July 2018

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Call for nominations to serve on the MCLS Board of Directors

The MCLS Nominating Committee seeks nominations from the membership for the following openings on the MCLS Board of Directors:

Each seat has a three-year term, beginning January 1, 2019 and expiring December 31, 2021. The Board meets four times a year, in February, May, August, and November, and Board meetings alternate between Michigan and Indiana. The November meeting includes a two-day strategy retreat to review activity of the previous year, assess trends, and determine strategic changes to MCLS’s services. Newly elected Board members are asked to attend the annual retreat. MCLS reimburses Board members for all direct meeting expenses.

The slate of candidates will be chosen from the nominations, voted on in September, and presented to the membership in early October.

If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors or wish to submit the name of a nominee, please complete this form. Deadline for submission of names is 5pm Eastern on July 13, 2018. If you would prefer to mail or fax your nominations, please send them to MCLS Nominating Committee, 1407 Rensen Street, Lansing, MI 48910-3657, fax: (517) 394-2096.

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2018-4.jpgPlease join us for Libraries Read: 1 Book 2018

Thank you to all who voted for this year's Libraries Read: 1 Book title. We hope you are joining us in reading this year's winner, When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & asha bandele.

We also encourage you to take part in a discussion about the book in July or August. Email for a copy of the book discussion questions, join the Twitter chat on July 19, or come to an in-person discussion in Indiana or Michigan in August.

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ce summit 640x325.jpgCommunity Engagement Summit registration is now open to all!

MCLS, in partnership with the Library of Michigan, is pleased to be hosting a Community Engagement Summit in September. Richard C. Harwood, President and Founder of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, will be the keynote presenter. The day will include other national leaders in community engagement, as well as a panel of directors from Michigan libraries who are making great strides in engaging their own communities.

Registration is currently open to all! The event is limited to 200 participants and is already half full, so register today!

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Registration is now open for Removing Barriers: A Library Accessibility Workshop

The Michigan Collaborating Partners (Michigan Cooperative Directors Association, Library of Michigan, Midwest Collaborative for Library Services, Michigan Library Association, and Michigan Academic Libraries Association) invite you to a day-long workshop on accessibility in libraries on Friday, November 9, 2018.

Equality in access for every member of your community is a core library value and it can be challenging to satisfy all of the needs of your patrons. This workshop will cover important aspects of library accessibility and provide you with new tools to help serve all patrons equally.

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Save money on your Internet Librarian conference registration

Are you planning to attend the Internet Librarian conference in October? If so, MCLS and Amigos Library Services can help you save money on early bird conference registration. Register for the conference using this embedded link, and your discount should automatically populate. If you need the discount code for any reason, it is AMI18. Please contact Nicole at Amigos at with any questions.

Dykhuis, Randy.jpgNotes from the Executive Director

In the beginning, there were two libraries. And they saw that their collections were good. But not great. Somebody was always walking in to ask for something that wasn’t in the collection. And so they begat interlibrary loan.

Resource sharing may not quite go back to the creation, but in terms of our culture, it might as well. We are unabashed sharers.

What brought this to mind was the keynote address at the 2018 Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference by George Needham.

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boehmer, tad.jpegMeet the MCLS trainers: Tad Boehmer

After a several-year hiatus, MCLS is happy to once again be offering a workshop on Rare Books Cataloging this semester! Since our past instructor needed to move on to other projects, he highly recommended Tad Boehmer, who is his colleague and the Special Collections Catalog Librarian at Michigan State University. Tad has worked as a cataloger of rare books for over a decade, starting at the University of Illinois, where he received his MLS. Tad has also been an informal advisor to several booksellers and is active in a number of bibliophilic organizations. Some fun facts about Tad in his own words:

Rare Books Cataloging, which will be held online this coming November 6, 7, and 8, will be Tad's first course taught for MCLS. Registration is currently open for this course. Welcome to the MCLS teaching team, Tad!

July/August workshops

MeLCat/RIDES workshops

MeL databases workshops

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

Special offers

July is statistics month at MCLS. You and your patrons can learn about the world with Sage’s new acquisition, Data Planet. Or, you can use data a little closer to home and find out more about your community with PatronLink. Find these below, as well as how to save on library supplies and Mango Languages. If you would like more information or a quote on any of these offers, contact Megan Drapalik and Chrystal Pickell at or (800) 530-9019 ext 401.

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Data Planet reaches 52 billion data points!

Growing at a rate of 20% per year, Data Planet is the largest repository of standardized and structured statistical data. Not only does Data Planet contain more than 52 billion data points from over 75 data providers in 16 major subject categories, it also provides immediate access to data presented in charts, maps, graphs, and table form, via multiple points of entry.

Your institution may qualify for extra savings with your MCLS SAGE Premier renewal. To qualify, any one-time or new subscription purchases you make in 2018, including Data Planet, are counted toward a spend threshold.

Stock up on library supplies

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

Mango Languages loves libraries

Just ask the over 2,700 North American libraries that subscribe to Mango’s digital language-learning resources. For your patrons: a fresh, intuitive, and flat-out fun way to learn new languages in the library, at home, or on-the-go. For you and your staff: a stellar customer support team, downloadable promotional materials, and your very own client care specialist to help you get the most out of your subscription.

PatronLink: discover, communicate, and engage with new and existing patrons

PatronLink helps libraries improve their collections, develop programs, and better serve their communities by providing world-class data, analytics, and marketing in one easy-to-use tool. With PatronLink, you’ll be able to analyze potential patrons within your service area to find out who they are and what they like. You’ll be able to use this information to identify new patrons, invite patrons to local programs, and more!


Welcome, newest MeLCat libraries!

Welcome to the five libraries that recently began participation in MeLCat:

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zv185 Georgetown Township Public Library
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zv340 Wakefield Public Library

To let us know if you need assistance with anything, email us at

The MeL project is funded by the Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) via the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Library of Michigan, part of the Michigan Department of Education. Additional funding is provided by the State of Michigan.


RIDES Report

The 2017 RIDES Delivery Evaluation Summary is available at:


RIDES questions and comments should be sent to the RIDES Assistance form.