Volume 3, No.7 | July 2019
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Service Spotlight
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Urban Library Initiative

At the June ACLPD meeting, members voted to approve the formation of an Urban Library Initiative Task Force to assess the needs of urban and urbanized libraries and provide access to tools and continuing education that reflect needs in their communities.

Based on the Connecticut State Library’s (CSL) Library Service and Technology Act (LSTA) 5 Year Plan 2018-2022 ( https://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/ld.php?content_id=35071423 )
“CSL's top priority is to emphasize the role of libraries as anchor institutions within their
communities and to help librarians gain skills, knowledge, and resources in order to serve their
communities' needs. Building on the Aspen Report's themes of People and Place, CSL will help
public libraries cement their place as essential organizations that are central to the quality of life,
civic and cultural engagement and economic vitality in every municipality.”
 
“CSL will meet these goals through a combination of statewide services and programs, special
projects, and possible subgrants to libraries. Specific projects and activities may change in
response to state budget conditions and CSL's continual reassessment of library needs. As in
past years, CSL will continue to pilot and test new initiatives with libraries to determine through
data and feedback whether they will be useful to the statewide community. With limited
resources, CSL must conduct its due diligence and lay foundations before moving forward with
anything new.”
 
In the plan, Goal 1 addresses the following needs identified in the needs assessment:
· The library workforce benefits from ongoing training and professional support.
· Librarians benefit from knowing how to develop and capitalize on community
  partnerships in order to solidify their places as community anchors.
· Librarians benefit from training, support, and tools for planning and assessment.
 
Goal 1. Support the impact of libraries as community anchors with increased institutional
capacity, community partnerships, and programming focused on the seven literacies.
 
The formation of this Task Force is a key project to meet this LSTA 5 Yr Plan goal, and the activities the Task Force identifies, creates and implements will have a significant impact on urban library communities.

The first meeting of the Task Force will be scheduled for September.
Service Spotlight
LSTA Grant Information Session

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 attend 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 Tuesday, July 9 , 9:30-11:30, 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
 
Staff Spotlight
Congratulations are in order!

Please join the CT State Library, Division of Library Development in congratulating Maria Bernier in her new position as Library Specialist, Statewide Data Coordinator.

Maria will be responsible for providing leadership, education and technical assistance in the areas of data assessment, research, evaluation, and statistics to public libraries specifically, the use of data to drive advocacy, policy and planning. She will be working to develop storytelling with data workshops; seeking out new strategic partners and working to implement new data strategies to help move CT libraries forward.

Maria will be assuming parts of the CSL construction grants program later this fall.
Congratulations Maria!
Professional Development
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Professional Development & Training Opportunities – July 2019

Book Trailers for Beginners
In person workshop
Thursday, July 11, from 9 am to noon
Middletown Library Service Center, 786 South Main St., Middletown, CT 06457
Cost: Free
Limit of 12 attendees
For details and to register, visit: https://cslib.libcal.com/event/5259238

Managing Library Partnerships and Community Engagement (Library Management Series)
In person workshop
Monday, July 15, from 9 am to noon
Middletown Library Service Center, 786 South Main St., Middletown, CT 06457
Cost: Free
For details and to register, visit: https://cslib.libcal.com/event/5503655

Basic Book Repair: Tools and Techniques
In person workshop
Monday, July 15, from 10 am to 1 pm
Middletown Library Service Center, 786 South Main St., Middletown, CT 06457
Cost: Free
Limited to 10 attendees
For details and to register, visit: https://cslib.libcal.com/event/5381038

Beyond An Apple A Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library
In person workshop
Tuesday, July 16, from 9:30 am to noon
Middletown Library Service Center, 786 South Main St., Middletown, CT 06457
Cost: Free
Limit of 12 attendees
For details and to register, visit: https://cslib.libcal.com/event/5230536

Book Trailers for Advanced Beginners
In person workshop
Thursday, July 25, from 9 am to noon
Middletown Library Service Center, 786 South Main St., Middletown, CT 06457
Cost: Free
Limit of 12 attendees
For details and to register, visit: https://cslib.libcal.com/event/5259239

Advanced Book Repair: Hardcover Techniques
In person workshop
Monday, July 29, from 10 am to 1 pm
Middletown Library Service Center, 786 South Main St., Middletown, CT 06457
Cost: Free
Limited to 10 attendees
For details and to register, visit: https://cslib.libcal.com/event/5381039
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
Summer critter books

MLSC Hours – July 2019

Monday to Friday: 8 am to 4:30 pm
Thursday, July 4: Closed for Independence Day

Note: No Extended Thursday hours during July.
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