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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

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

Scheduled system outage: September 3

The ISP for MCLS will be performing system maintenance Wednesday, September 3 from 12:01 AM to 5:00 AM. Please distribute this information to any libraries or staff potentially affected by this downtime. The following areas will be affected: MCLS staff email MCLS phones Main website with lists of links to databases (The …Read more »

MeLCat Users Day 2013

2013 MeLCat Users Day will be held on November 14th at the Best Western Plus in South Lansing. (MeLCat old-timers will remember it from its former incarnations as the Causeway Bay or Holiday Inn South.) We hope you’ll join us! We’ve worked hard to make this year’s MeLCat Users Day much more interactive. We read …Read more »

MCLS introduces new RIDES procedures

After months of planning MCLS will now be able to gather a more accurate record of the volume of materials being shipped with RIDES. Direct delivery sites all have barcodes specific to their site to be scanned by the courier every time service is provided, followed by the scanning of the tote bar codes for …Read more »

Update: RIDES Labels

All items sent through RIDES should have a standard label clearly attached.  For the most current labeling information, please use the RIDES label maker, found at Comments, questions, issues and concerns should be addressed using the RIDES Assistance Form. See for further information.

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 »

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 »

Spruce up your office with a RIDES magnet!

The MCLS statewide delivery service, RIDES, will be highlighted at our MLA conference exhibit next week in Traverse City.  Please stop by the MCLS booth (#47) to pick up a free RIDES magnet and to chat with Sue Alt, coordinator of the RIDES service. RIDES, formerly known as MeL Delivery, is a statewide library courier …Read more »

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