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Notes from Executive Director Scott Garrison – Dec. 2023/Jan. 2024

As we turn the calendar page from 2023 to 2024, I’ll focus on some of the changes happening at MCLS.  First, I thank the following MCLS Board of Directors members whose service ended in 2023:  Annie Bélanger, Grand Valley State University (Michigan Academic Library Representative)  Lisa Brakel, Airport Community Schools (Michigan School Library Representative)  Lauren …Read more »

MCLS is offering members SpringShare, Library Market, and Communico options to replace DEMCO

MCLS is striving to help its members replace their existing DEMCO software by developing new vendor partnerships and working on special offers with existing partners. Springshare and MCLS Group Purchasing have worked out a special offer for MCLS members. Now through Dec. 31, members are eligible for 15% off the total LibCal and Module (Lending Hub and/or Mapping) …Read more »

American Psychological Association (APA) launches consortium deal for Academic Writer

Academic Writer is APA’s self-directed digital resource for supporting academic communities as they prepare students to meet the rigors of university research and writing. Unlike proofreading or writing tools, this revolutionary platform is designed to help users develop a solid academic writing foundation by combining pedagogical and self-paced learning tools with content management technology. Reflecting …Read more »

MCLS members take 30% or more off World Trade Press products

World Trade Press is the world’s premier publisher of country-by-country information products for culture, travel, language, and food. WTP databases help students and teachers understand cultures of the world, learn languages, and become global citizens. WTP employs a worldwide team of hundreds of professional researchers, writers, editors, database administrators, graphic designers, and web developers whose …Read more »

Calling staff of small and rural libraries – come connect in a Virtual Dialogue!

We’re doing something new with our Virtual Dialogue series for 2024! We’ll be bringing together specific groups of library staff from across our two-state region to give space and time for those with similar challenges and opportunities to meet for dialogue on topics of interest to them. Our first Virtual Dialogue of 2024 will be …Read more »

MCLS is implementing the FTE feature in ConsortiaManager for more accurate vendor pricing

Check your email on Dec. 4 for instructions on implementing FTE in your ConsortiaManager profile. This feature allows you to input your library’s user count information, which is used by vendors to determine subscription pricing. Different library types use different user counts; academics use full-time equivalent (FTE), medical libraries use bed count, public libraries use population served, …Read more »