a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization operating to promote library service, the profession of librarianship, and cooperation among all types of libraries and organizations concerned with library service in the State of Missouri. Founded in 1900, MLA is proudly beginning a second century of service.
MLA, MPLD, and MASL are asking libraries to post images, videos, and stories about what’s going on in their library this one random day in October.
Why? Too many people don’t know what do in 21st century libraries. On 10.14.15, tell your story with images, video, and text. Show that we matter and share stories about how our services touch lives and are relevant to the 21st century.
What happens next? Advocate for libraries! We’ll gather these stories and post them to our Storify site – https://storify.com/MOlibraries. Share the URL with your legislators when they come to visit your library or send it to them and invite them to learn more about what we do on a daily basis.
Who can participate? Everyone – all libraries and all activities. We may be public, academic, school, or special. At our core, our mission is the same. Show that mission in action on 10.14.15.
MLA is excited to offer a new webinar resource created by Susan Burton at MALA! This 12 minute presentation will introduce you to best practices when engaging your senator and/or representative. Learn how to build a relationship with your state legislators and how to advocate effectively for your library and Missouri libraries. In this short presentation, you’ll learn how to initiate a conversation with your senator or representative, how to phrase your concerns in language and ideas they will appreciate, how to invite them into your library, and ideas on what to show them once they are there. This is a great introduction or refresher for all of us and it’s available free to all MLA members. If you want to learn how to advocate for your library or libraries in general,, or if you just want a refresher course, start here!
Voting in the 2016 MLA Bylaws and Elections is now open to all currently registered Individual and Institutional members. The poll will remain open until 11:59 pm on August 31. If you did not receive an invitation or ballot in the mail, please contact Christina Prucha at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check MO INFO, below, or view candidate images and statements online!
Remember: Online voting will be open during the month of August. Current MLA members will receive an invitation to vote by email, around August 1, unless you have requested a paper ballot. For additional information about the voting process and how to make sure your membership is current, see the first page of the July 2015 MO INFO.
Congratulations to Dr. Jerome Offord, who is the first president of the new Joint Council of Librarians of Color (JCLC)!
Dr. Offord is University Librarian, Head of the Department of Library Science, and Assistant Professor at Lincoln University in Jefferson City.
JCLC Inc.’s official purpose statement is: “To promote librarianship within communities of color, support literacy and the preservation of history and cultural heritage, collaborate on common issues, and to host the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color every four to five years.”
For more about JCLC and its member organizations, see the ALA’s press release.
This year, we invite to submit your best and brightest proposals for “Libraries Without Borders”, the 2015 Joint KLA/MLA Conference! Even if your library is doing something that may not seem great to you, it could be something new and different for another library. The conference will be hosted at the Kansas City Convention Center from September 30th-October 2nd, and we want you to shine! Submit your proposal here: http://goo.gl/forms/YHuuU5VODF. Be sure to let us know if you would like your presentation to be part of our virtual component!
On Tuesday, February 3, 2015, the American Library Association Council approved the attached resolution at their midwinter meeting. Copies of the resolution will be sent to the President of the Missouri Library Association, the Director of the Ferguson Municipal Public Library, the Mayor of Ferguson, the Governor, the Secretary of State, and the State Librarian of Missouri.
The Missouri Building Block Committee is happy to announce that the winner of the 2014 Missouri Building Block Award is Mustache Baby written by Bridget Heos and illustrated by Joy Ang.
More than 17,000 children in the state of Missouri voted this year. Mustache Baby captured over 27% of the voting. Moo by David LaRochelle and Illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka came in second followed closely in third place by Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli.
The Missouri Building Block Committee thanks all the teachers, librarians, parents, and caregivers who took the time to read these stories and ask children for their votes. Please continue to spread the word and participate this year!