August 2014

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new MeL reduced_150w_76h.jpgThe new Michigan eLibrary (MeL) expands service

A partnership between Innovative (iii) and EBSCO Discovery Service facilitated the harvesting of metadata from MeL's digital collections and integrated that information with full-text articles and eBooks. Read more about this project and the new services available through MeL in Innovative's press release, "The Michigan eLibrary (MeL) Expands Visionary Service with Innovative and EBSCO Information Services".

Hear from colleagues leading transformation at the MCLS Annual Meeting

Following the keynote from former ALA President Maureen Sullivan, a panel of library leaders from both Indiana and Michigan will discuss how they are engaging and transforming their communities. The panel includes:

When: October 3, 2014, 9:30am-3:30pm
Where: McCamly Plaza Hotel in downtown Battle Creek, Michigan
Registration is now open >>

robert_kolt_114x145.jpgSave the date November 6: Media coaching for librarians program announced

On November 6, 2014, the Cooperative Directors Association, the Library of Michigan and the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) will provide a program instructing and preparing librarians on interacting with the media. Media consultant Robert Kolt, of Kolt Communications, and Michigan Radio's senior political analyst Jack Lessenberry will present. More information is available at the MCLS blog. Details on registration will be available soon.


Featured new workshop: Finding Classical Music
Finding classical music presents unique challenges and opportunities for librarians. With the diverse range of languages used in description and cataloging, to multiple variations, and specific arrangements by varying artists over many years, it is problematic to narrow what one is really looking for. This workshop will guide librarians through resources and background information to enable a swifter and more economical discovery process. Register now >>

Workshops in August

Register today for the following MCLS workshops:

Products & Services

Religious Studies offer from De Gruyter

De Gruyter is offering MCLS members a one-time purchase for Religious Studies: Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, Theological Encyclopedia Online, and Images of the Biblical Word.

Provide statistical analysis on any level

Analyze data quickly and visually using the statistical analysis suite from SAGE. Students and researchers will be able to instantly create visualizations for:

Read more about these SAGE products >>

New from McGraw-Hill: Clinical Access

ClinicalAccess is the first clinical decision support tool that provides healthcare professionals with quick, accurate answers to physician-answered questions—enabling busy healthcare professionals to deliver superior care with maximum speed and efficiency.
Read more about ClinicalAccess >>


RIDES statistics

733 Michigan library sites participate in RIDES for interlibrary lending, moving about 15,000 items a day throughout the state. 92% of those sites are MeLCat libraries, and 29% participate as No Pack libraries.

RIDES Packaging Best Practices online workshop August 12

You won't want to miss the opportunity to have all your RIDES questions answered—there is still room in the Pack/No Pack Staples/Tape; RIDES Packaging Best Practices online workshop scheduled for August 12, 2014.

If you have any questions about RIDES, visit the RIDES Assistance page.