Vol. 5 No. 06 | June 2021
Your Monthly News & Updates
Initiatives & Announcements
We are pleased to invite CT libraries to participate in the Lead Your Library Pilot program where you will engage in a practical overview of the CT Vision for Resource Sharing. Whether or not your library is attending the Lead Your Library training sessions currently underway, your library is invited to participate in the Pilot program.

In order to embrace a learn-unlearn-relearn and “long now” mindset - a holistic way of thinking that includes the best ideas from yesterday and the most dynamic visions from tomorrow in order to create robust and successful resource sharing vision today, the CT State Library ACLPD Resource Sharing Committee is seeking to enhance CT libraries ability to anticipate and respond to imminent social, technological, environmental, economic, political and consumption trends through Strategic Foresight pertaining to resource sharing. To this end, it desires to strengthen CT libraries capacity to engage in robust resource sharing beyond the present literacy and practice.

We are looking for Pilot Libraries representative of all types of libraries in CT:
  • Small standalone public libraries (serving less than 10,000 population)
  • Medium standalone public libraries (serving 10,000 to 99,999 population)
  • Large standalone public libraries (serving 100,000 and over population)
  • Libraries participating in shared automation systems
  • Special libraries
  • Academic libraries
  • Institution libraries
  • Libraries serving persons with disabilities
  • School Libraries

Pilot Orientation:
  • Overview of CT Vision
  • Overview of Strategic Foresight Scenarios
  • Library staff training
  • Goals
  • Evaluation Instrument
  • Summary conversations

Pilot Duration:
Pilot will take place June 15th through August 15th. Timing is flexible based on availability of Pilot leads.

For more information, contact Dawn La Valle at dawn.lavalle@ct.gov.
Construction Grants Available

June 30 | Notice of Intent Due
September 1 | Applications Due

The Connecticut State Library will be accepting construction grant applications this year from public libraries for library expansion, new buildings, major alterations, remodeling, accessibility, code compliance, emergency preparedness, and energy conservation. Available funding is expected to be approximately $5.75 million.
Public library construction grants fund one-half of total project costs up to a maximum of $1 million. The minimum projected project cost must be $60,000. All interested libraries MUST submit a “Notice of Intent” form by June 30. Applications will be due by September 1. The Notice of Intent form, Timetable and Guidelines, and other explanatory documents are available on our Construction Grants page.
Applicants must have attended an information session, held annually in the spring and late fall. 
EBSCO LearningExpress | Workforce Solutions

To help meet the spending priorities of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the Connecticut State Library (CSL) is expanding workforce development offerings for libraries and residents across Connecticut. IMLS has established the high priority spending categories for the ARPA as digital connectivity, pandemic related needs, and accessibility.

With this support, CSL is providing access to Workforce Solutions from EBSCO free to public libraries through September 2022. If you already linked to Job & Career Accelerator on your library website, Workforce Solutions content is already included. If not, public libraries can find their link.

LearningExpress Workforce Solutions (featuring Job & Career Accelerator) contains hundreds of resources to help users achieve high school equivalency, explore jobs and careers, prepare for occupational certification exams, and develop the core knowledge and skills that are essential to workplace success. 

Targeted Learning Centers Include:
  • Job and Career Accelerator: Career exploration tools including skills and interest assessments, job search and internship search engines, resume and cover letter builders, interviewing tips, information for career changers, and more.
  • Occupational Test Preparation: Licensing, certification, and program admissions test prep resources for a wide variety of in-demand careers such as allied health, nursing, education, the trades, the military (ASVAB) and many more.
  • Workplace Success Skills: Interactive tutorials, helpful e-books and articles to support the development of soft skills such as teamwork, professionalism and communication as well as skills in reading and math, media literacy and personal finance.
  • Computer Skills: Self-paced video tutorials covering computer and internet basics and the most popular workplace software applications from Microsoft Office and Adobe.
  • High School Equivalency: Tutorials, practice tests, eBooks, and flashcards plus guided support to help users achieve higher scores on the GED®, HiSET® and TASC high school equivalency exams.
  • Spanish-Language Resources: Review exercises to improve writing, vocabulary, grammar and math skills, as well as practice tests for the GED® and U.S. citizenship exam.

Training dates for Workforce Solutions are scheduled for June. You can find information in the Workshops and Programs section above and by visiting our calendar.

Learn more about researchIT CT by contacting Brad Bullis at bradley.bullis@ct.gov.
Appeal for Information on Emergency Broadband Benefit Experience

There is good news and bad news regarding the rollout of the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) application process. The good news is that the FCC announced that over 1 million people were signed up in very short order. This is seen as a strong argument for a permanent program and continuing to show impact in this way can only get us closer to that goal. 

On the downside, there has been evidence of some controversial interpretations of the mandate by the commercial ISP providers and these interpretations of the rules are creating obstacles to signing up those most in need. Some of the language put out by a few of the providers has convinced users that they must agree in advance to continue internet service after the benefit expires and to pay the regular, higher commercial cost for the service at that time. This is not in the spirit of the EBB. 

Thus, the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) is asking advocates and those working with patrons to apply for the benefits, to pay close attention to the fine print put out by the ISPs and report anything that seems to be in violation of the terms originally announced by the FCC.

Please document and share worrisome text or requirements that you encounter, we will forward to the NDIA and to the CT State Broadband Policy Coordinator, both of whom are communicating regularly with the FCC and asking them to clarify the rules with providers promptly. Pass your notes along to christine.gauvreau@ct.gov
Announcing New Tutorials Added to Niche Academy!

  • Disability Awareness & Etiquette
  • Keep it Fun! Engage Youth in Your Community with Book Clubs
  • Niche Academy Webinar – Building News Literacy for Tweens and Teens
  • Niche Academy Webinar – Partnering with Local Jails to Decrease Recidivism
  • Niche Academy Webinar – Providing Mental Health Information to Patrons
  • Providing Trauma-Informed Services in Rural and Small Libraries (4 modules)
  • We Learn From Each Other – Bookmobiles and Mobile Outreach
Workshop Recap
Family Homelessness and Connecticut Libraries

"The session was by far the most informative workshop I have attended. I feel confident I will use the information that was provided and enjoyed the clear manner that the material was presented."
– Program participant, May 24, 2021

Presented by Vikki C. Terrile, MSLS, MA, this interactive virtual training introduced participants to family homelessness in the United States, specifically family homelessness in Connecticut, and how libraries can support children and families in homeless situations. This training shared:
  • Practical tips for connecting with local schools and community organizations to understand the nature of family homelessness in your community and to reach families where they are
  • A range of services and programming options that you can offer
  • How to address barriers to creating and sustaining these services
  • How to leverage these activities to advocate for families and for libraries

We will be providing more learning opportunities around family homelessness and are looking to bring in some additional state partners to share further information about the structure of resources in Connecticut.
Workshops and Programs
Changes to FY2021 State Annual Report Questions

Wednesday, June 2 | 2-3 pm

Friday, June 11 | 10-11 am

Tuesday, June 22 | 2-3 pm

In addition to changes to program counts and attendance, there are other new questions and clarifications coming in the FY2021 State Annual Report. Maria Bernier, State Data Coordinator, will explain the changes and review how to enter data in the report form. This webinar complements the new info session on "Counting Programs and Activities" which will also be offered several times in June.

The session will be recorded, with the link posted afterward to the Changes to 2021 Report tab.

Counting Programs & Activities

Thursday, June 3 | 11 am-12 pm

Tuesday, June 8 | 2:30-3:30 pm

Friday, June 18 | 2-3 pm

IMLS has announced substantial changes to the way public libraries will report on programs in the next national Public Libraries Survey, which affects how we collect data on programs and attendance in Connecticut in our state Annual Report starting with FY21. In this Zoom info session, learn from Maria Bernier, State Data Coordinator, about the changes and how to capture the data you need using a new Excel tool (downloadable from the Statistics: Annual Report LibGuide). The new Excel tool will also help you collect data for the state's new Summer Reading report. This session will be invaluable for any library employee who maintains data on library programs.

The session will be recorded, with link posted afterward to the Programs tab.

DLD Virtual Open House
Thursday, June 10 | 10 am-3:30 pm

We are doing it again! You are invited to join the DLD staff for our second virtual open house. Leading us off in the morning, hear from DLD Director Dawn La Valle as she welcomes everyone and shares an overview of updates from DLD. For the rest of the day, choose to attend the open office hours with each DLD staff member – pop into one, or come to all!

LearningExpress Workforce Solutions and
Job & Career Accelerator

Tuesday, June 15 | 11 am-12 pm

Wednesday, June 17 | 2-3 pm

Staff from EBSCO will provide training on how to use this subscription database, purchased for CT public libraries by the CT State Library with American Rescue Plan Act funds to help your customers get back on their feet after COVID. The subscription runs through September 2022. Libraries will be able to go live with the service following training.

A WebEx invite will be emailed to you the day before training.

LYRASIS SimplyE Community Open Office Hours
Tuesday, June 15 | 12-1 pm

Join us for our regular monthly Informal Office Hours. This is a chance for you to pop in and say hi, ask a question or have a discussion about a topic you're interested in. You can ask questions you might have about setups, marketing, or anything else. We'll be available from 12-1 so drop in anytime during the hour.
Readers Advisory Refresh
Tuesday, June 15 | 4-5 pm

Jen Dayton will cover the basics of Reader's Advisory (RA) and will give new ideas of promoting RA to boost patron engagement and circulation. Jen was the Collection Development Coordinator for Darien Library from 2012 to 2019, and the head of Reader's Services from 2007 to 2012.
Grant Writing Workshop
Tuesday, June 29 | 1-2:30 pm

Grant writing is a skill required of many library practitioners in public, academic, school and special libraries. The goal of this workshop is to provide practical guidance on how to find available grants and how to write fundable proposals based upon library outcomes. By the end of the session participants will be able to:
  • Identify opportunities for grant-writing
  • Develop skills to be able to write a grant proposal aligned with program outcomes
  • Increase confidence in writing a grant proposal
  • Brainstorm a project for grant funding
  • Investigate the steps in the grant-writing process
  • Review successful examples of funded grants

Instructor is Dr. Laura L. Summers. Dr. Summers is an Assistant Clinical Professor and Program Leader for Learning Design & Technology at University of Colorado Denver.
CT Digital Library
eGO CT Update

CSL continues to purchase content to coincide with libraries joining the eGO program and rolling it out to their patrons. Last month we added 56 new titles including Nutmeg Book Award nominees, titles for librarians, books by Connecticut Authors and books about Connecticut, backlist bestsellers, and ten new Spanish language titles. Since the Phase One rollout of the eGO program in February 2020, CSL has purchased 5,484 titles. The DPLA Open Bookshelf has grown to 10,518 simultaneous use titles that can be downloaded and kept – no loan periods and no waiting!

There are now 91 libraries that have gone live in the SimplyE app. Of the 191 public libraries in Connecticut, 154 are configured in the SimplyE app.

Interested in joining SimplyE? Contact Brad Bullis at bradley.bullis@ct.gov.
New in SimplyE | Nutmeg Book Awards 2022
Browse this growing collection, including the titles above, accessible using the SimplyE app. Does your library participate in the eGO CT program?
New Professional Development Titles
These are just some highlights! We've got lots more professional development titles in our collection.

Interested in borrowing any of these titles? Contact Judy Crooks at judy.crooks@ct.gov.
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Our many email discussion lists for the library community help you connect with your peers, whether you're in the office or working from home. 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.
Middletown Library Service Center

Open by appointment only for the foreseeable future
Monday - Friday | 9 am - 4 pm

MLSC will be closed Monday, July 5 in observance of Independence Day.

MLSC staff, whether in the office or telecommuting, are responding to voicemail and e-mail during business hours of 8 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday, except for state holidays. 
Connecticut State Library | Division of Library Development
Middletown Library Service Center
786 South Main Street | Middletown, CT 06457