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Janel Kinlaw's picture

Final NMRT Executive Board Meeting at Midwinter 2013

Final Agenda for NMRT Executive Board Meeting

Midwinter Meeting 2013

January 26, 2012 10:30 – 12:00 pm PST with Virtual Participation via Skype

  1. Call to Order & Introductions
  2. Approval of Minutes from Fall E-Board Meetings
  3. New Business
    • Kevin Reynolds - ALA Executive Board Liaison Report
    • Jonathan - 2013-2014 Draft NMRT Budget http://connect.ala.org/node/197666  (requires board vote)'
    • Megan/Emily - Proposal for funding of the 2013 NMRT Professional Travel Grant (see below) (requires board vote)
    • Coral – Proposal to ALA Ask-Me-Another Initiative (see below) (requires board vote)
    • Susan - Discussion of Proposal for ALA Membership Due Changes
      • 1) Does NMRT feel comfortable with supporting in principle tying dues adjustments to the Consumer Price Index
      • 2) Is NMRT ok with NOT having the ALA membership vote on such raises.
  4. Old Business (via NMRTBD and/or Connect)
    • Emily - Adjustment to the 2013 Candidate Slate
    • Curtis - Update on Fundraising Strategy http://connect.ala.org/node/197893
    • Linda - Ad hoc Task Force for NMRT Alumni/Friends
    • Janel  - Emerging Leaders Projects Status
  5. Announcements

Saturday, January 26

3:00 – 4:00 pm – Membership & Networking Meeting – WSCC – Room 205
Join potential & current New Members Round Table (NMRT) in learning about the round table’s latest activities. Hear from the ALA Presidential Candidates about their platforms and ideas for ALA. Stop by this informal meeting to network and learn more about the exciting things NMRT has to offer you.

5:30 – 7:30 pm – Midwinter Social – DragonFish Cafe, 722 Pine Street
Please join fellow NMRT members (and non-members!) at the DragonFish Cafe (722 Pine Street) in the Paramount Hotel for an evening of networking and fun in Seattle. Light refreshments will be provided. Everyone is welcome!

Sunday, January 27
10:30 – 11:30 am – Speak Up: Developing Effective Public Speaking Skills (NMRT/LLAMA Discussion Group) – WSCC – Room 619
Learn tips and tricks on how to develop public speaking skills to engage people and to effectively convey your message. Join us for discussion and networking with LLAMA and NMRT members, new librarians, new members of LLAMA and/or NMRT, librarians making career shifts, and anyone interested in developing leadership skills.

6. Adjournment


Coral Sheldon-Hess (non-member)'s picture

NMRT Board Proposal


From Coral Sheldon-Hess, NMRT Member Services Director

Date: Jan 26, 2012

  1. Board Action Requested: Support NMRT's involvement in the NMRT ALA Ask-Me-Anything Initiative
  2. Background: A group of people (currently just Jenny Levine and Coral, but more will be getting involved after Midwinter) are trying to put together a real-time online forum, where ALA members can ask individuals in the ALA leadership, or possibly candidates for office, questions. We want to style it after Reddit's Ask Me Anything (AMA) discussions. (Here is an example of Nate Silver doing an AMA, so you can see what they might look like.) We plan to host it on an ALA-affiliated site, possibly Connect, not on Reddit. We do not have a date set for the first event, yet, but believe we can probably get this up and running by March. We hope that NMRT will be willing to sign on as a partner. Practically, all that will be asked of NMRT is help with publicity. We would like for NMRT to put together a press release for the first one and to share information about all AMA events to our membership. And if NMRT would like to suggest AMA candidates, that would be excellent! 
  3. Rationale: It makes sense for NMRT to be involved in any initiative that tries to connect the ALA leadership with ALA members. ALA AMAs will offer opportunities for new members to get their questions answered.
  4. Impact on:
    1. Organization: NMRT
    2. Committee:  ??
    3. Finances (please indicate amounts here with only brief descriptions. Detailed descriptions of costs should be supplied in “E: Supplemental Information” below):  $0
    4. Supplemental Information (including complete text of the report or policy, and for any proposal that requires additional funding, provide a description and justification for each item): see background and rationale above




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NMRT Board Proposal Template


om (Name and Office/Committee): Emily Prather-Rodgers, Vice President (for NMRT Professional Development Grant Committee)
Date: 20 January 2013

  1. Board Action Requested: Transfer $1000 to the NMRT Professional Development Grant Committee’s Budget in order to fund one $1000 travel grant for Annual 2013.  Requested funds shall be transferred from Donations.

  1. Background: Until 2012, NMRT received sponsorship from 3M to provide travel grants to three members to encourage professional development and participation by new ALA members in national ALA and NMRT activities.  NMRT no longer receives that funding and continues to seek partnerships with alternate sponsors.  In the meantime, there have been discussions (Executive Board Meeting, March 26, 2012) on providing no more than $2000 per conference from the NMRT budget.  ALA encourages sponsorships and endowments for continuing funding, but the organization should maintain some level of support until an appropriate partnership has been formed. 

  1. Rationale: Despite the lack of external funding, it is still vital that NMRT encourage members to become and remain involved in the organization.  There is room within the organization’s budget, specifically from donations made during a recent e-mail fundraising campaign, to fund this grant for one year.  It seems reasonable to cover the partial travel costs of one member to keep the momentum going, while allowing NMRT to consider long-term plans and to continue seeking new funding partners. The Board will decide the dollar amount and number of grants on a yearly basis as the need arises.

  1. Impact on:

  1. Organization: One thousand dollars is a large amount of money to earmark for a single project, but there are no other requests outstanding and this need was known to the Fundraising Coordinator and to board members at the time that the e-mail fundraising campaign was initiated.  Committing these funds to the provision of a travel grant will highlight the current Board’s commitment to the organization’s mission.
  2. Committee: Approval of this proposal will allow the Professional Development Grant Committee to complete its tasks this year.  They will be required to work within a condensed time frame in order to complete their work.
  3. Other Committees: It is not anticipated that other committees will need significant additional funding this year.  Approving this proposal may limit the flexibility of the Board to provide additional funding to other committees, although there is additional funding available in the Miscellaneous Board Member Support line.
  4. Finances (please indicate amounts here with only brief descriptions. Detailed descriptions of costs should be supplied in “E: Supplemental Information” below): 
    1. $1000 from Donations to NMRT Professional Development Grant Committee

  1. Supplemental Information (including complete text of the report or policy, and for any proposal that requires additional funding, provide a description and justification for each item): For justification of funding requests, please see the rationale and background sections above.