New MLA Legislative Engagement Site

Advocate2Are you interested in tracking library-related legislation? Do you want to know how you can help library advocacy efforts? Do you want to follow the advocacy issues facing libraries in our state? If so, visit MLA’s Engage site, always housed on the MLA legislative page. Find the issues that the MLA legislative committee needs your help on. Find news stories related to library advocacy. Follow the bills that MLA is currently tracking in the Missouri legislature. Look up your elected officials and if you’d like notifications about new legislative issues and calls to action, sign up and start receiving information.

Presentation Academy: Registration Opens Friday April 1st

Presentation Academy stampJoin us for a unique, hybrid training experience to boost your presentation skills. If you are wanting to improve your skills to present at conferences this is the professional development opportunity for you.  Many of these skills will be valuable when you are out in your community advocating for your library.  These skills will be relevant for any type of library.  You’ll learn new ways to brainstorm presentation ideas, write successful conference proposals and design outstanding presentation aids.

Interested librarians are encouraged, but not required, to attend all events.

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Library Advocacy Day to Open Soon!

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The Missouri Library Association will host its annual Library Advocacy Day on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at the Secretary of State Interpretive Center, 600 West Main, Jefferson City, MO 65101. Online registration opens December 1, 2015. Don’t miss out on this chance to meet with your senators and representatives. Tell them in person why libraries matter in Missouri!


9:30 am – 10:00 am Check in at Registration

10:00 am – 11:30 am Orientation

Welcome by 2016 MLA President, Jodie Borgerding

Comments by State Librarian, Barbara Reading

Legislative Update from MLA Legislative Advocate, Randy Scherr

General Information and Visit Etiquette by Legislative Committee Chair, Gerald Brooks

11:30 am – 12:30 pm Lunch

Lunch will be provided as part of the registration cost.

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Afternoon Visits


$25.00 – Institutional Members

$35.00 – Non-Institutional Members

Don’t forget to set up your appointments with your senators and representatives! If you are not sure who you senator or representative is or if you need to find contact information, use these links:

Missouri Senators –

Missouri Representatives –

Questions? Contact Gerald Brooks, MLA Legislative Committee Chair at

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Gerald Brooks
MLA Legislative Committee Chair

October 14 is MO Libraries Snapshot Day!

MLA, MPLD, and MASL are asking libraries to post images, videos, and stories about what’s going on in their library this one random day in October.

Why? Too many people don’t know what do in 21st century libraries. On 10.14.15, tell your story with images, video, and text. Show that we matter and share stories about how our services touch lives and are relevant to the 21st century.

How? Do nothing special. Just record what’s happening in your library. Post those stories to your website, Facebook, Twitter feed, Instagram, or YouTube account. Post it to MLA’s Facebook page if you don’t have another venue. Tag it with ‪#‎molibraries. Take “people pictures,” and have the people in them sign the release form (MLA General Photography Release Form) (Photo Release Form for Minor Children). We’ll do the rest.

What happens next? Advocate for libraries! We’ll gather these stories and post them to our Storify site – Share the URL with your legislators when they come to visit your library or send it to them and invite them to learn more about what we do on a daily basis.

Who can participate? Everyone – all libraries and all activities. We may be public, academic, school, or special. At our core, our mission is the same. Show that mission in action on 10.14.15.

Questions? Contact Christina Prucha at

How To Talk With Your Legislator presentation

MLA is excited to offer a new webinar resource created by Susan Burton at MALA!  This 12 minute presentation will introduce you to best practices when engaging your senator and/or representative.  Learn how to build a relationship with your state legislators and how to advocate effectively for your library and Missouri libraries.  In this short presentation, you’ll learn how to initiate a conversation with your senator or representative, how to phrase your concerns in language and ideas they will appreciate, how to invite them into your library, and ideas on what to show them once they are there.  This is a great introduction or refresher for all of us and it’s available free to all MLA members.  If you want to learn how to advocate for your library or libraries in general,, or if you just want a refresher course, start here!

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