National Library Legislative Day 2020 – Register Today!

Happy 2020, Missouri Librarians!

National Library Legislative Day has been announced and registration is open! On May 4th and 5th, 2020, librarians from across the country will meet in Washington, D.C. to speak with U.S. Representatives and Senators. Arrangements have been made at the Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center, just a few minutes from Capitol Hill.

The first day, at Georgetown, will involve briefing and training on issues and how to talk to your federal legislators. That afternoon, we will try to visit Senators Blunt and Hawley. On the 5th, we will meet with all of our Representatives.

It is a unique experience, and I would encourage you to consider it. Registration is very limited (capped at 400 attendees nationwide), so register early! Registration is $175 and includes breakfast and a reception on the evening of the 4th. Hotel information is also available at that link. ALA has reserved a block of rooms at $219 per night and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. You cannot sign up for the room block until you have registered for the event, though. There are other hotel options around Georgetown and DC. However, most lodging will be at least that much. Now that the cost is out of the way, find more information and register: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/nlld.

If you know a library supporter (trustee, friend, general supporter) who would like to attend for the first time, there are scholarships available to non-librarians here: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/NLLD/funding.

As we get our group together, I will send out more information. As always, 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!

 

Open Doors: Reaching Underserved Populations

 

As librarians, providing equitable access to all patrons should be a top priority. The patrons visiting our libraries should reflect the diversity of the communities we live in. Unfortunately, there are many populations that go underserved. How can we broaden our reach to better serve all our community?

Join us on Thursday, February 28 for an Amigos Library Services online conference, Open Doors: Reaching Underserved Populations, where we will explore methods and best practices for reaching an important part of your community.

Kicking off our conference is keynote speaker, Dr. Michele Villagran, consultant, presenter, and founder of CulturalCo LLC. Her keynote will explore how cultural intelligence makes a difference in the information profession and asks the question, “are you culturally competent?” Throughout the rest of the day, a variety of peers and experts will present on a diverse range of topics, with each time slot offering three different programming options.

Don’t forget, as a benefit of Amigos Library Services membership, attendance is FREE at all online conferences!

Register here!

Registration closes February 24!

For more information about this conference, contact Megan Bryant at bryant@amigos.org or 800-843-8482, ext. 2896.

Free training opportunity: EAD3 archival metadata

Hello Missouri librarians,

The University of Central Missouri’s James C. Kirkpatrick Library was awarded an LSTA Continuing Education grant to fund training through Amigos Library Services. One of these training opportunities is EAD3: The Basics. This is a four-part web-based workshop on constructing online archival pathfinders.
We have a minimum of 20 seats and will only be using 5 or so ourselves, so we would like to open this up to our colleagues across the state free of charge. Information is below. If you have interest in attending, please RSVP to me at welker@ucmo.edu no later than March 29, 2019. Registration links will be sent out at that time. Once the workshop fills up, we will develop a waiting list.

Time: April 11, April 25, May 2, May 9, 2019 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM
Place: Online from your own office

Summary:
The Encoded Archival Description (EAD) is an internationally recognized XML -based standard for encoding archival finding aids. This live, online workshop will provide a solid introduction to EAD3. Topics covered include:
  • Introduction to XML
  • History of EAD
  • Factors to consider when deciding to implement EAD at your institution
  • Relationships between EAD, The General International Standard Archival Description (ISAD(G)), and the principles stated in the Canadian-US Task Force on Archival Description (CUSTARD) Project
  • The structure of an EAD document
Participants will mark up a supplied finding aid in EAD and transform it using XSLT into an HTML document for displaying the finding aid online.
Learning Objectives: 
  • Assess whether EAD is appropriate for an institution
  • Identify supporting archival standards for EAD
  • Know structure of EAD
  • Encode specific types of finding aid data into appropriate EAD elements
  • Build a complete EAD instance using supplied finding aid data.
  • Use supplied stylesheets to display EAD in HTML
Homework Expectations and Completion Requirements: 
  • Students will, through four homework assignments, build a complete, well-formed and valid EAD instance.