Free MeL Databases webinar – Introducing teachers to MeL

Libraries’ strongest allies in education are teachers. Libraries provide numerous tools that can be used to further students’ ongoing success. Staying up to date on those tools can be a challenge for everyone, including teachers!

Join MeL Education Specialist, Christine Schneider and Livonia Public Schools, Dan Yowell on March 30, at 3:30pm Eastern, for a 30 minute webinar focused on MeL resources which support teachers in their critical work of ensuring student achievement.

More information and free registration at this link.    If you can’t make the live webinar, the recorded archive will be located here.


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Free PD On the New MeL Databases

Michigan Electronic Library is providing free professional development on new databases being added from gale and Britannica.  mel michigan electronic library

The local session will be held at the Kent District Library Service Center on August 21.

You can choose from two session time with these sign-up links:  9AM to Noon or 1PM to 4PM

Bring a laptop or other device to connect to the host location’s WiFi or just come and take in the vendor’s presentations.  KDL/MeL will be doing a drawing for special swag items if you bring a teacher or homeschool parent with you!

Please feel free to share this with your colleagues. For those who cannot attend, MeL will be scheduling webinars in the Fall.

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Thousands and thousands of FREE magazines, journals, professional publications, and newspapers.

mel michigan electronic libraryDid you know that you and your students have access to thousands and thousands of magazines, journals, professional publications, and newspapers?  The Michigan Electronic Library (MeL) is a one-stop shop for all of your academic research needs – and it’s FREE!

It’s quick and easy way to find specific titles in databases or obtain a list of suggested sources by subject (14 preset subjects with 100s of sub-categories).  Take a look at the left column at the MeL homepage and you’ll see a link for Magazines & Newspapers.  This takes you to the Full Text Electronic Journal List search screen from which you can Find e-journals by title or ISSN, Browse e-journals by title or subject, and Search for keywords in e-journals.

Unsure of what you might be looking for by name? Change the search index (by clicking on the down arrow next to “Title begins with”) to “Title contains all words” and enter a keyword to produce a list of all publications that contain this keyword.  The results of a search include title(s), ISSN, coverage dates, and link(s) to the specific MeL database(s) containing the publication.  Coverage can vary among the databases so be mindful of the dates listed for each resource.  A link to this e-journals search is also found at the alphabetic list of MeL Databases accessed from the top of the MeL homepage.

Make sure to visit today and see how your learners could use this to discover a cornucopia of primary resources for their projects.

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Common Core resources for schools and libraries in NoveList at MeL

mel michigan electronic libraryAre you using the Michigan Electronic Library in your classroom?  No? It’s a fantastic resource for educators and students across Michigan.  One of the great features is a NoveList.  NoveList’s Grab and Go Book Lists support Common Core and curricular Units of Study and provide 20 to 30 books in a range of reading levels based on your curricular area.

Recently, EBSCO posted some updated videos on YouTube covering Common Core resources for schools and libraries in NoveList.  There are 7 short videos showing how to find books in these areas:

  • Match a Unit of Study
  • Historical Events
  • Picture Book Extenders
  • Read-alikes,
  • Reading and Writing Concepts
  • Narrative Nonfiction for Young Readers
  • Common Core Connections in NoveList.

Check out the playlist of how-to videos at under Training & Promotion, EBSCO category.  You can jump directly to the YouTube playlist here.

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