NMRT President December Update

Hello again, NMRT colleagues,

We are entering into one of my favorite seasons of the year, where we are called on to reflect on gratitude and hope. This year, during our second holiday season of the pandemic, I’m grateful for the NMRT volunteers who have helped us to deliver our programming and services to the newest members of ALA. Our ways of interacting may have changed in the virtual environment, but the support from our NMRT colleagues persists.

NMRT started off our year strong, with robust online discussions on the librarian stereotype and librarianship as a career path. Online Programs planned and delivered an excellent webinar on “Disability Justice in Libraries,” featuring Jessica Schomberg. Mentoring matches have been made, and our website is looking clean and beautiful, thanks to the Web Committee. Many of our other committees are hard at work planning events for Annual 2022 in Washington D.C. (including an anniversary celebration of NMRT!), and preparing to announce calls for our various awards.

I’d also like to extend a congratulations to Kelly Williams, our NMRT-sponsored Emerging Leader for 2021-22! Kelly will be joining 48 other Emerging Leaders in the class of 2022, and will begin engaging in project work during LibLearnX in January.

2022 will bring more free and open webinars from NMRT, the launch of our call for awards, and more. I hope you’ll join us in participating. And if you are reaching a season of your life where you would like to get more involved in NMRT, it’s never too late–drop me a line at danicook@ucsd.edu and we’ll see what might be a good fit for you.

Wishing you a peaceful and safe end to 2021,


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