Attend the April Board Meeting From Anywhere!

Too many meetings and not enough time? MLA is here to help! Starting on Friday, April 21st, you will be able to attend all MLA Board meetings from the comfort of your own location. Utilizing our Go-To-Meeting conferencing software, members from across the state will be able to attend and participate in our live meeting from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A webcam is suggested, but not required. To login to the meeting, join us using the information below before 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 21st.

April MLA Board Meeting 

Fri, Apr 21, 2017 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM CDT

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. 
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/948652261 

You can also dial in using your phone. 
United States: +1 (646) 749-3112

Access Code: 948-652-261 

First GoToMeeting? Try a test session: http://help.citrix.com/getready

April Fools Day Time Warp

NautilusGentle Readers,

The MLA Website Team hope you enjoyed traveling back a century in honor of April Fools Day.

In case you missed it, we have created an archive of what you would have seen in a few key sections of the MLA website, had you viewed the site on Saturday, April 1, 2017.

-Rachel Brekhus, on behalf of the MLA Website Team

Legislative Update Webinars, Coming Up Soon!

[Note: this webinar is not to be confused with the MLA 101, Part 2 webinar on March 21. -Webmaster]

MLA will host State Librarian Barbara Reading and MLA’s Legislative Consultant Randy Scherr for Legislative Update webinars on March 23 and April 20. Tune in to catch up on the legislature’s activity and stay current on topics of importance to the library community. Each webinar will be about 45 minutes, or until all questions are answered.

See the link below to join the webinar on March 23. The webinar will open at 1:45 and the program will begin at 2:00 pm. No registration is required. Audio will be available in GoToMeeting on your computer /device or you can also dial –in for the audio over the telephone.

Legislative Update Webinar – March 2017 
Thu, Mar 23, 2017 2:00 PM CDT

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. 
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/518208909 

You can also dial in using your phone. 
United States: +1 (571) 317-3122

Access Code: 518-208-909 

First GoToMeeting? Try a test session: http://help.citrix.com/getready

MLA 101, Part 2

Is your committee becoming a team of one? Would you like to learn how to keep your committee members engaged and involved? Join us at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21st for a one-hour webinar exploring how you can help develop involvement in MLA. Join us at the link below. Unable to attend? A recording of the webinar will be posted after the meeting.

MLA 101 Part 2 
Tue, Mar 21, 2017 1:00 PM

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. 
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/394199757 

You can also dial in using your phone. 
United States: +1 (872) 240-3412

Access Code: 394-199-757 

First GoToMeeting? Try a test session: http://help.citrix.com/getready

 

2016 Building Block Winner announced

Bear contest logoThe children of Missouri have spoken, selecting Bunnies!!! by Kevan Atteberry, as the winner of the 2016 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award. Over 18,000 preschoolers and kindergartners participated this year, and it’s been a heated battle to the end.  In fact, we believe this may have been one of the tightest races in Missouri Building Block Award history! At the final hour, Bunnies!!! snuck past Little Penguin Gets the Hiccups by Tadgh Bentley and Rex Wrecks It! by Ben Clanton.

The Missouri Building Block committee wants to thank all of the teachers, librarians, parents, and caregivers who read to their kids and helped them vote. Your support is what made this such a successful event. For more information about the Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award program, go to our website molib.org/awards/building-block-award.

Library Advocacy Day is February 7

Libraries of all sizes are encouraged to meet with your senators and representatives to tell them in person why libraries matter in Missouri! If you would like to participate, but have staffing concerns for your library, contact mlapresident@molib.org for staffing assistance and partnership opportunities.

See the Library Advocacy Day page for more information and registration.

MLA Statement In Support of Intellectual Freedom

Missouri Library Association supports the Kansas City Public Library in its efforts to protect intellectual freedom.

Kansas City Public Library’s Director of Public Programming and Marketing, Steve Woolfolk, was arrested on May 9, 2016, while trying to protect the free speech of a public program attendee. During the time since the incident, unsuccessful efforts have been made to drop the charges.
The Missouri Library Association advocates the philosophy and principles of intellectual freedom and the First Amendment. Libraries are spaces where patrons are invited to be involved and to collaborate on diverse topics. Freedom of speech is an important component of intellectual freedom.

The Missouri Library Association endorses the American Library Association President Julie Todaro’s official statement that “commends the Kansas City Public Library for its commitment to fostering public deliberation and the exchange of a wide spectrum of ideas by offering meeting rooms and other spaces for lectures, educational programs, and organizational meetings.

The Missouri Library Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization operating to promote library service, the profession of librarianship, and cooperation among all types of libraries and organizations concerned with library service in the State of Missouri.

–Jodie Borgerding, President, Missouri Library Association

MLA 101: Budget and Reporting webinar

webinar-logo_If you are an MLA committee chair or COI officer, or just want to learn more, I would like to invite you to a live webinar opportunity to understand the MLA budget request process and submitting annual reports. Join us for MLA 101: Budget and Reporting on Tuesday, September 27 at 10:00 a.m.

Register today at http://tinyurl.com/mla-budget-webinar but if you are unable to attend, the webinar will be archived for three months via a link that will be sent out to everyone who registers.

-Jodie Borgerding, President, MLA

Congratulations to the Ronald G. Bohley Scholarship Winners!

Allison Repking, Ferguson Municipal Public Library
Allison Repking, Ferguson Municipal Public Library
Sergio González, Pius XII Memorial Library, Saint Louis University
Sergio González, Pius XII Memorial Library, Saint Louis University

The Professionalism, Education, Employment, and Recruitment (PEER) Community of Interest is pleased to announce that Allison Repking (Ferguson Municipal Public Library) and Sergio González (Pius XII Memorial Library, Saint Louis University) have been chosen as the 2016 recipients of the Ronald G. Bohley Scholarship.

Allison currently works as a Copy Cataloger and Library Assistant at the Ferguson Municipal Public Library in Ferguson, Missouri. Allison has learned the value of interlibrary cooperation through the library’s membership in the Municipal Library Consortium of Saint Louis County. Allison is currently enrolled in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in pursuit of a Master’s Degree.

González is currently enrolled in the Masters of Library and Information Science program at Valdosta State University. He plans to follow the program’s library management track and focus on building collaborative teams within and among libraries. He has worked in academic libraries in various capacities for almost twenty years and currently works as a Library Associate at Pius XII Memorial Library at Saint Louis University.

Note: This post was scheduled for posting on August 24, 2016 at 9:00 am, but never auto-posted. The Web committee apologizes for the delay in sharing this post.

MLA Bylaws Changes – Vote at MLA

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On October 6, 2016 at 3 p.m., MLA will hold its annual business meeting at the MLA Conference in Springfield. The following bylaw changes are under consideration and will be voted on at that meeting (see PDF: mla-bylaws-change-final).

Please consider attending the annual business meeting at conference. All current MLA members are eligible to vote on these bylaw changes at the meeting and it’s a good opportunity to hear what the organization has done over the past year.

Questions or concerns about the proposed changes? Please contact President, Jodie Borgerding (mlapresident@molib.org) or Bylaws and Handbook Committee Chair, Alice Ruleman (ruleman@ucmo.edu).