Remember: Conference proposals are due May 31!

This year your Missouri Library Association conference is focused on being BOLD within our communities in UNCONVENTIONAL ways. We are committed to providing attendees the opportunity to make new connections, experience new ideas, and innovate together for better libraries.

Please use this form to submit your proposal for the 2019 Missouri Library Association Conference, “Unconventional: Bold Ideas for Better Libraries,” October 2 – 4 in Kansas City, MO. We are accepting submissions for pre-conference sessions, breakout sessions, poster sessions, and table talks. ALL PROPOSALS ARE DUE BY WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, 2019.

Your conference coordinators will distribute these proposals to MLA Communities of Interest (CIs) as appropriate for sponsorship or co-sponsorship. Based on physical space and available rooms at the conference site, the conference coordinators will recommend the slate of selected programs.

This is a great opportunity to share with your fellow library folks in Missouri! Others may find new and fascinating something that seems commonplace for you. Showcase an event or program your library is doing, illustrate a problem your institution faced and how you solved it, do a genre presentation, talk about your favorite technology for particular library tasks, highlight the awesome leadership training program you attended…the possibilities are endless!

PLEASE NOTE: Presenters are required to register for the conference. Vendors who would like to present at conference must partner with a library/librarian and must register for the conference under the full conference, single day or single session guest presenter pass.

Submit your proposals today here!

Questions? Send them to 2019mlakc@gmail.com.

Need a mentor? MLA has you covered!

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Are you a new or newish public librarian? Are you experienced but starting a new position? Are you a student who wants to learn more about being a public librarian? It sounds like you could really use a mentor! Fortunately, the Public Library Community of Interest is putting together a mentoring program just for you! Mentors and mentees will be paired in January 2019.

Read moreNeed a mentor? MLA has you covered!

Archived Conference Presentations

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For all who wish to relive the marvelous 2018 MLA Conference, or view the slides to that presentation you had to miss, or look up that reference on a slide that went by too fast…the 2018 conference presentation archive is coming along!

There is still time to send your presentation with posting permission from all presenters to the webmaster, if you don’t see yours on the list. Please convert all PowerPoint files to PDF for compact transfer and archiving.

Experienced Public Librarians: Want to Mentor?

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The Public Libraries Community of Interest is looking for experienced public library employees who are interested in mentoring new librarians. This is a great opportunity to share your knowledge and give back to the library community. Eligible mentors must be members of the Missouri Library Association and have at least 5 years of library experience with at least 3 years in their current field. Mentors must work or have worked in a public library and must be able to commit to at least one meeting per month for up to a year with their mentee. Meetings can be held via phone, e-mail, or in person. Anyone who is interested in being a mentor is encouraged to fill out a mentoring sign-up sheet by using the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/9GeBLPL8hSLrjvJ93

Mentors and mentees willed be paired in Jan 2019.

To find out more about the Public Libraries Community of Interest mentoring program click the following link:

http://molib.org/get-involved/communities-of-interest/public-libraries-community-of-interest-plci/plci-mentoring-program/

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.

Early Bird Conference Registration is Open!

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Early Bird Registration for the 2018 Missouri Library Association Conference is now open and goes through August 14th.

Check out the conference website for details including program and schedule, registration information, keynote speakers, preconference sessions, exhibitors and sponsors.

Hope to see you there.

Denice Adkins & Janice Dysart
MLA Conference Registration, co-chairs

adkinsDe@missouri.edu
dysartj@missouri.edu