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Notes from Executive Director Scott Garrison – Dec 2020/Jan 2021

Like me, you may be trying to balance living in a moment to be thankful, being cautious, reflecting as an exhausting 2020 draws to a close, and hoping for a better 2021. While the past several months may have been among the most challenging of our lives, they have also shown us just how adaptable, …Read more »


Notes from the Executive Director – November/December 2018

It’s my last newsletter article. Come January, for the first time in 36 years, I won’t have any official affiliation with a library science program, a library, a library vendor, or a consortium. How odd is that? My consortium director career started in August 1995 when I became Executive Director for the Michigan Library Consortium. …Read more »


Executive Director Search Update

After a thorough process, which included a nationwide search, two rounds of interviews, and feedback from staff and members, the MCLS Board of Directors was not able to successfully fill the Executive Director position. “Naturally, we are disappointed with the outcome of this search,” said Eva Davis, MCLS Board President. “We remain committed to recruiting …Read more »


Notes from the Executive Director – May 2017

This turned out to be quite a different column than the one I thought I was writing. Lately, I’ve been thinking about linked data a lot, and I thought I’d opine a bit about the history and development of linked data, with an update on a couple cool linked data projects in Michigan and Indiana. …Read more »


Deadline to register for November 6 media training workshop is Friday

Time is running out to secure a seat for this great opportunity to learn valuable tools to make your library even more visible in your community. The deadline to register is Friday, October 31. On November 6, 2014, the Cooperative Directors Association, the Library of Michigan, and the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) will …Read more »


Turning outward

To say that the 2013 Michigan Library Association Directors Summit was a transformative event in my life would be hyperbole. But it would not be too much to say that my notion of how best to lead a nonprofit organization was forever altered. I learned that our usual way of designing the services we offer …Read more »


2011 MCLS Annual Report is Online

The 2011 MCLS Annual Report is now available online in html format.


Dukelow to Take New Position at CLIC

Ruth Dukelow, long-time Associate Director at MCLS, has announced that she will be the next Executive Director of Cooperating Libraries in Consortium (CLIC) in St. Paul, Minnesota. Ruth’s final day at MCLS will be March 1. MCLS will host an open house for Michigan and Indiana library staff on Thursday March 1 from 2:00 – …Read more »


2010 MCLS Annual Report is Online

The 2010 MCLS Annual Report is now online in two formats, PDF and interactive swf.  See: http://mcls.org/cms/sitem.cfm/about/


MCLS Presentations at ILF District Conferences

What if you could offer your patrons access to 7 million books with the click of a mouse? Imagine an easy patron-initiated resource-sharing service with visible shelf status. Other states have done it, and Indiana can too! MCLS Executive Director Randy Dykhuis and other MCLS staff are scheduled to present at four of the Indiana …Read more »


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