Early Bird Registration for MLA 2016 is Open!

2016-conference-logoRegistration 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.

Tolson is New ALA-Councilor-Elect

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MLA is pleased to announce the results of its ALA Councilor-Elect position.

 

SDTcroppedStephanie Tolson, Dean of Learning Resources and Academic Support for St. Charles Community College, has been elected as our new ALA Councilor-Elect, effective immediately. Dr. Tolson is an active member of many library associations, including the Missouri Library Association (MLA), American Library Association (ALA), Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Special Libraries Association (SLA), College and Reading Language Association (CRLA), and the Missouri Community College Association (MCCA). She received a Doctorate in Education from Saint Louis University, an M.L.S. from Emporia State University, and received a B.A. in Economics and Business Administration from Park University. She has worked in a various library settings including special and academic libraries and she is an avid user of her public library.

Stephanie will assume the role of Councilor-Elect at the time of her election. She will replace Regina Greer-Cooper as ALA Councilor following ALA Annual in June 2016. She will serve as ALA Councilor until the end of ALA Annual 2019, representing MLA at Council meetings and reporting back to MLA on Council activities.

MLA thanks Regina for her service over the last 3 years and we congratulate Stephanie on her election.

MLA Award For Worthy Youth Services Librarians

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 Naked and the Read

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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/.

Registration for Library Advocacy Day is Now Open!

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 is now open. For more information and to register, go to www.mla2016lad.ezregister.com.  Don’t miss out on this chance to meet with your senators and representatives to tell them in person why libraries matter in Missouri!

Schedule

9:30 am – 10:00 a.m.    Check in at Registration
10:00 am – 11:30 a.m. 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 p.m. Lunch
Lunch will be provided as part of the registration cost.
1:00 pm – 5:00 p.m.     Afternoon Visits

Pricing

$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/
Questions? Contact Gerald Brooks, MLA Legislative Committee Chair at gbrooks@slpl.org.

 

Library Advocacy Day to Open Soon!

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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!

Schedule

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

Pricing

$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 gbrooks@slpl.org.

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Gerald Brooks
MLA Legislative Committee Chair
gbrooks@slpl.org