September 2019

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2019 Membership Ballot: Slate of Nominees

The MCLS Board of Directors has accepted the Nominating Committee’s proposed slate of candidates for the four seats with terms expiring at the end of December 2019.

Electronic voting to approve the slate of candidates begins on Sept. 16. All Member Representatives should receive an email Sept. 16 with voting instructions. Votes will be accepted via an online ballot up to the deadline of 5pm Eastern on Sept. 30.

Read more information about the full Slate of Nominees>>

Southfield Public Library selects MCLS to provide strategic planning consulting services

We are pleased to announce that Southfield Public Library in Southfield, MI has selected Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) to provide consulting services for strategic planning. We will be working with Southfield Public Library through the spring of 2020.

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

Coming January 2020: electronic delivery of MCLS invoices and statements

In January, we will begin delivering all MCLS invoices and account statements via email. With this process, information will be available to you sooner and can easily be copied and forwarded to others within your organization. Watch the MCLS eNewsletter over the next few months for more information.

we can work it out.jpegLast chance to take advantage of advanced facilitation training for Michigan library staff

In partnership with the Library of Michigan, MCLS will be offering four more trainings on facilitation presented by We Can Work It Out, LLC, this month and next.  The workshops will be on the topics of "Handling Conflict" and "Coming to Agreement," and will be hosted at four libraries across Michigan.

Registration is open for the four advanced facilitation workshops, and several are already close to full. Check them out today!

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MCLS bibliotheca service to end

In August, MCLS announced that it is ending its contract with bibliotheca, a supplier of library materials and equipment (see our full announcement.) Products can be obtained through MCLS until the contract ends on Dec. 31, 2019. Starting in January 2020, libraries needing these supplies have the option of purchasing materials directly from bibliotheca or purchasing them from another distribution company like Brodart, Demco, or The Library Store. MCLS has discount arrangements with these companies, but these discounts do not extend to bibliotheca products. If you have questions about the ending of this service, please contact Stephanie Davis, Group Purchasing Manager, by phone at (800) 530-9019 ext 154 or by email at

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 here, and your discount should automatically populate. If you need the discount code for any reason, it is 19AMI. Please contact Grace at Amigos at with any questions.

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Notes from the Executive Director

Increasingly, libraries serve and employ persons who identify as having a variety of gender and sexual identities. This month, I'll focus on just a few resources to help libraries serve, support, and work with persons of all gender and sexual identities in their communities.

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LR-Headshot3.jpgMeet the MCLS trainers: Lisa Robinson

MCLS's newest instructor, Lisa Robinson, is the Head of Metadata Management at Michigan State University Libraries, the unit in charge of authority control. Previously, she was the head of the original cataloging unit and an AV/electronic resources cataloger. She is also a BIBCO & NACO cataloger for the Program for Cooperative Cataloging.

Read more, including fun facts, about Lisa>>

Upcoming MCLS workshops

On-Demand MCLS workshops

MeLCat/RIDES workshops

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

Special Offers

Project MUSE eBooks purchase

Looking for new eBook options for your library users? MCLS is currently working with Project MUSE to develop a group purchase for Evidence-Based Acquisition of Books on Project MUSE, a collection of over 36,000 University Press titles covering the social sciences and humanities. Evidence-Based Acquisition (EBA) of Books on Project MUSE provides libraries with an option to open up discovery and access for significant numbers of high-quality scholarly books, allowing faculty and students to find and make use of the most relevant content for their research and teaching. The user experience is as if the institution already owns the book, with unlimited simultaneous usage, downloading, and printing of DRM-free PDF chapters. The library can track which books are receiving the most use through standardized usage reports and select for permanent acquisition those titles best suited for its collections. Pricing is based on a tier system and involves libraries committing to a set amount of funds to use for purchases. To learn more, please contact Stephanie Davis, Group Purchasing Manager, by email at or by phone at (800) 530-9019 ext 154. 

Explore discounted purchase options with SAGE

MCLS has partnered with SAGE Publishing to offer special pricing on key SAGE resources in 2019. If you’ve been considering any acquisitions from SAGE, now is a great time to complete your collection with the special savings developed specifically for MCLS members!

Savings opportunities include the following:

Buy more and save!

These special savings are available to MCLS members through Nov. 30, 2019 on new purchases or subscriptions. Learn more about the resources featured in this offer by contacting Group Purchasing at