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MHEC Staff Update

We regretfully have to inform you that Jackie Cashin, Manager Library Contracts, has submitted her resignation effective Friday, April 19, 2019.  Jackie has worked for MHEC for 4 years and has been a great asset in creating a vibrant library community.  She will be truly missed.  We want to assure you we are working to develop a transition plan. But in the interim, you may contact Chris Raymond, Director of Contracts and Operations, or myself with any questions/concerns you may have.  My contact information is below and to reach Chris you may call (413) 992-2513 or  email him at


Michael Di Yeso

Executive Director

MHEC I 100 University Drive, Suite 1 I Amherst, MA  01002

New England’s Premier Group Purchasing Consortium I P: 413.992.2508 I F: 413.577.0692 I

New Contract Announcement

The MHEC and the MLS have worked together to address many of the new technologies available to libraries by procuring the L54 Library Digital Technologies contract. With the growth and expansion of “maker spaces,” where community members gather to learn and develop skills that are impractical to learn via the Internet, such as how to use a sewing machine or a 3D printer, training and citizenship, and apps that make using the library easier, the focus of the library remains on public adaptation and learning. The MHEC and the MLS have put together 18 of these new digital technologies leaders with discounts ranging from 5% to 55% off their regular pricing to support the libraries in becoming a more digital community. From maker space technologies to museum passes, the MHEC and the MLS are committed to helping all libraries, large and small to move forward and integrate the seasoned and well-worn path with the new road ahead. 

Here are the suppliers offering discounts to New England libraries: Click here (You will need your username & password to access this information) for more information
Technology Education Concepts, Inc.
Pronunciator LLC
Niche Academy
Scholastic Library Publishing, Inc
Image Access, Inc dba Digital Library Systems Group
Plymouth Rocket, Inc
Capira Technologies, LLC
For Your Student, Inc. DBA Eduporium
Simply Analytics, Inc
Carahsoft Technology Corp
Envision Ware, Inc
Cavendish Square Publishing LLC
The Rosen Publishing Group Inc

General Updates

MC14-L50 Library Supplies, Archival Products & Service


Effective April 1, 2016, this Library contract now offers an expanded selection of brands, product categories and multiple suppliers to meet all of your library supplies needs. Note that the contract title has changed from Library Supplies and Archival Products to: Library Supplies, Archival Products and Service. Please review the PDF contract notes for additional information on all suppliers. Any questions regarding this contract should be directed to Jacqueline Cashin at

MLS works closely with MHEC to ensure the products that libraries purchase are available at the best prices possible.  Jacqueline will be the liaison between the two organizations.

MHEC/MLS New Contracts

We are happy to announce that the new L52 - Library: Print Subscription Management has been awarded to WT Cox Information Services.  This new contract began on January 1, 2017.  Main Contact information for WT Cox:  Debra M. Knox, (800) 571-9554 x 215 or by email at


We are happy to announce that the new contract, MHEC L53 - Library Equipment, Software & Service contract is now available.  This contact began on 2/1/16! 

The awarded vendors are:

BayScan Technologies

Bibliotheca ITG, LLC dba Bibliotheca

Donnegan Systems Inc.

Lyngsoe System Inc.

Re-Stream Inc.

Tech Logic

Whalley Computer Associates Inc

Please check this new contract out in further detail at:


 promotions are designed to provide members with savings in addition to contract pricing. MHEC provides monthly promotions through their Strategic Partner Showcase. These promotions are available to all member institutions.

MHEC Market Place

MHEC Market Place

Our market place provides members with a direct link to participationg contracted supply partner's websites.  Hover over each partner to view the MHEC contract number (s).

Recent Contract Addenda

Most recent contract addenda are listed here. For a full list of contract addenda, please refer to the contract documents available on the MHEC Contract Page. You will need username and password to access contract information.

L53: Library Equipment, Software & Service - Addendum #4- The contract has been renewed for a period of one (1) year to end on January 31, 2020. Donnegan Systems Inc., Lyngsoe Systems Inc., Re-Stream, Inc., and Whalley Computer Associates Inc. have been removed off contract.

MC13-L50 Library:  Supplies, Archival Products & Equipment

Addendum #8:  Contract has been extended

This contract has been extended to March 31, 2016.  Envisionware is not extending their contract.


MC13-L50 Library: Supplies, Archival Products & Equipment

Revised MHEC / MLS Breakout Price List -April 2015.  By request from members, a separate price list is attached as a quick reference to locate and price compare some or the most purchased items. This List does not supersede the pricing discounts contained within the contract and should be used as a guide only.  You will notice that not all the items in the list are in the Library related contracts, but you can order them from the other contracts that MHEC has to offer.  All MHEC contracts are available to our members.

This MHEC / MLS Breakout Price List should be considered for the confidential Use of MHEC and MLS Members. 




MLS & MHEC Contact Information

MLS Contacts:

Shirley MacLean
(866) 627-7228 ext. 130
Betsy Meaden
(866) 627-7228 ext. 119


Interim MHEC Contacts:

Chris Raymond (Director of Contracts & Operations)
(413) 992-2513
Michael Di Yeso (Executive Director)
(413) 992-2508