Seeking Submissions for March 2019 MO Info Issue!

Hello Missouri Libraries,

Please send articles about new additions or promotions of staff, upcoming training sessions, innovations in library programming, and the like for the March MO Info issue! The deadline for submissions is February 15, by 5:00pm. To facilitate the Committee’s production process, please follow the submission suggestions below.

Include [MO Info] in the subject line of an email to moinfonews@gmail.com.
Attach the article as a Microsoft Word document
Include desired headline and your contact email and role in MLA
Include digital photos (with captions) and graphics with your articles as desired
The issue will be published on March 15th. Please feel free to contact me directly if you’ll need an extension.

If you have any further questions, please let me know.

Best Wishes,
MO Info SubCommittee

Lindsey Warner (Chair)
Ken Satterfield (Assistant Co-Chair)
Hong Li
Nicole Walsh
Jenna Feldstein
Chris LeBeau
Jason Phinney
Rene Burress

2018 Building Block Award Winner Announced

“The children of Missouri have spoken, selecting Pug Meets Pig, written by Sue Lowell Gallion and illustrated by Joyce Wan, as the winner of the 2018 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award. Over 22,000 preschoolers and kindergartners participated this year — which is up by about 3,000 from last year!”, announced 2018-2019 Building Block Awards Chair Brandi Hamlin in a recent email.

“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,” continued Hamlin.

The committee plans to announce 2019 nominees in early February.

MLA Youth Services UnConference April 10, 2019

MLA Youth Services UnConference

10 Apr 2019: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Daniel Boone Regional Library – Columbia Branch
100 W. Broadway
Columbia, MO 65203

Registration cost is FREE for MLA members, with a $10 lunch fee for non-MLA members.
Sponsored by the Youth Services Community of Interest (YSCI), Missouri Library Association.

An unconference is a series of workshops led by YOU, the attendees. Those participating in the unconference suggest topics of interest, and attendees then vote on their favorite topics. The following workshops are discussions among the attendees on those topics. The Youth Services UnConference is a flexible, personable way to focus on topics that matter to you and your libraries. You will also get to meet awesome librarians, exchange knowledge and have fun!

To register, follow this link: https://molib.wildapricot.org/event-3218101

MLA Featured Library Employee — Jim Coombs

Meet our most recent Featured Library Employee for the Missouri Library Association, Jim Coombs!

What is your name, your library, and your role at the library?

Jim Coombs, Missouri State University Meyer Library, Maps and GIS Librarian

What originally got you interested in working at a library?

I majored in geography as an undergraduate at Ball State University and used the map library’s resources. I decided that working in a map library would be the perfect job for me.

What keeps you coming back every day?

The reference service is my favorite part of library work. Also, I get to draw maps for professors’ books!

What’s challenging about your work?

Keeping up with the changes in computer mapping.

Has your work made you either curious, or passionate, or awestruck about something?

Yes, in my computer mapping work, I’m curious about the accuracy of the source data I use.

Who is one of your mentors?

David Cobb, who was Map Librarian at the University of Illinois when I had a 2-year internship there in 1978-80. It was my first professional library job after getting my Master’s in Map Librarianship and he taught and showed me how to manage a map library.

What book, author, artist, show, or music are you engaging with this week, either personally or professionally? Persuade us in one or two sentences that we should pick this up, too.

Brook Blevins’ three volume A History of the Ozarks offers a comprehensive history of the region. The first volume came out in summer 2018. Blevins tries to write history books that connect with common folks. He wants people in the Ozarks to know they have a valuable regional history of their own and take pride in it.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?

I went to China in 1985 as the only Maps & GIS specialist in an ALA delegation of 50 librarians. We toured libraries in Beijing, Xian, Chengdu and Shanghai. We also toured the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and the buried army of terra cotta soldiers. It’s very hard to describe what we experienced compared to life in China today.  Back then, there was a heavy military presence and we experienced travel delays while they scrutinized our documents. We were stared at as the first Caucasian people the Chinese had seen. The only people who had cars were military and Government officials. Everyone else rode bicycles or walked. I described the experience as “I might as well have gone to Mars, because everything in the Chinese cultural experience was so completely different from what I grew up with in the U.S.” I still cherish the experience.

 

Would you like to nominate someone to be our next Featured Library Employee?  Examples could be:

…a new employee you’d like to introduce

…someone with a unique job or on a unique career path

…an employee you find inspirational

…a coworker whose gifts you wish were more widely known

…someone who’s “an institution” full of interesting stories

…a role that has a new focus or is reaching a new audience

…someone you’d like to make more visible to potential employers

Submit name(s) and contact information, along with place of employment, to Shannon Mawhiney at smawhiney@missouristate.edu.  We’ll do all the work of contacting; we just need you to connect us!

Need a mentor? MLA has you covered!

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Are you a new or newish public librarian? Are you experienced but starting a new position? Are you a student who wants to learn more about being a public librarian? It sounds like you could really use a mentor! Fortunately, the Public Library Community of Interest is putting together a mentoring program just for you! Mentors and mentees will be paired in January 2019.

Read moreNeed a mentor? MLA has you covered!

MLA Featured Library Employee — Peggy Ridlen

Meet our most recent Featured Library Employee for the Missouri Library Association, Peggy Ridlen!

What is your name, your library, and your role at the library?

Peggy Ridlen, Instruction Librarian; Professor Jack C. Taylor Library; Fontbonne University

What originally got you interested in working at a library?

It was my love of reading as a child that initiated my interest in working at a library. I did not learn to read until I was 8 years old. * However, when I did, a whole new world erupted.

What keeps you coming back every day?

I have the best job in the world! Academic librarianship provides a purposeful life suited to my abilities and personality. The mission, values, vision, commitment and students of Fontbonne University foster the opportunity to impart the value of libraries and literacy to the next generation.

What’s challenging about your work?

Ongoing student engagement in raising awareness of intellectual freedom and the importance of information literacy in an increasingly digital world.

Has your work made you either curious, or passionate, or awestruck about something?

The short answer to this question is EVERYTHING. Working in a resource rich environment naturally enhances intellectual curiosity. Specifically, my work in higher education has made me realize the importance of MLA advocacy for libraries.

Who is one of your mentors?

My mother who collaborated with my 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Stanley to teach me how to read.

What book, author, artist, show, or music are you engaging with this week, either personally or professionally? Persuade us in one or two sentences that we should pick this up, too.

My Own Words; Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a great book about a great woman who has done great things! Most people do not realize the influential role this iconic supreme court justice played as a young lawyer to advance equal opportunities for women in the US.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?

*If it weren’t for access to public and school libraries with fantastic librarians, I probably still wouldn’t know how to read!

 

Would you like to nominate someone to be our next Featured Library Employee?  Examples could be:

…a new employee you’d like to introduce

…someone with a unique job or on a unique career path

…an employee you find inspirational

…a coworker whose gifts you wish were more widely known

…someone who’s “an institution” full of interesting stories

…a role that has a new focus or is reaching a new audience

…someone you’d like to make more visible to potential employers

Submit name(s) and contact information, along with place of employment, to Shannon Mawhiney at smawhiney@missouristate.edu.  We’ll do all the work of contacting; we just need you to connect us!

Archived Conference Presentations

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For all who wish to relive the marvelous 2018 MLA Conference, or view the slides to that presentation you had to miss, or look up that reference on a slide that went by too fast…the 2018 conference presentation archive is coming along!

There is still time to send your presentation with posting permission from all presenters to the webmaster, if you don’t see yours on the list. Please convert all PowerPoint files to PDF for compact transfer and archiving.