DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JUNE 15TH – MLA Request for Proposals

Hello MLA Membership,

We have extended the deadline for Requests of Proposals for the 2019 Conference. The form went live on April 1st and will now be open until Saturday, June 15th, 2019. Thank you for everyone who has already submitted a proposal we’re really excited to read through your proposals. After considering our printing deadlines, we have decided to extend the deadline for a couple more weeks to give everyone one more chance to consider participating in conference this year by presenting.

BE BOLD AND PRESENT AT CONFERENCE THIS YEAR! Requests for Proposals form. Even if you are not ready to present this year, please forward this invitation along to your coworker, committee member or students, this is a great opportunity to get presentation experience is a safe and encouraging space.

As in years past there are several presentation formats, please take some time to consider what you’re excited to share with your peers this year and what format you think would be best communicate your content. Details on these formats can be found on the form itself, but if you have any further questions please email us at 2019MLAKC@gmail.com.

LIBRARY LAND STAGE
This year we are offering conference goers an alternative to breakout session throughout Thursday and into Friday morning. The Library Land Stage, located in the Exhibit Hall, will feature up & coming authors and storytellers from around Missouri. Running from 9-5pm on Thursday and 9-12pm on Friday, the Library Land Stage will continually increase traffic through the exhibit hall and offer more engagement opportunities between conference attendees and vendors, as well as, offer everyone something just a bit unconventional. Please see the form for more details about this event and we will continue to push more information about all our events out to you through our webpage and our Facebook page.

Before we let you go, we also have two other forms that opened Monday.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNIES
Please check out the MLA website for access to the Vendor Registration form, we need all the support we can get to make this conference amazing. There are several opportunities to support the conference; please consider having a booth in our Exhibitor Hall, it’s a great way to connect with conference attendees and build relationships. Purchasing ad space in the conference program that will go out to every attendee at the conference and will be available digitally to everyone. There are also Platinum, Gold and Bronze level opportunities to sponsor events and swag at conference, please see the Vendor Prospectus and/or the Vendor Registration form for full details.

Looking forward to seeing you all at Conference this October!

Conference Co-Coordinators
Katie McDonald, Tiffany Mautino and the 2019 Conference Planning Committee

Urge Your Legislators to Support Library Funding

Good morning, Missouri librarians!

Our Virtual Advocacy Campaign will be available through tomorrow, March 7th. If you were unable to join us in Jefferson City for Library Advocacy Day, you can still reach out to your legislators through our campaign, found here.

Follow the link and fill out the form. The system will automatically select your local representative and senator. On the next screen, you will see those legislators and the message that will be sent on your behalf. We worked with ALA to create a standardized message to make this first foray into virtual advocacy easy for everyone. All you need to do is click Submit and your message (email) will be sent!

The system is geared toward individual voters with recipients tied to zip codes. If you are representing your library that covers multiple zip codes/districts, contacting your legislators directly through email or phone may work better for you. To find your legislators and contact info, follow the links below:

Missouri Senators – http://www.senate.mo.gov/
Missouri Representatives – http://www.house.mo.gov/sitemap.aspx?pid=16

Thank you for all that you do, and let me know if you have any questions.

Dan Brower

Legislative Committee Chair

Missouri Library Association

Missouri Conference on History – today’s the last day to register!

The premier center for the study of Missouri history and culture
Cape Girardeau Columbia Kansas City Rolla St. Louis Springfield

 

Standard Registration Ends Today, February 20

Register online now for the sixty-first annual Missouri Conference on History March 6-8 at the Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza in Kansas City. The conference, hosted by the University of Missouri–Kansas City and Park University, brings together scholars, teachers, and other professional historians to share in the presentation of research, to exchange information on teaching and curriculum, to consider ways to promote the welfare of the profession and general interest in history, and to discuss other concerns common to all historians.

Standard Registration (2/13/19–2/20/19): $55 ea.
Late Registration (2/21/2019 or later): $65 ea.

Registration includes all conference sessions, an array of networking and evening activities, and additional events that invite attendees to experience and celebrate local history for a small fee. In 2019 the Missouri Humanities Council is offering a new program of financial assistance to both undergraduate and graduate students. Travel grants will cover the conference registration fee, lodging at the conference hotel, and up to $150 of additional related expenses. Learn more.

All presenters and participants must register for the conference.

Register Now

Start networking with other history professionals now on social media by using #mchkc19!

 

Chapter Advocacy Exchange webinar: Libraries and the 2020 Census, Feb. 27

Please join us for our next Chapter Advocacy Exchange webinar:

February 27, 2019 — Libraries and the 2020 Census: 2:00 PM CST – 3:00 PM CST
State and local governments are organizing for the upcoming 2020 Census, and libraries should have a seat at the table. Governors, state legislators, mayors, philanthropic funders and other leaders across the country are forming Complete Count Committees and allocating resources to help get communities get counted. These efforts offer library staff and supporters opportunities to increase awareness of library services, strengthen community relationships, and support libraries’ work related to census outreach. Hear from librarians who have been involved with Complete Count efforts and learn about new advocacy resources from ALA’s Public Policy and Advocacy team.

Our guest speakers will be Michelle Perera, Director of the Pasadena (Calif.) Public Library; Jennie Stapp, Montana State Librarian; and Diane Foote, Executive Director of the Illinois Library Association. We will also be joined by Gavin Baker, ALA’s Assistant Director of Government Relations and Larra Clark, ALA’s Deputy Director of Public Policy.

Register here: https://ala-events.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8mFmAIXSTWqOgiaIAPUqPQ.

Please share with library advocacy leaders in your state.

MLA Youth Services UnConference April 10, 2019

As of March 13, 2019, the Youth Services Unconference is full, registration is now closed.  ~MLA Webmaster 20190319

MLA Youth Services UnConference
10 Apr 2019: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Daniel Boone Regional Library – Columbia Branch
100 W. Broadway
Columbia, MO 65203
Registration cost is FREE for MLA members, with a $10 lunch fee for non-MLA members.
Sponsored by the Youth Services Community of Interest (YSCI), Missouri Library Association.
An unconference is a series of workshops led by YOU, the attendees. Those participating in the unconference suggest topics of interest, and attendees then vote on their favorite topics. The following workshops are discussions among the attendees on those topics. The Youth Services UnConference is a flexible, personable way to focus on topics that matter to you and your libraries. You will also get to meet awesome librarians, exchange knowledge and have fun!
To register, follow this link: https://molib.wildapricot.org/event-3218101

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.

Read moreNeed a mentor? MLA has you covered!