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Meet our new Group Purchasing Coordinator, Susan Bannwart!

Susan’s first day with MCLS was Feb. 27. Having most recently worked at Rolling Prairie Elementary School (IN) following 15 years in various roles at La Porte County Public Library (IN), Susan brings both a strong understanding of K-12 and public library eResource needs and a commitment to innovative service in support of library users. In …Read more »

Notes from Executive Director Scott Garrison – Mar 2023

This month, I’ll reflect on Dr. Emily Knox’s thought-provoking Feb. 7 lecture on intellectual freedom, book banning, and more that MCLS co-sponsored with Western Michigan University (WMU). Dr. Knox’s books include Book Banning In 21st Century America and Foundations of Intellectual Freedom. Her events drew a wide audience of academic, public, and school librarians and …Read more »

MCLS member benefit spotlight: FREE Essential Workplace Skills workshops and certificate!

Did you know our Essential Workplace Skills on-demand tutorials are FREE to all staff of MCLS member libraries? That is a $720 value, per person! There is no limit to the number of staff from your library who can participate. We have already had 294 registrations for the on-demand tutorials since rolling them out in …Read more »

Notes from Executive Director Scott Garrison – Feb 2023

Following Kristin Fontichiaro’s recent presentation on mis- and disinformation, as Dr. Emily Knox’s lecture at WMU (and livestream) and workshop on intellectual freedom and book challenges approach on Feb. 7-8, and as I talk with libraries, I continue thinking a lot about diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, and accessibility (DEIJA)—especially the pushback against these principles …Read more »

There’s still time to register – MCLS wants to hear from you!

As MCLS prepares to embark on a strategic planning process in 2023, we want to engage with the library community in both Indiana and Michigan through a series of Community Conversations. These conversations are fast approaching this month, so please register today! This engagement process is an opportunity to hear from our community—staff from libraries …Read more »

Conference discount code – Computers in Libraries: Tech Partners for Community Sustainability 

Information Today, Inc.’s 2023 Computers in Libraries: Tech Partners for Community Sustainability conference will take place in Arlington, VA March 28-30 with pre-conference half-day workshops offered on March 27. The conference program highlights novel examples of libraries innovating, taking advantage of leading technology, and making it happen in their communities. Hear from forward-thinking libraries, creative fablabs, and …Read more »

Bloomsbury Art Markets discounts for MCLS members

Now through Feb. 17, Bloomsbury is offering MCLS members the chance to save an additional 10-15% off the standard 15% discount on the one-time purchase of select digital resources. From Feb. 18 through May 31, the member discount is 5-10% on top of the standard discount. This offer applies to the following resources: Bloomsbury Applied Visual Arts Bloomsbury …Read more »

Connect with other librarians at the March Virtual Dialogue: “Cultivating a flexible mindset”

Registration is open for the next in MCLS’s popular Virtual Dialogue series! The next dialogue, which is about cultivating a flexible mindset, will be hosted by MCLS’s Engagement, Consulting, and Training team on Tuesday, March 15, from 10:30am to noon Eastern (9:30-11am Central) via Zoom. The topic was chosen from feedback we collected about what …Read more »

We’re hiring a MeL Support Specialist!

The Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) is looking for an energetic, creative, and collaborative individual to join our team as a MeL Support Specialist. As a member of the Shared Library Systems team, the person in this position plays a key role in the ongoing success of MeL. The position requires excellent verbal and …Read more »

Notes from Executive Director Scott Garrison – Dec 2022/Jan 2023

In early 2023, MCLS will co-sponsor presentations by Kristin Fontichiaro of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor’s School of Information and Dr. Emily Knox of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s School of Information Sciences, on understanding and addressing misinformation, disinformation, and intellectual freedom challenges. Many have noted how these issues are heavily impacting a growing number …Read more »

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