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NMRT Nominating Committee: Candidate Interviews for 2023 Ballot

Peter Rolla, candidate for vice-president/president-elect: What do you hope to accomplish as part of NMRT’s leadership? My current experience chairing one of the NMRT committees has shown me that the round table does a lot of great work but that the … Continue reading

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Interview with Sonnet Ireland, Former Louisiana Library Association (LLA) President and Current Director for the Washington Parish Library

Within the last couple years, a pervasive new threat to libraries has been infiltrating communities across America. Coordinated book challenge movements have been putting pressure on librarians and politicians to change the way school and public library materials are selected. … Continue reading

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NMRT Member of the Month Spotlight – Taylor Brooks

Taylor Brooks is the 2023 ALA Emerging Leader for NMRT! Email: Institution: Seattle Public Library Job Title: African American Collection and Community Engagement Librarian Brief Job Description: The scope includes the management of the African American Collection, including maintenance … Continue reading

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2023 Shirley Olofson Memorial Award Winner Announced

The New Members Round Table’s (NMRT) Shirley Olofson Memorial Award Committee is pleased to announce Leah Choi as the 2023 recipient of the 2023 Olofson Award. Leah Choi (she/her) is currently a MLIS student at San Jose State University in … Continue reading

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Librarians to Receive up to $1,000 for Conference-Related Expenses

The American Library Association (ALA) and EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) have partnered to offer nine scholarships to librarians who are looking to attend the 2023 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition. This year’s conference will take place from June 22 – … Continue reading

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Learn about ALA’s LibLearnX

By Tristan Draper, DeKalb Public Library As a new library employee, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by conferences and the logistics involved in attending a conference. This blog post will cover basic information about LibLearnX (LLX) so you can … Continue reading

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A New Year with the New Members Round Table

By Mary Kamela, University at Buffalo As the new year approaches, many of us have begun to consider what positive changes we can make in 2023. Whether you’re a regular resolution-maker in your daily life or someone who is newly … Continue reading

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Building Your Network

By Laura Birkenhauer Social mixers and elevator speeches may be where your mind goes when you think about networking. And, if you’re attending a professional conference or networking opportunity, it never hurts to brush up on the traditional networking tips: … Continue reading

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS now until December 28th: The NMRT Professional Development Grant Award!

Would you like to attend this year’s ALA conference, but don’t have the means to do so? Apply for the NMRT Professional Development Grant award by December 28th, 2022. The award offers $1,000 to one person to offset costs and … Continue reading

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What Hooked Me on a Career in Libraries: Some Stories Shared

Caroline Akervik, Eau Claire Area School District, Eau Claire, Wisconsin Librarians tend to be an eclectic bunch who enter the field having made forays into others. However, there does tend to be a shared thread in many librarian origin stories. … Continue reading

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