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Educational Affiliate Memberships, Workshops & Webcasts:

Susan Burton - Executive Director
Mid-America Library Alliance

Memberships with Interlibrary Loan Courier Service

Collaborating and seeking opportunities for libraries to work together has always been a major goal for MALA. MALA members have access to nearly 900 libraries in 9 states -- Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Colorado, Wyoming, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and New Mexico.

If you would like more information in our membership levels with interlibrary loan courier service, please contact Kirsten Myers, Courier/Special Projects Coordinator of the Mid-America Library Alliance.

Mid-America Library Alliance Educational Affiliate Membership

Located in Independence, MO, the Mid-America Library Alliance (MALA) is an active consortia consisting of more than 900 library systems in 9 states. MALA was established in 1978 with a mission to "develop, coordinate, promote, and share information resources and facilitate professional development." MALA offers interlibrary loan courier delivery service (see below left), professional development workshops, and discounts to a variety of conferences. We also have a large library of webcasts and Library Espresso Shot tutorials.  Library Espresso Shots are short, 3-12 minutes tutorials on various library topics.

The Mid-America Library Alliance (MALA) offers an Educational Affiliate Membership. This membership allows individuals and organizations the opportunity to attend MALA's workshops at the member rate (generally a 50% savings), plus other member benefits.

A wide variety of people can benefit from becoming MALA Educational Affiliate members:

  • Libraries
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Schools
  • Government
  • Social Service Agencies
  • Senior Centers
  • Day Care Centers
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Small Businesses
  • Community Members
  • Any individual seeking training and professional development

Once a member, you can enjoy these MALA benefits:

  • MALA member pricing for MALA professional development workshops
  • Conferences, tours and special activities
  • Effective July 1, 2017, MALA PRO FLEX ONLINE TRAINING will be accessible to all MALA members free of charge.  FLEX (Foundation for Library Excellence) has been designed by library staff for library staff, with the intent of developing specialized skills and awareness of current and evolving library practices.  Categories of training include Reader’s Advisory; Basic Library Services; Programming, Trends and Community Engagement; Supervisor, Management and Leadership; Human Resources; Paraprofessionals; Health and Wellness; Computers and Technology; Library Displays; Children’s Services; Teen Services; MALA Courier Delivery and Interlibrary Loan.

Interested in a membership with Interlibrary Loan Courier service?  General information is in the left column or 
click here for more information.

Mid-America Library Alliance Educational Affiliate Membership* annual pricing:

Individual (1 person): $25

Organization Levels: 
  • Up to 5             Part/Full Time Staff: $75
  • Up to 10           Part/Full Time Staff: $150
  • Up to 15           Part/Full Time Staff: $225
  • Up to 20           Part/Full Time Staff: $300
  • Up to 25           Part/Full Time Staff: $375
  • Up to 30           Part/Full Time Staff: $450
  • Up to 100         Part/Full Time Staff: $500
  • Up to 200         Part/Full Time Staff: $750
  • Over 200          Part/Full Time Staff: $1,000

If a State Library would like to purchase a membership for all of their member libraries, please contact Susan Burton, MALA Executive Director.

*Membership is for one year and non-transferrable