Mentors AND Mentees sought by Oct. 26

Badge reading "HELLO I AM...Your mentor"Are you new to the profession and looking to get the inside scoop on how the American Library Association (ALA), New Members Roundtable (NMRT), or the librarian profession works? Apply to be a mentee!

Do you have over 5 years of library experience and are looking for new ways to engage with other librarians? Use your wealth of knowledge to connect new librarians to their career path by applying to be a mentor!

NMRT Mentoring Committee is seeking both Mentors and Mentees for Career Mentoring from October 2018 to July 2019.

Membership in ALA is required, and NMRT membership is encouraged. Applications are due October 26, 2018, aiming to match pairs by the beginning of November.

Here’s the application form. 

Thank you for your consideration!

On behalf of The NMRT Mentoring Committee

MLA’s 5-year strategic plan

Last year , 2017 MLA President Vicky Baker formed a committee to create a five-year strategic plan. The committee gathered feedback from the MLA Board and Members, and the Board did a SOAR analysis of the organization. This year as Past-President, Vicky has helped the Board use this information to create a viable and exciting strategic plan for 2019-23.

On October 11th at our Annual Business Meeting that is held in conjunction with our Annual Conference, MLA members will vote on this strategic plan. As MLA President April Roy said in her email of September 12:

I hope you will join us at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, Missouri on Thursday, October 11th from 4:00-5:00 in the Windsor IV room. Your vote is important to us! We will also have some amazing door prizes!”

Members were sent a copy of the draft strategic plan in the September 12 email. Once approved, the plan will be posted on the website.

Public Librarians and Aspiring Librarians: Need a Mentor? We’ve Got You Covered!

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 forming a mentoring program just for you!  This is a great opportunity to learn more about your special area of public library interest from an experienced professional and to form a bond of friendship with another librarian from our state.

Eligible mentees must be members of the Missouri Library Association and must be able to commit to at least one meeting per month for up to a year with your mentor.  Meetings can be held via phone, email, or in person.  Anyone interested in having a mentor is encouraged to use this sign up sheet: https://goo.gl/forms/bu2VW0fENqq4Ju8L2.

To find out more about the Public Libraries Community of Interest mentoring program, go to the PLCI info page.

Celebrating Libraries and Colleagues

It is always a good time to recognize and celebrate our colleagues and institutions in the library field. Start thinking about who you could nominate for one of our awards.  It could be an outstanding author, librarian, trustee, library student, or institution!  The deadline to nominate that deserving person or library is July 1st!  Visit the MLA Awards Page to see what awards we have available each year.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact any of the members of the Awards committee listed below.

Tony Benningfield, CHAIR, 2017-2020, tabdspl1935@gmail.com
Meggan Moore  2017-2020,  megganm@thelibrary.org
Beth Ann Caldarello, Past Chair, 2015-2018,  bcaldarello@mail.ncmissouri.edu
April Roy, President ex-offficio 2018 mlapresident@molib.orgaprilroy@kclibrary.org

Updated Post: Calling All Experienced Public Librarians: Want to Be a Mentor?

The Public Libraries Community of Interest (PLCI) is looking for experienced public library employees who are interested in mentoring new librarians. This is a great opportunity to share your knowledge and give back to the library community.  Eligible mentors must be members of the Missouri Library Association and have at least 5 years of library experience, with at least 3 years in their current field.  Mentors must work or have worked in a public library and must be able to commit to at least one meeting per month for up to a year with their mentee.  Meetings can be held via phone, e-mail, or in person.

Anyone who is interested in being a mentor, please fill out this google form.

Interested mentors should submit their forms by May 31st.

To find out more about the Public Libraries Community of Interest mentoring program, please visit the PLCI Mentoring Program informational page on the MLA website.

Calling All Experienced Public Librarians: Want To Be A Mentor?

The Public Libraries Community of Interest (PLCI) is looking for experienced public library employees who are interested in mentoring new librarians. This is a great opportunity to share your knowledge and give back to the library community.  Eligible mentors must be members of the Missouri Library Association and have at least 5 years of library experience, with at least 3 years in their current field.  Mentors must work or have worked in a public library and must be able to commit to at least one meeting per month for up to a year with their mentee.  Meetings can be held via phone, e-mail, or in person.

Anyone who is interested in being a mentor is encouraged to fill out a mentoring sign-up sheet.

Interested mentors should submit their forms by May 31st.

To find out more about the Public Libraries Community of Interest mentoring program, please visit the PLCI Mentoring Program informational page on the MLA website.

Submit Your Presentation Proposal for the 2018 MLA Conference

MLA is now accepting program proposals for 2018 Conference – Stronger Together: Diversity of Libraries and Diversity in Libraries.  Submissions will be accepted until Wednesday, April 11th, and can include breakout sessions, table talks, poster sessions, pre-conferences, and networking events.
Please use this submission site.

This is a great opportunity to share with your fellow library folks in Missouri! Others may find new and fascinating something that seems commonplace for you. Showcase an event or program your library is doing, illustrate a problem your institution faced and how you solved it, do a genre presentation, talk about your favorite technology for particular library tasks, highlight the awesome leadership training program you attended…the possibilities are endless!

Questions? Send them to 2018mlacoordinators@gmail.com.

Thusnelda Schmidt Scholarship Winner Announced

In February, the Youth Services Community of Interest announced the 2018 recipient of the Thusnelda Schmidt Scholarship, Samantha Dozier!  Samantha is the Youth Librarian at the Weber Road Branch of St. Louis County Library.  The Youth Services Community of Interest is pleased to fund Samantha’s attendance at YALSA’s 2018 Young Adult Symposium.

As a Youth Librarian with St. Louis County Library Samantha serves hundreds of children, teens and their families/caregivers every month within her building. She also serves around 500 children in schools and daycare centers. She runs a variety of programs for all age groups, including baby story times, preschool art, story time for children with autism and their families, and home school students.  She has been involved in special programs, like summer and after school meals to children who visit the library, Earn-A-Bike Workshop, and Computer Coding Workshops. She has started a TAB program at her branch to involve teens in the library and provides passive programs and activities almost daily to the large number of teens who visit the library after school.

Samantha is planning on attending the YALSA 2018 Young Adult Symposium. She has increased programming to teens at her location, but sees a need for more support for this age group at her branch. She hopes to expand her knowledge in this area and learn new strategies for creating meaningful programs that will engage the teens, keep them coming back, and improve their behavior while at the library. She is passionate about working with this age group and is excited to be able to better serve and support the teens at her branch.

The Selection Committee wishes to thank all of our applicants and applauds the inspiring work you do on behalf of Missouri’s youth!

Thanks also to this year’s Selection Committee– Amy Held, Kristy Toplikar, Megan Durham, and Christy Schink.

Shelley Bretsnyder
Youth Services Community of Interest (YSCI) 2018 Past Chair