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Notes from Executive Director Scott Garrison – April 2021

This month, MCLS Executive Director Scott Garrison interviews Jake Speer, Indiana State Librarian, and Randy Riley, Michigan State Librarian. Jake, Randy, and Scott discuss how libraries have adapted during the pandemic, questions that remain, and some hopes and plans for the future. 0:34 – What’s the best thing that came out of 2020 for you …Read more »


Indiana libraries selected for Wellbeing Literacy grants

This spring, 16 Indiana libraries will receive Wellbeing Literacy grants through a partnership between MCLS and The Wellbeing Lab. These libraries will receive one-year subscriptions to The Wellbeing Lab’s PERMAH Wellbeing Survey, which they may use with their staff or their community. This tool allows individuals to measure their wellbeing and receive a customized report …Read more »


Notes from Executive Director Scott Garrison – March 2021

Especially in these times, citizens need robust broadband Internet access, as millions have been forced to work, attend school, and connect socially, online. Many libraries, library organizations, and others are doing what they can to help, and there are opportunities to get involved. For decades, many have pointed to a significant digital divide in the …Read more »


MCLS announces Read & Publish agreement with Cambridge University Press

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, January 25, 2021 CONTACT: Stephanie Davis Manager, Group Purchasing Midwest Collaborative for Library Services daviss@mcls.org (800)530-9019 ext 154 Monday, January 25, 2021 – Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) is pleased to announce a Read and Publish agreement with Cambridge University Press (CUP) aimed at advancing open access (OA) in scholarly …Read more »


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 »


Foundations of Digital Literacy virtual workshop

Registration is open for virtual training for library staff on foundational digital literacy topics. This two-day virtual workshop will be offered twice in March. Class sizes are kept small to allow for personal attention and interactive activities. The Foundations of Digital Literacy workshop is designed to help library staff gain confidence in everyday interactions with …Read more »


Registration open for new digital literacy virtual workshop for Michigan library staff

Registration is now open for a new virtual training for Michigan library staff on creating a digital literacy learning plan for library staff, offered by MCLS in partnership with the Library of Michigan. This workshop is being offered multiple times through April and May to accommodate smaller participation limits in each session, which will allow …Read more »


Notes from Executive Director Scott Garrison – February 2021

At MCLS, we believe openness to changes in the information ecosystem that aim to make more information openly available to more people, at a lower cost, is simply required for libraries and the consortia that serve them. Research and scholarly work published in open access (OA), and open educational resources (OER; or as some prefer, …Read more »


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 »


2020 MCLS Annual Meeting is Scheduled for November 20

Mark your calendars for the MCLS Annual Membership Meeting to take place from 10-11am Eastern (9-10am Central) on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. This year’s membership meeting will take place online using Zoom, and will feature reports from MCLS President Paul Gallagher, Executive Director Scott Garrison, and Treasurer (and Audit Committee Chair) Arlene Weismantel. There is …Read more »


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