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For Immediate Release: November 15, 2006
Contact: Lynne Richmond
(609) 292-8896

(TRENTON) – The New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA) recently was honored with the Best Official State Web Site of the Year Award by the Documents Association of New Jersey (DANJ).

The group selected the Department’s website,, for the award, which recognizes the department web site that documents librarians feel is especially useful or informative.  The NJDA web site received several nominations among librarians, who deemed it “excellent.”

The newly redesigned NJDA web site debuted earlier this year, with a goal of being user friendly and easy to navigate, as well as providing useful information for consumers, students, and those in the agricultural industry. The New Jersey Office of Information Technology produced the web site for the Department.

“We are proud of our web site and happy to know that people find it a useful tool,” said New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Charles M. Kuperus.  “We thank the documents librarians for this recognition and plan to keep improving the site to meet the needs of our constituency and all state residents.”

The Best Official State Web Site of the Year Award was first issued in 2000.  Past winners include the Office of Legislative Services and New Jersey Judiciary.  Award winners are judged on nine different criteria, including:
  • The site contributes to the expansion of knowledge, gives evidence of innovation in presentation, or demonstrates a creative approach in it treatment.
  • The site is easy to navigate.
  • The information available is written in a lucid style comprehensible to non-specialists.
  • The site is generally pleasant to access due to physical appearance, layout, organization, use of color, and ease of use.

Lynne Richmond, the Department’s web master and a Public Information Officer, accepted the award at the DANJ annual conference at the Friend Center in Princeton on Friday, November 3.  DANJ promotes the use of and access to government publications in libraries in the New Jersey area.  For more information, visit their web site at