New Members Round Table (NMRT) Footnotes


Editorial Board | Footnotes Committee
Editorial Policy
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Volumes & Issues


Editorial Board

Megan Hodge, NMRT President
Stacey Nordlund, Editor
Kari Weaver, Member Services Director
Anita Dryden, Assistant Editor
Kimberly L. Redd, Staff Liaison, NMRT


Footnotes Committee

Stacey Nordlund, Editor 
Anita Dryden, Assistant Editor
Tina Chan
Ronunda Claiborne
Sue Dittmar          
Ruth Harries 
Lindley Homol
Sarah LeMire 
Thomas Mantzakides       
Kelly Quaye           
Elizabeth Schlackman     

Editorial Policy

Footnotes is the official newsletter of the New Members Round Table ( NMRT) of the American Library Association. Footnotes is published four times per year in August, November, February and May. All issues are delivered electronically. It is free to NMRT members and is not available through regular subscription services.

The purpose of Footnotes 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.



Footnotes 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. Footnotes is a great opportunity to get your feet wet with professional writing.

Feature Articles

Feature articles can be on a wide variety of topics. Please peruse previous issues to see the scope of content, but some ideas to consider:

Book & Website Reviews

Book reviews should be of professional titles of interest to new librarians. This may include books about job hunting, library instruction, scholarly communications, programming, reader’s advisory and much more (see previous issues for a variety of examples). Reviews of fiction titles are only accepted if there is relevance to the library profession (The Library at Night, for example). Website reviews may be a review of a specific site of interest or a summative review of a number of sites covering a particular topic. Website(s) must be of interest to the library profession, either for professional development or usefulness in assisting patrons. For Example:

Details on Submitting

A few things to keep in mind if you are considering submitting to Footnotes:

  • 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 Footnotes is a professional publication with your writing.
  • Please give your article a title and be sure to include authorship in the document. Feel free to 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 Footnotes, please contact the Editor with an inquiry. You can expect a response within three business days. Issues are published four times a year (February, May, August, and November). Also watch for calls for authors on NMRT-L.


Stacey Nordlund, Editor 2014-2015