a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization operating to promote library service, the profession of librarianship, and cooperation among all types of libraries and organizations concerned with library service in the State of Missouri. Founded in 1900, MLA is proudly beginning a second century of service.
Missouri Library Advocacy Day is now March 13. The schedule and agenda are the same as announced previously. Please contact Gerald Books, Chair of the Legislative Action Committee, with any questions.
Speaking of library advocacy: Registration is open to join the Missouri delegation to attend National Library Legislative Day in Washington DC May 7-8. If you cannot attend in person, register for Virtual National Library Legislative Day, and get the talking points to make you an effective advocate.
Due to severe weather forecast throughout the state, members of the Executive Board and of the Legislative Committee have decided to postpone Advocacy Day 2018. Watch for the new date by email, on the website and on MLA social media.
As we close up the last month of 2017, our forms to renew your MLA membership – or join, if you’re not already a member – are ready!
To join or renew at any time, select “Join MLA” from the top menu of this page. This will take you to our links for both joining and renewing individual and institutional memberships. Membership dues are on an income-based sliding fee, which includes options for students, new members and library friends. Dues have also remained stable over the past year.
Payment is available both through Paypal and via check. When you renew or join using our online forms, you can select the option you prefer. If you choose to pay by check, a mailing address for your check will be supplied to you.
Finally, if you have any further questions on membership renewal, email firstname.lastname@example.org (the best option) or call 800-843-8482.
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.
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.
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!
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.