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NMRT Spring Meeting – NE State Penitentiary Tour

February 21, 2014 by Matt_K No Comments »

Have you ever wondered how a library functions within a correctional institution? NMRT will be holding a spring meeting on Monday, March 24th to tour the Nebraska State Penitentiary. We will be given a tour of the overall facility, with a special focus on the library. We will meet at the Penitentiary (4201 S 14th Street, Lincoln, NE 68502) for a tour at 12:30 pm. Registrants are asked to arrive slightly before 12:30 to have time to check in and go through security. You will need a photo ID to be allowed into the facility, but other personal items will need to be checked in unless left in your car. The tour will last between 1.5 to 2 hours. Following the tour, we will travel to the Walt Branch of Lincoln City Libraries (6701 South 14th Street, Lincoln, NE 68512) for a business meeting. All NLA members are welcome to attend all or part of this meeting.

We have a limit of 25 registrants for the tour, so sign up as soon as you can to save your spot! We are required to provide a list of names for the tour ahead of time, so participants must register to attend the tour portion of the meeting. Registration will be open until Tuesday, March 18th. The online registration form can be found at the following link:

If you have any questions, comments, or future meeting suggestions, please email  To keep up to date with current happenings in NMRT, please like our Facebook page at and follow us on Twitter under the handle @NMRT_NLA.


Meeting Minutes – January 17, 2014

February 6, 2014 by NMRT No Comments »

NMRT Meeting Minutes

January 17, 2014

Schmid Law Library, UNL, Lincoln, NE

Present: William Bragg, Lindsey Bray, Karin Dalziel, Holli Duggan, Matt Kovar, Jennifer Lockwood, Aimee Owen, Shoshana Patocka, Jake Rundle, Bridget Walsh, Amy Wenzl

Call to Order: Matt Kovar, 1:45 p.m.

Chair Report (Matt):

  • Matt will attend the January 31st  NLA meeting.
  • Remember to renew your NLA membership; membership expires at the end of each calendar year.

Secretary/Treasurer Report (Aimee):

  • Current account balance is $568.23

Webmaster Report (Karin):

  • Scott Childers (NLA webmaster) is migrating all sections and round tables to WordPress.  This should be easy for NMRT, as we also use WordPress.
  • Karin is no longer technically a “New Member” and asked if anyone would like to step in as webmaster.  It is an appointed position and doesn’t require a vote. Jennifer Lockwood volunteered and was appointed webmaster.

Old Business:

  • None

New Business:

  • Beginning Professional and Mentor of the Year Awards:
    • Dana Schipporeit has agreed to be our Awards Chair for this year.
    • Matt asked if the submission period for our two awards should be extended from the current June-September timeframe.  It was suggested that just more promotion was needed.
    • Ways to bring more attention to the awards were brainstormed; email and Facebook announcements are not enough.
      • Amy will talk to Dr. Pasco about announcing in class, or having us present.
  • Nebraska Libraries contributions: Matt submitted an article for the      upcoming February issue.  He suggested that we collect testimonials of how members have benefitted from NMRT for a future issue.  We can also use the space this summer to promote our awards.  If you have something you’d like to write about, all submissions are welcome. Contact Matt or the editor, Lindsey Tomsu.
  • Meeting ideas:  it was agreed that most enjoy the tours NMRT arranges for its meetings. Suggestions for other tour venues include the Houchen Bindery, the McGoogan medical library, the recently damaged Wahoo Public Library, the Learning Commons at UNK or the remodeled Kearney Library, the Ford Conservatory, among others.  Matt will contact some and try to make arrangements.
  • Our next meeting will be Monday, March 24th at the Nebraska State Penitentiary. There is a limit of 25 people for the tour, so sign up early.  The tour will begin at 12:30 with a short business meeting afterwards at a TDB location.

Meeting Adjourned, 2:11 p.m.

Submitted by Aimee Owen


Meeting Minutes – October 11, 2013

December 31, 2013 by NMRT No Comments »

NMRT Meeting Minutes
October 11, 2013

Annual Business Meeting
Younes Conference Center, Kearney, NE

Call to Order: Bethany Grabow, 2:40 p.m.

Awards Presentation:

  • Bob Nedderman (Perkins Library at Hastings College) was presented with the Houchan Bindery Mentor of the Year award.

Outgoing Chair Report (Bethany):

  • NLA is discussing combined spring meetings; please let Matt know if you have any questions, concerns, etc to pass on to NLA

Secretary/Treasurer Report (Aimee):

  • Current account balance is $621.91
  • We passed a vote to turn our financial duties over to the NLA Treasurer.
  • Past minutes on the NMRT website.

Webmaster Report (Karin – absent):

  • All NLA sites are transitioning to WordPress, rollout anticipated by December.
  • “Like” the NMRT Facebook page to stay current with all our upcoming events and news.

New Business:

  • Please post things to our Facebook page if you find interesting things, or if you’d like to help with our FB page, let Matt know.
  • Please make sure your email address is correct with NLA so you can get all the NLA/NMRT news.
  • New Officers:  Holly – Vice Chair, and Aimee – Secretary/Treasurer.
  • Bethany passed the gavel on to Matt, our new Chair.
  • Incoming Chair (Matt) led group introductions and discussed upcoming meetings.
    • Next meeting: January in Lincoln at the UNL Law Library and Storage Facility.
    • March/April Spring Meeting: Nebraska State Pen. Library. It was suggested that we take book donations..
    • Summer (June): possibly Learning Commons at UNK, maybe a discussion of disaster response.
    • Possibly August/late summer meeting.  Other suggested location:  UNO/Kaneko, Waverly, Seward libraries.

Meeting Adjourned, 3:15 p.m.


January NMRT Meeting

December 30, 2013 by Matt_K No Comments »

NMRT is planning to meet on Friday, January 17th in Lincoln for our first meeting of 2014. This meeting is a great way to meet other librarians from around the state while learning about different types of Nebraska libraries. While we meet to learn more about libraries, NMRT events are more about networking than anything else. Not currently a member of NMRT? Come see what we are all about!

We will meet at Braeda (4901 O St # 100 Lincoln, NE 68510) for lunch at 11:30. Following lunch, we will make our way to UNL’s East Campus and meet at the Schmid Law Library, where we will be given a tour beginning at 1pm. We will have a short business meeting following the tour. Our meeting will then conclude with a tour of the UNL Library Depository Retrieval Facility. If you have never visited either of these locations, this meeting is a great way to expand your knowledge of the UNL library system.

For more information on this meeting, or to sign up, please email


2013 Houchen Bindery Mentor of the Year Award Winner

October 15, 2013 by Matt_K No Comments »

Congratulations to Bob Nedderman of Hastings College for winning the 2013 Houchen Bindery Mentor of the Year Award! Bob was presented with his award during the NMRT business meeting at the 2013 NLA/NSLA Annual Conference held in Kearney on October 9-11.

Award Winner Bob Nedderman with NMRT Chair Bethany Grabow


Beginning Professional Award and Mentor of the Year Award

June 18, 2013 by Lindsey_B No Comments »

New Members Round Table is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Houchen Bindery Beginning Professional Award and the 2013 Houchen Bindery Mentor of the Year Award.

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, 2013.

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

Lindsey Bray
NMRT Awards Chair
Omaha Public Library


Meeting Minutes – April 30, 2013

May 14, 2013 by NMRT No Comments »

NMRT Meeting Minutes

April 30, 2013

Omaha Public Library, Saddlecreek Branch, Omaha, NE


 Present: Bethany Grabow, Lindsey Bray, Aimee Owen, Matt Kovar, Jake Rundle, Amy Wenzl

 Call to Order: Bethany Grabow, 3:45 p.m.

 Chair Report (Bethany):

  • Bethany attended the April 19th NLA meeting via Webinar. 
    • The NLA will provide a sponsorship to the ASRL library conference to take place in Omaha.
    • The NLA is working on rebranding.  A new logo and branding strategy will hopefully be in place by this fall.  They are considering new merchandise through CafePress. 
    • The new website may have library-related ads.
    • The Nebraska Libraries newsletter needs articles; we need to submit something.
      • Lindsey suggested a “Tips & Tricks for Attending Your First NLA Fall Conference” article. 
      • If you’d like to submit an article, contact Bethany, or Lindsey Tomsu (newsletter editor).
    • The next NLA board meeting is Wednesday, July 10th in Kearney; Matt will attend.
    • The YART spring meeting is May 18th in York, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  It is $10 and the theme is “Hot Topics in Teen Librarianship.”
    • The ALA Conference is in July; Matt and Bethany are attending.
    • The NLA Conference is October 9-11, in Kearney.

 Secretary/Treasurer Report (Aimee):

  • Matt moved to approve the meeting notes from the January 31st, 2013meeting.  Lindsey seconded, all approved.
  • Bethany  gave the Treasurer’s Report:
    • Current account balance is $371.91
    • Bylaws change was voted on; we will turn out treasurer function over to the NLA Treasurer.

Webmaster Report:

  • Scott Childers is the new Webmaster for NLA. 

Old Business:

  • Matt has two nominees for the Vice Chair position – Lindsey and Holly, but only one for the Secretary position (Aimee).  The deadline was today (April 30), but will likely be extended.  If you know of anyone who is interested in running, let Matt know. 
  • We can reuse Lindsey, Holly, and Aimee’s bios and photos from the last election.

 New Business:

  • Fall Conference:
    • Our proposed programs for Fall Conference include:
      • Speed networking breakfast – a louder device for switching tables was suggested.  Blank business cards will be provided for those making networking connections.
      • “What are employers looking for?” – A panel of managers will talk about tips for getting hired.
      • NMRT business meeting – will include our awards presentation.
      • New grad panel – Kathryn Brockmeier has NLC scholarship students lined to up do this.
      • “Read to a dog” – Christine Walsh of Kearney Public Library.
    • Lindsey also suggested a “Free & Easy Online Readers Advisory Tools” presentation.
    • Kathy Tooker would like us to sponsor a conference “mentors” program for first-time attendees.  We can invite mentors/mentees to the speed-networking breakfast.
      • If there is interest in ongoing mentoring relationships, we could send out monthly email activities to encourage interaction.
    • We will have a social outing on the Thursday night of Fall Conference.  Old Chicago was suggested.
  • We will donate $50 to the Nixon Scholarship fund.
  • Awards: Lindsey will be the awards coordinator again this year.
    • We will send info about the awards to the Nebraska Libraries newsletter for August.
    • A web form will be made available for nominations.
    • We’ll vote at the September board meeting.
  • Facebook: We need to add more administrators to our page; Beth will make Matt admin to start.  We also need more posts.
    • Adding a Goodreads widget to our Facebook page or our blog was suggested to encourage interaction.
    • A post asking about NLA attendance was also proposed.
  • Meeting attendance: the question was raised as to how to increase meeting attendance.
    • Could we meet at a bar?
    • Touring a smaller or non-automated library was suggested.  Waverly and Seward were both mentioned.
  • The next meeting will be in late August/early September, on a Friday afternoon.

Meeting Adjourned, 4:55 p.m.

Submitted by Aimee Owen


Meeting Minutes – January 31, 2013

February 12, 2013 by NMRT No Comments »

NMRT Meeting Minutes

January 31, 2013

Omaha Public Library, W. Dale Clark Branch, Omaha, NE

Present: Bethany Grabow, Lindsey Bray, Aimee Owen, Karen Pietsch, Matt Kovar, Sarah Haack, Willa Garay, Chrystal Dawson, Jennifer Sorensen, Kendall Beck

Call to Order: Bethany Grabow, 2:12 p.m.

Paraprofessional Section Presentation by Jennifer Sorensen and Chrystal Dawson:

  • Jennifer shared how she got involved and the benefits of involvement: networking, a support network, socializing, and experience you can add to your resumé.
  • Chrystal spoke to how she got involved, and the importance of paraprofessionals in the library setting.
  • The Para Section has a Facebook page and blog.
  • The Para Spring meeting will be held on March 31, with several viewing sites, or you can view online from your desk.  Cost is $5 for Para members, and $10 for nonmembers.

Chair Report (Bethany):

  • Bethany attended the November 20th NLA meeting at Sump Memorial Library in Papillion.
    • Memberships are down.
      • Aimee suggested a “referral bonus” – an extra year of free NMRT membership if you refer a member to NLA.
  • ALA Annual Conference is June 27-July 7, 2013, in Chicago.  The NLA and Nebraska Regional Library Systems are sponsoring a charter bus, with a grant from the NLC, leaving June 27 and returning July 2.  The cost for a ride is TBD (probably around $50-$100).  If you are interested, let Bethany know.  There are grants on the NLA website for conference registration.

Secretary/Treasurer Report (Aimee):

  • Karen moved to approve the meeting notes from the October 18, 2012 annual meeting.  Willa seconded, all approved.
  • Bethany  gave the Treasurer’s Report:
    • Current account balance is $371.91
    • Expenses: Award plaques, candy for NLA NMRT table.
    • Income: None.
    • Past minutes on the NMRT website

Webmaster Report (Karin):  None.

Old Business:

  • We need to amend our bylaws to remove the NMRT Treasurer function and use the NLA treasurer.  A poll will go up online in the next few days and run through February.  You must be an active member (have paid 2013 dues) to vote.

New Business:

  • Send suggestions for 2013-2014 Vice Chair and Secretary/Treasurer nominees to Matt Kovar.  Elections are in June.
  • Spring meeting:
    • In the past we have done a tour.
    • Bethany suggested we team up with SCYP.  Their meeting theme is “Ebooks & Libraries” and will be held in Blair, in the morning (8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.).  We can help out with set up and cleanup.
      • Sarah asked if we will get part of the proceeds.
      • Aimee suggested we add a tour of the Saddlebrook library, since it is a joint facility (school-library-community center) and might be of interest to the SCYP members.
      • Possible dates are April 13 or April 27.

Meeting Adjourned, 2:55 p.m.

Submitted by Aimee Owen


Next meeting January 31, 2013

January 13, 2013 by NMRT No Comments »

NMRT members-

The next NMRT meeting is coming up soon!

When: Thursday, January 31, 2-4 p.m.

Where: W. Dale Clark (Main) Library, 215 S. 15th St. (downtown), Omaha, 4th floor board room

Who: All NMRT members and those interested in becoming members are welcome to attend.

Plan: We will hear from a representative of the Paraprofessionals Section, have a short board meeting, and take a tour of the library.

Questions?  Contact Bethany Grabow at


Meeting Minutes – October 18, 2012

October 26, 2012 by NMRT No Comments »

NMRT Meeting Minutes
October 18, 2012

Annual Business Meeting
Embassy Suites, LaVista, NE

Present: Bethany Grabow, Lindsey Bray, Aimee Owen, Anneka Ramirez, Karin Dalziel, Libby Munsell, Jessica Swift, Karen Pietsch, Kristine Woods, Michael Straatmann, Christine Walsh, David Mixdorf, Odessa Meyer, Matt Kovar, Jeri Kay Hopkins, Kim Rothgeb, Monica Tidyman, Dorothy Schultz

Call to Order: Sarah Haack, 4:00 p.m.

Awards Presentation:

  • David Mixdorf (Director of the Sioux City Public Library) was presented with the Mentor of the Year award.
  • Odessa Meyer (Sioux City Public Library) was presented with the Beginning Professional of the Year award.
  • Sarah Haack announced the winners and Damon Osborne from Houchen Bindery was on hand as the awards’ sponsors.
  • Sarah thanked Lindsey Bray for coordinating the Houchen Bindery awards again this year.

Chair Report (Sarah):

  • Sarah passed out the Annual Report; NMRT tried to increase social opportunities this past year and moved meeting locations around to balance members’ travel times.
  • Officer transition:
    • Outgoing officers Bethany Grabow (Chair Elect) and Holli Duggan (Secretary/Treasurer) were thanked for their efforts.
      o Incoming officers Bethany Grabow (Chair), Matt Kovar (Chair Elect) and Aimee Owen (Secretary/Treasurer) were introduced.
      o Bethany thanked Sarah for her work as Chair of NMRT.

Secretary/Treasurer Report (Bethany):

  • Current account balance is $451.28
  • Expenses: NMRT ribbons for conference nametags, donation for the Nixon scholarship, and cost of NLA membership raffled off at UNO/MU classroom visit.
  • Income: NLA allocation.
  • Past minutes on the NMRT website

Webmaster Report (Karin):

  • All NLA sites are transitioning to WordPress. NMRT already uses WordPress, so it will be an easy move; Karin will backup and transition the NMRT site.
  • If you need login information to post to the NMRT site, email Karin.

Old Business:

  • We need to amend our bylaws to remove the NMRT Treasurer function and use the NLA treasurer. Changes to the bylaws require a vote; we will vote via email after the start of the calendar year to ensure quorum.

New Business:

  • We will continue vary the locations for upcoming meeting.
  • Please “like” NMRT on Facebook.

Next meeting – TBA.

Meeting Adjourned, 4:16 p.m.

Submitted by Aimee Owen