Archive for December, 2015
Are you heading to Midwinter 2016? Then be sure to check out the Google Map created by the NMRT Annual Conference Local Information Committee. This Google Map features various restaurants, lodging, and attractions in and around Boston. This map is a great idea for conference attendees, who are still planning their trip to Boston.
The NMRT Annual Conference Local Information Committee strives every year to provide relevant and usual information for all ALA members attending the Annual Conference; this is the first year the committee has also made a map for the Midwinter conference. The Boston map can be found here: https://sites.google.com/site/alamw16nmrt/home
Be sure to check the committee website in spring 2016 for information on the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, FL, including more information about our inaugural field trip event to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Friday June 24, 2016 at 7:00pm.
University of North Texas
What drew you to library and information sciences?
Libraries have always been my refuge, my “happy place,” and my primary resource to fuel insatiable curiosity. Some of my greatest discoveries were made in the countless hours spent in libraries: learning to read with my mother at the Austin Public Library; uncovering the meaning of my maiden name, Rudkin (Flemish; “little red one”) in the library at David Crockett High School; dusting off an obscure book about saints and their symbols that I read cover to cover (twice) in the Fine Arts Library at the University of Texas; and reverently examining some of the oldest manuscripts in the National Library of Scotland’s collection.
What’s your dream job after graduation?
I am fortunate to enjoy what has been, and continues to be, a long and very successful career in marketing. Yet whenever anyone has asked what I would be if I weren’t a marketing strategist, without any hesitation I have always professed “a librarian!” That answer was never a surprise to anyone that knows me well, as they also know my love of books, manuscripts, documents, research and the thrill of discovering new information. After my most recent declaration of “I want to be a librarian,” my husband looked at me pointedly and simply said, “Then be one.”
I am currently working toward my MSLS at the University of North Texas from where I am scheduled to graduate in December 2017 with a graduate certificate in archival management, as well.
I hope to leverage and apply my experience in consumer psychology and marketing to increase the appreciation of and improve usage of archives and special collections, thus widening access to information and resources not typically read by the general population. A precise description of my dream job is still a little elusive, but I can adamantly say that I would love to be an archivist for an organization that knows its history is important and relevant, and wants to create an archives from scratch.
What do you like most about NMRT?
I enjoy NMRT because it is a pathway for new members to connect with one another and the larger ALA family.
What is Endnotes?
Endnotes: The Journal of the New Members Round Table is the peer-reviewed, scholarly journal of the New Members Round Table. Endnotes publishes one issue a year with 2-3 peer-reviewed articles in each issue. The articles published in Endnotes address a variety of issues faced by new librarians. Endnotes accepts research and practitioner-based articles, and its aim is to work with new authors to produce quality scholarly articles. Endnotes also features book reviews.
Who can write for Endnotes?
Anyone! Authors must be a member of the New Members Round Table at the time of publication, but membership is not required in order to submit an article for consideration. New librarians, library school students, and recent graduates are especially encouraged to submit their work for publication in Endnotes. More established library professionals can also write for Endnotes, but they must address topics that are relevant to new librarians. Most people who publish in Endnotes are experiencing the publication and peer review process for the first time, and one of the goals of the journal is to be a non-threatening and supportive place.
What is the publication process?
Article submissions can be sent to the Endnotes Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once an article is received by the Editor, it is distributed to members of the NMRT Endnotes committee for peer review. The peer reviewers then evaluate the article on a number of factors, including the methodology, the relevance to NMRT members and new librarians, and the strength of the writing itself. They are then asked to make a recommendation for the article – it can be published with minor edits, published with major revisions, resubmitted for another review peer review after major revisions, or rejected. The overall recommendation of the reviewers is then communicated to the author. When at all possible, Endnotes provides authors with detailed feedback and suggestions for revisions.
What should articles be about?
Articles published in Endnotes can present original research or case studies, and are generally between 2,000 and 5,000 words long. Some articles report the results of an original research project such as a survey, while others describe the development of a new program or service. Some people have been able to write articles based on projects undertaken for an MLIS program or as part of their job, so don’t be intimidated – inspiration is everywhere.
Got an idea?
If you have an idea but are not sure if it fits the scope of Endnotes, email the Editor at email@example.com. General topics that might be appropriate for Endnotes include:
· Training and mentoring
· Job searching or hiring
· Developing leadership and management skills
· Library instruction and assessment
· Academic librarian responsibilities: hiring, promotion, and tenure
· Developing new collections or services
In general, anything that might be relevant to someone new to the library world!
For more information or to view previous issues, please visit http://www.ala.org/nmrt/oversightgroups/comm/schres
The NMRT Resume Review Service Committee is recruiting volunteer resume reviewers and booth greeters for ALA 2016 Midwinter Meeting. We are in need of volunteers to greet participants, and/or review resumes and cover letters. Librarians from all types of libraries and specializations are invited to volunteer.
We are also taking resume review appointments. The NMRT Resume Review Service booth, located inside the ALA JobList Placement & Career Development Center, is open Saturday, January 9th, and Sunday, January 10th, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. The service is free of charge to anyone. Appointment are 30 minutes long and usually fill up quickly. While we encourage advance appointments, on-site walk-ins are seen as time permits.
More information about volunteering and making an appointment is available at http://bit.ly/1vArIPT . If you have questions, please contact the NMRT Resume Review Service Committee Chair, Melanie Kowalski at firstname.lastname@example.org, or the Assistant Chair, Brandy Horne, at BrandyH@usca.edu.