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About Maryland Digital Library

*Content
*Organization
*History
*Publicity
*Usage Statistics
*Participating Institutions
*Contact Information


Content
Maryland Digital Library currently provides access to the following electronic resources (Please note that not all libraries have access to all listed resources. To search your library's electronic resources please login.):

Descriptions of each electronic resource.

Current trials and renewal info for potential MDL content for FY 2006.


Organization

Maryland Digital Library Program Proposal (June, 1999) PDF, 2,382KB

Maryland Digital Library Governance Structure (Effective July 1, 2003) PDF, 86KB

Management Group Members:

  • Alan Bogage (Carroll Community College)
  • Bob Baldwin (Allegany Community College)
  • Pat Cheek (Chesapeake College)
  • Betty Day (MDL Program)
  • David Gillespie (Frostburg State University)
  • Pamela Higgins (Johns Hopkins University)
  • Kimberly Kelley (University of Maryland University College)
  • Mary Landry (Community College of Baltimore County)
  • Charles Lowry (Chair, University of Maryland)
  • Nancy Magnuson (Goucher College)
  • John McGinty (Loyola/Notre Dame College)
  • Karen Robertson (Morgan State University)
  • David Sumler (Ex officio, Maryland Higher Education Commission)
  • Michele Reid (McDaniel College)
  • Richard Werking (U.S. Naval Academy)
  • Larry Wilt (University of Maryland Baltimore County)
  • Tom Wilson (MDL Program Director)

Executive Board Members:

  • Pamela Higgins (Johns Hopkins University)
  • Mary Landry (Community College of Baltimore County)
  • Charles Lowry (Chair, University of Maryland)

Content Working Group Members:

  • Brenda Braham (Montgomery College)
  • Larry Clemens (U.S. Naval Academy)
  • Betty Day (University of Maryland/MDL Program)
  • Patricia MacDonald (Loyola/Notre Dame College)
  • Mick O'Leary (Frederick Community College)
  • Eric Rector (University of Maryland Baltimore County)
  • Rick Sample (Capitol College)
  • Laura Wrubel (MDL Program)


History

In 1998, the Secretary of Higher Education authorized formation of the Maryland Digital Library Task Force to develop a program for a Maryland Digital Library. This task force, with representatives from all sectors of higher education in Maryland, presented the MDL program to the Maryland Higher Education Commission in May 1999. In December 1999, initial funds of $400,000 were approved by the Maryland IT Board to put MDL into operation. When these funds were received in early June 2000, they were used in combination with $500,000 from the state budget to begin implementation.

On July 5, 2000, the Maryland Digital Library was launched providing on-campus access to 10 commercial electronic databases for the students, faculty, and staff of 49 colleges and universities, both public and private. These electronic resources, including 400 electronic books and 2945 electronic journals, are accessed through a Web-based gateway called MdUSA (Maryland University and College Statewide Access to Electronic Resources).

Since July 2000, students have conducted over 5.3 million searches and retrieved over 4.8 million full-text articles.

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Publicity
Maryland Digital Library Powerpoint Presentation
Press Release (July 6, 2000)
Brochure (PDF, 58KB)

The Baltimore Sun featured MDL in its Education Beat column. The article, "Library bridges a digital divide," which appeared on Feb. 21, 2001, describes the benefits MDL has brought to participating institutions, particularly community colleges.

Maryland Digital Library also received a "thumbs up" from the Cecil Whig (July 14, 2000) for providing students with "a whole new way of learning."

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Usage Statistics
MDL users conducted over 2.1 million searches and retreived 1.7 million full-text documents from July 2000 to July 2001.
Statistics by database (PDF, 19KB).

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Participating Institutions

Public Universities and Colleges

Independent Colleges & Universities

Community Colleges

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Contact Information

Betty Day
(301)405-9072

Laura Wrubel
(301)314-2721

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