Administered by the Library of Michigan in partnership with Michigan's libraries of all types, the Michigan eLibrary (http://mel.org) will provide 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 provide an easy-to-use interlibrary loan system to allow Michigan residents to borrow books and other library materials for free from participating Michigan libraries.
Read our strategy for developing MeL here. The strategy statement clarifies for the public, Michigan libraries and MeL staff the methodology used for selecting resources as well as the responsibility for the collections. MeL consists of a suite of subscription databases, a shared statewide catalog, portals including curricular-based resources and Michigan history collections, and selected best Web sites for kids, teens, business, jobs, government, health, legal, and books and literacy which includes library and information science.
2009-current statistics from the Library of Michigan and the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services for the MeL homepage and portals, the databases and MeLCat.
MeL is the Michigan eLibrary, a 24/7 online library for Michigan residents.
MeL is a service 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.
The Michigan eLibrary has grown from the combination of several statewide projects. The original projects were:
We routinely evaluate the Michigan eLibrary by surveying both users and non-users, including library staff. You can find the 2016 survey results at Michigan.gov.
The 2016 surveys included a random phone survey of the general public and an online survey of library patrons and of library staff. Libraries wishing to view the detailed cross tab reports for responses from their area may request those by contacting Karren Reish at 517-241-0021 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2016 the Library of Michigan conducted extensive usability testing of the discovery service, or homepage search box. This study resulted in interface enhancements that better serve the public. You can read a summary of our findings in Computers in Libraries, October 2016 in an article entitled: Encore Duet: How the Michigan eLibrary Tweaked Configuration Options to Improve the User Experience. For more information please contact Sonya Schryer Norris at 517-373-4457 or email@example.com.
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, part of the Michigan Department of Education. Additional funding is provided by the State of Michigan.