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 Building Bridges in ALA. Our motto in the New Members Round Table is "Your Path to ALA." While we are the largest roundtable in the Association, we are but one small part of it. As their entry to the rest of ALA, we need to make sure we are not only making our new members comfortable with the Association as a whole, but familiar with all the other parts of it to help our members flourish and contribute so they can find their next place in ALA and their careers.

Photo of Catherine Kosturski, NMRT 2016-17 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