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Enrollment now open for Michigan Online “Grant Writing and Crowdfunding for Public Libraries” course with access through Aug 30, 2022

The Midwest Collaborative for Library Services and the University of Michigan are partnering again to extend the offer of a free pilot of the “Grant Writing and Crowdfunding for Public Libraries” course on Michigan Online. All staff of MCLS member public libraries in both Indiana and Michigan are eligible to participate. We are very excited …Read more »


MCLS adds HotelPlanner to member discount opportunities

Discounts on hotel bookings are now available to MCLS members through HotelPlanner. Members can save up to 65% or more off room rates at over 900,000 lodging options worldwide. The custom booking site has special deals by many supplier channels to bring the best rates from thousands of hotels and other accommodations worldwide. Whether you …Read more »


MCLS goes live with ConsortiaManager on July 5

July 5 marks a new beginning for MCLS: it is the date when MCLS goes live with ConsortiaManager as its subscription management system. Over the past several months, MCLS staff members have been busy preparing for this transition, getting data ready to migrate, learning to navigate ConsortiaManager, and communicating with our members about the change. …Read more »


New MCLS phone numbers coming in July

MCLS is getting new phone numbers! Our main numbers, (517) 394-2420 and toll-free (800) 530-9019, will remain the same, but all group phone numbers (e.g. Training, MeLCat Help, MeL eResources Help, etc.) and staff direct numbers will be changing. The changes will happen on July 1, 2022. Once the new phone numbers are in effect, …Read more »


MCLS moves to ConsortiaManager

As we shared last month, MCLS will transition to ConsortiaManager (CM) as its subscription management system in July 2022. CM is a commercial product specific to consortia and used worldwide by more than 40 consortia. It offers numerous benefits to both MCLS members and MCLS staff, including improved data management, robust reporting capabilities, and more …Read more »


Launch of Essential Workplace Skills tutorials!

We are excited to begin offering our Essential Workplace Skills (previously called Soft Skills) workshops in a new, self-paced tutorial format through Niche Academy! Several of these reformatted courses are open for registration as of June 1, 2022. Though they have been renamed and are different in format, the content remains the same. The courses …Read more »


Notes from Executive Director Scott Garrison – June 2022

MCLS invests in innovation for libraries At their May 6 meeting, the MCLS Board of Directors accepted MCLS’s FY23 budget, which includes investments we will make using some reserve funds to foster innovation and advance diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and accessibility (which we abbreviate as DEIJA) for the libraries we serve, the broader library community, …Read more »


Stock up on library supplies

MCLS has negotiated discounts with several library supplies and equipment vendors on behalf of our members. These vendors include Brodart, Demco, Ingram, The Library Store, Kapco, Office Depot, Barcodes, Inc., and Vernon Library Supplies. You can find more information on discounts and how to order on each vendor’s page.


Discounts are available for EndNote, the research organizational tool from Clarivate

Ideas are the fuel of research, and moving ideas along from conception to an end product requires organization. EndNote helps in all stages: collaborating with colleagues, assisting with document note-taking, conducting literature reviews, and creating bibliography references. With EndNote, researchers can manage the process more effectively and efficiently. MCLS offers libraries the option to subscribe …Read more »


Congratulations to those who earned MCLS Certificates of Library Staff Development

Seven staff members from five libraries in Indiana and Michigan and one in Texas earned their MCLS Certificate of Library Development in Basic or Advanced Cataloging between December 2021 and April 2022. Those who earned these Certificates represent both public and academic libraries. Basic Cataloging Certificate Alisia Neubeck, Gary Byker Memorial Library, MI Christina Hunt, …Read more »


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