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MCFLS Office & Operations

The Mission of the Milwaukee County Federated Library System

The mission of the Milwaukee County Federated Library System (MCFLS) shall be to assume a leadership role in facilitating cooperation among its member libraries, improving access to and encouraging sharing of resources, promoting the most effective use of local, county, state and federal funds and assisting member libraries in the utilization of current and evolving technologies to provide the highest possible level of library service to all residents of Milwaukee County.

Governance

MCFLS is primarily funded by the State of Wisconsin, overseen by the Department of Public Instruction, and administered by a seven-member Board of Trustees. It functions as a membership organization - with its membership made up of the 15 administratively autonomous and fiscally independent public libraries in Milwaukee County. These public libraries join the MCFLS organization voluntarily and renew their memberships periodically by signing a membership agreement.

MCFLS Services

MCFLS is primarily funded by the State of Wisconsin, overseen by the Department of Public Instruction, and administered by a seven member Board of Trustees.  It functions as a membership organization, with its membership made up of the 15 administratively autonomous and fiscally independent public libraries in Milwaukee County.  These public libraries join the MCFLS organization voluntarily, and renew their membership periodically by signing a membership agreement that is regularly reviewed.

 

WHAT DO WE DO

  • Manage CountyCat, the shared library automation system which makes the collections of 15 member libraries available to all County residents. In 2017, more than 6.4 million items were circulated at MCFLS member libraries. This service alone annual represents almost $130 million in value to the public!  In 2017, libraries received 860,000 items that were not available in their own collection.
  • Administer a wide area network and offer PC and helpdesk support to member libraries.
  • Oversee delivery of materials centrally allowing residents to freely request materials for pick-up at various member locations.
  • Expand access to specialized collections and materials by funding a Resource Library Agreement with Milwaukee Public Library, our system's Resource Library. The agreement provides backup reference and information services to other member libraries and their patrons.
  • Coordinate staff training and continuing education opportunities to member staff

 

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