Congratulations to Springfield-Greene County Library!

Logo: Springfield Green County LibraryThe Missouri Library of the Year Award is conferred upon any type of Missouri library for distinguished achievement in service. The Springfield-Greene County Library District in southwest Missouri serves 275,174 residents with 10 branches, five in Springfield and five in small cities from eastern to western Greene County. Library staff members are equally engaged in civic projects that address job training, early literacy, arts and music, genealogy/historical research and self-improvement. The district’s signature Racing to Read early literacy program was adopted as a state model by the Missouri State Library. The district’s Local History & Genealogy collection, with the Ozarks Genealogical Society, circulates across the U.S. The library provides free Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi hot spots for check-out;  free meeting rooms; a Walking Books program for those homebound; cafes and gift shops; and a Mobile Library bookmobile that visits 23 neighborhoods each week. The Edge Community Technology Center and Edge Mobile classes provide free computer skills and professional development training daily. The nominator praises SGCL for “empowering library staff to develop and implement projects (and) developing partnerships with non-traditional groups.”

Congratulations to Patricia Jones Hendricks!

Photo: Patricia Jones HendricksThe Virginia G. Young Outstanding Service Award recognizes an individual trustee for exemplary service to libraries in Missouri. From 1986 when Patricia Jones Hendricks was instrumental in the founding of the Friends of the Henry County Library until her death in 2015, Patricia worked tirelessly to promote and improve library service. She chaired a successful tax levy increase campaign, served on building committees, volunteered at library programs, hosted program presenters in her home, served on the library board, and provided orientation for new library board members. “She left a lasting legacy of love, loyalty, dedication, and stewardship at the Henry County Library.”

Congratulations to Sandy Anderson!

YouthAwardWinnerThe Youth Services Community of Interest (YSCI) would like to congratulate Sandy Anderson, Early Literacy Coordinator for St Louis County Library, as the 2016 Show Me Youth Services Award recipient. The Show Me Youth Services Award is sponsored by YSCI and recognizes a library employee, Friend, or Trustee who serves and/or advocates for children or young adults and who demonstrates notable and outstanding performance in planning, developing, and promoting programs, services, collections, reading activities OR advocating for children and/or teenagers in their libraries and communities.

Sandy is responsible for developing, coordinating, and facilitating creative early literacy programs for children up to age five and provides support to the Youth Services staff at all 20 SLCL branches. Her background in teaching early childhood education made her an ideal candidate for SLCL’s first ever Early Literacy Coordinator.

Sandy also manages several projects for the SLCL. Some of the projects she coordinates include Born to Read, Kindergarten Prep, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Recycled Reads, Every Child Ready to Read Workshops, and even a professional development class for SLCL staff.

YSCI wishes to thank all of our applicants and applauds the inspiring work you do on behalf of Missouri’s youth!

Johnathan Shoff
2016 YSCI Chair

Early Bird Registration for MLA 2016 is Open!

2016-conference-logoRegistration is now open for the 2016 Annual Conference at the Ramada Plaza Hotel & Oasis Convention Center in Springfield, MO, from October 5th to October 7th, 2016. This year, we’re offering about 50 sessions, 5 pre-conferences, and multiple social events.

Early bird rates are good through September 1, 2016. Along with conference and pre-conference registration, you may sign up for meal events, trivia night, and your conference t-shirt.

Bookmark the official conference website to stay on top of all announcements.

Voting is now open for MLA elections

All current meVOTEmbers have been sent a voting code via an email from elections@electionbuddy.com unless a paper ballot was requested. Voting opened July 15th at 7:00 AM and will conclude at 11:55 PM on August 15. Paper ballots must be postmarked by 11:59 PM August 15.

See the Candidate Statements (PDF)  for information on the candidates.

If you are a current MLA member and did not receive a ballot, please check your spam and junk folders. You might also need to contact your IT department to see if their spam filters have caught it. If this does not work, please contact mla@amigos.org fur further assistance.

 

Sign up for these workshops today!

reminderSimple Steps to a Great Presentation

Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Time: 10:00 am
Presenters: Jodie Borgerding and Judy Geczi, Webster University Library

Whether you are a presentation beginner or want to take your current skills up a notch, join Judy Geczi and Jodie Borgerding from Webster University Library as they share tips and techniques for providing effective and successful presentations.

Register:

https://websteru.webex.com/websteru/k2/j.php?MTID=tce38c58b1e32863e9b9224f40941ce87

 

Taking Your Visuals to the Next Level

Date: Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Time: 10:00 am
Presenter: Tiffany Davis

Don’t let bad visuals be the demise of your presentation. In this 45-minute webinar we will discuss how good visuals can take your presentation to the next level. We’ll explore ways to use PowerPoint, Prezi, infographics and posters to enhance your verbal presentation and successfully make your point. The webinar will examine some of the resources and review best practices.

Register:

https://websteru.webex.com/websteru/k2/j.php?MTID=t2ca2e3b1ae0c7759d9ff1dd8b32fd020

MLA Conference People Power

It takes a village to put on an amazing MLA conference every year. If you’re interested in helping out with this year’s conference in Springfield, MO, please fill out the volunteer form.
MLA 2016 Conference Dates: October 5–7, 2016
Location: Ramada Plaza Springfield Hotel and Oasis Convention Center 2546 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, MO 65803
For more information or if you have questions about volunteering, please contact the 2016 Conference Volunteer Coordinators, Kim Flores (kimf@thelibrary.org) and Whitney Austin (whitneya@thelibrary.org).
 

Public-Speaking Webinar Registration is Open!

Presentation Academy stampRegistration is now open for MLA summer webinar, “Simple Steps to a Great Presenation”. This one hour, free session is open to everyone who wants to improve their public speaking skills.

Webinar: MLA Presentation Academy – Simple Steps to a Great Presentation

Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Time: 10:00 am
Presenters: Jodie Borgerding and Judy Geczi, Webster University Library

Whether you are a presentation beginner or want to take your current skills up a notch, join Judy Geczi and Jodie Borgerding from Webster University Library as they share tips and techniques for providing effective and successful presentations.

Register: https://websteru.webex.com/websteru/k2/j.php?MTID=tce38c58b1e32863e9b9224f40941ce87

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.

Tolson is New ALA-Councilor-Elect

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MLA is pleased to announce the results of its ALA Councilor-Elect position.

 

SDTcroppedStephanie Tolson, Dean of Learning Resources and Academic Support for St. Charles Community College, has been elected as our new ALA Councilor-Elect, effective immediately. Dr. Tolson is an active member of many library associations, including the Missouri Library Association (MLA), American Library Association (ALA), Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Special Libraries Association (SLA), College and Reading Language Association (CRLA), and the Missouri Community College Association (MCCA). She received a Doctorate in Education from Saint Louis University, an M.L.S. from Emporia State University, and received a B.A. in Economics and Business Administration from Park University. She has worked in a various library settings including special and academic libraries and she is an avid user of her public library.

Stephanie will assume the role of Councilor-Elect at the time of her election. She will replace Regina Greer-Cooper as ALA Councilor following ALA Annual in June 2016. She will serve as ALA Councilor until the end of ALA Annual 2019, representing MLA at Council meetings and reporting back to MLA on Council activities.

MLA thanks Regina for her service over the last 3 years and we congratulate Stephanie on her election.