June 2008 Update: New Jersey Knowledge Initiative

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

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Call for Volunteers: Help Plan Next Year’s Conference

Summer’s here, and the time is right to begin planning the 2009 VALE Users’ /ACRL-NJ/NJLA-CUS Conference. This year will be the 10th anniversary of the conference. We want to mark the occasion in festive fashion, and you are invited to be part of that, along with all the other things that have made the conference a successful and rewarding experience for participants.

In keeping with past practice, we will be holding a one-time in-person planning meeting, with subsequent general arrangements to be handled by email and telephone. If your schedule permits, please join us at 10:00 am on Wednesday, July 2, at the College of New Jersey Library in Ewing. We will need help with the following tasks:

* selecting a conference theme
* identifying a potential keynote speaker
* staffing subcommittees to solicit/organize proposals for breakout sessions, poster sessions, and roundtable discussion sessions
* designing and editing a printed program
* coordinating transportation
* coordinating student volunteers
* managing the conference blog

….and other ideas that you bring to the table.

If you have been thinking about getting involved with the conference on the planning side, this would be a great year to do it. Contact Richard Kearney (kearneyr@wpunj.edu or 973.720.2165) if you would like to be part of the conference planning team and let us know if you can join us on July 2. Even if you cannot attend the meeting on July 2, you can still be part of the planning team. We will send you the meeting minutes and contact you to get you involved.

Please contact Richard by Friday, June 27, to let us know about your interest in helping to plan the 2009 VALE Users’ /ACRL-NJ/NJLA-CUS Conference. Thank you!

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