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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 »


Notes from Executive Director Scott Garrison – Dec 2021/Jan 2022

This time of year offers many changes, including a change in season, a new year, and a chance for new beginnings. I’ll focus here on some of the changes happening at MCLS, as 2021 ends and 2022 begins. Two members of the MCLS Board of Directors rotate off of our Board at the end of …Read more »


Scholarly analytics with Cabells

If your faculty are looking to publish research or review scholarly contributions, Cabell’s complimentary Predatory Reports and Journalytics are must-have resources. In Predatory Reports, specialists analyze over 60 behavioral indicators. The resulting misconduct reports detail each violation and provide a transparent view of the investigated journal. The report also includes the title of the journal, …Read more »


Special savings on JSTOR & ARTSTOR through 2021

This is a great time for MCLS members who are considering participating in JSTOR or ARTSTOR for the first time or adding new journal collections to their current JSTOR holdings. The journal collections in JSTOR include more than 12 million articles from peer-reviewed scholarly and literary journals, as well as research reports and primary sources …Read more »


MCLS members invited to join Michigan Online Global Classroom for a limited release free online course

Save the date! Starting February 2022, Midwest Collaborative for Library Services and the University of Michigan will partner to offer a pilot of the “Grant Writing and Crowdfunding for Public Libraries” online course. With limited “seats” available, this initial course will be offered FREE for up to 100 individual staff members of MCLS member libraries …Read more »


What you need to know about copyright

By Chrystal Pickell Vandervest Read time: 4 minutes Before we can talk about the anatomy and use of CC Licenses and CC-Licensed Works for your next OER project, it is essential that we have a base understanding of copyright.  Copyright law’s relationship with intellectual property  Copyright law falls under the umbrella of intellectual property (rights …Read more »


MCLS Annual Membership Meeting

Mark your calendars for the MCLS Annual Membership Meeting to take place from 10-11am Eastern (9-10am Central) on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. This year’s membership meeting will take place online using Zoom, and will feature reports from MCLS President Paul Gallagher, Executive Director Scott Garrison, and Treasurer (and Audit Committee Chair) Arlene Weismantel. There is …Read more »


MCLS awarded ARPA grant from the Indiana State Library

We are pleased to announce that Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) has been awarded an American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant in the amount of $45,000 by the Indiana State Library. The grant will allow us to offer Libraries Engaging Appreciatively for Positive Change (LEAP) to Indiana library staff in 2022. LEAP is a …Read more »


Now your stories are just a phone call away with Dial-A-Story

Dial-A-Story is perfect for patrons with limited internet, those who are home-bound, and anyone looking to reduce screen time. You can offer: stories for children, teens, and adults poetry, riddles, jokes, and science facts history, speeches, classes, and lectures library news All of this can be accessed from any phone, any time! For more information …Read more »


Notes from Executive Director Scott Garrison – November 2021

This fall has marked a return to some of the in-person conferences many have missed so much since March 2020, while others continue to gather virtually. This month, I’ll share some of the things I heard at two I recently attended: the Michigan Association for Media in Education (MAME, Michigan’s school library association) and the …Read more »


A better way to analyze your big deals

Unsub is a data dashboard that helps libraries reassess the value of their big deal subscriptions. Using Unsub, libraries can forecast their spending and fulfillment over the next five years, modeling a variety of different subscription and cancellation scenarios. Unsub’s data-driven forecast model is customized to each institution, using their unique access, citation, and authorship …Read more »


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