PD Opportunity

Lisa Scroggs, the Assistant Director of ELA for the Missouri Department of Education, will be sharing resources and tips for implementing the new Digital & Media Literacy Elementary English Language Arts on Janurary 2, 2018 from 9am to 2:30pm at Little Blue Elementary in Independence, Missouri. Doors will open for check in at 8:30 am.


Seating for this FREE professional development opportunity will be limited. Therefore, a reservation will be required.


We will break from 11:30am to 12:30pm for lunch. If you don't want to pack a sack lunch, there are a number of local restaurants in the area. (Lunch will be on your own.)


The meeting will conclude for the day at 2:30pm.

Reserved seating via Eventbrite




MASL Scholarships, Grants and Awards for the Upcoming Membership Year

Each year, MASL provides more than 10 scholarships, grants or awards to Missouri librarians, school administrators, graduate students, and other individuals. Help MASL continue its important mission of recognizing the contributions of others to the profession by applying or nominating someone for one of our many awards.

The deadline for all award nominations/applications is December 15.

Award Descriptions
Has someone or some organization provided sustained or exemplary service to library media services?  Nominate them for MASL’s Friend of School Libraries Award!  MASL’s Friend of School libraries award is given to an individual or organization which has contributed towards the improvement of school library service in Missouri.

Do you know a MASL member who has made an impact on the Association or on school libraries? Nominate them for MASL’s Special Service Award! MASL’s Special Service Award is awarded to a MASL member who has rendered significant service to MASL and/or school libraries.

Looking to attend your first-ever MASL Spring Conference, but concerned about the cost?  Apply for a First Spring Conference Opportunity Grant! This grant provides funding for the cost of a full registration to the conference; hotel and transportation costs are covered by attendees. 

Has your school administrator supported your school library? Nominate them for MASL’s Service Award for School Administrators!  MASL’s Service Award for School Administrators is awarded to a MASL school administrator who has made a significant contribution towards furthering the role of the school library media center.

Do you know a MASL member who has implemented an innovative or creative project that has made a difference to students and staff members? Nominate them for MASL’s Bright Idea Award!  The Bright Idea Award honors a MASL member who has initiated innovative ideas for a school library media program.

Do you know a teacher and library media specialist who have developed and implemented collaborative projects or activities using the library media center? Nominate them for MASL’s Teacher/Librarian Collaboration Award.! MASL’s Teacher/Librarian Collaboration Award honors a teacher and librarian who have exhibited excellence in working collaboratively.

Is there an individual or group which has supported intellectual freedom in your or another school library?  Nominate them for MASL’s Intellectual Freedom Award!  The award is given to an individual or organization which has upheld the principles of Intellectual Freedom as it relates to school library service in Missouri.

Does your school library media program support the total educational environment of your school?  Apply for MASL's newest award - TheOutstanding School Library Program of the Year.  This award, which is modeled after ASSL's National School Library Program of the Year Award, is sponsored by Gumdrop Books. It will be given to a program which has influenced changes in the school, staff and students, integrates literacy skills into the curriculum, and features collaboration of library media center staff and faculty.  Winner(s) will receive a $2,500 grant for books from Gumdrop Books.

Lynne Stype Empowerment Grant
Lynne Stype, former MASL President, Mark Twain Award Chair and Co-Founder of the Children’s Literature Festival of the Ozarks, spent much of her professional career as the sole library media specialist in her building with no clerical support. Despite the demands the work made on Lynne and her family, she devoted many hours of service to professional associations. This grant recognizes Lynne Stype’s devotion to service and her dedicated interest in professional development and forwarding the cause of 21st century school libraries.

 Purposes of the Grant

  1. Acknowledges the challenges of administering and providing for the 21st century library media program.
  2. Recognizes individuals whose extraordinary efforts follow Lynne Stype’s example of service to the profession.
  3. Makes digital materials (eBooks and databases) more accessible to Missouri school libraries and classrooms.

Nature of the Award

  1. Provides up to $1000 worth of digital content toward establishing a new or expanded school-based digital library program.  Digital materials include free eBooks and/or digital databases made available on the FollettShelf.
  2. Based on recipient's detailed plan for a media center-to-classroom.

Each year, MASL awards scholarships to students enrolled in graduate programs in school librarianship or instructional technology, or in school library certification programs.  They support individuals pursuing a master’s degree in library science, school library media specialist certification, or school library media specialist certification concurrent with a master’s degree in a Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education approved program.


How to Nominate or Apply
Nomination and application forms may be found online via the Scholarships, Grants and Recognitions page on the MASL website.  


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