Missouri Library Network Corporation

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Missouri Library Network Corporation (MLNC)
Type Nonprofit membership cooperative
Industry Library services
Founded 1981 (1981)
Headquarters St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Key people Tracy Rochow Byerly, Executive Director
Members 320[1]
Employees 4
Website mlnc.org

The Missouri Library Network Corporation (MLNC) was founded on October 19, 1981 by the representatives of thirty-one Missouri libraries.

History and purpose[edit]

The Missouri Library Network Corporation (MLNC) was founded on October 19, 1981 by the representatives of thirty-one Missouri libraries. The mission of the Missouri Library Network Corporation (MLNC) is to organize and deliver to its member libraries and other contracting entities OCLC-based information services, related electronic services and content, and training in the management and use of information.

MLNC’s primary role from 1983-2009 was to provide OCLC services to Missouri libraries. They continue to be an active OCLC partner and now provide billing, marketing, and training services to libraries throughout the Midwest region. In addition, MLNC provides discounts on a variety of library-related products and services, including electronic reference databases from vendors such as LexisNexis, Oxford University Press, Congressional Quarterly, and others as well as library supply catalogs (such as DEMCO and BRODART).[2]

Continuing education[edit]

MLNC offers workshops on library-related topics including:

  • OCLC WorldCat Resource Sharing
  • OCLC Connexion client and browser
  • Descriptive cataloging
  • Library management and administration
  • Digitization
  • Emerging technologies
  • Collection management

MLNC staff contract with libraries and statewide organizations for keynote and professional speaking engagements such as in-house training, staff development events, and other library programs.

Membership[edit]

MLNC is a membership organization. There are currently[3] three levels of membership:[4]

  • Participant: Enables a library to participate in MLNC Cooperative Purchasing/Electronic Resources Programs (Library Supplier Discounts, e-Resources, etc.)
  • Associate: Includes all the benefits of the "Participant" level, as well as receiving discounts on workshop registrations, and access to the MLNC Custom Cataloging service.
  • Full: Includes all the benefits of the "Participant" and "Associate" levels, as well as institutional credits for training, and the right to participate in the governance of the organization.

Media outlets and social networking[edit]

In addition to their website, MLNC has a presence on Facebook and Twitter. A monthly newsletter, QuickFlash, is also published, and the organization maintains a Listserv for corporate and product news.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MLNC Membership". MLNC. Retrieved October 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ From website (http://www.mlnc.org/about.html), October 2010
  3. ^ 12 October 2010
  4. ^ From website (http://www.mlnc.org/membership.html)

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