Library Advocacy Day

The Missouri Library Association will host its annual Library Advocacy Day on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at the Secretary of State Interpretive Center, 600 West Main, Jefferson City, MO 65101. 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.
Online registration is now open. For more information and to register, go to  Don’t miss out on this chance to meet with your senators and representatives to tell them in person why libraries matter in Missouri!

Briefing Schedule                                                       

9:30 am – 10:00 a.m.          Check in at Registration

10:00 am – 11:30 a.m.        Orientation

  • Welcome by 2018 MLA President, April Roy
  • Presentation of the Francis “Bud” Barnes Award to Representative Scott Fitzpatrick by MLA President April Roy
  • Introduction of the Secretary of State, Jay Ashcroft by MLA President April Roy
  • Welcome by Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft
  • Comments by Acting State Librarian, Debbie Musselman
  • Legislative Update by MLA Legislative Advocate Randy Scherr
  • General Information and Visit Etiquette by MLA Legislative Committee Chair Gerald Brooks

11:30 am – 12:30 p.m.        Lunch (provided as part of registration cost)

1:00 pm – 5:00 p.m.             Legislator Visits

The cost for the day is $30.00 per person, including lunch.

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 –

Materials for Download:  MLA Legislative Priorities for 2018 Bookmarks, Library Snapshot Day card template, My Library Story logo: right-click to save a copy of the logo image above.

Why Advocacy Day?

Librarians, library trustees and friends from across Missouri come together on one day to meet with State Representatives and Senators to discuss the importance of all libraries — academic, public and school — and their contributions to the lives of Missourians.

Through meetings with elected officials, we raise awareness of the importance of State Aide to Public Libraries and the services of the Missouri State Library.

By coming together in Jefferson City on Missouri Library Advocacy Day, we promote libraries in a visible way, and by our numbers, show the importance of libraries state-wide.  Face-to-face discussion is the most effective means of communication and is essential to the establishment of a solid working relationship.

While this event is important, it is only one communication with your legislators.  Your meeting with your legislator should make it easier to contact him/her during the session as issues arise and we ask for your support. Building long term relationships with your legislators is the key to effective communication. This event is a great opportunity to begin building relationships with your elected officials.

Questions? Contact Gerald Brooks, MLA Legislative Committee Chair at

Legislative Committee


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