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

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

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 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 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 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.

Note: This post was scheduled for posting on August 24, 2016 at 9:00 am, but never auto-posted. The Web committee apologizes for the delay in sharing this post.

MLA Bylaws Changes – Vote at MLA


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 ( or Bylaws and Handbook Committee Chair, Alice Ruleman (