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What you need to know about copyright

By Chrystal Pickell Vandervest Read time: 4 minutes Before we can talk about the anatomy and use of CC Licenses and CC-Licensed Works for your next OER project, it is essential that we have a base understanding of copyright.  Copyright law’s relationship with intellectual property  Copyright law falls under the umbrella of intellectual property (rights …Read more »

MCLS Annual Membership Meeting

Mark your calendars for the MCLS Annual Membership Meeting to take place from 10-11am Eastern (9-10am Central) on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. This year’s membership meeting will take place online using Zoom, and will feature reports from MCLS President Paul Gallagher, Executive Director Scott Garrison, and Treasurer (and Audit Committee Chair) Arlene Weismantel. There is …Read more »

MCLS awarded ARPA grant from the Indiana State Library

We are pleased to announce that Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) has been awarded an American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant in the amount of $45,000 by the Indiana State Library. The grant will allow us to offer Libraries Engaging Appreciatively for Positive Change (LEAP) to Indiana library staff in 2022. LEAP is a …Read more »

Now your stories are just a phone call away with Dial-A-Story

Dial-A-Story is perfect for patrons with limited internet, those who are home-bound, and anyone looking to reduce screen time. You can offer: stories for children, teens, and adults poetry, riddles, jokes, and science facts history, speeches, classes, and lectures library news All of this can be accessed from any phone, any time! For more information …Read more »

Notes from Executive Director Scott Garrison – November 2021

This fall has marked a return to some of the in-person conferences many have missed so much since March 2020, while others continue to gather virtually. This month, I’ll share some of the things I heard at two I recently attended: the Michigan Association for Media in Education (MAME, Michigan’s school library association) and the …Read more »

A better way to analyze your big deals

Unsub is a data dashboard that helps libraries reassess the value of their big deal subscriptions. Using Unsub, libraries can forecast their spending and fulfillment over the next five years, modeling a variety of different subscription and cancellation scenarios. Unsub’s data-driven forecast model is customized to each institution, using their unique access, citation, and authorship …Read more »

Limited time offer! MCLS & SAGE Publishing partnering to provide special pricing on key SAGE resources

If you’ve been considering growing your teaching and learning resources, now is a great time to complete your collection with special savings developed specifically for MCLS members! Special offers for MCLS members include: 10% savings on SAGE Research Methods including Core, Cases, Datasets, Video, Foundations, and Data Visualization 10% savings on SAGE Journal Deep Backfile …Read more »