a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization operating to promote library service, the profession of librarianship, and cooperation among all types of libraries and organizations concerned with library service in the State of Missouri. Founded in 1900, MLA is proudly beginning a second century of service.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As we close up the last month of 2017, our forms to renew your MLA membership – or join, if you’re not already a member – are ready!
To join or renew at any time, select “Join MLA” from the top menu of this page. This will take you to our links for both joining and renewing individual and institutional memberships. Membership dues are on an income-based sliding fee, which includes options for students, new members and library friends. Dues have also remained stable over the past year.
Payment is available both through Paypal and via check. When you renew or join using our online forms, you can select the option you prefer. If you choose to pay by check, a mailing address for your check will be supplied to you.
Finally, if you have any further questions on membership renewal, email firstname.lastname@example.org (the best option) or call 800-843-8482.
Missouri Library Association Library Advocacy Day (LAD)
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Jefferson City, MO
Registration information coming soon.
In addition to Library Advocacy Day in Missouri, please also consider National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) in Washington DC, Monday, May 7, and Tuesday, May 8, 2018. Registration and Schedule information coming soon.
Liaison Hotel registration will open on December 1, 2017. You can book online (the code for online registration will be posted in December 2017) or call toll-free: 1-888-513-7445.
Be sure to reference the American Library Association group when making reservations or provide the Reservation ID: American Library Assn – National Library Legislative Day
Please Note: If you are planning on booking nights outside of our room block, you must book the additional nights separately in order to take advantage of the discount.