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The NOVELNY Program : Background Information
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NOVELNY Background and Information:

The NOVEL Initiatives

(excerpted from the full NOVEL Plan, Libraries Expanding Information Access for New Yorkers in the New Century, August 15, 2001)

  1. Increase Access to Electronic Resources on a Statewide Basis.
  2. Expand Resource Sharing in New York State to Improve Electronic and Traditional Access to Library Resources for All Users.
  3. Develop a Coordinated Program for the Digitization of Information Resources in New York Libraries and Other Repositories.
  4. Enhance the Availability of High-Speed Telecommunications for New York's Libraries Across All Regions of the State.
  5. Develop a NOVEL User Interface (or Portal) that Integrates the Services and Resources Brought Together Under NOVEL.

NOVEL Reports

Origins

The Board of Regents, at their July 13, 2000, meeting, adopted the Final Report of the Regents Commission on Library Services, Meeting the Needs of all New Yorkers: Library Service in the New Century, as Regents policy. Recommendation 1 in this report is to: "Create NOVEL, the New York Online Virtual Electronic Library, to deliver high-quality, reliable digital information to all New Yorkers."

From 2002 to 2012, a NOVELNY Steering Committee existed for the purpose of implementing the NOVELNY Plan, NOVEL New York Online Virtual Electronic Library: Libraries Expanding Information Access for New Yorkers in the New Century. The committee was comprised of library leaders from a broad spectrum of libraries and systems throughout the State. Steering Committee Minutes.

Component Parts

As stated in the Final Report of the Regents Commission on Library Services (July 14, 2000), NOVEL consisted of four components: (1) Electronic resources purchased on a statewide basis to provide significant economies of scale; (2) Shared electronic catalogs of the holdings of all types of libraries, including the high-quality, specialized resources held by New York's academic and special libraries; (3) Opportunities for libraries to digitize their unique collections; and (4) Enhanced opportunities for high-speed network access that will enable libraries to deliver all the benefits and features of NOVEL. A fifth component -- a NOVEL user interface (or portal) that integrates the services and resources brought together under NOVEL -- was added in the NOVEL Plan, Libraries Expanding Information Access for New Yorkers in the New Century (August 15, 2001).

Comprehensiveness

NOVEL is intended to encompass all types of libraries: public, school, academic, and special libraries. NOVEL will enable all of New York's libraries to make digital information from their collections available to users in their homes or offices.

This page last updated February 29, 2016