For further information about the conference, see the Conference page.
Join us for a unique, hybrid training experience to boost your presentation skills. If you are wanting to improve your skills to present at conferences this is the professional development opportunity for you. Many of these skills will be valuable when you are out in your community advocating for your library. These skills will be relevant for any type of library. You’ll learn new ways to brainstorm presentation ideas, write successful conference proposals and design outstanding presentation aids.
Interested librarians are encouraged, but not required, to attend all events.
The Thusnelda Schmidt Scholarship is sponsored by the Youth Services Community of Interest (YSCI) of the Missouri Library Association and is made possible by the Thusnelda Schmidt Fund. Recipients of this award may use scholarship money to attend regional or national continuing education events to strengthen their skills in youth librarianship.
The deadline for application for this award is February 29. See the Thusnelda Schmidt Scholarship page for more details!
The children of Missouri (and neighboring states) have spoken, selecting Naked!, written by Michael Ian Black and illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, as the winner of the 2015 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award. Over 20,000 preschoolers and kindergarteners participated this year. Naked! was the overwhelming choice, receiving 6,078 votes. Digger Dog, written by William Bee and illustrated by Cecilia Johansson, finished second with 3,227 votes.
Contrary to popular assumptions, Naked! is not a story about a man’s nightmarish journey into the depths of his soul. Instead, it is a joyous, playful look at a child’s activities after his nightly bath. Our hero runs around the house naked, then runs around the house wearing only a cape, all the while sneaking cookies, before finally succumbing to exhaustion and bed.
The Missouri Building Block committee wants to thank all of the teachers, librarians, parents, and caregivers who read to their kids and helped them vote. Your support is what made this such a successful event. For more information about the Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award program, go to our website at http://molib.org/awards/building-block-award/.
MLA Members: Does a workshop series on presentation skills interest you? The MLA Board wants to know! Take our survey by January 29. Thanks!
The Missouri Library Association will host its annual Library Advocacy Day on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at the Secretary of State Interpretive Center, 600 West Main, Jefferson City, MO 65101. Online registration opens December 1, 2015. Don’t miss out on this chance to meet with your senators and representatives. Tell them in person why libraries matter in Missouri!
9:30 am – 10:00 am Check in at Registration
10:00 am – 11:30 am Orientation
Welcome by 2016 MLA President, Jodie Borgerding
Comments by State Librarian, Barbara Reading
Legislative Update from MLA Legislative Advocate, Randy Scherr
General Information and Visit Etiquette by Legislative Committee Chair, Gerald Brooks
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Lunch
Lunch will be provided as part of the registration cost.
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Afternoon Visits
$25.00 – Institutional Members
$35.00 – Non-Institutional Members
Don’t forget to set up your appointments with your senators and representatives! If you are not sure who you senator or representative is or if you need to find contact information, use these links:
Missouri Senators – http://www.senate.mo.gov/
Missouri Representatives – http://www.house.mo.gov/sitemap.aspx?pid=16
Questions? Contact Gerald Brooks, MLA Legislative Committee Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MLA Legislative Committee Chair
MLA, MPLD, and MASL are asking libraries to post images, videos, and stories about what’s going on in their library this one random day in October.
Why? Too many people don’t know what do in 21st century libraries. On 10.14.15, tell your story with images, video, and text. Show that we matter and share stories about how our services touch lives and are relevant to the 21st century.
How? Do nothing special. Just record what’s happening in your library. Post those stories to your website, Facebook, Twitter feed, Instagram, or YouTube account. Post it to MLA’s Facebook page if you don’t have another venue. Tag it with #molibraries. Take “people pictures,” and have the people in them sign the release form (MLA General Photography Release Form) (Photo Release Form for Minor Children). We’ll do the rest.
What happens next? Advocate for libraries! We’ll gather these stories and post them to our Storify site – https://storify.com/MOlibraries. Share the URL with your legislators when they come to visit your library or send it to them and invite them to learn more about what we do on a daily basis.
Who can participate? Everyone – all libraries and all activities. We may be public, academic, school, or special. At our core, our mission is the same. Show that mission in action on 10.14.15.
Questions? Contact Christina Prucha at email@example.com
MLA is excited to offer a new webinar resource created by Susan Burton at MALA! This 12 minute presentation will introduce you to best practices when engaging your senator and/or representative. Learn how to build a relationship with your state legislators and how to advocate effectively for your library and Missouri libraries. In this short presentation, you’ll learn how to initiate a conversation with your senator or representative, how to phrase your concerns in language and ideas they will appreciate, how to invite them into your library, and ideas on what to show them once they are there. This is a great introduction or refresher for all of us and it’s available free to all MLA members. If you want to learn how to advocate for your library or libraries in general,, or if you just want a refresher course, start here!
MLA members should watch their email for a message from MLAPresident@molib.org containing the password.