Submit Your Presentation Proposal for the 2019 MLA Conference

This year your Missouri Library Association conference is focused on being BOLD within our communities in UNCONVENTIONAL ways. We are committed to providing attendees the opportunity to make new connections, experience new ideas, and innovate together for better libraries.

Please use this form to submit your proposal for the 2019 Missouri Library Association Conference, “Unconventional: Bold Ideas for Better Libraries,” October 2 – 4 in Kansas City, MO. We are accepting submissions for pre-conference sessions, breakout sessions, poster sessions, and table talks. ALL PROPOSALS ARE DUE BY WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, 2019.

Your conference coordinators will distribute these proposals to MLA Communities of Interest (CIs) as appropriate for sponsorship or co-sponsorship. Based on physical space and available rooms at the conference site, the conference coordinators will recommend the slate of selected programs.

This is a great opportunity to share with your fellow library folks in Missouri! Others may find new and fascinating something that seems commonplace for you. Showcase an event or program your library is doing, illustrate a problem your institution faced and how you solved it, do a genre presentation, talk about your favorite technology for particular library tasks, highlight the awesome leadership training program you attended…the possibilities are endless!

PLEASE NOTE: Presenters are required to register for the conference. Vendors who would like to present at conference must partner with a library/librarian and must register for the conference under the full conference, single day or single session guest presenter pass.

Submit your proposals today here!

Questions? Send them to 2019mlakc@gmail.com.

MLA Featured Library Employee — Donna Riegel

Meet our most recent Featured Library Employee for the Missouri Library Association, Donna Riegel!

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

Dr. Donna L. Riegel – Director – Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library (part of the MO State Library)

What originally got you interested in working at a library?

I’ve been “working” in libraries since just after the flood…ok…maybe not quite that long.  I started out as a page, so I guess you could say I’ve progressed fairly well.    With multiple degrees, I’ve spent a lot of time in libraries…so decided I might as well work in them, too. When given the opportunity to get a library degree and a promotion, I couldn’t say no.  Over the years I have been a librarian in a corporate setting, in an academic setting, and in local, county, and, now, state libraries.

What keeps you coming back every day?

My first impulse was to say “the paycheck”, which, while true enough, isn’t the major motivation.  I like my job and the people I work with.  There is a shared vision of serving the people of Missouri with the best resources we can.  I have worked in a number of libraries, all with their own unique qualities; however, Wolfner staff have a passion for their patrons that I have rarely seen anywhere else.  These people care about the patrons in a truly personal way.  I will miss that when I retire.

What’s challenging about your work?

Making it all work together.  Taking the best of a situation and making it truly amazing.

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

Before coming to Wolfner, I had never worked with a state agency, nor had I worked with special clientele.  There was no way I was prepared for the awesomeness of staff and patrons.  Working at Wolfner is a true career…a means of serving the needs of our patrons in ways they didn’t imagine.  Getting the message out is also important.  We serve only a small percentage of those eligible for service.

Who is one of your mentors?

I have been fortunate to have had many mentors along the way…even if they didn’t know they were mentors.  I’ve learned something from every boss I’ve worked for…most of the time, learning great things; sometimes learning how not to act as a manager.  Barbara Reading, who was the State Librarian who hired me, was one of the best. There were probably times when she questioned whether she had made the right choice!  I like to believe I lived up to her expectations.

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.

I’m currently reading the Miranda James’s Cat in the Stacks mystery series.  It’s light reading, which is what I need after a day at the office. And its protagonist is a librarian with a cat.  What else do you need! It’s kinda like Jessica Fletcher…way too many people dying in her vicinity…but keep ‘em coming!

On a more serious note, I am “hooked” on Finding Your Roots on PBS.  I am always astounded on how much information they can come up with for their subject celebrities.

 

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!

Urge Your Legislators to Support Library Funding

Good morning, Missouri librarians!

Our Virtual Advocacy Campaign will be available through tomorrow, March 7th. If you were unable to join us in Jefferson City for Library Advocacy Day, you can still reach out to your legislators through our campaign, found here.

Follow the link and fill out the form. The system will automatically select your local representative and senator. On the next screen, you will see those legislators and the message that will be sent on your behalf. We worked with ALA to create a standardized message to make this first foray into virtual advocacy easy for everyone. All you need to do is click Submit and your message (email) will be sent!

The system is geared toward individual voters with recipients tied to zip codes. If you are representing your library that covers multiple zip codes/districts, contacting your legislators directly through email or phone may work better for you. To find your legislators and contact info, follow the links below:

Missouri Senators – http://www.senate.mo.gov/
Missouri Representatives – http://www.house.mo.gov/sitemap.aspx?pid=16

Thank you for all that you do, and let me know if you have any questions.

Dan Brower

Legislative Committee Chair

Missouri Library Association

Missouri Conference on History – today’s the last day to register!

The premier center for the study of Missouri history and culture
Cape Girardeau Columbia Kansas City Rolla St. Louis Springfield

 

Standard Registration Ends Today, February 20

Register online now for the sixty-first annual Missouri Conference on History March 6-8 at the Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza in Kansas City. The conference, hosted by the University of Missouri–Kansas City and Park University, brings together scholars, teachers, and other professional historians to share in the presentation of research, to exchange information on teaching and curriculum, to consider ways to promote the welfare of the profession and general interest in history, and to discuss other concerns common to all historians.

Standard Registration (2/13/19–2/20/19): $55 ea.
Late Registration (2/21/2019 or later): $65 ea.

Registration includes all conference sessions, an array of networking and evening activities, and additional events that invite attendees to experience and celebrate local history for a small fee. In 2019 the Missouri Humanities Council is offering a new program of financial assistance to both undergraduate and graduate students. Travel grants will cover the conference registration fee, lodging at the conference hotel, and up to $150 of additional related expenses. Learn more.

All presenters and participants must register for the conference.

Register Now

Start networking with other history professionals now on social media by using #mchkc19!

 

Open Doors: Reaching Underserved Populations

 

As librarians, providing equitable access to all patrons should be a top priority. The patrons visiting our libraries should reflect the diversity of the communities we live in. Unfortunately, there are many populations that go underserved. How can we broaden our reach to better serve all our community?

Join us on Thursday, February 28 for an Amigos Library Services online conference, Open Doors: Reaching Underserved Populations, where we will explore methods and best practices for reaching an important part of your community.

Kicking off our conference is keynote speaker, Dr. Michele Villagran, consultant, presenter, and founder of CulturalCo LLC. Her keynote will explore how cultural intelligence makes a difference in the information profession and asks the question, “are you culturally competent?” Throughout the rest of the day, a variety of peers and experts will present on a diverse range of topics, with each time slot offering three different programming options.

Don’t forget, as a benefit of Amigos Library Services membership, attendance is FREE at all online conferences!

Register here!

Registration closes February 24!

For more information about this conference, contact Megan Bryant at bryant@amigos.org or 800-843-8482, ext. 2896.

Chapter Advocacy Exchange webinar: Libraries and the 2020 Census, Feb. 27

Please join us for our next Chapter Advocacy Exchange webinar:

February 27, 2019 — Libraries and the 2020 Census: 2:00 PM CST – 3:00 PM CST
State and local governments are organizing for the upcoming 2020 Census, and libraries should have a seat at the table. Governors, state legislators, mayors, philanthropic funders and other leaders across the country are forming Complete Count Committees and allocating resources to help get communities get counted. These efforts offer library staff and supporters opportunities to increase awareness of library services, strengthen community relationships, and support libraries’ work related to census outreach. Hear from librarians who have been involved with Complete Count efforts and learn about new advocacy resources from ALA’s Public Policy and Advocacy team.

Our guest speakers will be Michelle Perera, Director of the Pasadena (Calif.) Public Library; Jennie Stapp, Montana State Librarian; and Diane Foote, Executive Director of the Illinois Library Association. We will also be joined by Gavin Baker, ALA’s Assistant Director of Government Relations and Larra Clark, ALA’s Deputy Director of Public Policy.

Register here: https://ala-events.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8mFmAIXSTWqOgiaIAPUqPQ.

Please share with library advocacy leaders in your state.

Free training opportunity: EAD3 archival metadata

Hello Missouri librarians,

The University of Central Missouri’s James C. Kirkpatrick Library was awarded an LSTA Continuing Education grant to fund training through Amigos Library Services. One of these training opportunities is EAD3: The Basics. This is a four-part web-based workshop on constructing online archival pathfinders.
We have a minimum of 20 seats and will only be using 5 or so ourselves, so we would like to open this up to our colleagues across the state free of charge. Information is below. If you have interest in attending, please RSVP to me at welker@ucmo.edu no later than March 29, 2019. Registration links will be sent out at that time. Once the workshop fills up, we will develop a waiting list.

Time: April 11, April 25, May 2, May 9, 2019 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM
Place: Online from your own office

Summary:
The Encoded Archival Description (EAD) is an internationally recognized XML -based standard for encoding archival finding aids. This live, online workshop will provide a solid introduction to EAD3. Topics covered include:
  • Introduction to XML
  • History of EAD
  • Factors to consider when deciding to implement EAD at your institution
  • Relationships between EAD, The General International Standard Archival Description (ISAD(G)), and the principles stated in the Canadian-US Task Force on Archival Description (CUSTARD) Project
  • The structure of an EAD document
Participants will mark up a supplied finding aid in EAD and transform it using XSLT into an HTML document for displaying the finding aid online.
Learning Objectives: 
  • Assess whether EAD is appropriate for an institution
  • Identify supporting archival standards for EAD
  • Know structure of EAD
  • Encode specific types of finding aid data into appropriate EAD elements
  • Build a complete EAD instance using supplied finding aid data.
  • Use supplied stylesheets to display EAD in HTML
Homework Expectations and Completion Requirements: 
  • Students will, through four homework assignments, build a complete, well-formed and valid EAD instance.

Call for Proposals: Untapped Potential: Discovering and Developing the Leader Within

Announcing the 2019 Annual Amigos Library Services Member Conference, “Untapped Potential: Discovering and Developing the Leader Within.”

 Join us Wednesday, May 15, 2019 and discover how you can find and empower the leader within yourself and your staff!

This one-day conference gives librarians and library staff the opportunity to learn, share insights, and discuss best practices on leadership development techniques, strategies, issues and opportunities. The conference will consist of keynote speakers; concurrent break-out sessions; and the annual Amigos Member Business Meeting carried out by our leadership.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Coaching & Mentoring
  • Conflict & Collaboration
  • Empowering Others
  • Leading from Behind (or maybe Leading by Backing)
  • Leadership Development
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Succession Planning
  • Virtual Leadership

If you can speak on one of these topics, or have another topic in mind, please submit your proposal by March 6, 2019 at https://www.amigos.org/node/5574. Don’t worry if you’ve never presented online. It’s easy, and we are happy to train you and will provide technical support during your presentation.

For more information about this conference, contact Tracy Byerly at byerly@amigos.org or 800-843-8482, ext. 2893.

SLRLN Tech Expo 2019!

SLRLN Tech Expo 2019!

Join us on the beautiful Logan University campus to learn new skills, hear about the use of technology in libraries of all types and connect with colleagues from throughout the area.

Wednesday, March 6th , 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Click here to register

Logan University Campus

William D. Purser, DC Center

1851 Schoettler Road

 Chesterfield, Mo 63017

William D Purser, DC Center

 Directions to Logan Campus

 

Click here to view the agenda

All attendees must register.

Payment by Credit Card or Check accepted.  Registration deadline is March 1st.

The cost for members is $25 , $40 for non-members, and $15 for students. 

 

Morning refreshments and a buffet lunch will be provided.  

Please note: Logan University Purser Center is often chilly, we advise you to dress in layers. For information regarding inclement weather, please click here.

 For more information, please visit the slrln.org website!

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