Madison, NJ (October 6, 2004) ó Fairleigh Dickinson University and the College of Saint Elizabeth officially launched CoolCATNJ (Collegial Organization for Online Library Cataloging) on September 29, 2004.
CoolCATNJ gives public access to the complete holdings of the libraries of Fairleigh Dickinson University and the College of St. Elizabeth. With Internet access, anyone anywhere in the world can access this catalog, allowing students and researchers greater control over the resources they need ó when they need them.
Sister Francis Raftery, president, College of Saint Elizabeth, and Dr. J. Michael Adams, president, Fairleigh Dickinson, praised the co-operative spirit that exists between the two institutions and the value of this new service to students, faculty and colleagues around the world.
The strong holdings of the College of St. Elizabeth in education, religion, literature, nursing and nutrition complement FDUís holdings in business, economics, psychology, history and art. A journal locator tells patrons which databases gives full text journals.
CoolCATNJ was formed in 1997 in a joint venture agreement between the two institutions. Now, in 2004, the consortium has migrated to the new Endeavor/Voyager Integrated Library System. It can be accessed at https://coolcatnj.fdu.edu
In the future, the two institutions may coordinate acquisitions to provide richer resources without duplication. Given the academic and financial benefits from a shared catalog, the success of this project could lead to other academic libraries in New Jersey joining to expand the consortium.
At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, held in the Library of FDUís College at Florham, Madison, NJ, The College of St. Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ, was represented by Sister Francis Raftery, President, College of Saint Elizabeth, and Brother Paul Chervenie, Director, Mahoney Library. Fairleigh Dickinson Universityís President Dr. J. Michael Adams, Dr. James Marcum, University Librarian, and Neal Sturm, associate vice president and chief information officer, Office of Information Resources and Technology represented FDU.