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Missouri Education Advocates: The Missouri Association of School Librarians (MASL)


Name: The Missouri Association of School Librarians (MASL)

About: MASL is the premier professional organization for library media specialists who work in Missouri schools.

The purpose of MASL is:

· To advocate for access to school library media center services and resources for Missouri’s children.
· To develop collaborative relationships with stakeholders in the educational community
· To enable the use of information technologies in Missouri schools.
· To provide opportunities for continuing professional education, focusing on exemplary practices in school library media centers.
· To recognize significant contributions to the profession and to the improvement of school library media programs in Missouri.

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Readers Awards: MASL presents four Readers Awards each year, representing the best current youth literature available to students of different grade levels. MASL creates a preliminary list of titles, and students across the state can vote on which books win a MASL Readers Award. See the 2015-16 Readers Awards Nominees.

MASL’s Readers Awards are:
· Show Me Readers Award (grades 1-3)
· Mark Twain Readers Award (grades 4-6)
· Truman Readers Award (grades 6-8)
· Gateway Readers Award (grades 9-12)

Number of Employees: MASL’s board sets direction and policies for the organization, but a third-party management company runs MASL’s communications, finances, member services, readers award programs, and events, and manages its general office duties.

President of the Board: Lysha Thompson
A full list of MASL’s Board of Directors is available on its website.


Social Media: MASL on Facebook

Legislation & Advocacy: MASL advocates for intellectual freedom. More information about MASL’s legislative advocacy, including its legislative agenda, is available to members. You can learn more about the American Association of School Librarian’s advocacy efforts here.

This post is part of a running series called “Missouri Education Advocates,” which is designed to highlight the professional education organizations in Missouri that work on public education legislation and advocacy. These short and sweet features highlight basic information about some of Missouri’s leading education organizations.

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