Introducing Your MLA Board Candidates!

Check MO INFO, below, or view candidate images and statements online!

photo of Candidate Oliver McCarthy Dahms-Stinson photo of candidate Baker Shapiro Schneider photo of candidate Schink Revels Peters




Remember: Online voting will be open during the month of August.  Current MLA members will receive an invitation to vote by email, around August 1, unless you have requested a paper ballot. For additional information about the voting process and how to make sure your membership is current, see the first page of the July 2015 MO INFO.

Congratulations, Dr. Jerome Offord!

JeromeOffordCongratulations to Dr. Jerome Offord, who is the first president of the new Joint Council of Librarians of Color (JCLC)!

Dr. Offord is University Librarian, Head of the Department of Library Science, and Assistant Professor at Lincoln University in Jefferson City.

JCLC Inc.’s official purpose statement is: “To promote librarianship within communities of color, support literacy and the preservation of history and cultural heritage, collaborate on common issues, and to host the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color every four to five years.”

For more about JCLC and its member organizations, see the ALA’s press release.


That was a call for proposals.

From the 2015 conference co-coordinators:

This year, we invite to submit your best and brightest proposals for “Libraries Without Borders”, the 2015 Joint KLA/MLA Conference!  Even if your library is doing something that may not seem great to you, it could be something new and different for another library.  The conference will be hosted at the Kansas City Convention Center from September 30th-October 2nd, and we want you to shine!  Submit your proposal here:  Be sure to let us know if you would like your presentation to be part of our virtual component!

Building Block Award: 2014 Winner, 2015 Nominees

The Missouri Building Block Committee is happy to announce that the winner of the 2014 Missouri Building Block Award is Mustache Baby written by Bridget Heos and illustrated by Joy Ang.

Mustache Baby written Bridget Heos and illustrated by Joy Ang ©2013, Clarion Books ISBN: 9780547773575Â
Mustache Baby written Bridget Heos and illustrated by Joy Ang ©2013, Clarion Books ISBN: 9780547773575Â

More than 17,000 children in the state of Missouri voted this year.  Mustache Baby captured over 27% of the voting. Moo by David LaRochelle and Illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka came in second followed closely in third place by Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli.

The Missouri Building Block Committee thanks all the teachers, librarians, parents, and caregivers who took the time to read these stories and ask children for their votes. Please continue to spread the word and participate this year!

For the 2015 nominees (and by the end of February, activity sheets), see the Building Block Award page.


Library Advocacy Day

Registration is now open for Library Advocacy Day,
February 10, 2015!

Registration and more information (link removed after event date passed)

state capitol building
image from Missouri Digital Heritage Collection,

November MO INFO

In the latest issue of MO INFO:

  • What have Missouri libraries been doing to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War?
  • How many people attended the MLA conference and what next year’s conference theme will be.  Hint: It is NOT “Border Wars.”
  • What is the Bookmark Blitz and what does it have to do with historic Missouri newspapers?
  • Upcoming online training sessions and special database deals from Amigos
  • How the Mid-America Library Alliance can score you some free tickets
  • Schools giving old saws to first graders for projects = not as cool as Skyping with astronauts
  • Census Bureau Research Data Center coming to Mizzou
  • Your homework Tech Expo proposal…is due December 8

Want to find out all this and more?  We thought so.  Here’s MO INFO.

One correction, which has been noted in MO INFO itself:


Due to technical difficulties, the bylaw vote has been postponed until Friday, November 21st.  It will be open from Nov. 21 – Dec. 19.   If you requested a paper ballot, you will receive it in the mail this week.  All others will receive a link to the ballot on the 21st and may vote anytime during that four week period.