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Notes from Executive Director Scott Garrison – July 2022

The call for nominations to serve on the MCLS Board of Directors (2023-2025) is open to MCLS member libraries, and the Board and I invite you to nominate yourself or someone you know by July 15 to play an active role in setting and refining the vision that guides MCLS to serve hundreds of libraries …Read more »


Enrollment now open for Michigan Online “Grant Writing and Crowdfunding for Public Libraries” course with access through Aug 30, 2022

The Midwest Collaborative for Library Services and the University of Michigan are partnering again to extend the offer of a free pilot of the “Grant Writing and Crowdfunding for Public Libraries” course on Michigan Online. All staff of MCLS member public libraries in both Indiana and Michigan are eligible to participate. We are very excited …Read more »


MCLS adds HotelPlanner to member discount opportunities

Discounts on hotel bookings are now available to MCLS members through HotelPlanner. Members can save up to 65% or more off room rates at over 900,000 lodging options worldwide. The custom booking site has special deals by many supplier channels to bring the best rates from thousands of hotels and other accommodations worldwide. Whether you …Read more »


MCLS goes live with ConsortiaManager on July 5

July 5 marks a new beginning for MCLS: it is the date when MCLS goes live with ConsortiaManager as its subscription management system. Over the past several months, MCLS staff members have been busy preparing for this transition, getting data ready to migrate, learning to navigate ConsortiaManager, and communicating with our members about the change. …Read more »


Call for nominations to serve on the MCLS Board of Directors

The MCLS Nominating Committee seeks nominations from the membership for the following openings on the MCLS Board of Directors: At-Large Representative (Indiana) Public Library Representative (Indiana) Academic Library Representative (Michigan) Special Library Representative (Michigan) Please note that incumbent Board Representative in the Michigan Academic Library position is eligible to run for another three-year term. Each …Read more »


New MCLS phone numbers coming in July

MCLS is getting new phone numbers! Our main numbers, (517) 394-2420 and toll-free (800) 530-9019, will remain the same, but all group phone numbers (e.g. Training, MeLCat Help, MeL eResources Help, etc.) and staff direct numbers will be changing. The changes will happen on July 1, 2022. Once the new phone numbers are in effect, …Read more »


MCLS moves to ConsortiaManager

As we shared last month, MCLS will transition to ConsortiaManager (CM) as its subscription management system in July 2022. CM is a commercial product specific to consortia and used worldwide by more than 40 consortia. It offers numerous benefits to both MCLS members and MCLS staff, including improved data management, robust reporting capabilities, and more …Read more »


Launch of Essential Workplace Skills tutorials!

We are excited to begin offering our Essential Workplace Skills (previously called Soft Skills) workshops in a new, self-paced tutorial format through Niche Academy! Several of these reformatted courses are open for registration as of June 1, 2022. Though they have been renamed and are different in format, the content remains the same. The courses …Read more »


Expired: Register today for the 2022 Michigan Digital Preservation Network Member Summit on June 9

The virtual MDPN conference is fast approaching! It will take place via Zoom on June 9 from 9:45am – 3:15pm Eastern (8:45am – 2:15pm Central). Attendees can register via the MCLS store. Registration is just $10. This conference includes an excellent lineup of presenters discussing a range of topics, including benchmarking and assessment with the …Read more »


Notes from Executive Director Scott Garrison – June 2022

MCLS invests in innovation for libraries At their May 6 meeting, the MCLS Board of Directors accepted MCLS’s FY23 budget, which includes investments we will make using some reserve funds to foster innovation and advance diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and accessibility (which we abbreviate as DEIJA) for the libraries we serve, the broader library community, …Read more »


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