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 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 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. We also have a blog where you can find announcements, meeting minutes, officer information, and ways to get involved, at

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.

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

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.

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