MLA Hits The Road — Literally!MLA Plates

The Montana Library Association, a statewide group of over 400 librarians of all types, has sponsored gorgeous specialized license plates which are now available at your county treasurer motor vehicle office. The first-time fee for the plates is $40; every year after the fee is $25. All proceeds from the sale of these plates will support MLA and its projects highlighting Montana libraries.

In 2007, the Montana Library Association PR & Marketing Committee held a contest calling for license plate design submissions. Voting was held at the 2007 MLA conference and this eye-catching license plate with the blue and white mountain scene sporting the MLA book logo was the selected winner.

How did the Montana Library Association gets its start? Montana librarians and others interested in libraries met in Missoula on May 17, 1906. Plans were formulated to establish a state library organization, which the group decided would be of great benefit to those working in libraries as well as to the people of the state. Miss Gertrude Buckhous of Missoula presided at that temporary meeting. A committee was named to draft a constitution. Granville Stuart of Butte was elected President. The group met again in Butte on December 26 and 27, 1906, and adopted a constitution, becoming the Montana State Library Association.

rom the beginning, the association was active in pursuing and promoting legislation to improve library service in Montana. One of the association’s first acts was to adopt a resolution favoring the presentation of a bill to the Legislature asking that the tax for public libraries be increased from 1 to 2 mills. Now, over 100 years later, the Montana Library Association serves as a forum for exchanging information, solving problems and for learning about the changing world of libraries and information science. The association sponsors workshops, retreats, and special seminars for those working in libraries as well as library trustees and administrative bodies. FOCUS, the MLA newsletter, features upcoming events and includes news about the changing world of Montana libraries. “Wired-MT”, aka Wired-Montana, is the librarians’ online listserve. The association’s annual spring convention regularly brings 400 Montana librarians together for conversation, workshops, speakers, and fun. Periodically MLA has a joint conference with regional or neighboring states’ library associations. In addition, MLA offers professional development grants to encourage continuing education as well as recognizes individuals and libraries for outstanding contribution to library services.

Support reading, support our state libraries and support MLA! Please consider purchasing a beautiful Montana Library Association license plate.

For more information, contact MLA PR & Marketing Committee Chair Beth Boyson. Thank you.