Update: New Jersey Knowledge Initiative

To the New Jersey library community:

NOTE: You may have seen the email sent on Friday, May 2 to VALE libraries regarding NJKI. This email was based upon a meeting that Norma Blake and I had with Judy Cohn, Marianne Gaunt and Anne Ciliberti the prior day. VALE libraries urgently needed information on how to proceed for FY09 and, with the NJKI funding stream still being honed, we all decided that it would be best for these libraries to prepare for the worst case scenario in terms of Academic Search Premier.

That being said, the meeting held on April 22 and facilitated by the Governor’s Office did not yield any commitment of funding for the additional $1 million needed to return NJKI to its previous funding level. In addition, those present at the meeting from the Dept. of Labor, the Economic Development Authority and the Governor’s Office made two points very clear-first, getting continuing or additional economic development funding will be dependent upon NJKI resources being available remotely; and second, that databases of use to the general business community such as RefUSA and Academic Search Premier* would be considered more favorably than those directed toward niche markets.

At this time $2 million remains in the state budget for NJKI. We will not know for certain that we have those funds until the budget is approved. Angie Maguire of the Office of Economic Growth (OEG) has agreed to help us acquire US EDA federal funds or to arrange a demonstration for state agencies serving workforce development and small businesses. The Governor has told the State Librarian that along with OEG his office will reach out to Pharma to try to add funds to NJKI.

Two clarifications Norma and I would like to make regarding recent information being circulated regarding NJKI:

1. We did not knowingly contract for $3 million with a $2 million budget. We had to continue multiyear, existing contracts; and

2. We did not duplicate what higher education does. Higher Education took individual contracts for their target audiences when NJKI was shut off. We also contract with some of the same vendors, but for different products.

*Academic libraries, please note that Academic Search Premier may be offered remotely to everyone through Jersey Clicks, but that there is no money outside of NJKI to again purchase or contract specifically for academic institutions.

Norma E. Blake
New Jersey State Librarian

Kathleen Moeller-Peiffer, MSLS
Associate State Librarian for Library Development
New Jersey State Library
Mail: P.O. Box 520 [Location: 185 West State Street]
Trenton NJ 08625-0520
Ph: (609) 278-2640 ext. 170; fax: (609) 278-2650
IM: KatOcrck (AIM)

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NJKI Resources – Urgent Notice

Dear Colleagues:

Effective July 1, 2008, academic libraries will no longer receive the subsidized databases from the New Jersey Knowledge Initiative (NJKI) funded by the New Jersey State Library (NJSL). Unfortunately, this also includes access to EBSCO’s Academic Search Premier, which has been funded until now by the NJSL. We understand the magnitude and impact this news has during what is already a fiscally difficult time. A process is underway to deliver a package to you as quickly as possible which will include FY 2009 pricing for the NJKI databases being lost.

NJKI resources affected include:

  • Academic Search Premier
  • Business Source Premier
  • Pre-CINAHL
  • Medline
  • Biomedical Reference Collection
  • Nursing & Allied Health Collection
  • Regional Business News
  • Reference USA
  • Wiley InterScience Journals
  • OVID Selected Core Medical Journals
  • Nature Online Journals

There is a possibility that funding will be forthcoming to subsidize costs for Academic Search Premier and Reference USA, but we need to prepare for the worst.

You will receive your standard annual renewal packet of VALE resources for FY2009 next week. Because subscriptions to VALE resources do not officially expire until August 31, 2008, the timeframe for your commitments to VALE resources will be delayed in order to provide time for local decision-making regarding the NJKI resources.

We will communicate additional information as it becomes available.

Judy Cohn, Anne Ciliberti, Marianne Gaunt, David Pinto, and Richard Sweeney

Judith S. Cohn
Assoc VP for Scholarly Info/University Librarian
UMDNJ – University Libraries
Voice: 973-972-4353
Fax: 973-972-7474
Email: cohn@umdnj.edu

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