A Good Year for MeLCat

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The numbers are in and MeLCat, our state-wide resource-sharing system, had a recordbreaking year with over one million requests.

KPL patrons continue to use this popular, do-it-yourself interlibrary loan service. KPL cardholders can place their own request at the MeLCat website and within a few days it will be delivered to KPL for them to pick-up. The system is well balanced and we loan about as many items as we borrow.

This statewide service is funded as part the Michigan eLibrary project of the Library of Michigan. Librarians continue to express strong support for this service. Those I have talked to advocate for continued MeLCat funding over direct state aid to public libraries, if a choice needs to be made. Funding for all library services that are state-wide depend upon the priorities for our state budget.

Resource-sharing within Michigan is alive and well. We hope it will continue.



Posted by Ann Rohrbaugh at 02/11/2011 04:16:40 PM | 

MeLCat is an amazing service. If KPL doesn't have it, it's almost always available through MeL. I, too, hope it will continue!
Posted by: keith ( Email ) at 2/11/2011 4:19 PM

When patrons find out about MelCat, they are amazed that such a service exists...truly indispensible.
Posted by: Matt S ( Email ) at 2/16/2011 6:45 PM

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