Volume 4, No.2 | February 2020
Your monthly news & updates
Program Spotlight
Transforming Teen Services

The Transforming Teen Services (T3) initiative has been organized by YALSA and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies. In trainings, facilitated by Connecticut State T3 trainers, you’ll learn about teen growth and development, connected learning, computational thinking and more. Take advantage of this opportunity to build and develop services for and with teens that will help guarantee that the adolescents you support have what they need for future success. The trainings will be held in three different locations across the state. Each training topic will be exactly the same so you only need to register for one date under each topic. Trainings kick off this month and go through May of 2020. See registration information below in the Professional Development Section.
Program Spotlight
Census Workshops for Librarians

The Connecticut State Library, Division of Library Development along with the U.S. Census Bureau kicked off a set of 6 workshops in January for librarians in various regions in the State and will continue through February. Workshops have been held in Waterford, Thompson, and Litchfield to date.

The U.S. Census Partnership Specialists give an overview of the census, their plan to get a complete count, and stress that is is "Easy, Safe, & Important." Librarians are able to ask many questions in preparation for the household mailings that will be coming out in March. Promotional materials for libraries to use are presented and now that the sample questionnaire is available, librarians are able to see the actual questions that will be used. Libraries are important partners with the census and will expect to see members of the public coming in to use their computers to complete the online questionnaire.

*Pictured to the right are Amy Sindel (Waterford PL), Gail Hurley (CSL DLD), and Kate Byroade (Cragin) at the kickoff census workshop at the Waterford Public Library, Jan. 7, 2020.

The following workshop dates and locations are still available. Register soon!:

Some helpful links for libraries are:

 
The 2020 Census will begin in less than 2 months, and we know many library staff will receive questions from their patrons. The Libraries’ Guide to the 2020 Census is ALA’s resource with background information, frequently asked questions, and tips for libraries. Originally released in 2019, the updated Guide reflects the latest information and resources.

2020 Census Internet State Response Video:   https://youtu.be/fXg1_1HHKzA

Questions and Answers for Stakeholders Supporting the 2020 Census (shows what libraries can and can’t do when helping the public)

The https://2020census.gov/ site has lots of fact sheets, videos, posters, and other outreach materials to special segments of your populations.
Outreach materials can be found at https://2020census.gov/en/partners/outreach-materials.html including the following:

Census handouts for libraries

Sample questionnaire

We were reminded about a fun picture book called Tricking the Tallyman which is about the first census in 1790. We have 2 copies of this book at the Middletown Library Service Center.  
Program Spotlight
ACLPD Resource Sharing Committee Community Dialogue Locations and Registration

When you Google “resource sharing,” you’d think there would be links to government programs or business strategies. Nope, when you Google “resource sharing,” the first page links are almost all about libraries and initiatives on the national, state and local levels.

Once again, libraries are leading the way. The Connecticut State Library asked the Advisory Council for Library Planning and Development (ACLPD) to form a Committee on Resource Sharing (CRS) which includes all the different library types in our state. The CRS’ charge was to:
  • Research and review existing resource sharing practices in other states
  • Explore 21st century library “best practices” for resource sharing
  • Develop resource sharing policies for the Connecticut State Library based on existing national policies adapted for the needs of all CT libraries.
  • Develop training modules to educate library staff on resource sharing to better understand the complexity of the services.
  • Develop presentations for ILL Roundtables and other events to discuss the sustainability of resource sharing.
  • Work collaboratively with the CDLAB eResource Task Force on resource sharing issues.
  • Make recommendations to ACLPD, the State Library and the State Library Board for resource sharing practices and policies.

After months of collaboration, the CRS has developed a comprehensive document--the CT Vision for Resource Sharing. It is a framework of three possible resource sharing models for CT libraries. The intent of the framework is to provide a vision of opportunity for the CT library community to determine, through consensus, which scenario to pursue--Transformative , Market or Fortress .
 
To complete this work, the Committee used Strategic Foresight to develop the Vision document as a pro-active tool to help navigate change and move from being reactive to being pro-active. The document is not policy. It is a flexible framework, a “vision” to build a future policy that needs a collaborative effort from the entire CT library community to build.

The work and resulting document are based on the core belief that communities benefit when libraries collaborate and cooperate with one another. The future scenarios--Transformative, Market and Fortress--are the basis for 21 st Century library services that will be responsive to the future needs of the communities served. The scenarios ensure that libraries have strategies and tactical actions to increase access to information regardless of environment, economics, politics, technology or social drivers. Each of the scenarios have benchmark tools to achieve the most positive outcomes of that scenario.

The CRS’s worked was also informed by the fact that state funding for our libraries is static at best and continually threatened at worst. It is evident that our community has to work with State government as it is now and it will be up to us to develop new solutions to the financial and operational problems we face.

Getting Your Input
The Resource Sharing committee is ready to introduce the CT Vision for Resource Sharing to the greater library community. As a library community, innovation is our DNA. We understand the challenges that lie ahead and have, time and again, come up with new ideas to keep libraries both relevant and on the cutting-edge. To that end, we’re inviting one participant per library to participate in a community dialogue with your library colleagues to help us gather more information so that, together, we can create a resource sharing model that will take us into the future.

Registration information below in Professional Development section.
Program Spotlight


The CT State Library is excited to announce a
new 3-day developmental opportunity…

CSL Transformation for Libraries:
Learning-Unlearning-Relearning Through Strategic Foresight

Built on a vision of developing learning experiences that help you to be “fueled by foresight” in all that you do – this unique training program is presented in partnership with Kedge and The Futures School. It emerged from a growing realization among leaders and organizations that success in the 21st century landscape of rapid change means we must embrace new pathways to the future. In other words, we need to foster mindsets and skills that help us to seize untapped possibilities and opportunities.
 
You’ll have the opportunity to participate in this pilot project. With tangible results and a repeatable framework, you’ll be on your way to developing a foresight mindset and skillset, ensuring you are primed for market-leading innovation, successful opportunity development, and revenue-generating futures intelligence. Ultimately, you will learn a strategic framework that enables them to continuously learn-unlearn-relearn to lead discussion and action in the transformation of libraries.
 
When:  June 8 th -10 th
Time:   8:30-4;30
Where: Middletown Library Service Center, Middletown CT
Why:    How do you predict the Future? You Create It!
 
Tuition: Free (lunch and snacks will be provided)
 
Space is limited, if you are interested in registering for this training, please contact Dawn at dawn.lavalle@ct.gov or call 860-767-6665
Service Spotlight
Children's and Young Adult Services

Social Media

Did you know that the Division of Library Development now has an Instagram? Follow us for information on new professional development resources, upcoming programs, non print resources, and more. You can find us @CSLDLD.

CSLP 2020 Artwork

As public libraries begin to discuss their summer reading program, and deal with the fallout of any inconvenience of the removal of the some of the artwork (read CSLPs statement here ). Rules of Use were revised prior to our annual meeting in September. They now allow for libraries to use the artwork on materials used to execute their summer reading programs. This includes reading logs, posters, certificates, etc. In the spirit of collaboration, CSLP has created a bank of digital files that our member libraries have produced so that the wheel does not need to be reinvented. Member libraries will be able to access these documents through the “Online Only Materials” folder in the online manual. Your libraries are also welcome to submit documents to share as this is a great way for member libraries to collaborate with one another.

Summer Library UnConference

The CSL Division of Library Development, in partnership with CT YA and Children's librarians across the state, is pleased to announce the inaugural Summer Library UnConference.

This UnConference will provide a space and platform to discuss the many layers of library summer reading programs, from challenges to success, from goals to book lists, from traditional programs to unconventional ones. Click here to register.
Service Spotlight

Official FY2019 Statistical Profile & Other Resources Now Available

The official version of “Connecticut’s Public Libraries: A Statistical Profile, July 2018 – June 2019” is now online. You can download the Profile from https://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/stats .
 
Also available:
Statistical Trends for CT Public Libraries and Statewide Trend Charts, FY2001-FY2019 – see trends in the use and management of CT public libraries for the past 19 years. Circulation is up! Per capita municipal appropriations are higher by more than $1 per person!
 
New Chart and Report Creators in Excel and visualizations in Tableau – create suites of charts in seconds to show what your library is doing in comparison to others or itself. Great for budget meetings.
 
Library Facts and Advocacy Flyer – a one-page flyer with statistics from your library or statewide numbers for all Connecticut public libraries.

To request a customized version for your library, contact Maria Bernier, maria.bernier@ct.gov or 860-704-2204.
Service Spotlight
eGO CT Update
 
Phase I of the rollout of the SimplyE app begins in February! Thanks to the following libraries for leading the way and taking the exciting step of rolling out the SimplyE app to patrons:
 
Beacon Falls Public Library
Cheshire Public Library
Ferguson Library
Hall Memorial Library
Hotchkiss Library of Sharon
New Milford Public Library
Weston Public Library
 
If your library is interested in rolling out the SimplyE app as part of Phase II in March, please contact Brad Bullis (bradley.bullis@ct.gov) to be added to the list.
 
New content has been added to RBDigital and therefore to SimplyE as well. A total of 127 new items were added including a large number of works by Connecticut authors. We will be adding additional content from DPLA Exchange and Baker Taylor to coincide with the Phase I launch.
   
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
findIT CT Logo
findIT CT and requestIT CT Updates

We are in the early stages of rolling out a new automated process to load records into the findIT catalog. The new process is automated and will not require human intervention unless there is a problem. This process is the result of an enhancement request that Equinox programmed into the system for us. Since the process is automated, libraries will be able to submit their holdings as often as they wish, although we recommend that they do so no more than once a month. We are asking the networks to update their holdings now. We then will ask independent libraries to update their holdings starting later in February. We will be releasing more detailed information through the findIT e-mail list in February.

We are in the process of releasing a couple of enhancements that improve ILL workflow in FulfILLment. Libraries now have access to a 'disallow for ILL' enhancement, where a lending library can reject a request for an item once (if, for example, the item is checked out) or permanently (if, for example, the item does not circulate). We also are setting up FulfILLment so that the borrowing library will automatically receive an e-mail alert when no lending libraries are able to fill a borrowing request.

The FulfILLment connector for the Evergreen Integrated Library System (ILS), used by Bibliomation, will be partially rolled out to the 41 Bibliomation libraries using requestIT soon. Equinox has to do some extra development to incorporate patron-initiated and staff-mediated ILL into the system. We expect that development work to be completed in the second quarter of 2020. Once the Evergreen connector is in place, we will begin testing the FulfILLment connector for the Innovative Interfaces, Inc. (III) Sierra ILS. 
Service Spotlight

Construction Grant Information Session

Wednesday, February 5, 9:30-11:00 am, Middletown Library Service Center
If your library is thinking of applying for a construction grant from the CT State Library in 2020 or later, this session will walk you through the process. You'll learn what you need to do before applying as well as what's required after you receive the grant. Don't get tripped up -- just plan ahead and be prepared. Register online .  
Professional Development

Professional Development & Training Opportunities – February/March 2020

CT Library Census Conversations
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 from 1-2:30 at CSL-Middletown https://cslib.libcal.com/event/6207137
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 from 10-11:30 at Enfield PL https://cslib.libcal.com/event/6207227
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 from 10-11:30 at Darien Library https://cslib.libcal.com/event/6207237
Cost: Free
Limit of 25 attendees

LSTA Grant Information Sessions
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 from 9:30 - 11:30 at Hall Memorial Library in Ellington https://cslib.libcal.com/event/6017907
Monday, March 2, 2020 from 1 - 3 at Middletown Library Service Center
Cost: Free
Limit of 25 attendees

Construction Grant Information Session
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 from 9:30-11:00
Middletown Library Service Center
Cost: Free
Limit of 15 attendees
For details and to register, visit: https://cslib.libcal.com/event/6082871

Resource Sharing Community Dialogues
The following are held from 10a.m. - Noon
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 –at Waterford
Friday, February 21, 2020 – at Easton
Thursday, March 5, 2020 – at Ellington (Hall Memorial)
Friday, March 6, 2020 – at Bloomfield
Monday, March 9, 2020 – at Clinton (Henry Carter Hull)
Friday, March 13, 2020 – at Goshen
Cost: Free
Limit of 25 attendees

Transforming Teen Services - Teen Development
Friday, February 21 - at Bristol Public Library from 9-12
Monday, February 24 - at Killingly Public Library from 10-1
Wednesday, February 26 - at Weston Public Library from 9:30-12:30
Cost: Free
Limit of 35 attendees

Transforming Teen Services - Connected Learning
Wednesday, March 4 - at Weston Public Library from 9:30-12:30
Tuesday, March 10 - at Bristol Public Library from 9-12
Tuesday, March 24 - at Killingly Public Library from 10-1
Cost: Free
Limit of 35 attendees

Weeding in the Garden of Good & Evil
Friday, March 6 - at the Middletown Library Service Center from 9:30 - 12:30
Cost: Free
Limit of 15 attendees

Summer Library UnConference
Thursday, March 19 - at the Homer Babbidge Library, UConn Storrs campus from 9:30-3
Cost: Free
Limit of 50 attendees

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 professional development titles at MLSC, visit https://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/professional
Hours Reminder
MLSC Hours – February 2020

Monday to Friday: 8 am to 4:30 pm
Closed Wednesday, February 12 for Lincoln’s Birthday
Closed Monday, February 17 for Washington’s Birthday
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