Call for Applications: NMRT Professional Development Grant

Deadline: Sunday, March 31, 2013 by 5 pm (Pacific time).

We are excited to announce that members of ALA’s New Members Round Table (NMRT) can apply to receive a grant, sponsored by NMRT, which will cover expenses to attend the ALA Annual Conference, June 27 –  July 2, 2013 in Chicago, IL.

The application form and further information about the grant is available on the NMRT website. 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.

Click here for information about the award and award criteria.

Click here to go to the application.

For further information about the grant, please contact:

Cheryl Lee
Chair, NMRT Professional Development Grant Committee
Palo Alto City Library, Main Library Branch
1213 Newell Rd., Palo Alto, CA 94303
Phone: 650-838-2931


Volunteer for an ACRL Committee

Applications for for Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) committees are currently being accepted. If you’re interested in university, college, community college, and/or research libraries this is a great way to learn more and make a difference. Information on volunteer requirements and the application form can be found here:

Joint ALA Student Memberships

Twenty-three Chapters (aka state library associations) partner withALA to offer students the opportunity to join them and ALA for one low price of $35, now through August 31, 2013. Joint memberships are seriously cost-effective way to become more active with your state and national library associations. For complete details check out the ALA Student Member Blog.

State Library Associations currently participating in the program:

  • Alabama Library Association
  • Arizona Library Association
  • California Library Association
  • Georgia Library Association
  • Hawaii Library Association
  • Kansas Library Association
  • Louisiana Library Association
  • Maine Library Association
  • Maryland Library Association
  • Massachusetts Library Association
  • Minnesota Library Association
  • Montana Library Association
  • New Jersey Library Association
  • New York Library Association
  • North Carolina Library Association
  • Oregon Library Association
  • Pennsylvania Library Association
  • Rhode Island Library Association
  • South Carolina Library Association
  • Tennessee Library Association
  • Texas Library Association
  • Washington Library Association
  • Wisconsin Library Association

NMRT Midwinter 2013 Events

Conference Orientation
Saturday, January 26 – 8:30 – 10:00 am – WSCC – Room 611-614

New to the Midwinter Meeting or ALA? Get a fun and informative introduction to the Midwinter Meeting. Learn to navigate the exhibits, to decipher the conference program, how ALA really works, and ways to get involved. NMRT provides tips from the pros and the opportunity for you to get your questions answered.

Executive Board Meeting
Saturday, January 26 – 10:30 am – 12:00 pm – WSCC – TCC 101

Membership & Networking Meeting
Saturday, January 26 – 3:00 – 4:00 pm – WSCC – Room 205

Join potential & current New Members Round Table (NMRT) in learning about the round table’s latest activities. Hear from the ALA Presidential Candidates about their platforms and ideas for ALA. Stop by this informal meeting to network and learn more about the exciting things NMRT has to offer you.

Midwinter Social 
Saturday, January 26 – 5:30 – 7:30 pm  – Dragonfish Cafe, 722 Pine Street

Please join fellow NMRT members (and non-members!)at the DragonFish Cafe (722 Pine Street) in the Paramount Hotel for an evening of networking and fun in Seattle. Light refreshments will be provided. Everyone is welcome!

NMRT/LLAMA Discussion Group
Sunday, January 27 – 10:30 – 11:30 am – WSCC – Room 619

Join us for discussion and networking with LLAMA and NMRT members, new librarians, new members of LLAMA and/or NMRT, librarians making career shifts, and anyone interested in developing leadership skills.

NOTE: The TCC ( The Conference Center) is part of the Convention Center.  They have some of the same room numbers as the Convention Center so please make sure you notice the TCC in front of the number.

    WSCC – Washington State Convention Center
    WSCC-TCC – The Conference Center of the Washington State Convention Center

 -Lindsay S. 

Apply NOW for the Shirley Olofson Memorial Award

The Shirley Olofson Memorial Award is presented each year in honor of Shirley Olofson, NMRT former President. It is a $1000 award intended to help defray the cost of attended ALA annual conferences.

Applications for the award are due December 10, 2012.

Applicants must:

1. Be a member of ALA and NMRT
2. Be active in the library profession
3. Show commitment to professional development
4. Have a valid financial need
5. Have not attended more than five ALA annual conferences

To apply and view complete instructions about this award please visit:

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.