Save the Date: February 6, 2018 is the day to advocate!

Missouri Library Association Library Advocacy Day (LAD)

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Jefferson City, MO

Registration information coming soon.

In addition to Library Advocacy Day in Missouri, please also consider National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) in Washington DC, Monday, May 7, and Tuesday, May 8, 2018. Registration and Schedule information coming soon.

  • Liaison Hotel registration will open on December 1, 2017. You can book online (the code for online registration will be posted in December 2017) or call toll-free: 1-888-513-7445.
  • Be sure to reference the American Library Association group when making reservations or provide the Reservation ID: American Library Assn – National Library Legislative Day

Please Note: If you are planning on booking nights outside of our room block, you must book the additional nights separately in order to take advantage of the discount.

Kellie Willis Awarded 2017 Bohley Scholarship

The Professionalism, Education, Employment, and Recruitment (PEER) Community of Interest is pleased to announce that Kellie Willis (St. Louis Public Library) has been chosen as the 2017 recipient of the Ronald G. Bohley Scholarship.

 

Kellie Willis is a native of St. Louis, MO and is the Regional Youth Services Specialist at the Carpenter Branch of the St. Louis Public Library. This fall Kellie begins the LIS program at Mizzou where she intends to focus on Library Services to children and their parents. She loves when the kids at her branch call her the “Library Lady”! A proud AmeriCorps alum, Kellie’s interests include the ways that Libraries are actively working for more just communities. #critlib

The Professionalism, Education, Employment, and Recruitment Community of Interest congratulates Kellie on all of her accomplishments and wishes her the best for the future.

Cindy Thompson

Chair, PEER CI

thompsoncym@umkc.edu

Julie Jackson wins Show Me Youth Services Award

The MLA Youth Services Community of Interest (YSCI) would like to congratulate Julie Jackson, Youth Services Supervisor for St Charles City-County Library, as the 2017 Show Me Youth Services Award recipient.

Julie Jackson has been working in Missouri libraries since January 2003 and got her degree from Mizzou in December 2006.  During her time in library services Julie has reached countless lives through her programming and collaboration with others.  Currently at St. Charles City County Library she is a driving force behind the “Grow Your Reader” early literacy initiative, she manages the early literacy calendars that patrons look to each month to find daily early literacy activities for their families, and this summer she will pilot a Lunch@the Library food program for neighborhood children in the branch, all in addition to the numerous outreach events she attends and the programs she implements at her branch.

Julie’s coworkers say that she always has a smile on her face and a positive attitude and is always willing to help out wherever it’s needed.  She is always there to answer questions and bounce ideas off of.  Her dedication and excitement about children’s services in Missouri is infectious.

 

YSCI is thrilled to offer this award to Julie Jackson and wishes to thank all of our applicants.  We applaud the inspiring work you do on behalf of Missouri’s youth!

Attend the April Board Meeting From Anywhere!

Too many meetings and not enough time? MLA is here to help! Starting on Friday, April 21st, you will be able to attend all MLA Board meetings from the comfort of your own location. Utilizing our Go-To-Meeting conferencing software, members from across the state will be able to attend and participate in our live meeting from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A webcam is suggested, but not required. To login to the meeting, join us using the information below before 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 21st.

April MLA Board Meeting 

Fri, Apr 21, 2017 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM CDT

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. 
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/948652261 

You can also dial in using your phone. 
United States: +1 (646) 749-3112

Access Code: 948-652-261 

First GoToMeeting? Try a test session: http://help.citrix.com/getready

April Fools Day Time Warp

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The MLA Website Team hope you enjoyed traveling back a century in honor of April Fools Day.

In case you missed it, we have created an archive of what you would have seen in a few key sections of the MLA website, had you viewed the site on Saturday, April 1, 2017.

-Rachel Brekhus, on behalf of the MLA Website Team

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.

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.