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MI_IN_star_libraries.jpgCongratulations to the Indiana and Michigan Library Journal Star Libraries for 2014

Two Michigan public libraries and nine Indiana public libraries have been designated 2014 Star Libraries by Library Journal. The star ratings are based on four types of output measures of per capita use. 

Check out the MCLS blog for interviews with some of our starred libraries.

Still time to register for an Indiana community conversation

Indiana librarians are invited to participate in a community conversation. The purpose of these conversations is to gather information about the needs of the Indiana library community and to explore your hopes, concerns and aspirations. We will be holding conversations in the southern half of the state on December 9-11. 

For more information, and to register, see the Indiana community conversations blog post.

New MCLS board officers announced

We are pleased to announce the new officers of the MCLS board of directors.  Your new officers are:

Indiana Library Federation conference highlights

We enjoyed seeing our many Indiana members at the 2014 ILF Conference in Indianapolis in November. Thank you to those who attended the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation pre-conference co-sponsored by MCLS. See the ILF photo album on our Facebook page for photos from the conference.


Workshops in December

Register today for the following MCLS workshops:

Products & Services

Innovate with ABC-CLIO's Fall Solutions offer

Purchase four new ABC-CLIO Solutions Databases and receive an additional free three months and a professional development webinar. That is a 15 month subscription for the price of one year. Take advantage of this special, limited-time offer to expand your horizons and put these transformative tools to work in your classrooms and library. Read more >>

eBook year-end offers

Springer eBooks

With more than 60,000 titles in the contemporary collections, Springer eBooks users have unlimited access to high-demand, top quality eBooks. We have reviewed the history of your Springer eBook purchases and noted that your users are missing the opportunity to access a large number of these titles. Read more >>

Institute of Physics (IOP)

IOP is offering MCLS eJournal participants a special group purchase price for eBooks in physics. A collection of 35 eBooks can be purchased as a group with unlimited, perpetual access. Read more >>


ProQuest is offering year-end pricing for ebrary. Current subscribers to Academic Complete can save 85% on ebrary’s College Complete, and 85% on ebrary’s Public Library Complete. Offer valid through December 15, 2014. Read more >>

MarketLine Advantage: Your go-to source for company, industry and country information

Are you looking for a cross-curricular database that your students can use for reliable data and insights on a specific company and/or industry sector at a regional and country level? MarketLine Advantage is exactly what you need. Read more >>

Library Supplies & Equipment

Office Depot

MCLS and Office Depot have been working together to provide our members special pricing for a variety of office supplies. On average, an MCLS member can save 25% on paper, ink, cleaning supplies, coffee, snacks, copy services and more! Libraries should pay special attention to items marked with the “Best Value” symbol to ensure the greatest discount. Free delivery on orders of $50 or more.

To receive this discount libraries must register an account with Office Depot and select Invoice Account Registration. For more information, contact or 800-530-9019 x401.


MCLS is your source of genuine 3M security strips and hardware. 3M productivity and security solutions let staff spend less time on routine tasks and more time helping patrons. By purchasing 3M products through MCLS, your library can save a minimum of 30% off security strips and 15% on accessories and hardware. For more information or a quote, contact us at

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MeL Database training reboot

The Library of Michigan and MCLS are currently planning and reworking the MeL Database training to better fit the changing needs of library staff. Look for an all new streamlined approach and revised content in the first quarter of 2015. See you next year.

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