2019 MLA Annual Conference

Missouri Library Association Conference
October 2-4, 2019    Kansas City, MO

11730 NW. Ambassador Dr. Kansas City, MO 64153

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$15.00 S-XL and $17.00 XXL-XXXL

Please look for ALA President, Wanda Brown at conference to record your short video about, “WHY YOU VALUE ALA.” – We’ll be communicating more details about this, such as time and date as we work out Wanda Brown’s schedule.

Thursday, October 3rd, from 2:00pm-4:00pm – WE DO APOLOGIZE; THIS EVENT WILL BE LISTED FOR 10/02/19 IN THE PRINT PROGRAM, ITS WRONG!
Please stop by the Café in the KCI Expo Center to record your LIBRARY ADVOCACY DAY VIDEO.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 from 9 am – 12 pm

Access Challenged? Intellectual Freedom Workshop, Presented by MLA Intellectual Freedom Committee
If you have ever found yourself explaining why we collect certain types of books, protecting a customer’s privacy by asking the police for a subpoena, or finding creative ways to remove barriers to access, this is the session for you. The workshop is divided into three sections that provide a short information component followed by a small group breakout, where attendees will be led through scenarios. These Practical & Everydays are the focus of the workshop, when attendees will have the time to listen and work through real situations from libraries and come away with ideas and tools they can practically apply in their own libraries.



Genealogy and Local History 101, Sponsored by the History and Genealogy Community of Interest
Most librarians are trained to help customers with reference questions, but even though digitization has revolutionized our access to documents, fielding genealogy questions can be mystifying. This three-part preconference will show that family and local history research does not have to be difficult at all; it can even be fun! Featured presenters include:

Motor coach available for transportation to and from KCI Expo Center to the Midwest Genealogy Center

Motor coach registration required by Friday, September 27th email clang@mymcpl.org


8:00 am           Motor coach leaves KCI Expo Center

8:35 am           Arrive at the Midwest Genealogy Center

8:45 am           Welcome & continental breakfast and drinks

9:00 am           “The Accidental Genealogy Librarian:” Cheryl Lang, Midwest Genealogy Center Manager at Mid-Continent Public Library understands that genealogy can be intimidating for staff who “accidentally” get pushed into the role of “genealogy librarian.” She will introduce the basic skills necessary to conduct a genealogy reference interview and acquaint library staff with basic genealogy reference tools.

9:45 am           “Building a Local History Collection at Your Library:” Jennifer Sanders-Tutt, Local History Librarian at St. Joseph Public Library, will offer ideas on creating, preserving, and/or promoting a local history collection with resources that you may already have at your disposal.

10:30 am         Break

10:45 am         “Genealogy-Related Programming at the Public Library:” Rebecca Splain, Adult Services Librarian from St. Charles City-County Library will share some exciting ideas for creating genealogy and local history related programming for your library including sharing free online resources, starting an oral history project, and having open genealogy lab sessions.

11:30 am         Tour of the Midwest Genealogy Center

12:00 pm         Motor coach leaves Midwest Genealogy Center

12:35 pm         Arrive at the KCI Expo Center

Genealogy and Local History 101, Sponsored by the History and Genealogy Community of Interest


Increasing Resilience Through Trauma Sensitive Approaches, presented by Scott Rader, Michael Willis, and Mackenzie Ahlberg-Elliot from Mid-Continent Public Library
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have been shown to have long-lasting effects on the health of our communities. The ability to understand and react to ACEs is the first step to a healthy community. This session will help you learn to recognize trauma and toxic stress. We will facilitate a discussion on what you are already doing to help your community become more resilient. Attendees will leave with practical ideas to implement in their spaces.



Based on the model developed by the Public Library Association (PLA), Project Outcome provides simple surveys and tools for measuring and analyzing outcomes, including interactive data dashboards. Users also have access to the resources and training support needed to use their results and confidently assert the value of their academic library. The standardized surveys allow libraries to aggregate their outcome data and analyze trends over time by service area and program type. Libraries can also benchmark their outcomes against other users’ aggregated results by Carnegie class and nationwide.

Project Outcome is designed to help academic libraries assess and communicate the impact of essential library programs and services. This program is hosted by MACRL.

Build your advocacy knowledge and turn your passion for the library into action. ALA’s Advocacy Training is an exemplary training program designed to prepare you with the leadership skills to be an effective advocate and to amplify the library voice in public policy. This three-hour intensive training is designed to help develop relationships with elected officials and engage in year-round advocacy. Learn about library policy issues and how to frame them for elected officials, hone how you convey your unique library story, and prepare to make a difference in policy debates.


Get Your Business Online
Learn about Google My Business, a free tool for local businesses who want to connect with customers on Google Search and Maps. Get hands-on help creating or updating your business profile or a simple website.

Reach Customers Online with Google
Learn how customers find your business online and how to promote your business using Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Smart Campaigns in Google Ads.

Using Data to Drive Business Growth
Learn best practices and analyze trends about how customers engage with your business online, then turn these insights into well-informed, actionable decisions.


Opening Keynote Panel: Librarian seeks Social Worker: Only the BOLD need apply
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 3 pm
KCI Expo Center, Exhibit Hall

Join our very own MLA Past President, April Roy, as she hosts this panel discussion about the growing trend of Social Workers as library resources, trauma informed care approaches to customer service and what a library response to community resiliency could like from Missouri Libraries 

The Librarian: April Roy is the Director of the Plaza Library and Kansas City Public Library’s Branch-Based Programs. She is currently the Past-President of the Missouri Library Association. April became interested in trauma informed library services during her time as the Manager of the L.H. Bluford Library on Kansas City’s Eastside. Her work there was honored with the 2015 I Love My Librarian Award! April never turns down a chance to use a microphone to advocate for libraries and library services. When she is not at work, she enjoys road trips, picture books and spending time with her family.




The Social Workers: Caroline Sharkey, LCSW, is a clinical supervisor and psychotherapist at Project Family. She is also a PhD student and project coordinator for the Trauma Informed Library Transformation (TILT) with the University of Georgia School of Social Work and Athens Regional Library System. Her clinical social work practice and research addresses trauma, historical trauma, restorative justice practices, trauma-informed systems,  integrated school mental health, and child/adolescent and family therapy including a focus on LGBTQAI+/GNC family systems and healing trauma. She worked previously as the Director of Youth Services at one of the largest community service boards in Georgia where she oversaw clinical services for youth and families and 6 state and federal grant youth initiatives. She was the long-time executive director and teacher at the Albany Free School the longest running inner-city democratic school in the United States, and co-founder of an urban community center, Grand Street Community Arts in Albany, NY. Caroline has more than 20 years of experience working with children and families and trauma care.  Caroline lives in Athens, Georgia with her partner, three amazing kids, and far too many backyard chickens. 


And: Elissa Hardy, LCSW is the Community Resource Manager at the Denver Public Library in Colorado. This department consists of three other social workers and four peer navigators. The team supports and builds relationships with customers experiencing life challenges and assists them in navigating community resources to achieve their goals and improve quality of life; provides training for library staff; and engages the community in solutions. Elissa is also an adjunct instructor at the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver. She teaches courses on policy analysis; power, privilege and oppression; and the intersections of mental health, substance use, and trauma. 

Kathi Kromer is the Associate Executive Director of the Public Policy and Advocacy Office for the American Library Association. As an advocate for libraries and librarians, Kathi leads a team of public policy and advocacy experts to develop and implement strategies which advance the mission of ALA and increases the visibility of the organization at the local, state and federal level. Kathi has a Master of Arts, International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, and a Bachelor of Arts, History and Political Science from University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

We are excited to, again this year; offer conference attendees the opportunity to hear from the leaders of the American Library Association. ALA President Wanda Brown, Director of Library Services, C.G. O’Kelly Library Kelly Library, Winston-Salem State University (N.C.), assumed the presidency at the end of the ALA Annual Conference in June this summer in Washington, D.C. As President Wand Brown is committed to advocating for libraries, fostering diversity and inclusion and demonstrating our professions values.


$30.00 per ticket 

Lauren Pressley is the Director of the University of Washington Tacoma Library and is an Associate Dean of University Libraries. The University of Washington Tacoma is an Urban Serving University that is changing the face of its region architecturally, culturally, and economically.



Thusnelda Schmidt Children’s Luncheon: More info to come!
Thursday, October 3, 2019 from 11 am – 1 pm
KCI Expo Center, Ambassador Room

$30.00 per ticket 

Sue Lowell Gallion writes for children because she is passionate about children, reading, and any combination of the two!

Her latest books are early reader series, Tip and Tucker, written with children’s author pal Ann Ingalls and illustrated by Brazilian illustrator Andre Ceolin. The first book in the series, Tip and Tucker Road Trip, will released in March from Sleeping Bear Press. The second in the series, Tip and Tucker Hide and Squeak, releases in August, and the third book will come out in 2020. Sue has several other picture books under contract releasing in 2020 and 2021 that have not been publicly announced to date.

Pug Meets Pig, illustrated by Joyce Wan (Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster) released fall 2016, with a starred review from Publishers Weekly. Another Pug and Pig book, Pug & Pig Trick-or-Treat, also illustrated by Joyce Wan, released summer 2017, with starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and Kirkus. Stay tuned  for more Pug and Pig adventures to come!

Young Adult Author Breakfast: Author, Sarah Jude
Friday, October 4, 2019 from 8 am – 10 am
Holiday Inn KC Airport, Missouri Room

$25.00 per ticket 

 Sarah Jude grew up believing you must always hold your breath when passing a cemetery and that there is always something hiding in the fog. Now she lives near the woods and rural places that offer inspiration for her Midwestern Gothic stories. Her atmospheric YA novel, THE MAY QUEEN MURDERS (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, 2016), was selected as a January 2016 ALAN Pick by the National Council of Teachers of English and received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, stating, “Jude’s characters exude authenticity, and the suspense stays palpable through the final pages.” Her work has received accolades from Kirkus, School Library Journal, Booklist, VOYA, and the Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books among others and has been featured on numerous recommended reading lists. When she is not writing, she can be found in her art studio in Missouri where she resides with her husband, children, and dogs. 


NEW – LibraryLand Stage
Thursday, October 3, 2019 from 9 am – 4 pm
Friday, October 4, 2019 from 8 am – 12 pm
KCI Expo Center, Exhibit Hall

The LibraryLand Stage will showcase writers and storytellers from libraries and organizations around Missouri.

Performers’ Showcase
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 from 8 am – 11:30 am
KCI Expo Center, Ambassador Room

The Performers’ Showcase offers the opportunity to meet and view mini-performances of children’s performers – all eager to perform in libraries across Missouri. Performers will include magicians, musicians, educators, and more. Time will be available to meet and book performers.

Registration for Performers Showcase

Social Events:

Join us at The Rabbit Hole to celebrate the opening of MLA’s 2019 Conference. MLA will get a sneak peek at the world’s first Explorastorium, an immersive storybook wonderland and national center for the children’s book, which is expected to officially open to the public in Fall 2019. Enjoy local food truck offerings and drinks throughout the evening. This event is sponsored by the Kansas Public Library and Mid-Continent Public Library.

MLA Member Meet and Greet
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 from 4 pm – 6 pm
KCI Expo Center, Exhibit Hall

New and long-standing MLA members will gather to get an overview of the association and the various roles they can play within the organization. An active association is a healthy association and we strive to grow our base of volunteers and members. Come explore!  Sponsored by JanWay.


MLA Awards Gala
Thursday, October 3, 2019 from 6 pm – 8 pm
KCI Expo Center, Ambassador Room

Please join us for the MLA Awards Gala to celebrate this year’s MLA awards such as Community Partnership, MO Authors, Meritorious Achievement, Outstanding Professional Librarian, and more. Hosted by the MLA Awards Committee. Opening speaker and MC for the evening will be Amanda Barnhart, who is the Branch Manager for the North-East Library, a branch location of Kansas City Public Library. Formerly a teen librarian, Amanda currently serves as the Young Adult Library Services Association President-Elect (2019-2020). 



Bohley Trivia
Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 8 pm
Holiday Inn KC Airport, Missouri Room

MLA’s beloved trivia night!
Sponsored by Kansas/Western Missouri Special Library Association

Special Thanks to Midwest Tape for sponsoring conference bags and MALA for sponsoring our conference lanyards!

Tiffany Mautino – 816-659-9925
Katie McDonald – 816-521-7239
Colleen Norman – 816-252-6364
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