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.

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.