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From the Executive Director: Take Action Against Racism

Continued killings of Black Americans are an acutely painful reminder of systemic racism in our country, and leave many difficult questions. To me, the two most important questions are: What can I do? What can we do? Our country’s history regarding race and racism is an extremely difficult thing for many white people to talk …Read more »

Registration open for Foundations of Digital Literacy virtual workshop for Michigan library staff

Registration is now open for upcoming virtual training for Michigan library staff on foundational digital literacy topics, offered by MCLS in partnership with the Library of Michigan. This workshop is being offered multiple times throughout September and October to accommodate smaller participation limits in each session, which will allow for plenty of personal attention and …Read more »

Unsub (formerly Unpaywall) helps academics assess subscription usage

MCLS is developing a group purchase for Unsub (formerly Unpaywall). Named the “Most Impactful New Product” at the 2019 Charleston Conference, the Unsub tool helps academic and special libraries assess their journal subscription usage in light of open access. It examines open access journal data, institutional COUNTER data, and citation patterns to create a forecast …Read more »

Notes from the Executive Director – June 2020

Businesses and organizations everywhere are struggling with how to resume operating while minimizing risk to employees and customers alike. Things continue to change on a week-to-week basis, and much is still unknown. While many libraries have continued working and providing services online, it is a stressful time as staff are returning to library buildings and …Read more »

Expired: Call for nominations to serve on the MCLS Board of Directors

The MCLS Nominating Committee seeks nominations from the membership for the following openings on the MCLS Board of Directors: Academic Library Representative (Indiana) Special Library Representative (Indiana) At-Large Representative (Michigan) Research Library Representative (Michigan) School Library Representative (Michigan) Please note that incumbent Board Representatives in each position except Academic Library Representative (Indiana) are eligible to …Read more »

Granite, a resource for hotspots and data plans

Libraries play a key role in ensuring internet access for all. When the physical library building is closed or use is limited, providing internet access requires new tools and resources. Hotspots can be part of the solution. MCLS is now an affinity partner with Granite, a provider of hotspots and data plans. MCLS is referring …Read more »

ProQuest advances Academic Video Online (AVON)

With almost 70,000 videos, AVON provides the most valuable content available, including hundreds of high-demand, thought-provoking documentaries, CNN, Dow Jones, Sony Pictures Classics, BroadwayHD™, 60 MINUTES/CBS, PBS, BBC, FILM PLATFORM, and more. AVON supports campus teaching, whether on-site or online. Discounted pricing is available to new subscribers. For more information or a quote, contact us …Read more »

Michelle Bradley, MCLS Manager of Engagement, Consulting, and Training, recaps weekly Virtual Dialogues

Throughout the COVID-19 shut down of libraries in Indiana and Michigan, MCLS has hosted weekly Virtual Dialogues. Each Friday since March 27, the Engagement, Consulting, and Training Team has facilitated Zoom sessions around the environment we find ourselves working in right now and what opportunities might exist as we move forward. We set out to …Read more »

Statista – a global multidisciplinary data platform

Statista, a world-renowned database, is acknowledged for its fast and user-friendly access to statistics, market information on 80,000 topics, and a wide collection of reports on industries, countries, and companies. Statista’s Market Outlooks provide market sizes, forecasts, and other indicators for the digital, tech, consumer, life sciences, and automotive markets. The Global Consumer Survey allows …Read more »

LIBRO curbside pickup mobile app for public libraries

As part of its commitment to help libraries navigate service issues related to COVID-19, MCLS is partnering with LIBRO, a product, to provide special pricing on the LIBRO curbside pickup mobile app. Keep the safety of your community and library staff a priority by using LIBRO. LIBRO curbside pickup allows patrons to search and …Read more »