Volume 1, No.2 | March  2017
Your monthly news & updates

Service Spotlight

In September of 2016, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in cooperation with the FSG Organization (a national non-profit organization that supports organizations in maximizing and sustaining community impact), announced the launch of a new initiative, Community-Based Solutions for Veterans and Military Families, to strengthen the ability of libraries and museums to fulfill the unique and critical needs of veterans and military families.

I was deeply honored to have been invited to participate in a town hall of key stakeholders in the library, museum and military communities to share current needs and services; identify opportunities for enhancing community services; and develop frameworks, tools and resources to strengthen the role libraries and museums have in addressing the specific needs of veterans and military families in their communities.

We met for two days in San Antonio, Texas engaging in landscape assessment, ideating, and just plain old sharing of ideas, best practices and experiences. Most of us identified as veterans now serving in various capacities in public, academic and special libraries (Pentagon Library); government agencies (Department of Defense); non-profit organizations (Blue Ribbon Families) and community services. We established a base of ideas to be used to develop a white paper, which will identify frameworks, approaches and opportunities for libraries and museums to serve the veterans and military family communities.

I will be participating on a Veteran’s panel at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago with Sarah LeMire, Librarian, Texas A&M University; Ingrid Ruffin, Student Success Librarian for First Year Programs, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Kristen Mulvihill, San Diego Public Library, as speakers from academic and public libraries that have experience as a service member, a military family member, or both, and who also have experience working with military and veteran communities in a library setting. The panel will focus on cultural competency issues related to working with the military and veteran communities. Panelists will also share strategies for successfully engaging with veterans, service members, and military families.

The Connecticut State Library, Division of Library Development is working on partnering with local, state and national veteran’s agencies, organizations, groups and the library community to identify and connect veterans and military families with services and programs. More information about veterans and military families can be found on our new libguide – Service to Veterans & Military Families http://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/DLD/Veterans

We are very interested to hear how your library is serving veterans, service members and military families and how we can help.
Veterans Town Hall photo
Left to Right: Mae Ridges, USMC-Ret., IMLS; Wanda "Sista Soldier" Petty, USA-Ret., The National Resource Society for Women Veterans, Inc.; Dawn La Valle, USMC-Ret, Director, Division of Library Development, CT State Library.
Service Spotlight

February 2017 brought to a close the borrowIT CT reporting period for 2016-2017 non-resident loans.  Public libraries should complete the report form (an Excel file) for their March 2016 thru February 2017 non-resident loans.  For more information, see:  http://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/ccard/report . Libraries are required to have accurate and complete figures sent by the deadline or they will not receive a reimbursement payment. The DEADLINE for submissions is MARCH 15 at 4 P.M.  The State Library expects the 2017 borrowIT payments to go out in April. 

Also, libraries must report now how they spent the payment they received last year in April 2016.  Most libraries have already spent this money, so please go to this survey form and submit your figures: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CCardExpReport

There is no need to submit a paper form. 

Thank you for your library’s participation in borrowIT CT.

Service Spotlight

The next meeting of the eResource Advisory Task Force will be Thursday, March 16 at the Middletown Library Service Center.  The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. with coffee and hot water for tea available by 8:30 a.m. 

Updated MARC records for researchIT CT's OneClickdigital eAudios and eBooks are available from this web address:


Service Spotlight

Information about eGO is now available in an FAQ at http://egoct.org/about-ego/.  This page will be updated as development continues.

Service Update
findIT CT Logo

Update: CULS

We’ve updated the Connecticut Union List of Serials (CULS) spreadsheets and they are at:

The list is current as of January 2017.

CULS is a list of print and microfilm journal and newspaper holdings for close to 400 libraries in CT. It is hosted and maintained at OCLC. There are approximately 60,000 titles and 150,000 holdings in CULS.

Tip: Searching findIT CT

Do you have a patron who would like to find DVDs in a specific language, for example in German? To search for that in findIT CT, try the following:

  • Go to https://finditct.org
  • Click Advanced Search
  • Note the “Language” list box about half way down on the page
  • Scroll down to find German in the Language box (or click any language in the box and start typing g e r and you will go right to ‘German’)
  • Click ‘German’ to select it – it should turn blue
  • Note the “Video Format” box
  • Scroll down to find DVD in the Video Format box (or click any format in the box and start typing d v d and you will go right to ‘DVD’)
  • Click ‘DVD’ to select it – and it should turn blue
  • Click the Search button, which appears just above the various list boxes

Currently there are 1470 records in findIT for DVDs in German. There are 226 libraries in findIT and we continue adding libraries to the catalog, so is are more to come. 

Service Update

Lists of CT Library Collections in Other Languages

The lists of library collections in languages other than English have been updated with data for     FY 2016.

The lists are at http://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/welcomemultilingual/eslcollections

The lists identify which public libraries in Connecticut have substantial, active, non-English language print collections. You may find these lists helpful when you assist patrons who are looking for library materials in another language. If, for example, you have a patron looking for material in Polish, you can reference the lists to view the 7 libraries in Connecticut that have collections in Polish.

Upcoming events

Care Through Community Partner Certification Training
In person workshop
Wednesday, March 8, 2017; 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Middletown Library Service Center, 786 South Main St., Middletown, CT 06457
Cost: Free
For details and to register, visit https://cslib.libcal.com/event/3184536

Answering Health Questions at the Reference Desk
In person workshop
Tuesday, March 21; 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Middletown Library Service Center, 786 South Main St., Middletown, CT 06457
Cost: Free
For details and to register, visit https://cslib.libcal.com/event/3176212

Who Needs Patent Info at Your Library? They’re Not Just for Engineers!
In person workshop
Wednesday, March 29; 1 pm – 4 pm
Middletown Library Service Center, 786 South Main St., Middletown, CT 06457
Cost: Free
For details and to register, visit https://cslib.libcal.com/event/3192257

Working with Patrons with Mental Health Conditions
In person workshop
Friday, March 31 from 9 am to 11 am
West Haven Public Library, 300 Elm St, West Haven, CT 06516-4603
Cost: Free
For details and to register, visit https://cslib.libcal.com/event/3016514

Hands-On Legal Reference for Public Librarians
In person workshop
Tuesday, April 4; 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Middletown Library Service Center, 786 South Main St., Middletown, CT 06457
Cost: Free
For details and to register, visit https://cslib.libcal.com/event/3057799

For more events and webinar opportunities, including a series of researchIT CT training webinars, visit the Continuing Education Calendar at https://cslib.libcal.com/

DLD | CSL |860-757-6665 |  http://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/home