MeLCat is Here!

The Bailey Library is now your gateway to MeLCat (Michigan eLibrary Catalog), a statewide library collection of 7+ million holdings of over 150 academic, public, school, and corporate libraries in Michigan.

Our MeLCat membership essentially opens up access for our students, faculty and staff to this enormous collection of books and media items which no one single library can afford to acquire.

By searching MeLCat on our library homepage, current WCC users can, at no charge, initiate borrowing requests online to any of the participating Michigan libraries. The items will be delivered by a statewide courier to the Bailey Library for pick-up. The turnaround time is approximately five business days. Users can also drop off the items at the Bailey Library for return to the lending libraries.

As a seamless extension of the Bailey Library’s collection, MeLCat provides endless possibilities. Think of the¬†library materials, such as textbooks and audio books,¬†which we do not own locally but might serve your educational needs. MeLCat could well be your answer!

If you have any questions, please contact William Rutger, Interlibrary Loan specialist, in Library Access Services at 734-973-3429 or

College Teaching Resources

So that WCC faculty can conveniently retrieve college teaching resources from the Bailey Library, the library catalog has provided a dynamic search link labeled “Selected College Teaching Resources” under Library Info.

Every time you click the link, you will retrieve a continuously updated list of library resources on college teaching. The list will reflect the library’s most recent acquisitions in that subject area.

If it is a book that you want, just notify the Library staff, and they will deliver the book to your office. If it is an e-book that interests you, you can read it right on your computer.

The Bailey Library also provides databases relevant to college teaching, such as Profession Collection and ERIC (OCLC FirstSearch).

Please do not hesitate to ask our librarians if you need further assistance.

Library Research Instruction Outcome Assessment

In Winter Semester 2007, the Bailey Library will conduct a pilot of outcome assessment of the research instruction classes taught by faculty librarians.

As instructors sign up for library research instruction for their classes, four ENG 111 classes will be selected for library outcome assessment. The instructors will be notified in advance and provided with the assessment rubric used by the librarians. The rubric will measure four outcomes: students’ use of reference resources, research databases, books/media items via the library catalog, and the appropriate documentation style in their research.

The instructors will be requested to provide the faculty librarians with a sampling of the students’ papers, so that we can assess the four outcomes and measure the efficacy of our library research instruction.

Excited about the pilot, the Bailey Library staff will greatly appreciate the faculty’s cooperation, which will help us review and redesign our research instruction to serve your needs better.