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Dare to Dream! A Vision for Statewide Resource Sharing in Indiana

At the November 2010 Board Retreat, the MCLS Board directed  MCLS Executive Director Randy Dykhuis to investigate making statewide resource sharing a priority for our service to Indiana libraries. In response, MCLS submitted program proposals to present at the Academic Libraries of Indiana (ALI) resource sharing conference and at the Indiana Library Federation (ILF) Regional …Read more »

Marketing Plan Workshop in Lansing, Sept. 15

In response to popular demand, MCLS will repeat the special program, “Marketing the Public Library,” in Lansing on September 15. MCLS hosted this special program in Indianapolis earlier this year and received rave reviews for the instructors, Jennifer Pearson of OCLC and Kathy Dempsey, author of The Accidental Library Marketer.  Because of the “hands-on” nature …Read more »

Mark Your Calendars for MeLCat Users Day, Nov. 4

Online registration is now available for the 2011 MeLCat Users Day, scheduled for Friday, November 4, at Causeway Bay in Lansing.  Participating MeLCat libraries are encouraged to send staff to keep abreast of the latest MeLCat developments; to share concerns, questions, and suggestions about MeLCat functionality, policies, and procedures; to network with other MeLCat staff; …Read more »

MeLCat to Add ArticleReach

MeLCat is great … and about to become even better!  Last year, Michigan library patrons placed more than one million requests for book and AV loans through MeLCat. This year, Michigan residents will be happy to hear that MeLCat plans to add an article requesting service, ArticleReach, later this fall. ArticleReach will allow MeLCat library …Read more »

MCLS Board Meets in Indianapolis

The MCLS Board of Directors held their quarterly meeting on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at the MCLS offices in Indianapolis. During the May meeting, the Board discussed options for the Indianapolis building. The Board noted that the rental listing for the Indiana building has been in place for 18 months without success and that, in …Read more »

Calling All Michigan School Librarians! Earn SB-CEUs This Summer!

Interested in earning SB-CEUs during your summer break? Michigan school librarians and teachers can now obtain SB-CEUs for select MeL Databases online webinars.  All of our MeL Databases workshops are offered free-of-charge to Michigan librarians and teachers, and MCLS has scheduled several online sessions this summer to accommodate vacation schedules. The following classes qualify for …Read more »

MCLS Member Libraries Featured in SkyRiver Webinar

On May 9, 2011, Nancy Fleck from Michigan State University Libraries and Marianne Abdoo from Bloomfield Township Public Library spoke about their libraries’ SkyRiver experiences at an MCLS webinar. Nancy told how her academic library handled the switch to SkyRiver for cataloging, and Marianne gave the public library’s perspective. After their presentations, Jamie Kline from …Read more »

Michigan Evergreen to Upgrade to Version 2.1

MCLS is pleased to announce that Michigan Evergreen plans to upgrade to version 2.1 of the Evergreen software later this year.  The upgrade will add: (1) serials functionality including prediction and check-in, (2) a fully-functional acquisitions module,  (3) full authority control, and (4) a booking module for rooms and other resources. Michigan Evergreen “On the …Read more »

SB-CEUs Now Available for Three MeL Databases Webinars

Michigan school librarians and teachers can now rejoice! MCLS is thrilled to announce that three of the MeL Databases online classes have received approval for SB-CEUs for K12 staff!  This is important for classroom teachers and media specialists who want to share the great resources of MeL with their students. The three approved webinars, which …Read more »

IHS, Hoosier Heritage Alliance Receive IMLS “Connecting to Collections” Implementation Grant

Press release from Indiana Historical Society (IHS). MCLS is pleased to be a partner on this grant project. Indianapolis—The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) and the Hoosier Heritage Alliance (HHA) have received an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Connecting to Collections implementation grant in the amount of $246,100. It is one of only six …Read more »

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