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MLA is pleased to announce the results of its ALA Councilor-Elect position.
Stephanie 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.
For candidate photos, biographies and candidate statements, see the Special Election page.
Join 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.
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!
The children of Missouri (and neighboring states) have spoken, selecting Naked!, written by Michael Ian Black and illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, as the winner of the 2015 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award. Over 20,000 preschoolers and kindergarteners participated this year. Naked! was the overwhelming choice, receiving 6,078 votes. Digger Dog, written by William Bee and illustrated by Cecilia Johansson, finished second with 3,227 votes.
Contrary to popular assumptions, Naked! is not a story about a man’s nightmarish journey into the depths of his soul. Instead, it is a joyous, playful look at a child’s activities after his nightly bath. Our hero runs around the house naked, then runs around the house wearing only a cape, all the while sneaking cookies, before finally succumbing to exhaustion and bed.
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 at http://molib.org/awards/building-block-award/.
Inside this issue:
- President’s Message
- Library and Marketing Communications Conference
- Amigos Updates
- University of Missouri SISLT News
- News from Missouri libraries and MORE…
View the January 2016 MO INFO!
MLA Members: Does a workshop series on presentation skills interest you? The MLA Board wants to know! Take our survey by January 29. Thanks!