NMRT Board Member Progress Report


1. Office Name: Leadership Development Director    


2. Office Term (Date: Ex. 2005-2006): 2005-2006


3. What kind of interaction have you had with your committees thus far this year? What support have you been able to provide them? I have been in touch with most of my committee chairs fairly regularly. I have maintained weekly contact with several chairs and have been able to answer questions and give advice as needed. The chairs of the awards committees relied on my guidance and had several questions throughout the process of publicizing the grants and selecting the recipients. I also worked closely with the chair of the Online Forum and offered advice and support when needed. I have been in monthly contact with the chairs of the Annual Meeting committee and Scholarship, Writing and Research. I helped the Annual Meeting committee recruit speakers for their program at Annual.

The Olofson Memorial Award committee was able to choose the award recipient working completely via email and made their selection before Midwinter. The 3M committee selected their grant recipients at a closed meeting at Midwinter and recently announced the names of the recipients on nmrt-l. The Online Forum committee has held monthly online discussions since November. They are being archived on the committee's web site accessible from: http://www.ala.org/ala/nmrt/comm/ Discussions will continue through March and/or April. We have discussed the possibility of providing a pre-Annual discussion. The Annual Meeting committee has lined up a great group of speakers for its program titled: Lea
dership through Publication: Making Difference with Scholarship. Speakers will be: Deanna Marcum from the Library of Congress, Hannelore Rader from University of Louisville, Jennifer Cargill from Louisiana State University and Charles Lowry from the University of Maryland. The Scholarship Writing and Research committee continues to work on its charge of exploring the feasibility of creating an online/print journal to provide a publishing venue for NMRT members.


4. What would you still like to accomplish in your office before the end of your term? I look forward to attending ALA's Annual Meeting in New Orleans so I can meet the 3M/NMRT grant recipients at the 3M Social. I also look forward to attending the Annual Meeting committee's program. I hope to create a readable and concise set of instructions for the future Leadership Development Director.

 5. Date of report:
March 1, 2006                             


6. Submitted by: Laura Kortz