MARVEL: Maine's Virtual Library
MARVEL! provides every resident of Maine with access to a collection of full text articles and abstracts from magazines, newspapers, journals and reference books that are credible, reputable resources. MARVEL! also provides students, business people, public library patrons, and higher education students and educators the ability to search a number of resources at one time for information. The value of the resources provided in these databases would be over $700,000 per library!
One example of cost savings is as follows:
Maine has 214 schools (public and private) that contain grades 9-12. If one of these schools were to purchase just the EBSCO resources contained in MARVEL!, it would cost that school approximately $20,000.
If all 214 Maine schools purchased just the EBSCO materials on their own, the total cost would be $4,280,000.
Funding comes from the Maine State Legislature and the joint efforts of Maine State Library, University of Maine, Colby, Bates, Bowdoin Colleges, the Public Utilities Commission, and MTEAF (Maine Telecommunications Educational Access Fund), commonly known as state E-rate. This collaboration makes statewide licensing of MARVEL! resources extremely cost effective and provides these resources for every school, library and resident of Maine.