I'm the Outreach Director for New Members Roundtable until 2008. It's an elected position and I'm so glad I was voted in because I really appreciate all NMRT does for ALA. I always promote the heck out of NMRT to anyone who will listen and so I'm delighted to represent them more officially.
The first session I attended for NMRT at this Midwinter was the candidate forum and all committee meeting. Sally Bickley and Laurel Bliss, VP/Pres elect, Emily Rimland, Secretary, Michael Bolam and John Meier, Member Services Director, took part in the candidate forum this Midwinter. Others who are running for office but couldn't participate are Terry Buckner and Akeisha Heard, Secretary, Dawn Lowe-Wincensten and Veronica Stevenson-Moudamane, Member Services Director, and Kristina DeVoe and Anne Robert, Leadership Director. You can learn more about the candidates from the Online Forum beginning in February on NMRT-L and by visiting http://www.ala.org/ala/nmrt/comm/NominatingCommittee.htm .
Some other tidbits from NMRT President Amanda Roberts' presentation at this meeting: We currently have 2200 members in NMRT. This annual we will be celebrating our 75th anniversary, and we are planning a great social to which all attendees are invited--hope to see you there! The president's program will feature Pat Wagner and should be very good as well.
Nanette Donohue, VP/Pres Elect, also shared her presidential theme: Thinking Ahead: The Future of Library Leadership. She is planning to take advantage of the ALA online community to provide some online lectures, an online orientation program, a blog, and other tie ins throughout next year. I'm happy to see our group will start using this tool to reach our members who may not be able to attend conferences.
Additionally, the May issue of Footnotes (the roundtable newsletter) will be peer reviewed and feature scholarly articles. This is a first for NMRT.
I also attended the NMRT Executive Board Meeting for the first time as an officer.
We were visited by ALA Presidential candidates Nancy Davenport and Jim Rettig. It was wonderful that the candidates for ALA President recognized the value of NMRT and wanted to stop by to ask us questions and answer ours as well.