Apply for two NMRT awards for ALA Annual! + online chats & a publishing opportunity

Apply for the NMRT Shirley Olofson Memorial Award of $1,000

Application Deadline: December 14th, 2015.

The NMRT Shirley Olofson Memorial Award Committee is seeking applicants for a $1,000 award, intended to defray the costs of attending the ALA Annual Conference. The award is given to NMRT members who have attended no more than five American Library Association Annual Conferences.

Applicants must be members of ALA and NMRT, participate actively in the library profession, show promise or activity in the area of professional development, and have a valid financial need.

Those interested in the award may submit an application online at this webpage:

The chosen recipient will be notified in late January/early February. Please direct all questions to Jennifer Stout at

Apply for the 2016 NMRT Professional Development Grant

Application Deadline: Sunday, December 20, 2015 by 5pm EST.

We are excited to announce that NMRT members can apply for a grant to help offset expenses to attend the ALA Annual Conference, June 23 – June 28, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. More information about the award, including a link to the application form, can be found here:

You must be a current member of NMRT in order to apply. To join NMRT, visit the ALA website and follow the “Join ALA” link to add NMRT to your ALA membership.

Selection will take place in January and winners will be notified of the committee’s decision by the end of February. Please direct all questions to JoAnna Schofield

Online Discussions & Live Chats

Did you miss the first NMRT live chat on Twitter? You can read the lively conversation about MOOCs on Storify. Want to take part in future discussions – either in a live chat or our online discussion forum? A wide range of topics will be covered throughout the year. Find more information here:

Publishing Opportunity with NMRT EndNotes

The NMRT Endnotes Committee seeks contributors for the Spring 2016 issue of its annual e-journal, Endnotes: The Journal of the New Members Round TableEndnotes is a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal that addresses issues faced by new librarians.

Articles should range from 2,000 – 4,000 words and present original research, practitioner-based research, and/or case studies relevant to LIS students or new library professionals. Submissions are accepted throughout the year, but articles received by February 1, 2016 will receive guaranteed consideration for the Spring 2016 issue. NMRT members, current LIS students and recent graduates are encouraged to submit articles for consideration. Those interested in discussing an article idea are encouraged to contact the Editor at​ to determine if the proposal fits the publication’s scope.

Endnotes also offers book and media reviews. Reviews range from 300 – 500 words. Those interested in reviewing are encouraged to contact the Editor at to be included on the reviewers’ mailing list. Approved reviewers will receive periodic announcements of available books and websites.

For more information about Endnotes, including complete submission guidelines, please visit

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NMRT program on public speaking; apply for a $1,000 award; and online discussions

This update was sent to ALA Student Chapters in late October 2015.

NMRT Online Program: “Let Your Voice Be Heard: Public Speaking for Librarians”

Do you quake with fear when asked to speak publicly for your library? Join us on Monday, November 2, at noon EST for “Let Your Voice Be Heard: Public Speaking for Librarians,” presented by Mary H. Stein, assistant library director for administrative services at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library in Louisiana. Sponsored by the New Members Roundtable (NMRT) Online Program Committee, the program will be accessible online through Adobe Connect at Sign in early; space is limited to 100 participants.

For further information, contact Alyse Ergood at and/or Beth Canzoneri at

NMRT Shirley Olofson Memorial Award Committee now seeking applicants for $1,000 award

The NMRT Shirley Olofson Memorial Award Committee is seeking applicants for a $1,000 award, intended to defray the costs of attending the ALA Annual Conference. Shirley Olofson was a well-respected NMRT President who died during her term of office. After her death, the NMRT Executive Board decided to authorize the establishment of an award to honor her memory.

Applicants must be members of ALA and NMRT, participate actively in the library profession, show promise or activity in the area of professional development, have a valid financial need, and have attended no more than five ALA annual conferences.

Those interested in the award may submit an application online at this webpage:

The due date for applications is December 14, 2015. The chosen recipient will be notified in late January/early February. Please direct all questions to Jennifer Stout at

Online Discussions on the NMRT email list

Conference attendance is not the only way to network and learn from others in the field. Asynchronous discussions are held every month on the NMRT-L email list. This provides an avenue to discuss and interact with fellow NMRT members, and share your ideas, advice, concerns, and professional strategies. Upcoming email chats include:

  • November: challenges faced with providing non-traditional services or resources
  • December: collaboration between different library departments
  • January: dealing with “we already tried that” and “that will never work” attitudes towards new ideas

Simply join the NMRT-L email list and keep an eye out for a new discussion at the start of each month. Live chats will also be held every other month, with topics including MOOCS, staff training, and job searching. More information on the live chats is forthcoming (dates, times, and platforms TBA).

Are you on the NMRT-L email list?

Information about NMRT-L, including how to subscribe, can be found here:

By joining the email list, you will be able to connect with fellow NMRT members (including the monthly online discussions), and receive information about various opportunities and resources offered through NMRT. This is a great way to stay up-to-date and find ways to get involved. Job postings are also frequently shared through the NMRT-L email list.

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NMRT Library Student Spotlight, and Call for Nominations for 2016 Elections

NMRT Library Student Spotlight

Nominate yourself or a classmate to be featured on NMRT Notes, the blog of the New Members Roundtable of ALA! We post a regular “NMRT Member of the Week” spotlight, and want to continue this including more members who are currently in library school.

To be featured in the NMRT Library Student Spotlight, send your nomination to and include the following:

  1. Name
  2. School
  3. Photo (optional)
  4. Answers to the following questions:
  • What drew you to library and information sciences?
  • What’s your dream job after graduation?
  • What do you like most about NMRT?

NMRT is also happy to work with you to promote or feature your events, accomplishments, etc. on the NMRT Notes blog or our Facebook page. Please direct any questions about the Library Student Spotlight or NMRT blog/social media features to

Call for Nominations, 2016 NMRT Elections

NMRT offers training, opportunities, and a wide variety of programs on the national, state and local levels to assist, encourage, and educate those new to the association and the profession. Now is the opportunity for you or a librarian you know to take a leadership role in that mission!

The NMRT Board needs nominations for the following six open positions on its 2016 election slate:

  • Vice President/President-Elect
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Networking Director
  • Outreach Director
  • Councilor
  • Member Services Director

The terms-of-office, attendance obligations, and responsibilities vary between the positions (more information). Nominations (self-nominations welcome) are due by September 23, 2015. Nominations should be sent to

2015-16 Committee Roster & Chapter Liaisons

Each student chapter and/or degree granting institution has a liaison who is available to answer any questions about ALA or NMRT involvement. The committee members are listed below with their assigned schools. If your school is not listed below and you would like a liaison from NMRT, please contact the committee chair.

Ariana Santiago, chair,
• FL: Florida State University
• FL: University of South Florida
• GA: Valdosta State University
• LA: Louisiana State University
• MS: University of Southern Mississippi
• TX: Texas Woman’s University
• TX: University of North Texas
• TX: University of Texas – Austin
• PR: University of Puerto Rico

• AZ: University of Arizona
• BC: University of British Columbia
• CA: San Jose State University
• CA: University of Southern California
• CO: University of Denver
• HI: University of Hawaii
• MN: St. Catherine University

• IL: Chicago State University
• IL: Dominican University
• IL: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
• MI: University of Michigan
• NY: Long Island University
• NY: Pratt Institute
• NY: Queens College, CUNY
• NY: St. John’s University
• NY: SUNY Albany

• AL: University of Alabama
• CT: Southern Connecticut State University
• KY: University of Kentucky
• MA: Simmons College
• NJ: Rutgers University
• OH: Kent State University
• RI: University of Rhode Island
• SC: University of South Carolina
• TN: University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Laura Dimmit,
• DC: Catholic University of America
• MD: University of Maryland
• MO: University of Missouri- Columbia
• NC: East Carolina University
• NC: North Carolina Central University
• NC: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
• NC: University of North Carolina Greensboro
• NS: Dalhousie University
• ON: University of Toronto

Michele Beacham,
• IA: University of Iowa
• CA: University of California – Los Angeles
• MI: Wayne State University
• NY: SUNY Buffalo
• NY: Syracuse University
• WA: University of Washington
• WI: University of Wisconsin – Madison
• WI: University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee

Rachel Miles,
• IN: Indiana University
• KS: Emporia State University
• OR: Emporia State University (Portland chapter)
• OK: University of Oklahoma
• OK: Northeastern State University
• PA: Clarion University
• PA: Drexel University
• PA: University of Pittsburgh
• QC: McGill University

Student Chapter of the Year Award Application Now Open

Apply now for the Student Chapter of the Year Award!

Has your student chapter been active in supporting member involvement and leadership?  Have you, or any of your individual members, been recognized for notable awards or achievements this past year?  And in general, have you and your members had an exemplary year of engagement and programming?  If so, apply now for the Student Chapter of the Year Award!

Purpose of the Award
This Award is presented in recognition of a chapter’s outstanding contributions to the American Library Association (ALA), their school, and the library/information science profession. The purpose of the award is to increase student involvement in ALA through student chapters, and to recognize future leaders.

Award and Award Criteria
All ALA Student Chapters in good standing are eligible to receive the ALA Student Chapter of the Year Award.  The selected Student Chapter will receive $1,000 to help defray travel expenses to ALA Annual; the winning chapter and the runner up will each receive a certificate. Both will be recognized at the NMRT Student Reception at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA.

Nomination Form
To download the nomination form, and for more information on the form, please visit the NMRT Student Chapter of the Year Award website at Please e-mail the completed form and any supporting documents in either Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format to the committee chair, Michelle Demeter ( The deadline for submitting a completed nomination is March 2, 2015, 11:59pm EST.

If you have additional questions, please contact Michelle Demeter (

Midwinter 2015 Events and Discounts

We’ll be adding to this post as more events are announced for Midwinter 2015 in Chicago.

Events with Student Discounts

Project Management for Librarians: Planning for Success (LLAMA Career Institute)
Friday, January 30, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This full-day workshop will provide an overview of project management and the basics of planning and managing projects with a focus on academic, public, and special library projects. At the end of the institute, participants will be able to plan a project, including identifying stakeholders, setting objectives, and defining activities, schedules and costs; assemble and manage a team; monitor progress; and manage problems that emerge during the lifecycle of a project. Using an interactive approach, this participatory workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to practice and apply concepts related to planning and managing a project though the typical phases of the project lifecycle – planning, build up, implementation, phase-out – and will learn about the key knowledge, skills, and tools useful to project managers.
Registration costs cover workshop materials and will include light refreshments in the morning and afternoon; lunch will be on your own.
§  $175 for LIS Student Members (use code “Other Member” when registering to receive discounted rate);
Pre-registration prior to December 1, 2014 is recommended as space is limited. Register online at – this takes you to “Ticketed Events” on the ALA Midwinter site; then search for LLAMA Institute (Event Code LLA2).