A Future of Possibilities

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Ten Years of Experience,

A Future of Possibilities



VALE / NJ ACRL / NJLA CUS

Tenth Annual Users' Conference

January 9, 2009

State of VALE 2008


Mission: …furthering excellence in learning
and research through innovative and
collaborative approaches to information
resources and services


53 member institutions including our
newest, Eastwick College


Member libraries are represented by the
chief library administrator at each
institution in the Members’ Council



State of VALE 2008


Offer 63 databases (including the three
NJKI databases) from 12 vendors


736 individual subscriptions (not including
NJKI databases) plus approximately 17
ScienceDirect subscriptions



10
th

Annual Users’ Conference


265 of registrants


46 of 53 member institutions


Representing 87% participation


Special Thanks to

Conference Sponsors



Bowker


Nature


CQ Press


Proquest


Ebsco


ReferenceUSA


Elsevier


Wiley


Gale


VALE Finances


Total budget
-

$3,789,310



Databases
-

$3,659,384



Reserve Account
-

$114,752



Service fee remains at 3.9%



Service fee on the 4 month NJKI invoices
(March


June, 2008) was not levied

Communications


Continued improvement of VALE Website


Expanded use of wikis to facilitate work of
committees


VALE blog


Flickr account established


Executive Committee began annual
meeting with Committee Chairs


New Jersey Knowledge Initiative


NJ State Library and all NJKI constituents
continued to advocate for NJKI funding


Transition in March 2008 of NJKI
subscriptions to VALE



Beginning in July 2008, program shifted to
serve a broader array of small businesses


Continues to serve academic libraries by
providing Academic Search Premier,
Business Source Premier and RefUSA

VALE Member Projects


NJVid project is underway
www.njvid.org



Statewide video portal & repository for
presentation, storage and archiving of digital
video


NJ Digital Highway
www.njdigitalhighway.org



"one stop shop" for NJ history and culture,
from the collections of NJ libraries, museums,
archives and historical societies


Beginning its post
-
grant operations


Advisory Board is being reconstituted with
several VALE representatives


VALE Member Projects


Open Source Library System


Priority project from 2006 Planning Retreat


Next Generation Academic Library System
Symposium

held March 2008 at TCNJ


OLE Project
-

multinational group of libraries
developing an Open Library Environment (OLE)
as alternative to current Integrated Library
Systems


Duke/Mellon project is developing preliminary
specifications


Rutgers is one of the Advisory Partners with
VALE members consulting


VALE Activities


Installation of new VALE server and
peripherals to be completed by the end of
January 2009


Researching incorporation of VALE as a
non
-
profit organization
-

501(c)3 status


Provide organization with stronger legal and
financial infrastructure


Position organization to move quickly on
projects like OLE


VALE triennial report covering years 2006
through 2008 to be published shortly


VALE Committee Highlights


Committee Guidelines

developed to
provide framework for effective work of
VALE committees.


Instituted VALE Committee annual reports



Assessment


Played a central coordinating role in gathering
feedback from all VALE committees in their
review of the
VALE Assessment Report


Coordinated LibQUAL survey

VALE Committee Highlights


Bibliographic Control and Metadata


Continued to develop collaborative cataloging
effort to improve access to resources related
to NJ


Conference


Organized today’s conference!


Cooperative Collection Management


VALE Last Copy Collection Pilot Project

was
completed and the project was opened to
other libraries in VALE


VALE Committee Highlights


Digital Media


Purchasing agreements with three commercial
video publishers and distributors were
developed and offered to VALE members


Electronic Resources


Working to incorporate its recommendations
from the VALE Assessment Report into a
revision of the current
VALE Electronic
Resource Licensing Agreements Preferred
Terms

document


VALE Committee Highlights


Executive


Performing increasing portion of its work and
communications online


Revised VALE Bylaws, approved by Members’
Council


Reference Services


Development of gathering reference statistics
is underway

VALE Committee Highlights


Resource Sharing


Expanded the
Reciprocal Borrowing Program

to
include undergraduates and completed an
annual survey charting the program’s
utilization


Shared Information Literacy


Database of Shared Information Literacy
Materials (DSILM) was renamed VOILA
-

VALE
Online Information Literacy Archive. Promoted
submission of materials to the database


VALE Committee Highlights


Website


Made the VALE Website more useful and its
content more up
-
to
-
date and easier to
maintain


Implemented Google calendar and Flickr
account


Developed proposal to use Drupal content
management system to build a new VALE
Website.

Looking Ahead…



Drupal
-
powered Website


Incorporation of VALE


Expansion of the number and type of
digital resources available to members


Rethink collaboration in state and beyond


Investigate new services to members




Submitted by David Pinto, January 9, 2009