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


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NMRT Awards & ALA Midwinter Activities

Two awards available through NMRT – apply now!

NMRT Shirley Olofson Memorial Award: apply by December 14, 2015

NMRT Professional Development Grant: apply by December 20, 2015 by 5pm EST.


Attending ALA Midwinter? Here are the NMRT events happening in Boston:

Sat, January 09, 2016:

Conference Orientation, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM (WEST – Douglass)
Is this your first conference? Come get tips and tricks on how to make the most of your time in Boston.

Executive Board Meeting, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM (WEST – Lewis)
Our Executive Board meeting is open and all are welcome.

Membership, Networking & Committee Interest Meeting, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (BCEC – 151B)
Interested in getting more involved with NMRT but aren’t sure where to start? Are you a student interested in meeting other students? Are you new to NMRT and want to meet other members? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this program is for you!

Midwinter Social with Team Trivia, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM (SEAPORT – Lighthouse I)
Continue to meet other members and fellow students at our evening social. This year we are bringing back team trivia! Appetizers provided.


Sign up for the NMRT Resume Review Service

The NMRT Resume Review Service Committee is recruiting volunteer resume reviewers and booth greeters as well as taking resume review appointments for ALA 2016 Midwinter Meeting. We are in need of volunteers to greet participants, and/or review resumes and cover letters. Librarians from all types of libraries and specializations are invited to volunteer.

The NMRT Resume Review Service booth, located inside the ALA JobList Placement & Career Development Center, is open Saturday, January 9th, and Sunday, January 10th, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. The service is free of charge to anyone. Appointments are 30 minutes long and usually fill up quickly. While we encourage advance appointments, on-site walk-ins are seen as time permits.

More information about volunteering and making an appointment is available at http://bit.ly/1vArIPT. If you have questions, please contact the NMRT Resume Review Service Committee Chair, Melanie Kowalski at melanie.t.kowalski@gmail.com, or the Assistant Chair, Brandy Horne, at BrandyH@usca.edu.


For more information about ALA Midwinter, visit 2016.alamidwinter.org and follow @alamw on Twitter. The conference hashtag is #alamw16.


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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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