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    • 20 Jun 2023
    • 3:00 PM
    • Virtual

    Tuesday, June 20th

    3:00 PM

    Presented by: Leah Newton, Christina James, and Taylor Santini

    Hosted by: Missouri Library Association Continuing Education Committee

    Want to learn how to be a "reel" librarian who "toks" about books on social media? Join Christina, Leah, and Taylor for an introduction to TikTok and Instagram Reels. This session will share the benefits of maintaining and evolving your library's social media presence and help you recognize and adapt trends to highlight your library's services, programs, and collections. You will also learn the basic technical skills needed on both platforms to create polished, engaging videos. This session is intended for beginners who want to learn the very basics of making short-form videos, and how to sell various stakeholders on the value of staying on the cutting edge of social media.

    This event is free to attend. It will be recorded. All registrants will be sent a copy of the recording after the conclusion of the event.

    Registration Deadline: June 13th

    Questions? Contact Diana Platt at

    • 4 Oct 2023
    • 6 Oct 2023
    • Holiday Inn Executive Center 2200 Interstate 70 Drive SW, Columbia, MO 65203

    Missouri Library Association Annual Conference

    October 4-6, 2023

    Holiday Inn Executive Center

    2200 Interstate 70 Drive SW, Columbia, MO 65203

    The Missouri Library Association is a diverse and growing organization. MLA serves librarians, support staff, and library supporters throughout the entire state and in every type of library. MLA members work in academic, public, special and K-12 libraries. 

    The Missouri Library Association Annual Conference provides vendors the opportunity to engage with potential and existing customers in the Missouri library community. More than 400 individuals from Missouri's academic, public, school and special interest libraries attend our annual conference. 

    This year's conference is focused on celebrating the ways libraries care for their communities! Consider this conference in the heart of Missouri a love letter to libraries and a celebration of all libraries do to serve their communities. From building relationships and partnerships, cultivating inclusive programs and library policies, to fighting for intellectual freedom and beyond!

    This prospectus provides details on opportunities to rent booth space in the Exhibitor Hall, sponsor events, and advertise via conference social media. Please explore all the ways we can help put you directly in touch with Missouri libraries. We invite you to consider joining us as a vendor, sponsor, or both. 

    Tradeshow Floor Plan

    Please note: Vendors will only be able to select ONE item per form. If you would like to sign up for multiple booths, sponsorships, or a demo spot please fill out an additional form PER ITEM. If you have any questions, please send a message to


    Early bird registration (by August 18, 2023)
    • $550 for businesses, $450 for non-profits
    Regular registration (after August 18, 2023)
    • $650 for businesses, $550 for non-profits

    Registration closes September 8, 2023. 

    Your booth space includes a 10' x 10' exhibit booth. A standard setup includes a 10' x 10' pipe and draped area. One 6-foot skirted display table, two chairs, one wastebasket and one professional ID sign, free conference registration for two representative, vendor breakfast and lunch. 

    Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the property, including in the exhibit hall. Electrical outlets, power strips, and other amenities and services are available at an additional charge. 

    Ordering additional amenities, shipping and loading information, and Expo center rules and regulations can be found on the hotel's Exhibitor Order Form link in this document. The form must be completed and sent to the Holiday Inn Executive Center using the contact information on the form. 

    Vendors are guaranteed at least 4 hours of non-compete time during this conference. Table talks and poster sessions will also take place in the exhibit hall. Attendees will also be provided with an interactive game to encourage them to visit vendor booths throughout the conference. 


    Wednesday, October 4

    Exhibitor Set-up                                            11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Exhibitor Hall open                                       4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

    Exhibitor Reception                                      4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

    Thursday, October 5

    Vendor Breakfast                                           8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

    Exhibitor Hall open                                        9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Exhibitor Breakdown                                    4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


    The Missouri Library Association has negotiated a special conference rate of $130 per night at the Holiday Inn Executive Center. 

    Book your reservation here. 

    Sponsorship Opportunities

    This conference would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors. We welcome all vendors to consider an additional sponsorship in recognition of the important and ongoing work of Missouri librarians. 

    Sponsors at various levels will receive:

          Acknowledgement at the sponsored event or service

          Logo on signage at event or service

          Sponsor will be featured across all MLA social media channels

    Platinum Partner            $2,000 (3 available)

    Exclusive, highly visible opportunities to spotlight your business or organization.


    The MLA Award Ceremony will feature live music and dancing, a fun night for all, complements of your company or organization. 


    Help us kick off this year's conference with a message of from the President-Elect of the American Library Association, Emily Drabinski. 


    Attendees gather to socialize with vendors and see what is new and exciting in librarianship. Attendees at this event will enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres courtesy of your company. 

    CONFERENCE BAGS  Sapp Design Associaties

    Your logo on bags that will be carried throughout the conference and beyond. 

    Gold partner                $1,500 (6 available)

    Reach just the right audience with these exclusive sponsorship opportunities. 


    The very last event of the conference, the closing keynote leaves a lasting impression with attendees. 


    Support the gathering of Missouri higher education institutions and independent research libraries. 


    This event is designed specifically for librarians with an interest in developing and promoting library service to children and teens. 


    These stations will offer attendees a chance to recharge and refuel between sessions courtesy of your company or organization. 

    Silver PARTNER                  $500 (4 available)

    Get your business or organization in front of librarians with these fun sponsorship opportunities. 


    High interest, interactive, timely information sessions held in the exhibit hall. 


    This event welcomes new members of MLA to dive in and discover what MLA can do for them and their professional growth. 


    This event brings librarians together for an energetic night of fun and friendly competition. 


    This fun literary themed yoga session will energize librarians for the final day of the conference. 


    These ever-present items will be worn by every conference attendee and serve as a reminder of your support long after the conference is over. 


    A conference breakout room will be reserved for 15 minute demonstration sessions at $150 each. Limit one demo per vendor. We have the ability to sell up to 10 demo sessions. Available to booth holders or sponsors. Demo spots will be taken on a first-come first-served basis and vendors will be informed of the time and location for their demo spot in advance of the conference. 


    Vendor registration is open now and closes September 8, 2023. 


    • MLA will assign booth spaces in the order purchased.
    • Exhibitors will not sublet or appropriate booth space to any other business.
    • Parent and subsidiary businesses are not considered other businesses.
    • Contractors are other businesses and require their own booth space.
    • Exhibits should not project beyond the space allotted and should not obstruct the view or interfere with traffic to other exhibits.
    • The wings of an exhibit should not project more than three (3) feet from the back wall.
    • Permission to exhibit equipment of abnormal heights must be obtained from MLA.

    Cancellations should be made in writing by email to by September 1, 2023, and are subject to a 50% cancellation fee. No refunds shall be paid as a result of subsequent booth sales. No refunds will be made after September 1, 2023. All cancellations are final. MLA may resell cancelled booths as opportunities allow. No refunds shall be paid as a result of subsequent booth sales.


    The Missouri Library Association (MLA) hosts professional events and communication outlets to enable its members to receive continuing education, build professional networks, and discover new products and services for professional use. To provide all participants the opportunity to benefit from MLA events, the Missouri Library Association is committed to providing a safe and harassment-free environment for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, physical appearance, ethnicity, religion, or other group identity. 

    The Missouri Library Association follows the American Library Association's Statement of Appropriate Conduct regarding harassment or other inappropriate behaviors. If any MLA member ever feels uncomfortable or harassed, or it they witness any violations of these policies, they should reach out to an MLA event planner, an MLA board member as designated by name badge, or to conference security, if applicable. Individuals may also email All reports will be directed to the MLA Board for further action. Anyone working in a college or university setting may also be required to contact their Title IX officer.

    For more information or to discuss opportunities please contact: - 573-817-7044

    Conference Coordinators: Abbey Rimel and Jennifer France Thompson

    Trade Show Chairs: Jennifer Gravley and Beth McWilliams

    • 4 Oct 2023
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Holiday Inn Executive Center-Columbia Mall at 2200 Interstate 70 Dr SW, Columbia, MO 65203

    Missouri Library Association 2023 Performers Showcase

    Attention performers and entertainers:

    The Missouri Library Association will be hosting its Annual Conference October 4-6, 2023, in Columbia, MO.  The Performer Showcase Selection Committee is looking for performers to share their offerings for quality programming appropriate for children, teens, and/or families at a reasonable cost to the host libraries.

    All attendees of the MLA 2023 Conference will be invited to attend a Performer Showcase scheduled for Wednesday, October 4 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Selected performers will be scheduled for a 10 minute demonstration slot between 8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. on October 4. Then from 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., attendees may visit performers’ tables to pick up information and ask questions. This is a great opportunity to present a short sneak preview of your program, distribute promotional materials and speak with librarians from around Missouri.

    Registration Types

    • Performance Time, Info Table, Directory Ad and Link - $130 (Please understand that if you choose this registration type and are not selected to perform, you may still attend at the Table only level and will be refunded $30, or choose to not attend and may request a full refund.)
    • Info Table, Directory Ad and Link - $100
    • Directory Ad and Link - $60
    • Link only - $30

    Please note the following details before applying:

         Due to time constraints and with the goal of providing a range of programming choices for our conference attendees, all applicants may not be scheduled to perform during the Showcase.

         Each performer chosen will be given ten minutes, including set up and take down time, to perform for the conference attendees.

         Performers will be provided with tables to display and distribute promotional materials.

         A print and online directory of performers will also be published; the print directory will be distributed to all conference attendees and the online directory will be available on the MLA website. The contents for both directories will be obtained from the information you provide in your Performer Showcase application; please be as complete and accurate as possible.



    FEE PAYMENT DEADLINE:  July 31, 2023


    Your completed application must be submitted by July 17, 2023 to be considered for inclusion. Please note the following information regarding the application, invoices, and payment.

    • This application will become a contract only upon electronic submission of this form, acceptance of your application by the committee, and subsequent payment in full of all fees.
    • The selection committee will notify all performers of their acceptance status by July 24, 2023.
    • Placement in the showcase lineup will be considered secure only upon receipt of invoiced fees.
    • Payment of fees will not be accepted after July 31, 2023. Cancellations must be made in writing and sent via email to prior to September 1, 2023. All cancellations are final.

    We look forward to another great Performer Showcase this year!


    If you have questions, please contact:

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