Volume 3, No.4 | April 2019
Your monthly news & updates
Service Spotlight
How does Connecticut spend its Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grants to State Libraries Allotment?

LSTA funds support State Library Programs administered through Division of Library Development https://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/lstagrants

For Federal Fiscal Year FFY2018, CSL was allotted $2,001,123 (*) which supports (numbers are approximate taking into account partial distributions and carryovers):

  • Digital Resource Sharing (ILL Coordinator, IT Maintenance and Support, Equipment, Online Info, Subscriptions) $203,555

  • Resource Sharing Library Materials (LTA, audio collection, Large Print, Children’s Collection, supplies, fees, permits, subscriptions) $132,206.39

  • deliverIT CT (7 drivers, vehicle lease, fuel, repairs, maintenance supplies, office supplies) $486,521.27

  • Professional Development (CE, Professional Development Collection, support costs) $30,098.79

  • Consultants/DLD Administration ( Statewide Data Coordinator, YA/Children’s Consultant, subscriptions, equipment maintenance, supplies, training, mileage, education costs) $345,812.85

  • LSTA Administration (LSTA/eRate Coordinator, cleaning services MLSC, Office Equipment lease) $154,838.23

  • Summer Reading (CLSP Membership, Evanced Subscription) $25,104

  • Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped/LBPH (3 LTAs, I Library Tech Asst) $463,892.37

Grants - $20,000

TOTAL $1,831,960.09 (*)

(*) Agency maintains a (generally $200,000) carryover for delayed allotments and continuing resolutions during 2yr Federal Fiscal Cycle
Service Spotlight
Important BorrowIT CT Information for Public Libraries

1. borrowIT CT funding is $703,638 in FY2019. This is identical to last year.

2.  2018-2019 borrowIT CT Payments.   Payments should go out to libraries within the next few weeks. Municipal libraries should check with their Town Treasurer to make sure these funds are made available to the library, as required by statute.

3.  Reporting borrowIT CT Loans March 2019 to February 2020. Download the Excel report form which you will then send to the new State Library Data Coordinator after the borrowIT year ends next February. Download that form here: https://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/ccard/report

4. Your Library’s Statistics. For information on your library’s Payment, Loans, Borrows, and Net-Plus Loans in the 2018-2019 year, go to: https://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/ccard/statistics

5. Required Expenditure Report. Libraries must report now how they spent the payment they received last year in April 2018. Most libraries have already spent this money, so please go to this survey form and submit your figures:   http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CCardExpReport
You do not need to submit a paper form.

Thanks for your library’s participation in borrowIT CT.  
Service Spotlight
LSTA Grants Are Due!
Applications for one-year literacy grants are due April 8, and the next deadline for six-month planning grants is April 22. More information about LSTA grants, including grant instructions and applications, is online at http://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/lstagrants/grantapplication. 
Service Spotlight
eGO Live Testing

eGO live testing continues and expands. In addition to the Bibliomation member libraries Hall Memorial, Plumb Memorial, and Woodbury Public, we are pleased to add these libraries in April:

LION Libraries
  • East Lyme Public Library
  • E. C. Scranton Memorial Library
  • North Branford Public Libraries

LCI Libraries
  • New Britain Public Library
  • West Hartford Public Library

All test libraries will see three format selection buttons in the SimplyE app to filter content according to format - All | eBooks | Audiobooks.
Service Spotlight
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findIT CT Update

Please hold off on sending us your library’s holdings until we request them. Last year we asked libraries to send us their holdings updates in April and May and we loaded them into the findIT catalog in June. We are going to delay updating the findIT CT catalog this year. Equinox is going to automate the removal of any deleted bibliographic records in findIT. The new automation will make the loading process run much more smoothly, so it’s worth waiting for it before we load the catalog. We will put out the call for libraries’ holdings after the new automation has been tested, which we anticipate will be sometime this summer.
Service Spotlight
reQuestIT Updates

The requestIT CT (formerly reQuest) participation fee has remained at $325 for past 9 years. The Connecticut Digital Library Advisory Board (CDLAB) approved a requestIT CT participation fee increase to $350 for fiscal year 2020, which covers the period July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

requestIT CT participation fees will ensure that we can continue developing enhancements and building and maintaining connectors. Participation fees only partially subsidize the findIT CT statewide catalog and the requestIT CT ILL system. State and federal LSTA funds provide the largest portion of funding for the project.

We also offer participation in Connecticut's CatExpress group to download MARC records from OCLC's WorldCat. Pricing is per record (this year was $1.27 per record) and some population and FTE restrictions apply.

We will be sending out bills for requestIT participation in July.

Steve Cauffman will be offering another “Do’s and Don’ts of requestIT” session on Wednesday, April 17 from 10 am to 1 pm at Mystic and Noank Library. He will review the FulfILLment system and updating process, show some of the newer features, and talk about ILL workflow. This session is for those who have been trained on and are currently using requestIT CT. You can register for this session at: https://cslib.libcal.com/event/5222937
Program Spotlight
Money Smart Week @ Your Library

Money Smart Week is March 30-April 6, 2019. We would love to hear what workshops and programs you have planned during this week. You can also register your events on the national Money Smart Week site. Contact Gail Hurley at Gail.Hurley@ct.gov or call 860-704-2222. Visit our Financial Literacy libguide at: https://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/Financial_Literacy.
Service Spotlight
Summer Reading
The State Library membership in CLSP entitles any public library in the state to use CSLP products. Just go to the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) and create a free account to access resources and purchase materials. This summer's theme is "A Universe of Stories."

In addition, please Register your library today for Summer of Space , NASA @ My Library's campaign with Star Net. You will receive:
  • A monthly newsletter with resources and opportunities
  • Representation of your library on the "Summer of Space map
  • An automatic entry to win 1 of 2 Orion StarBlast Telescopes
  • 2000 NASA Tactile books will be distributed
  • 800 Scholastic science books will be distributed
Program Spotlight
NASA @ My Library Updates

CT State Library staff will be showcasing the NASA @ My Library project at the Space Expo April 6 at the New England Air Museum as well as at the annual CLA Conference in Mystic April 29 and 30. Stop by to visit our table if you are at either of the events.

In addition, Gail Hurley will be doing a presentation about the project at CLA Tuesday afternoon, April 30. This will include a demo of the NASA Kits that are available to circulate to libraries for programming.

Save the date - May 22 @ the Middletown Library Service Center for half-day workshops on how to use the kits.

More information about the project can be found at our libguide: https://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/DLD/NASA

Questions? Contact Gail Hurley at Gail.Hurley@ct.gov or call 860-704-2222
Professional Development

Professional Development & Training Opportunities – April 2019

Copy Cataloging
In person workshop
Wednesday, April 10, from 9 am to noon
Middletown Library Service Center, 786 South Main St., Middletown, CT 06457
Cost: Free
For details and to register, visit: https://cslib.libcal.com/event/5148938

Finding Grant Opportunities for Libraries
In person workshop
Thursday, April 11, from 9 am to 12:30 pm
Middletown Library Service Center, 786 South Main St., Middletown, CT 06457
Cost: Free
For details and to register, visit: https://cslib.libcal.com/event/5118555
Professional Collection
Contact Judy Crooks judy.crooks@ct.gov if you are interested in borrowing any of these titles.

For more new books at MLSC , visit https://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/professional
Hours Reminder
"Catch the Spring Reading Bug"

MLSC Hours – April 2019

Monday to Friday: 8 am to 4:30 pm
Thursday, April 4 (the first Thursday of the month): Open until 8 pm

The Service Center will be closed on Friday, April 19 for Good Friday. 

Contact us at 860-704-2200, our main phone number.
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