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Easter DiGangi's picture

President's Program brainstorm

As I mentioned before, our main charge as a committee is to help Janel brainstorm ideas for the president's program.  She suggested a few questions to ponder to get the creative juices going.

1.) What divisions/roundtables/sections could be good partners for NMRT?
2.) What topics would NMRT members be interested in for webinars or other programming?
3.) Are there webinars being given by other divisions/roundtables/sections that NMRT should promote to its members?
4.) How can we encourage "virtual" networking among NMRT members?

Easter DiGangi's picture

1.) What divisions/roundtables/sections could be good partners for NMRT?

I think that many/if not all would be good candidates.  However, obviously we have to be strategic because of limited time and resources. 

  1. I think that given the recent NMRT goal to not only sync information but to deliver it online... LITA certainly comes to mind. 
  2. I know this isn't a division/roundtable/or section but the Chapter Relations Office might be good to work more closely with.  We do have a close connection to library school students and the CRO works to connect local student chapters to the national organization.  Additionally, this might be a good place to plug to state associations the merit of being a national NMRT member.  I personally know Don Wood (the ALA staff Liasion) from working with him on an Emerging Leaders project- "Librarians Build Communities".
  3. LLAMA would be great because this organization helps to build leadership which NMRT members will likely want to do.  We did partner with them this year for the joint New Leaders Discussion Group and it was very successful.
  4. ALTAFF might also be a good choice given the goal of creating a "Friends of NMRT" or some sort of Alumni association.  If nothing else, I think that advocacy is so vital that we need to be teaching this early on in our careers and creating opportunities to learn and utilize skills in this area.

This is just a few potential partners.

2.) What topics would NMRT members be interested in for webinars or other programming?

Job searching, Beginning career, Choosing a mentor, Leadership topics, "things you didn't learn in library school", beginning collection development/cataloging/

reference/management

3.) Are there webinars being given by other divisions/roundtables/sections that NMRT should promote to its members?http://neflin2.blogspot.com/- ACRL, ALTCS, Booklist, Library Journal, School Library Journal, ALSC, ALA Learning Roundtable, ALA Techsource, ALA Washington Office, PLA

4.) How can we encourage "virtual" networking among NMRT members?Scheduled chat sessions might help with notable leaders in NMRT.  I know that twitter especially can be a good tool for networking and chats have occurred via this medium.  We'd have to schedule day(s)/times(s) and topics, but I think it is very possible.  We just need good marketing and possibly some promotions/prizes at least at first.

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Easter DiGangi, MLS

Easter DiGangi's picture

1.) What divisions/roundtables/sections could be good partners for NMRT?
I agree with Easter about using LLAMA LITA and ALTAFF.
 I know this doesn't fall into those categories but I think reaching out to the Spectrum Scholars would be a great opportunity to not only identify diverse NMRT membership to also to find individuals in school or new to librarianship who are looking to make a large impact because of their early involvement and familiarity in ALA.   2.) What topics would NMRT members be interested in for webinars or other programming?
Interesting topics to present are mentorship benefits, using committee service to develop communication/leadership skills,  marketing yourself in a slow economy, understanding library legislation, organizing your technology to be organized.     3.) Are there webinars being given by other divisions/roundtables/sections that NMRT should promote to its members?
I saw this one and thought it would really benefit new librarians: 

Jan 31 ACRL Say what You Mean: Professional Communication for Librarians - Learn how to use different communication styles to interact effectively with people across several library settings.   4.) How can we encourage "virtual" networking among NMRT members?

We can encourage virtual networking through the Resume Review Service and Mentorship Program.  Many people join because of these great services provided by NMRT and if they are using virtual networking tools to introduce themselves here maybe it will spread.

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Easter DiGangi, MLS

Easter DiGangi's picture

1.) What divisions/roundtables/sections could be good partners for NMRT?

Although there a lot of interesting groups that could benefit from partnering with NMRT, it seems to me that the organizations within ALA that focus on newer members and professional development would be the best fits (as opposed to some of the other groups that are more focused on specific content, such as ALSC or the Government Documents Round Table). Here are some that I found. Aside from the Emerging Leaders program and LSSIRT, I’m unfamiliar with their work.  

 

Student Chapters (there are currently 58, according to the ALA website)

Emerging Leaders Program

LLAMA (Library Leadership and Management Association)

LearnRT (The Learning Round Table of ALA)

LSSIRT (Library Support Staff Interest Round Table)

SORT (Staff Organizations Round Table)

 
2.) What topics would NMRT members be interested in for webinars or other programming?

Professional Development (such as resume building or networking workshops)

Leadership Training

Budgeting & Finance (I’ve always had a tough time finding this type of specific training myself, both in the library school and in the workplace)

Emerging Trends & Technology & the Future of Libraries

 


3.) Are there webinars being given by other divisions/roundtables/sections that NMRT should promote to its members?

I would say any online learning opportunity that falls into the above categories would interest NMRT members. PLA in particular has a good list of offerings, such as “Make Career Choices: Job and Career Development.” LLAMA also has a small set of webinars that would appeal to NRMT members. Is there any way to offer incentives to members to take webinars, such as discounts or package pricing? Does the NMRT ever offer its own?

 

4.) How can we encourage "virtual" networking among NMRT members?

It appears as though there is already an NMRT presence on the main social networking sites (the Twitter page in particular seems to be well-used). It ‘s really hard to change online habits, but perhaps we could focus on beefing up the NMRT area of ALA Connect in such a way that makes people really want to go there. The trick would be providing incentives for visiting. I have to admit that I almost never logon to ALA Connect myself. Perhaps it could be a one-stop place for the tweets, the blog, the footnotes/endnotes stuff, and the photos that are currently parked in other areas?

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Easter DiGangi, MLS

Easter DiGangi's picture

Given everyone's response, I would be interested in now hearing if there is agreement on what I identified as the agreed upon responses.  I imagine that some people suggested things that you didn't think of.

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Easter DiGangi, MLS

Easter DiGangi's picture

It seems like there are some common themes, especially with regards to the second question about the topics that NRMT members might be interested in. Job searching is a good topic on its own, or we could throw it into the larger and squishier "professional development" topic. I also think a "things you didn't learn in library school" theme would be fun, although I might be biased because I use about 2% of my library school training in my current job.   Leadership is another good theme, assuming that NRMT members are interested in becoming leaders as opposed to competent professionals in their own fields.   As far as question 4 goes, does anyone have any feelings about ALA Connect, one way or the other? Does the resume review team only provide this service at conferences? That could be something that could be moved onto some kind of social networking platform. People are generally hesitant to share personal information, but it could be fun to have some sort of crowd-sourced resume service.

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Easter DiGangi, MLS

Janel Kinlaw's picture

ALA Connect should be the place to capture committee work and create a community for the roundtable.

NMRT also has a blog - NMRT Notes - which tends to be the one-stop place for announcements and such.

It is hard to get members to check ALA Connect, since it is one more website to compete for their attention.

Just to give background on how NMRT's Social Media presence is coordinated - usually a blog post is written to capture the main announcement/event.  Then a link to the blog post is posted on the other social media sites (including ALA Connect). The NMRT Secretary coordinates the social media publishing as of January 2011.

 

Historically, the Resume Review Committee actually offers the review services year round as well as the conferences.  There is a possibilty that the year-round services might be changed in the coming year.

Easter DiGangi's picture

 I thought it was interesting that two of us mentioned the Chapters Relations Office (student chapters fit within this) even though it isn't technically a division/roundtable/section.  I think this is good because we should consider partnering beyond what we usually do.  Getting at library school students early is key to getting people on a good path toward their careers. 

I really liked the suggestions that Reed gave especially Emerging Leaders, LearnRT, LSSIRT, and SORT.  I have also been a member of Emerging Leaders and NMRT could certainly use these people.  I don't know much about the others but they sound like they'd be a good fit.  I thought that the Spectrum Scholars option that Ginaya suggested was a good one as well.  Both NMRT and Spectrum Scholars could benefit from a partnership.   

The different responses (besides my own) that struck a cord with me regarding webinar topics were: communication, budgeting & finance, networking, and emerging trends.  Some of the other ones I thought were certainly important but these have a bit higher priority I think especially for new professionals.

Regarding webinars, I know that RUSA for instance does give discounted pricing for its members.  The website I referred to, http://neflin2.blogspot.com/, compiles a lot of webinars related to libraries.  The fact that someone out there is compiling these is awesome.  I have shared this website with various people and have used it myself for continuing education.  There are lots of free options in here too including non-profits which do have relevance for us.  I am not aware of NMRT offering any webinars.  We might consider co-sponsoring webinars with other divisions/sections/

roundtables.  I think this would be a worthwhile partnership.

Regarding networking, I think that the best idea would be to beef up ALA Connect.  A one stop place would be a ready welcome especially for newbies.  We should capitalize on the chat feature which was recently reinstated.  Regarding Resume Review service, there is more to it than just the conference presence (midwinter & annual).  You also can submit resumes online as well.  There has been some discussion about expanding this service beyond NMRT; however, it turns out there is another service for this purpose (Career Connections) in ALA Connect.

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Easter DiGangi, MLS

Easter DiGangi's picture

Who sets the pricing for the Round Tables? Would it be possible to offer some kind of first-year free deal to members of the student chapters, Spectrum Scholars, Emerging Leaders, other newer members?   Thanks for sharing that NEFLIN page - there is some interesting stuff on there. Perhaps NMRT could just blatantly steal that idea and put a listing up on the wiki, the blog, or the ALA Connect site...

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Easter DiGangi, MLS

Easter DiGangi's picture

According to the ALA membership specialist, "such details are handled by each ALA Unit".  Therefore, such things would have to be negotiated at the unit level. 

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Easter DiGangi, MLS

Kimberly Redd (staff)'s picture

The pricing for round tables dues are to be voted on by the membership of the round table.  A change in dues needs to discussed by the NMRT Board if a changed is approve.  The change would then placed on the ballot for NMRT membership to vote on.

 

Easter DiGangi's picture

This discussion is about pricing for webinars that are hosted by different roundtables/divisions, etc.  Is that something that the membership votes on?  I would imagine that that is something that the executive board decided on (generally speaking).

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Easter DiGangi, MLS

Janel Kinlaw's picture

Yes I believe the NMRT Executive Board would have to sign off on any pricing for the webinars.  The NMRT Membership would have to vote on a dues change.