RMRT (Retired Members Round Table)

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The Retired Members Round Table (RMRT) shall exist to develop programs of particular interest to retired persons from all types of libraries and all forms of library services, including formal opportunities for continued involvement and learning; a variety of leadership training and opportunities for mentoring; lifelong professional involvement and networking; and active engagement in the American Library Association and the profession of librarianship.

Visit the Retired Members Round Table (RMRT) on the ALA website.

  • 1.  Retired Members Round Table - What do we do?

    Posted Nov 09, 2023 11:54 AM

    Retired?  Thinking of retiring?  If so, membership in RMRT offers you an opportunity to stay active professionally.


    • Plans programs.
    • Provides leadership development.
    • Gives you the opportunity to renew past friendships and make new ones.
    • Fosters lifelong professional involvement and networking.
    • Encourages active engagement in ALA and the profession of librarianship.

    RMRT members come from different parts of our profession, public libraries, school libraries, and academic libraries. We continue to stay active in ALA for the community, the conferences, and the opportunity to advocate for libraries. And of course, to talk about books and have FUN!

    For more information about RMRT, check out our website on ALA.org, Retired Members Round Table (RMRT) | Round Tables (ala.org)

    Also, feel free to contact me, Lisa Kippur, RMRT Membership Chair, lisa.kippur@outlook.com

    Lisa Kippur
    Senior Accounting Professional
    University of Colorado

  • 2.  RE: Retired Members Round Table - What do we do?

    Posted Nov 11, 2023 08:25 AM
    Thanks, Lisa, for reminding us why RMRT is so important to those of us who are members. It made me look back over the last 13 years to those early years of this new round table. 

    I loved working collaboratively with members who came from many different divisions of ALA and who shared their unique strengths to make RMRT grow. I am not a governance person, but those who were took care of that aspect of RMRT. My passion was programming and RMRT gave me an opportunity to lend my past ALA and AASL experiences to a new endeavor in my professional growth. 

    In RMRT I was also able to grow personally making new friends while keeping up with ALA friends that I made as a new librarian over 25 years ago!  

    I am looking forward to San Diego to celebrate the work we do to keep RMRT growing and to see everyone and have fun! 

    Ann Marie Pipkin

    architect, sculptor, designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Civil Rights Memorial 

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