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Membership

Membership Information

In these times of rapid change, increased automation, and technological innovation, Indiana and Michigan libraries need a partner they can trust for reliable information on new products and services and for top-notch support. Libraries need a partner to turn to when negotiating with vendors, a partner who will advocate for the good of Indiana and Michigan libraries. MCLS is that partner. When you join MCLS, you will quickly understand why libraries throughout Indiana and Michigan depend on us to keep them up-to-date and supplied with the latest information technology.

MCLS membership is open to any Indiana or Michigan library. To begin your membership today, complete the MCLS Membership Application/Participation Agreement. If you need more information, give us a call at (800) 530-9019 ext 406 or send us an email, and we will be happy to answer your questions.

MCLS's membership fee structure is as follows:

4-year academic and large public (40,000+ legal service population) libraries
Dues: $250

2-year academic and medical libraries
Dues: $175

Medium/small public, K12, and special libraries
Dues: $125

Cooperatives and other consortia
This category is for cooperatives and consortia joining as individual organizations, and does not extend MCLS membership or services to their member libraries.
Dues: $125

Membership Benefits

Membership in MCLS carries many benefits:

Group purchasing

MCLS works with more than 70 library vendors to provide central licenses, discounts, and group purchases for over 2,000 library products and services including databases, eBooks, eJournals, software, and library supplies. MCLS has been coordinating group purchases for its members for over 20 years and has developed strong relationships with many vendors during that time.

Support

When you have a question, you want it answered quickly. MCLS's highly trained, professional support staff are always ready to take your calls, emails, and faxes. They are committed to providing prompt, courteous service, and accurate information every time you contact MCLS.

Training

Providing high-quality library services in today's fast-changing environment can be a challenge. MCLS has an extensive training program, which not only prepares you for the decisions you must make every day, but also helps staff make more effective, efficient use of the services you already have. Members save approximately half of the price of programs and workshops, making membership an even greater value. As an added benefit, MCLS offers a Certificate of Library Development in Basic Soft Skills FREE to members! That is five hours of training for an unlimited number of your staff, included in the cost of your membership.

Consulting

Whether you're creating a strategic plan, seeking a facilitator for a meeting, planning a staff in-service, or devising strategies to engage your community, MCLS has consultants who can help.

Information privacy

At MCLS, we know you are busy and that you value your privacy as well as your time. We take seriously our commitment to our members to collect only information that is necessary and to minimize the chances that data may be lost or misused. Members and customers can expect that MCLS will:

Contact MCLS Executive Director Randy Dykhuis with any questions or comments.

MCLS Application/Participation Agreement

To receive services, products, or membership benefits from MCLS, please complete our online Member Application/Participation Agreement.