December 2021/January 2022

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LEAP-2022.jpgRegistration is open for LEAP Indiana in January

MCLS is excited to offer Libraries Engaging Appreciatively for Positive Change (LEAP) in January 2022 to a cohort of staff of Indiana libraries!

LEAP is a professional development opportunity offering an introduction to Appreciative Inquiry and practical ways to apply it to work and life. It's designed to give library staff another tool to engage and re-engage with each other and their communities, one conversation and one person at a time. LEAP 2022 will begin on January 19 with a full-day virtual event. It is open to all staff of Indiana libraries, in all roles and all types of libraries.

Registration is now open, and first-come, first-served until full!

This project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act, administered by the Indiana State Library.

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What you need to know about copyright

Before we can talk about the anatomy and use of CC Licenses and CC-Licensed Works for your next OER project, it is essential that we have a base understanding of copyright. 

Copyright law’s relationship with intellectual property 

Copyright law falls under the umbrella of intellectual property (rights that allow creators to restrict the use of their creative works). There are many intellectual property rights, but you only need to know about three for our purposes – trademark law, patent law, and copyright law.

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um pilot course w mcls.pngMCLS members invited to join Michigan Online Global Classroom for a limited release free online course

Save the date! Starting February 2022, Midwest Collaborative for Library Services and the University of Michigan will partner to offer a pilot of the “Grant Writing and Crowdfunding for Public Libraries” online course.

With limited “seats” available, this initial course will be offered FREE for up to 100 individual staff members of MCLS member libraries when registration opens. This online course is a limited release beta-version, launching as a pilot. In exchange for free participation, we will invite open collaboration and communication from MCLS member learners to help us identify and correct errors encountered.

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Executive Director Scott Garrison

Notes from Executive Director Scott Garrison

This time of year offers many changes, including a change in season, a new year, and a chance for new beginnings. I’ll focus here on some of the changes happening at MCLS, as 2021 ends and 2022 begins.

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Thank you to our MCLS instructors!

We want to take this opportunity to recognize and thank the dedicated instructors who teach workshops for MCLS! Many have been teaching for us for years and others are just beginning. Thank you to all of our current instructors, a heartfelt welcome to those joining us for our next training semester, and recognition and gratitude to the MCLS staff who are instructors as well. We appreciate each one and recognize the contribution they are making to the profession in providing continuing educational opportunities for library staff in our member states of Indiana and Michigan and beyond. Following is the list of our MCLS instructors along with the type of class they teach:

Current instructors:

New instructors for 2022:

Internal MCLS instructors:

We greatly appreciate our instructors and wouldn’t have a training program without them.

Are you interested in taking a class with one of these instructors? Please visit our Training Store which is now updated through June 2022. Questions? Email Gwen at

Are you interested in becoming an MCLS instructor? Please fill out our MCLS Instructor Application and email it to

New semester of training workshops is now online

Visit our MCLS Store for the full Winter/Spring 2022 semester of training workshop offerings!

Upcoming MCLS Workshops

On-Demand MCLS workshops

MeL/MeLCat/RIDES Workshops

For more information or to see all upcoming workshops, visit our workshop and event registration page. If you have any questions, please contact us at

Special Offers

Scholarly analytics with Cabells

If your faculty are looking to publish research or review scholarly contributions, Cabell’s complimentary Predatory Reports and Journalytics are must-have resources. 

In Predatory Reports, specialists analyze over 60 behavioral indicators. The resulting misconduct reports detail each violation and provide a transparent view of the investigated journal. The report also includes the title of the journal, its publisher, any claimed ISSNs, and more so you can easily identify the predatory journal.

Journalytics is a curated list of more than 11,000 academic journals covering 18 disciplines. These summaries include publisher names, audience types, and acceptance rates. Researchers will also find manuscript guidelines, so they know how to format their manuscript and what to expect during the submission process. 

These resources will give you access to a suite of powerful metrics to evaluate and better understand academic journals. Your faculty will have access to accurate information and know reputable outlets for publication. 

Free 14-day trials are available to MCLS members! For a trial or quote, contact us at or (800) 530-9019 ext 401.

Special savings on JSTOR & ARTSTOR through 2021

This is a great time for MCLS members who are considering participating in JSTOR or ARTSTOR for the first time or adding new journal collections to their current JSTOR holdings. The journal collections in JSTOR include more than 12 million articles from peer-reviewed scholarly and literary journals, as well as research reports and primary sources from libraries’ special collections and archives. 

ARTSTOR is moving to the JSTOR platform and more than 2 million images from ARTSTOR are now discoverable on JSTOR. ARTSTOR provides faculty and students with a complete image resource in a wide array of subjects with the breadth and depth to add context beyond the confines of your discipline.  
Exclusive offers for MCLS members available through December 2021 include:

JSTOR also continues to offer libraries the opportunity to participate in JSTOR’s Open Community Collections. Make your special collections freely available on the JSTOR platform.

For more information or a quote, contact MCLS Group Purchasing at or (800) 530-9019 ext 401.

sage.jpgLimited time offer ends soon! MCLS & SAGE Publishing partnering to provide special pricing on key SAGE resources

If you’ve been considering growing your teaching and learning resources, now is a great time to complete your collection with special savings developed specifically for MCLS members!

Special offers for MCLS members include:

Buy more and save:

Academic institutions that offer associate through master’s level degrees may qualify for additional discounting.

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These special savings are available to MCLS members through Dec. 15, 2021 on new purchases or subscriptions.

For a quote or more information, please contact MCLS Group Purchasing at or (800) 530-9019 ext 401.


RIDES notification about library closures

Please submit a RIDES Assistance form if your library will be closed on a scheduled day of service. Short closures should be reported no more than two weeks prior to closing. Extended closures of more than 30 days should be submitted at least two weeks prior to closing.

It is not necessary to report if your library is closed on a RIDES holiday; there will be no service those days. Let us know as soon as possible, via the RIDES Assistance form, if your library will be closed due to weather on your scheduled day of service.

Upcoming RIDES holidays:

Fri, Dec 24
Fri, Dec 31

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RIDES Assistance Form: