Voting is now open for MLA elections

All current meVOTEmbers have been sent a voting code via an email from elections@electionbuddy.com unless a paper ballot was requested. Voting opened July 15th at 7:00 AM and will conclude at 11:55 PM on August 15. Paper ballots must be postmarked by 11:59 PM August 15.

See the Candidate Statements (PDF)  for information on the candidates.

If you are a current MLA member and did not receive a ballot, please check your spam and junk folders. You might also need to contact your IT department to see if their spam filters have caught it. If this does not work, please contact mla@amigos.org fur further assistance.

 

Sign up for these workshops today!

reminderSimple Steps to a Great Presentation

Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Time: 10:00 am
Presenters: Jodie Borgerding and Judy Geczi, Webster University Library

Whether you are a presentation beginner or want to take your current skills up a notch, join Judy Geczi and Jodie Borgerding from Webster University Library as they share tips and techniques for providing effective and successful presentations.

Register:

https://websteru.webex.com/websteru/k2/j.php?MTID=tce38c58b1e32863e9b9224f40941ce87

 

Taking Your Visuals to the Next Level

Date: Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Time: 10:00 am
Presenter: Tiffany Davis

Don’t let bad visuals be the demise of your presentation. In this 45-minute webinar we will discuss how good visuals can take your presentation to the next level. We’ll explore ways to use PowerPoint, Prezi, infographics and posters to enhance your verbal presentation and successfully make your point. The webinar will examine some of the resources and review best practices.

Register:

https://websteru.webex.com/websteru/k2/j.php?MTID=t2ca2e3b1ae0c7759d9ff1dd8b32fd020

MLA Conference People Power

It takes a village to put on an amazing MLA conference every year. If you’re interested in helping out with this year’s conference in Springfield, MO, please fill out the volunteer form.
MLA 2016 Conference Dates: October 5–7, 2016
Location: Ramada Plaza Springfield Hotel and Oasis Convention Center 2546 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, MO 65803
For more information or if you have questions about volunteering, please contact the 2016 Conference Volunteer Coordinators, Kim Flores (kimf@thelibrary.org) and Whitney Austin (whitneya@thelibrary.org).
 

Public-Speaking Webinar Registration is Open!

Presentation Academy stampRegistration is now open for MLA summer webinar, “Simple Steps to a Great Presenation”. This one hour, free session is open to everyone who wants to improve their public speaking skills.

Webinar: MLA Presentation Academy – Simple Steps to a Great Presentation

Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Time: 10:00 am
Presenters: Jodie Borgerding and Judy Geczi, Webster University Library

Whether you are a presentation beginner or want to take your current skills up a notch, join Judy Geczi and Jodie Borgerding from Webster University Library as they share tips and techniques for providing effective and successful presentations.

Register: https://websteru.webex.com/websteru/k2/j.php?MTID=tce38c58b1e32863e9b9224f40941ce87

New MLA Legislative Engagement Site

Advocate2Are you interested in tracking library-related legislation? Do you want to know how you can help library advocacy efforts? Do you want to follow the advocacy issues facing libraries in our state? If so, visit MLA’s Engage site, always housed on the MLA legislative page. Find the issues that the MLA legislative committee needs your help on. Find news stories related to library advocacy. Follow the bills that MLA is currently tracking in the Missouri legislature. Look up your elected officials and if you’d like notifications about new legislative issues and calls to action, sign up and start receiving information.

Tolson is New ALA-Councilor-Elect

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MLA is pleased to announce the results of its ALA Councilor-Elect position.

 

SDTcroppedStephanie Tolson, Dean of Learning Resources and Academic Support for St. Charles Community College, has been elected as our new ALA Councilor-Elect, effective immediately. Dr. Tolson is an active member of many library associations, including the Missouri Library Association (MLA), American Library Association (ALA), Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Special Libraries Association (SLA), College and Reading Language Association (CRLA), and the Missouri Community College Association (MCCA). She received a Doctorate in Education from Saint Louis University, an M.L.S. from Emporia State University, and received a B.A. in Economics and Business Administration from Park University. She has worked in a various library settings including special and academic libraries and she is an avid user of her public library.

Stephanie will assume the role of Councilor-Elect at the time of her election. She will replace Regina Greer-Cooper as ALA Councilor following ALA Annual in June 2016. She will serve as ALA Councilor until the end of ALA Annual 2019, representing MLA at Council meetings and reporting back to MLA on Council activities.

MLA thanks Regina for her service over the last 3 years and we congratulate Stephanie on her election.

Presentation Academy: Registration Opens Friday April 1st

Presentation Academy stampJoin us for a unique, hybrid training experience to boost your presentation skills. If you are wanting to improve your skills to present at conferences this is the professional development opportunity for you.  Many of these skills will be valuable when you are out in your community advocating for your library.  These skills will be relevant for any type of library.  You’ll learn new ways to brainstorm presentation ideas, write successful conference proposals and design outstanding presentation aids.

Interested librarians are encouraged, but not required, to attend all events.

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MLA Award For Worthy Youth Services Librarians

The Thusnelda Schmidt Scholarship is sponsored by the Youth Services Community of Interest (YSCI) of the Missouri Library Association and is made possible by the Thusnelda Schmidt Fund. Recipients of this award may use scholarship money to attend regional or national continuing education events to strengthen their skills in youth librarianship.

 

The deadline for application for this award is February 29. See the Thusnelda Schmidt Scholarship page for more details!