Volume 3, No.8 | August 2019
Your monthly news & updates
Staff Spotlight
The Connecticut State Library, Division of Library Development is very pleased to welcome our new Children’s and YA Consultant, Kymberlee Powe.

Kym comes to DLD from the West Haven Public Library where she was the Head of Children’s and the Teen Librarian. Kym has been very active in the CT Library Association (CLA) as a Region 4 Representative, Conference Exhibits Co-Chair, and Children’s Section Co-Chair.

Kym will bring to this consulting position a strong background in programming, reader’s advisory and fostering strategic partnerships as well as an infectious enthusiasm to learn, create and innovate new ideas, opportunities and projects.

She shares, "I'm very excited to be joining the DLD team and continuing to contribute to the Connecticut Library Community."

The DLD Team looks forward to working with Kym to support the Division’s key principle of working together with our colleagues in the Connecticut library community toward the common goal of making libraries a trusted community resource and an essential platform for learning, creativity and innovation in the community.

Welcome aboard Kym!
Service Spotlight
LSTA Planning Grants

Although the deadline for literacy grants has passed for 2019, applications for planning grants are accepted on a rolling basis every two months, with the next deadlines on August 26 and October 28. 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. The next session is scheduled for Friday, September 20 , 9:30-11:00, Middletown Library Service Center. Register online.

Additional information sessions will be offered bimonthly throughout the year.

More information about LSTA grants, including grant instructions and applications, is online at http://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/lstagrants/grantapplication .  

LSTA Grant Awards - Congratulations!

As approved by the Connecticut State Library Board on July 22nd, the Connecticut State Library’s Division of Library Development is pleased to announce the following LSTA literacy and planning grant awards. These two grants total $7,340 in funding:
Russell Library, $5,000
As the first public step in the creation of its next strategic plan, Russell Library is seeking grant funding to conduct a community assessment designed to gather Middletown residents’ future aspirations so we may tailor our services, collections, and building to meet their needs. Our consultant, Maxine Bleiweis & Associates, will conduct 6-8 focus groups in distributed locations across Middletown and approximately 8 “key informant” interviews to solicit constituent input which will be synthesized into a written analysis with actionable recommendations.
Terryville Public Library, $2,340
The Terryville Public Library applied for grant funding to enable a strategic planning process to inform the direction of the library in the next three to five years. A strategic planning consultant will facilitate numerous community conversations, design a new library logo, guide and support library staff in their planning work, and create the final strategic planning document. The Library Director will also meet one-on-one with key stakeholders to ensure that library goals are in alignment with town, school, and other community goals and initiatives.
Congratulations go out to these libraries and their communities. The State Library looks forward to assisting with these projects to improve library services to Connecticut citizens.
Service Spotlight
Annual Report of Connecticut Public Libraries

The State Library's annual Public Library Survey for 2018-2019 is now available for submission. If your library has not received an email about completing the report, please contact Maria Bernier, State Data Coordinator, at maria.bernier@ct.gov or 860-704-2204.
Participation in this survey is critical for state and national data gathering on public libraries.
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
eGO Update

eGO live testing continues and expands. The following libraries are being configured for the SimplyE app and are currently in "test" phase: Goshen, Groton, New Fairfield, Trumbull, Waterford, Watertown Library Association, Wheeler, Hartford, The Ferguson, New Haven.

LYRASIS is working on a suite of patron promotional materials and reading campaigns that libraries can use as part of an effort to encourage promotion and use of SimplyE. We will post those materials when they become available.

Staff changes: Eric Hansen, researchIT and eGO Coordinator for the Division of Library Development, is retiring on August 1, 2019. Steve Cauffman will assume his responsibilities on that date.
Professional Development

Professional Development & Training Opportunities – August 2019

Introduction to Cataloging
In person workshop
Wednesday, August 14, from 9 am to noon
Middletown Library Service Center, 786 South Main St., Middletown, CT 06457
Cost: Free
Limit of 30 attendees
For details and to register, visit: https://cslib.libcal.com/event/5566476

Know Your STEM: Educational Resources and Where to Find Them In CT
In person workshop
Friday, August 16, from 10-12:30
J. Eugene Smith Library, Curriculum Center, Eastern CT State University
Cost: Free
Limit of 25
For details and to register, visit https://cslib.libcal.com/event/5613414

To see other upcoming events, please visit https://cslib.libcal.com/
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 – August 2019

Monday to Friday: 8 am to 4:30 pm
Upcoming: Closed Monday, September 2 for Labor Day
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