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MCLS Executive Director Retirement Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 14, 2018 LANSING, March 14, 2018 – Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) announced today that Randy Dykhuis, Executive Director, will retire from his position effective December 31, 2018. Dykhuis has been the Executive Director of MCLS since its creation in 2010. Prior to that, he served as the Executive Director …Read more »

Annual Membership Meeting scheduled for November 17

Mark your calendars for the MCLS Annual Membership Meeting to place place from 10-11am Eastern (9-10am Central) on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. This year’s membership meeting will be held online using Zoom online meeting software and will feature reports from MCLS President Eva Davis, Executive Director Randy Dykhuis, and MCLS Treasurer (and Audit Committee Chair) …Read more »

2017 Membership Ballot: Slate of Nominees and Bylaws Amendments

The MCLS Board of Directors has accepted the Nominating Committee’s proposed slate of candidates for the five seats whose terms expire at the end of December 2017. Electronic voting to approve the slate of candidates begins on September 18. All Member Representatives should receive an email on September 18 with voting instructions. Votes will be …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 »

Meet the trainer: Vicki Bloom

Vicki Bloom is a new instructor for MCLS, and will be teaching this month’s featured workshop, Purposeful reference: Developing connections and outcomes through research consultations. Some fun facts about Vicki: She has worked in libraries in four different states, including medical, special, public, and academic libraries. During her first week as a medical librarian, she …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 »

January – June 2017 Training Calendar Online

Announcing the MCLS training calendar for January – June 2017. MCLS is offering over 60 training opportunities for library staff. For more information, go to our printer friendly version of the training calendar. For questions, contact the MCLS training department at

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 »

MCLS has proposed bylaws revisions

At this year’s business meeting, which will be held during our Annual Membership Meeting on November 18, you will be asked to vote on revisions to the MCLS bylaws. The revisions are necessary to bring MCLS into compliance with the updated Michigan Nonprofit Act, which was approved by the legislature in 2015. The MCLS Board …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 »

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