinating NMRT social networking presence on the appropriate tools. What do you feel is the best method to get information to the NMRT membership, and why? What is your plan for coordinating NMRT’s social networking presence?

Karen Doster:  My first responsibility will be coordinating with the out-going secretary to make sure the existing social networking efforts continue. I think it would be beneficial to poll our members to assess which social networking sites they use the most. Facebook has become a staple, but maybe members prefer receiving news from the round table though Twitter. Based on member feedback I would focus the NMRT social networking presence through those selected channels, and use secondary ones as needed.

What do you hope to learn if elected?

Karen Doster:  If elected, I hope to learn more about the structure and roles of executive boards for ALA committees. I also hope to learn more about our members to help identify how the round table can enrich their new careers as a librarian.

If elected, what time management skills will you employ to ensure that your NMRT duties remain a priority?

Karen Doster:  I plan to work closely with my supervisor to make sure that I am available for every online meeting, will set aside specific time during the week to maintain the NMRT’s social networking presence, and establish deadlines for important reports and information required by the committee and round table members.

Do you have questions of your own for the candidates?  Please post your question & the names of the candidate(s) you wish to answer on the NMRT Facebook page within the next week.

NMRT 2015-2016 Candidates: Member Services Director

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ALA elections are approaching and this year NMRT is electing a Leadership Development Director, Vice-President/President-Elect, Member Services Director, and Secretary. Below, our candidates answer a few questions about their plans for the position.

Why are you interested in this position?

Julia Frankosky:  I’m interested in serving as Member Services Director because I would like to work to encourage increased participation by NMRT members.  This includes improving retention of members and working to reach out to library school students and new librarians who are not yet NMRT members to emphasize the importance of participating in NMRT by highlighting the great opportunities available, not just professional development-wise, but also the networking potential.

Margaret Howard: I have really enjoyed my work with NMRT over the last three years and believe it has given me the skills and knowledge to better serve new librarians at the executive level. I’m enthusiastic and inspired by recent leadership and would like to continue the work they have done finding creative ways to support our new members.

What skills and experiences do you bring to the position?

Julia Frankosky:  I’ve been an active member of ALA and NMRT since 2011 and am also active in my state’s associations.  I’ve worked as a member on committees, including NMRT’s Endnotes and Professional Development Award committee.  I’ve contributed articles to Footnotes and have volunteered as a resume reviewer and booth greeter at ALA Annual.   For leadership, I’ve chaired committees for my state’s library association and at my library.  I’ve worked in many roles, with many different types of people and I enjoy not only working with others, but working to organize the work and ensuring that deadlines are met and goals are accomplished.

Margaret Howard:  I currently serve as the co-chair of the NMRT mentoring committee as well as the Virginia Library Association NMRT chair. I served as a NMRT mentoring committee member 2013-2014 and Liaison 2012-2014. I have a lot of experience managing projects and committees virtually and am a strong leader and project manager. I have collaborated with people with a range of working-styles and believe in creating a clear framework well as motivating with positive outcomes.

As Member Services Director, you will oversee the activities of committees that serve NMRT members and support member efforts toward professional development. What do you believe are the top three professional development priorities for new librarians, and why? How will you engage prospective and current NMRT members in the activities of the Roundtable?

Julia Frankosky:  To me, the top three professional development priorities for new librarians are:

Expanding one’s skillset: Committee work is an excellent opportunity for those new to the profession to develop skills that are needed for career success. Time management, leadership experience, and collaboration are just some of the excellent skills that can be acquired through involvement with NMRT.  The more skills and experiences that  a new professional has, the more desirable they are to current and future employers.

Networking: The job market for librarians is tight and having a strong network of connections at other institutions can really help you compete to find a job.  But networking isn’t just about helping you find a job: it is also about meeting others with similar interests that you can talk to about issues, events, and the profession.  Building a professional network early can help you with learning more from your peers and provide you with opportunities to contribute to the profession, by collaborating with those in your network on presentations, articles, etc.

Understanding how ALA works: ALA is a massive organization that can be very intimidating.  NMRT is a great way for new librarians to get involved with ALA and understand its structure.  This understanding will help eliminate the fear of trying to get involved in other ALA groups.  To grow professionally and share your expertise, involvement with ALA is really important, but in order to comfortably do this, you need to have an understanding of how exactly ALA works.

New librarians may not realize just how helpful it can be to their careers to get involved in ALA through NMRT.  There are so many professional benefits, including my top three listed above, but it can be intimidating at first.  I’d like to work on making NMRT committees and the process of getting involved seem less scary.  One way this can be achieved is informal discussions with current committee members by prospective members, such as on a message board.  Individuals interested in that committee could ask any questions related to the type of work and experiences of those currently on the committee so that they can learn more about the committee than what is stated in the formal documents.  If committees are more approachable and transparent, it could encourage others to get involved.

Margaret Howard:

1. Networking – I personally believe that networking is one of the best ways to learn and gain access in our competitive field and that NMRT is the most natural forum to provide this in ALA. Creating and supporting opportunities for NMRT members to connect with each other and other forums/associations strengthens our new members as well as ALA.

2. Affordable learning options – We need to develop our best talent and that means finding ways to offer professional development at an affordable rate. NMRT already does a great job of providing this and I would like to support these efforts as well as find new venues and options.

3. Mentoring – I have been greatly served by NMRT mentors and believe that creating these natural connections organically strengthens the organization and our membership.

What do you hope to learn if elected?

Julia Frankosky:   If elected, I hope to learn more about the higher-level operation of NMRT and ALA.  This would be achieved by participating in the executive board meetings and by interacting with board members and others involved in the coordination of NMRT.

Margaret Howard:  I am a great communicator and I know that by serving on the NMRT executive board I will see opportunities just by association. I am excited by using what I learn as an executive board member to find new connections for NMRT and the members we serve.

If elected, what time management skills will you employ to ensure that your NMRT duties remain a priority?

Julia Frankosky:   Working as Member Services Director will require a lot of time, and I love to keep busy.  As someone who is used to having a ton of responsibilities, I live by my “to do” lists and carefully set daily and weekly schedules, mapping out my time carefully.  When I was in my library school program, I worked full time, helping me to perfect my time management skills.  This has continued into my professional librarian life, ensuring that I balance all of my job responsibilities, from committee work to managing my collection areas and allowing ample time for my liaison responsibilities including reference and a heavy load information literacy sessions.  I’m confident that I would be able to apply my current time management strategies to ensure that I can meet all expectations and deadlines.

Margaret Howard:  A supervisor once said that I was the most laid-back Type-A personality they had ever worked with and I think that shows in how I manage projects. I’m always very aware of dates and timelines but I also believe in trusting that the people I’m working with are doing their very best. For me this means creating a timeline with clear goals and objectives, then regularly checking in if anyone needs help completing a tasks. I also have learned a lot about how much I am able to take on at once, if I am elected to this position it would be my main committee work and I do not plan to take on any other roles unless I am completely sure I have the resources to complete them.

Do you have questions of your own for the candidates?  Please post your question & the names of the candidate(s) you wish to answer on the NMRT Facebook page within the next week.

NMRT 2015-2016 Candidates: Leadership Development Director

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ALA elections are approaching and this year NMRT is electing a Leadership Development Director, Vice-President/President-Elect, Member Services Director, and Secretary. Below, our candidates answer a few questions about their plans for the position.

Why are you interested in this position?

Nicole Spoor: Since I first became active in ALA, NMRT has been the “place” that I call home. NMRT has helped me become a better librarian and get involved in our professional community through professional development opportunities and the chance to take on a leadership role early in my career.

I am interested in this position specifically, because I think that it is the duty of librarians to help other, especially newer, librarians continually improve and have the chance to become leaders in the field. From my perspective, the Leadership Development Director is in the position to do just that, by overseeing the committees that provide professional leadership opportunities to NMRT members.

What skills and experiences do you bring to the position?

Nicole Spoor: I have worked on NMRT committees for about four years and have served in committee leadership positions for the past two years. I currently chair the Orientations Committee and the Resume Review Service Committee, so I have quite a bit of experience overseeing committee work. I am also very enthusiastic about NMRT and the opportunities that it provides new librarians.

As Leadership Development Director you will oversee the activities of committees that support & encourage professional leadership in NMRT members. What do you believe are three biggest challenges that new librarians face when taking on a leadership role, and why? How will you work to develop leadership skills of NMRT members?

Nicole Spoor: The biggest challenge is how to become a leader in the first place. Many people think that you have to be in a supervisory position in order to be a leader, but that just isn’t true. Another challenge for many new librarians is their lack of experience in the field. It can be difficult to be a leader when those surrounding you have been in the field for much longer. This can lead to the internal challenge of not being sure what they have to offer as a leader, because they haven’t been librarians for very long. Learning to be a leader no matter what your job description says or how long you have been in the field is a skill that many new librarians need.

I will work to develop leadership skills of NMRT members by supporting the work of the NMRT committees that promote leadership skills. I will also work to promote participation on these committees, encourage NMRT members to take advantage of the professional leadership opportunities presented by these committees, and promote NMRT membership, in general.

What do you hope to learn if elected?

Nicole Spoor: I hope to learn more about the inner workings of NMRT and the committees that I would oversee. I am especially excited to work with the professional development awards committees, because of the work they do to provide awards that help new librarians have the opportunity to attend ALA conferences.

If elected, what time management skills will you employ to ensure that your NMRT duties remain a priority?

Nicole Spoor: I have the good fortune to work at an institution that not only expects and supports my participation in professional organizations like NMRT, but also provides ample time for me to be fully involved. Because of this, I know that it will be easy for me to balance my job duties and my role as NMRT Leadership Development Director over the next two years.

Do you have questions of your own for the candidates?  Please post your question & the names of the candidate(s) you wish to answer on the NMRT Facebook page within the next week.

NMRT 2015-2016 Candidates: Vice-President/President-Elect

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ALA elections are approaching and this year NMRT is electing a Leadership Development Director, Vice-President/President-Elect, Member Services Director, and Secretary. Below, our candidates answer a few questions about their plans for the position.

Why are you interested in this position?

Kate Kosturski: I’ve been involved with NMRT for several years now – progressing from committee member to Board Member (Leadership Development Director).  I fully believe in the mission of NMRT – making new members feel welcome.  It also fits with my personality type (ENTJ – The Giver) – I love making people feel part of something and giving back what NMRT did for me in my first years in librarianship – opening doors.  Being President will allow me to continue that spirit of giving back.

Jessica Sender: I joined NMRT four years ago, when I was in graduate school at Indiana University, and I’ve found the connections I’ve made to be truly invaluable. I want to continue making these connections and contribute in a more significant way to helping other new librarians benefit in the same way I have. When I first got involved I followed a track that I think many new professionals do: volunteering for a committee, serving as co chair or chair, and then looking towards expanding roles by serving on the executive board. I spent one year as a committee member for the Liaison Coordination and Support Committee, and then served as chair for two years. I’m currently serving as chair of the NMRT Professional Development Grant Committee. I’m getting to the point in my career and my professional involvement where I believe I can offer something to new professionals, and I’m invested in seeing NMRT succeed as an organization that fosters growth, collaboration, and commitment to the field of librarianship.

What skills and experiences do you bring to the position?

Kate Kosturski: My involvement with the NMRT Board is the experience I feel is best for this position – I already know how the Board operates, and the responsibilities involved.  I’m also a former president of an ALA Student Chapter (Pratt Institute SILSSA, 2009-2010) so I’m comfortable leading a group for an extended period of time.  I’m also no stranger to stepping up when needed, asking forgiveness rather than permission in doing so.  At my current job, our manager was let go during a time when we were rolling out new database software.  Without seeking approval from my (interim) superiors, I stepped up to provide help to my coworkers when needed as we worked our way through this software, and I am still seen today as a point person for help.

Jessica Sender: I’ve been involved in a number of ALA and NMRT committees, roundtables, and initiatives, all of which have been instrumental in developing my understanding of how NMRT functions, and how it interacts with and supports other ALA divisions and groups. I was an Emerging Leader in 2011, and I participated in the first Immersion Teaching with Technology track in 2013. Both of these experiences were instrumental in defining paths I took in ALA, and NMRT. I was also the chair of the NMRT Liaison Coordination and Support Committee for two years. In this role, I was responsible for coordinating communication between ALA divisional, roundtable, and committee representatives, and NMRT, which was a demanding and eye-opening task. I saw firsthand just how many different groups comprise ALA, and how diverse these groups are. I also saw how difficult it is to sometimes get liaison representation, and as a result I worked to reach new groups and attract new liaisons. This position required an extensive amount of emailing, calling, corralling, and managing groups of people, both inside and outside of NMRT, and it provided me with the necessary skills to succeed as Vice-President/President-Elect of NMRT.

Outside of NMRT, I’ve served in many different capacities, all of which have contributed to the development of skills and experiences I would bring to this position. I served as chair for the Virtual Reference Discussion Group, and I’m currently on the Outreach Committee for Machine Assisted Reference Services (MARS). I was appointed by ALA President to serve on the ALA Committee on Literacy. I’ve tried to be intentional in ALA so I can have a real impact in the profession and within ALA. ALA can seem overwhelming and unwieldy at times, but being involved in the roundtables and divisions I have chosen has made me feel like I am positively contributing not only to my field, but helping pave the way for other librarians to follow.

One of the influential and impactful professional programs I’ve been a part of is the LLAMA mentoring program. I was paired with a mentor in 2013 and we still video chat once a month. That positive experience has really made a difference for me in my first few years as a librarian, as I discover what it really means to work in dynamic, complicated, and collaborative professional environments. I would like to investigate what else we can do with NMRT Mentoring initiatives and broaden them or -perhaps even partner with other divisions and roundtables with similar programs.

As Vice-President/President-Elect, one of your responsibilities will be preparing for your Presidential term the following year. How will you work with the current President to advance her/his initiatives while planning for your own presidency?

Kate Kosturski: I’m very willing to share my own ideas for my Presidential term and theme with the President, to come up with ways we can subtly integrate both our ideas into the Presidential theme for the year.   I’ve noticed this collaboration already in my years with NMRT – the themes from year to year are build off of each other.  For example, Emily Prather-Rogers’ theme touched on the idea of finding balance in your career, and Megan Hodge’s theme allows for influence at all stages of your career.   Finding that balance is necessary before you can implement influence – you can’t be influential to others if your own house is in not in proper order!

Jessica Sender:  During the two years I was chair of the NMRT Liaison Coordination and Support Committee, I worked closely with past-presidents of NMRT; and I’ve worked directly with Megan in my role as chair of the NMRT Professional Development Grant Committee and in other capacities. I know that the presidents have a lot of experience-not only in leadership roles within NMRT, but also serving on committees and chairing committees outside of NMRT, and I hope to learn from their experiences as I prepare for my own presidency. Working alongside the current president will help me better understand the strengths of NMRT and identify opportunities for growth and action.  Continuity and creativity go hand in hand, and I believe I can lead in developing initiatives that build on the foundation of NMRT and contribute to its ongoing progress. The great thing about NMRT is that there continues to be a wonderful group of new librarians who have new ideas and perspectives- drawing from and incorporating new energy is critical. Building upon the many years of hard work of others while also setting a clear path for the future is vital, and that is what I plan to do as Vice-President/President-Elect.

What do you hope to learn if elected?

Kate Kosturski: All about our members!  The theme I have given some thought to, should I be elected (hopefully you don’t find that too presumptuous!) is “Opening Doors in ALA.”  Our parent organization is vast, bureaucratic, and quite large.  For a new member, this is intimidating.   I want to use my role as president to match people with where they fit in best with ALA – and in order to do so, I need to learn about our members’ values, concerns, desires, and needs from NMRT and larger ALA.  This job is just as much listening as it is leading!

Jessica Sender:  I hope to learn what we can do as NMRT members to be more involved in ALA as a whole; how we as a group can facilitate for others the transition from new to seasoned professional; and where (both physically and virtually) we can create forums for NMRT members to foster their professional and personal interests within ALA.  I think it’s also important to recognize that this isn’t a one-size-fits-all organization or professions; I’d like to learn what I can do to serve recent library school graduates, as well as professionals re-entering the profession or making a switch from academic to public libraries, for example. NMRT has done great work already, and I look forward to reaching out and surveying new NMRT members to find out how their needs have shifted with the changing professional landscape – and how we can best serve those needs. I’d also like to learn how NMRT can continue to contribute to diversity initiatives across ALA, working to make ALA and all its divisions more inclusive.  I hope to learn from my colleagues and peers in NMRT to make the group as reflective of its constituents as possible.

If elected, what time management skills will you employ to ensure that your NMRT duties remain a priority?

Kate Kosturski: If needed, I will step down from other committee appointments to ensure that NMRT remains my first and foremost priority. I will, of course, speak with my employer to work out ways to ensure that both my paying job and NMRT duties receive the utmost care and attention they deserve.

Jessica Sender:  I’m one of those people who loves to be busy – I find unexpected inspiration in the connections that arise across my projects, coursework, and conversations with those around me, and this leads to a creative depth in my work that might not be there otherwise. At the same time, I’m used to staying on top of things (like an overflowing inbox) by prioritizing tasks and addressing things promptly. Another vastly important time management skills is knowing when to rely on others and ask for help. NMRT is a big group of intelligent and passionate individuals, many of whom are as excited as I am to help on different projects and initiatives.

Do you have questions of your own for the candidates?  Please post your question & the names of the candidate(s) you wish to answer on the NMRT Facebook page within the next week.  


NMRT Annual Program Offers Advice on Salary Negotiation

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When assessing a job offer, don’t sit back and hope for the best – step forward to make it your best offer! Join us online March 3 at noon (EST) for “Salary Negotiation: How to make your next offer your best offer” and learn how from Jennifer Dorning and Aliqae Geraci, co-authors of ALA’s Advocating for Better Salaries Toolkit (5th edition).

Sponsored by the New Members Roundtable (NMRT) Annual Program Committee, the session will be accessible online through Adobe Connect at Please sign in early, as space is limited to 100 participants.

The program will provide an overview of the negotiation process and resources for researching fair market value and cost of living. Participants will learn how to develop a negotiation strategy, adjust their strategy based on the type of library, and incorporate non-salary compensation factors into asks.

Jennifer Dorning is Research Director for the Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO (DPE) and currently serves as co-chair of the AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee on Library Service to Labor. She is a graduate of Portland State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and Gonzaga University School of Law. Prior to the DPE, Jennifer worked for two years as a criminal defense lawyer.

Aliqae Geraci is ILR Research Librarian and Assessment Coordinator at Cornell University. She chairs the ALA-APA Standing Committee on the Salaries and Status of Library Workers and co-chairs the RUSA AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee on Library Service to Labor Groups. A former public librarian and union researcher, Aliqae holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Labor Studies and received her MSLIS from Long Island University.

The NMRT Annual Program Committee sponsors online programs designed to support library professionals. In addition to “Salary Negotiation: How to make your next offer your best offer,” the 2014-15 series will offer a program on networking and the job hunt (June 9). For further information, contact committee co-chairs Alyse Ergood at aergood[at] or Beth Canzoneri at bcanzoneri[at]



NMRT Member Spotlight: 5 Questions with Stephanie Reinhardt

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Stephanie Reinhardt

Western Allegheny Community Library, Oakdale PA

Youth Services Librarian

A little about Stephanie’s job:

I work at a medium-sized public library in a rural/suburban area outside Pittsburgh. My department covers birth-18, and uses ECRR2 and STEAM concepts to enhance early learning opportunities in the library and the community at large. That really means that I have lots of opportunities to get into the community to share the love of learning. I also coordinate and runs a variety of teen and middle grade programs to foster curiosity and provide a safe space, both intellectually and physically, for older youth in the area. Of course, there’s also the infamous “other duties as assigned.”

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

In my job, I like the age range I get to work with. There’s something really nice about being able to run a baby storytime and watch children interacting with books very early, and then go to the teen room and get in a discussion about the best champion in League of Legends. I’ve worked at several libraries, and I’ve never gotten tired of helping people find new ways to connect to the things they love – whether that’s through books, programs, websites, or other resources.

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

I’ve been working on launching STEAM programming for every age group in the library. We’ve had some really great STEAM programming for school age kids (Bedtime Math’s Crazy 8’s has been a hit), and we’re extending that into PreK Art and Science, Middle School Mythbusters, and I’m sneaking some science and art into my teen’s hangout sessions. It’s a work in progress, but I think that really blowing up what they think is “math” (music,  anyone?) or “science” (exploding things, gross things, stuff they do every day) has far-reaching implications for how they view lifelong learning in general.

3) What got you interested in libraries?

My parents told me that I had to get a job when I was 16, and I begged them not to make me apply anywhere else until I’d heard back about a paging position at the local library. Thankfully, I got that job, and worked there for about 6 years. I was really lucky – I was surrounded by librarians who wanted me to learn and wanted to learn from me. It’s a great working environment, but it really embodied what libraries can be to the community. I liked books (and obsessively neat shelves), but it was the people on both sides of the desk that really made the library a place I wanted to invest my time and energy.

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

NMRT does a great job connecting new members to each other and to the organization. Their recent partnership with LLAMA to create the New Professionals Section in that division was a great encouragement to me as a library student last year. Promoting the idea that leadership doesn’t come with a “desired years of experience” is one of NMRT’s strengths. They also gave me the opportunity to publish in Footnotes, which feels like a giant foot in the door. When you’re a student or recently graduated, you hear a lot of horror stories about getting into the field – the placement rate isn’t always the best in libraries – and by providing opportunities to interact with the profession and get yourself out there, the NMRT provides a real and valuable service.

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

Try to read the job description for a job you want like it was already written for you. We can be a humble group of folks, and so we can sell ourselves short when it comes to applying for jobs, more easily identifying with the things that we don’t match with than the things we do. If you read it like the person was thinking of you when they wrote it, you might still see areas where they were mistaken, but you might find that you have strengths you didn’t think about before. Think about what jobs your mom would tell you that you were qualified for. If you have a job, thinking about the tasks in the same way can let you come up with ways that you bring something uniquely awesome to your job. Just because you think about something in a certain way all the time doesn’t mean it won’t be a really cool new perspective for everyone else.

Are you a new NMRT member? Consider nominating yourself for our NMRT Member of the Week spotlight–we want to get to know you! New or experienced, show support for your fellow librarians by nominating a librarian that deserves to be featured here!


Apply Now for Student Chapter of the Year!

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Apply now for the Student Chapter of the Year Award!
Has your student chapter been active in supporting member involvement and leadership? Have you, or any of your individual members, been recognized for notable awards or achievements this past year? And in general, have you and your members had an exemplary year of engagement and programming? If so, apply now for the Student Chapter of the Year Award!

Purpose of the Award
This Award is presented in recognition of a chapter’s outstanding contributions to the American Library Association (ALA), their school, and the library/information science profession. The purpose of the award is to increase student involvement in ALA through student chapters, and to recognize future leaders.

Award and Award Criteria
All ALA Student Chapters in good standing are eligible to receive the ALA Student Chapter of the Year Award. The selected Student Chapter will receive $1,000 to help defray travel expenses to ALA Annual; the winning chapter and the runner up will each receive a certificate. Both will be recognized at the NMRT Student Reception at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA.

Nomination Form
To download the nomination form, and for more information on the form, please visit the NMRT Student Chapter of the Year Award website at Please e-mail the completed form and any supporting documents in either Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format to the committee chair, Michelle Demeter ( The deadline for submitting a completed nomination is March 2, 2015, 11:59pm EST.

If you have additional questions, please contact Michelle Demeter (


NMRT Member Spotlight: 5 Questions with Emily Mross

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Emily Mross

Northampton Community College Monroe Campus, Tannersville, PA

Monroe Campus Library Manager

A little bit about Emily’s job:

I oversee day-to-day operation of a newly-opened library, including management of staff and space. I also schedule and teach information literacy instruction for library-integrated classes as well as one-shot sessions, conduct reference work, and serve on various campus committees.

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

I love working with students. Many of my students are not very confident in their skills, either graduating recently from high school without much support, or returning to school after a long time. These students often have not had a great relationship with libraries/librarians, so I really look forward to making them feel comfortable in our space and confident in using our services to support their education.

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

I’ve recently taken responsibility for planning events on our campus related to an endowed college grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities that supports year-long humanities programs at my school. This year’s theme is “Agriculture and the American Identity”. My campus is a branch of the main campus and had not previously had much programming for NEH due to space constraints. Now we are on a beautiful new campus with plenty of room for gathering. Presently, I’m scheduling a film screening and discussion of the documentary Fed Up at a local non-profit theater and a farming presentation from a local living historical farm.

3) What got you interested in libraries?

I have always been deeply interested in connecting people with information, and originally set out to be a journalist. After some time in the field, I realized that while I still deeply believed in my mission of connecting people and information, journalism was not the best way for me personally to do it. After some soul searching, librarianship seemed like the perfect fit for my skills and interests. I get to work directly with my community and help connect them with the information they need, every day.

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

NMRT has been a great introduction to ALA as a whole. I’ve had a wonderful experience meeting new people at conferences and learning about the many things that librarians do without feeling like a lost newbie.

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

I think librarianship, especially for new librarians, can be a lot like improv. So the important thing to remember is to say YES. Obviously, you need to temper things and not get overwhelmed, but to really grow as a professional, it’s really important to greet new opportunities and challenges with a “yes” attitude.

Valentines Day is around the corner–share the love with your fellow NMRT members by nominating another librarian or yourself to be our next Member of the Week here!

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