Renew Your Membership for 2018 Today!

As we close up the last month of 2017,  our forms to renew your MLA membership – or join, if you’re not already a member – are ready!

To join or renew at any time, select “Join MLA” from the top menu of this page. This will take you to our links for both joining and renewing individual and institutional memberships. Membership dues are on an income-based sliding fee, which includes options for students, new members and library friends. Dues have also remained stable over the past year.

Payment is available both through Paypal and via check. When you renew or join using our online forms, you can select the option you prefer. If you choose to pay by check, a mailing address for your check will be supplied to you.

Finally, if you have any further questions on membership renewal, email mla@amigos.org (the best option) or call 800-843-8482.

Thank you!

Jennifer Parsons
Chair, Membership Committee
parsons.jm@gmail.com

Save the Date: February 6, 2018 is the day to advocate!

Missouri Library Association Library Advocacy Day (LAD)

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Jefferson City, MO

Registration information coming soon.

In addition to Library Advocacy Day in Missouri, please also consider National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) in Washington DC, Monday, May 7, and Tuesday, May 8, 2018. Registration and Schedule information coming soon.

  • Liaison Hotel registration will open on December 1, 2017. You can book online (the code for online registration will be posted in December 2017) or call toll-free: 1-888-513-7445.
  • Be sure to reference the American Library Association group when making reservations or provide the Reservation ID: American Library Assn – National Library Legislative Day

Please Note: If you are planning on booking nights outside of our room block, you must book the additional nights separately in order to take advantage of the discount.

Kellie Willis Awarded 2017 Bohley Scholarship

The Professionalism, Education, Employment, and Recruitment (PEER) Community of Interest is pleased to announce that Kellie Willis (St. Louis Public Library) has been chosen as the 2017 recipient of the Ronald G. Bohley Scholarship.

 

Kellie Willis is a native of St. Louis, MO and is the Regional Youth Services Specialist at the Carpenter Branch of the St. Louis Public Library. This fall Kellie begins the LIS program at Mizzou where she intends to focus on Library Services to children and their parents. She loves when the kids at her branch call her the “Library Lady”! A proud AmeriCorps alum, Kellie’s interests include the ways that Libraries are actively working for more just communities. #critlib

The Professionalism, Education, Employment, and Recruitment Community of Interest congratulates Kellie on all of her accomplishments and wishes her the best for the future.

Cindy Thompson

Chair, PEER CI

thompsoncym@umkc.edu

Julie Jackson wins Show Me Youth Services Award

The MLA Youth Services Community of Interest (YSCI) would like to congratulate Julie Jackson, Youth Services Supervisor for St Charles City-County Library, as the 2017 Show Me Youth Services Award recipient.

Julie Jackson has been working in Missouri libraries since January 2003 and got her degree from Mizzou in December 2006.  During her time in library services Julie has reached countless lives through her programming and collaboration with others.  Currently at St. Charles City County Library she is a driving force behind the “Grow Your Reader” early literacy initiative, she manages the early literacy calendars that patrons look to each month to find daily early literacy activities for their families, and this summer she will pilot a Lunch@the Library food program for neighborhood children in the branch, all in addition to the numerous outreach events she attends and the programs she implements at her branch.

Julie’s coworkers say that she always has a smile on her face and a positive attitude and is always willing to help out wherever it’s needed.  She is always there to answer questions and bounce ideas off of.  Her dedication and excitement about children’s services in Missouri is infectious.

 

YSCI is thrilled to offer this award to Julie Jackson and wishes to thank all of our applicants.  We applaud the inspiring work you do on behalf of Missouri’s youth!

MLA Election Slate

The MLA Board is pleased to share the amazing work of our Nominating Committee by announcing our the slate for our upcoming elections.  More information about our candidates and the voting process will be coming soon!

President – President Elect: 

Erin Gray, Springfield-Greene County Library

Liz MacDonald, Lindenwood University

 

Members at Large: 

Johnathan Shoff, St. Charles City-County Library

Jamie Emery, Saint Louis University

Noel Kopriva, University of Missouri – Columbia

Christy Schink, Scenic Regional Library

Susan Wray, Mid-Continent Public Library

Meredith McCarthy, Jefferson County Library

Jennifer Parsons, Central Methodist University

Eric Peterson, Kansas City Public Library (self nominating)

 

Exhibitor Registration Now Open for 2017 MLA Conference

Join us in St. Louis for the 2017 MLA Annual Conference at the Sheraton Chalet Westport Plaza October 4-6, 2017. Early registration ends August 4th. This year, tconference logo featuring St. Louis Arch with the words "Bridging the Gap"wo tiers of exhibiting space are available on a first-come first-served basis. Explore exhibit and sponsorship opportunities with our convenient online exhibitor prospectus and registration link. Visit http://www.mlavendor2017.ezregister.com and register today.