Category: News

22 Sep

Michigan Libraries Public Innovators Cohort 2017

News by David Votta

The Library of Michigan and MCLS are pleased to announce a continuation of their partnership with The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation. An additional 50 Michigan library staff will be trained in the framework of the Institute. This opportunity will include a full 2.5-day Public Innovators Lab followed by 18 months of coaching. Over one hundred …Read more »

21 Sep

Annual Membership Meeting scheduled for November 17

Mark your calendars for the MCLS Annual Membership Meeting to place place from 10-11am Eastern (9-10am Central) on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. This year’s membership meeting will be held online using Zoom online meeting software and will feature reports from MCLS President Eva Davis, Executive Director Randy Dykhuis, and MCLS Treasurer (and Audit Committee Chair) …Read more »

06 Sep

2017 Membership Ballot: Slate of Nominees and Bylaws Amendments

The MCLS Board of Directors has accepted the Nominating Committee’s proposed slate of candidates for the five seats whose terms expire at the end of December 2017. Electronic voting to approve the slate of candidates begins on September 18. All Member Representatives should receive an email on September 18 with voting instructions. Votes will be …Read more »

01 Sep

The Branch District Library has selected MCLS to provide strategic planning consulting services

News by Michelle Bradley

We are pleased to announce that the Branch District Library in Coldwater, MI has selected The Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) to deliver consulting services to the board, staff, and community of the Branch District Library in developing a comprehensive strategic plan. Our full strategic planning service will include providing a data package, facilitating …Read more »

01 Sep

Notes from the Executive Director – September 2017

News by Jan Davidson

I will bet that in the very recent past a company representative who was trying to sell something to your library has said words like, “We have a stellar track record with our library partnerships,” or “If you partner with our company we can help you provide superior service to your community.” It seems like …Read more »

15 Aug

Linked Data for Libraries Users Group forming

News, Technology by Jan Davidson

As a result of a successful Linked Data Summit held in March 2017, MCLS is facilitating the formation of a multi-state Linked Data for Libraries Users Group. The purpose of the group will be for libraries to discuss the latest developments in Linked Data for libraries, share experiences, explore new products, and raise awareness. A …Read more »

03 Aug

Save money on your Internet Librarian conference registration

Community-building, News, Technology by Michelle Bradley

Are you planning to attend the Internet Librarian conference in October? If so, MCLS and Amigos Library Services can help you save money on early bird conference registration. Register for the conference using this embedded link, and your discount should automatically populate. If you need the discount code for any reason, it is 17AMI. Please …Read more »

31 Jul

Indiana Harwood Scholarship recipients to convene for a Community Engagement Reboot in September

News by Jan Davidson

MCLS has made an investment in Indiana Libraries by providing scholarship funds for staff from 28 libraries to attend ALA/Harwood Public Innovator training over the past two years.  We are committed to continuing to support these libraries in this important work. In this spirit, we have invited up to three people from each of those …Read more »

31 Jul

Meet new Community Engagement Librarian Pam Seabolt

News by Michelle Bradley

We are pleased to announce that Pam Seabolt is the new Indiana Community Engagement Librarian. Pam most recently worked at the Jeffersonville Township Public Library, where she managed the Clarksville Branch and led several community engagement initiatives. Pam comes to us as a Public Innovator, having participated in the ALA/Harwood Public Innovators Lab for Libraries.  …Read more »

21 Jul

Michigan Libraries Public Innovators Lab November 7-9, 2017

News by David Votta

The Library of Michigan and MCLS are pleased to announce a continuation of their partnership with The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation. There now will be a  third opportunity for Michigan library staff to participate in The Harwood Institute training. This opportunity will include a full 2.5 day Public Innovators Lab, followed by 18 months …Read more »