NMRT Meeting Minutes

Annual Business Meeting

October 10, 2014

Marina Inn Conference Center, South Sioux City, NE

Call to Order: Matt Kovar, 2:30 p.m.

Awards Presentation:

  • Michael Straatmann (Love Library at UNL) was presented with the Houchen Bindery Mentor of the Year award.
  • Cherese McKnight (Omaha Public Library) was presented with the Houchen Bindery Beginning Professional of the Year award.
  • Matt Kovar thanked this year’s awards coordinator, Dana Schipporeit, for her efforts and Houchen Bindery for their continued supposed of our awards.

Outgoing Chair Report (Matt):

  • Matt thanked outgoing officers Holli Duggan and Aimee Owen. He also thanked webmaster Jennifer Lockwood for her work on the website migration.

Secretary Report (Aimee):

  • Past minutes on the NMRT website.

New Business:

  • New Officers: Anneka Ramirez–Vice Chair, and Terri Rickel– Secretary.
  • Matt passed the gavel on to Holli, our new Chair.
  • Incoming Chair (Holli) asked for suggestions for future meetings.
  • Jennifer Lockwood announced the First-Time Attendees raffle winners.
    • Jennifer will run the FTA table next year and wants NMRT to take over this function.
    • If you want to help, contact Jennifer.
  • Michael Straatmann called on everyone to work to make NLA more welcoming and improve outreach. NMRT has a special role in this, because our members have fresh perspectives.

Meeting Adjourned, 2:45 p.m.

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!

The NLA New Members Round Table will be meeting in Omaha on the afternoon of Friday, September 19th to tour the Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center. The Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center is a regional conservation facility that is part of the Nebraska State Historical Society. It offers services to private individuals, public museums and libraries, corporations, and state and federal agencies. Services include the conservation examination and treatment of objects, consulting on many collection-related topics, educational activities, public outreach programming, and assessments and surveys of collections.

The tour will begin at 2pm, and will last approximately one hour.  This meeting is free and open to all NLA members. Attending NMRT meetings is a great way to get to know other Nebraska library professionals while touring different libraries and library related facilities throughout the state. Please register by Wednesday, September 17th.

For more information on this meeting, or to sign up, please email mkovar@kearneygov.org. To keep up to date with current happenings in NMRT, please like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NMRTNebraska and follow us on Twitter under the handle @NMRT_NLA.

Do you know someone who is just starting out in their library career but is already making waves?  Or maybe you know a library veteran who is always there to help you out and give advice.  The New Members Round Table is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Houchen Bindery Beginning Professional Award and the 2014 Houchen Bindery Mentor of the Year Award, so make sure those awesome individuals are being recognized for all that they do.  Also be sure to check out the list of past winners on our Awards page.

Houchen Bindery Beginning Professional Award

The Houchen Bindery Beginning Professional Award is a cash prize sponsored by Houchen Bindery LTD. It is awarded to a beginning librarian or media specialist who has made significant contributions to library and/or media services in the early stages of his/her career. If you know a new professional who has: created innovative programs or services which improved library service in Nebraska, made exceptional use of local, state, or national library resources including special grants, made significant contributions toward the betterment of library and community relations, and been active in professional library organizations on a local, state or national level, then nominate that person for the Houchen Bindery Beginning Professional Award.

Houchen Bindery Mentor of the Year Award

The Houchen Bindery Mentor of the Year Award goes to an individual who has aided significantly in the professional development of librarians, media specialists or library staff, and, by example, has influenced their careers. Thanks to the generosity of the Houchen Bindery, the award also comes with a $150 cash prize as of 2007. If you know someone who has: had extraordinary influence on the professional development of one or more junior staff members, encouraged involvement of staff in professional endeavors, provided strong leadership, and set a good example of professional involvement, then you know someone who deserves the Mentor of the Year Award.

Houchen Bindery Mentor of the Year Award
Houchen Bindery Beginning Professional Award

Nominations must be received by September 1, 2014.

Please download the PDF, fill it out, save it, and email it along with supporting documentation to:

Dana Schipporeit
NMRT Awards Chair

The New Members Round Table will be meeting in Kearney on the afternoon of Friday, June 27th to tour the recently expanded and renovated Kearney Public Library, as well as the Calvin T. Ryan Library at the University of Nebraska - Kearney. This meeting is free and open to all NLA members, and is a great way to network with other library professionals while learning about different libraries from around the state. Please register by emailing mkovar@kearneygov.org by Tuesday, June 24th.

12:00pm – Lunch at Cunningham’s Journal (15 W 23rd St, Kearney, NE 68847)

1:00pm – Tour of Kearney Public Library and Business Meeting (2020 1st Ave, Kearney, NE 68847):

The Kearney Public Library and Buffalo County Bookmobile serve the City of Kearney and surrounding areas in Buffalo County. The Library completed a $5.5 million expansion and renovation project in the spring of 2012, doubling the size of the facility. The library features expanded collection space, separate teen and youth program areas, four public meeting rooms, a public computer lab and adjoining computer classroom, coffee bar area, and more.

2:30pm – Tour of Calvin T. Ryan Library and the UNK Learning Commons (2508 11th Ave, Kearney, NE 68849):

The UNK Learning Commons (LC) is a collaboration of the Calvin T. Ryan Library and the Division of Student Affairs. A student-centered space, the Learning Commons centralizes academic support services to foster student confidence and independence in a collaborative learning environment. Students come to the Learning Commons alone or in groups to access the library's print and electronic collections, use technology for research and coursework, and access peer-facilitated course and writing assistance.

For more information on this meeting, or to sign up, please email mkovar@kearneygov.org. To keep up to date with current happenings in NMRT, please like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NMRTNebraska and follow us on Twitter under the handle @NMRT_NLA. We also have a blog where you can find announcements, meeting minutes, officer information, and ways to get involved, at http://nebraskalibraries.org/NMRT/.