Volume 4, No.1 | January 2020
Your monthly news & updates
Happy New Year 2020!
The Connecticut State Library's Division of Library Development Library wishes all a very Happy and Healthy New Year!
As part of its mission, “the Division of Library Development (DLD) provides leadership, funding, education, and statewide services that enhance a local library's ability to deliver high-quality library service to their community.” In our leadership role, and like our state library development division partners across the country we identify, develop, pilot and implement new programs such as EDGE, EXCITE Transformation for Libraries, The Futures School, eGO and other statewide and national programs to strengthen our libraries. We share our program data, training opportunities, outcomes and goals with other state libraries as they do with us. An example of a partner state library program is the Colorado State Library’s Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) which developed a bootcamp program for analyzing data which similar to CSL’s EXCITE Transformation for Libraries project has been offered to libraries across the country to deliver transformational opportunities.
IMLS recognizes groundbreaking programs like RIPL and EXCITE and awards grant funding to expand our leadership roles separate from our Library Services and Technology Act funding (LSTA). We look forward to continuing to explore, identify develop, pilot and implement programs such as our upcoming  " Transformation for Libraries: Learning-Unlearning-Relearning through Strategic Foresight" program June 8-10th 2020 because DLD values your library as an essential community resource

Service Spotlight
Division of Library Development Library Liaison Re-Launch

The Connecticut State Library, Division of Library Development is very pleased to re-launch our library liaison program. Now that we are back to 100% consultants staffing, each library in the state will have a dedicated DLD liaison.

DLD Liaisons Map

A   Steve Cauffman (findIT CT, requestIT CT, MLSC)
Christine Gauvreau (LSTA, eRate, Fiber, Digital Newspaper)
Brad Bullis (eGO, researchIT CT, Veterans)
Gail Hurley (Professional Development, MoneySmart, Digital Newspaper)
Dawn La Valle (ATJ, Board/Library Governance, Strategic Planning, Veterans, Construction Grants)
Kymberlee Powe (Children’s and YA)
Maria Bernier (State Data Coordinator, Construction Grants)

DLD will be hosting an Open House January 31, 2020 (invitations will be sent) to meet all of your DLD Liaisons as well as to learn about all of the services, programs, resources, professional development and other opportunities DLD has to offer. Each of our consultants has a specific area of expertise, but we all collaborate on statewide and national projects as deemed by our mission.

We encourage new library directors to attend as well as our seasoned CT librarians.
Feel free to reach out to your DLD Liaison today!
Service Spotlight
Preliminary Statistical Profile

The preliminary version of “ Connecticut’s Public Libraries: A Statistical Profile, July 2018 – June 2019 ” was released on December 20. You can download the Profile here: https://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/stats . The statistics compiled in this report are based on the Annual Reports submitted by public libraries in the fall. 
Also available: Library Facts and Advocacy Flyer – a one-page flyer with statistics from your library. https://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/stats/flyers
To request a customized version for your library, contact Maria Bernier, maria.bernier@ct.gov or 860-704-2204.
Service Spotlight
eGO Update

Three additional eGO Information Sessions have been scheduled for January!
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. At these information sessions, we'll review the background of the project, download and explore the SimplyE app, demonstrate the Circulation Manager, and talk about when and how you can roll out the SimplyE app to your patrons.

DLD began offering eGO Information Sessions at locations around the state starting in November 2019. Public library staff members can attend a session to become familiar with SimplyE as well as Library Simplified, which is the platform that allows staffs to customize the information as it appears to their users in the SimplyE app. Libraries that have already attended an info session and have their Library Simplified credentials can begin rolling out the SimplyE app to their patrons beginning in January 2020 .

Visit the Continuing Education calendar at https://cslib.libcal.com/ or click the individual links below in the Professional Development section to register for a session.
Service Spotlight
researchIT Update

The researchIT usage statistical report for fiscal year 2019 has been uploaded to the researchIT CT Statewide Usage Statistics page. This report describes statewide usage of the researchIT databases including EBSCO and ProQuest resources for fiscal year 2019. The Cost Benefit report for fiscal Year 2019 has been added to the researchIT CT: What researchIT CT Saves the State's Libraries and Municipalities page as well. Cost avoidance/savings amounts to over 39 million dollars . See the report for more details.
Service Spotlight
Grant Extended!

The NASA @ My Library grant has been extended until June 2020! NASA Circulating kits are available to borrow year-round, and kit circulation is now open to School Libraries in CT to borrow. Click here to reserve a NASA Kit or other STEM kits.

Coming soon - - Individual items will be available to borrow independently from the kits. We'll send a list when available.

Don't forget to check out our NASA Libguide and StarNet's STEM Activity Clearinghouse for some new activities for 2020! Perhaps a Mars 2020 launch party this summer?

Questions? Please contact Gail Hurley Gail.Hurley@ct.gov or 860-704-2222
Service Spotlight
State Library Board Approves 4 Library Construction Grants

 Congratulations go out to the 4 public libraries that were awarded library construction grants by the Connecticut State Library Board on November 25:
·          $131,214 to the Clark Memorial Library in Bethany to improve accessibility, remodel, energy
conservation., emergency preparedness
·          $1,000,000 to the Meriden Public Library for a major alteration
·          $49,400 to the Warren Public Library to improve accessibility
·          $250,000 to the Waterford Public Library for a major alteration
Total grants awarded: $1,430,614
Once the libraries have reached their local funding goals, the State Bond Commission will consider final approval of state bond funding. For more information on the library construction grant program, see http://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/construction or contact Maria Bernier, maria.bernier@ct.gov or 860-704-2204. We do expect to award construction grants next year. Notice of Intent forms will be due at the end of June 2020.
State Bond Commission Approves Funding for 8 Library Construction Projects
The following public library construction grants were unanimously approved at the December 18 special meeting of the State Bond Commission:
·          $100,000 to the Danbury Public Library for remodeling
·          $586,717 to the Greenwich Library for a major alteration
·          $40,000 to the Howard Whittemore Library in Naugatuck for new flooring
·          $1,000,000 to the New Milford Public Library for a major alteration and addition
·          $1,000,000 to the Putnam Public Library for new construction
·          $40,400 to the Ridgefield Library for remodeling
·          $145,000 to the Stonington Free Library for accessibility, code work, emergency preparedness,
and remodeling
·          $82,500 to the Weston Public Library for code work, remodeling and energy conservation
These libraries had reached their local funding goals and will now be able to proceed with their projects. 

Construction Grant Information Session

Wednesday, February 5, 9:30-11:00 am, Middletown Library Service Center
If your library is thinking of applying for a construction grant from the CT State Library in 2020 or later, this session will walk you through the process. 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. Register online.  
Service Spotlight
LSTA Grants

The CT State Library’s Division of Library Development is pleased to announce the availability of approximately $75,000 for LSTA grants in two categories:
1. One-year literacy grants will provide up to $7,500 to assist libraries with creating strategic, sustainable partnerships and lifelong learning programs that address the seven literacies in their communities. The seven literacies are described in the Division's 2018-2022 LSTA Five-Year Plan as basic, early, civic/social, digital/information, financial, health, and legal literacy.
The deadline for literacy grant applications is 4:00 pm on April 9, 2020. Grant programs and spending must occur between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021.
2. Planning grants will provide up to $5,000 to assist libraries with planning initiatives, such as 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. Libraries must have completed the Best Practices for CT Public Libraries self-assessment and at least 3 steps of the Aspen Action Guide and must submit the results with their grant applications. Projects must include a community needs assessment component, such as a survey, focus groups, interviews, etc.
Rolling deadlines for planning grants will be four weeks before each scheduled State Library Board (SLB) meeting. Upcoming deadlines are in February and April.
Principal public libraries as well as school, academic, and special libraries are eligible to apply. Libraries may submit only one application per category. A local match of 25% is required.
All applicants must attend an information session covering application instructions, regulations, and fiscal management. Upcoming sessions through February are listed on the Continuing Education calendar at http://cslib.libcal.com/ , and additional sessions will be offered throughout the year.
This is a competitive grant program, and not all applicants will be awarded funding. Priority points will be awarded to libraries not receiving LSTA grants in the past 5 years and to libraries with distressed community status.
Applications, related information, and particulars about reporting requirements are online at https://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/lstagrants .
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds are provided through the Institute of Museum and Library Services ( http://www.imls.gov ), the primary source of federal support for the nation’s approximately 120,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. The mission of IMLS is to is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Their grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive.

For further information about LSTA grant opportunities, please do not hesitate to contact Christine Gauvreau, LSTA Coordinator, at 860-704-2224 or Christine.Gauvreau@ct.gov .
Professional Development

Professional Development & Training Opportunities – January / February 2020

CT Library Census Conversations
Tuesday, January 7, 2020 from 1-2:30 at Waterford PL https://cslib.libcal.com/event/6203815
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 from 10-11:30 at Thompson PL https://cslib.libcal.com/event/6205770
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 from 1-2:30 at Oliver Wolcott https://cslib.libcal.com/event/6206864
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 from 1-2:30 at CSL-Middletown https://cslib.libcal.com/event/6207137
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 from 10-11:30 at Enfield PL https://cslib.libcal.com/event/6207227
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 from 10-11:30 at Darien Library https://cslib.libcal.com/event/6207237
Cost: Free
Limit of 25 attendees

Welcoming Kids on the Spectrum
Wednesday, January 8, 2020 from 10-11:30 at Middletown Library Service Center
Cost: Free
Limit of 35 attendees
For details and to register, visit: https://cslib.libcal.com/event/5825329

Library Coding From Scratch
Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 9-12
Middletown Library Service Center
Cost: Free
Limit of 11 attendees
For details and to register, visit https://cslib.libcal.com/event/5885433

eGO Information Sessions
Wednesday, January 8, 2020 from 1-4 at Hall Memorial Library - Ellington https://cslib.libcal.com/event/6195762
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 from 1-4 at Middlebury Public Library https://cslib.libcal.com/event/6206783
Friday, January 24, 2020 from 9-12 at Groton Public Library https://cslib.libcal.com/event/6232024
Cost: Free
Limit of 20 attendees

LSTA Grant Information Sessions
Wednesday, January 8, 2020 from 9:30-11:30 at Public Library of New London https://cslib.libcal.com/event/5987784
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 from 9:30 - 11:30 at Hall Memorial Library in Ellington https://cslib.libcal.com/event/6017907
Cost: Free
Limit of 25 attendees

Construction Grant Information Session
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 from 9:30-11:00
Middletown Library Service Center
Cost: Free
Limit of 15 attendees
For details and to register, visit: https://cslib.libcal.com/event/6082871

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 – January 2020

Monday to Friday: 8 am to 4:30 pm
Closed Wednesday, January 1 for New Year's Day
Closed Monday, January 20 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
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