NMRT Student Chapter of the Year Award & MANGO/NMRT Professional Development Grant

This update was sent to ALA Student Chapters in late February 2016.

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

In the spirit of ALA’s NMRT, the Student Chapter of the Year Award is presented in recognition of a chapter’s outstanding contributions to the American Library Association, their school, and the profession. The purpose of the award is to increase student involvement in ALA through student chapters, and to recognize future leaders in 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. The seven categories of Student Chapter of the Year Award criteria include:

  • Membership Engagement
  • Programs
  • Communications
  • Leadership
  • Financial Health
  • Awards and Honors
  • Student Chapter Advisor Statement

All ALA Student Chapters in good standing are eligible to receive the ALA Student Chapter of the Year Award. There is no limit on the number of times a student chapter may win the award. Any ALA Student Chapter advisor, Student Chapter officer or member, or ALA member may nominate a Student Chapter, and self-nominations are encouraged.

Please e-mail the completed form and any supporting documents in either Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format to the committee chair, Kelly Robinson (robinsk2@erau.edu). Deadline for submitting completed nomination forms is March 20, 2016, 11:59pm EST. All nominations will be acknowledged upon receipt.

More information, including the nomination form, may be found here: http://www.ala.org/nmrt/oversightgroups/comm/awscotya/scotya

Apply for the 2016 MANGO/NMRT Professional Development Grant

Deadline: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 5 pm (EST)

We are excited to announce that members of ALA’s New Members Round Table (NMRT) can apply to receive a grant, which will assist with expenses to attend the ALA Annual Conference, June 23 – June 28, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. This award is generously sponsored by MANGO Languages.

More information about the award can be found hereYou 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 to go to the application.

Questions? Please contact JoAnna Schofield, Chair of the NMRT Professional Development Grant Committee, at jschofield@akronlibrary.org

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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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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
Email: cheryl.lee@cityofpaloalto.org