The New Members Round Table (NMRT) is pleased to announce Kate Tkacik as its representative in the 2014 Emerging Leaders program. Tkacik is currently working as a business librarian with the Bank of Montreal Business Research Group in Chicago.
She received her MLIS from Dominican University in 2012. In addition to her work at BMO, Tkacik helped shape the “tumblarian” community (librarians on tumblr), and regularly blogs at “TheLifeguardLibrarian” (thelifeguardlibrarian.tumblr.com). She was named one of Library Journal’s 2013 Movers & Shakers for this work.
As the 2014 NMRT Emerging Leader, Tkacik is excited about the possibilities the program will bring to deepen her involvement with the American Library Association (ALA) and NMRT. “I’m incredibly thrilled and appreciative for this opportunity to participate in the Emerging Leaders program. I can’t wait to meet my cohort and do work,” she said. Tkacik joined NMRT in 2013 and currently serves on the Web Committee.
“Kate’s abundant energy and commitment to engaging with and inspiring diverse groups of individuals was obvious from her Emerging Leaders Program application,” noted NMRT President, Emily Prather-Rodgers. Tkacik is the seventh 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, and Margaret Howard in 2013.
The Emerging Leaders program enables newer librarians from across the country to participate in workgroups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA’s structure and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. Emerging Leaders receive up to $1,000 each to participate in the Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference, and each participant is expected to provide years of service to ALA or one of its units.
NMRT, a roundtable of ALA, is an organization for people with fewer than 10 years of membership in ALA. To learn more about NMRT visit, http://www.ala.org/nmrt