NMRT Online Programs Committee


The Online Programs Committee is responsible for planning, coordinating and delivering an online program series on topics relevant to NMRT members. The also committee develops, organizes and hosts monthly discussions on ALA Connect to encourage information sharing and networking among members.


Alex Dodd
(Chair, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2024)
Beth Marie Jarrell
(Chair, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2024)
Ellen Flaxman Covino
(Member, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2024)
Sylvie Daubar-San Juan
(Member, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2024)
Mrs. Marcia (Marcie) Anne Erickson
(Member, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2024)
Ashley Granger
(Member, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2024)
Lauren Puzier
(Ex-Officio Member, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2024)
Kimberly L. Redd
(Staff Liaison, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2026)

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This committee, formerly known as the Annual Program Committee, is an off-shoot of the Leadership Development committee, which was disbanded in the reorganization of 2004-2005. Traditionally, the Leadership Development committee sponsored a program funded by Highsmith. The committee was established in 2005 to provide a single session at the ALA Annual Conference. With the 2006-2007 committee year, the committee focused on programming delivered online. The 2014-15 committee was charged with delivering a series of three online programs.

Major Responsibilities

To deliver programs to new members of ALA and the profession offered in alternate formats. The online programs should take advantage of appropriate available technologies.


NMRT members were surveyed in September 2015 to determine which program topics were most requested. In response to the survey results, three topics were selected for the 2015-16 series. Furthermore, they were surveyed about presentation length, time of day to be scheduled and interactivity. The committee has published the survey results online.

Upcoming Events:

Using Emotional Intelligence and Mindfulness to Navigate the Stress of Life

Date: May 7, 2020

Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. (Eastern)

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/102317396086

A former Law Librarian, current Youth Mindfulness Instructor discusses emotional intelligence and teaches how to practice mindfulness as a way of enhancing your personal and professional life. Learn the basics of mindfulness meditation to reduce stress, relax, and improve focus in all aspects of life.

Please register at the link above to join Ashley Moye as she walks us through mindfulness and meditation techniques while highlighting the importance of emotional intelligence in the librarian profession. Join us on Thursday, May 7, 2020, @ 2:00 PM EST/1:00 PM CST!

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to implement deep breathing as a way to reduce stress in the moment.

Participants will be able to know how to establish a practice of daily meditation as a way to reduce stress and improve focus over time.

Participants will be able to understand how observing thoughts instead of judging them leads to more self-confidence and inner calm.

Presenter: Ashley Moye

Ashley stepped into her role as a mindfulness meditation instructor through a conscious choice to embrace a more fulfilling channel for both selfless service and lifetime learning than her previous career in law librarianship.

During her decade as a law librarian, Ashley maintained her own mindfulness practice and frequently promoted mindfulness and emotional intelligence within her profession as necessary soft skills for both lawyers and librarians. After completing her Mindfulness Meditation Certification with Guru Ranjit, she began work as a mindfulness instructor for both Charlotte Meditation and their non-profit arm, Youth Meditation. Ashley is also currently serving as Director of Communications and Marketing for Youth Meditation.

Host: LaQuanda T. Onyemeh, MLIS, M.Ed, Training & Consultant Partner at ProQuest, WOC+Lib Co-Founder

Past Events:

"Career Planning for Early Career Librarians: Navigating Your Own Way!" – presented by Shannon Jones, MLIS, MEd, AHIP, (Director of Libraries Medical of South Carolina); Laura Tadena, MLIS, (Inclusive Services Consultant at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission); Natalie Ornat, MLIS, (ALA Emerging Leader, Humanities Librarian), UNC – Charlotte; moderated by LaQuanda T. Onyemeh, MLIS, M.Ed, (Training & Consultant Partner at ProQuest, WOC+Lib Co-Founder) – March 3, 2020 Webinar Recording

The Mystery of Networking While Introverting - "Choose Your Own Adventure: You're the Star of the Story! Choose from Countless Possible Endings" - presented by Rochelle Hartman (Adult Services Manager La Crosse Public Library) - March 29, 2016 Webinar Recording

    Staff Liaison

    Kimberly L. Redd, Program Manager, (HRDR & ALA-APA)