ATEEL, the Advanced Technology Environmental Education Library, was ATEEC's first version of an electronic library for environmental technology education. Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, ATEEL helped position ATEEC to leverage that initial funding and receive a grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a more sophisticated, interactive library. ATEEL did not have a database that could be shared with standardized metadata as does the current version, called eERL (Environmental and Energy Resources Library).
The strength of these online libraries has been the selection process for resources. Resources are recommended and evaluated by experienced educators to ensure the resource quality for students, technicians, educators, and administrators in the environmental technology field.
ATEEL's strength continues in eERL. eERL's additional strength is its ability to interact with other databases and become part of the National Science Digital Library, a national treasury of information available for any learner or educator.