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VALE Offers Reciprocal Borrowing At 35 NJ Colleges & Universities

The VALE consortium has introduced a new feature that greatly expands the library privileges of faculty and staff at many institutions of higher education in New Jersey.

Earlier this semester VALE (the Virtual Academic Library Environment of New Jersey) put into effect a faculty reciprocal borrowing agreement that encompasses 35 participating VALE colleges and universities, including Rutgers University. This agreement replaces the New Jersey Academic Library Network (NJALN) and Council of Two Year College Libraries agreements.

Under the new reciprocal borrowing agreement, faculty and staff in good standing in their participating home libraries qualify for onsite borrowing privileges at the other 34 libraries. A description of the agreement, instructions on how to participate in this program, and a list of participating libraries are available on the VALE home page, at this URL:

Rutgers faculty and staff wishing to apply for guest privileges at one of the other participating libraries should contact the circulation librarian at the John Cotton Dana Library in Rutgers-Newark, the Paul Robeson Library in Rutgers-Camden, or the University Libraries Administrative offices in Alexander Library in New Brunswick for validation and an application.

VALE is a statewide consortium composed of 45 public and private institutions of higher education in New Jersey. Through cooperation, shared technology, and leveraged purchasing, VALE has made available a number of scholarly electronic resources to its members.

Posted April 29, 2002