Committee Final Report

NOTE: ** = Required Field


**Type of report being submitted: Committee Final Report


**Date: July 30, 2003


**Committee Name: New Writers Support Ad Hoc Committee


**Supervising Board Member: Joseph Yue/Beth Kraemer

**Chair, Co-Chairs, Assistant Chairs: Sarah Weisman and Deloice Holliday


**Committee members (as of June 2003):

Kristin Starnes Arnett

Jeannette Ho

Sarah Weisman Co-chair

Michelle Crowell Fossum

Devin Sean Hogan

Deloice Holliday Co-chair

Peter Czarnezki

Amanda Roberts



**Goals, Objectives, Projects completed (including, but not limited to, any procedures, tip sheets, checklists, etc. created during the reporting year):

The committee charge: to gather resources and create documents helpful to new writers for library research; facilitate discussion and manage subscription of NMRTWRITER list. The committee reinstated the listserv which had been dormant for two years and began compiling and gathering resources helpful to new writers for library research.


Project Description/Goals:

Identified types of documents and resources needed by new writers; created documents and compiled lists of resources; created a temporary New Writers Support web page that features the original documents and links to resources of use for new writers. Facilitated and participated in discussions on the NMRTWRITER listserv, including starting scheduled discussions with specific time frames, and other efforts to actively encourage discussion. The list discussion and welcome message was updated. See the New Writers Support Ad Hoc Committee instruction document for text of the list discussion and welcome message.


**Action Items/Issues to Be Resolved What plans/projects remain which will be carried over or postponed until next year? Have there been any substantial changes in plans requiring a reconsideration or cancellation of projects? Information regarding such will be helpful for future chairs and planners.



The plans are ongoing for development of an NMRTWriter web page and listserv discussions continue. The committee has requested another year to complete projects such as establishing an online resource for new writers. The online resource will be a place where people can find information on various topics or to interact with reviewers, editors, experienced and new researchers and writers.


Co-chairs of the New Writers Support Ad Hoc Committee for 2002-2003 are creating a document for the 2003-2004 committee members that will include content for the website that will need to be reviewed/revised as appropriate by the new committee and prior to posting to the new web site, and a discussion of the NMRTWRITER listserv and its activity, discussion topics, timing, promotion, managing subscription error messages, and other suggestions and lessons learned regarding the listserv and committee.


Other ideas to explore in the coming year include collaboration with other units, and ascertaining the status for this project: Is the role to be filled within ALA? What is out there so far? Should NMRT fill this role, or if not, should MNRT facilitate, and if so, what resources will be needed? The next committee should determine the need, and if necessary, draw up a proposal at the end of this coming year so that it will stay on as an ad hoc committee with a set number of years and specific goals, or become a standing committee.



Financial Report Section:

Your budget appropriation (see budget)


Amount which you have spent this year


Difference between budgeted amount and amount spent (a-b)




**Report submitted by D. Holliday and Sarah Weisman

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