[Michlib-l] Device Purchasing Purchase Window Now OPEN!

Norris, Sonya (MDE) NorrisS2 at michigan.gov
Wed Apr 22 09:57:00 EDT 2020

Did you know that libraries are eligible to purchase devices such as laptops, desktops, and peripherals, often at prices below market?

The Awarded Device spreadsheet<https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdrive.google.com%2Ffile%2Fd%2F129NRXMHaWVAtnPZCfTajWi1YNYYNoLcW%2Fview%3Fusp%3Dsharing&data=02%7C01%7CNorrisS2%40michigan.gov%7C274336a158224b51034408d7e181ce99%7Cd5fb7087377742ad966a892ef47225d1%7C0%7C0%7C637225819949468507&sdata=UOB44eUhOk0fBDM%2Fj6oACRMzIil1G8MTPyOzWS%2BD9Fo%3D&reserved=0> has been updated and put on Google Drive. Please go there for the most recent version.

All purchases must be made through SPOT (go to remcsave.org<https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fremcsave.org%2F&data=02%7C01%7CNorrisS2%40michigan.gov%7C274336a158224b51034408d7e181ce99%7Cd5fb7087377742ad966a892ef47225d1%7C0%7C0%7C637225819949468507&sdata=lklglWU857DGHb203FLkskOf31SaPCkFBkYpqlTpMJQ%3D&reserved=0> below and follow the instructions)

As many of you probably already suspect, due to anticipated delays on some processors and with COVID-19 thrown into the mix, delivery time tables will be affected. We've asked the vendors to keep the delivery timeframes as up to date as possible in the item descriptions in the catalog. However, we strongly recommend that you contact the vendor directly before placing your order if the timing of the delivery of devices is critical for your situation.

To view the Device Purchasing catalog:
1.      Go to remcsave.org<https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fremcsave.org%2F&data=02%7C01%7CNorrisS2%40michigan.gov%7C274336a158224b51034408d7e181ce99%7Cd5fb7087377742ad966a892ef47225d1%7C0%7C0%7C637225819949468507&sdata=lklglWU857DGHb203FLkskOf31SaPCkFBkYpqlTpMJQ%3D&reserved=0>.
2.      Click on Technology on the home page.
3.      Click on the Device Purchasing box.
4.      Use the categories on the left under Device Purchasing to navigate through the catalog.
5.      Change the number of items per page that you can see by updating the number at the bottom of the list of devices and clicking enter.
To access SPOT to upload a PO, you must have an account and log in. Once you're in SPOT, use the Purchase Order icon at the top to jump down to the Purchase Order section or scroll down to the bottom.

Frequently Asked Questions about the bid and SPOT, such as how to log in and how to make a purchase, can be found in the Help section on the REMC SAVE website<https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fhelp.remcbids.org%2Fdevice-purchasing&data=02%7C01%7CNorrisS2%40michigan.gov%7C274336a158224b51034408d7e181ce99%7Cd5fb7087377742ad966a892ef47225d1%7C0%7C0%7C637225819949468507&sdata=kMPB8UQE62%2FFsPoEhCMxG28NUr%2Bgybpr0VdlJlMfpJs%3D&reserved=0> and the PDF version is attached. PDFs with all of the awarded devices and the options available for each awarded device are available in the Buying Guide section at the bottom of the Help page. I've also attached an Excel version of the awarded device document for those who like to sort and filter and a PDF of all of the options and accessories for the awarded devices. (In Adobe Acrobat, click on the bookmark icon on the left side of the PDF to open up a linked TOC with item numbers and device names. In Chrome click on the bookmark icon in the upper right of the PDF viewer.)

Public libraries are also eligible to purchase off of this bid.

Several of the vendors are also offering the opportunity to purchase the awarded devices for personal use. Information on this program will be sent out as soon as we have the info. (Personal purchases are not made through SPOT.)

As always, if you have any questions, email Karen Hairston, Project Manager, at karen at remc.org<mailto:karen at remc.org>  or spot at remc.org<mailto:spot at remc.org>.

Also, fun fact, Karen was on the MeL team not so long ago!

Sonya Schryer Norris
Library Consultant
Library of Michigan
Michigan Department of Education
Norriss2 at michigan.gov<mailto:Norriss2 at michigan.gov>


You have the power to shape your future, and the future of all children, by counting everyone in your home in the 2020 Census<https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fmy2020census.gov%2F&data=02%7C01%7CNorrisS2%40michigan.gov%7Ce7ec159400914a99c42d08d7d5c450e1%7Cd5fb7087377742ad966a892ef47225d1%7C0%7C0%7C637212911508123639&sdata=xx6zojNDhjfJla%2F0VwFZ7lWKmBZx7vtJ3Y%2BMUagjNL4%3D&reserved=0>.

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