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
- 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