State Library Partners with Publisher to Help Hurricane Sandy Victims Tackle 'Do-It-Yourself ' Repairs Safely

Database providing repair and renovation "how-to" information now available at New Jersey libraries statewide

Editor's Note: The following is a news release issued by the New Jersey State Library.

New Jersey residents and businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy can now access EBSCO Publishing’s Home Improvement Reference Center, a resource providing detailed, user-friendly, “how-to” information about home improvements and repairs.

This valuable online resource will be available for use in libraries, or remotely using a library card, to assist home and business owners as they rebuild. This tool will ensure that those making their own repairs or who are faced with clean up or do-it-yourself renovations have the know-how to handle these tasks. 

Building on a long standing partnership, EBSCO Publishing donated the repair and renovation tool to the New Jersey State Library, to support libraries statewide in assisting those in their communities affected by the hurricane. Library card holders can gain access through June 30, 2013 by visiting www.jerseyclicks.org, the State Library’s portal for searching statewide databases, or by contacting their local public library.

Home Improvement Reference Center includes articles and reference content as well as videos and images designed to help home and business owners make repairs easily and safely. The database provides the latest step-by-step information along with background information and basic tips on topics including electrical, plumbing, woodworking, outdoor projects, maintenance and decorating.

“One of the most critical roles a library plays as an anchor institution is finding ways to help the people and organizations of its community address information needs and challenges – especially in times of stress,” said Mary Chute, New Jersey State Librarian.

“This database of do-it-yourself instructions, accompanied by videos and photographs, is a tremendous resource and can have an important impact on the people in our communities as they are faced with natural disaster. We heartily thank EBSCO Publishing for their generosity.”

The New Jersey State Library, the New Jersey Library Association, and LibraryLinkNJ are coordinating hurricane relief efforts for the New Jersey library community. Links to these and other pertinent resources can be found on the State Library’s website at:www.njstatelib.org.


About New Jersey State Library

The New Jersey State Library has three bureaus: the Library Development Bureau (LDB), the NJ State Library Talking Book & Braille Center (TBBC) and the State Library Information Center (SLIC). The State Library connects people with information through its service to libraries, government and people with special needs.

The State Library, which is affiliated with Thomas Edison State College, coordinates, promotes and funds the New Jersey Library Network, of which we are a proud member. Last year, attendance in New Jersey’s public libraries was well over 51 million with total circulation of almost 64 million, an increase of almost 6 million. For more information, visit www.njstatelib.org.


About EBSCO Publishing

EBSCO Publishing is the producer of EBSCOhost, the world’s premier for-fee online research service, including full-text databases, subject indexes, point-of-care medical reference, historical digital archives, and e-books. The company provides more than 350 databases and more than 325,000 e-books.

Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals and magazines from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all researchers (Academic, Medical, K-12, Public Library, Corporate, Government, etc.). EBSCO is also the provider of EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS), which provides each institution with a fast, single search box for its entire collection, offering deeper indexing and more full-text searching of journals and magazines than any other discovery service (www.ebscohost.com/discovery).

For more information, visit the EBSCO Publishing Web site at: www.ebscohost.com, or contact: information@ebscohost.com. EBSCO Publishing is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.



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