Vol. 5 No. 07 | July 2021
Your Monthly News & Updates
Initiatives & Announcements
Transformation for Libraries
The Futures School: 
Applied Foresight Accelerator 
3-Day Live Online Program
August 2 – 4  
8:30 am-12 pm & 1:30-5 pm daily 

The CT State Library DLD’s Transformation for Libraries: The Futures School IMLS National Grant Project has come full circle and is returning to Connecticut for an August Applied Foresight Accelerator Program. This is a wonderful opportunity to participate in a program that Sarah Fuller, IMLS referred to as “a game changer for librarians.”

Built on a vision of developing learning experiences that help you to be “fueled by foresight” in all that you do – this unique training program is presented in partnership with Kedge and The Futures School. It emerged from a growing realization among leaders and organizations that success in the 21st century landscape of rapid change means we must embrace new pathways to the future. Ultimately, you will learn a strategic framework that enables you to continuously learn-unlearn-relearn to lead discussions and actions in the transformation of libraries.

Learn more:
  • VIDEO: Watch Kedge Futures School Co-Founder Yvette Montero describe Strategic Foresight
  • FLIER: Transformation for Libraries - The Futures School: Applied Foresight Accelerator Program
  • AGENDA: Live Online Sample Agenda
  • FOCAL ISSUE: Future of Libraries

You must be able to commit to the full 3-day program.

**To apply, please send an email of intent to Dawn La Valle at dawn.lavalle@ct.gov by close of business today, July 2.**
Announcing The Palace Project
New Digital Platform Empowers Public Libraries and Patrons, Boosts Equitable Access to Knowledge

On June 28, 2021, a powerful partnership of industry leaders announced The Palace Project, a transformational, library-centered platform for digital content and services. The Palace Project, with a $5 million investment by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for LYRASIS, and in strategic partnership with Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), will develop and scale a robust suite of content, services, and tools for the delivery of ebooks, audiobooks, and other digital media to benefit public libraries and patrons.

The Palace Project will support the mission of public libraries by providing equitable access to digital knowledge, bolstering the direct relationship between libraries and patrons, and protecting patron privacy by enabling libraries to serve content to patrons from all the major e-content providers.

What does this mean for Connecticut’s libraries, patrons, and SimplyE?

In the coming months, the Palace app will replace the SimplyE app. A central element of The Palace Project, the Palace app will allow libraries to serve all their e-content from multiple sources in one interface for their patrons. 

LYRASIS is committed to working with the CT State Library Division of Library Development (DLD) and our partner CT public libraries through the transition. As additional details and timelines are made available, we look forward to sharing those with you. DLD will be here to support your library in this process and looks forward to providing technical assistance, communications and marketing, and more as we embark on this new venture together.
New Research! “Bridging Digital Divides during COVID-19: Findings from the 2020-2021 Connecticut State Library Digital Inclusion Survey” by Brian Real, PhD

“Bridging Digital Divides during COVID-19: Findings from the 2020-2021 Connecticut State Library Digital Inclusion Survey” by Brian Real, PhD was published online in Public Library Quarterly on June 23, 2021. Read the summary.
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 conclude by August 15th. Timing is flexible based on availability of Pilot leads.

For more information, contact Dawn La Valle at dawn.lavalle@ct.gov.
EBSCO LearningExpress | Workforce Solutions

Thanks to funding provided to the CT State Library through the American Rescue Plan Act, we can now provide access to LearningExpress Workplace Solutions from EBSCO free to public libraries through September 2022. We have recently upgraded to Workforce Solutions including the Job & Career Accelerator. To learn more, view the most recent training session.

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.

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.

If you have any questions or need information about Workforce Solutions, or any other researchIT CT resources, please contact Brad Bullis at bradley.bullis@ct.gov.
Workshops and Programs
requestIT CT logo - Statewide interlibrary loan - A service of the CT State Library
For Bibliomation Libraries - requestIT's New Functionality With Connectors
Thursday, July 1 | 10-11 am

Andrea Buntz Neiman, Project Manager for Software Development, Equinox Open Library Initiative will be providing a demonstration of the new requestIT functionality for Bibliomation libraries. This new functionality eliminates the need to enter ILLs in twice - once in FulfILLment and once in Evergreen. This demonstration is open to all Bibliomation libraries. It is not meant to be a comprehensive demonstration of requestIT. It focuses exclusively on the new functionality based on connectors.
Brad Bullis of the CT State Library and Amy Terlaga from Bibliomation will be on hand to answer questions after the presentation.
Learn more about researchIT CT by contacting Brad Bullis at bradley.bullis@ct.gov.
Readers Advisory Refresh
Wednesday, July 14 | 10-11 am

Your instructor, 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.
Summer Reading Report
Wednesday, July 14 | 1-2 pm

Join Children/ YA Consultant Kymberlee Powe to go over the new Summer Reading Report questions, the new reporting spreadsheet and all of its support material.

Changes and clarification have been made to the report since our last session in March.
How to Complete the 2021 Public Library Annual Report
Thursday, July 22 | 2-3 pm

Maria Bernier, State Data Coordinator, will provide an overview of the 2021 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. This session will be especially useful for new directors and for library staff who are new to collecting and entering data in the form. The 2021 Annual Report form will be released in mid-July and is due on November 15 by 4:00 pm.

The session will be recorded, with link posted afterward to the Annual Report LibGuide. Additional repeats of this webinar will be scheduled in the summer and fall.

LYRASIS SimplyE Community Open Office Hours
Wednesday, July 21 | 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.
CT Digital Library
eGO CT Updates:
Two Big Announcements!

Two big announcements from Lyrasis were made in June that will directly impact the eGO Program.

  • The first is that Lyrasis and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) have partnered together to develop their own e-reader utilizing SimplyE’s open-source code and offering broad tech support and cloud hosting of the entire platform (read the full announcement).

The Connecticut State Library will continue to partner with Lyrasis and DPLA as they begin this exciting journey.

If you would like more information about eGO CT, contact Brad Bullis at bradley.bullis@ct.gov.

Also, feel free to join us for our Open Office Hours on Wednesday, July 21 from 12-1 pm - register! Join us and pose your eGO related questions to LYRASIS and CT State Library staff - anything from marketing to specific tech questions or anything else that is on your mind.
Library Data You Can Use
2021 Public Library Annual Report

This year's state Annual Report form contains new questions about programs, attendance, and self-directed activities for each age range, as well as quick new questions about your library's website, reporting methods for public computer sessions and wireless sessions, and lending of computers and hotspots. A new open-ended question invites you to share information and photos about something your library did in the last year that you're proud of. For libraries that offer access to materials through SimplyE, there's a new question about checkouts of those materials by your patrons. There are updated instructions or definitions for programs, self-directed activities, public internet computers and wireless sessions.

Recordings of recent information sessions about these changes, plus the presentation slides and a full list of changes, are available online.

The 2021 state Annual Report form will be released in mid-July and will be due on November 15 by 4:00 pm.

Join Maria Bernier, State Data Coordinator for "How to Complete the 2021 Public Library Annual Report" on Thursday, July 22, from 2-3 pm - register! Additional repeats will be scheduled in the summer and fall. The webinar will be recorded, with link posted afterward to the Annual Report LibGuide.
New in SimplyE | Great Summer Reads!
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.
Find Us
Stay Connected! Join our Emails Lists

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