Committees

Finance

Chair: Amy Hertzberg, Nevada Middle School, Nevada R-V School District

Chair: Rebecca Parker, Border Star Montessori, Kansas City Public Schools

The Finance Committee shall have responsibility of preparing the annual budget for presentation to the Association in consultation with the First Vice-President/President Elect, general oversight of financial operations, and any other duties relating to financial and budgetary matters established in the Policies and Procedures of the Committee.


Governance

Chair: Jennifer Baldwin, Jasper R-5

The Governance Committee shall have responsibility for reviewing the governing documents, making recommendations for amendments and revisions, updating the Policies and Procedures, and any other duties relating to Association governance established in the Policies and Procedures of the Committee.


Legislative Advocacy

Chair: Lysha Thompson, Miller County R-3 Schools

The Committee shall have the responsibility for development and oversight of the legislative platform and any duties or responsibilities related to legislative advocacy established in the Policies and Procedures of the Committee.  View the Advocacy Committee Handbook here.


Nominations

Chair: Mernie Maestas, Boone Trail Elementary, Wentzville R-IV School District

The Nominations Committee shall have responsibility for the nomination of elected officers and any other duties established in the Policies and Procedures of the Committee.


Professional Education

Chair: Mernie Maestas, Boone Trail Elementary, Wentzville R-IV School District

Chair: Victoria Jones, Wydown Middle School, School District of Clayton

The Professional Education Committee shall have responsibility for the development and oversight of professional education programs and any other duties established in the Policies and Procedures of the Committee. The AASL Affiliate Assembly Delegate, who serves as Co-Chair of the Professional Education Committee, shall assist with all materials related to Intellectual Freedom and challenged materials. The Second Vice-President, who serves as an Ex-Officio member of the Committee, shall have responsibility for the Fall Seminar.

  • Intellectual Freedom

Victoria Jones, Wydown Middle School, School District of Clayton

The Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) recommends such steps as may be necessary to safeguard the rights of library users, libraries, and librarians, in accordance with the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and the Library Bill of Rights as adopted by the ALA Council. The IFC works closely with the Office of Intellectual Freedom and with other units and officers of the Association in matters touching intellectual freedom and censorship.

  • Fall Seminar

Kirsten Shaw, Martin Warren Elementary, Warrensburg School District

The Fall Seminar Committee shall have the responsibility of planning and implementing the logistical, procedural and informational aspects of the Fall Seminar program, and any other duties relating to the Fall Seminar.


Public Relations

Chair: Melissa Corey, Robidoux Middle School, St. Joseph School District

The Public Relations Committee shall have responsibility for the public relations and publicity program, and any other duties relating to public relations and publicity established in the Policies and Procedures of the Committee.


Epsilon Beta

Jill Williams, McDonald County High School, McDonald County R-1

Epsilon Beta is a club for high school students interested in the library. Its official name is Episcpoi Tes Bibliothekes, “Keepers of the Library”. State officers are elected at the annual meeting in the spring. They are: president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and historian. Epsilon Beta is sponsored by the Missouri Association of School Librarians, which helps coordinate Epsilon Beta activities through a director, appointed annually.


New Members

Ethan Evans, Lathrop High School, Lathrop R-2 School District

The New Members Committee shall have responsibility for educating new members on the association’s policy and procedure. In addition, the committee will be responsible for membership recruitment and retention, and any other duties relating to association membership.


Readers Awards

  • Gateway Readers Award

Chair: Jessica Spinder Menold, Douglass High School, Columbia Public Schools

The Gateway Readers Award Committee shall have responsibility for the coordination and administration of the Gateway Readers Award, and any other duties relating to the award established in the Policies and Procedures of the Committee.

  • Mark Twain Readers

Chair: Leslie Uder, Boswell Elementary, Lebanon R-3 School District

The Mark Twain Readers Committee shall have responsibility for the coordination and administration of the Mark Twain Readers Award and any other duties relating to the award established in the Policies and Procedures of the Committee.

  • Show Me Readers

Chair: Kara Elliott, Maple Grove Elementary School, Warrensburg R-VI School District

The Show Me Readers Committee shall have responsibility for the coordination and administration of the Show Me Readers Award, and any other duties relating to the award established in the Policies and Procedures of the Committee.

  • Truman Readers Award

Chair: Rebecca Bevel Smith, Oakland Middle School, Columbia Public Schools

The Truman Readers Award Committee shall have responsibility for the coordination and administration of the Truman Readers Award, and any other duties relating to the award established in the Policies and Procedures of the Committee.

Click here to view the Readers Awards Committee Handbook.


Scholarships, Grants and Recognitions

Chair: Megan Chambers, Lee’s Summit West High School, Lee’s Summit R-7

The Scholarships, Grants and Recognition Committee shall have responsibility for administering the Association’s program of Awards, Grants and Recognitions as established in the Policies and Procedures of the Committee.


Site Selection

MASL Office

The Site Selection Committee shall have responsibility for reviewing past Spring Conference site location comments, determining location of Spring Conference for two years from current Spring Conference date. In addition, the Site Selection Committee shall have responsibility of negotiating contracts for event location and any other duties relating to the Spring Conference future location.


Spring Conference

Co-chair: Carolyn Scaia, Lawson Elementary, Hazelwood School District

Co-chair: Kelly Oliva, Liberty High School, Wentzville R-IV Schools

The Spring Conference Committee shall have responsibility for planning and overseeing the Annual Spring Conference and any other duties established in the Policies and Procedures of the Committee.  View the Spring Conference Committee Handbook.