May 2021

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bradley1.jpgMichelle Bradley announces new position

Michelle Bradley, Manager of Engagement, Consulting, and Training at MCLS, has announced that she will be the new Director of Consulting at OhioNet. Michelle’s last day at MCLS will be May 7, 2021.

Michelle joined MCLS in October 2014 as the Community Engagement Librarian for Indiana, and was promoted to manage the newly-formed Member Engagement department in 2015. The department changed names in 2018, to Engagement, Consulting, and Training. Prior to joining MCLS, she was Director of Frankfort Community Library in Frankfort, Indiana, and spent more than 20 years in public libraries, primarily in Indiana.

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PamPic#2.pngPamela Seabolt promoted to Manager of Engagement, Consulting, and Training

We are pleased to announce that Pamela Seabolt, Library Strategist at MCLS, has accepted the position of Manager of Engagement, Consulting, and Training (ECT), effective May 10, 2021.

Pam joined MCLS as the Community Engagement Librarian in Indiana in 2017, and shifted to Library Strategist in 2020 as our consulting services grew and the ECT team members began serving across both membership states.

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virtual meeting.jpgJoin library staff from all over Indiana and Michigan for the next MCLS Virtual Dialogue

The MCLS Virtual Dialogues will continue on Zoom on the third Friday of each month, 11am-12:30pm Eastern (10-11:30am Central). Our next gathering will be on Friday, May 21. Part support group, part visioning, let’s share our thoughts and ideas as we navigate the environment we find ourselves working in right now and look towards the future. These Dialogues are open to all library staff of all levels and roles throughout our two-state Indiana and Michigan region, and beyond.

Watch the email lists for the login link and topic announcement. We look forward to seeing you!

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we can work it out.jpegMichigan library staff: register today for The Facilitator's Toolbox

In partnership with the Library of Michigan, MCLS will offer four more training sessions presented by We Can Work It Out, LLC on essential skills for library staff to facilitate effective conversations and meetings this fall. These are additional sessions of trainings taught in past years so that more library staff can benefit.

Because they are funded by the Library of Michigan, these trainings are only open to staff of Michigan libraries. Registration is now open for these small, interactive workshops, so claim your spot today!

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This project is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, with additional funding provided by the State of Michigan.

Executive Director Scott Garrison

Notes from Executive Director Scott Garrison

MCLS is always open to new ways to serve and support member libraries, including around open access (OA) publishing and open educational resources (OER), and I’m glad to share that we will join the Open Education Network (OEN) in July as a Consortial Member. OEN is a key resource for those looking to build and operate OER programs that can help faculty identify, adopt, and create OER for students (such as those involved in the Michigan OER Network and the ALI Affordable Learning Committee). OER is widely regarded as a strategy to lower students’ costs, which fosters retention and student success.

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MCLS launches new Training & Events registration system

Starting June 1, 2021, MCLS will be moving to a new training, workshops, and events registration system, Corsizio. We believe you will find the system to be user-friendly and that it will continue to provide all the benefits of our current system. Since it will look a little different, we wanted to take a few moments to help orient you to the benefits and changes we expect you to encounter.

The main change for our MCLS members is that you will need to begin using a coupon code to receive your member pricing. An email will be going out to all MCLS Member Library Directors, Primary Contacts, and Billing Contacts in mid-May providing your coupon code and more information about the new system.

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Upcoming MCLS workshops

On-Demand MCLS workshops

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

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To request a quote, contact MCLS Group Purchasing at or (800) 530-9019 ext 401. 

Purchase the before May 31 to get 13 months for the price of 12

The New York Times is again extending a 13-for-12 promotion for new institutions starting new subscriptions to their online resources on July 1.  

The online version of the New York Times, launched in 1996, includes not only the same articles, features, and images that appear in the print edition, but a wealth of additional still images, video, audio, graphics, and database content. It also includes much of the content of the print edition prior to 1996.

Contact MCLS Group Purchasing at or (800) 530-9019 ext 401 to request a quote today!

Special savings on JSTOR collections

This is a great time for MCLS members who are considering participating in JSTOR for the first time or adding new journal collections to their current JSTOR holdings. Exclusive offers available through June 30, 2021 include:

The journal collections in JSTOR include more than 12 million articles from peer-reviewed scholarly journals and literary journals, as well as research reports and primary sources from libraries’ special collections and archives.

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

Exclusive IOP ebooks™ discount offer for MCLS members 

MCLS Institute of Physics (IOP) subscribers already own IOP ebooks™ Releases 1 - 3 and usage and open rates are strong. For a limited time, any MCLS member library can add Release 4 and 5 at 20% off list price.   

Release 4 adds 80 additional titles and Release 5 adds 90, created to meet the needs of students, early-career researchers, and established leaders across STEM disciplines including: 

IOP ebooks™ are fully digital, DRM free, and eReader compatible.
To take advantage of this offer, contact MCLS Group Purchasing at or (800) 530-9019 ext 401. 

Free product trials and special savings on K-12 resources from Infobase 

The education landscape has forever been changed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Infobase resources can help support K-12 teaching and learning wherever instruction happens to take place. Spanning all grade levels and multiple disciplines, all Infobase resources offer unlimited, simultaneous access for teachers, librarians, and students in the classroom or from home! Available databases geared toward K-12 students include African American History, Ancient and Medieval History, Bloom’s Literature, Chelsea House Biographies, Health Reference Center, Today’s Science, World News Digest, World Religions, and others. Streaming video and eBook collections are available as well.

To help MCLS members learn about Infobase products, the company is offering K-12 member libraries free product trials and a 25% discount on new subscriptions.

For free trial access information or product quotes, contact MCLS Group Purchasing at or (800) 530-9019 ext 401.