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MCLS offers monthly Virtual Dialogues for all library staff

During spring and summer 2020, amid all the changes brought on by COVID-19, MCLS hosted Virtual Dialogues for library staff as a chance to connect with others in Indiana and Michigan (and sometimes beyond). In the fall, as many libraries were back to being open to the public and library work continued to evolve, we …Read more »


Save money on your Internet Librarian conference registration

Are you planning to attend the Internet Librarian conference in October? If so, MCLS and Amigos Library Services can help you save money on early bird conference registration. Register for the conference using this embedded link, and your discount should automatically populate. If you need the discount code for any reason, it is 17AMI. Please …Read more »


Submit titles for 2017 Libraries Read: 1 Book!

Libraries Read: 1 Book Libraries Read: 1 Book is an annual “library community read” project focusing on professional development. Library staff from all types of libraries are encouraged to participate by voting on which book should be selected, then participate in the discussion, whether online or in-person. For the third year in a row, MCLS …Read more »


Randy Dykhuis shares MCLS Annual Meeting highlights

Step out. Take a risk. Dare to make a difference. Keynote speakers Maxine Bleiweis and Barbara Dewey urged attendees at this year’s Annual Meeting to become better innovators. They spoke from their experience as library directors: Bleiweis at The Westport Library in Connecticut and Dewey at Penn State University. Both highlighted the ways that they …Read more »


Deeper dive conversation reports available

MCLS facilitated 24 conversations throughout Indiana and Michigan in 2016 with 283 library staff from multi-types of libraries participating.  The conversations were a “deeper dive” into themes that arose from a series of conversations held in 2014. Those conversations used the “Community Conversation” tool of the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation to ask library staff …Read more »


MCLS scholarship recipient Pam Seabolt writes about her experience at the Harwood/ALA Public Innovators Lab

As a recipient of an MCLS scholarship, I attended The Harwood Institute/ALA Public Innovators Lab for Librarians workshop in October.  It was an intense 2 ½ days in Atlanta, GA!  We spent time in the workshop going over the concepts of “turning outward,” and how we can use our roles in our communities to be …Read more »


Library of Michigan and MCLS partner with Zepheira Technologies to transform the Michigan eLibrary MeLCat catalog into the Library.Link Network for web publishing

The Library of Michigan and the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) have partnered with Zepheira Technologies to transform the 16 million bibliographic records in MeLCat, Michigan’s statewide resource sharing system, into linked data. Once complete, the books, CDs, DVDs, and other items in the Michigan libraries using MeLCat will be easily discoverable by web …Read more »


Libraries Read: 1 Book 2016

Libraries Read: 1 Book is back. MCLS invites library staff of all types in Indiana and Michigan to participate in an exciting upcoming professional development opportunity.  We will join together once again, both physically and virtually to read and discuss the same book.  With your help, we will select a book that is relevant to …Read more »


Community Conversations coming back to Indiana in March

Indiana librarians are invited to attend one of five Community Conversations to be held in the southern portion of the state in the month of March.  The purpose of these conversations is to gather information about the needs of the Indiana library community and to explore your hopes, concerns and aspirations. We will conduct another …Read more »


MCLS offering collection development mini-grants to Indiana school libraries

MCLS is offering up to twenty $500 collection development mini-grants to school libraries in Indiana that are MCLS members. These funds are being made available through a grant program established by the MCLS Board of Trustees from the proceeds of the sale of the former INCOLSA building.  $50,000 per year for the next five years …Read more »


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