History of NMRT

The Texas Library Association New Members Round Table received its official round table status in April 1970 during the TLA Conference in Amarillo, becoming the 9th TLA round table. However, at its creation it was known as the Junior Members Round Table or JMRT. In its beginning, membership in JMRT was open to any librarian or student in library school who was a member of TLA and who was either not over 35 years of age or had not served in the library profession for more than five years. When the round table was being organized, its officers were: Dick Waters, Chairman; Shelah-Bell Cragin, Vice-Chairman; Ann Landtroop, Secretary; and Ralph Holloway, Treasurer. In 1987, the criteria for membership was changed to include any person who is a member of TLA for 10 years or less, which stands to this day. In 1990, JMRT changed its name to New Members Round Table. 

NMRT Fun Facts:

  • 1976--Marilyn Hinshaw was the first recipient of the NMRT Outstanding New Librarian Award.
  • 1977--TLA Executive Director Pat Smith received the Outstanding New Librarian Award.
  • 1978--First NMRT-sponsored conference program held. 
  • 1996--Candace Jensen was the first recipient of the TLA/NMRT/Quality Books, Inc. Professional Development Grant.
  • 1997--NMRT web site was created.

If you are a former TLA NMRT member and have other fun facts, stories, or photos from NMRT activities that you would like to share, please email us at tlanewmembers@gmail.com.



The Chairs of TLA New Members Round Table 

1969-1970          Richard L. Waters
1970-1971          Shelah-Bell Cragin
1971-1972          Ralph Hollowy & Maurine Gray
1972-1973          Maurine Gray
1973-1974          Conrad Burdge
1974-1975          L. B. Woods
1975-1976          Mina Brees
1976-1977          Jeri Baker
1977-1978          Anne Hollingsworth
1978-1979          Katherine (Kippy) Jagoe
1979-1980          Mary E. Johnson 

1980-1981          Margaret Neu
1981-1982          Ted Drake
1982-1983          Jane Ulrich
1983-1984          Rhonda Harris Taylor
1984-1985          Shari Davidson Rowley
1985-1986          Jane Gamez
1986-1987          Carol Scamman
1987-1988          Nancy Snauffer
1988-1989          Lilah Gainey
1989-1990          Richard Dickey 

1990-1991          Barbara Alexander
1991-1992          Kathi Mehan
1992-1993          Edith Reiss
1993-1994          Keitha Y. Ramsey
1994-1995          Jimmie Lyn Harris
1995-1996          Pam Spooner
1996-1997          Suzanne (Sue) Byron
1997-1998          Ann Daily
1998-1999          Diane Warner
1999-2000          Leigh Kilman 

2000-2001          Edward Kownslar
2001-2002          Linda R. Waggener
2002-2003          Victor L. Schill, Fairbanks Branch Library/HCPL
2003-2004          Dolores R. Greenwald, Farmer's Branch Manske Library
2004-2005          Kathleen D. Green, Harris County Public Library
2005-2006          Sally Bickley, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
2006-2007          Jeanette Hatcher, Texas A&M International University
2007-2008          Deirdre McDonald, University of Texas-Pan American
2008-2009          Elizabeth Sargent, Houston Public Library
2009-2010          Kelly Brouillard, Texas Woman's University  

2010-2011          Jennifer Anderson, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
2011-2012          Kimberly Herrington, Pearland Junior High West
2012-2013          Cynthia Pfledderer, Southlake Public Library                                                                                
2014 -                Hollie Gardner, Southern Methodist University




Recipients of the Outstanding New Librarian Award

2012   Mandy Watson, Tomball ISD
2011   Christine Carter, Round Rock ISD
2010   Diane Michelle Ramsay, Chapill Hill ISD 
2009   Jamie Eustace, Sterling Municipal Library
2008   Lisa Martinez, El Paso Public Library
2007   Katy Herrick, Grand Prairie Public Library
2006   Lisa A. Ancelet, Texas State University
2005   no winner
2004   Martha Andrade, El Paso Public Library
2003   Bobbi Jo Miller, Aldine ISD
2002   Lisa Hernandez, Valley View ISD
2001   Becky Anne Krugler, Galveston ISD
2000   Ann Minner, Austin Pubic Library
1999   Jill Cherie Sumpter, Branch Manager of Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch
1998   Elizabeth Dupuis, University of Texas at Austin
1997   Pam Spooner, Sul Ross State University
1994   Suzanne Byron, University of North Texas
1993   Laurie Edwards
1992   Genie Hammel
1991   Richard Dickey
1990   Barbara B. Alexander
1989   Peggy Irene Bradley
1988   Tine Irene Hager
1987   Jeanette Larson
1986   Anita Frevert
1985   Rhonda Harris Taylor
1984   Beth Little
1983   Barbara Gubbin
1982   Cheryl Merchant
1980   Karen Cassity Taylor
1979   Katherine (Kippy) Jagoe
1978   Mary Rydesky
1977   Patricia H. Smith
1976   Marilyn Hinshaw

Winners of the New Members RT Professional Development Grant

2012  Michele Whitehead, University of North Texas
2011  Kandy Taylor-Hillie, Brazoria County Library System
2010  Kristen Davis, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
2009  Kelli Wilder, St. Philip's College
2008  Gail Woodward, Marlin Public Library
2007  Christian Cheshire, Magnolia
2006  Cindy Moreno, Maverick Branch Library, San Antonio PL
2004  Susan T. Jennings, Pasadena ISD
2003  Margaret "Peggy" Durack, Hobby Middle School, NISD/ San Antonio
2002  Nichole Broemer, Harker Heights Public
2001  Laurie Krum, El Paso ISD
2000  Marilyn Powers, Como-Pickton Consolidated Independent School District
1999  Jacquie Wilson, Pillow Elementary School
1998  Gail Shipley, Cook's Children's Hospital
1997  Melanie Willson, Edwards Elementary School
1996  Candace Jensen, Colin L. Powell Elementary

Past NMRT Conference Programs

New Members Standing Tall: Links to Leadership

This fast-paced presentation is a (free!) primer on leadership. New members will gain an understanding of TLA’s structure, the benefits of association membership, and the insight of experienced leaders. Representatives from TLA’s divisions, districts, and round tables will offer opportunities for involvement. TLA’s Leadership Institute will also be explored.*Co-sponsored by New Members Round Table & TALL Texans Round Table


The Inside Scoop on the TLA Experience

New to TLA? First conference? Hear from a panel of experienced TLA members from all types of libraries as they share experiences, conference tips, and networking ideas. We’ll have pastries, coffee, and plenty of time for Q & A.


Calling All New TLA Members!

Join us and hear from a panel of experienced TLA members from all types of libraries.  They will share some of their experiences, conference tips, and networking ideas that you don't want to miss!  We will have pastries, coffee, and plenty of time for Q&A.

  • Kelly Brouillard, adult services librarian, Lewisville Public Library;
  • Laura Heinz, head, information services, Texas Tech University;
  • Karen Kessel, librarian, Tobias Elementary School, Hays CISD;
  • Brett Kirkpatrick, associate vice president for academic resources and director of libraries, University of Texas Medical Branch; and
  • Rebecca Sullivan, director, Riter C. Hulsey Public Library (Terrell).


Links to Leadership: New Members Growing TALL (Free Preconference)

This preconference was designed to engage 2nd and 3rd year TLA members and promote leadership, advocacy and professionalism. Attendees were introduced to TLA structure and the advantages of active membership, as well as making connections with TLA leaders to take advantage of volunteer opportunities with TLA units. Presenters included: Maureen Sullivan, organization development consultant gave keynote address on leadership; Gloria Meraz, TLA Director of Communications presented on advocacy; and Maribel Garza-Castro, TLA President-Elect spoke on professionalism.  *Co-sponsored by New Members Round Table & TALL Texans Round Table

Making the Most of Your Membership: TLA & You 

Hear from a panel of seasoned TLA members from public, academic, school and special libraries as they share their experience and how involvement has benefited them personally and professionally. Then join us for light refreshments and conversation. Panel to include:

  • Liz Sargent, Houston Public Library, NMRT Past Chair, Acquisitions & Collection Dev RT Chair
  • Walter Betts, Texas Christian University, TALL Texas RT Chair
  • Karen Hopkins, University of Texas at Arlington, previous chair of CULD and Cataloging & Metadata RT
  • Maribel Garza-Castro, St. John’s School-Houston, TLA President Elect, past NMRT Executive Board Liaison
  • Cecilia Barham, Decatur Public Library, Public Libraries Division Chair
  • Coby Condrey, Texas State Library & Archives Commission, Unit Assessment Task Force, Special Libraries Division Sec/Treas


Inside TLA: A Guide to Jumpstarting Your Membership

New to librarianship? New to TLA? Join TLA veterans as they discuss the professional and personal benefits of involvement with TLA. Representatives from different TLA units will be in attendance to answer questions. Speakers include:

  • Stephany Compton
  • Beth Wheeler Fox
  • Dana Rooks
  • Chris Salerno
  • Deirdre McDonald


Getting the Most Out of TLA: Your Guide to Active Involvement

New to TLA? Want to jump-start your career? Learn how active involvement in TLA has enhanced the professional and personal goals of TLA presidents, TALL Texans, and even a Librarian of the year. Join us for light refreshments and a chance to find out what opportunities are available to you. Speakers included:

  • Eva Poole, director of libraries, Denton Public Library & TLA Past President 
  • Jack Strawn, librarian, O'Connor High School, Northside ISD (San Antonio)
  • Dede Rios, director, Bruce A. Garrett Medical Library (San Antonio)
  • Tine Walczyk, Texas State Library and Archives Commission, TALL Texan & TALL Texan


TLA & You: Explore the Possibilities

Learn how TLA enhances librarianship and provides opportunities to address issues important to your library. Meet members who can help you become involved in TLA. Join us for light refreshments and the presentation of the Outstanding New Librarian Award and the Quality Books/NMRT Professional Development Grant. A business meeting follows the program. Speakers included:

  • Gretchen McCord-Hoffman, Librarian and attorney
  • Julie Todaro, Dean of Libraries, Austin Community College
  • Dana Rooks, Dean of Libraries, University of Houston
  • Rosealeta Laurell, Director, Ingelside Public Library
  • Caroline Kienzle, school librarian and library consultant
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