Archive for September, 2007

MLC Launches Michigan Libraries Wiki

From Press Release:

Lansing, Michigan, September 18, 2007: The Michigan Library Consortium
(MLC) is pleased to announce the launch of the Michigan Libraries Wiki , an online resource of information for libraries.
Michigan librarians can consult the new Wiki to find out what services
other libraries in the state are offering, ranging from coffee shop
services to MySpace pages to digitization projects, as well as sample
library policies, consultant lists, RFP resources and more. Like Wikipedia,
the Michigan Libraries Wiki is open for librarians and others to add
content to the wiki pages.

“Our goal is to provide a useful library wiki for Michigan library staff
from all types of libraries,” said Randy Dykhuis, MLC Executive Director.
“We’re asking library staff, trustees, Library Friends, consultants,
speakers, and others to contribute to the wiki to create a resource for
information and news about Michigan libraries’ activities, policies, and
projects. All are invited to share policies, services, ideas, and best
practices.”

To build the initial content for the wiki, MLC staff began with the
questions most frequently asked by member libraries. These included
inquiries posted on Michigan library listservs or asked of MLC staff, such
as requests for library consultant lists, sample policies, sample RFPs, and
lists of libraries providing new services such as MySpace pages, blogs,
coffee bars, home delivery, and digital collections.

“We’re frequently asked for information on digitization projects in
Michigan,” said Ruth Dukelow, MLC Associate Director, “so we included a
page on the wiki where libraries can add links to their digitization
projects, institutional repositories, and special collections. Prior to the
launch, we populated the Wiki pages with a lot of information, but we
expect that the content will be greatly expanded once Michigan library
staff begin to add to the Wiki.”

For more information, visit the Michigan Libraries Wiki at
http://mlcnet.org/wiki or contact Ruth Dukelow, Associate Director, MLC,
(800) 530-9019 x121 or dukelow@mlcnet.org.

MLC is a library membership organization serving all types of libraries in
Michigan, from the large research libraries to very small school media
centers and public libraries. Because Michigan’s libraries are such a
diverse mixture of large and small, rural and urban, with a wide range of
needs, MLC has evolved over the years to become a full-service library
service agency. As such, MLC offers library technology training workshops,
special programs, group licensing for database and e-journal subscriptions,
and provides implementation, training, and support for the statewide MeL
Databases and MeLCat projects.

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