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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 »

2022 MAISA Education Fellowship Award presented to Ann Kaskinen of MeL

Lansing, MI—Ann Kaskinen, the K-12 MeL Engagement Specialist for the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS), is the 2022 recipient of the MAISA Education Fellowship Award. This award is given each year to an individual or organization who, among other qualities, places service above self-interest, advocates for the programs and services of public education, has …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

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 »

August Training Opportunities

Register today for the following workshops hosted by MCLS in August. Jul 27 Media boot camp: interviewing skills (at Wheatfield Public Library, Indiana) (3 General LEUs) (DEADLINE to register is Friday, July 22) Aug 2-4 Assigning Library of Congress call numbers: basic (online) (6 General LEUs) (DEADLINE to register is Friday, July 22) Aug 9 …Read more »

MCLS RFP for Statewide Library Courier Sorting & Delivery Services for RIDES

MCLS last issued an RFP for statewide delivery services in December 2003. In the interest of due diligence, MCLS has issued a new RFP for RIDES service to begin July 2016. The RFP is posted Questions regarding the RFP may be addressed to

Michigan road trip! MeLCat Symposiums and Regional Meetings

Over a two week period in July 2015, MCLS and the Library of Michigan traveled across the state and met with library staff from the Detroit area, to Muskegon, north to Marquette, and points in-between. Over 200 library staff participated in our seven events. Thank you all who took the time, and special thanks to …Read more »

MCLS workshops for January

Register today for the following online workshops offered by MCLS in January. AACR2 meet RDA – Jan 13 (1:30-3:30pm) (NOTE: Deadline to register is noon Friday, January 9) The MeLCat visiting patron service – Jan 15 (10-11am) (FULL – waiting list available) MARC: An introduction – Jan 20-22 (9-11am) Reference triage for paraprofessionals – Jan …Read more »

Happy birthday, MeLCat!

It’s hard to believe but MeLCat is now 10 years old!  The first successful patron request was placed on January 10, 2005 at 12:41pm when a West Bloomfield patron requested Alice Starmore’s “The Celtic collection: Twenty-five knitwear designs for men and women” from Bloomfield Township Public Library. There were a number of key milestones in …Read more »

December Training at MCLS

Register today for the following training opportunities with MCLS: Original Cataloging of Archives Using RDA (online) – December 2-4 *Deadline to register is Wednesday, Nov. 26 The MeLCat Overdue Process (online) – December 4 MeLCat Refresher Training for DCB Libraries (in Lansing) – December 9 Original Cataloging of Digital Resources (Virtual/Internet Resources & Video Games) …Read more »

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