Update on the New Jersey Knowledge Initiative: The New Jersey State Library has been closely following the progress of the FY09 State budget, as we are sure many of you have been as well. We were hopeful that a budget would be passed and signed by the Governor in mid-June. However, as of today (June 25) the Governor has not signed the budget, so our ability to proceed with NJKI vendor contracts for the budget year beginning July 1, 2008 is hampered.
State Library staff have received assurances from Ebsco and InfoUSA representatives that those libraries who subscribed to their products (Academic Search Premier and RefUSA) for the four month interim period of March 1-June 30 will have those subscription periods extended for an additional two weeks, ending now on July 15, 2008. We are hopeful that this will allow us the time that we need to negotiate new contracts and return to a more comprehensive access to the information available through these databases.
We look forward to resuming the New Jersey Knowledge Initiative program and working with our partners to make it as useful and valuable as possible to New Jersey businesses.
Norma Blake, State Librarian
Kathleen Moeller-Peiffer, Associate State Librarian for Library Development