September 2014

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You choose the topics—MCLS 2014 Annual Meeting to host an unconference

The afternoon session of the MCLS 2014 Annual Meeting will be an unconference with topics chosen by you, the membership. The overarching theme will be the future of midwest regional libraries and how they can engage and transform their communities.

Please submit your ideas for topics at our idea.informer page. Visit our 2014 Annual Meeting page to vote on topics, leave feedback, learn more about the day's activities and register for the event.

When: October 3, 2014, 9:30am-3:30pm
Where: McCamly Plaza Hotel in downtown Battle Creek, Michigan

Registration is now open >>

Jack LessenberryJack Lessenberry to present at "Media Coaching for Librarians"

Head of the journalism faculty at Wayne State University and the Senior Political Analyst at Michigan Radio, Jack Lessenberry will address the group at the Jackson District Libraries' Meijer branch. His presentation is titled "What the reporter really wants—print and radio".

Lessenberry's talk is part of a day-long event on November 6, 2014, and brought to you by  the Cooperative Directors Association, the Library of Michigan and MCLS. The program will also include instruction and a workshop from media consultant Robert Kolt, of Kolt Communications.

For more information, and to register, visit the Media Coaching for Librarians page.

OCLC member forumsOCLC announces Member Forums series

OCLC has announced  a series of 21 Member Forums slated for this fall. The sessions will be held across the country—sessions are scheduled for both Indiana and Michigan. More information is available at the OCLC Member Forums page.


Featured new workshop—Government Documents: Michigan and Federal

Government information has often been perceived as intimidating, obscure and complex. In addition, while there are MANY instructional resources for using and accessing federal documents, that is not necessarily true of state and local government information. This two hour class will cover the basics of government documents—demystifying their nature, providing tips on where to find them and how and why you should use them, with a particular focus on Michigan state and local government.

The class will also offer insight into how to:

Register now >>

Workshops in September

Register today for the following MCLS workshops:

Products & Services

Naxos releases new app for Naxos Music Library

To celebrate the launch of the Naxos Music Library app in September 2014, Naxos is offering new subscriptions and upgrades throughout September at discounted prices. Students and faculty will soon be accessing the NML at home, in the car, and anywhere their phone is.

ProQuest Research Companion

ProQuest is offering a 30-day trial for ProQuest Research Companion, priced at a 30% discount if ordered by September 30, 2014. The multimedia-based learning modules engage students to think more critically and creatively about their research, while powerful, interactive tools help students navigate through the research process more quickly to spend more time on the research that interests them most.

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MeLCat staff training

Staff at MeLCat libraries can refresh their skills or find answers through the MeLCat wiki, recorded webinar sessions, and frequently asked questions. Contact MeLCat help staff at

MeL Minutes

The Library of Michigan has been offering MeL Minutes, updates with information on MeL services, every week via several Michigan library email lists. For more information, email Library of Michigan staff at or visit

The MeL project is made possible by grant funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the State of Michigan through the Library of Michigan.

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Library visits

MCLS staff have been visiting libraries around Michigan observing front-line library staff workflow to find what processes and procedures can be streamlined. We hope to find ways to assist staff with their local procedures as well as ways to improve universal procedures. We will be contacting libraries to schedule additional visits in the coming months.

Submit any RIDES issues or concerns to the RIDES Assistance Form.