About NMRT

President's Welcome

Welcome to the New Members Round Table (NMRT). We have close to 1500 members representing every aspect of librarianship, from nearly every state and even some foreign countries. NMRT can help you find your niche within ALA and librarianship.

My presidential theme is “Advocating for Now.” This year I want all members to discover, deconstruct, and disrupt. Discover new professional opportunities at school, work, in the community, or within ALA. Deconstruct the misconceptions about the profession and the association from the bottom up—bring a fresh perspective and a new idea. Disrupt the status quo. If your organization has always done something in the same way, ask why. If you are trying the same methods and not seeing results, talk to someone new. As a member of ALA you can disrupt by participating, voting, volunteering, and proposing. There is no better time than right now to take a chance and let your voice be heard.

Photo of Kirby McCurtis, NMRT 2015-16 President


Our mission is to help those who have been association members less than ten years become actively involved in the association and the profession. The goals are fourfold: (1) to structure formal opportunities for involvement and/or training for professional association committee experiences on the national, state and local levels; (2) to provide a wide variety of programs to assist, encourage, and educate those new to the association and the profession; (3) to offer 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, and; (4) to develop and implement ongoing programs for library school students which encourage professional involvement and networking.


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Staff Liaison

Kimberly L. Redd
Program Officer
American Library Association
50 E Huron St
Chicago, IL 60611-2788
Work: (312) 280-4279
Fax: (312) 280-3256
E-mail: klredd@ala.org