Name: Mandi Goodsett
Job Title: Performing Arts & Humanities Librarian
Institution: Cleveland State University
NMRT Board Position/Title: Vice-President/President-Elect
What role does your board position serve in NMRT?
The Vice-President/President-Elect absorbs the wisdom of the President for a year so she can serve as a good leader for NMRT the following year. She also completes tasks as assigned by the President and works with the Vice-Presidential Planning Committee to brainstorm a President’s Program for the next year’s ALA Annual Conference. Part of her work is to come up with a presidential theme for the next year that will serve and inspire NMRT members—stay tuned!
How long have you been an NMRT member?
I’ve been a member since 2013.
What’s your favorite thing about NMRT?
I love how NMRT serves as a friendly welcome mat to ALA—it provides interesting, rewarding, and non-intimidating ways to develop professionally and build leadership skills. Getting involved in ALA without the NMRT welcome mat can be scary, but NMRT gives newbies the introduction they need to enter into ALA involvement with confidence (at least, that’s what happened for me!).
What advice would you give to someone joining NMRT just this year?
Get a sense of what NMRT has to offer, because there’s a lot! I think some new NMRT members don’t realize the range of valuable services NMRT offers. Whether you need help sprucing up your resume, want some experience with project management, or just want a place to discuss relevant issues with your fellow LIS students or new information professionals, NMRT is designed to serve you, our members!
Meet Your NMRT Board Member is a 2016–2017 series to help NMRT members get to know their board. If you have any questions about this series, please contact the NMRT Communications Committee Chair, Melanie Kowalski (firstname.lastname@example.org).