Library Advocacy Day Registration is officially open today!

Missouri Librarians:

Registration for Library Advocacy Day is officially open today! This unique day gives you the opportunity to join fellow librarians from across the state to speak with and educate our state legislators about the fantastic things happening in Missouri libraries.

Save the date for Wednesday, March 11th, 2020. The day will last from 9:30am to 5:00pm in Jefferson City. Registration will be $30.00 and includes lunch.

Are you ready to share your story with legislators? Register here:

What is Library Advocacy Day?

Library Advocacy Day (LAD) is a day that the Missouri Library Association sets aside each year for library representatives to speak with their respective State Representatives and Senators to discuss the importance of all libraries. The day is open to library staff, trustees, and friends across the state of Missouri. The event occurs in Jefferson City, starting at the Interpretative Center in the Secretary of State’s office and continuing to the capitol building where face-to-face meetings occur.

The face-to-face meetings is where the magic happens. It is our opportunity to brag about how important libraries are in our communities. It is also our opportunity to advocate for continued library funding. If you are at a larger library, funding may not seem as important to you as it is for smaller libraries. However, larger libraries have a unique position in that you may be able to provide more extensive services to individuals in your communities who need our services the most. Those individuals are also important to our legislators. They need to improve job skills, continue their education, build early literacy skills in preparation for school, register to vote, become citizens, and contribute to the economy. Of course, this list goes on and on, but these results/goals are impactful to legislators.

Why Library Advocacy Day?

Through meetings with elected officials, we raise awareness of the importance of State Aid to Public Libraries and the services of the Missouri State Library.

By coming together in Jefferson City on Missouri Library Advocacy Day, we promote libraries in a visible way, and, by our numbers, show the importance of libraries state-wide. Face-to-face discussion is the most effective means of communication and is essential to the establishment of a solid working relationship.

Ongoing Library Advocacy

While this event is important, it is only one communication with your legislators. Your meeting with your legislator should make it easier to contact him/her during the session as issues arise and we ask for your support. Building long term relationships with your legislators is the key to effective communication. This event is a great opportunity to begin building relationships with your elected officials. If you would like help making those first contacts or tips on nurturing your new relationships with legislators, please contact me. The legislative committee is happy to help.

Dan Brower
Legislative Committee Chair
Missouri Library Association

We want to meet you! Catch up with other librarians or make new connections! Also, if you are not sure if membership in the Missouri Library Association is right for you, this is a great opportunity to learn about the benefits of membership.

Please RSVP here:

Meredith McCarthy, MLA Membership Chair

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

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.

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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:

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:

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: 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 (
Cindy Dudenhoffer (
Emerging Technology Co-chairs
2018 MLA Annual Conference