In just over ONE month, the long, wet, humid summer of 2016 will be a soggy memory, and autumn will be awakening in the Ozarks. You will be so very ready to be in Springfield for the 2016 MLA Conference. To be an early bird, though, you must register by September 1, so hop to it!
Incoming President-Elect: April Roy, Manager of the L. H. Bluford Library, Kansas City Public Library
Incoming Members at Large:
- Jenny Bossaller, Assistant Professor, University of Missouri’s School of Information Science and Learning Technologies
- Anna Francesca Garcia, Education Librarian, Kansas City Public Library
- Cindy Thompson, Director of Public Services, University of Missouri-Kansas City.
The Ronald G. Bohley Award is presented jointly by MLA and Amigos to an individual or individuals whose actions have led libraries to work better together and who exemplify the best efforts to reach out beyond his or her own institution to further multi-type library cooperation throughout the State of Missouri. This year’s award winners represent the libraries of Washington University, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, the Missouri Historical Society, and the Missouri State Library. Chris Freeland, Katrina Stierholz, David Henry, and Barbara Reading were instrumental in establishing the MissouriHub, contributing content to the Digital Public Library of America (DPL). To date, eleven Missouri libraries have contributed over 138,000 records to DPL. This project has required meticulous planning and effective communication and cooperation. The Digital Public Library of America can be found at. https://dp.la/
The Meritorious Achievement Award recognizes an individual outside of the library profession or a retired librarian who has made a significant contribution to libraries in Missouri. Lorraine Sandstrom retired as manager of The Library Center branch of Springfield-Greene County Library in 2013. During her twenty-seven years employment at SGCL, she was instrumental in making the branch a destination library and was called on to advise other libraries desiring to replicate her success. Lorraine formed a lasting partnership with universities and businesses and helped with the planning and execution of the international Missouri State University Public Affairs Conference. Lorraine continues to serve on the Missouri Humanities Council as she did before her retirement and volunteers at local public radio and television stations and the Springfield-Greene County Library. Lorraine explains, “All of these organizations have the same goals as public libraries: community growth and improvement and open access to information and education.” In the words of her nominator, “Lorraine’s work has always been filled with pure joy and a very contagious enthusiasm.”
The Public Relations Achievement Award recognizes a Missouri library for meeting a specific goal with outstanding public relations. SLCL “knew it was imperative to have an effective communication plan in place” so that service to patrons would not be interrupted as it began its ten year capital improvement campaign, Your Library Renewed. A special portal on the library’s website, social media, emails, and displays and literature in the branches all keep patrons informed about branch closings and the progress of the YLR project. St. Louis television, radio, and newspapers have been generous in their coverage. Patrons have been well-informed about which branch they should use while their home branch is closed and where their holds can be picked up. One measurement of the success of the public relations campaign revealed that circulation dropped only 6% during the first year of Your Library Renewed. The staff of St. Louis County Library has ensured that patrons continue to receive excellent library service during a massive building project. SLCL has twenty branches and circulated 14 million items in 2015.
The Outstanding new Librarian Award recognizes a new librarian who has made a significant contribution to improvement and advancement of library service. Jen Salvo-Eaton is the head of both Resource Sharing and Graduate Student Services at the University of Missouri – Kansas City Miller Nichols Library. Jen improved the efficiency of the ILL department at UMKC and led a group of librarians in forming a regional Interlibrary Loan Special Interest Group. Graduate students at UMKC have benefited from her leadership in creating a partnership between several university departments, helping established entirely new services and support for students. Jen “always brings evidence and clear thinking to the table and is never short on exciting, innovative ideas.”
The 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.”
The 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.”
The 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!
2016 YSCI Chair
Registration 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.