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MCLS Coronavirus/COVID-19 response information

Page last updated Wednesday, July 29, at 12:55pm. During the current global coronavirus pandemic, MCLS is open and as responsive and supportive as possible through any restrictions your library may face. At the same time, we are also being as conscientious as possible about not putting our staff or others at risk for virus transmission. …Read more »


2021 MCLS Membership Ballot: Slate of Nominees

The MCLS Board of Directors has accepted the Nominating Committee’s proposed slate of candidates for the five seats with terms expiring at the end of December 2021. Electronic voting to approve the slate of candidates begins on Sept. 16. All Member Representatives should receive an email on Sept. 16 with voting instructions. Votes will be …Read more »


Notes from Executive Director Scott Garrison – September 2021

Editor’s note: this month’s Notes from the Executive Director is a collaboration with Biz Gallo, Rick Adler, and Chelsea Denault, and serves as a chance to introduce our readers to some people and projects making a difference in libraries in Michigan. Read on to learn more about Biz, Rick, and Chelsea. Caring for and providing …Read more »


LibKey: essential infrastructure for your library

The technology systems that libraries use can inadvertently create barriers to students and faculty connecting with important content. Having to navigate confusing link resolver menus, hitting dead ends due to OpenURL errors, and being unaware of available Open Access content are all common factors that can derail the research process. The result can be wasted …Read more »


Meet our new Library Strategist: Jenny Kobiela-Mondor

We are excited to announce that Jenny Kobiela-Mondor is the new MCLS Library Strategist. Jenny most recently worked as the Assistant Director of the Eckhart Public Library in Auburn, Indiana. She brings to us much experience around community engagement, strategic thinking, disaster recovery and planning, and intellectual freedom, both in her work as an assistant …Read more »


Morningstar Investment Research Center – Newsletter Module

With just one simple click, library patrons will find PDF versions of current and historical issues of Morningstar’s core newsletters spanning mutual funds, stocks, and exchange-traded funds. Morningstar’s editors provide investors with specific, actionable investment ideas to help them meet their financial goals. New issues will post to Morningstar Investment Research Center as soon as …Read more »


Notes from Executive Director Scott Garrison – August 2021

Equitable access has been a core principle of publicly-funded library service for going on two centuries. For well over a decade, an ever-growing number of libraries have come to recognize that fines for overdue materials can pose a barrier to equity, and have responded by eliminating those fines. American Library Association (ALA), local and national …Read more »


Now available through MCLS: Capstone’s PebbleGo suite

PebbleGo is packed with informational articles, ready-made activities, and literacy supports for students of all abilities. This web-based digital research platform has full audio accommodations, citation tools, and highlighted text and is accessible across many platforms. Teach foundational concepts, increase understanding, foster independence, and more with PebbleGo, PebbleGo Next, and the many PebbleGo Modules. For …Read more »


Special MCLS Pricing on ProQuest Products

The events of the last two years have changed how we work, strained our resources, and shifted the needs of library users. To help, ProQuest and MCLS have come together to offer special pricing for all libraries – including academic, public, and K-12. MCLS members can get special pricing on these essential databases: For academic …Read more »


Open Education Network (OEN) opportunities for MCLS member libraries

As shared in our May 2021 eNewsletter, MCLS joined the Open Education Network (OEN) as a consortial member effective July 1. A recognized leader in helping academic institutions advocate and advance open educational resources at their colleges and universities, OEN utilizes a proven program to engage with faculty in the review and development of open …Read more »


Save the date: LEAP 2021 cohort for Michigan library staff this fall

We are pleased to announce, as a continuation of our partnership with the Library of Michigan and our shared Michigan Libraries Engage project, that a new Libraries Engaging Appreciatively for Positive Change (LEAP) cohort will begin this fall. Save the date for Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021! This full-day virtual event will be facilitated by MCLS’s …Read more »


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