October 2020

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2020 MCLS Board election results

By an overwhelming majority vote, our member representatives elected the proposed slate of board members. The elected slate includes:

These directors will attend a planning retreat with the current board on Nov. 12 - 13 and will serve a term that runs from January 2021 - December 2023.

Registration is open for Libraries Engage Appreciatively for Positive Change (LEAP)!

MCLS, as a continuation of our partnership with the Library of Michigan and our shared Michigan Libraries Engage project, will be holding a special virtual event Thursday, Nov. 5 for staff of Michigan libraries. Libraries Engage Appreciatively for Positive Change (LEAP), will be an opportunity to learn methods and techniques for using Appreciative Inquiry to engage with your local communities and initiate positive change to ensure successful community engagement projects.

Maureen McKenna of Return on Energy Consulting, an internationally respected and highly sought-out expert in the field of Appreciative Inquiry, will be facilitating the program along with MCLS's Engagement, Consulting, & Training team. The skills and knowledge gained will support library staff members in both developing new community engagement initiatives and strengthening initiatives already in progress. Following the program, attendees will receive six months of facilitated learning and coaching via Zoom meetings.

Registration is open! Read more or register>>

Just a few spots remain for Foundations of Digital Literacy workshops for Michigan library staff!

Registration is still open for the new virtual training offered by MCLS in partnership with the Library of Michigan, Foundations of Digital Literacy. Many sessions have filled, and just a few spots remain in some of the October sessions. This workshop is designed to help staff gain confidence in everyday interactions with technology and is intended for participants who would like a basic introduction to digital literacy topics.

For more information or to register, visit the event page or the MCLS store. Hurry and claim your spot today, before they are gone!

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

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Even as the world feels so different this year, the fall conference season is just about upon us again! Both the Michigan Library Association (MLA) and Indiana Library Federation (ILF) have moved their annual conferences virtual this year, and MCLS will have virtual exhibit booths at both. We look forward to all the ways this technology will allow us to safely engage with you, our members and friends in Indiana and Michigan - perhaps more of you than ever!

MLA Annual 2020: Charting a New Course Together will be Oct. 28-29, and ILF Annual 2020: Everyone Counts will be Nov. 17-18.

Whether your library is a current member of MCLS or not, we'd love to see you and tell you more about how we can support you, supporting your community. Stop by our virtual booths to meet some of our staff, enter for lots of great giveaways, and much more fun. We look forward to connecting with you!

Executive Director Scott Garrison

Notes from Executive Director Scott Garrison

Controlled Digital Lending (CDL) is an emerging approach for libraries to legally lend digital copies of in-copyright print books. Though there is some controversy around CDL, it holds promise to help readers get to content they need when access to physical collections may be very limited. Some libraries and digital collections have already been using some form of CDL for several years, and it is currently gaining greater momentum in the library community given the global pandemic.

Read more about CDL and how Project ReShare is getting involved>>


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Meet the MCLS trainers: John Sterbenz

John Sterbenz has been an instructor with MCLS (and previously, MLC) for 15 years. He has taught several OCLC classes and Excel workshops in the past and currently teaches the ever-popular MARC: An Introduction along with MeLCat Cataloging and Advanced MeLCat Cataloging. We featured John in the MCLS newsletter back in March 2018. Now seemed like a good time to re-introduce him, since he recently joined the Detroit Area Library Network (DALNET) as its Executive Director.

Read more about John in his own words>>

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

Dial-A-Story for libraries

Sharing stories with library users is easy with Dial-A-Story, a service of Stories in the Cloud. Despite modern smartphones and streaming technology, many Americans lack reliable internet access. Offering a Dial-A-Story service, which works from any phone, connects your unconnected members with valuable content. With Dial-A-Story, your library gets a dedicated local number, custom greeting, and your choice of hundreds of stories. Record your own stories or choose from hundreds of pre-recorded classics. This cloud-based service requires no special equipment, hardware, or software. Library users call the number and listen to stories!  

Contact MCLS Group Purchasing at or (800) 530-9010 ext 401 for information on special Dial-A-Story pricing available to MCLS members. 

Patron Point for marketing automation

Patron Point is a fully featured marketing automation platform that gives public libraries the ability to really drive their digital marketing and community engagement. It brings data together by connecting to the ILS and other third-party library services to help libraries segment marketing by audience, reaching patrons more effectively and efficiently. Patron Point automates communications through messages that are highly targeted, personalized, and relevant. Library card registration, event promotion, and user notification are a few examples of Patron Point functionality.  

MCLS is actively building a group purchase for Patron Point. Pricing is based on the number of group participants. Learn more about the product and its potential for your library by listening to this recorded webinar. For more information or a quote, contact or (800) 530-9010 ext 401. 

Docuseek develops video streaming collection for K-12 schools

Well known in the higher education environment as a premier streaming resource for exclusive social issue documentaries, Docuseek now offers an affordable, robust streaming video collection for K-12 schools. Designed for elementary, middle, and high school audiences, the K-12 Collection contains more than 200 best-selling and popular titles, and includes films on sustainability, STEAM, global studies, current events, literature, and much more! New titles are added quarterly within the subscription period. 

Learn more about this K-12-focused collection by attending a webinar on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 11am-Noon Eastern (10-11am Central), where an overview will be provided. Register today! For a quote, please contact Group Purchasing at or (800) 530-9019 ext 401.

JSTOR/Artstor: Free three-month trial available (September - November 2020)

Ithaka (JSTOR/Artstor) is pleased to offer MCLS members a three-month trial running through Nov. 30, 2020. MCLS members (academic 2 & 4 years, K-12, public, and special libraries) that currently do not subscribe to JSTOR/Artstor will receive trial access to the JSTOR Archive Journals and the Artstor Digital Library. JSTOR Archive Journals contains DRM free collections that feature the full-text articles of more than 2,600 academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. This trusted, highly used platform is a great starting point for research. The Artstor Digital Library includes approximately 300 collections composed of over 2.5 million images and offers a suite of remote teaching tools.  

To enroll in the trial or request the JSTOR Archive Journals title list, please contact Group Purchasing by email at or (800) 530-9019 ext 401.



Welcome to the newest member of the team!

We are happy to announce that Tara Kanon has joined us as the MeLCat Support Specialist and Statewide Delivery Coordinator. Tara will be assisting with both RIDES and MeLCat issues. Her background in public libraries and enthusiasm for MeLCat make her a great addition to the team.

Looking for help?

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Support for the Michigan eLibrary program is provided in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library of Michigan, part of the Michigan Department of Education.