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.
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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!
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.