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Michigan’s eLibrary Today the “New MEL” Spring 2002. Becky Cawley, Statewide Databases Administrator Library of Michigan. Michigan’s Virtual Library The Concept. “Anyone, anywhere in Michigan, at any time, can locate and retrieve information he or she needs or wants.”.

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michigan s elibrary today the new mel spring 2002

Michigan’s eLibrary Todaythe “New MEL”Spring 2002

Becky Cawley, Statewide Databases Administrator

Library of Michigan

“Anyone, anywhere in Michigan, at any time, can locate and retrieve information he or she needs or wants.”
“Anyone, anywhere in Michigan, at any time, can locate and retrieve information he or she needs or wants.”
  • From the Internet
  • From Commercial databases
  • From e-books & journals
accessmichigan information
From the Internet = MEL

From commercial databases = First Search, INFOTrac , SIRS, Electric Library, Custom Newspapers, AncestryPlus

From e-books = netLibrary started on April 9, 2001

AccessMichigan information
“Anyone, anywhere in Michigan, at any time, can locate and retrieve information he or she needs or wants.”
  • Coming soon
    • From library catalogs
      • Locate
      • Request
      • Deliver
    • From digitized local collections
    • (aka ATLAS project)
new in spring 2001
New in Spring 2001
  • MEL Ebooks from netLibrary
  • See http://accessmichigan.org for
    • Project summary
    • Lists of titles
    • Presentation and Demo
  • Demo planned for Michigan Health Sciences Conference Oct 17 2002
  • For full training call Kathy Cadwallader
  • 800-530-9019 x 13
what is the mel ebooks collection
What is the MEL Ebooks Collection?
  • Part of AccessMichigan
  • 8,000 titles purchased
  • 3,500 + Public Domain titles
  • Funded by Library of Michigan
  • Permanent part of our growing collection
what subjects are included
What subjects are included?
  • Almost anything!
  • American History, Anatomy, Philology, Math, Consumer Health, Statistics, Film, Arts and Crafts, Zoology… just to name a few
can we add records to our catalogs for these titles
Can we add records to our catalogs for these titles?
  • MARC records are available through MLC at $.05 per record
  • To order MARC records, please call the Michigan Library Consortium at 1-800-530-9019
  • Records will be provided from OCLC
what are key features of mel ebooks
What are key features of MEL Ebooks?
  • Ability to search the full content of all of the books with one search
  • Ability to search key words in entire book
  • Ability to include these books in library OPAC
  • “Read” books online (no special device or reader)
  • Users create individual ID/PW at the library
new in fall 2001
NEW in Fall 2001
  • AncestryPlus - GALE
  • Custom Newspapers - GALE
ancestry plus
Ancestry Plus
  • New from GALE – major Genealogy resource
    • Census Records
    • Immigration Records
    • Social Security Death Index
    • 100’s of other resources
    • Library use only
custom newspapers
Custom Newspapers

All of newspapers GALE has access to:

N.Y. Times

Detroit News

International Herald Tribune and more…

120 national and international newspapers

Years included varies by newspaper

change re free press
Change re Free Press
  • AccessMichigan no longer includes access to Detroit Free Press
    • Vendor changed to NewsBank
    • Cost increased over 700%
  • What options do librarians have if they want to purchase the Free Press themselves ?
    • Group purchase via MLC
    • Group purchase via COOP or other
    • Add to an existing contract with NewsBank
remote access for library patrons
Remote Access for Library Patrons
  • Some libraries have shared passwords or create access using their own systems
  • New option coming in late May 2002
  • Patron enters driver’s license number or state ID number
    • Authorized to use all resources except library use only (AncestryPlus right now)
    • http://mel.org will take users to the “new” MeL
  • For netLibrary user gets to location for creating individual ID/PW
accessmichigan support services
AccessMichigan - Support Services
  • Help Desk at MLC
  • Training via MLC
  • MSU ILL support
  • SPAN: a serials holdings list for Michigan
  • Periodicals list done by Oakland schools
  • http://accessmichigan.org
database statistics retrievals
Database Statistics - Retrievals
  • Oct 2000 - Sept 2001
    • Electric library 358,555
    • Gale Group 2,287,567
    • netLibrary 332,863
    • First Search 2,260,632
    • SIRS 218,710
    • Databases Total 5,458,327
  • MEL 7,254,631
  • Grand Total 12,712,958
database statistics costs
Database Statistics - Costs
  • Total cost = approximately $3.6 million
  • Cost per retrieval = 29 cents
  • Value if purchased separately =

$129 million

$125,170 per library (avg)

database renewals
Database renewals
  • All current databases available through Sept 2002
  • netLibrary not a subscription
  • Following subscriptions needed to be renewed for Oct 2002 -
    • OCLC’s First Search
    • GALE (except Ancestry and Custom News)
    • Electric Library Elementary
    • SIRS Discoverer
database renewals 2002 2003 basic goals
Database Renewals 2002-2003Basic Goals
  • Continuity with plan for more extended RFP process for 2003-
  • Core set of resources
    • Consider high demand subjects
    • Consider needs of all types of libraries
database renewals process
Database Renewals-Process
  • Review usage statistics
  • Gather input from representative groups including:
    • Reference librarians
    • Coops
    • REMCs
    • MLA, MAME, and Road Show participants
database renewals results
Database renewals – Results
  • Renewed as is
    • Sirs Discoverer Deluxe
    • Electric Library
    • Gale Group including:
      • General Reference Center Gold
      • Health Reference Center- Academic
      • Health and Wellness Resource Center
      • Info Trac Kids Edition
      • AncestryPlus
database renewals oclc s first search
Database Renewals – OCLC’s First Search
  • “Panorama” package no longer available
  • Databases must be purchased separately
  • Able to subscribe to those databases which make up 85% of the usage in FirstSearch
  • Remaining databases which make up 15% of the usage would cost an additional $1.7 million
  • Had to choose………
database renewals1
Database Renewals
  • For more detail on titles for Oct 2002-Sept 2003 see
  • http://accessmichigan.org/fschanges.htm
  • See here also information about option for purchasing searches for the remaining databases through MLC
database selection process for 2003
Database Selection Process for 2003-
  • Library “feedback meetings” to identify subject needs Apr – June 2002
  • Survey to prioritize subject needs
  • RFP to vendors – Fall 2002
  • Review teams evaluate databases
  • Feb 2003 RFP responses due
  • Recommendation team meets with LM to review responses
  • AccessMichigan Advisory committee meets
  • Announcement re databases – March 30 2003
how can i get involved
How can I get involved?
  • Input at feedback meeting
  • Return prioritized subject list
  • Volunteer for review committee
databases future
Databases --Future
  • Are AccessMichigan databases here to stay?
  • Will Library of Michigan keep adding new state funded databases ?
  • What will Library of Michigan be doing about group purchases of other databases?
names names names
Names, names, names
  • AccessMichigan
  • MEL
  • What are they????????
the new mel this is the product
The “New” MEL- this is the PRODUCT
  • Michigan’s eLibrary (MeL) includes
    • MeL Internet: Best of the Internet selected by Michigan librarians
    • MeL Electronic magazines, Ebooks, and more: Commercial resources purchased for Michigan residents by the Library of Michigan
    • MeL Lending Library : books, music and more from Michigan libraries to Michigan residents
    • MeL Archives: digitized local resources made available on the web
michigan s virtual library
Michigan’s Virtual Library
  • Product =
    • MeL.org
  • Projects =
    • AccessMichigan
    • ATLAS
    • Etc
    • Project names may change or be dropped
“Anyone, anywhere in Michigan, at any time, can locate and retrieve information he or she needs or wants.”
  • Still the same goal
  • Brought to you by
    • MeL - Michigan’s eLibrary
    • Find it at http://mel.org
MeL Administration

Library of Michigan

Jo Budler


[email protected]

Becky Cawley


[email protected]

Training and Help Desk

Michigan Library Consortium

Kathy Cadwallader

800-530-9019 x 13

[email protected]