Congratulations to Deb Robertson of the Kilgore Memorial Library in York, NE! Deb participated in ITART's raffle at the NLA Annual Conference last week, and she's the lucky winner of a $50 Gift Card.

Thanks to everyone who came to see us at the conference! Keep looking to ITART for exciting tech learning opportunities and occasional fabulous prizes.

NMRT Meeting Minutes

September 19, 2014

Ingredient, Omaha, NE

Present: Holli Duggan, Matt Kovar, Jennifer Lockwood, Aimee Owen, Terri Rickel, Dana Schipporeit

Call to Order: Matt Kovar, 12:15 p.m.

Beginning Professional and Mentor of the Year Awards:

  • We had one nominee for our Beginning Profession of the Year award, Cherese McKnight. Cherese is the Children’s Librarian at the Omaha Public Library’s Abrahams Branch.
  • There were two nominees for the Mentor of the Year award: Michael Straattmann (UNL Love Library) and Robin Clark (Sump Memorial Library in Papillion). After debate and a vote, Michael Straattmann was selected as the winner.
  • Matt will order the awards from Awards Unlimited in Lincoln, and Aimee will pick up.
  • The awards will be presented at the Fall Conference during the NMRT Business Meeting.

Fall Conference:

  • Our Networking Breakfast is scheduled on Friday before the day’s session begin, at 7:00 a.m.
  • We will not have an exhibitor’s booth this year.
  • Our business meeting is on Friday at 2:30. Matt will hand over his gavel to Holli and we will present our awards.

Meeting Adjourned, 1:20 p.m.

Submitted by Aimee Owen

Don't miss out on NMRT's events at the NLA Conference, October 9-10.  If this is your first time at conference, make sure to stop by the First-Time Attendee table near Registration to get your button, sign up for the drawing, and ask any questions you may have about Conference.

NMRT Speed Networking Breakfast

Friday, 7:00-8:00am, Monterey Room (Note that this is before the first session.)

All First-Time Attendees, NMRT members, and otherwise friendly people are encouraged to attend the speed networking breakfast on Friday morning.  Come prepared with an empty stomach and a smile.  Bringing business cards is encouraged but sheets will also be provided to write down contact information.

NMRT Business Meeting

Friday, 2:30-3:20pm, Iowa Room

Our Annual Business Meeting will start with the presentation of the 2014 Houchen Bindery Beginning Professional and Mentor of the Year awards.  We will also present the Friday winner of the First-Time Attendees drawing.  This is a great to time to see what NMRT does.

We'll see you there!

Hello NLA Members!

We had a ballot full of amazing nominees for the NLA election this year.  Thank you to everyone who voted this year, your participation in this yearly election helps insure the continued vitality of our association.  The election ended on September 1st and the results have been tabulated and confirmed.  I am now proud to inform you of the results.  Your NLA representatives for the next year are:


NLA President-Elect:  Julee Hector
NLA Secretary:  Terry Wingate
ALA Councilor:  Brenda Ealey

NLA Sections

C&U Chair-Elect:  Julie Pinnell

Paraprofessional Chair-Elect:  Sara Nelson
Paraprofessional Secretary/Treasurer:  Aimee Owen

PLTS Chair-Elect:  Pat Leach
PLTS Secretary/Treasurer:  Amy Hafer

SCYP Chair-Elect:  Rebecca Brooks

S&I Chair-Elect:  Tom Schmitz

NLA Round Tables

IFRT Chair-Elect:  Joan Birnie

IFRT Secretary:  Brenda Ealey

ITART Chair-Elect:  Mark Sorenson

NMRT Chair-Elect:  Anneka Ramirez
NMRT Secretary:  Terri Rickel

TSRT Chair-Elect:  Emily Dust Nimsakont
TSRT Secretary:  Euem Osmera

YART Secretary:  Odessa Cooley

I would like to thank all nominees who stepped forward to serve in NLA leadership positions: Julee Hector, Angela Kroeger, Matthew Williams, Rebecca Bernthal, Dana Boden, Jayne Germer, Terry Wingate, Brenda Ealey, Matt Kovar, Julie Pinnell, Tina Walker, Sara Nelson, Kristine Woods, Bailey Halbur, Aimee Owen, David Mixdorf, Pat Leach, Amy Hafer, Heather St.Clair, Jill Annis, Rebecca Brooks, Tom Schmitz, Joan Birnie, Deb Robertson, Mark Sorenson, Terri Rickel, Anneka Ramirez, Katherine Woods, Dana Schipporeit, Nannette Bedrosky, Emily Dust Nimsakont, Billie Cotterman, Euem Osmera, and Odessa Cooley.  I would also like to thank current Section and Round Table chairs who worked hard to find great nominees for their available positions.  And, of course, I would like to thank the members of the Nominating Committee for doing the legwork to find great nominees for NLA officer positions.

If you have any questions about the results or the election process, please feel free to ask me.  Thank you!

Gordon Wyant
Adult Services Librarian
Bellevue Public Library


The Paraprofessional Section will be selling T-shirts (see illustration below) at this year’s NLA/NSLA Conference in Sioux City for only $15! Or, you can pre-order now thru Oct. 3 for a pre-conference price of only $12!

You can pick up your order at the Conference Para Booth on Thursday 10/9 or Friday 10/10.

Sizes available: S, M, LG, XL, XXL

Pre-order by Oct. 3 by sending an email to:

Please include your full name, phone, and size.

Check or Cash (Please pay exact amount, we will not have change. Thank you!


The Para's Newsletter, Keynote was discontinued as of 5/23/2014 with a vote of the Para Board. The group felt that with the new methods of communications we no longer need an official Section newsletter. With the advent of our Facebook page in March of 2013,, and with the move of the NLA Website and all of the Sections & Round Tables to a Word Press Blog in May of 2014 we have an abundance of modes of conversing with our members. In addition to the before mentioned paths we also maintain a healthy history page where we have accumulated the wealth of information that is and has been the Paraprofessional Section of NLA, In addition please keep track of the Para Section in the NLA journal "Nebraska Libraries" at where we have been known to show up on occasion.

Today Governor Dave Heineman signed a Proclomation stating that October 2014 is Information Literacy Month in Nebraska.


Attending the Proclamation were:

From L to R: Michael LaCroix, Nebraska Library Commissioner; Chris Haeffner, Lincoln Public Schools; Scott Childers, Southeast Library System; Governor Dave Heineman; Francine Canfield, Baright Public Library ; Rod Wagner, Nebraska Library Commission, and Robin Clark, Sump Memorial Library & NLA President Photo: State of Nebraska


Greetings NLA members!

What is going on with the Nebraska Library Association? That's what the board would like to know, and who better to tell them than the membership. We need your input. Please take a few minutes - or really, much longer, should you find you have lots to say - and check out this new, hot-off-the-Monkey NLA membership survey.

[survey closed, link removed]

Thanks for your time and consideration,

Robin Clark
NLA President