2020 MASL Spring Conference

2020 Spring Conference – Postponed

After careful consideration, the MASL Executive Council and Spring Conference Committee Co-Chairs have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 Spring Conference scheduled to take place April 19-21.

The new dates will be August 9-11, 2020, at the Tan-Tar-A Conference Center.

Our decision to postpone this annual event was not taken lightly. MASL has been closely monitoring updates and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as state and local governments. The health, safety and well-being of our attendees is of paramount importance.

Below are some initial pieces of information.  Please note that decisions and conversations are occurring on a regular basis, and we will continue to keep the membership apprised of these decisions via social media, email and our website.  Also, watch for a FAQ section on the MASL website coming soon.  For any questions about registration, please submit them here. We will work to provide information about all other aspects of the conference as soon as possible and appreciate your patience with us as we explore our options and put a plan in place.

Registration Fees

Below are the options regarding your registration fees (deadline is May 1).

  1. Apply your MASL 2020 Spring Conference Registration Fee to attend the Conference on August 8-11.  Please note the plan is for the schedule to remain the same though these details are in the process of being confirmed.
  2. Request a refund. 100 percent of your registration fee is refundable.

Please note that all requests regarding your registration fees, whether transferring or refunding, must be submitted via this Google Form by May 1.  Requests will not be accepted via phone or email.  If a response is not received by May 1, MASL will keep your registration fee as a donation to the association.

Lodging Reservations

Based on conversations with Tan-Tar-A, all room reservations for the originally scheduled April Spring Conference dates will be automatically cancelled by the resortYou do not need to contact the resort to cancel your reservation.  However, if you plan to join us in August, please contact the resort and request the new August dates.  The conference will officially kick off on Sunday, August 9, and conclude on Tuesday, August 11. For any Purchase Orders submitted for lodging at Tan-Tar-A, these will all be voided by TTA since the dates no longer apply.  We will update members when they can begin making new reservations at Tan-Tar-A for August

We are currently working and living in unprecedented times and we appreciate everyone’s willingness to remain positive and flexible as MASL continues to work on providing quality professional development to our members.  We believe postponing the event, rather than canceling, is in the best interest of the association.  If the event were to be canceled, the association would incur a loss of nearly $250,000 due to cancellation fees with the resort and lost revenue from registrations.

We look forward to seeing you at our Spring, turned Summer, Conference on August 9-11 at the Tan-Tar-A Conference Center.

Amy Hertzberg, President

MASL 2020 Conference FAQs


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2020 Missouri Association of School Librarians Annual Spring Conference will be held at Tan-Tar-A Conference Center in Osage Beach, MO on April 19-21, 2020.


School librarians are always working to build meaningful connections with students, colleagues and our communities. Annually, MASL’s Spring Conference provides a great opportunity to connect with friends, share ideas, acknowledge accomplishments, recognize outstanding authors and books, and most importantly, celebrate all that we do!  Make plans now to join your colleagues for 3 days of professional development, networking and celebration.

Fees – Early Bird Deadline has passed.

Full Conference – Member ($342)/Non-Member ($442) – Includes ALL meals/general sessions, exhibit hall and workshops.

Itemized Registration – Member ($242)/Non-Member ($337) – includes all workshops and exhibit hall, but NO meals/general sessions.

Student Registration (Members Only) – Full Conference ($255)/Itemized ($155)

Retiree (Itemized) Registration – Member ($92) – includes all workshops and exhibit hall, but NO meals/general sessions.

*Retirees that volunteer for at least two hours receive free registration (no meals).  More information, including volunteer registration, can be found below under the Volunteers header.


Full Conference Registration includes ALL meals.  Your nametag will serve as your proof of purchase, and you do not need to purchase meal tickets separately.

For Itemized Registrations or Guest, meals can be purchased in conjunction with your registration or separately through the online store.


The Attendance Justification letter found at this link outlines the benefits of Spring Conference attendance and can be used by potential attendees when requesting funding and/or leave time.



Online registration is temporarily closed.

*Make sure you are logged in with your username & password to receive member pricing.  Your membership also needs to be current (renewed & paid) in order to be offered the member rate.

The downloadable MASL 2020 Attendee Registration Form can be completed and faxed or mailed to the MASL Office.



View the SCHEDULE OF EVENTS for an overview of all conference activities and events.


MASL SC Sound Bites

Informational podcasts from your SC20 Committee Co-Chairs Kelly Oliva & Julie Jamieson.

Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4
Episode 5


The following award-winning authors and illustrator will be in attendance at this year’s conference.

  • Neal Shusterman – Scythe, 2018-2019 Gateway Winner
  • Alan Gratz – Projekt 1065, 2018-2019 Truman Winner
  • James Ponti – Framed! A T.O.A.S.T. Mystery, 2018-2019 Mark Twain Winner
  • Janet Nolan – Seven and a Half Tons of Steel, 2018-2019 Show Me 3rd Place Title

Author Mix & Mingle Event – New this year!

MASL is offering an additional opportunity to visit with the awarding winning authors that will be in attendance at Spring Conference!

  • The Author Mix & Mingle Event will be held Sunday, April 19 from 7:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Tickets are $20 each and includes dessert and a cash bar.
  • Credit/debit card payment is due at the time of registration, and all proceeds benefit Cash for the Cause.
  • Please note:  Author autographing will exclusively be held during Monday evening’s scheduled autographing events.  No books will be signed on Sunday evening.
  • Registration is limited to 50 individuals, with no wait list, and must be completed online here – Register!



Exhibiting at our Spring Conference is a great opportunity for you to meet those who buy or influence purchases throughout the year.  Our attendees are looking for fresh concepts and products that will help educate their students.

View the MASL 2020 Exhibitor Prospectus for details on booths, sponsorships, exhibit hall layout and set-up times, and more.

Registration can be completed onlineOnline Registration or you may submit the registration form included in the prospectus via mail, fax or email.


Featured Presenters

Once again, the Spring Conference workshop lineup will include three outstanding Featured Presenters.  Each of these individuals will be presenting three separate breakout sessions over the course of the conference.

Mindy Botkin – Orchard Farm School District 

Patrick Brown – Fort Zumwalt School District

Erin Townsend – Nevada R-5 School District

Visit the 2020 Featured Presenters page to find out more about the presenters and their workshops.



The beautiful Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach will again be our host for the Spring Conference.  The MASL room rates are $99 (Run of House) or $116 (Resort Complex) per night.  Reservations may be made online or by calling the hotel directly at 573-348-3131. When making reservations, ask for the MASL Conference rate or use the code LBRN to receive the discounted rate.


Keynote Speakers

Dr. Sean Doherty – Sunday General Session 

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Dr. Sean Doherty serves as the Superintendent of the School District of Clayton, just west of St. Louis, where he is an ardent champion of libraries and librarians.  He supports the work of the district’s librarians, yet also challenges them to be in a continual state of reflection and improvement, believing that librarians should serve as leaders in their schools.

Dr. Doherty was selected as one of only 7 administrators for the AASL Administrator Collaborative for the 2019-2020 school year.  He also served on a panel of four superintendents at the School Library Journal’s 2018 Leadership Summit Making Good Trouble.

Dr. Doherty has earned his Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership and a Master of Arts in Elementary Administration at Maryville University.  His bachelor’s degree is elementary education is from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.  He started his career in the Webster Groves School District as a third grade teacher. He then moved to Parkway School District, where he served as a teacher, an assistant principal and eventually as a principal. In 2010, Doherty moved to The School District of Clayton as the principal of Captain Elementary.  He later became the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for the district.  Doherty was appointed as Superintendent in 2016, after serving as interim Superintendent during the 2015-2016 school year. He serves as a board member on both the Clayton Chamber of Commerce and the Arts Festivals of St. Louis.


Greg Forbes Siegman – Monday Administrator & Awards Lunch


As a child, Greg spent much of his time in the library. The lessons he learned from his favorite books sparked a lifelong interest in service and diversity. For his subsequent civic and philanthropic efforts, he has received honors such as the Jefferson Award for Public Service and has been featured by media such as Good Morning America.  His first book (The First Thirty) was NSDLC Multicultural Relations Book of the Year. It is geared toward students (5th grade reading level and up). The expanded edition for adults (The Silhouette Man) was honored in Canada as a book that celebrates the wisdom of seniors. His next book is The Milkshake Man — the illustrated edition of the story geared toward kids (K-4). Greg has participated in the READ poster campaign to support libraries and has collaborated with a variety of literacy programs. His website is www.GregForbes.com.



All MASL members are welcome to volunteer their time during Spring Conference.  It’s because of your willingness to share your time that we are able to provide a top-notch conference each year!  Please complete the volunteer registration to assist the committee with scheduling.

Want to volunteer but don’t want to miss many sessions?

  • Volunteer sessions now match the conference schedule!
  • Also new this year: all volunteers will receive a pass to the front of the line for author signing!

Check the conference grid, decide what you would like to attend and sign up to volunteer!

Retired members who volunteer two hours can register for free!   After you complete the volunteer registration, you will receive an email from the MASL Office with a promotional code to use for your conference registration.   The promo code will zero out the registration fees.  Please note meals are not included in the free registration but can be purchased during the registration process, or they may be purchased separately through the online store.



Each year we have an outstanding lineup of workshops and presentations, and that is because of you!  Our members and their colleague’s willingness to serve as volunteer presenters is what makes our conference content the perfect fit for our attendees.

Workshop Descriptions – view the alphabetical listing of 2020 workshops with full descriptions, presenter and strand information, as well as time and location.

Workshop Grid – view all the workshops at a glance, arranged by session and location.


Cash for the Cause – Raffle Baskets

MASL is once again collecting raffle baskets for the on-site raffle.  If you or a group will be donating baskets for Cash for the Cause, please notify Jill Houk (jhouk@warrensburgr6.org). Thanks, in advance, for supporting our profession.!

Continuing Education/Graduate Credit

Conference participants have the option to earn graduate credit(s) through Lindenwood University.  Enrollment, assignments and additional fees are required.  Please see the below linked syllabi for additional information.

MASL 2020 One Hour Credit

MASL 2020 Two Hour Credit