Mentors AND Mentees sought by Oct. 26

Badge reading "HELLO I AM...Your mentor"Are you new to the profession and looking to get the inside scoop on how the American Library Association (ALA), New Members Roundtable (NMRT), or the librarian profession works? Apply to be a mentee!

Do you have over 5 years of library experience and are looking for new ways to engage with other librarians? Use your wealth of knowledge to connect new librarians to their career path by applying to be a mentor!

NMRT Mentoring Committee is seeking both Mentors and Mentees for Career Mentoring from October 2018 to July 2019.

Membership in ALA is required, and NMRT membership is encouraged. Applications are due October 26, 2018, aiming to match pairs by the beginning of November.

Here’s the application form. 

Thank you for your consideration!

On behalf of The NMRT Mentoring Committee

2018 MLA Conference – Stronger Together

Thanks to both MLA leadership and membership for making this year’s Annual Conference such a successful event! You’ll find that we have a photo album of conference highlights available via MLA’s Facebook Page. Be sure to also visit the related event page to view the photos others have shared as well as videos from this year’s awards ceremony and closing keynote with ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo.

One final reminder: Please take a moment to complete the conference evaluation: bit.ly/2018mlaevaluation. If you downloaded the EventsXD app, you can complete the evaluation directly from your smartphone or tablet. Your feedback will help us improve your experience next year.

Mark your calendars now for the 2019 MLA Annual Conference which will be held October 2-4 at the KCI Expo Center!

Brandy Sanchez (bsanchez@dbrl.org)
Cindy Dudenhoffer (cmdudenh@centralmethodist.edu)
Emerging Technology Co-chairs
2018 MLA Annual Conference

MLA’s 5-year strategic plan

Last year , 2017 MLA President Vicky Baker formed a committee to create a five-year strategic plan. The committee gathered feedback from the MLA Board and Members, and the Board did a SOAR analysis of the organization. This year as Past-President, Vicky has helped the Board use this information to create a viable and exciting strategic plan for 2019-23.

On October 11th at our Annual Business Meeting that is held in conjunction with our Annual Conference, MLA members will vote on this strategic plan. As MLA President April Roy said in her email of September 12:

I hope you will join us at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, Missouri on Thursday, October 11th from 4:00-5:00 in the Windsor IV room. Your vote is important to us! We will also have some amazing door prizes!”

Members were sent a copy of the draft strategic plan in the September 12 email. Once approved, the plan will be posted on the website.

Celebrating Libraries and Colleagues

It is always a good time to recognize and celebrate our colleagues and institutions in the library field. Start thinking about who you could nominate for one of our awards.  It could be an outstanding author, librarian, trustee, library student, or institution!  The deadline to nominate that deserving person or library is July 1st!  Visit the MLA Awards Page to see what awards we have available each year.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact any of the members of the Awards committee listed below.

Tony Benningfield, CHAIR, 2017-2020, tabdspl1935@gmail.com
Meggan Moore  2017-2020,  megganm@thelibrary.org
Beth Ann Caldarello, Past Chair, 2015-2018,  bcaldarello@mail.ncmissouri.edu
April Roy, President ex-offficio 2018 mlapresident@molib.orgaprilroy@kclibrary.org

Register now for the March 23 MACRL Workshop!

March 23, 2018

MACRL Webinar & Workshop

University of Missouri – Ellis Library

Fighting Fake News with the ACRL Framework

 

 

Schedule of Events:

  • Library Tour: Meet in 159 Ellis Library, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 10:00-11:00 AM
  • Collaborative Lunch at a local restaurant, 11:00-12:30 PM
  • Webinar, 12:30-1:30 PM
  • Discussion, 1:30 3:00 PM

RSVP by March 16: koprivan@missouri.edu
Cost: FREE!  Parking available with RSVP

Missouri Library Advocacy Day Now March 13, National Library Legislative Day May 7-8

state capitol building - image from Missouri Digital Heritage Collection,
http://cdm16795.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/postjc/id/121

Missouri Library Advocacy Day is now March 13. The schedule and agenda are the same as announced previously. Please contact Gerald Books, Chair of the Legislative Action Committee, with any questions.

 

 

Speaking of library advocacy:  Registration is open to join the Missouri delegation to attend National Library Legislative Day in Washington DC May 7-8. If you cannot attend in person, register for Virtual National Library Legislative Day, and get the talking points to make you an effective advocate.

Advocacy Day POSTPONED

 

Due to severe weather forecast throughout the state, members of the Executive Board and of the Legislative Committee have decided to postpone Advocacy Day 2018. Watch for the new date by email, on the website and on MLA social media.