Archive for November, 2015


ATTENTION: Upcoming State ALA Conferences

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:10 pm by nmrtsecretary

If you are looking to connect with fellow new library professionals at your local state conference, you are in luck. ALA’s NMRT will be working with several state associations to help connect with new professionals in the field.


Where:  Hawaii Library Association Annual Conference (University of Hawaii @Manoa)

When:   Friday, December 4- Saturday, December 5, 2015

Time:    7:30-8:30am

Place:    Registration Booth


Look out for more information for following conferences next year!

March – Oklahoma Library Association

April – Washington Library Association, Tennessee Library Association, Alaska Library Association, Connecticut Library Association

May – Rhode Island Library Association, Delaware/Maryland Library Association, New Jersey Library Association


If you want to help coordinate something, email



NMRT Online Discussion Forum – Upcoming Monthly Discussions

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:31 pm by nmrtsecretary

This year the NMRT Online Discussion Forum will be hosting monthly discussions via the NMRT listserv- so be on the lookout for the prompts and we hope many of your can participate. These discussions are a great way for you to network and chat about current topics in the library field. It’s also a great way to participate in ALA if you cannot attend conferences. If you are not subscribed to the listserv already you can sign-up here:

We will also be hosting live chats every other month. Our first live chat will be Monday, November 16 from 2pm-3pm EST/11am-12pm PST. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about upcoming chat events.

Please mark your calendars and participate if you can. More info will be available soon here:


NMRT Announces Mandi Goodsett as 2016 Emerging Leader

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:13 pm by nmrtsecretary


The New Members Round Table (NMRT) is pleased to announce Mandi Goodsett as its representative in the 2016 Emerging Leaders program. Goodsett is currently working as the Performing Arts & Humanities Librarian at Cleveland State University in Ohio. She received her MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013. Before beginning her current position in 2014,  she spent a year working at Georgia Southwestern State University as Reference & Instruction Librarian.

Goodsett has served on a number of NMRT committees since becoming a member of NMRT in 2011, including the NMRT Footnotes, NMRT ALA Student Reception, and NMRT Endnotes committees. She also served on the NMRT Board as secretary from 2014-2015. Mandi’s research interests include the development of LIS education, the experiences of new librarians, and the use of technology in library instruction. She is excited for the publication of an article she co-wrote with Andrew Walsh titled “Building a Strong Foundation: Mentoring Programs for Novice Tenure Track Librarians in Academic Libraries” in C&RL in early November.

Goodsett is also in the process of beginning an organization for new information professionals in the state of Ohio. When Mandi isn’t geeking out about information literacy & library instruction, or doing homework toward a Masters in Adult Education, she enjoys traveling, playing her viola in a community orchestra, and baking treats for her library coworkers.

Mandi is deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve as NMRT’s 2016-2017 Emerging Leader. “NMRT has been such a welcoming and supportive group, and its programs and opportunities have helped me immensely in beginning my professional development as a new librarian,” she said. “I’m honored to continue my participation in the group as Emerging Leader, and I look forward to further developing my leadership skills.”

“Mandi has established an impressive record of leadership within NMRT and a dedication to collaborating with other professionals. We’re excited to support the professional development of someone so enthusiastic and committed to librarianship,” expressed NMRT President, Kirby McCurtis.

 Goodsett is the ninth NMRT sponsored Emerging Leader. Previous NMRT-sponsored Emerging Leaders are Linda Crook (then Shippert) in 2008, Alexandra Tyle-Annen in 2009, Janel Kinlaw (then White) in 2010, Megan Hodge in 2011, Heidi Steiner in 2012, Margaret Howard in 2013, Kate Tkacik in 2014, and Stacey Nordlund in 2015.

The Emerging Leaders program enables newer librarians from across the country to participate in work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA’s structure and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. As NMRT’s 2016 Emerging Leader, Goodsett will receive $1000 towards the costs of attending the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston, MA, as well as the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, FL.

NMRT, a round table of ALA, is an organization for people with fewer than 10 years of membership in ALA. To learn more about NMRT, visit .


NMRT Shirley Olofson Memorial Award Committee

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:26 pm by nmrtsecretary

The NMRT Shirley Olofson Memorial Award Committee is seeking applicants for a $1,000 award, intended to defray the costs of attending the ALA Annual Conference. Shirley Olofson was a well-respected NMRT President who died during her term of office. After her death, the NMRT Executive Board decided to authorize the establishment of an award to honor her memory. The award is given to current or potential NMRT members who have attended no more than five American Library Association Annual Conferences.

Applicants must also be members of ALA and NMRT, participate actively in the library profession, show promise or activity in the area of professional development, and have a valid financial need.
Those interested in the award may submit an application online at this webpage:

The due date for applications in December 14th, 2015. The chosen recipient will be notified in late January/early February. Please direct all questions to Jennifer Stout at


NMRT Footnotes – Get published!

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:52 pm by nmrtsecretary

Looking for Publication Opportunities?

Consider Writing for Footnotes!

What is Footnotes?
Footnotes is the official, electronic newsletter for the New Members Round Table (NMRT). With new issues published four times a year, Footnotes strives to bring relevant news and information to NMRT members (for free!), including articles of interest to new library professionals about all things library-related, book and website reviews, ALA conference information (including recaps of NMRT sessions for those who are unable to attend), NMRT Board actions, and more! Footnotes depends on you to write and share information with your peers and colleagues.

Why Publish?
Publishing is a great way to get more involved in the library profession. By sharing what you know/learned/experienced, you’re helping to spread your knowledge to the NMRT community. Some library positions also require publications and Footnotes is a great, low stress way to get started with professional writing. Plus, publications always look great on a resume/curriculum vitae!

Who can Write for Footnotes?
Library school students, recent graduates, new library professionals, new librarians…if you have an interest in libraries, we encourage you to consider writing for Footnotes!

The Footnotes Publication Process
The thought of publishing anything can be intimidating, but Footnotes is a non-scary place to get started. Since this is a newsletter, articles are generally in the 500-1500 word range and these articles do not go through the peer review process. When you have an article (or book/website review, etc.), just send it on to the Footnotes editor (currently Anita Dryden<> for 2015-2016). The editor will review and assign your article for copy editing to a member of the Footnotes editorial committee. If there are questions, the editor will email you. Yes, it is really that easy!

Got an Idea?
If you have an idea but you’re not sure if it is something that would be of interest to other new librarians and library school students, send it on to the Footnotes editor (currently Anita Dryden<> for 2015-2016) anyway! Articles are accepted on a rolling basis and will be included in the next issue (issues are published February, May, August, and November).

Coming up with an idea can be one of the hardest aspects of publishing. Think about what you do everyday: an information literacy strategy you use, programming you created, or a tool you use daily could very well be something many of us are not familiar with and would love to hear about.

For more information or to view previous issues, please visit