Archive for March, 2015


Councilor Report & Welcome to Our Interim Councilor, Margaret Howard!

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:20 pm by nmrtsecretary

Susan Jennings, NMRT’s former councilor, has finished her write-up for Council actions at the 2015 ALA Midwinter meeting. Please see her blog here for an update on what’s happening for ALA in the coming year.

While Susan has been an excellent councilor for NMRT, she will no longer be able to perform this function for us. Fortunately, we have a wonderful interim councilor through June 30, 2016, Margaret Howard, who is very excited to work with us! Below is a little about Margaret in her own words.

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“I am Margaret Howard, your new NMRT Councilor. I am an Assistant Branch Manager at Chesterfield County Public Library, a nine-branch system located in the suburbs of Richmond, VA. I was a member of the 2013 ALA Emerging Leaders class and was sponsored by NMRT. I chaired the NMRT Vice-Presidential Planning Committee 2013-2014 during Megan Hodge’s tenure as Vice President, and I currently serve as Co-Chair of the NMRT Mentoring Committee. I was a member of the NMRT mentoring committee 2013-2014, served as a NMRT Liaison 2012-2013, and the LLAMA Continuing Education Committee 2013-2015. In addition to my participation in ALA I am an active member of the Virginia Library Association (VLA) and currently serve as VLA NMRT Chair. I served as VLA NMRT Chair-Elect 2013-2014 and as VLA Secretary/Treasurer 2012-2013. I have been on the Library Quarterly Review Board since 2014.

My plan for keeping NMRT members up to date on council is through a blog and notifying members of new posts through NMRT-L and coordinating with NMRT Secretary on NMRT social media outlets. In addition to thorough blog posts I would also include a “tl;dr” highlighted version of council happenings.”

Thanks Margaret for stepping up to the plate for NMRT and keeping us so well informed!



NMRT March Live Chat: Conference Proposals and Scholarships

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:40 pm by nmrtsecretary

When: Thursday March 26th 2015; 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, US/Eastern

Conference Proposals and Scholarships can be a very rewarding aspect to one’s career as a librarian.  Join NMRT for a live chat to learn and share tips and tricks on writing a conference proposal and/or scholarship application.  This can be very helpful whether you are a student, new librarian or someone with many years in the field with a lot of conference proposal and scholarship application experience that can be shared with all.  Come chat and learn from one another!

This chat will be happening on Twitter. To join and follow the chat, follow Leigh Milligan at @INALJ_PA and/or follow the hashtag #nmrtchat You can follow the tweets by typing #nmrtchat into the search box or use something like TweetDeck or HootSuite to filter the tweets.

The most important thing is to include #nmrtchat in all of your tweets to make them visible for all participants.

When the chat starts, send a tweet to introduce yourself, it’s always helpful to know who everyone is.

Leigh, the chat moderator will be asking 4 questions in the Q1, Q2, Q3 and Q4 format, and followers will use the #nmrtchat and answer in the A1, A2, A3 and A4 format.

Feel free to retweet any comments you like or agree with, and share any articles or blogs of interest.

Look forward to seeing you all at #nmrtchat !


Join us for the NMRT President’s Program at the ALA Annual Conference

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:10 pm by nmrtsecretary

Join us for the NMRT President’s Program at the ALA Annual Conference, “Cultivating Your Influence: How to be a Leading Librarian.” Becoming a leader can be quite an intimidating prospect for many new (and not-so-new) librarians and information professionals. No matter your career level or library type, being a leading advocate is an important component of librarianship and is critical when rallying support for ideas, services, and library users. Join us to learn from experienced librarians on how to make your voice heard.

This interactive pre-conference featuring a diverse panel of librarians will be held on Friday, June 26, from 1pm to 4pm. The session is a wonderful opportunity to learn from some leading librarians. Register for this ticketed event using the special code NMR2015 for a member discount.

We hope to see you there!


Get Involved, Meet Other Librarians, & Make a Difference–Volunteer for a NMRT Committee!

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:08 pm by nmrtsecretary

From NMRT Vice-President/President Elect, Kirby McCurtis:

Are you looking for a way to get more involved in the profession but don’t know where to start? New Members Round Table (NMRT) is the place to start and now is your opportunity to do so! The first step is to complete the 2015-2106 volunteer form. By completing the volunteer form you are guaranteed a spot on a committee. For no other Round Table and/or Division is meaningful involvement so simple!

I joined NMRT in 2010 after an invitation from then NMRT President (now ALA President) Courtney Young. Courtney inspired me to take the next step in building a professional network by not only joining the Round Table but by volunteering to serve. I found a great group of people from across the country that I connected with, and of course I was hooked. Now, five years later I’m anticipating the start of my term as NMRT President in July 2015. I would love for you to serve with me in 2015-2106—let’s work together to make both the Round Table and profession a great and welcoming atmosphere for everyone!

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