Subject File, 1935-2006
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Brief Description: NMRT Executive Committee Subject File includes correspondence, minutes, lists, publications, financial records, reports, photographs, and memoranda concerning relations between the New Members Round Table and its state affiliates, the Forrest Carhart Project to motivate librarians to do more research, programs and plans for the ALA Midwinter and Annual Conferences, publications, NMRT Committees, revised standards of accreditation for library schools, minorities recruitment, the ALA Staff Liaison, finances, editing of Cognotes and Footnotes, relations with the Library Education Division, grants and awards, and name change proposals. Correspondents include chairpersons (1967-77) and presidents (1977- 97), other NMRT officers, directors, the Affiliates Council, committee chairs and liaisons.
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The American Library Association Archives
19 Library
1408 W. Gregory Drive
Urbana, IL 61802
Phone: 217 333 0798
Fax: 217 244 2868
Email: ala-archives [at]
Record Series Number: 46/1/6
Created by: New Members Round Table (NMRT)
Volume: 28.0 Cubic Feet
Acquired: 12/5/73; 9/4/90; 1993; 2/18/95; 7/8/96; 10/14/96; 6/16/97; 8/5/98; 8/14/98; 11/17/99; 12/18/2006; 6/14/2021
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Arrangement: Chronological and alphabetical thereunder
Biographical Note for New Members Round Table (NMRT) :

The Junior Members Round Table (JMRT) held its first informal meeting at the AlA Conference in New Haven, Connecticut in 1931 (1). Its primary purpose was to organize social meetings and to hold a Round Table devoted to issues of particular interest to members of the ALA who were under thirty years of age (2). In 1933 the membership age limit was raised to 35 (3). The Junior Members Round Table continued to meet informally until 1941, when a constitution was introduced and approved with a few minor changes, and by-laws were proposed (4). In 1942 several amendments to the constitution were made, and the by-laws, slightly modified from the 1941 version, were adopted (5). The requirements for membership in and the government and purposes of the Junior Members Round Table in 1941 were:

1. To help the individual member to become orientated to the profession and to encourage membership participation in its organizations, national, state, and local.

2. To promote a greater feeling of responsibility for the development of library service and librarianship.

3. To assist actively in the recruitment of qualified persons for the profession.

Membership in NMRT (New Members Round Table) is currently limited to members of ALA who have served in the profession less than ten years. The NMRT is governed by an executive committee composed of the president, the vice-president/president-elect, the treasurer, the secretary, the past president, and the chairpersons of the standing committees; the Round Table also has a board of directors. Its publications include the quarterly Footnotes (formerly Newsnotes, 1966-71) and Cognotes (1972- ), published during ALA's Annual and Midwinter conferences (7).


1-Executive Committee




Subject Index
ALA Annual Conference
ALA Midwinter Meeting
Beta Phi Mu
Convention Booth Chairman
Freedom to Read Foundation
Junior Members Round Table Orientation Committee
Library Education Division (LED)
Library Indexes
Library School Accreditation
Lieberman, Irving
National Library Week
New Members Round Table (NMRT)
O'brien, James M.
Olofson (Shirley) Memorial Award
Students to ALA
War Devastated Libraries
Young Librarian Award
Languages of Materials
English [eng]