February 2019

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garrison.jpgMCLS announces Executive Director selection

The Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) is pleased to announce that after working with Greenwood/Asher and Associates to conduct a comprehensive nationwide search, Scott Garrison has been selected as the next MCLS Executive Director, effective March 4, 2019, succeeding current Executive Director, Randy Dykhuis, who retires March 29.

Garrison is currently Dean of the Ferris Library for Information, Technology and Education at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI. He holds a Master of Library Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, as well as additional education from Harvard University’s Institute for Management and Leadership in Education and also the University of California, Los Angeles’ Senior Fellows Program in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.

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MCLS announces new Manager of Group Purchasing

The Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) is pleased to announce that Stephanie Davis will be the next Manager of Group Purchasing. In this role, she will lead negotiations and subscriptions for electronic resources from more than 70 companies. Stephanie will begin on Feb. 5.

Stephanie is currently Library Director at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey, MI. As Director, she collaborated with the English Department to move the Writing Center into the library. She implemented LibGuides and led the restructure of the library website.

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Michigan State University Libraries has selected MCLS to provide strategic planning consulting services

We are pleased to announce that Michigan State University Libraries in East Lansing, MI has selected Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) to provide consulting services for strategic planning. Our work with Michigan State University Libraries will commence this month, February 2019.

Is your library interested in learning more about our consulting services? Visit our webpage to read more or contact us to request a quote.

Welcome, new MCLS members!

We are so glad to have both of you as MCLS members, and hope to be able to provide wonderful benefits to you as you support your communities.

Is your library receiving the benefits of MCLS membership? Find out more today!

computers in lib 2019.pngSave money on your registration for the Computers in Libraries 2019 conference

Are you planning to attend the Computers in Libraries 2019 conference in March? If so, MCLS and Amigos Library Services can help you save money on conference registration. Register for the conference here, and use discount code: AMI19.

Contact Nicole at Amigos at with any questions.


Earning your MCLS Certificate of Library Staff Development: Basic Soft Skills

We are thrilled at the hugely positive response to the new Soft Skills courses MCLS has been offering since July 2018, and are happy to announce that these offerings will continue this semester, with plans to expand course subjects in the future. Library staff can earn an MCLS Certificate of Library Staff Development: Basic Soft Skills by completing five courses within a three-year time period and filling out the quiz/evaluations at the end.

Once you have completed all five courses, don't forget to apply for your Certificate! The application form, along with more detailed information about the Certificates we offer, can be found here.

February/March MCLS workshops

On-Demand MCLS workshops

MeLCat/RIDES workshops

For more information, visit our upcoming workshops and events page. If you have any questions, please contact

Special Offers

Stock up on library supplies

MCLS has negotiated discounts on behalf of you, our members, with several library supply and equipment vendors, including bibliothecaBrodartDemcoIngramThe Library StoreKapcoOffice DepotRaco IndustriesWatson Label Products, and Vernon Library Supplies.

Credo expands instructional offerings for libraries

Credo recently announced the creation of a Learning Tools product family in an effort to offer libraries choices beyond their highly acclaimed InfoLit Modules. The InfoLit Modules will now be called Instruct, and users will be allowed to choose between information literacy and critical thinking content packages, or a combination of both. The brand-new view features a collection of 60+ ACRL-aligned instructional videos to support library teaching around information literacy, critical thinking, communication, and other crucial 21st century foundational skills.

Credo Kicks Off 2019 with Choice OAT Award and other exciting news

Innovative new features and continued dedication to scholarly content helped Credo Online Reference Service land a coveted 2018 Choice Outstanding Academic Title (OAT) Award. Click here to see how features like its Embeddable Mind Map have helped the platform support research and library instruction, and catch a sneak peek of what the company has in store for 2019. Credo also announced an upcoming webinar with Drake University STEM Librarian, Dan Chibnall. Lost in the Information Landscape: Helping Students Find Their Bearings with Credo (2pm Eastern (1pm Central) Thursday, Jan. 31) will explore strategies for teaching students to navigate information effectively and share how to incorporate Credo into classroom activities and research assignments.

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