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Supports new librarians in the profession and acquaints them with TLA.

Welcome to the New Members Round Table (NMRT)

If you are new to the library profession,  ten years or less as a Texas Library Association (TLA) member, we are the place for you. You may begin building your professional network as well as develop your leadership potential by serving on NMRT or other TLA groups or participating in our programs.

The objectives and purpose of NMRT 

  • To bring together new librarians for orientation to the scope and potentialities of the profession
  • To acquaint them with the structure and purpose of TLA
  • To promote a greater feeling of responsibility among the newer members of TLA for the development of library service and librarianship in Texas.


Maggie Hernandez, Chair
Maren Metzner, Past-Chair
Morgan Briles, Secretary-Treasurer
LaTasha Patterson, Newsletter Editor
Linta Kunnathuparambil, Web Administrator

Vacant Positions:
Alternate Councilor

If you are interested in one of these positions or volunteering with TLA, please fill out the Volunteer Form.

Stay Up-To-Date with NMRT

To stay informed about what is happening in TLA and especially the New Members Round Table, set up your TLA Engage account  as soon as possible.  The TLA distribution list will be expired on October 1, 2021.

TLA Resources You Might be Interested in

Career Resources
 Resources related to library careers, MLIS programs, and the TLA jobline may be found here.  There are also tools for employers on recruiting and retaining librarians.

TLA Professional Development
Continuing education opportunities for professionals offered at any career level.  Explore and learn about the TLA leadership and management programs such as TALL Texans, Launch, and Executive Leadership Immersion.  There are also courses dedicated to advancing your careers. 

Maximize Your Membership
Access your membership account, follow TLA social media channels, volunteer and grow professionally.

TLA Awards, Scholarships & Grants
Learn more about the numerous awards and scholarships you might be eligible for as a TLA member.  Some, for example, the New Members Round Table Professional Development Stipend, are dedicated to supporting conference attendance and membership expenses.

NMRT Programs for 2021-2022
  • NMRT Monthly Newsletter
    • It will be distributed via the distribution list
    • If you wish to share your professional achievements or tips and tricks for TLA librarians in the Newsletter, please complete this form
  • Quarterly Online Social on Thursdays @ 7:00 pm:
    • August 12, 2021 – Getting to know your NMRT officers, members and then some
    • December 2, 2021 – Mentoring with other TLA Round Table members
    • February 10, 2022 – Electing New NMRT officers
  • TLA Annual Conference 2022 programs:
    • TLA Membership 101 – TLA President, President-elect, and NMRT Chair will share all you need to maximize the value of your TLA membership
    • First Conference Jitters? –  Experienced TLA  Annual Conference attendees will help you enjoy your conference to the fullness
    • Exhibit Hall Guided Tour – NMRT officers and Stipend recipients will give you a sneak peak tour of the Exhibit Hall regarding the sessions, author signatures, free giveaways and others.
    • NMRT In Person Social at Little Red Wasp Restaurant on Tuesday April 26 Between 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm.  Hangout and reconnect
  • Professional Development Stipend – Our generous donor OPALS  has sponsored NMRT with $2, 500 this year to encourage the NMRT members to attend NMRT activities and TLA conference.

Join or Renew Your TLA Membership!