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 nmrttwitter@gmail.com 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 nmrttwitter@gmail.com

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 NMRTNominations@gmail.com.

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, ariana.e.santiago@gmail.com
• 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, laurkat@live.unc.edu
• 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, michelejbeacham@gmail.com
• 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, rmiles@g.emporia.edu
• 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 http://www.ala.org/nmrt/oversightgroups/comm/awscotya/scotya. Please e-mail the completed form and any supporting documents in either Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format to the committee chair, Michelle Demeter (mdemeter@fsu.edu). The deadline for submitting a completed nomination is March 2, 2015, 11:59pm EST.

If you have additional questions, please contact Michelle Demeter (mdemeter@fsu.edu).

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 http://alamw15.ala.org/ticketed-events – this takes you to “Ticketed Events” on the ALA Midwinter site; then search for LLAMA Institute (Event Code LLA2).

Shirley Olofson Memorial Award Application

Consider applying for the following award, which can help you pay for the ALA Annual Conference next summer!

Application form: http://www.ala.org/nmrt/initiatives/applyforfunds/shirleyolofson
Application deadline: December 15, 2014

The Shirley Olofson Memorial Award is presented annually in honor of Shirley Olofson, a well-respected former NMRT president, who died during her term in office. The award, which is intended to help defray costs to attend the ALA Annual Conference, will be presented in the form of a check for $1,000 during the 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA. The winner will be chosen in January before the ALA Midwinter Meeting. All applicants will be notified in March.


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 valid financial need, and have not attended more than five ALA annual conferences.


Fill out the application form at http://www.ala.org/nmrt/initiatives/applyforfunds/shirleyolofson. Include a current resume that lists educational background and degrees, library positions you’ve held, activity in ALA, NMRT, or other ALA groups, activity in other library associations, and participation in scholarly activity.

Write a short essay or paragraph that explains the reasons you are applying for this award. Address your financial need. (Specify what expenses are funded by your employer or other resources, e.g. registration, travel, lodging, and meals, etc. and what expenses you pay on your own.) Please also consider addressing NMRT President Megan Hodge’s theme, “Be Influential at All Stages of Your Career,” in your essay.

If you do not receive an email acknowledgment within two business days after submitting this application form, please send an email to Rachel Jaffe at jaffer@ucsc.edu

Online Hangout with NMRT President Megan Hodge

Hi, LIS Students!

We’re going to chat with Megan Hodge via Adobe Connect. You can access the room with the link below logging in with the guest option. See you there!

Adobe Connect: http://emory.adobeconnect.com/sasco/

LIS students — tune in here Monday, September 29, at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central/7pm Mountain/6pm Pacific to watch an online hangout with NMRT President Megan Hodge! We’ll post the link to the live stream, as well as the recording. We look forward to “seeing” you Monday night!