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New wellbeing workshop planned for March

Working in a library can be stressful. Many library staff members are exhausted and running on fumes while trying to build inclusive spaces, stand up to censorship, and tend to the day-to-day details of running a library. If this sounds familiar, join MCLS Library Strategists Jenny Kobiela-Mondor and Lissa Krull for MCLS’s new workshop, “Break …Read more »


Congratulations to those who earned MCLS Certificates of Library Staff Development

Seven staff members from five libraries in Indiana and Michigan and one in Texas earned their MCLS Certificate of Library Development in Basic or Advanced Cataloging between December 2021 and April 2022. Those who earned these Certificates represent both public and academic libraries. Basic Cataloging Certificate Alisia Neubeck, Gary Byker Memorial Library, MI Christina Hunt, …Read more »


Meet new MCLS instructor Shanna Hollich

We would like to introduce you to Shanna Hollich who will be teaching some cataloging classes for MCLS. Shanna Hollich (they/them or she/her) is currently serving as the Director of the Guthrie Memorial Library in Hanover, PA. They have been doing research, reform, and advocacy work in the field of copyright and open access for …Read more »


MCLS’s Introduction to Basic Soft Skills series takes a brief hiatus, but will be back!

In order to make some changes to the Introduction to Basic Soft Skills workshop series, MCLS will put it on a brief hiatus. One big change will be rebranding what has been known as “Soft Skills” as “Essential Workplace Skills.” This series name change will help to reflect the content of the workshops and their …Read more »


MCLS launches new Training & Events registration system

Starting June 1, 2021, MCLS will be moving to a new training, workshops, and events registration system, Corsizio. We believe you will find the system to be user-friendly and that it will continue to provide all the benefits of our current system. Since it will look a little different, we wanted to take a few …Read more »


Registration open for Foundations of Digital Literacy virtual workshop for Michigan library staff

Registration is now open for upcoming virtual training for Michigan library staff on foundational digital literacy topics, offered by MCLS in partnership with the Library of Michigan. This workshop is being offered multiple times throughout September and October to accommodate smaller participation limits in each session, which will allow for plenty of personal attention and …Read more »


Expired: Supervisors workshop series

MCLS is pleased to announce a new series of in-person workshops designed for supervisors. These workshops are a continuation of MCLS’s efforts to meet the needs of library staff. The workshops range from four to six hours, and lunch will be included. Learning to Manage for New Managers, Feb 27, 9:30am – 2:30pm Eastern, Lebanon …Read more »


Expired: Register now for digital literacy workshops in Indiana

MCLS will be offering five workshops in March and April 2020 as part of an Indiana LSTA grant project to support the development of digital skills and literacies of Indiana public library staff. The workshops will empower participants to create a digital learning plan for their library by learning how to incorporate technology competencies and …Read more »


MCLS announces new soft skills workshops—Free for member libraries!

In conversations with multi-types of libraries in both Indiana and Michigan, participants stated that “soft skills” were the most needed skills for staff in the 21st century library.  In response, MCLS has created a new Certificate of Library Staff Development in Basic Soft Skills. The certificate program includes five live, online courses delivered by MCLS …Read more »


Meet the MCLS trainers: John Sterbenz

John Sterbenz has been employed at the Kresge Business Administration Library at The University of Michigan since 1992, joining its librarian ranks in 1998. He has spent over 18 years serving in various Technical Services roles at the library, including as manager of the unit since 2000. In 2016, he was promoted to the rank …Read more »


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