Volume 3, No.2 | February 2019
Your monthly news & updates
Program Spotlight

Use Your Strategic Foresight and Save the Date!
The Connecticut State Library, Division of Library Development is actively using Strategic Foresight ™ to create an organization of adaptable individuals with diverse strategic mindsets that are able to connect and capitalize on their changing environment. DLD in partnership with Kedge Futures School will present a workshop to introduce CT librarians to external perspectives, leveraging foresight tools with the goal of challenging conventional thinking.

Leading organizations in these volatile and complex times require new approaches and mindsets. Trends in society, technology and the economy are all converging in unexpected ways, forever changing the way people view the world. The organizations and institutions that anticipate this value shift and make the appropriate course adjustments will be positioned to benefit from the opportunities that result. Those that remain tied to current business practices and outdated ways of developing leaders will likely fail.

Building upon DLD’s impressive track record, Kedge will assist the organization, and librarian participants, onto the path of understanding how diverse trends will collide and converge impacting their operations today. Kedge’s trademarked approach combines qualitative and quantitative data (from inside and outside the organization) with uniform models that results in the development of market-leading innovation, successful opportunity development and revenue-generating futures intelligence.

1. Experience a facilitated an immersive introductory workshop that helps broaden the perspective of session participants as it relates to the future of our globally interconnected world and how libraries fit into these changing landscapes.
2. Participants will be exposed to emerging trends that will impact the future of libraries.
3. Participants will challenge their current assumptions and biases about the future of libraries by practicing how to scan the macro environment for disruptions and opportunities.

When:  Wednesday May 8 th
Where: Middletown Library Service Center
Application Details TBA

For more information, please contact Dawn at 860-757-6665 or dawn.lavalle@ct.gov
Service Spotlight
NASA @ My Library STEM Kits Available in February!!!

As part of the NASA @ My Library grant program, the Connecticut State Library has been given 3 NASA STEM kits to circulate to public libraries in Connecticut. Kit 1 is called Sun-Earth-Moon Connections . Kit 2 is called Be A NASA Detective: Expanding Your Senses . We have two of the Kit 2 bins.

In addition, a new libguide was created to give more information about these kits along with additional activities, resources, and people you can contact to do programming at your library around the space theme. This is especially timely with this year's summer reading theme: Universe of Stories .

For more information about the project, kits, and resources, visit the NASA @ My Library libguide .

For questions about this project, please contact Gail Hurley at Gail.Hurley@ct.gov or 860-704-2222 .
Service Spotlight
LSTA Grant Deadlines and Information Sessions

This year’s deadline for one-year literacy grants of up to $7,500 is April 8, 2019, and the next deadlines for six-month planning grants of up to $5,000 are February 25 and April 22.

All potential LSTA grant applicants must attend an information session to be eligible to apply, and there are only two more scheduled before the April deadlines. Register for the session of your preference at http://cslib.libcal.com/ .

More information about LSTA grants, including the grant instructions and application, is online at http://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/lstagrants/grantapplication
Service Spotlight
E-rate Help Sessions

Maria Bernier, E-rate Coordinator, has scheduled the following in-person help sessions for E-rate filings:

  • Mansfield Public Library: Monday, February 11, 10:00-4:00
  • Canterbury Public Library: Tuesday, February 26, 9:30-3:30 (snow date February 28)
  • Gunn Memorial Library, Washington: Thursday, March 14, 10:00-3:00
  • Middletown Library Service Center, 786 South Main St, Middletown 06457
  • Wednesday, February 20, 8:30-4:00
  • Thursday, March 7, 11:30-4:00
  • Tuesday, March 12, 11:30-4:00

Any library that would like assistance filing for federal E-rate discounts is invited to attend. For more information, contact Maria at 860-704-2204 or maria.bernier@ct.gov . The deadline for requesting funding this year is March 27. 
Service Spotlight
requestIT CT Update

We will begin implementing connectors in 2019. The first FulfILLment connector for use in requestIT will be developed in the 2 nd quarter of 2019. Equinox, the company that supports FulfILLment, will develop a connector for the Evergreen Integrated Library System (ILS). We will be rolling out the connector this spring and summer to libraries that are in Bibliomation and that are participating in requestIT CT.

FulfILLment connectors interoperate with libraries’ ILS systems. This interoperation automates some manual Interlibrary Loan (ILL) tasks and will make the ILL process much easier for a library's ILL and circulation staff members. Connectors also may be used to keep libraries’ holdings in the findIT catalog up to date. 
Service Spotlight
eGO Live Testing

The State Library's statewide eBook platform will go into limited public testing in February. LYRASIS, the State Library's eGO development partner, has worked with Bibliomation to secure the cooperation of the Hall Memorial Library, Plumb Memorial Library, and Woodbury Public Library. Each library will select a group 3-5 power users who will download and install the SimplyE app to their phones or portal devices, login to the app with their library cards, and browse or search, checkout, read, bookmark if desired, and return eBook titles from these collections:

·          Bibliomation Overdrive collection
·          State Library RBdigital collection (eBooks only)
·          State Library Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Content Exchange collection
·          DPLA Open Bookshelf collection
·          New York Public Library collection of classics

The collections combined add up to more than 18,723 titles. Testing will continue through March at which time patron survey feedback will be reviewed and next steps discussed.
Professional Development
Professional Development & Training Opportunities – February and March 2019

How to Write a Grant Proposal – Impact, Methodology, and Timeline
In person workshop
Wednesday, February 6, from 8:30 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/5058516

Understanding Grant Guidelines & Responding to Requests for Proposals (RFPs)
In person workshop
Wednesday, March 6, from 8:30 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/5058630

Professional 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 – February 2019

Monday to Friday: 8 am to 4:30 pm
Thursday, February 7: Open until 8 pm

The Service Center will be closed on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 for Lincoln’s Birthday and on Monday, February 18, 2019 for Washington’s Birthday. 

Contact us at 860-704-2200, our main phone number.
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