2017 MALiA Spring Meeting and Program

The MALiA Spring meeting and program will be Friday, April 28th at Lynchburg College from 10am to 2pm.

The meeting will be held in the East Room of the dining hall in the Drysdale Student Center at Lynchburg College. A map can be found at http://www.lynchburg.edu/wp-content/uploads/travel-and-maps/campus-map-2016.pdf. Look for reserved parking signs near Drysdale.

Register here
(registration ends at 11:45pm on April 24th)

2017 Spring Meeting Flyer

Agenda and Speaker Bios

Spring 2017 Meeting Emergency Preparedness for Libraries

10 am: MALiA Business Meeting
10:30 am: Active Shooter Awareness Presentation (Sgt. Craig Dowdy, Lynchburg Police Department)
11:30 am: Lunch
12:30 pm: Emergency Action Plan Development (Charla Gilbert, Director of Planning and Branch Operations & Angela Fields, Circulation/Reserve Specialist, Virginia Tech University Libraries)

About our speakers…

Craig A. Dowdy, Sergeant, Vice/Narcotics Unit, Lynchburg Police Department
Sergeant Craig A. Dowdy has been employed by the Lynchburg Police Department for 12 years, including 10 years on the Tactical Unit where he currently serves as a Team Leader. He has instructed countless hours of Basic and Advanced Tactical Operations which includes Active Shooter Awareness.

Sergeant Dowdy has spent 12 years in the United States Army Reserves where he has served as a Drill Sergeant and is a Combat Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army Reserves in January 2016 and is pursuing Army Chaplaincy. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Studies and Missions and a Bachelor of Theology from Appalachian Bible College. He also holds a Master of Arts in Religion and has almost completed a Master of Divinity in Military Chaplaincy from Liberty University.

Sergeant Dowdy and his wife have two young children and love spending time outdoors hiking, camping, and spending time on their little horse farm.

Charla Gilbert, Director of Planning and Branch Operations, Virginia Tech
Charla Gilbert engages in library wide assessment activities and oversees the operations of three branches, two off-site facilities, Port Digital Research Commons, and the libraries mailroom/purchasing/travel unit. Charla is currently the Visiting Program Officer for the Association of Southeastern Regional Libraries (ASERL) New Metrics Project which provides opportunity for collaborative opportunities with regional peers for continuous improvements of using data and assessment to contribute to the story of library value. Her research interests include wide scale assessment and col-lection of data that demonstrates the value and impact of library services, operations and resources as well as emergency preparedness. Charla received her Masters in Library and Information Science and her Business Process Management and Business Operations Management from Indiana University.

Angela Fields, Circulation/Reserve Specialist, Virginia Tech
Angela Fields works in Circulation/Reserve at the Virginia Tech Newman Library and is counted on to provide leader-ship, guidance, and assistance to all patrons on the wide variety of patron services available at Virginia Tech. She also assists in coordinating and leading emergency preparedness efforts such as emergency evacuation drills, documenting processes and procedures for shelter-in-place, secure-in-place, and evacuation, as well as train new graduate assistants and other interested employees on emergency practices. Angela has been at Virginia Tech for over 11 years and has a wide range of experience in public relations as well as certifications in health and safety.

2016 MALiA Fall Meeting and Program

The 2016 MALiA Fall meeting and program will be held Friday, October 7 at King University, Bristol, TN from 10am – 2:00pm.

Taking risks and playing it SAFE: infusing your library practice with improvisation
MALiA presents Jill Markgraf, Professor and Head of Library Research and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Jill will discuss employing tenets of improv, such as Suspending judgement, Accepting all offers, Focusing on the other, and Embracing failure (SAFE), and engage attendees in activities to enhance library practice. Join us and learn how laughter and play in the workplace are productive and essential in challenging times!

RSVP by September 28
$10 Lunch payable via online registration

MALiA Fall Meeting 2016 flyer

MALiA Youth Services Meeting August 26 at the Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library in Christiansburg

The next MALiA Youth Services meeting is at the Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library in Christiansburg on Friday, August 26 (10:30 am).

The topic is Summer Reading Triumphs and Failures. Please RSVP the number of attendees from your library to Amanda Bailey.

Summer Reading Triumphs and Failures
Skype call with eastern Tennessee youth services staff – sharing SRP information
Summer Food Program – who participated/how did it go
Die-Cuts – purchases for 2016/2017
Budget – 2016/2017

MALiA Vendor Evaluation Surveys

The MALiA vendor evaluation surveys for the Supplies contracts and Serials and Subscription contracts are now open.  It is very important that you take a few minutes to complete the surveys. The information you provide is invaluable in our contract process.
You will need to copy and paste the address into your search engine toolbar and it should take you to the survey. The deadline to complete the survey is March 31, 2016.

MALiA Spring Meeting Friday, April 29, 2016 at Franklin County Library

The MALiA Spring Meeting is Friday, April 29, 2016 at Franklin County Library, 355 Franklin St, Rocky Mount, VA 24151.

MALiA 2016 Spring Meeting Flyer

10 am: Networking and Coffee

10:15 am: Business meeting

10:30 am: OCLC Competencies: Build Relevant Job Descriptions, Performance Reviews and Continuing Education Plans ~ Nan Carmack, M.Ed., M.L.S.. Carmack is the director of the Campbell County Public Library System and awaits defending her dissertation on the relevance and use of OCLC competencies in preparing librarians for the workforce.

12:00 noon: Lunch (Optional boxed lunch available for $10-selection & payment due at registration)

1:00 pm: JUST WHEN WE NEED THEM MOST: The Crazier the Times the More Important Libraries, Librarians and the (MOSTLY) Sane Prospective They Provide Become. ~Keith Ferrell, Author. Ferrell is the author of almost twenty books, fiction and nonfiction, including the novel Passing Judgment and the NYT Nonfiction Bestseller History Decoded (co-written with Brad Meltzer), as well as biographies for Young Adults, and several pseudonymous novels. Ferrell currently lives, writes and farms on 35 acres in the hills of southern Virginia, and is engaged with an immense new novel as well as a large nonfiction project.

Register Here!


MALiA Youth Services Meeting Friday April 22

The next MALiA Youth Services meeting is Friday, April 22 at Montgomery Floyd Regional Library in Christiansburg at 10:30am.

It’s STEM Show & Tell with Michelle Page, Wendy Rancier, and Jamie Rexrode. Learn more about the cool stuff you can borrow from our region’s STEM hub locations. Did someone mention a rocket launcher?!

Youth MALiA Meeting Friday, November 20

The next Youth MALiA meeting will be Friday, November 20 at 10:30am at the Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library in Christiansburg.

We’ll be discussing new stuff for kids/tweens/teens. Please bring:

-a new (or new to you) title you’ve enjoyed for kids, tweens or teens programs

-if you use music in your programs please bring a song you like on cd. I will compile the songs onto a ‘best of ‘ cd and distribute at the meeting.

-craft idea for kids, tweens or teens

-bonus: a great title to share on an elementary school visit with 3rd grade and up — those kids that are too big for Pete the Cat!

Please RSVP (abailey@wcpl.net) and share with any Youth Services staff that might like to attend.

The MALiA Fall Meeting and Program will be Friday October 9th, 2015 at Bristol Public Library.

The MALiA Fall Meeting and Program will be Friday October 9th, 2015 at Bristol Public Library.

Ah, Human Resources. The one thing you can never know enough about and yet the one thing we don’t learn in library school. Whether your library has the benefit of a larger institutional HR department or you are going it alone, this program will add depth to your HR tool box. Please join us at Bristol Public Library for this extensive workshop, with a good break for a great boxed lunch!

Register via SurveyMonkey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/M825YG6

The agenda for the day is as follows:

10 am: register and networking

10:20-30 am: Brief MALiA business meeting

10:30 to Noon: HR Session 1

Noon to 1 pm: Lunch ($10 payable at the door)

1 pm to 2:30 pm: Session 2


Bristol Public Library

701 Goode Street Bristol, VA 24201 Phone: (276) 645-8780 Fax: (276) 669-5593

Spread the word! Please help us get the word out by forwarding this information to your colleagues, sharing with your LinkedIn network, and printing the flyer to post in your workplace. Thank in advance for helping make it a great day.

MALiA Fall 2015 Meeting Flyer

Youth MALiA Meeting Friday August 21

The next Youth MALiA meeting will be Friday, August 21 at 10:30am at the Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library in Christiansburg, Virginia.

The topic will be Summer Reading Triumphs and Failures!

We’ll also have a brief discussion of the 2015/2016 budget.