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MeL Minute : Mel Website Restructuring

Jon Harrison

In addition to the coming database changes, the library community will also see changes to the MeL.org site. One of our goals is to organize the content in a way that makes it easier to find, so not only will the look and feel be changing, but some of the content will be moving to homes that fit better. 


This week's MeL Minute highlights the changes to the Government, Legal, and Michigana portals. Just like a library's physical stacks need to be managed, we have been busy weeding and re-arranging to ensure the content in these three portals is up-to-date and organized. The Library of Michigan site will now house our government, legal and Michigan content and, where it made sense after weeding, any content that remained in these three areas has been co-located with existing content to create a “one-stop” experience for users.



Content from the MeL Michigana Portal can now be found in two places on the Library of Michigan site. In the “For the Public” section, check “Michigan Materials” and “Newspapers”.

  • The Michigan Materials area includes links to County Guides, Historical Research Collections, Michigan Imprints from 1851-1876, Michigan Bibliographies and Michigan Digital Collections.
  • The Newspapers area includes links to the Library of Michigan’s holdings, other newspaper resources and links to Michigan newspapers, and an alphabetical listing of newspaper family histories.



Content from the MeL Government Portal can now be found at the Library of Michigan site under "Government Information" in the "For the Public" section.

  • There is a Michigan Documents area, a Michigan Local Documents area, and a Federal Documents area.
  • On the Government page, a wealth of information can be found including links to the Library of Michigan's ANSWER Catalog, the Catalog of Government Publications, Governing Michigan, the HathiTrust Digital Library and govinfo, a service of the U.S. Government Publishing Office. Links to state and federal government website archives are also available, as well as contact information for Government Documents staff at the Library of Michigan.



Content from the MeL Legal Portal can now be found at the Library of Michigan site under "Law Library" in the "For the Public" section.

  • Here users will find connections to Directories, Research Databases (including Governing Michigan), Research Guides, Statutes, Regulations and Decisions and contact information for the Law Library. Trending legal cases can be found in the "Top Information Links" area and include updates on gerrymandering, medical marijuana, and the 2018 Michigan ballot proposals.


Brought to you by Liz Breed of the MeL Team.


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Sonya Schryer Norris

Library Consultant

Library of Michigan

702 W. Kalamazoo St.

Lansing, MI 48909


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