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Join the Product Advisory Librarians to shape the future of MCLS group purchases

MCLS is seeking library staff from all types of libraries who want to help shape future group purchases. Our vision for the Product Advisory Librarians (PALs) is to test and trial products and provide feedback. This information will help us determine the direction for product offerings in a more thoughtful manner.

Benefits for PALs:

  • Influence on the development of group purchasing at MCLS
  • Advance knowledge of potential new offerings
  • Free access to new products in a testing environment
  • Virtual networking with other PALs through an email distribution list
  • Thanks and appreciation from MCLS and your colleagues

Why are we doing this?

  • To solicit feedback on products and potential offerings before we present them to the entire membership
  • To receive suggestions about products we might not otherwise learn of
  • To gain insight from actual users with library expertise

Expectations for PALs:

  • Available up to six times per year to trial products from the comfort of your office or library
  • Willing to complete an anonymous, short online survey after each trial and provide an honest critique

The PALs group will kick off in January 2022.

If this is of interest to you, sign up today!

Need to know more before committing? Contact Chrystal Pickell Vandervest at with ‘PALs group questions’ in the subject line.