Volume 3, No.9 | September 2019
Your monthly news & updates
Program Spotlight
Media & News Literacy Fair
Media & News Literacy are important critical thinking skills for educated voters. How do you help your patrons identify truthfulness in everyday news stories, especially on social media? Join us at the Media & News Literacy Fair on Wednesday, October 16, from 9:00am-1:00pm at the Farmington Library to learn more!
Presentations will provide context about what Media Literacy and News Literacy are, as well as practical tips and techniques for teaching these literacies to library patrons and students. In one session, a moderated panel of journalists will address topics of accuracy and fairness in journalism, the reputation and trustworthiness of professional media, and the relationship between libraries and media.
With presentations from Michelle Luhtala, New Canaan Public Schools; Katherine Trouern-Trend, Hartford Public Library; and Simmons University's "Know News" project; plus a panel of Connecticut radio and newspaper journalists.
Service Spotlight
It’s that time again!

Here is the Annual Summer Reading Survey , the deadline to complete it is Friday, September 13. Our goal is to hear from ALL Connecticut public libraries even if you did not use the READSquared software.

Only ONE survey should come from each library system (libraries with branches should consolidate their data) are we’re collection results from children, teen, and adult summer programs so please collaborate with your colleagues.

PLEASE fill this survey out, even if you do not use the CSLP materials or READSquared. It is extremely important for our LSTA (Federal) funding, and annual report that goes to IMLS. The more data we can report to them, the better the chance of showing the importance of summer reading – and thus the importance of federal funding for libraries. Please take this survey seriously. Your participation is very much appreciated.
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 deadline on 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 Friday , September 20 , 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 .  
Service Spotlight
Connecticut Public Library Annual Report for FY2019

The State Library's annual Public Library Survey for 2018-2019 is now available for submission. Each library’s participation in this survey is critical for state and national data gathering on public libraries.
Libraries will again be using an Excel report form (an .xlsx file) which you will fill out and then send to Maria Bernier, Statewide Data Coordinator. See the Annual Report webpage https://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/stats/annreport for
·         A printable list of the questions on the report form
·         A guide to completing the report
·         An instruction sheet with definitions
·         The report form itself (we recommend you download it when you are ready to complete it)
The only change from last year is how you’ll report your researchIT CT ebook and downloadable audio circulation – see the Guide for more information.
The firm DEADLINE for submission is 4 P.M. on Friday, November 15, 2019. Public libraries are required by statute CGS Sec. 11-25 (a) to submit an Annual Report in order to receive borrowIT payments or other state appropriations.
Service Spotlight
eGO CT Update

eGO live testing continues and expands. The following libraries are being configured for the SimplyE app and are currently in "test" phase: Canterbury, Columbia – Saxton B. Little, Coventry - Booth Dimock, Lyme, Middlebury, New Fairfield, Plainfield – Aldrich, Pomfret, Preston, Prospect, Scotland, and Woodstock.

We will be rolling out eGO CT this fall with training sessions around the state. Dates coming soon!
Service Spotlight
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findIT CT & requestIT CT Updates

Equinox is working on an enhancement that automates the removal of deleted bibliographic records in the findIT catalog. The new automation will make the loading process run much more smoothly, so we are waiting for the enhancement before we load the catalog. We will put out the call for libraries’ holdings after the new automation has been tested, which will be this fall.

We are testing the Evergreen-FulfILLment Connector. If all goes well with the testing we will begin rolling the connector out this fall to Bibliomation libraries that are participating in requestIT. 
Service Spotlight
researchIT CT Update

Due to decreasing usage and increased costs, statewide subscriptions to HeritageQuest and the Business Market Research Collection have been canceled. EBSCO offerings remain the same, with the exception of the four EBSCO eBook collections (Public Library, High School, K-8, and Cricket collections). ProQuest offerings remain the same with the exception of HeritageQuest and the Business Market Research Collection. The researchIT CT website has been updated to reflect these changes.

We created a page with up to date lists of online, library-related magazines and journals for librarians that are available in full-text and actively in publication (as of Summer 2019). The page is at:
The titles are divided into the following three lists: General Titles , School, Children's, & YA Librarians , and Academic & Special Librarians .
Professional Development

Professional Development & Training Opportunities – September 2019

Records Management Essentials for Public Libraries & Library Associations
In person workshop
Wednesday, September 11, from 10-11:30 a.m.
Middletown Library Service Center, 786 South Main St., Middletown, CT 06457
Cost: Free
Limit of 25 attendees
For details and to register, visit: https://cslib.libcal.com/event/5566476

Stop Burnout: Five Steps to Re-Energize Your Work for Your Best Year Ever
In person workshop
Wednesday, September 18, from 1-4 p.m.
Middletown Library Service Center, 786 South Main St., Middletown, CT 06457
Cost: Free
Limit of 25
For details and to register, visit https://cslib.libcal.com/event/5613414

Book Trailers for Advanced Beginners
In person workshop
Thursday, September 19, from 9-12
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/5566476

LSTA Grant Information Session
In person workshop
Friday, September 20, from 9:30-11 a.m.
Middletown Library Service Center, 786 South Main St., Middletown, CT 06457
Cost: Free
Limit of 20
For details and to register, visit https://cslib.libcal.com/event/5613414

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 books at MLSC , visit https://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/professional
Hours Reminder
MLSC Hours – September 2019

Monday to Friday: 8 am to 4:30 pm
Closed Monday, September 2 for Labor Day
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