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Update on the NJKI databases at risk

An earlier news message on this News and Events webpage stated: "Access to 11 important databases will cease after February 29, 2008. Urgent help is needed to restore a $1 million cut in this year's New Jersey state budget for the New Jersey Knowledge Initiative (NJKI)." This initiative is a line item in the State Library's budget that supports academic and public libraries and the small business community throughout the state.

Efforts to restore the $1 million in this year's state budget have been unsuccessful. The Libraries feel, however, it would be too traumatic to discontinue access to these databases in the middle of the academic year. (Many other libraries and the small business community no longer have access.) The Libraries will fund all but one of these databases until June 30, 2008, at a cost of $148,996 by sacrificing other very worthy and needed library purchases and services. We will drop MEDLINE( Ebsco) because we have access to this through another vendor -MEDLINE (OVID). The 10 remaining databases are:

THIS IS ONLY A TEMPORARY SOLUTION. We have no idea at what level or even if the State Library will be funded for this state-wide initiative in next year's budget beginning on July 1, 2008. We already know we will have cuts to Rutgers' budget. It would cost Rutgers approximately $750,000 to subscribe to these databases for the year if the NJKI goes unfunded. We must keep up advocacy for this innovative and important state-wide initiative for the 2009 budget.

Please continue to contact the Governor's office by calling (609) 292-6000 or by sending email to the governor advocating for NJKI at the following Web site: You can also obtain the contact information for your NJ state senator and assembly people by using this form:

Posted March 3, 2008