MeL History

Michigan eLibrary, Your Anywhere, Anytime Library


  • MeL debuts MeL Business with a series of four short videos filmed at libraries across the state. In the fall, the MeL Teachers portal is unveiled with classroom resources that replaced MORE, which was discontinued.


  • June 16: MeL debutes a discovery service and a new, responsive interface. The discovery service is a new product, the result of cooperation between Innovative Interfaces and ESBCO. It searches MeLCat as well as M.O.R.E., and many of the databases and Michigana resources.


  • Oct 4: MeL celebrated 20 years with a reception at the Library of Michigan attended by many of those who have worked for years to make the Michigan eLibrary what it is today. Guest speakers: Susan Hildreth, Institute of Museum and Library Services, and George Needham and Christie Brandau, former Michigan state librarians.
  • Michigan eLibrary wins President's Award from Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL)
    The Library of Michigan was honored at the 2012 Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) with the President's Award. Given to individuals or organizations who have made an outstanding contribution to further the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning in education, this year's award went to the Michigan eLibrary. Past award recipients include, Apple, Tech4Learning, Michigan Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan, and U.S. Representative Fred Upton and U.S. Senator Carl Levin.


  • The Library of Michigan and LearningExpress, LLC were pleased to provide 3 weeks of training on Job & Career Accelerator throughout the State of Michigan for both library and workforce development staff enabling them to further assist job seekers and career changers with whom they work.
  • gets a 2.0 upgrade which allows visitors to "Share" and "Like" MeL's databases and Web resources.


  • MeL receives a two-year grant from the federal Broadband Technology and Opportunities Program (BTOP) to purchase Job and Career Accelerator from LearningExpress.
  • MeL takes it to the user at and
  • Library of Michigan's MeLCat Celebrates 5 Years of Service to Michigan Residents


  • Michigan Educators Get M.O.R.E. Quality Teaching Tools and Resources - Free at


  • MORE (Michigan Online Resources for Educators) is added to MeL.
  • MeL is redesigned with “Gateways” for easier searching.


  • MeL databases chosen for next 3 year period announced
  • Michigan Educators Resources added to MeL
  • "MeL ReMix" unveiled -  the latest and most content-rich version of the Michigan eLibrary (MeL), at
  • MeL usability study reveals that MeLCat is working well and growing, that rethinking the function of the federated search box is needed and reinforces that regular MeL users find it effective, efficient, and easy to use.


  • Users accessing the InfoTrac databases through MeL will use the new PowerSearch interface.
  • Preview of new MeL is launched including new gateway interface, MeLCat, the new statewide catalog, with resource sharing for participating libraries, and federated searching of the MeL Databases, MeL Internet and MeLCat.


  • Libraries are invited to participate in MeLCat
  • Michigan County Histories and Atlases online collection is added to MeL.
  • Participating Michigan libraries on July 1 began the inaugural year of the new MeL Statewide Delivery service.
  • Library of Michigan Partners with Innovative Interfaces and Michigan Library Consortium (now the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services) to Expand Michigan eLibrary
  • MeL Catalog Policies Committee forms to be responsible for policies for the statewide union catalog.
  • MeL Resource Sharing Policies Committee forms to be responsible for policies governing statewide resource sharing



  • MeL Catalog Steering Committee on Feb. 12 receives 10 responses to the Request for Information (RFI) for the MeL Catalog and Portal.


  • 24 hour remote access to unveiled to the public in the summer of 2002
  • MeL Catalog Readiness Survey made available to plan for the implementation of the MeL Catalog.


  • Michigan Library Consortium (now Midwest Collaborative for Library Services) transfers administration of AccessMichigan to the Library of Michigan


  • ATLAS, the Action Team for Advancement of Libraries Statewide (1999-2002), plans the design for a statewide catalog and interlibrary loan (ILL) delivery service.
  • AccessMichigan/MEL Teams Up with Merit's Michigan Teacher Network
  • Michigan Library Consortium (now Midwest Collaborative for Library Services) tapped to provide implementation services for AccessMichigan
  • AccessMichigan web site available to libraries providing online database access, library catalogs, SPAN, state government information, local community projects, a training calendar, professional development activities and information sharing for librarians.
  • Serials, Periodicals, and Newspapers (SPAN) database is an Internet accessible, state-wide list of magazines and journals held in more than 875 Michigan libraries.

Updated 07/08/2014