NMRT Events at ALA Annual in San Diego

Attending the ALA Annual Conference in San Diego on June 27-July 2 2024? New Members Round Table will be at the conference, hosting conference sessions and events throughout the weekend. To narrow down your schedule, here’s a complete listing of all of the NMRT events. You can find out more details using the ALA Conference Scheduler and selecting “NMRT” as the Sponsoring Unit.

Friday June 28 2024

Beyond the Books: Decoding the Application and Interview Process for Public, Academic, and Special Libraries

9:00am-12:00pm, San Diego Convention Center, Room 29, A B C


In Beyond the Books: Decoding the Application and Interview Process for Public, Academic, and Special Libraries, 4 experts from various library sectors will present on best practices to navigate through the job search journey in their sector, with time for Q&A after each presentation. The last segment of the preconference will break into small groups for interview practice and coaching from representatives of each library type. Whether you are a LIS student, early career library professional, or someone wanting to make a switch in your career, you will step away from this preconference with insight and resources to pursue your goal of landing a library position.

NMRT Conference Orientation

1:30-3:00pm, San Diego Convention Center, Room 29, A B C

New to ALA or the Annual Conference? Join the New Members Round Table (NMRT) for an introduction to the conference, ALA, and San Diego. Learn about the exhibit hall, network with peers, find out how to get involved in ALA and NMRT. A panel of experienced conference attendees, locals, and leaders within ALA will provide tips and tricks and answer your questions about the conference, ALA, and San Diego.

Saturday June 29 2024

NMRT President’s Program: Protecting the Right to Read in Challenging Times

1:00-2:00pm, San Diego Convention Center, Room 4

How do you defend a book or a collection subject to removal when facing this challenging situation for the first time? How can you approach your first patron complaint about a children’s book being inappropriate for its current placement? This session will have a presentation and panel discussion featuring representatives of the Office of Intellectual Freedom, the Intellectual Freedom Round Table, and a community member who chose to fight back against book censorship. After this session, you will leave with actionable steps you can take to address intellectual freedom and book ban threats, and resources to support yourself.

Sunday June 30 2024

NMRT Executive Board

8:30-10:00am, San Diego Convention Center, Room 14 A

The New Members Round Table (NMRT) will host its annual conference meeting of the Executive Board. This meeting is open to everyone.

NMRT Annual Social

5:00-7:00pm, Marriott Marquis, Grand Ballroom, Section 1

New Members Round Table (NMRT) and the Sustain Round Table (SustainRT) are co-hosting the annual social. Come enjoy some refreshments while NMRT recognizes recipients of the NMRT Professional Development Grant, the Shirley Olofson Memorial Award, the Annual Conference Professional Development Attendance Award, and the Student Chapter of the Year Award, and SustainRT recognizes recipients of the Citation for Wellness in the Workplace Award and the New Voices in Sustainability Award! Join your colleagues to network, socialize, and celebrate this year’s winners in a relaxed and fun environment. After, join GameRT, RUSA, & NMRT for the Annual Trivia Championship!

ALA Trivia Championship

7:00-9:00pm, Marriott Marquis, Grand Ballroom, Section 5


It’s well-known that librarians are the best at trivia. but who is the best of the best? Join us at this national championship cosponsored by GameRt, RUSA, and NMRT and compete for the title of “Reference Champions of America” in this team-based trivia event.

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