June 1, 2014

The Michigan E-Library



Along with the friendly Michiganders, the Great Lakes and  Sault Ste. Marie, founded by Father Jacques Marquette in 1668 and the third oldest remaining settlement in the United States, here's a terrific project through the Michigan library system.
Administered by the Library of Michigan in partnership with Michigan's libraries of all types, the Michigan eLibrary (http://mel.org) provides all Michigan residents with free access to online full-text articles, full-text books, digital images, and other valuable research information at any time via the Internet; and  provides an easy-to-use interlibrary loan  system  to allow Michigan residents to borrow books and other library materials for free from participating Michigan libraries.
MeL is a project of the Library of Michigan. The Library of Michigan contracts with the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services and partners with a number of Michigan organizations and institutions to provide the MeL service.

This service is funded by the Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) via the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Library of Michigan. The cost of MeL is approximately $5 million per year with a savings to the state's libraries, schools, colleges and universities of over $72 million per year.

1 comment:

Mary Deal said...

The inter library loan system is a good one. Am glad to see other libraries participating in such a program. Here in Hawaii, we are spread out over 5 main islands and a couple smaller ones. We have an inter-library loan system and it has helped me greatly in researching for my books. Without that system, most of my research would have to be done over the Net. However, it's great to have a book or video in the hands getting closer to the information needed.