NMRT Student Chapter of the Year Award; NMRT live chat on staff training

NMRT Student Chapter of the Year Award

Applications are now being accepted for NMRT’s Student Chapter of the Year Award! This award is presented in recognition of a chapter’s outstanding contributions to the American Library Association, their school, and the profession. The Student Chapter winner 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 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, FL.

Application instructions and the award nomination form can be found at http://www.ala.org/nmrt/oversightgroups/comm/awscotya/scotya.

Deadline for submitting completed nomination forms is March 2, 2016, 11:59pm EST. All nominations will be acknowledged upon receipt. Please direct any questions about the NMRT Student Chapter of the Year Award to Kelly Robinson at robinsk2@erau.edu.


January Live Chat: Staff Training of New Employees

When: January 26, 2015

Time: 2:00-3:00pm Eastern // 1:00-2:00pm Central // 12:00-1:00pm Mountain // 11:00am-12:00pm Pacific

The effective training of new staff members is essential to the success of new employees and to continuing efficient library operations. Every institution handles staff training differently. Join NMRT for a live chat to learn and share your tips and tricks for effective training of new staff members. This topic is very helpful for everyone, from students to new librarians and those with years of experience. Join us to share your tips and learn what others are doing!

The NMRT chat will be held on Twitter using the hashtag #nmrtchat. We look forward to seeing you there!


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


NMRT Website | Facebook | Twitter | NMRT Notes Blog

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).

Welcome to the New SASCO Update!

In 2011, SASCO began publishing a newsletter, The SASCO Update. The Update It was published from January – June 2012. While it was well received by the Student Chapters, the 2012-2013 Committee decided that we should take advantage of the capability of a blog to post opportunities in a more timely/efficient manner, and thus the NMRT SASCO blog was born.

The SASCO blog is designed to be a one-stop shop for students and ALA Student Chapters to get news and information about NMRT events, scholarship opportunities, news, conference information, and really anything that is useful for ALA student members. Very soon all the SASCO members will be posting announcements and original content here.