October 22, 2013 (Traverse City, Mich.,) The Traverse Area District Library (TADL) is pleased to announce the library system, consisting of six community library facilities, is one of the newest additions to MeLCat, a statewide library catalog and materials delivery service. Through MeLCat TADL cardholders can search and request library materials from more than 400 libraries in the state of Michigan.
A link to MeLCat has been added to the online TADL catalog. If an item is not available through TADL, library users can simply click to search MeLCat. Materials you request on MeLCat will be delivered through the MeL delivery program free of charge. TADL patrons should expect materials to be delivered to the TADL location of their choice in 7-10 days. In order for MeLCat to work you must be a registered user in good standing (with an unexpired TADL card and below the fine threshold). Visit www.tadl.org/melcat to learn more about MeLCat including accessing TADL cardholder MeLCat user ID’s.
“We are very excited to now be part of MeLCat,” said Metta Lansdale, TADL director. “MeLCat offers increased access to a growing collection of remarkable information resources.”
MeLCat allows registered users at participating libraries to search for, locate and request materials from a comprehensive catalog that includes the borrowing materials from public, academic and special collection libraries around the state. Available from users’ libraries or from their homes, businesses and schools at http://mel.org, this service provides access to millions of items, including valuable local history materials.
“MeLCat gives libraries a valuable tool to enhance the level of service they offer and to better support patrons’ recreation, information and learning needs,” said State Librarian Nancy Robertson. “It’s a cost-effective way to give Michigan residents in all corners of the state access to more resources than any single library can provide.”
Currently, there are nearly 400 participating MeLCat libraries, including 310 public libraries, 40 academic libraries, 23 K-12 libraries, 10 K-12/public combined libraries, 6 special libraries and the Library of Michigan. The bibliographic database has over 42 million items. New libraries and their holdings continue to be added three times a year.
MeLCat is part of the Michigan eLibrary (http://mel.org), Michigan’s virtual library developed by the Library of Michigan with participation by Michigan libraries. MeL is designed to offer every library and resident of the state equitable and easy-to-use access to a core set of information resources.
Funding for MeL.org is provided by Michigan State Aid to Libraries, which leverages additional federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Largely through its Michigan Electronic Library services, including MeLCat, the Library of Michigan promotes, advocates and consistently works to achieve the highest overall level of library service to the State of Michigan.
The Library of Michigan is part of the Michigan Department of Education. Dedicated to furthering and enhancing the educational needs and experiences for school age children in Michigan, the Department serves all aspects of the educational process including early childhood, professional preparation, school improvement, career and technical education and more. For additional information, visit http://michigan.gov/mde
The Traverse Area District Library (TADL) is a network of community libraries serving Grand Traverse County through the Woodmere (Main) Branch, East Bay and Kingsley Branches as well as Member Libraries Fife Lake Public Library, Interlochen Public Library, and Peninsula Community Library.