MPLD E-mail List

One of the most valuable and heavily-used resources is our e-mail list for directors, provided by MOREnet. It is a closed list, which means that subscriptions are held until approved by the list moderator. At present, the message archive is available only to list members. To subscribe visit the MPLD Mailing List page and fill out and submit the subscription form.  Please type your name and library name in parentheses in the optional name field.

NOTE: List membership is for paid MPLD members only.  If you use a private e-mail instead of a work e-mail, we may need to confirm identity before a subscription will be approved.

The general info page for the list including a members-only link to search the archives is at

Legal Help

MPLD contracts with a legal firm for advice and opinions regarding laws affecting public libraries in Missouri.

Our primary contact is Adam Sommer <adam @>.  Our contract allows for one free, brief consultation per member library per year.  If more advice is needed than is covered by MPLD, the rate is $175 per billable hour. 

Full contact info is below:

Harris, Harris, Sommer, & Peppard, LLC

206 N. Holden Street

Warrensburg, MO 64093

Telephone (660) 747-8131

Fax (660) 747-8149 

Missouri Public Library Standards

MPLD has been instrumental in establishing and updating a set of standards for all public libraries in Missouri.  Links are provided to the most recent standards and a scoring spreadsheet to use in conjunction with the PDF document.

Missouri Public Library Standards Review Committee (2020) 

Michelle Mears, Rolling Hills Library, Chair

Gina Milburn, Barry Lawrence Regional Library

Katie Hill Earnhart, Cape Girardeau Public Library

Steve Campbell, Scenic Regional Library

Tony Benningfield, Jefferson County Library

Elizabeth Plotner, Daviess County Library

JoEllen Pratt, Cameron Public Library

Mary Beth Revels, St. Joseph Public Library

Stacey Embry, Morgan County Library

Teresa Tidwell, Caruthersville Public Library