Library Advocacy Day to Open Soon!

Graphic: "Advocacy Alert! Act Now"

The Missouri Library Association will host its annual Library Advocacy Day on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at the Secretary of State Interpretive Center, 600 West Main, Jefferson City, MO 65101. Online registration opens December 1, 2015. Don’t miss out on this chance to meet with your senators and representatives. Tell them in person why libraries matter in Missouri!


9:30 am – 10:00 am Check in at Registration

10:00 am – 11:30 am Orientation

Welcome by 2016 MLA President, Jodie Borgerding

Comments by State Librarian, Barbara Reading

Legislative Update from MLA Legislative Advocate, Randy Scherr

General Information and Visit Etiquette by Legislative Committee Chair, Gerald Brooks

11:30 am – 12:30 pm Lunch

Lunch will be provided as part of the registration cost.

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Afternoon Visits


$25.00 – Institutional Members

$35.00 – Non-Institutional Members

Don’t forget to set up your appointments with your senators and representatives! If you are not sure who you senator or representative is or if you need to find contact information, use these links:

Missouri Senators –

Missouri Representatives –

Questions? Contact Gerald Brooks, MLA Legislative Committee Chair at

Submitted by

Gerald Brooks
MLA Legislative Committee Chair

October 14 is MO Libraries Snapshot Day!

MLA, MPLD, and MASL are asking libraries to post images, videos, and stories about what’s going on in their library this one random day in October.

Why? Too many people don’t know what do in 21st century libraries. On 10.14.15, tell your story with images, video, and text. Show that we matter and share stories about how our services touch lives and are relevant to the 21st century.

How? Do nothing special. Just record what’s happening in your library. Post those stories to your website, Facebook, Twitter feed, Instagram, or YouTube account. Post it to MLA’s Facebook page if you don’t have another venue. Tag it with ‪#‎molibraries. Take “people pictures,” and have the people in them sign the release form (MLA General Photography Release Form) (Photo Release Form for Minor Children). We’ll do the rest.

What happens next? Advocate for libraries! We’ll gather these stories and post them to our Storify site – Share the URL with your legislators when they come to visit your library or send it to them and invite them to learn more about what we do on a daily basis.

Who can participate? Everyone – all libraries and all activities. We may be public, academic, school, or special. At our core, our mission is the same. Show that mission in action on 10.14.15.

Questions? Contact Christina Prucha at

How To Talk With Your Legislator presentation

MLA is excited to offer a new webinar resource created by Susan Burton at MALA!  This 12 minute presentation will introduce you to best practices when engaging your senator and/or representative.  Learn how to build a relationship with your state legislators and how to advocate effectively for your library and Missouri libraries.  In this short presentation, you’ll learn how to initiate a conversation with your senator or representative, how to phrase your concerns in language and ideas they will appreciate, how to invite them into your library, and ideas on what to show them once they are there.  This is a great introduction or refresher for all of us and it’s available free to all MLA members.  If you want to learn how to advocate for your library or libraries in general,, or if you just want a refresher course, start here!

MLA members should watch their email for a message from containing the password.

Introducing Your MLA Board Candidates!

Check MO INFO, below, or view candidate images and statements online!

photo of Candidate Oliver McCarthy Dahms-Stinson photo of candidate Baker Shapiro Schneider photo of candidate Schink Revels Peters




Remember: Online voting will be open during the month of August.  Current MLA members will receive an invitation to vote by email, around August 1, unless you have requested a paper ballot. For additional information about the voting process and how to make sure your membership is current, see the first page of the July 2015 MO INFO.

Congratulations, Dr. Jerome Offord!

JeromeOffordCongratulations to Dr. Jerome Offord, who is the first president of the new Joint Council of Librarians of Color (JCLC)!

Dr. Offord is University Librarian, Head of the Department of Library Science, and Assistant Professor at Lincoln University in Jefferson City.

JCLC Inc.’s official purpose statement is: “To promote librarianship within communities of color, support literacy and the preservation of history and cultural heritage, collaborate on common issues, and to host the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color every four to five years.”

For more about JCLC and its member organizations, see the ALA’s press release.


That was a call for proposals.

From the 2015 conference co-coordinators:

This year, we invite to submit your best and brightest proposals for “Libraries Without Borders”, the 2015 Joint KLA/MLA Conference!  Even if your library is doing something that may not seem great to you, it could be something new and different for another library.  The conference will be hosted at the Kansas City Convention Center from September 30th-October 2nd, and we want you to shine!  Submit your proposal here:  Be sure to let us know if you would like your presentation to be part of our virtual component!

Congratulations to the Ferguson Municipal Public Library!

On Tuesday, February 3, 2015, the American Library Association Council approved the attached resolution at their midwinter meeting.  Copies of the resolution will be sent to the President of the Missouri Library Association, the Director of the Ferguson Municipal Public Library, the Mayor of Ferguson, the Governor, the Secretary of State, and the State Librarian of Missouri.

ALA Resolution Ferguson Page1

ALA Resolution Ferguson Page1
ALA Resolution Ferguson Page1

Full Document: Resolution ALA