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Notes from Executive Director Scott Garrison – Feb. 2024

This month, I’ll recap the first session of the Michigan Library Association’s 2023-2024 Think Space program, held in December 2023. Following its first two years focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion and how libraries can respond to pushback against those principles as they manifest in the form of book challenges, censorship, legislative activity, and more, …Read more »


Vendor and Product Lightning Rounds provide bite-sized presentations on MCLS products

What is a Lightning Round? It is a quick and easy way for members to learn about eResource products available through MCLS. Attendees hear from five vendors who are allotted 15 minutes each to present the best of their products plus updates and information. In 2024 MCLS will host four Lightning Round vendor events on …Read more »


Cash in on MCLS members-only savings with Bloomsbury

Bloomsbury is pleased to offer MCLS members additional savings on the one-time purchase of several digital resources through May 31, 2024, with the steepest discounts running until Feb. 15, 2024. Berg Fashion Library subscribers save an extra 5% on the one-time purchase of the Bloomsbury Fashion Photography Archive and Bloomsbury Fashion Video Archive. If you …Read more »


MCLS embarks on a Listening Tour to inform our next strategic plan

As you may be aware, MCLS recently launched its 2023-2024 strategic planning journey. We are seeking broad input and participation in shaping our vision for the future, particularly as it relates to exploring: Engagement and collaboration–building community and strengthening relationships with our member libraries as well as others with whom we work and collaborate. Investing …Read more »


“Meet Me in the Middle”—a Virtual Dialogue designed for mid-level managers

The middle of an organization is a unique–and important–position to occupy. If you answer to a director, dean, or other top position but also manage people or projects, we invite you to meet your colleagues in the middle for a Virtual Dialogue on Wednesday, March 20, from 10:30 a.m.-noon Eastern (9:30-11 a.m. Central). MCLS’s Engagement, Consulting, …Read more »


American Psychological Association (APA) launches consortium deal for Academic Writer

Academic Writer is APA’s self-directed digital resource for supporting academic communities as they prepare students to meet the rigors of university research and writing. Unlike proofreading or writing tools, this revolutionary platform is designed to help users develop a solid academic writing foundation by combining pedagogical and self-paced learning tools with content management technology. Reflecting …Read more »


Notes from Executive Director Scott Garrison – Dec. 2023/Jan. 2024

As we turn the calendar page from 2023 to 2024, I’ll focus on some of the changes happening at MCLS.  First, I thank the following MCLS Board of Directors members whose service ended in 2023:  Annie Bélanger, Grand Valley State University (Michigan Academic Library Representative)  Lisa Brakel, Airport Community Schools (Michigan School Library Representative)  Lauren …Read more »


MCLS is offering members SpringShare, Library Market, and Communico options to replace DEMCO

MCLS is striving to help its members replace their existing DEMCO software by developing new vendor partnerships and working on special offers with existing partners. Springshare and MCLS Group Purchasing have worked out a special offer for MCLS members. Now through Dec. 31, members are eligible for 15% off the total LibCal and Module (Lending Hub and/or Mapping) …Read more »


American Psychological Association (APA) launches consortium deal for Academic Writer

Academic Writer is APA’s self-directed digital resource for supporting academic communities as they prepare students to meet the rigors of university research and writing. Unlike proofreading or writing tools, this revolutionary platform is designed to help users develop a solid academic writing foundation by combining pedagogical and self-paced learning tools with content management technology. Reflecting …Read more »


MCLS members take 30% or more off World Trade Press products

World Trade Press is the world’s premier publisher of country-by-country information products for culture, travel, language, and food. WTP databases help students and teachers understand cultures of the world, learn languages, and become global citizens. WTP employs a worldwide team of hundreds of professional researchers, writers, editors, database administrators, graphic designers, and web developers whose …Read more »


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