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NJ State Library Grant Supports QandANJ
The South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative has been awarded a grant of $200,000 from the NJ State Library to continue its management of QandANJ - a premier live reference service available free to New Jersey library card holders.
QandANJ is a 24-hour online information service staffed by professional librarians from participating libraries across the state. Combining the speed of the Internet with the savvy of professional librarians, QandANJ.org is among the busiest statewide Web-based information services in the United States.
The New Jersey State Library initially provided funding to the SJRLC to pilot and maintain this innovative program that has expanded to a highly successful statewide service. This will be the ninth year in a row the SJRLC has been awarded the grant to manage QandANJ.
“QandANJ is certainly a New Jersey success story and we are glad to continue our partnership with the South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative, which has pioneered the service from a pilot project with a handful of libraries to a program that now relies on the expertise of librarians from across the state. As an online information service, QandANJ is a model for the rest of the nation,” said Norma E. Blake, New Jersey state librarian.
QandANJ is supported by the NJ State Library, managed by the South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative, staffed by member libraries in the New Jersey Library Network and is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, an independent federal agency whose mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people with information and ideas.