Volume 4, No.3 | March 2020
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Program Spotlight
Urban Libraries Professional Development Symposium - March 26!

The Connecticut State Library’s Advisory Council for Library Planning and Development (ACLPD) voted to approve the Division of Library Development’s (DLD) recommendation for 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 5yr 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 (Basic, Early, Civic/Social, Digital, Health, Financial and Legal) http://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/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 the communities urban libraries serve.

DLD will be partnering with Hugo Balta, Publisher and Executive Editor, CTLatinoNews.com to work with the Urban Library Task Force Group to tell their stories, foster strategic community partners and to assist in identifying, implementing and promoting programs, and services to urban communities.

CT will also be looking to our state library partners New Jersey and other states to identify successful programs that may be adapted to CT urban library communities.

Based on findings from CSL’s Urban Library Task Force identifying specific areas of need for professional development for librarians serving urban communities, the Urban Libraries Professional Development Symposium was scheduled.

Register here for: Urban Libraries Professional Development Symposium
Date: Thursday, March 26, 2020
Location: Hartford Public Library.
Time: 9-4
Keynote: David Perez, MSW Library Social Worker, Social Work & Diversity Services Manager Long Branch Free Public Library, NJ. David Perez is the first social worker hired directly by a public library in the state of New Jersey.
Lunchtime Speaker:   Bridget Fox , Chief Impact Officer & President, Stamford Cradle to Career
United Way of Western Connecticut
Other presenters/panelists throughout the day.
borrowIT Report Forms Due by March 15
February 2020 brings to a close the borrowIT CT reporting period for 2019-2020. Libraries should complete the report form (an Excel file) for their March 2019 thru February 2020 non-resident loans. For more information on the report form, see: https://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/ccard/report  
Send the completed form to Maria Bernier by email ( Maria.Bernier@ct.gov ) as an attachment, and she will confirm receipt. If you have any difficulty with the form or have questions, please contact Maria.
The DEADLINE for submissions is MARCH 15. Though there is no formal “certification” required, you are required to have accurate and complete figures in place by the deadline in order to receive a reimbursement payment. The 2020 funding for the borrowIT program is the same as last year.
Service Spotlight
eGO CT Update
Phase II of the rollout of the SimplyE app begins in March! Thanks to the following libraries for leading the way and taking the exciting step of rolling out the SimplyE app to patrons:
East Lyme Public Library
Easton Public Library
Goshen Public Library
Hartford Public Library
Terryville Public Library
Wilton Public Library
If your library is interested in rolling out the SimplyE app as part of Phase III in April, please contact Brad Bullis (bradley.bullis@ct.gov) to be added to the list.
New content has been added to RBDigital, DPLA Exchange, Baker & Taylor and therefore to SimplyE to coincide with the Phase I and Phase II launch. A total of 500 new items were added including a large number of backlist bestsellers, award winning titles for children and teens, works by Connecticut Authors, and much more.
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.
Program Spotlight
The CT State Library, Division of Library Development hosted the two-day PLA2020 Virtual Conference at the Middletown Library Service Center February 28 & 29. We were so happy to see library staff from all over the state come join us over the two days.

Topics included middle management, building new ideas at your library, technology and arts programs for seniors, fine-free, decreasing barriers to library usage, creating a diverse collection, inclusion, homelessness, all abilities programming, and others.

There were also author interviews wit h Kevin  Wilson  & Ann Patchett together in conversation, and Alice Randall interviewed by Virginia Stanley.

PLA has made the slides available from these sessions and others from the main conference at: https://www.placonference.org/programs.cfm.
Program Spotlight
Census Workshops Wrap-up

The Connecticut State Library, Division of Library Development partnered with the U.S. Census Bureau to hold 6 workshops during January and February for library staff in various regions in the State. Thank you to the Census Partnership Specialists and to the Darien Library, Enfield Public Library, Oliver Wolcott Library (Litchfield), Middletown Library Service Center, Thompson Public Library, and the Waterford Public Library for hosting these workshops. More than 80 people from nearly 60 libraries/institutions were able to attend the workshops.

*Pictured to the right is Catherine Marx, Partner Specialist with the U..S. Census Bureau with attendees at the Middletown workshop, February 11, 2020.

Some helpful links for libraries are:

2020 Census Internet State Response Video:   https://youtu.be/fXg1_1HHKzA

Questions and Answers for Stakeholders Supporting the 2020 Census (shows what libraries can and can’t do when helping the public)

The https://2020census.gov/ site has lots of fact sheets, videos, posters, and other outreach materials to special segments of your populations.
Outreach materials can be found at https://2020census.gov/en/partners/outreach-materials.html including the following:

Census handouts for libraries

Sample questionnaire
Service Spotlight
Handbook for Connecticut Public Library Directors

This 89-page handbook has been updated with new contact information for DLD staff. The handbook is intended to assist Connecticut's public library directors, particularly those who are new to their positions. Download a copy from our LibGuides
Service Spotlight
Transforming Teen Services

The Transforming Teen Services (T3) initiative was organized by YALSA and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies. Based on national trainings in the Fall of 2019, over 90% of participants reported learning something and intended to put it into their own practice, and believed it would improve library services of their organization (see chart to right and below on the value of the training).

In trainings, facilitated by Connecticut State T3 trainers, you’ll learn about teen growth and development, connected learning, computational thinking and more. Take advantage of this opportunity to build and develop services for and with teens that will help guarantee that the adolescents you support have what they need for future success. The trainings are being held in three different locations across the state. Each training topic will be exactly the same so you only need to register for one date under each topic. Trainings began in February and are running through May of 2020. See registration information below in the Professional Development Section.
Service Spotlight

 Construction Grant Information Sessions

If your library is thinking of applying for a construction grant from the CT State Library in 2020, plan to attend one of these sessions. Attendance at an information session will become a mandatory requirement for the grant application . In this session, you'll learn what you need to do before applying as well as what's required after you receive the grant. Don't get tripped up -- just plan ahead and be prepared. Information about construction grants is online: https://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/construction/constructiongrants
·          Wednesday, April 1 , 10:00-11:30, Salem Free Public Library, 264 Hartford Road, Salem, CT 06420
·          Tuesday, May 12 , 10:00-11:30, Seymour Public Library, 46 Church St, Seymour, CT 06483
Professional Development

Professional Development & Training Opportunities – March/April 2020

LSTA Grant Information Sessions
Monday, March 2, 2020 from 1 - 3 at Middletown Library Service Center
Cost: Free
Limit of 25 attendees

eGO Information Session
Tuesday, March 3 - at the Tolland Library from 1-4
Cost: Free
Limit of 20 attendees

Resource Sharing Community Dialogues
The following are held from 10a.m. - Noon
Friday, March 6, 2020 – at Bloomfield
Monday, March 9, 2020 – at Clinton (Henry Carter Hull)
Limit of 25 attendees

Transforming Teen Services - Teen Development
Thursday, March 12 - at Waterford Public Library from 10-1
Cost: Free
Limit of 35 attendees

Transforming Teen Services - Connected Learning
Wednesday, March 4 - at Weston Public Library from 9:30-12:30
Tuesday, March 10 - at Bristol Public Library from 9-12
Wednesday, March 25 - at Waterford Public Library from 10-1
Cost: Free
Limit of 35 attendees

Urban Libraries Professional Development Symposium
Thursday, March 26 at the Hartford Public Library from 9-4
Cost: Free

Transforming Teen Services - Computational Thinking
Wednesday, April 8- at Weston Public Library from 9:30-12:30
Tuesday, April 14- at Bristol Public Library from 9-12
Wednesday, April 22 - at Waterford Public Library from 10-1
Cost: Free
Limit of 35 attendees

Weeding in the Garden of Good & Evil
Friday, March 6 - at the Middletown Library Service Center from 9:30 - 12:30
Monday, April 6 - at the Windsor Pubic Library from 10-1
Cost: Free
Limit of 15 attendees

Summer Library UnConference - FULL with waitlist
Thursday, March 19 - at the Homer Babbidge Library, UConn Storrs campus from 9:30-3
Cost: Free

Construction Grant Information Session
Wednesday, April 1 - at Salem Free Public Library from 10-11:30
Limit of 20 attendees

Genealogy to Genetics
Friday, April 3 - at the Middletown Library Service Center from 11-12
Cost: Free
Limited to 30 attendees

Hands-On Legal Reference for Public Librarians
Wednesday, April 8- at the Bristol Public Library from 10-1
Wednesday, April 15- at the Groton Public Library from 10-1
Cost: Free
Limited to 12 attendees

Stand Out Every Time You Talk
Thursday, April 9 at the Middletown Library Service Center from 1-4
Cost: Free
Limited to 25 attendees

Beyond An Apple A Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library
Friday, April 17 at the Middletown Library Service Center from 1-3
Cost: Free
Limited to 30 attendees

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

If you have a need for particular professional development training, please contact Gail Hurley, Gail.Hurley@ct.gov or 860-704-2222. Remember that we also can hold training sessions around the state. If you are willing to be a host library and have a large training area and good parking, please let Gail know.
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 professional development titles at MLSC, visit https://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/professional
Hours Reminder
MLSC Hours – March 2020
Monday to Friday: 8 am to 4:30 pm
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