September 2008 Update: New Jersey Knowledge Initiative

The VALE member libraries are pleased that the New Jersey State Library’s (NJSL) commitment to the New Jersey Knowledge Initiative (NJKI) remains strong and continues to include an active role for New Jersey’s academic libraries. For more information on the current status of NJKI please refer to the documentation posted at the VALE website —

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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 ( for our NJKI businesses only.
  • RefUSA: This resource will be available statewide via the Jersey Clicks site ( 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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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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NJKI Resources – Urgent Notice

Dear Colleagues:

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
  • Pre-CINAHL
  • Medline
  • 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
Voice: 973-972-4353
Fax: 973-972-7474

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