Exhibitor Registration Now Open for 2017 MLA Conference

Join us in St. Louis for the 2017 MLA Annual Conference at the Sheraton Chalet Westport Plaza October 4-6, 2017. Early registration ends August 4th. This year, tconference logo featuring St. Louis Arch with the words "Bridging the Gap"wo tiers of exhibiting space are available on a first-come first-served basis. Explore exhibit and sponsorship opportunities with our convenient online exhibitor prospectus and registration link. Visit http://www.mlavendor2017.ezregister.com and register today.

Library Advocacy Day is February 7

Libraries of all sizes are encouraged to meet with your senators and representatives to tell them in person why libraries matter in Missouri! If you would like to participate, but have staffing concerns for your library, contact mlapresident@molib.org for staffing assistance and partnership opportunities.

See the Library Advocacy Day page for more information and registration.

MLA Statement In Support of Intellectual Freedom

Missouri Library Association supports the Kansas City Public Library in its efforts to protect intellectual freedom.

Kansas City Public Library’s Director of Public Programming and Marketing, Steve Woolfolk, was arrested on May 9, 2016, while trying to protect the free speech of a public program attendee. During the time since the incident, unsuccessful efforts have been made to drop the charges.
The Missouri Library Association advocates the philosophy and principles of intellectual freedom and the First Amendment. Libraries are spaces where patrons are invited to be involved and to collaborate on diverse topics. Freedom of speech is an important component of intellectual freedom.

The Missouri Library Association endorses the American Library Association President Julie Todaro’s official statement that “commends the Kansas City Public Library for its commitment to fostering public deliberation and the exchange of a wide spectrum of ideas by offering meeting rooms and other spaces for lectures, educational programs, and organizational meetings.

The Missouri Library Association is 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.

–Jodie Borgerding, President, Missouri Library Association

MLA 101: Budget and Reporting webinar

webinar-logo_If you are an MLA committee chair or COI officer, or just want to learn more, I would like to invite you to a live webinar opportunity to understand the MLA budget request process and submitting annual reports. Join us for MLA 101: Budget and Reporting on Tuesday, September 27 at 10:00 a.m.

Register today at http://tinyurl.com/mla-budget-webinar but if you are unable to attend, the webinar will be archived for three months via a link that will be sent out to everyone who registers.

-Jodie Borgerding, President, MLA

Congratulations to the Ronald G. Bohley Scholarship Winners!

Allison Repking, Ferguson Municipal Public Library
Allison Repking, Ferguson Municipal Public Library
Sergio González, Pius XII Memorial Library, Saint Louis University
Sergio González, Pius XII Memorial Library, Saint Louis University

The Professionalism, Education, Employment, and Recruitment (PEER) Community of Interest is pleased to announce that Allison Repking (Ferguson Municipal Public Library) and Sergio González (Pius XII Memorial Library, Saint Louis University) have been chosen as the 2016 recipients of the Ronald G. Bohley Scholarship.

Allison currently works as a Copy Cataloger and Library Assistant at the Ferguson Municipal Public Library in Ferguson, Missouri. Allison has learned the value of interlibrary cooperation through the library’s membership in the Municipal Library Consortium of Saint Louis County. Allison is currently enrolled in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in pursuit of a Master’s Degree.

González is currently enrolled in the Masters of Library and Information Science program at Valdosta State University. He plans to follow the program’s library management track and focus on building collaborative teams within and among libraries. He has worked in academic libraries in various capacities for almost twenty years and currently works as a Library Associate at Pius XII Memorial Library at Saint Louis University.

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MLA Bylaws Changes – Vote at MLA

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On October 6, 2016 at 3 p.m., MLA will hold its annual business meeting at the MLA Conference in Springfield. The following bylaw changes are under consideration and will be voted on at that meeting (see PDF: mla-bylaws-change-final).

Please consider attending the annual business meeting at conference. All current MLA members are eligible to vote on these bylaw changes at the meeting and it’s a good opportunity to hear what the organization has done over the past year.

Questions or concerns about the proposed changes? Please contact President, Jodie Borgerding (mlapresident@molib.org) or Bylaws and Handbook Committee Chair, Alice Ruleman (ruleman@ucmo.edu).

 

Who’s on YOUR MLA Trivia Night team?

Grab your thinTrivia-memeking caps, get your teams together, and join us for the second annual MLA Trivia Night, Wednesday October 5th at 6:30 pm in the Maui Room, Oasis Convention Center, Springfield, MO. Proceeds from this event will go towards the MLA Bohley Scholarship fund (last year we raised over $800!). Doors open at 6 pm and play begins at 6:30 pm. Snacks will be provided and a cash bar will be available for brain fuel.

You can register for $10/person then gather your team or show up and join an open table. If you’ve already registered for the conference, just go back to the registration page (http://2016mla.weebly.com/registration.html) to add Trivia Night to your registration.

Any questions or need more information? Please contact Jodie Borgerding (jborgerding80@webster.edu) or Jamie Emery (jemery2@slu.edu).