Two decades ago, the University of Michigan digital library program began a comprehensive, strategic approach to reconceiving its collections and services. We worked to build the necessary infrastructure and capacity for creating and managing digital content, including structures, policies, services, and decision processes. While other digital library programs have focused on specific areas such as digital preservation or particular types of collections, Michigan's program has enjoyed success in a broad array of information technology arenas. Today, Michigan's program is a mature digital library environment capable of supporting large-scale conversion of materials, the development of tools and services to support information access, the capability to share expertise and resources with the broader scholarly community, and the stature to shape national and international dialogue. It is this unique combination of qualities that has made Michigan an attractive partner to entities outside the University and a credible participant in national and international efforts. Forming alliances with a range of public and private partners, the Library extends its services and content to the world.
The Digital Library Production Service (DLPS) at the U-M Library has digitized and maintains online collections in fields ranging from literature to transportation history. For a complete list, please visit: http://quod.lib.umich.edu/. DLPS has also developed DLXS, a suite of resources designed to help educational and other institutions produce their own digital collections.
Text Creation Partnership creates fully searchable and full-text versions of thousands of English titles originally published between 1473 and 1800 and American works published between 1639 and 1800. http://www.lib.umich.edu/tcp
Michigan Publishing is an innovative publishing enterprise dedicated to providing economically sustainable publication alternatives. Publishing a broad range of online and print books and academic journals, MPublishing offers authors and editors a low-cost, flexible, and efficient platform to disseminate their work. http://publishing.umich.edu
Deep Blue provides online access to the scholarly and creative work of University of Michigan authors. In just its first year of operation, Deep Blue has provided access to over 34,000 items, and users have downloaded over 1,000,000 Deep Blue publications. http://deepblue.lib.umich.edu
Michigan digitization partnerships maximize the respective strengths of commercial and academic digital library development for the long-term benefit of researchers and students. Our ground-breaking partnership with Google to digitize the entire print collection of the University of Michigan Library provides full-text access to millions of public domain works and makes it possible to search for keywords and phrases within hundreds of thousands more in-copyright materials. The HathiTrust Digital Library, a partnership of the nation's largest research libraries, makes digitized materials from all of their collections freely available to researchers around the world.