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: http://www.ala.org/nmrt/initiatives/applyforfunds/shirleyolofson

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


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: http://www.ala.org/nmrt/initiatives/applyforfunds/awardinformation

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 atjschofield@akronlibrary.org.


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: http://www.nmrt.ala.org/notes/?p=565


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 nmrtendnotesjournal@gmail.com​ 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 nmrtendnotesjournal@gmail.com 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 http://www.ala.org/nmrt/oversightgroups/comm/schres


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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 http://ala.adobeconnect.com/r8rjf3z652g/. Sign in early; space is limited to 100 participants.

For further information, contact Alyse Ergood at alyseergood@gmail.com and/or Beth Canzoneri at bcanzoneri@uidaho.edu.


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: http://www.ala.org/nmrt/initiatives/applyforfunds/shirleyolofson

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 jastout@vcu.edu.


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: http://www.ala.org/nmrt/news/nmrtmailinglists

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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