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Collections vs remixes: how will I ever know the difference???

By Chrystal Pickell Vandervest Read time: 3 minutes What’s that? You want to include other Creative Commons (CC) licensed works in your open educational resource (OER), too!? (You probably weren’t thinking that at all, but it’s what we’re talking about today.) It’s quite common. And, if you’ve read an OER textbook, you’ve seen it in …Read more »

MCLS announces Read & Publish agreement with Cambridge University Press

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, January 25, 2021 CONTACT: Stephanie Davis Manager, Group Purchasing Midwest Collaborative for Library Services 517-489-4577 Monday, January 25, 2021 – Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) is pleased to announce a Read and Publish agreement with Cambridge University Press (CUP) aimed at advancing open access (OA) in scholarly publishing. To …Read more »

MCLS offers monthly Virtual Dialogues for all library staff

During spring and summer 2020, amid all the changes brought on by COVID-19, MCLS hosted Virtual Dialogues for library staff as a chance to connect with others in Indiana and Michigan (and sometimes beyond). In the fall, as many libraries were back to being open to the public and library work continued to evolve, we …Read more »

Stock up on library supplies

MCLS has negotiated discounts with several library supply 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.

Special savings on JSTOR collections

This is a great time for MCLS members who are considering participating in JSTOR for the first time or adding new journal collections to their current JSTOR holdings. Exclusive offers available through June 30, 2021 include: Four-year academic institutions save on their one-time Archive Capital Fees (ACF), and the ACF is entirely waived for secondary …Read more »

Discover Docuseek at a February 18 webinar

Docuseek streams essential independent, social-issue and environmental films to colleges and universities, providing exclusive access to content from renowned leaders in documentary film distribution, including Bullfrog Films, Icarus Films, Media Storm, and more. Streaming licenses are available for single titles to entire collections, for periods ranging from one week to the Life of File. Find …Read more »

Foundations of Digital Literacy virtual workshop

Registration is open for virtual training for library staff on foundational digital literacy topics. This two-day virtual workshop will be offered twice in March. Class sizes are kept small to allow for personal attention and interactive activities. The Foundations of Digital Literacy workshop is designed to help library staff gain confidence in everyday interactions with …Read more »

Registration open for new digital literacy virtual workshop for Michigan library staff

Registration is now open for a new virtual training for Michigan library staff on creating a digital literacy learning plan for library staff, offered by MCLS in partnership with the Library of Michigan. This workshop is being offered multiple times through April and May to accommodate smaller participation limits in each session, which will allow …Read more »

Notes from Executive Director Scott Garrison – February 2021

At MCLS, we believe openness to changes in the information ecosystem that aim to make more information openly available to more people, at a lower cost, is simply required for libraries and the consortia that serve them. Research and scholarly work published in open access (OA), and open educational resources (OER; or as some prefer, …Read more »