About NJEDL

New Jersey Environmental Digital Library (NJEDL) is an open repository of digital research and educational materials.   Our chief activity is to collect, organize, and make available digital information on New Jersey's environment - emanating from the state's government agencies, non-profit and non-governmental organizations, research institutes, and academic departments - for the use of students, scholars, citizens, and government officials.   

NJEDL is developed and managed at the Scholarly Communication Center, a division of the Rutgers University Libraries’Technical and Automated Systems department, and is supported by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.   

Program goals:

  • Preserving the state's cultural resources and artifacts for use by current and future generations of citizens, educators, researchers and students through rigorous digitization strategies and sophisticated storage and access technologies.
  • Ensuring that these materials are available 24/7 and maintained in perpetuity.
  • Maintaining a Search Portal that assures simple, effective access strategies that make all resources readily available to anyone interested in any aspect of New Jersey’ environmental issues.
  • Actively promoting and facilitating participation by New Jersey environmental organizations wishing to use or contribute to NJEDL.

Using NJEDL Materials:

NJEDL makes digital versions of collections accessible in the following situations:

  • They are in the public domain.
  • The originating institution or individual has granted permission to make them accessible.

If you believe that NJEDL has collected and made accessible material that does not follow these guidelines, please contact us.  We are eager to hear from any rights owners, so that we may obtain accurate information.  Upon request, we will remove material from public view while we address a rights issue.

NJEDL Technology and Standards

NJEDL adheres to national standards and best practices to facilitate digital preservation and enduring access to the collection.  

NJEDL Evaluation: 

NJEDL has twice been reviewed by the NSF-Funded Internet Scout Report.  Review is conducted by a team of professional librarians and subject matter experts select, research, and annotate each resource using the content criteria of:  Content, Authority, Information maintenance, Preservation, Availability and Cost.  Read the 2001 and 2007 Internet Scout Reports for NJEDL.