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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