Volume 2, No.8 | August 2018
Your monthly news & updates
Program Spotlight
EXCITE Transformation for Libraries
EXCITE bootcamp 1
EXCITE Transformation for Libraries Standalone Bootcamp 1 is in the books as a resounding success. Twenty-two librarians representing Central CT State University; CT State Library; Eastern CT State University; Jonathon Trumbull Library, Lebanon CT; Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT; Meriden Library, CT; New Haven Free Public Library, CT; Ossining Library, NY; Russell Library, CT and Springfield City Library, MA embarked on an immersive, intensive and exciting 3 days together to help them learn the core 21 st Century Librarian Leadership skills of collaboration, innovation, design-thinking and entrepreneurship that will help transform their libraries.

Rather than recount the 3 days, we will let our participant feedback speak for itself:

“Amazing! I will forever trust the process. Thank you for filling my "tool box" with a few more techniques to help develop amazing programs.”

“Loved to spend the last 3 days innovating, collaborating, learning with other librarians and now have new tools to bring to my home library and help the community develop new outputs.”

“So wonderful to work with all the teams of libraries who helped provide honest feedback on developing our ideas. Really see the difference between planning the usual way and this way that really creates meaningful programs that the target audience wants.”

“This was so useful and seriously made me grow to think outside my comfort zone to develop some good, great, and fantastic ideas.”

“Thank you for providing this training. I learned so much be having to use the tools provided to think on my feet and give good feedback to my fellow EXCITE folks. Thank you again!”

“I have so many ideas and can't wait to bring this back to my library!”

The EXCITE Team is looking forward to taking our show on the road for Cohort 2 which begins on September 11 th at the Cranston Public Library in Cranston Rhode Island.

For more information on the EXCITE Program please visit our libguide at https://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/EXCITE/home

Program Spotlight
"Reality Check": Augmented and Virtual Reality in Libraries

Join us August 13 at the Farmington Library for this FREE half day event featuring presenters representing academic, public and school libraries. Get an overview of this emerging technology, find out what innovative programs and services are being developed in schools and libraries, and have the opportunity to get some hands-on experience too. This is a great way to not only learn and try this technology, but to network with other professionals in the field to think about innovative ideas you can bring back to your own schools and libraries this Fall.

Featured presenters:

Following the program, come tour and try out some technologies in " The Studio ", Farmington Library's "experiential and media production lab" or enjoy some "play time" with Kathy Schrock (links to apps will be made available ahead of time to registrants).

Date: Monday, August 13, 2018
Time: 10-1 (9:30-10 registration; 1-2 play time/tour following program)
Location: Farmington Library , 6 Monteith Drive, Farmington CT - Community Room
Cost: Free
Click here or go to https://cslib.libcal.com/event/4320797 to register.
For more information on virtual reality in libraries, visit the Division of Library Development's Virtual Reality libguide.
Service Spotlight
LSTA Planning Grants due August 27
Applications for LSTA Planning Grants will be accepted on a rolling basis every two months, with the next deadline on August 27 for projects starting November 1. These six-month planning grants will provide up to $5,000 to assist libraries with planning initiatives to explore new services, assess and address the needs of changing population and patron bases, develop partnerships and collaboration, or write new strategic plans or long-range master plans.
All potential applicants must have attended an information session about the assessment and planning tools available from the CT State Library as well as grant application instructions, regulations, and fiscal management.
More information, including the grant instructions and application, is online at http://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/lstagrants/grantapplication
Service Spotlight
findIT CT Logo
findIT CT Update

All of the updates that libraries submitted have been loaded into the findIT catalog. The list of libraries in findIT and the dates their holdings were updates is at http://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/finditct/librariesinfindit  
Service Spotlight
requestIT CT Update

Libraries participating in requestIT successfully lent 8,071 items in fiscal year 2018. Detailed requestIT statistics are at

Two more “Do’s and Don’ts of requestIT” sessions are scheduled; one will be taking place on August 8 at Plumb Memorial Library in Shelton (details at https://cslib.libcal.com/event/4262802 ), and the other on September 17 at Goshen Public Library (details at https://cslib.libcal.com/event/4271911 ). These sessions are for staff members of libraries that are participating in requestIT CT. 
Professional Collection
New Professional Collection Titles from MLSC
Want to see the list of new titles added to our collection? Go to: https://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/professional and scroll down to see what's new. The links on the page take you directly to our Primo catalog .

Contact Judy Crooks judy.crooks@ct.gov if you are interested in borrowing any of these titles. 
Professional Development
Professional Development & Training Opportunities – August

Reality Check : Augmented and Virtual Reality in Libraries
In person workshop
Monday, August 13, 10 am to 1 pm
Farmington Library, 6 Monteith Drive, Farmington, CT 06032
Cost: Free
For details and to register, visit https://cslib.libcal.com/event/4320797
Coming in September :..
Book Trailers for Advanced Beginners
In person workshop
Saturday, September 8, 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/4305866

For more professional development opportunities,
visit the Division of Library Development’s Continuing Education Calendar at
Hours Reminder
Reminder: MLSC Hours – August 2018

A reminder that in addition to 8 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday, the Middletown Library Service Center’s hours for August will include:
Thursday, August 2: Open 8 am to 8pm
Saturday, August 4: Open 9 am to noon

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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