New Members Round Table selects Mandi Goodsett as its 2016 Emerging Leader

For Immediate Release
Fri, 11/20/2015


Kimberly L. Redd

Program Officer, Education (HRDR) & Certification (APA)

Office for Human Resource Development & Recruitment (HRDR)


CHICAGO — The New Members Round Table (NMRT) of the American Library Association is pleased to announce Mandi Goodsett as its representative in the 2016 Emerging Leaders program. Goodsett is currently working as the performing arts and humanities librarian at Cleveland State University in Ohio. She received her MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013. Before beginning her current position in 2014, she spent a year working at Georgia Southwestern State University as reference and instruction Librarian.

Goodsett has served on a number of NMRT committees since becoming a member of NMRT in 2011, including the NMRT Footnotes, NMRT ALA Student Reception and NMRT Endnotes committees. She also served on the NMRT Board as secretary from 2014-2015. Her research interests include the development of LIS education, the experiences of new librarians and the use of technology in library instruction. She is excited about the publication of an article she co-wrote with Andrew Walsh titled “Building a Strong Foundation: Mentoring Programs for Novice Tenure Track Librarians in Academic Libraries” in C&RL in early November.

Goodsett is also in the process of beginning an organization for new information professionals in the state of Ohio. When she isn’t geeking out about information literacy and library instruction, or doing homework toward a Masters in Adult Education, she enjoys traveling, playing her viola in a community orchestra and baking treats for her library coworkers. She is deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve as NMRT’s 2016-2017 Emerging Leader. “NMRT has been such a welcoming and supportive group, and its programs and opportunities have helped me immensely in beginning my professional development as a new librarian,” she said. “I’m honored to continue my participation in the group as Emerging Leader, and I look forward to further developing my leadership skills.”

“Mandi has established an impressive record of leadership within NMRT and a dedication to collaborating with other professionals. We’re excited to support the professional development of someone so enthusiastic and committed to librarianship,” said NMRT President, Kirby McCurtis.

 Goodsett is the ninth NMRT sponsored Emerging Leader. Previous NMRT-sponsored Emerging Leaders are Linda Crook (then Shippert) in 2008, Alexandra Tyle-Annen in 2009, Janel Kinlaw (then White) in 2010, Megan Hodge in 2011, Heidi Steiner in 2012, Margaret Howard in 2013, Kate Tkacik in 2014 and Stacey Nordlund in 2015.

The Emerging Leaders program enables newer librarians from across the country to participate in work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA’s structure and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. As NMRT’s 2016 Emerging Leader, Goodsett will receive $1000 towards the costs of attending the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston, as well as the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.

NMRT, a round table of ALA, is an organization for people with fewer than 10 years of membership in ALA. To learn more about NMRT, visit our web page.


The Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) is the liaison for NMRT.