I’ve recently taken on a new committee position in ALA as Chair of the NMRT (New Members Round Table) Online Discussion Forum committee. As the name suggests, this is a committee that operates virtually so is perfect or someone like myself who is based in a different geographic location to most of the organisation. I really appreciate the fact that I can still be involved in ALA committee work even if I am unable to attend the conferences, and hope CILIP will also increase options for getting involved in committees even if you can’t attend physical meetings (it’s something I’ll be taking into consideration for CILIP West Midlands).

The NMRT Online Discussion Forum committee are responsible for co-ordinating themed discussions on the NMRT mailing list. We’ll be organising a schedule of topics to cover over the next year and each month a different committee member will lead the discussion on a specific topic. I hope we’ll be able to incorporate most of our discussions around the NMRT President Janel Kinlaw’s themes for the year:

Growing Your Professional Skills – I want to help NMRT members grow their networking, public speaking, communications and other professional skills no matter where they are in their library career.

Part of our remit is also to consider other options for online discussion so I’ll be discussing different options with my committee too. Do you have any suggestions? Please contact me if so.

If you’re an ALA NMRT member, please join the mailing list and look out for discussions later this year (and even if you’re not a member, you can join the mailing list to see what it’s all about before making a decision about whether or not to join).