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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 group 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 activities.

The objectives and purpose of NMRT 

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

Officers 2023/24

  • Executive Board Liaison: Melissa Rippy

Officers 2022/23

  • Chair: Jenni Jacobs
  • Past-Chair: Maggie Hernandez
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Melissa Deuber
  • Councilor: Kaitlyn Carpenter
  • Councilor-Alternate: Erin Jewell
  • Newsletter Editor: Lisa Ramirez
  • Web Administrator: Mirko Hanke

Officers 2021/22

  • Chair: Maggie Hernandez
  • Past-Chair: Maren Metzner
  • Newsletter Editor: LaTasha Patterson
  • Web Administrator: Linta Kunnathuparambil

Any of the officers positions will be opened for election February 2023.  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 has expired since October 1, 2021.

TLA Resources You Might be Interested in

TLA Engage
This is TLA’s new online communication platform.  To get the most out of our new member platform, view our Getting Started video where we cover how to log in, set up your password, update your profile, and set your email preferences.

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 are 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 2022-2023
  • NMRT 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 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
    • TBD
  • 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 – For TLA 2022, our generous donor OPALS  sponsored NMRT with $2, 500 to encourage the NMRT members to attend NMRT activities and the TLA conference.

Join or Renew Your TLA Membership!