From the Desk of Bernard A. Margolis,
New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries

Take this quick NOVELNY quiz – see how you do!
Are the following ten statements True or False?
(See answers at the end of this column):

  1. The acronym NOVELNY stands for New York Online Virtual Electronic Library.
  2. Started in 2000, the NOVELNY pilot project is now 17 years old and is still supported with federal LSTA funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
  3. More than 5,900 NYS libraries are registered to use NOVELNY.
  4. New Yorkers conducted 34 million searches via NOVELNY last year.
    With geolocation, any person in NY State can now use NOVELNY without a username or password.
  5. New Yorkers may use NOVELNY from any location with internet access – at the library, or from home, work, school or even their car!
  6. The State Library sponsored 93 NOVELNY training sessions last year.
  7. Without NOVELNY statewide licenses, NY State libraries would have paid more than $80 million last year to offer the thousands of the high-quality full-text trade publications, magazines, newspapers, an encyclopedia in English and Spanish, P-12 resources and scholarly journals about health, business, and issues currently available to all New Yorkers.
  8. The following is a small sampling of NOVELNY publications. There are thousands more: Architectural Digest, CNN Wire, Crain’s New York Business, The Economist, Fodor’s, Good Housekeeping, National Geographic, National Geographic Kids, Nature, New York Times, Newsweek, PC World, USA Today, and Washington Post.
  9. My library actively promotes the availability of NOVELNY e-resources to our community.

Do you know all the answers? If yes, good for you! If no, I encourage you to become familiar with all that NOVELNY offers, so you and your library can actively promote the availability of these fabulous, high-quality FREE online e-resources in your community.

Beginning July 1, 2017 there will be some exciting changes to the current menu of NOVELNY offerings. New to NOVELNY through June 30, 2020 will be Encyclopedia Britannica, which includes Britannica School, Britannica Academic and Britannica Escolar. Also, NOVELNY will offer Gale-Cengage’s Research in Context for the first time, an online e-resource for secondary school students. Products from ProQuest and Scholastic will no longer be offered as of July 1.

How can you and your library staff grow your NOVELNY knowledge and skills? One way is to visit the NOVELNY Training Page at . There you will find information about live and archived webinars like:

  • Using NOVELNY Gale Resources to Support Professional Development in your Business Community,
  • Job Search Support with your NOVELNY Gale Resources,
  • Promoting eResources at Public Libraries,
  • Homework Help at the Public Library, and
  • Reaching Out to Your Health Community with NOVELNY Resources.

Not sure if your library is registered for NOVELNY? Library staff may contact the NOVELNY Help Desk (877-277-0250 or 518-486-6012 in the Capital District) to verify a library’s registration or to get help in using NOVELNY.

[Answers to NOVELNY Quiz: Statements 1 through 9 are all True! Only you and your library director can answer number 10!]

NOVELNY E-Resources

Beginning July 1, 2017:
Academic OneFile
Business Insights: Essentials
Educators Reference Complete
Encyclopedia Britannica
Britannica School
Britannica Academic
Britannica Escolar
General OneFile
Health Reference Center Academic
Informe Academico
InfoTrac Newsstand (including NYS Newspapers)
Kids InfoBits
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Research in Context

From the Desk of Bernard A. Margolis,
New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries