Volume 2, No.1 | January 2018
Your monthly news & updates
DLD Reflecting on 2017, Looking Forward to 2018
As the Division of Library Development closes the books on another year, we look back on our achievements with the knowledge we are meeting our goals moving the Connecticut library community into the 21 st Century. As recipients of an IMLS Laura Bush 21 st Century Librarian Program Grant for the EXCITE Transformation for Libraries Project we are pioneering an intensive team-based experiential learning program that will teach collaboration and innovation skills, result in programs and services that respond to community input and demonstrated needs, lead to cultural change at libraries, and sustain project impact through extended training. With teams from across the Eastern United States, we are establishing the Connecticut State Library as a leader in library innovation. Connecticut partnered with our COSLINE colleagues to present the 2017 Futures Conference to foster imagination, inspiration and innovation and provide participating CT librarians with tools to create the future in their libraries. Dynamic speakers from diverse innovation fields included David Pescovitz, Phil Bowermaster, Rakia Reynolds, Cindy Ball, Dr. James Hughes, Kevin Mitnick, Anthony Iovino and Nicole Baker Rosa from the Futures School. We continue to foster strategic partnerships to engage in projects, programs and other initiatives to further the interest of all libraries in relevant areas such as Access to Justice; veterans outreach; community health education, and many more.

Our 2018-2022 LSTA Five Year Plan was approved stating “ CSL's decisions in 2017 and forward will be directed towards strengthening libraries during times of rapid change so they in turn can help their communities get stronger. CSL intends to emphasize the role of libraries as community anchors while continuing to provide support for statewide resource sharing services. CSL must remain flexible in order to capitalize on new opportunities and to change as needed in response to the library community's needs as well as future state funding reductions.” A key tool in helping libraries move forward is the State Library Board-endorsed “Best Practices for Public Libraries in Connecticut” which DLD will be using to help advance the objectives of the Five -Year Plan. CSL's top priority is to emphasize the role of libraries as anchor institutions within their communities and to help librarians gain skills, knowledge, and resources in order to serve their communities' needs. Building on the Aspen Report's themes of People and Place, CSL will help public libraries cement their place as essential organizations that are central to the quality of life, civic and cultural engagement, and economic vitality in every municipality.
The Division of Library Development staff continues to engage in activities that move libraries and librarians forward as evidenced by successful grant projects; progress on statewide resource sharing retooling; project development; continuing education offerings; program sponsorship; consulting and so much more. Regional and national recognition of CSL/DLD staff expertise and activities in areas of leadership, innovation and outreach is a reflection on the library community we work with.

Thank you for another banner year for the Connecticut State Library, Division of Library Development. We look forward to working with you in 2018 and beyond.

Wishing you a Happy Healthy New Year!


Service Spotlight
Official Statistical Profile & Other Resources to Be Released in January

The official version of “ Connecticut’s Public Libraries: A Statistical Profile, July 2016 – June 2017 ” is scheduled to be released on January 2. Only minor changes were made from the Preliminary Version. You can download the Profile here: http://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/stats . The statistics compiled in this report are based on the Annual Reports submitted by public libraries in the fall. Thanks go out to all those who helped complete the Annual Report for your library.
Also available with the Statistical Profile:
New Chart and Report Creators – create suites of charts in seconds
Statewide Statistical Trends in Public Libraries - see changes in important statistics since 2001
Library Facts and Advocacy Flyer – a flyer with statistics from your library (same as the one made available in December)
Service Spotlight
Money Smart Week 2018

Money Smart Week @ Your Library is April 21-28. It is never too early to get started planning your financial-related programming for this week. We are happy to announce that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is now providing Money Smart Week Promotional materials FREE to all partners. These promotional materials include the Money Smart Week flyer, bookmark, postcard, educational resources, etc. Each piece is available for shipment in quantities of 100,300,600 and 1,000 and will be packaged in bundles of 100.  
Sign up to be a partner with your fellow CT libraries in 2018, and get a head start on ordering your promotional materials here . These shipments take 3-4 weeks for delivery. Within these orders, 50 copies of the Money Smart Week Consumer Survey 2018 will also be included. You can find the PDF of the survey here .
For questions, contact Gail Hurley Gail.Hurley@ct.gov or 860-704-2222.
Service Spotlight
researchIT CT Survey

researchIT CT is gathering information to help inform our selection of resources to license for colleges & universities, K12 schools, and public libraries throughout Connecticut for the coming years. We have put up an online survey for libraries and their users as a first step in the process. The survey takes about 10-15 minutes to complete. Libraries take note: please select one (1) staff member to complete this survey on behalf of your library.

Here is the link to the survey:

The survey link is present near the top of all pages in researchIT CT; feel free to post it as widely as you can. We will close the survey on Friday, January 19.

Questions? Send them to Eric.A.Hansen@ct.gov, or call 860-704-2224.
Service Spotlight
New Partnership
The State Library has entered into an agreement with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and LYRASIS to launch a pilot project in which the three will set up a functional eGO circulation manager, hosted by LYRASIS, with as many Connecticut public libraries installed as possible. The libraries will be configured to run the SimplyE app for access to eBooks by way of the libraries' catalogs. This will be accomplished by April 2018.
Service Spotlight
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findIT CT Update

The findIT catalog continues to grow and it now contains the holdings of more than 290 libraries. We have also been busy updating the catalog. We updated findIT with the holdings of the 3 large consortiums earlier this fall. The consortium formerly known as Consuls has been reconfigured so that it includes the Connecticut State Library, Connecticut State Universities, and Connecticut Community Colleges and their holdings have been updated in findIT. In the new year we will be asking for holdings updates from the other consortiums and independent libraries. 

Contact Steve Cauffman, stephen.cauffman@ct.gov or 860-704-2223.
Service Spotlight
requestIT CT Update

There are 141 libraries participating in requestIT CT, the statewide Interlibrary Loan service in findIT. requestIT training will resume later this winter.

The Connecticut Digital Library Advisory Board approved the proposal to begin charging libraries $325 for participation in requestIT for FY2019. This is the same fee we charged when the previous service ended. We will use the fees we collect for participation to upgrade requestIT from a 'basic' ILL system to an 'automated' ILL system as well as to enhance findIT and requestIT. We will send details on billing in the spring 2018. requestIT CT remains free to use until July 2018. 

Contact Steve Cauffman, stephen.cauffman@ct.gov or 860-704-2223.
Hours Reminder
Reminder: MLSC Hours – January 2018

A reminder that in addition to 8 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday, the Middletown Library Service Center’s hours for January will include:
Thursday, January 4: Open 8 am to 8 pm
Saturday, January 6: Open 9 am to 12 pm

Note: the MLSC will be closed January 15 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Contact us at 860-704-2200, our main phone number.
Contact Linda Williams ( Linda.Williams@ct.gov ) for specific theme/grade level requests.
Contact Grace Burchard ( grace.burchard@ct.gov ) to reserve book sets.
Contact Grace or Judy Crooks ( judy.crooks@ct.gov ) to pull general selections of children’s books or
Books on CD in advance of your visit.
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