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Monthly News & Updates

August 2023 | Vol. 8 No. 7

The Middletown Library Service Center will be closed on

Monday, September 4

in observance of Labor Day.

Closed today. Be back soon.

Initiatives & Announcements

CSL/DLD Awarded IMLS National Leadership Grant!

CSL/DLD is excited to announce that we have been awarded an IMLS National Leadership Grant LG-254838-OLS-23 in the amount of $249,948 to design and implement a replicable, regional digital navigator sharing plan.

The Connecticut State Library, in collaboration with eight public libraries, will design and implement a replicable model for regional sharing of digital navigation services to underserved residents. The plan seeks to enrich the IMLS funded Salt Lake City navigator model to facilitate the participation of smaller libraries via a regional collaboration, simultaneously demonstrating efficiencies of scale.

The State Library of Connecticut’s Regional Navigator Sharing Plan will engage with 2,000 residents in need, distribute 400 computers, and create a toolkit for replication of such regional library collaboration. The implementation of this model is expected to inform those responsible for Digital Equity Act projects across the United States of ways to introduce centralization and efficiencies into the smaller navigation project models with which they are familiar.

This grant project builds on CSL’s ARPA funded Digital Navigator Pilot led by Chris Gauvreau. Stay tuned!  

Digital Equity News

Are you prepared to submit public comment in response to a CT Digital Equity Act draft plan later this coming fall? 

If not, one way to think about the elements of a state plan is to review that plans from other states that have already been submitted and published. 

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To find those published plans, please visit the blog on the National Digital Inclusion Alliance website: Your Voice Matters: State Digital Equity Plans Seek Public Feedback.

CT Libraries & Partners for Digital Equity members are going to develop a collective response when our Connecticut draft plan is published. 

If you would like to participate in a group preparation with CTLPDE members, contact Christine Gauvreau

Logo: CT Libraries & Partners for Digital Equity, a program of the CT State Library.


If you apply for E-Rate discounts, do not forget to file your “start service” Form 486 this month. Contact Christine Gauvreau for assistance if you need it. 


Have you ever thought of applying for an E-Rate discount for Category 2, i.e., internal connections equipment and management? If so, please consider this upcoming workshop:

Competitive Bidding Requirements for E-Rate for Category Internal Connections Equipment or Services

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

3:00-4:00pm | Register

This workshop will review the basics for filing a Request for Proposal and Form 470 for Managed Internal Broadband Services (MIBS) and Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections (BMIC). For more information, please visit the listing on our Continuing Education Calendar.

Annual Report Information for

CT Public Libraries


The Public Library Annual Report form for 2022-2023 is now available for download.


CT State Data Coordinator, Barbara Ghilardi sent information about completing the report to all public library directors on July 13. If your library did not receive this information, or if you have questions about the report, please contact Barbara.

CT Public Libraries Annual Report

Information can also be found on our Annual Report LibGuide page.


**Participation in this survey is critical for state and national data gathering on public libraries.**




There will be two webinars on how to use the Excel report form, changes to questions and form layout, what goes where, and some common mistakes and misconceptions. This webinar will be especially useful for new directors and for library staff who are new to collecting and entering data in the form.


The same information will be covered at both workshops, so please register for the date that works best for you:



Each session will be recorded, with links posted afterward to the data playlist on DLD's YouTube channel.



There will also be two drop-in virtual office hours to answer any further questions you may have as you complete the report. Office hours will be held on:



The firm DEADLINE for submission of the Annual Report is 4:00 pm on Wednesday, November 1, 2023. Public libraries are required by statute CGS Sec. 11-25 (a) to submit an Annual Report to receive borrowIT payments or other state appropriations. 

Please refer to our Library Statistics LibGuide for more information about the report and past years’ data.

Professional Development & Continuing Education

Workshops & Programs

Advanced Book Repair: Hardcover Techniques

Note: This is an IN-PERSON workshop at the Eastern CT State University Library

Friday, August 4

10:00 am-1:00 pm | Register

Would you like to save money by getting more uses per book? 

Advanced Book Repair

Have you already done all the easy repairs and have a shelf left over of difficult broken spines on hardcover books?

Do you have staff time to do repair work, rather than budget money to replace or rebind books?

This workshop is appropriate for library staff or volunteers who have done basic book repair or taken a basic book repair workshop and are ready to try some advanced repair techniques.

Emphasis will be on spine repairs for hardcover books, where professional rebinding is not an option due to brittle paper, or lack of access to a bindery or the funds to pay for rebinding.

The purpose is to get books back into circulation, rather than on archival or long-term preservation techniques, although conservation-friendly reversible repair techniques will be the focus.

How to Complete the 2023 Public Library Annual Report

Thursday, August 10

10:00-11:00 am | Register

Barbara Ghilardi, State Data Coordinator, will provide an overview of the 2023 Public Library Annual Report: how to use the Excel form, changes to questions and form layout, what goes where, and some common mistakes and misconceptions.

CT Public Libraries Annual Report

The 2023 Annual Report form was released last month and is due on Wednesday, November 1 by 4:00 pm.

This workshop is perfect for new directors, library staff who are new to collecting and entering data in the form, anyone who wants a refresher or anyone with questions about the state Annual Report.

The session will be recorded, with link posted afterward to the Data Playlist on DLD's YouTube channel.

requestIT CT Open Office Hours

Wednesday, August 23

11:30 am-12:30 pm | Join via Zoom

Join us for our requestIT CT Office Hours - a great opportunity to ask a question or discuss the fulfILLment system or any topic related to Interlibrary Loan that you may have. 

Representatives from Equinox, Bibliomation, and the Connecticut State Library will be available from 11:30-12:30, so drop in anytime during the hour.

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Principles of Great Flyer Design

Monday, August 28

10:00 am-12:00 pm | Register

NOTE** This is an in-person workshop at the Middletown Library Service Center.

Making a great flyer is both a science and an art. Learn about the visual design principles that can help your flyers convey information efficiently and effectively. 

Graphic containing elements of flyer design including a computer and a color wheel.

Discuss fonts and the ways they can work to enhance your flyers. After discussing design principles, participants will look at sample flyers and use their knowledge to improve them.

Participants are asked to “bring” (digital copy on your laptop is fine) a flyer from their library for group discussion and design brainstorming. 

Making Instructional Videos with WeVideo

Thursday, August 31

9:30-11:30 am | Register

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If your library has databases or apps available for patron use, chances are you’d like to make a video explaining how to access them.

Learn to make instructional videos to promote your electronic resources using the WeVideo online site with this hands-on workshop and have the opportunity to try two different techniques to make instructional videos.

Since this is a small group class, participants will need a computer with a camera and microphone so they can share thoughts and ask questions throughout the class.

This is a beginner class - it is helpful if participants are comfortable with downloading things from the internet and adding web browser plugins. Participants will receive info about signing up for a free WeVideo account before the workshop. 

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CT Digital Library

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The eGO CT Program and the Palace App: A Look Back at FY23


We continue to work on connecting with the few remaining libraries that are not yet fully configured in the Palace Project app. So far, 134 libraries have gone live in the app and 169 sites are configured. As of June 30, we are sharing content with over 2,500 patrons.


DLD is also continuing to work with Baker & Taylor to bring the eGO CT Community Share Program to 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 116 sites that are active in the program.


We also worked with Lyrasis to make a virtual library card available. Patrons can use the Connecticut State Library as their home library and create a virtual card using geoauthentication. This can be especially helpful for libraries that don’t have a compatible ILS.


FY23 saw a total of 10,892 checkouts on the Palace Project app. There were 7,767 checkouts of titles from the Connecticut State Library eGO ebook collection, which is more than double the number of checkouts compared to last year!

Book covers: All the Ways We Said Goodbye by B. Williams, et. al, Dream Annie Dream by W.T. Brown, Leave the World Behind by R. Alam, How to Fly by B. Kingsolver, and The Color of Air by G. Tsukiyama

DLD will continue to host quarterly requestIT

Office Hours in 2023.

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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:

August 23, 2023

November 29, 2023

Always feel free to submit questions to [email protected] ahead of time so we can prepare for you. 


New eAudio Titles Now Available in the Palace Project app!

Book cover: The Covenant of Water by A. Verghese
Book cover: The Whispers by A. Audrain
Book cover: The History of a Difficult Child, M. Sibhat
Book cover: The Saints of Swallow Hill by D. Everhart

New Theme Boxes from MLSC!


Each box contains a variety of books and activities related to a theme. There's even an activity guide to get you started.

Our theme boxes are perfect for your preschool or early elementary programs, story times, or classrooms! 

Picture of a Farmyard Theme Box available from the Middletown Library Service Center

Theme boxes can be reserved in the Story Time Props category in our equipment catalog and have a 45-day loan period.


Themes include:

Cultures of the World



Five Senses

Health & Safety

Life Cycles

Professional Development Titles

These are just some highlights! We've got lots more professional development titles in our collection browse more titles and search our catalog.

Book cover: Libraries and Homelessness: An Action Guide by J. A. Winklestein
Book cover: Embracing Culturally Responsive Practice in School Libraries by E. Kennedy
Book cover: Complete Copyright for K-12 Librarians and Educators by C. Russell

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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.

Scout the full list and subscription information.

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