Missouri Library Association supports the Kansas City Public Library in its efforts to protect intellectual freedom.
Kansas City Public Library’s Director of Public Programming and Marketing, Steve Woolfolk, was arrested on May 9, 2016, while trying to protect the free speech of a public program attendee. During the time since the incident, unsuccessful efforts have been made to drop the charges.
The Missouri Library Association advocates the philosophy and principles of intellectual freedom and the First Amendment. Libraries are spaces where patrons are invited to be involved and to collaborate on diverse topics. Freedom of speech is an important component of intellectual freedom.
The Missouri Library Association endorses the American Library Association President Julie Todaro’s official statement that “commends the Kansas City Public Library for its commitment to fostering public deliberation and the exchange of a wide spectrum of ideas by offering meeting rooms and other spaces for lectures, educational programs, and organizational meetings.
The Missouri Library Association is 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.
–Jodie Borgerding, President, Missouri Library Association
If you are an MLA committee chair or COI officer, or just want to learn more, I would like to invite you to a live webinar opportunity to understand the MLA budget request process and submitting annual reports. Join us for MLA 101: Budget and Reporting on Tuesday, September 27 at 10:00 a.m.
Register today at http://tinyurl.com/mla-budget-webinar but if you are unable to attend, the webinar will be archived for three months via a link that will be sent out to everyone who registers.
-Jodie Borgerding, President, MLA
On October 6, 2016 at 3 p.m., MLA will hold its annual business meeting at the MLA Conference in Springfield. The following bylaw changes are under consideration and will be voted on at that meeting (see PDF: mla-bylaws-change-final).
Please consider attending the annual business meeting at conference. All current MLA members are eligible to vote on these bylaw changes at the meeting and it’s a good opportunity to hear what the organization has done over the past year.
Questions or concerns about the proposed changes? Please contact President, Jodie Borgerding (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Bylaws and Handbook Committee Chair, Alice Ruleman (email@example.com).
Grab your thinking caps, get your teams together, and join us for the second annual MLA Trivia Night, Wednesday October 5th at 6:30 pm in the Maui Room, Oasis Convention Center, Springfield, MO. Proceeds from this event will go towards the MLA Bohley Scholarship fund (last year we raised over $800!). Doors open at 6 pm and play begins at 6:30 pm. Snacks will be provided and a cash bar will be available for brain fuel.
You can register for $10/person then gather your team or show up and join an open table. If you’ve already registered for the conference, just go back to the registration page (http://2016mla.weebly.com/registration.html) to add Trivia Night to your registration.
Any questions or need more information? Please contact Jodie Borgerding (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jamie Emery (email@example.com).
In just over ONE month, the long, wet, humid summer of 2016 will be a soggy memory, and autumn will be awakening in the Ozarks. You will be so very ready to be in Springfield for the 2016 MLA Conference. To be an early bird, though, you must register by September 1, so hop to it!
Incoming President-Elect: April Roy, Manager of the L. H. Bluford Library, Kansas City Public Library
Incoming Members at Large:
- Jenny Bossaller, Assistant Professor, University of Missouri’s School of Information Science and Learning Technologies
- Anna Francesca Garcia, Education Librarian, Kansas City Public Library
- Cindy Thompson, Director of Public Services, University of Missouri-Kansas City.
The Youth Services Community of Interest (YSCI) would like to congratulate Sandy Anderson, Early Literacy Coordinator for St Louis County Library, as the 2016 Show Me Youth Services Award recipient. The Show Me Youth Services Award is sponsored by YSCI and recognizes a library employee, Friend, or Trustee who serves and/or advocates for children or young adults and who demonstrates notable and outstanding performance in planning, developing, and promoting programs, services, collections, reading activities OR advocating for children and/or teenagers in their libraries and communities.
Sandy is responsible for developing, coordinating, and facilitating creative early literacy programs for children up to age five and provides support to the Youth Services staff at all 20 SLCL branches. Her background in teaching early childhood education made her an ideal candidate for SLCL’s first ever Early Literacy Coordinator.
Sandy also manages several projects for the SLCL. Some of the projects she coordinates include Born to Read, Kindergarten Prep, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Recycled Reads, Every Child Ready to Read Workshops, and even a professional development class for SLCL staff.
YSCI wishes to thank all of our applicants and applauds the inspiring work you do on behalf of Missouri’s youth!
2016 YSCI Chair
Registration is now open for the 2016 Annual Conference at the Ramada Plaza Hotel & Oasis Convention Center in Springfield, MO, from October 5th to October 7th, 2016. This year, we’re offering about 50 sessions, 5 pre-conferences, and multiple social events.
Early bird rates are good through September 1, 2016. Along with conference and pre-conference registration, you may sign up for meal events, trivia night, and your conference t-shirt.
Bookmark the official conference website to stay on top of all announcements.
All current members have been sent a voting code via an email from firstname.lastname@example.org unless a paper ballot was requested. Voting opened July 15th at 7:00 AM and will conclude at 11:55 PM on August 15. Paper ballots must be postmarked by 11:59 PM August 15.
See the Candidate Statements (PDF) for information on the candidates.
If you are a current MLA member and did not receive a ballot, please check your spam and junk folders. You might also need to contact your IT department to see if their spam filters have caught it. If this does not work, please contact email@example.com fur further assistance.
Simple Steps to a Great Presentation
Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Time: 10:00 am
Presenters: Jodie Borgerding and Judy Geczi, Webster University Library
Whether you are a presentation beginner or want to take your current skills up a notch, join Judy Geczi and Jodie Borgerding from Webster University Library as they share tips and techniques for providing effective and successful presentations.
Taking Your Visuals to the Next Level
Date: Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Time: 10:00 am
Presenter: Tiffany Davis
Don’t let bad visuals be the demise of your presentation. In this 45-minute webinar we will discuss how good visuals can take your presentation to the next level. We’ll explore ways to use PowerPoint, Prezi, infographics and posters to enhance your verbal presentation and successfully make your point. The webinar will examine some of the resources and review best practices.