10 ways to get your membership’s worth

Your NMRT membership is a big value for the money. Here are ten ways to maximize your membership.

The NMRT listserv is the place to go for information on what is happening and what is on the minds of librarians new to the profession and association. Calls for committee members, newsletter submissions, scholarship opportunities, professional development and conference events are posted on NMRT-L. Don’t miss out!

Participate in monthly Online Discussion Forums
Conducted via NMRT-L, this is a great way to discuss issues important to early career librarians. Past topics have included negotiating salaries, the interview process, networking, and publishing.

Resume Review Service
Whether you are a recent graduate or looking to move up, have your resume and cover letter reviewed by experienced professionals in the field. This service is offered via email to NMRT members all year, and in-person during the Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference to all attendees.

Join A Committee
Want to contribute and do something meaningful? Consider joining one of NMRT’s 20+ committees. Help other new members find their way to professional development and networking opportunities and learn more about what NMRT can do for you in the process.

Network Socially With NMRT Members
Connecting with friends and colleagues via Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn? Why not add NMRT and keep up with members as well. Join the NMRT group on Facebook and LinkedIn, and follow alanmrt on Twitter. ALA Connect offers another way to get to know NMRT members.

Write A Piece For Footnotes
Footnotes is the round table newsletter published online four times a year. We want to publish your on the job experiences, news items, and reports on conference events. Look for a call for submissions on NMRT-L or contact the Footnotes Editor with your article idea.

Attend A Conference
In addition to the great professional development sessions offered, conferences are a great way to meet other librarians face-to-face or virtually. NMRT offers opportunities to meet others and have a good time doing it. Attend one of our programs, social gatherings, receptions, or information sessions at ALA’s Annual Conference and Midwinter Meeting.

Sign Up For A Mentor
If you need a mentor for one year or one conference, NMRT can help match you up. Year long mentoring can help with new job advice, while conference mentoring can assist with what sessions would be most valuable for you and how to get around. NMRT mentors are friendly people ready to help!

Attend An Orientation Session
Going the ALA Annual Conference for the first time (or it’s been a while)? Attend the NMRT Conference Orientation or NMRT Conference 101. The Midwinter Meeting your first in-person event? Join us at the NMRT Conference Orientation.

Get Funded
NMRT annually provides scholarships, grants, and awards to defray the cost of travel to the Annual Conference. These include the 3M/NMRT Professional Development Grant, the Shirley Olofson Memorial Award, and the Student Chapter of the Year Award.

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