Volume 4, No.6 | June 2020
Your monthly news & updates
Guest Feature

Connecticut State Archives
 
The State Archives, as one of the pillars of the Connecticut State Library’s mission to preserve and make accessible Connecticut’s history and heritage, has been the official state archives since 1909. 
 
Today, it includes more than 48,000 cubic feet of records documenting the evolution of state public policy and its implementation, the rights and claims of citizens, and the history of Connecticut and its people from the earliest days of the colony to the first decades of the 21 st  century. 
 
The changing nature of government presents many challenges as well as opportunities for the State Archives including the growth of electronic record keeping, a lack of sufficient resources, and the conflict between the right to privacy versus the public’s right to know. ​

For more information on the Archives, visit: https://ctstatelibrary.org/state-archives/ or contact State Archivist Lizette Pelletier at  lizette.pelletier@ct.gov
Service Spotlight
New Drop Off / Pick Up Procedure at the Middletown Library Service Center

Starting on June 1, MLSC patrons can drop off or pick up service center materials by appointment, Monday through Friday between 9:00 and and 4:00 pm. Patrons should  book an appointment time in advance .

Use the covered entrance that is accessible from the front parking lot, off Highland Avenue. For returns, patrons should leave items on book carts provided outside the front door. For pickups, MLSC staff will leave the items on book carts outside the front door shortly before the appointment time. 

Patrons should call the service center at 860-704-2200 if they are unable to make their appointment time or have questions. 

To request items for pickup, patrons may:
Service Spotlight
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Plans for reopening your library

As you develop your plans for reopening your library to staff and the public, please use this form to send the details to the Division of Library Development:  https://tinyurl.com/y988mz6p . You can also submit updates to your plan the same way -- just answer the relevant questions with your new responses. Data is posted at  http://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/COVID-19/reopening ​ at least once a day. 

Service Spotlight
Changes to 2020 Annual Report  

As a reminder, there are several new questions and changes coming in the 2020 Annual Report form. You can find more information, including a list of the new questions, recordings of two information sessions, and presentation slides, at  https://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/stats/annreport .
Service Spotlight
Construction grants

The deadline to submit a Notice of Intent to apply for a state library construction grant is June 30. The Notice of Intent form, Timetable and Guidelines, and other explanatory documents are online at  https://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/construction/constructiongrants .
Service Spotlight
eGO CT Update
 
As we continue to expand the number of libraries that are live in SimplyE, we are also adding additional content. There are now 36 libraries that have rolled out SimplyE to their patrons. To support these libraries and enhance the eGO program, we have added 163 Spanish language titles this month that can only be found in SimplyE! Included are 77 items that were purchased for children and young adults including Nutmeg Award winners from previous years and works by award winning authors . You will see another lane added to the SimplyE interface labeled Spanish Language where these titles can be accessed.
We have now added a total of 1,895 items to SimplyE this year for a total of 22,641 items that are made available to you from the Connecticut State Library and our partners.
 
If your library is interested in rolling out the SimplyE app, please contact Brad Bullis (bradley.bullis@ct.gov) to be added to the list.
 
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
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findIT Update

Records and holdings from libraries in Bibliomation, LION, CONNcert, and SECONN have been loaded into findIT.

Next, we will begin inviting independent libraries that are participating in requestIT to upload their MARC records for inclusion in findIT. Libraries participating in requestIT will benefit most from an updated catalog once they resume their ILL services, so they will be loaded next. Once records for libraries participating in requestIT have been loaded into the findIT catalog, we we will invite all other networks and all remaining independent libraries that are not participating in requestIT to send us their MARC records. 

Once a library sends their records to us the actual process of loading them into findIT is totally automated and requires human intervention only if there's a problem. Libraries will be able to send us their records as often as they wish, although not more frequently than monthly.


requestIT Update

Libraries participating in requestIT CT - Statewide ILL: 

When your library is ready to resume borrowing and lending through requestIT, use the online contact form at:

and let us know. When you let us know, we will update settings in FulfILLment so that you will be ready to go. 

We also added a column to the list of libraries participating in requestIT, which is at:
When you let us know that your library is resuming requestIT services, we will update the 'Resuming requestIT ILL?' column with a "Yes" for your library.

  
Professional Development
Connecticut State Library Academy  Subscription

We are pleased to announce that we have purchased an annual subscription to Niche Academy beginning June 1st. So you will be able to continue your self-paced learning throughout the year. We plan to add new tutorials each month to the Connecticut State Library Academy. Hope you find these helpful.

The Connecticut State Library Academy can be found at  https://my.nicheacademy.com/ctstatelibrary or by visiting our  Professional Development  libguide off of  DLD's home page  and clicking into the  Workshops & Webinars  tab or the new  Niche Academy   tab.

We would love to have feedback from you as you are using this service. As always, if you are looking for a particular kind of training for yourself or staff, please contact Gail Hurley, Gail.Hurley@ct.gov or leave a message at 860-704-2222.

View upcoming virtual workshops by visiting: https://cslib.libcal.com/
Professional Collection eBooks

The titles listed below are accessible using the  SimplyE app . Check with your local library to see if they participate in the eGO Program.
For more new professional development titles, available when we reopen!, visit:
Hours Reminder
MLSC Hours – June 2020
 
See information above in " New Drop Off / Pick Up Procedure at the Middletown Library Service Center" for details on how our appointments will work.

While we are closed, staff will be responding to voicemail and e-mail during business hours of 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday.
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