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Meet our new Group Purchasing Coordinator, Susan Bannwart!

Susan’s first day with MCLS was Feb. 27. Having most recently worked at Rolling Prairie Elementary School (IN) following 15 years in various roles at La Porte County Public Library (IN), Susan brings both a strong understanding of K-12 and public library eResource needs and a commitment to innovative service in support of library users. In …Read more »

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 »

Notes from Executive Director Scott Garrison – Nov 2022

Each fall, MCLS takes stock of the past year’s accomplishments and also focuses on the year ahead. This month, I’ll cover some strides we’ve made, share some highlights from the MCLS Board of Directors’ recent annual retreat, and preview our 2022 MCLS Annual Meeting on Nov. 29. First and foremost, we aim to deliver on our …Read more »

MCLS awarded Indiana LSTA grant for digital literacy

MCLS is excited and pleased to have been chosen as a recipient of a 2019 Indiana LSTA grant in the amount of $7,990 to support the development of digital skills and literacies of Indiana library staff. The grant project includes equipment for a mobile Chromebook Lab and five workshops that will be delivered throughout Indiana …Read more »

Executive Director Search Update

After a thorough process, which included a nationwide search, two rounds of interviews, and feedback from staff and members, the MCLS Board of Directors was not able to successfully fill the Executive Director position. “Naturally, we are disappointed with the outcome of this search,” said Eva Davis, MCLS Board President. “We remain committed to recruiting …Read more »

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 »

MCLS Continuing Education Librarian retiring

Suzanne Robinson, Continuing Education Librarian, will retire from MCLS on June 10.  We wish her much happiness in her pursuit of leisure time and personal interests!  We interviewed her about her time at MCLS and her plans for the future. How long have you worked at MCLS? I started in August of 2001, just a …Read more »

Michelle Bradley at MCLS

With less than a month on the job Michelle Bradley, MCLS’s new Community Engagement Librarian, took time out of her busy schedule to answer questions concerning her career and where she sees Indiana libraries going in the future. How did you become involved in libraries? I received my MLS from Indiana University in Bloomington, and …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 »

Sean Cwiek joins MCLS

MCLS is pleased to welcome Sean Cwiek as our new MeL Systems Specialist. Sean hails from Plymouth Michigan, where he worked as a page and then reference assistant at Plymouth District Library. In 2010, he graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn with a double major in Economics and Psychology. Sean has worked as a small …Read more »

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