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

Missouri Library Advocacy Day Now March 13, National Library Legislative Day May 7-8

state capitol building - image from Missouri Digital Heritage Collection,
http://cdm16795.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/postjc/id/121

Missouri Library Advocacy Day is now March 13. The schedule and agenda are the same as announced previously. Please contact Gerald Books, Chair of the Legislative Action Committee, with any questions.

 

 

Speaking of library advocacy:  Registration is open to join the Missouri delegation to attend National Library Legislative Day in Washington DC May 7-8. If you cannot attend in person, register for Virtual National Library Legislative Day, and get the talking points to make you an effective advocate.

Advocacy Day POSTPONED

 

Due to severe weather forecast throughout the state, members of the Executive Board and of the Legislative Committee have decided to postpone Advocacy Day 2018. Watch for the new date by email, on the website and on MLA social media.

 

MLA Featured Library Employee — Debbie Luchenbill

Meet our most recent Featured Library Employee for the Missouri Library Association, Debbie Luchenbill! 

  • What is your name, your library, and your role at the library?

Debbie Luchenbill, MOBIUS, Evergreen Coordinator

  • What originally got you interested in working at a library?

I had a work-study job in circulation at a public library in the Boston area one summer when I was in graduate school and really, really enjoyed it.  A few years later, when I was figuring out where to go from my job in admissions there, I realized that working in libraries met all of what I was looking for:  someplace where I could help people and connect them with information or other things they needed, where I could continue learning, and where it was a good thing to be a generalist.

While my initial focus in libraries was on public libraries and especially youth/teen services and readers’ advisory (still interests of mine!), my interest in leadership and administration led me on a more non-traditional library path, to working with the National History Day program at the State Historical Society of Missouri and now at MOBIUS.

  • What keeps you coming back every day?

The people!  I have fantastic coworkers at MOBIUS and my favorite part of what I do involves my interactions with the staff at the Missouri Evergreen libraries  – especially when I get to visit them in-person for training.  Different from a traditional library setting, my “patrons” are the staff members of all the libraries with which we work.  It is a joy to be a part of helping the libraries be able to better serve their communities!

MOBIUS also recently launched its new MOSS service (MOBIUS Open Source Solutions) where we are expanding our Evergreen hosting and managing services outside Missouri, and it is very exciting to be a part of a new service from the ground-up!

  • What’s challenging about your work?

I love that every day is different, though that also brings its own challenges–my plans for the days are often derailed!  That’s certainly not unique to my particular work, but is always a challenge.  It’s also just an exciting time right now, as Missouri Evergreen continues to grow and as we launch MOSS, because there are so many details to keep track of and nurture, and because we work with people with all different skill levels and different levels of comfort/familiarity with technology.  It’s a challenge, in a good way, to explore and figure out the best ways to communicate and to convey information to people.

  • Has your work made you either curious, or passionate, or awestruck about something?

My work with the Evergreen ILS has made me passionate about library open-source software and the open-source community.  It wasn’t something I was familiar with at all before beginning this work.  The people involved in the Evergreen project are fantastic – programmers and librarians alike – and are really focused on making a high-quality product that meets the needs of the end users in the libraries (staff and patrons).  Because everyone who uses the software is a part of that community, and because there is not a company that owns the software, it’s very dynamic, flexible, and customizable.  For instance, changes/enhancements that the Missouri Evergreen libraries request and that my colleague, Blake Graham-Henderson, programs, gets contributed back to the larger community, so that everyone in the world who uses Evergreen benefits from the changes Missouri Evergreen requested.  And we benefit in the same way from developments other Evergreen libraries make.  It’s wonderful to be a part of that kind of global community.  The Evergreen community is also very focused on the things librarians are passionate about, like protecting patron privacy, equitable and easy access, and doing the best to meet the needs of our patrons.

  • Who is one of your mentors?

I have been lucky to have had many wonderful mentors, both inside and outside of LibraryLand.  One has been Kaite Mediatore Stover, Director of Readers’ Services at Kansas City Public Library, who encouraged and supported my early interest in readers’ advisory, continues to check in with me at conferences, and has helped me be involved in various capacities in RUSA.

  • What book, author, artist, show, or music are you engaging with this week, either personally or professionally? Persuade us in one or two sentences that we should pick this up, too.

I’m in the middle of reading “How to Find Love in a Bookshop” by Veronica Henry.  It’s about a bookstore in the Cotswalds and all the interconnected stories of the founder of the store, his daughter who comes to run it when he dies, and various patrons and employees of the shop (and the developer who wants to buy it and tear it down).  So far, it’s a lovely, delightful read and I like how the founder’s vision of creating a place for book lovers of all kinds becomes a reality in the little town and how it illustrates the effect that each person can have on those around them.

Also, this week is when the movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi comes out, and I am so excited!  I can’t wait to see how the storylines of all the characters progress.  It’s great to see old friends from the original movies and I love the newer characters we were introduced to in The Force Awakens!

  • Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?

I’ve loved all the connections I’ve made to library workers all over the state and nation both through my work and by being involved in MLA and ALA.  It’s so inspiring to learn from and catch up with what people are doing and passionate about.  Keep up the great work!

 

Would you like to nominate someone to be our next Featured Library Employee on the MLA website and in a future issue of MO Info? Submit name(s) and contact information (preferably email), along with place of employment, to Shannon Mawhiney at smawhiney@missouristate.edu.

Renew Your Membership for 2018 Today!

As we close up the last month of 2017,  our forms to renew your MLA membership – or join, if you’re not already a member – are ready!

To join or renew at any time, select “Join MLA” from the top menu of this page. This will take you to our links for both joining and renewing individual and institutional memberships. Membership dues are on an income-based sliding fee, which includes options for students, new members and library friends. Dues have also remained stable over the past year.

Payment is available both through Paypal and via check. When you renew or join using our online forms, you can select the option you prefer. If you choose to pay by check, a mailing address for your check will be supplied to you.

Finally, if you have any further questions on membership renewal, email mla@amigos.org (the best option) or call 800-843-8482.

Thank you!

Jennifer Parsons
Chair, Membership Committee
parsons.jm@gmail.com

Save the Date: February 6, 2018 is the day to advocate!

Missouri Library Association Library Advocacy Day (LAD)

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Jefferson City, MO

Registration information coming soon.

In addition to Library Advocacy Day in Missouri, please also consider National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) in Washington DC, Monday, May 7, and Tuesday, May 8, 2018. Registration and Schedule information coming soon.

  • Liaison Hotel registration will open on December 1, 2017. You can book online (the code for online registration will be posted in December 2017) or call toll-free: 1-888-513-7445.
  • Be sure to reference the American Library Association group when making reservations or provide the Reservation ID: American Library Assn – National Library Legislative Day

Please Note: If you are planning on booking nights outside of our room block, you must book the additional nights separately in order to take advantage of the discount.

Kellie Willis Awarded 2017 Bohley Scholarship

The Professionalism, Education, Employment, and Recruitment (PEER) Community of Interest is pleased to announce that Kellie Willis (St. Louis Public Library) has been chosen as the 2017 recipient of the Ronald G. Bohley Scholarship.

 

Kellie Willis is a native of St. Louis, MO and is the Regional Youth Services Specialist at the Carpenter Branch of the St. Louis Public Library. This fall Kellie begins the LIS program at Mizzou where she intends to focus on Library Services to children and their parents. She loves when the kids at her branch call her the “Library Lady”! A proud AmeriCorps alum, Kellie’s interests include the ways that Libraries are actively working for more just communities. #critlib

The Professionalism, Education, Employment, and Recruitment Community of Interest congratulates Kellie on all of her accomplishments and wishes her the best for the future.

Cindy Thompson

Chair, PEER CI

thompsoncym@umkc.edu