Cornelius Van Vorst, ca.1620; 
Jersey City Free Public Library; Grover Cleveland Political Cartoon; 
Grover Cleveland Birthplace Historical Site Collection Peter Lee, former slave, ca.1880; 
Hoboken Historical Photographs Collection; Farm Map of Hillsboro, Somerset County, 1860; 
Historical Maps of New Jersey Collection; Bathing Beauties, 1890-1930; 
American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark Collection; Flag Salute, 1950; 
Seabrook Farms Collection;
About the New Jersey Digital Highway
The NJDH Mission

To develop an immersive, user-centered information portal, to support the New Jersey learner, through a collaboration among cultural heritage institutions that supports preservation of the past; new access strategies for the future; and active engagement with resources at the local and the global level, for shared access, local ownership.

Strategic Objectives

NJDH accomplishes its mission through several strategic objectives:

  • 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. Resources are available 24/7 and maintained in perpetuity.
  • Developing an engaging web site and simple, effective access strategies that make all resources readily available to every citizen, while promoting the local ownership of resources by individual cultural heritage organizations.
  • Actively promoting and facilitating participation by any New Jersey organization that owns and makes available cultural heritage information resources.
  • Integrating cultural heritage resources into the educational experiences of 21st century New Jersey learners, including K-12, higher education and lifelong learners through tools and resources to create and use educational activities that bring New Jersey history and culture to life.
Organizational Structure

The NJDH organization consists of an Advisory Board, Steering Committee and Working Groups.

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board is the state-wide advocate for NJDH and provides executive oversight to the direction and development of the site. Among their primary responsibilities

  • Recommend directions for NJDH and digital library development consistent with statewide needs.
  • Meet 1-2 times annually to provide general oversight and strategic guidance to the Steering Committee.
  • Provide advocacy for NJDH.
  • Identify financial resources to sustain NJDH programs and collections.

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is the hands-on leader in the continuation and expansion of NJDH. Among their primary responsibilities:

  • Write formal annual goals and develop a working plan to achieve them.
  • Develop and administer NJDH bylaws.
  • Develop strategies to expand collections at the state and local levels.
  • Recommend options for future direction of NJDH to the Advisory Board; provide regular status updates to the Advisory Board.
  • Keep abreast of developments in similar statewide initiatives, adopt new strategies and create partnerships where appropriate.
  • Provide guidance and direction to the Working Groups to ensure short and long-term goals of NJDH are properly addressed.
  • Ensure Working Groups have the tools needed to meet goals.
  • Provide guidance for the website.
  • Develop strategies to further engage the K-12 population.
  • Solicit input and feedback from the general public through meetings, surveys and focus groups.

Working Groups

Working groups are responsible for the hands-on care and development of NJDH across multiple functions. Working groups monitor national and regional standards, trends and new developments in their respective disciplines. Ideally working groups meet monthly and formally document their progress for the Steering Committee. The head of each working group serves on the Steering Committee. Among each working group’s primary responsibilities:

Note: The responsibility of overseeing the end-to-end processing for a new collection (eg: securing, digitizing, training partners, entering metadata) must still be assigned.

  • Collection Development
  • Educators
  • Web Portal
  • Marketing and Outreach
  • Digital Library Services and Applications

  • NJDH Bylaws [under review]
  • NJDH Advisory Board [under review]
Become an NJDH Collection Partner

The heart of NJDH is its digital collection, reflecting the richness and diversity of New Jersey's historical and cultural heritage. Collections in NJDH are contributed by its collection partners - the libraries, museums, archives, historical societies and other organizations who share resources with users within the state and around the world through NJDH.

Becoming an NJDH Collection Partner

NJDH is eager to add more collection partners and digital primary sources to its collection. To find out more information on how to become a collection partner, please visit the Librarians & Curators' Portal.


NJDH continues to apply the recommendations of it's formal evaluations. The results of previous evaluations can be seen here:

  • New Jersey Digital Highway Evaluation, Judy Jeng Ph.D., Evaluation Consultant:
    • Document (January 26, 2007)
    • Presentation (May 1, 2008)
    • Citation: "Evaluation of the New Jersey Digital Highway" Information Technology and Libraries, 27(4), December 2008, 17-24
Project History

The New Jersey Digital Highway was developed by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services. The principal grant partner organizations who are collaborating to develop the New Jersey Digital Highway are:

For more recent information about the project's history, New Jersey Digital Highway now maintains a News & Updates Blog, where you can explore past events/announcements while also staying up to date with current NJDH News.

Archived news that pre-dates the blog is also available.

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