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 mkovar@kearneygov.org.

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

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

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

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 bethany.grabow@gmail.com