Several exciting announcements from the ALA New Members Roundtable!

NMRT Live Chat – Waiting to Exhale: What to Do While You Job Search

Waiting to Exhale: What to Do While You Job Search
 Monday, March 28 at 11 am PT / 1 pm CT / 2 pm ET
 Virtual via Blackboard Collaborate:
Audio Only
Number: 571-392-7703, PIN 746 676 595 353

Job searches can last quite a long time. During this time, we may feel discouraged, exhausted, and run down as an unemployed person. What can we do during our search to remain not only positive about our future but feel accomplished while we wait to hear back? This online discussion will provide ideas of what to do during a lengthy job search as well as self-care to keep us feeling good. Join us and share your stories about job searching and waiting to finally exhale (and get paid)!

This online discussion will occur synchronously using Blackboard Collaborate, a web conferencing software. You will enter this session as a participant, which gives the ability to use audio, chat, and video functions. For more details and technical assistance, please see the NMRT Notes blog: Thanks, and we hope that you join us!

Election Time is Upon Us!

The American Library Association holds elections every year for the various offices held throughout the association. The 2016 elections will open on March 15 and close on April 22. ALA members in good standing as of January 31, 2016 will be sent their voting credentials via email between March 15-18. For further information about ALA elections, please see If you are a member of ALA’s New Members Roundtable, your ALA election ballot will include candidates for the NMRT Executive Board.

Not sure who to vote for? All candidates for the NMRT Executive Board have responded to online forum questions, which are available here:

We hope that you will vote in the NMRT elections!

Apply now for the ALA NMRT Student Chapter of the Year Award!

There is still time to submit your nomination form for the NMRT Student Chapter of the Year Award! 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, and be recognized at the NMRT Student Reception at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, FL. Please e-mail the completed form and any supporting documents to the committee chair, Kelly Robinson (

The deadline for submitting completed nomination forms is March 20, 11:59pm EST. More information, including the nomination form, may be found here:

Headliners Submissions – Share your achievements with NMRT!

Would you like to receive recognition for a recent accomplishment such as starting a new job, getting published, presenting at a recent conference, or receiving a promotion or an award? You could be featured on the NMRT blog (NMRT Notes) alongside your fellow LIS students and new library professionals who are also doing awesome things!

We are accepting submissions for Headliners, which should be a brief 1-2 sentence description of a recent accomplishment(s) in the library and information science field. You can view examples from the most recent issue. Headliners were previously published in NMRT Footnotes, but will now be moved to the blog for more timely access to relevant content, and a better format for a broader audience.

To have your announcement included in the upcoming NMRT Notes post, email Casey McCoy at by Wednesday, March 23. Include “Headliners” in the subject line.

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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 Sign in early; space is limited to 100 participants.

For further information, contact Alyse Ergood at and/or Beth Canzoneri at

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:

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

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:

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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Online Hangout with NMRT President Megan Hodge

Hi, LIS Students!

We’re going to chat with Megan Hodge via Adobe Connect. You can access the room with the link below logging in with the guest option. See you there!

Adobe Connect:

LIS students — tune in here Monday, September 29, at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central/7pm Mountain/6pm Pacific to watch an online hangout with NMRT President Megan Hodge! We’ll post the link to the live stream, as well as the recording. We look forward to “seeing” you Monday night!