Volume 4, No.4 | April 2020
Your monthly news & updates
Service Spotlight
DLD's Ongoing Efforts to Serve all CT Libraries During this Crisis

DLD's COVID-19 page at  http://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/covid-19  brings together information submitted by all Connecticut public libraries about their closings and continued services. In addition to a quick summary of Public Library Closings and Program Suspensions (arranged by municipality), the guide includes a 38-page Word doc with much more detailed information about individual library responses, including messages to patrons. The guide also has links to upcoming webinars and reputable scientific and governmental sources for COVID-19 updates. 
Service Spotlight
Email Lists to Keep You Connected

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. See the full list and subscription information at: https://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/community .
Service Spotlight
Easy Access to RBDigital now available- No Library Card Required!  

Students and patrons can visit  RBDigital  and select the register option on the right side of the page and follow these simple steps. Create a username and password and use  ctstatelib20  for the access code. Provide first name, last name, e-mail, and postal code. Check the box to accept the terms of service and privacy policy and click on the register button. That’s all there is to it. They can now access the Connecticut State Library’s eAudio and eBook collection from RBDigital!
For more information about eGO CT, visit our website at egoct.org.

eGO CT is a project from the Connecticut State Library that includes acquiring digital content, such as eBooks and eAudio, and making it available to users statewide, primarily through the SimplyE app.
Service Spotlight
Professional Reading in researchIT

Do you have some time to catch up on professional reading? Is so, try using researchIT's resources, You can access current and back issues of titles such as  American Libraries Information Technology & Libraries , and  School Library Journal  among many other titles.

Go to  https://researchitct.org  and click "Magazines & Journals for Librarians" which appears toward the bottom of the list of resources on the left-hand side of the page. 

On the resulting page, scroll down you'll see a box listing titles that are available in researchIT. The list you see is of  General Library Titles.  You'll see grey tabs which you can click and will take you to other lists of titles for  Children's and YA  (including Schools);  Academic and Special Research ; and  Extras . In addition to titles in researchIT, you'll see some titles marked "Open Access" and those are freely available on the web. 

Click a journal title and you'll get to a page where you can either search within the publication or you can browse issues by publication date. On the right-hand side of the page, click a year, then click an issue and you'll see a list of full text articles. 

We hope you find these lists useful. Happy reading. 
Service Spotlight
COVID 19 Youth Libguides  

As librarians continue to provide resources from home and services patrons to the best of their ability, a list of resources has been compiled specifically for children and teens off of the Children's and YA Services libguide . The collection of free resources have been offered by various individuals and companies. The items included on the libguides page do not constitute a recommendation by the Connecticut State Library. Please seek legal and/or professional advice whenever you deem it appropriate. 
Service Spotlight
Virtual Summer Library UnConference

It is important to the Division of Library Development to maintain social distancing but continue to provide support and opportunities for professional development. 

The CSL Division of Library Development, in partnership with CT YA and Children's librarians across the state, is pleased to announce the  Virtual Summer Library UnConference .  This UnConference will be a less formal opportunity for youth librarians and their staff to discuss summer goals, challenges, success stories and more. The Conference will spread across three days, April 6, 7, and 8. Topics are as follows:  
  • Program Swap—Bring copies of your outlines of successful programs to share! 
  • Catering to Older Teens: Programs for High School age+Incentives- Do we need or want them? 
  • Cultivating Partnerships and Promoting your summer program 
  • Schools and Public Libraries working together 
  • What is the best way to Track summer reading? 
  • Challenges and Success with Online Programs? 
  • Best Practices for Summer Programs 
  • Family Programming vs Children & Teen Programming 
  • The Most Helpful Reading List 
  • Make Summer Reading Fun Again 
  • Is it really still Summer ‘Reading’? 
To register, go to the Continuing Education page: https://cslib.libcal.com/

Please note that there will be separate registration links for each topic on each of the 3 days. Please register for each topic you plan on attending each day.

During this UnConference we will have facilitated conversation among ourselves on what summer may look like as we grapple with COVID-19 and how we can best assist our library patrons. The access links will be emailed the day before the event. 
Professional Development
New!! Connecticut State Library Academy through April

We are pleased to announce that Niche Academy has given the Connecticut State Library a FREE account through April to their tutorials/webinar offerings, for library staff in Connecticut.

We have set up the Connecticut State Library Academy, which has a listing of tutorials as well as a customized grouping by category such as Customer Service, Marketing, Technology, etc. for you to take advantage of during this time.

Your Connecticut State Library Academy can be found at  https://my.nicheacademy.com/ctstatelibrary or by visiting our  Professional Development  libguide off of  DLD's home page  and clicking into the  Workshops & Webinars  tab or the new  Niche Academy   tab.

We would love to have feedback from you as you are using this service this month. As always, if you are looking for a particular kind of training for yourself or staff, please contact Gail Hurley, Gail.Hurley@ct.gov or 860-704-2222.

April in-person trainings / workshops are canceled, but you can view upcoming virtual and future in-person events by visiting: https://cslib.libcal.com/
Professional Collection eBooks

The titles listed below are accessible using the  SimplyE app . Check with your local library to see if they participate in the eGO Program.
For more new professional development titles, available when we reopen!, visit:
Hours Reminder
MLSC Hours – April 2020
MLSC is closed until further notice.

While we are closed, staff will be responding to voicemail and e-mail during business hours of 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday.
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