About Maryland Digital Library
Refer to participating institutions' library web sites to gain access to databases purchased through the MDL.
Access to MDL Wiki Spaces (Restricted to MDL Member Institution Librarians)
MDL email list addresses; use is restricted to members of the lists:
firstname.lastname@example.org MDL Contacts (the most comprehensive listserv - includes directors)
email@example.com MDL Directors only
firstname.lastname@example.org MDL Management Group
email@example.com MDL Management Group Executive Committee
firstname.lastname@example.org MDL Content Working Group
Management Group Members
Content Working Group Members
The first proposals were initiated by Dr. Kimberly B. Kelley, who was at that time the Director of the University of Maryland University College Library.
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 licensed 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, were accessed through a Web-based gateway called MdUSA (Maryland University and College Statewide Access to Electronic Resources).
In 2004, the Maryland General Assembly passed legislation establishing the Maryland Digital Library as a Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) program initiative. The MDL has not received state support since 2002.
In 2005, libraries using the MdUSA gateway were migrated to an EZ proxy gateway for remote access to their MDL electronic resources.
Since July 2000, Maryland college students have conducted over 14.7 million searches and retrieved 16 million full-text articles through the core MDL databases.
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."
Public Universities and Colleges
Independent Colleges & Universities
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