New Members Round Table (NMRT) Footnotes


In order to ensure that our readers are able to enjoy the latest articles, content previously published quarterly in the Footnotes newsletter will now be available on the NMRT Blog, along with the latest NMRT news and information. While Footnotes as a separate publication will no longer be available, the opportunity to publish newsletter-style articles of interest to new library professionals and library school students will still exist through the NMRT Blog. If you have an article or article idea you’d like to publish to the NMRT Blog, please contact Anita Dryden.


Editorial Board | Footnotes Committee 
Submissions | Volumes & Issues


Volumes & Issues


Editorial Board

Kirby McCurtis, NMRT President
Julia Frankosky, Member Services Director
Anita Dryden,  Editor
Kimberly L. Redd, Staff Liason, NMRT


Footnotes Committee

Anita Dryden, Editor
Lindley Homol
Sarena Hicks
Casey McCoy
Kelly Quaye
Anne Marie Sticksel
Tina Chan
Allie Thome    


Footnotes was the official newsletter of the New Members Round Table ( NMRT) of the American Library Association. Footnotes was published four times per year in August, November, February and May. Issues were delivered electronically and was free to NMRT members.

Beginning in January 2016, the quarterly electronic publication of the Footnotes newsletter was replaced by the use of the NMRT Blog (, the official blog for the New Members Round Table. This change has allowed articles to be published much faster, thus allowing for more timely access to the latest news and information of interest to new library professionals.

The purpose of the NMRT Blog is to disseminate information and news to NMRT members; to alert members to developments of interest in ALA and in the library world; and to inform members of NMRT Board actions, state and regional events, and NMRT conference programs and committee activities. Regular columns include the President’s Column, Headliners and Member Spotlight. Feature articles, book and website reviews are accepted on an ongoing basis.



The NMRT Blog ( (formerly the Footnotes newsletter) publishes articles of interest to those new the library profession, whether still in library school, on the job hunt, or in the early years of their career. Articles accepted include features, book and website reviews. The NMRT Blog ( is a great opportunity to get your feet wet with professional writing.


November 2015 Volume 44 No. 6


Regular Features

President's Column by Kirby McCurtis

Headliners compiled by Casey McCoy

Member Spotlight: Catherine Damiani Interview by Casey McCoy


Feature Articles

The Grad Student's Guide to Getting a Job by Paula Pergament




Details on Submitting

A few things to keep in mind if you are considering submitting to the NMRT Blog:
  • There is no official word count limit for submissions, but do keep attention span in mind. Most articles range from 500 to 1500 words.
  • If citations are necessary for your article, please use MLA format.
  • Due to the nature of articles published, first person point of view is acceptable, but please do keep in mind that the NMRT Blog is a professional publication with your writing.
  • Please give your article a title and be sure to include authorship in the document. Also, please include a short bio (1-2 sentences) at the end of your article.
  • Send your submission via e-mail to the Editor as an attached document.
  • Following review from the Editor, submissions are assigned to Footnotes committee members for editing and preparation for publication to the web. The Editor will be in touch if there are any questions or issues regarding your submission.


If you are interested in submitting to the NMRT Blog, please contact the Editor with an inquiry. You can expect a response within three business days.  Also watch for calls for authors on NMRT-L.


Anita Dryden, Editor 2015-2016