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2014 Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference was a rousing success

Many thanks to all those who attended the inaugural Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference. Over 140 public, academic, and special library staff  representing 90 institutions convened in Perrysburg Ohio on June 5-6 to listen, learn, share best practices and current projects, and discuss the future of resource sharing. Special thanks go out to our keynote …Read more »

New videos on transforming discovery and resource sharing

New services from OCLC provide opportunities to create and share at Webscale. Built on the OCLC WorldShare™ Platform, OCLC WorldShare™ Interlibrary Loan will replace WorldCat® Resource Sharing and help library staff and users quickly and easily obtain the resources they need from libraries worldwide. Plus, new discovery features in and WorldCat® Local give staff …Read more »

Happy 7th Birthday, MeLCat!

MeLCat, Michigan’s statewide resource-sharing system, is seven years old today! Happy Birthday, MeLCat! Over the past seven years, MeLCat has grown to include 415 libraries of all sizes and types – academic, public, school, and special – that reach urban and rural communities across Michigan. During that time, MeLCat has received 4,389,407 requests and has …Read more »

MeLCat Reaches One Million+ Requests in 2011

For the second year in a row, MeLCat requests have exceeded one million!  On December 6, MeLCat statistics showed 1,016,147 requests and 913,303 fills (for a fill rate of almost 90%). Congratulations to the hard-working staff at all MeLCat libraries! “It’s clear that Michigan residents find great value in the MeLCat service as the use …Read more »

MeLCat Welcomes New Libraries

Two new libraries, Gary Byker Memorial Library and Croton Township Library, joined MeLCat in June, bringing the total number of MeLCat libraries to 414! Earlier this year, eight additional libraries joined MeLCat: Beal City Public Schools, Glen Lake Community Library, Houghton Portage Township Schools, Independence Township Library Mattawan School Libraries, Pentwater Township Library, Shelby Area …Read more »

NCIP Development Underway for Michigan Evergreen & MeLCat

MCLS Retains LTC to Develop Open-Source NCIP Component for Evergreen Lansing, MI – July 18, 2011. MCLS is thrilled to announce that we have entered into a contract with Library Technology Consultants (LTC) to develop an Evergreen NCIP responder to work with MeLCat, Michigan’s popular statewide multitype resource-sharing system.  The proposed programming will streamline resource …Read more »

Dare to Dream! A Vision for Statewide Resource Sharing in Indiana

At the November 2010 Board Retreat, the MCLS Board directed  MCLS Executive Director Randy Dykhuis to investigate making statewide resource sharing a priority for our service to Indiana libraries. In response, MCLS submitted program proposals to present at the Academic Libraries of Indiana (ALI) resource sharing conference and at the Indiana Library Federation (ILF) Regional …Read more »

Mark Your Calendars for MeLCat Users Day, Nov. 4

Online registration is now available for the 2011 MeLCat Users Day, scheduled for Friday, November 4, at Causeway Bay in Lansing.  Participating MeLCat libraries are encouraged to send staff to keep abreast of the latest MeLCat developments; to share concerns, questions, and suggestions about MeLCat functionality, policies, and procedures; to network with other MeLCat staff; …Read more »

MeLCat to Add ArticleReach

MeLCat is great … and about to become even better!  Last year, Michigan library patrons placed more than one million requests for book and AV loans through MeLCat. This year, Michigan residents will be happy to hear that MeLCat plans to add an article requesting service, ArticleReach, later this fall. ArticleReach will allow MeLCat library …Read more »

RIDES Advisory Committee tours ProMed warehouses

March and April were busy months for the MCLS RIDES Advisory Committee. Between March 30 and April 18, RIDES Coordinator Sue Alt, select Advisory Committee members, and other library staff visited six ProMed delivery warehouse hubs to learn more about ProMed’s role in Michigan’s statewide delivery process.  They met with the warehouse managers at each …Read more »

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