Volume 3, No.10 | October 2019
Your monthly news & updates
Program Spotlight
Newspapers, celebrities, and magic!
The CT Digital Newspaper Project (CDNP) was awarded a 4th 2-year grant to digitize historic Connecticut newspapers for the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). Each September the states and territories in the project get together at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress (LC) for several days to find out what is new, share ideas, present individual projects and more. Christine Gauvreau, formerly the CDNP Project Coordinator served on a panel regarding humanities outreach efforts, and Gail Hurley, Project Director presented a program and poster session on outreach to the public.There are now 48 states and some U.S.territories in the NDNP with two New England neighbors, Massachusetts and New Hampshire left to join.

Coincidentally, while at the Library of Congress, I stumbled upon their kickoff to the 20th year celebration of the National Book Festival. This included an opening night author interview and book signing event with Neil Patrick Harris and his 3rd installment of The Magic Misfits series for middle grades. Several of us were able to get tickets to this free event. And of course, Neil was wonderfully funny and down to earth. It was fun meeting him at his book signing, but I got the blurriest selfie ever with him. Bummer. An extra treat was the Houdini exhibit that the LC Rare Books staff put together in the room next to the auditorium where Harris was presenting. While in that room library celebrity Dr. Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress walked in and immediately we librarians flocked to her while others in the room just stared at us wondering who that was. She was so happy to see librarians and was happy to pose with us for pictures.

Stay tuned to all the great things the newspaper project is doing including new titles to be digitized, exhibit tours in libraries, and more.

Questions? Contact Gail Hurley Gail.Hurley@ct.gov
Service Spotlight
New Booking System for MLSC!

The Middletown Library Service Center has a new booking system. Within this new, visually appealing, request system, libraries (school and public) are able to request the following:
  • Current Nutmeg Nominee book sets
  • Book discussion sets (Picture book, Elementary/Middle grade, Graphic novels, Young Adult, and Adult)
  • Board Book Sets
  • STEM kits (ozobots, snap circuits, NASA kits, and more)
  • Music kits
  • And Book props (Velcro kits)

One page, with a conveniently located drop down box, allows librarians to request board book sets for baby storytime, the Dash and Dot classroom set for a winter STEM program, the Go Away Big Green Monster felt kit for a preschool visit in October, and the Unbound Nutmeg Nominee book set for book club, without leaving your desk.

To request items you’ll only need your first and last name, email, library/agency/school name, and deliverIT number.

Take a look at our new system:
Keep in mind it’s a work in progress. There are some pages where all the images and information haven’t been uploaded but you can still request the items.

Questions? Call the Library Service Center at 860-704-2200.
Service Spotlight
Connecticut Public Library Annual Report for FY2019

Reminder that the State Library's annual Public Library Survey for 2018-2019 is now available for submission. Each library’s participation in this survey is critical for state and national data gathering on public libraries.
Libraries will again be using an Excel report form (an .xlsx file) which you will fill out and then send to Maria Bernier, Statewide Data Coordinator. See the Annual Report webpage https://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/stats/annreport for
·         A printable list of the questions on the report form
·         A guide to completing the report
·         An instruction sheet with definitions
·         The report form itself (we recommend you download it when you are ready to complete it)
The only change from last year is how you’ll report your researchIT CT ebook and downloadable audio circulation – see the Guide for more information.
The firm DEADLINE for submission is 4 P.M. on Friday, November 15, 2019. Public libraries are required by statute CGS Sec. 11-25 (a) to submit an Annual Report in order to receive borrowIT payments or other state appropriations.
Service Spotlight
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findIT CT & requestIT CT Updates
The FulfILLment connector for the Evergreen Integrated Library System (ILS), used by Bibliomation, is in testing. We will be formally trained on it in early October and we will roll it out soon after that.
We will be releasing a couple of enhancements that improve ILL workflow in FulfILLment. Briefly, a lending library will be able to reject the request for an item once (if, for example, the item is checked out) or permanently (if, for example, the item does not circulate). Also, the borrowing library will automatically receive an e-mail alert when no lending libraries are able to fill a borrowing request. We expect these enhancements will be released in October. 
Professional Development

Professional Development & Training Opportunities – October 2019

Media & News Literacy Fair
Special DLD Event
Wednesday, October 16, from 9-1 p,m.
Farmington Library, 6 Monteith Drive, Farmington, CT 06032
Cost: Free
Limit of 50 attendees
For details and to register, visit: https://cslib.libcal.com/event/5729462

To see other upcoming events, please visit https://cslib.libcal.com/

If you have a need for particular professional development training, please contact Gail Hurley, Gail.Hurley@ct.gov or 860-704-2222. Remember that we also can hold training sessions around the state. If you are willing to be a host library and have a large training area and good parking, please let Gail know.
Professional Collection

What's new in the 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
MLSC Hours – October 2019
Monday to Friday: 8 am to 4:30 pm
Closed Monday, October 14 for Columbus Day
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