July 2008 Update: New Jersey Knowledge Initative

From Norma Blake, NJ State Librarian, and Kathleen Moeller-Peiffer, Associate State Librarian for Library Devlopment.

In the final state budget for FY2009 signed by Governor Corzine, the New Jersey Knowledge Initiative was kept at the FY2008 $2 million level. While this amount will not allow the State Library to replicate the original NJKI project, we will be able to continue our most used and valued databases (as indicated by usage statistics and customer testimonials). Effective July 15, 2008, the following databases will be resumed:

  • Frost and Sullivan market research reports: This database will be available via the NJKI web site (www.njki.org) for our NJKI businesses only.
  • RefUSA: This resource will be available statewide via the Jersey Clicks site (www.jerseyclicks.org) and will be expanded to include their New Business database, which offers information on companies that have just recently opened or are planning on opening, as well as the New Home Owner and New Mover database, providing information on people that have recently acquired a new home, and people or businesses that have recently moved. Promotional materials and training will be coordinated with RefUSA by Scherelene Schatz, Jersey Clicks program manager-details will be available later this summer. NOTE: N.J.A.C. 15:21-6 (b) 3 states libraries shall “provide a library webpage with links to databases offered by the State and regional library cooperative”. Those libraries that wish to breakout individual databases and not use the Jersey Click icon may do so; however, they are still required to acknowledge that the database(s) are provided through the State Library and, in this case, the New Jersey Knowledge Initiative.
  • Academic Search Premier: This set of databases is set to be funded through NJKI for VALE libraries only. However, due to the need for further conversations with this user group, access will be delayed past the planned July 15 go-live date.

In order to address the interests of our funders, the priorities for NJKI ’09 will be remote accessibility to databases most needed by small businesses. The State Library will be forming a new NJKI Task Force in the near future to assist the State Librarian and Library Development Bureau staff in determining databases that best meet these parameters.


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VALE Undergraduate Reciprocal Borrowing Pilot Project

The VALE Resource Sharing Committee would like to announce that today, July 1st, marks the beginning of the Undergraduate Reciprocal Borrowing Pilot Project. Fourteen libraries have agreed to participate:

  • Centenary College
  • Gloucester County College
  • Kean University
  • Monmouth University
  • Montclair State University
  • NJIT
  • Raritan Valley Community College
  • Richard Stockton College of NJ
  • Rider University
  • Rowan University
  • Rutgers University
  • Seton Hall University
  • Somerset Christian College
  • William Paterson University

For complete details about the pilot project and the reciprocal borrowing program, visit: http://www.valenj.org/newvale/recbor/ .

Julie Maginn on behalf of the VALE Resource Sharing Committee

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