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MeL Minute: MeL's New eResources Learning Academy

by Liz Breed on 2019-10-10T09:44:15-04:00 | Comments

Michigan eLibrary facivonWe're excited to share MeL has a new support tool! Our new subscription to Niche Academy allows us to create our very own eResources Learning Academy. Content will include short, bite-size videos on how to use eBooks, research databases and more, and will be created by both the MeL team and Niche Academy. You will also find a mix of transcripts and written instructions with screenshots.  



Links to MeL's eResources Learning Academy are in two places on 

  1. In the eResources section, you'll notice certain records now include links to videos. 
  2. In the Library Staff section, at the top of the page, you'll find the full list of available videos. Scroll through the list and select the one you want. The video will appear inside the Niche Academy window on If you'd like to see the video in full screen mode, click on the arrow in the upper right corner of the box. 

Currently, our eResources Learning Academy includes 6 videos on how to use specific EBSCO databases. Our MeL eBook video will show you how to navigate the ins and outs of reading and downloading eBooks. You'll also find videos from, World Book and Gale. To support other areas of learning, we've created a couple of videos to help navigate Also, there are 5 "How To Do Research" videos. 

These short videos may be helpful in a variety of situations. 

  1. Supporting new staff that need training.
  2. Teaching patrons how to use a particular resource, or how to do research.
  3. Learning available 24/7 for anyone needing for a quick re-fresh.

We hope you find this new learning opportunity helpful! If you have questions, or would like to offer suggestions for future videos, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me at As a first time attendee, you'll also see Niche Academy at MLA's Annual Conference this year. Look for them at booth #49 or connect with them at their session on Wednesday, October 16 at 1:30 pm.

Happy Learning! 


Brought to you by Liz Breed from the MeL Team. 

Supporting Michigan Libraries by Putting You First. 

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MeL eResources are available to Michigan residents or for Michigan library or school access only. 



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