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NMRT Strategic Plan 2012-2015

Based on the ALA 2011-2015 Strategic Plan

New Members Roundtable Strategic Plan 2012 - 2015


NMRT’s mission is to help those who have been association members less than ten years become actively involved in the association and the profession by:

1.       Providing formal opportunities for involvement and/or training for professional association committee experiences on the national, state and local levels

2.       Providing a wide variety of programs to assist, encourage, and educate those new to the association and the profession

3.       Offering a variety of leadership training and opportunities to help those approaching the end of their NMRT eligibility make the transition to future positions in the association and the profession

4.       Developing and implementing ongoing programs for library school students which encourage professional involvement and networking.

Core Values:

Advocacy & Empowerment

The roundtable serves as the unified voice for library students and new & emerging information professionals in the profession, advocating their value, promoting best practices, and empowering members to become critical assets within their organizations.

Education & Lifelong Learning

The roundtable provides opportunities to its members to discover and master emerging technologies, develop leadership skills, and achieve professional success.

Knowledge Sharing & Collaboration

The roundtable leverages global networking opportunities to promote knowledge sharing and the exchange of information, innovative ideas, insights and trends among its members and other divisions/roundtables within ALA.


Organizational Excellence

The roundtable is inclusive, effective and responsive to the needs of its members.


Advocacy & Empowerment

1.       Increase resources and training for members seeking to secure increased funding and support for all libraries.

2.       Provide resources and training for members on crucial library issues such as literacy, intellectual freedom, privacy, fair use, and information literacy that will enable members to become critical assets within their organizations.

3.       Increase public awareness of the value and impact of new & emerging information professionals as well as Library and Information Science students.

Education & Lifelong Learning

1.       Increase leadership and career development opportunities for new & emerging information professionals as well as Library and Information Science students.

2.       Increase the availability for continuing education, career development and certification opportunities for members.

3.       Increase roundtable activities in recruiting, developing and retaining a high-quality, diverse library workforce.

Knowledge Sharing & Collaboration

1.       Increase leadership development and training opportunities designed to support the ongoing transformation of libraries

2.       Increase opportunities to share innovative practices and concepts across the membership.

3.       Increase recognition of and support for experimentation with innovative and transformational ideas.

Member Engagement

1.       Increase innovation and experimentation in the creation of new opportunities for face to face and virtual engagement between members.

2.       Increase member engagement by identifying and eliminating barriers to participation and through technological innovation.

3.       Develop new models to recognize member contributions within the roundtable.

Organizational Excellence

1.       Develop and sustain the resources required to ensure the vitality of the roundtable, its programs and services.

2.       Enhance the roundtable’s organizational structure to meet the changing needs of its members.

3.       Assess and continuously improve products and services to better serve current members and to attract new members.