Archive for June, 2015
The 2015 NMRT Professional Development Grant Award Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the Mango Languages/NMRT Professional Development Grant Award and Gale Cengage/NMRT Professional Development Grant Award. These $1,000 awards were graciously sponsored by Mango Languages and Gale Cengage Learning. 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.
Nora (at left) with Connie Carter, Head of Science Reference Section at the Library of Congress
Nora Ohnishi is the recipient of the Gale Cengage Learning/NMRT Professional Development Grant Award. She is currently completing an internship at the Library of Congress as a Web Archives Assistant, selecting websites for inclusion into online collections. She received her B.A. from Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas, and completed her MIS from the University of North Texas, focusing on health informatics. Nora has interned at the Disaster Information Management Research Center and National library of Medicine, working to provide disaster and emergency medical health information to the general public. Nora’s interests focus on early career librarian advocacy, bridging the digital divide, providing access and information to rural communities, and expanding access to health information.
Veronica Leigh Milliner is the recipient of the Mango Languages/NMRT Professional Development Grant Award. She works as a Library and Information Services Trainer for the St. Lucia Public Library System in the Eastern Caribbean. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BA double major in Ethics, History, & Public Policy and Film & Media Studies. She went on to receive a MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010. Veronica’s interests in the library field include library services for poor and marginalized people — both domestically and abroad, public programming/outreach, and ways in which libraries serve as transformative and beneficial institutions within our communities.
More information about the NMRT Professional Development Grant, including a list of past recipients, is available on the NMRT Awards, Grants, and Scholarships webpage.
Kelvin Smith Library | Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Digital Research Services Librarian for the Sciences
A little about Evan’s job:
My position straddles two library teams, one being the team for Digital Learning & Scholarship, for which I’m tasked with data services/management/visualization support for STEM researchers at my institution. The other team is Research Services, for which I play more traditional librarian roles, such as reference, collection development, instruction, and liaison support to my department.
1) What are some things you like about your job or about working in libraries in general?
While I’m still new to the profession of academic librarianship (about 10 months as of this writing), I’ve really enjoyed the breadth of subjects I’m exposed to, the variety of tasks I’m assigned, and the interaction with colleagues and patrons as part of my daily responsibilities. I’d also be lying if I said that libraries, as quiet places of contemplation, don’t appeal to me more generally, so I see my workplace as an added incentive to work in this field.
2) What got you interested in libraries?
With a background in science and a longtime interest in “organized skepticism,” my transition to an academic library career seemed like a logical choice, allowing me to fulfill my desire to support scholarship while also working to address our society’s dire information literacy needs.
3) What is one of your favorite things about NMRT?
That it exists at all! I suspect that most professions are somewhat bewildering to newbies, and to have a group like this, composed of other, relatively new entrants is comforting. Though I haven’t done so yet, I plan to take advantage of the NMRT’s mentoring program soon for some added guidance in my transition from padawan library school learner to full-on jedi master librarian!
We are in need of more NMRT Member of the Week nominations! 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!
Congrats to our newly elected 2015-2016 NMRT Executive Board Members! It was a close race with many excellent candidates; congrats to all of those who ran and I can’t wait to see what exciting new things our leaders have in store for NMRT!
Vice-President/President Elect: Kate Kosturski
“NMRT is an organization close to my heart – as I recall from my own student and new member experiences in 2007, ALA is vast and confusing. To be able to lead this fine group and help open doors for new members to their proper place in ALA is a true honor, and I look forward to continued work on the board and for our members. Thank you to all who voted!”
Secretary: Karen Doster-Greenleaf
“I’m excited to take a more active role in NMRT leadership and appreciate the opportunity to promote the great work the Round Table brings to the ALA community.”
Leadership Development Director: Nicole Spoor
Member Services Director: Julia Frankosky
“I’m super excited to be the new NMRT Member Services Director! I can’t wait to start working with the fabulous Board and all the fantastic NMRT members and prospective members.”
The Annual Conference Professional Development Attendance Award Committee is pleased to announce our two awards recipients.
April Grey will be attending the International Librarians Reception. April is an Assistant Professor and the Catalog Librarian at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. She is also the liaison for the Psychology Department. April serves on the ALA Committee on Diversity and the ALCTS Copy Cataloging Interest Group.
Michael Mungin will be attending the Freedom to Read Foundation & Merritt Fund 45th Anniversary Party. Michael is the Psychology Liaison Librarian at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he provides reference, research, and instruction services to JMU’s dedicated students and faculty. He is active in the Black Caucus of the American Librarian Association, The Psychology Committee of ACRL EBSS, and the GLBTRT of ALA.
Congratulations to both, and have a wonderful conference!