The Middletown Library Service Center will be closed on
Friday, April 7 in observance of
Initiatives & Announcements
NEW CT PAGES!!
Watch the new CT Pagesand meet the team from the Shelton Library System - Joan Stokes, Director; Joe Cappella, Teen and Tech Librarian at Plumb Memorial; and Jessica Prutting, Youth Services Librarian at Huntington Branch - who share their experience creating and growing the Junior Friends of the Library - just for teens!
This volunteer opportunity invites teens to register and meets monthly throughout the school year. And the teens are in charge of deciding the kinds of activities with which the group engages - from community food drives to pop-up Halloween pumpkins scattered across town!
CT Pagesis a channel for sharing community engagement success stories by libraries with and for their communities. We partner with CT libraries to create and release short video conversations with the library staff who make things happen.
Do you have a creative program, service, activity, partnership, or project that you want to share with your library neighbors? We are always seeking submissions for consideration – Submit your idea!
DLD at CLA in MAY!
Division of Library Development staff will be at this year's CLA Conference on May 1 and 2 with tables for CTLAB/MLSC, CTLPDE, and the CT Digital Newspaper Project. We're excited for the opportunity to talk with you in person about the programs and services we have to offer libraries and their patrons throughout the state. Come on over and say hello!
1. borrowIT CT funding is $703,638 in FY2023. This is identical to last year.
2. 2022-2023 borrowIT CT Payments. Payments will be going out to libraries soon. Municipal libraries should check with their Town Treasurers to make sure these funds are made available to the library, as required by statute. Look up yourlibrary’s payment amount online.
“Non-resident loans" are loans of library materials to any non-resident who visits your library in person to borrow items that are on the shelf, showing their valid borrower card issued by their home library. Using their hometown cards, non-residents may visit any public library and borrow any of the materials that participating libraries lend to their local borrowers.
“In no case shall a library issue a card to a non-resident for use as a borrowIT CT borrower card.” If you choose to issue a card to a non-resident, the card must include a “for use in the [issuing library] only” statement on the card.
By statute sec. 11-31b, the payment “may be used for general library purposes and no portion of the grant money shall revert to the general fund of the town...”
Thanks for your library’s participation in borrowIT CT.
Professional Development & Continuing Education
Workshops & Programs
GELS | ADA and Beyond: Accessible Documents: Word and PowerPoint
See someone squinting at the instruction sheet in front of the printer?
Let's talk about how to make documents accessible both on paper and digitally. This session will focus on Word and PowerPoint, though the principles discussed can be applied to competitor software.
JJ Pionke, Applied Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will lead a discussion talk about how to make documents accessible. JJ is an award-winning librarian whose research revolves around disability and accessibility for library patrons and employees.
Administration Basics – Being a Library Director 101
If your library is thinking of applying for a construction grant from the CT State Library, this webinar will walk you through the process. You'll learn what you need to do before applying as well as what's required after you receive the grant.
We'll cover funding categories, application process, grant application evaluation, timeline, grant contract, starting and managing the project, state requirements, and advice.
Grant Requirement: Attendance at a construction grant information session is a requirement for all applicants. An additional session will be offered May 24, 2023. Participants only need to attend one session.
Who must attend? Association Libraries - Library Director and Building Committee Chair. Municipal Libraries - Library Director, Town Manager or chief executive (Mayor, First Selectman).
Who should come? Anyone considering a public library renovation or construction project, including library directors/administrators, library board chair and members, municipal leaders, procurement officers, and building committee members.
Understanding and Respecting Pronouns is a one-hour professional development workshop addressing the various types of pronouns that are used within the LGBTQ+ community, why it is important to be aware of and use correct pronouns when addressing people, ways to practice, and what to do if you make a mistake.
Recommended for all library staff, including librarians, administrators, managers, volunteers, etc.
In this virtual session led by JJ Pionke, we'll talk about digital accessibility for websites, how to test for accessibility, what the standards are for accessibility, and how accessible our databases actually are.
JJ Pionke is the Applied Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is an award-winning librarian whose research revolves around disability and accessibility for library patrons and employees. His most recent work focuses on the educational and competency needs of library science graduate students and current library employees regarding disability and accessibility in libraries.
The Critical Partnership: Public Library Trustees and Directors
The most critical partnership in a public library is that between the library director and the public library trustee. Join Jerry Nichols for an interactive session that will address public librarianship core values; duties and responsibilities of public library trustees; duties and responsibilities of the public library director; how to make the partnership work and the value of effective meetings.
Adult Mental Health First Aid
From National Council for Mental Wellbeing and in partnership with Hartford HealthCare.
Early registration is required as you will receive approximately 2 hours of self-paced pre-work to be completed in advance of the workshop date.
**Note: Completing the prework and workshop in full will provide you with a 3-year Adult Mental Health First Aid Certification.
Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. This training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.
On average, 123 people die by suicide each day. (Source: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)
Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. adults lives with a mental illness. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health via the National Survey on Drug Use and Health and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
What Mental Health First Aid Covers:
Common signs and symptoms of mental illness
Common signs and symptoms of substance use
How to interact with a person in crisis
How to connect the person with help
NEW: Expanded content on trauma, addiction and self-care
Service to Veterans and Military Families – Military Saves Week
Public Libraries are a trusted and valued community resource and are uniquely positioned to assist veterans and military families in accessing resources and services for which they may be eligible.
One easy way for libraries to fill this role is to share this information with veterans and military families in your community.
April 24-28 is Military Saves Week. Military Saves is a component of America Saves, and as a participant in the Department of Defense Financial Readiness Network seeks to motivate, support, and encourage military families to save money, reduce debt, and build wealth.
Even if you don't formally participate, you can create displays or provide links on your website to share thisvaluable resource.
Thanks to the efforts of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), we were able to get 1,132 items that we had purchased from RBDigital returned to us and added to the Palace app. This perpetual ownership content is valued at over $66,000. You can view a complete list of these titles on our Middletown Library Service Center: eGO CT LibGuide.
During the month of March, DLD purchased a total of 617 items for both eGO CT and the Palace app. There are now 25,425 items provided for free to public libraries. This includes 15,888 open access titles provided by Lyrasis in the Palace Bookshelf.
DLD is continuing to work with Baker & Taylor to bring the eGO CT Community Share Programto Connecticut schools. This program allows DLD to deliver eBook and eAudio content, including Nutmeg, Charter Oak, Summer Reading, and All CT Reads titles from eGO CT directly to schools in Connecticut. To date, we have 107 sites that are active in the program, and over 1,000 items have been purchased specifically for this program.
DLD will continue to host quarterly requestIT
Office Hours in 2023.
Representatives from Equinox, Bibliomation, and the Connecticut State Library will be available to answer questions and share information about the fulfILLment platform and about interlibrary loan in general.
Office hours will be held from 11:30 am-12:30 pm on:
Our many email discussion lists for the library community help you connect with your peers. Conntech has the greatest reach across the state, and both Goodnightmoon for children's services and Speak for YA services have lively discussions and professional interchange.