Submit Your Presentation Proposal for the 2019 MLA Conference

This year your Missouri Library Association conference is focused on being BOLD within our communities in UNCONVENTIONAL ways. We are committed to providing attendees the opportunity to make new connections, experience new ideas, and innovate together for better libraries.

Please use this form to submit your proposal for the 2019 Missouri Library Association Conference, “Unconventional: Bold Ideas for Better Libraries,” October 2 – 4 in Kansas City, MO. We are accepting submissions for pre-conference sessions, breakout sessions, poster sessions, and table talks. ALL PROPOSALS ARE DUE BY WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, 2019.

Your conference coordinators will distribute these proposals to MLA Communities of Interest (CIs) as appropriate for sponsorship or co-sponsorship. Based on physical space and available rooms at the conference site, the conference coordinators will recommend the slate of selected programs.

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!

PLEASE NOTE: Presenters are required to register for the conference. Vendors who would like to present at conference must partner with a library/librarian and must register for the conference under the full conference, single day or single session guest presenter pass.

Submit your proposals today here!

Questions? Send them to

SLRLN Tech Expo 2019!

SLRLN Tech Expo 2019!

Join us on the beautiful Logan University campus to learn new skills, hear about the use of technology in libraries of all types and connect with colleagues from throughout the area.

Wednesday, March 6th , 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Click here to register

Logan University Campus

William D. Purser, DC Center

1851 Schoettler Road

 Chesterfield, Mo 63017

William D Purser, DC Center

 Directions to Logan Campus


Click here to view the agenda

All attendees must register.

Payment by Credit Card or Check accepted.  Registration deadline is March 1st.

The cost for members is $25 , $40 for non-members, and $15 for students. 


Morning refreshments and a buffet lunch will be provided.  

Please note: Logan University Purser Center is often chilly, we advise you to dress in layers. For information regarding inclement weather, please click here.

 For more information, please visit the website!

Seeking Submissions for March 2019 MO Info Issue!

Hello Missouri Libraries,

Please send articles about new additions or promotions of staff, upcoming training sessions, innovations in library programming, and the like for the March MO Info issue! The deadline for submissions is February 15, by 5:00pm. To facilitate the Committee’s production process, please follow the submission suggestions below.

Include [MO Info] in the subject line of an email to
Attach the article as a Microsoft Word document
Include desired headline and your contact email and role in MLA
Include digital photos (with captions) and graphics with your articles as desired
The issue will be published on March 15th. Please feel free to contact me directly if you’ll need an extension.

If you have any further questions, please let me know.

Best Wishes,
MO Info SubCommittee

Lindsey Warner (Chair)
Ken Satterfield (Assistant Co-Chair)
Hong Li
Nicole Walsh
Jenna Feldstein
Chris LeBeau
Jason Phinney
Rene Burress

2018 Building Block Award Winner Announced

“The children of Missouri have spoken, selecting Pug Meets Pig, written by Sue Lowell Gallion and illustrated by Joyce Wan, as the winner of the 2018 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award. Over 22,000 preschoolers and kindergartners participated this year — which is up by about 3,000 from last year!”, announced 2018-2019 Building Block Awards Chair Brandi Hamlin in a recent email.

“The Missouri Building Block committee wants to thank all of the teachers, librarians, parents, and caregivers who read to their kids and helped them vote. Your support is what made this such a successful event! For more information about the Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award program, go to our website,” continued Hamlin.

The committee plans to announce 2019 nominees in early February.

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:

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

Early Bird Conference Registration is Open!

Logo: "Stronger Together"

Early Bird Registration for the 2018 Missouri Library Association Conference is now open and goes through August 14th.

Check out the conference website for details including program and schedule, registration information, keynote speakers, preconference sessions, exhibitors and sponsors.

Hope to see you there.

Denice Adkins & Janice Dysart
MLA Conference Registration, co-chairs

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,
Meggan Moore  2017-2020,
Beth Ann Caldarello, Past Chair, 2015-2018,
April Roy, President ex-offficio 2018

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.