VALE CCM Committee tour of the Research Collections & Preservation Consortium (ReCAP) Facility

The VALE Cooperative Collection Management Committee is coordinating a tour of the Research Collections and Preservation Consortium(ReCAP) facility on Wednesday, November 12th, from10 AM to noon. The tour will be led by Eileen Henthorne, ReCAP Executive Director.

ReCAP is a high-density,environmentally-controlled shelving facility jointly owned and operatedby Columbia University, The New York Public Library and Princeton University with TOTAL ITEMS ACCESSIONED through September 2008 at.6,985,861. RecAP is located at 400 Forrestal Road, on Princeton University’sForrestal Campus in Princeton, New Jersey. Please contact Mary Mallery by November 7th at email <mallerym@mail.montclair.edu> to register for the tour. For more information, see the ReCAP Website at: http://recap1.princeton.edu/about/general.html

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New VALE Digital Video Licensing Offer

VALE’s Digital Video Licensing Committee has exciting news for VALE members. As you know VALE members have been taking advantage of Film Media Group’s (FMG) consortium licensing program since 2006. The program is still available for members to license any FMG title. See http://www.fmgondemand.com/vale for details.

Beginning this fall, the Digital Video Licensing Committee, approved by the VALE Executive Committee, is pleased to recommend 3 additional companies. Participating member institutions will gain the ability to integrate video content “anywhere, anytime” by providing a digital solution for faculty, staff and students.

The companies are INTELECOM, BioMedia Associates and Ambrose Video Publishing. This is an exciting new opportunity for our VALE members. The discounts are deep and even deeper if more institutions sign on. All information is available on the VALE website (http://www.valenj.org/ ) under VALE News and repeated under the Digital Video Licensing Committee’s webpage. Following is brief information about the offerings:

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Database Recommendations Sought

The VALE Electronic Resources Committee invites librarians from member institutions to submit recommendations for databases that VALE should consider as possible consortial subscription offerings. The Committee provides a Database Recommendation Form online at:

http://www.wpunj.edu/library/forms/VALE_DBRequest.cfm

and you are invited to submit your recommendations.

It goes without saying, this is a year of very tight budgets and virtually all libraries face difficult decisions as they consider what electronic resources to retain in their collections. Nevertheless, database vendors continue to make available new resources and academic libraries will continue to make every effort to meet the needs of their students and faculty. VALE remains committed to serving its membership by seeking discounted consortial purchasing options for those resources identified as priorities now and in the future. Please contribute to this ongoing conversation by letting the Committee know which resources are important to you. Your recommendations will be reviewed for possible inclusion in a membership survey to be distributed later in the semester. Thank you for being part of this process!

Maureen Gorman
Chair, VALE Electronic Resources Committee

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Save the Date – VALE Users/ACRL-NJ/NJLA-CUS Conference – January 9, 2009

The 2009 VALE Users’/ACRL-NJ/NJLA-CUS Conference – marking the VALE consortium’s 10th Anniversary – will be held on Friday, January 9, 2009, at the Busch Campus Center on the Piscataway Campus of Rutgers University.

This year’s theme is “Ten Years of Experience, A Future of Possibilities.”  Registration information will be posted in November.

New Participants in the VALE Reciprocal Borrowing Program

The VALE Resource Sharing Committee is pleased to announce that Fairleigh Dickinson University is now participating in the Graduate Student Reciprocal Borrowing Program. In addition, Passaic County Community College and Stevens Institute of Technology are now participating in the Undergraduate Student Reciprocal Borrowing Program. New Jersey City University will also be participating in the Undergraduate Student Reciprocal Borrowing Program beginning October 20th.

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

Sincerely,

Julie Maginn

(On behalf of Christopher Lee, Chair of the VALE Resource Sharing Committee)

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