Volume 3, No.3 | March 2019
Your monthly news & updates
Program Spotlight
EXCITE Transformation for Libraries

The Connecticut State Library in partnership with Innovation Builder's EXCITE Transformation for Libraries IMLS 21st Century Laura Bush Library Programming grant project, Cohort 2 is in the books! Six teams completed the in person session component of the project and are on the way to implementing their innovation projects:

  • Baltimore County Library (MD) "B Involved"
  • Bryant University Douglas and Judy Krupp Library (RI) "Team Up (Tools to Engage and Activate Meaningful University Partnerships)"
  • Cranston Public Library (RI-Host) "You Are Here"
  • East Hartford Public Library (CT) "Propel East Hartford"
  • UMass Medical School Lamar Soutter Library (MA) "Fur Get the Stress"
  • Westerly Library (RI) "Community Spotlight"

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, grant #RE-95-17-0068-17.
Service Spotlight
borrowIT Report Forms Due by March 15

February 2019 brings to a close the borrowIT CT (formerly Connecticard) reporting period for 2018-2019. Libraries should complete the report form (an Excel file) for their March 2018 thru February 2019 non-resident loans. For more information on the report form, see:  https://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/ccard/report 
Please send the completed form to me by email as an attachment and I will confirm receipt. If you have any difficulty with the form or have questions, please contact me.

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 2019 funding for the borrowIT program is the same as last year.

Thank you for your participation in this important program. Contact Tom.Newman@ct.gov with questions.
Service Spotlight
LSTA Grant Deadlines
This year’s application deadline for one-year literacy grants (up to $7,500) is April 8, 2019, and the next deadlines for six-month planning grants (up to $5,000) are April 22 and June 24. Libraries that are applying for literacy grants may submit a draft for review and feedback by March 4 to maria.bernier@ct.gov .
More information about LSTA grants, including grant instructions and applications, is online at http://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/lstagrants/grantapplication
Service Spotlight
eGO Live Testing

eGO live public testing continued in February for selected patrons of the Bibliomation libraries Hall Memorial, Plumb Memorial, and Woodbury Public. LYRASIS successfully integrated Baker & Taylor (B&T) content into those libraries' circulation managers, and the New York Public Library (NYPL) updated the SimplyE app to include it. Patron testers now have access to selected Baker & Taylor eAudiobooks and eBooks as well as the following collections:
·          Bibliomation Overdrive collection
·          State Library Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Content Exchange collection
·          DPLA Open Bookshelf collection
·          New York Public Library collection of classics

When a library patron tester checks out a B&T eAudiobook on their iOS or Android device, the SimplyE app launches an audiobook player automatically - no other plugin is required to listen to the title. eGO will be adding more B&T eAudiobooks and eBooks from March on.

Recorded Books recently updated their RBDigital API - Recorded Books, LYRASIS, NYPL, and the Connecticut State Library are collaborating to restore the State Library's RBDigital titles to eGO.

LYRASIS is well along the way to configuring the Ferguson Library, Hartford Public Library, and New Haven Free Public Library into an eGO circulation manager.
Service Spotlight
Money Smart Week @ Your Library

It's that time of year when tax refunds are arriving, the CT Saves Campaign is in full swing, and libraries are getting ready for their Money Smart Week which is March 30-April 6, 2019 which is a little earlier than usual. It is now in its 7th year as a partnership between the Federal Reserve of Chicago and the American Library Association.

Financial literacy is so important to those young and old and it is never too early to start introducing money concepts to young children through picture books found on lists such as Money as You Grow, for example. The Middletown Library Service Center (MLSC) currently has a display highlighting some of these books. The MLSC has a 12-copy set of A Chair for My Mother if you are interesting in reserving it. For something different, why don't you try holding one of your story hours during Money Smart Week @ Your Library featuring some of these titles.

Financial literacy programming is encouraged year-round for young kids through seniors. You can get some programming ideas as well as links to free materials from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) from the Money Smart Week site as well as from our Financial Literacy libguide.

Please share what you are doing during Money Smart Week with us. You can contact Gail Hurley at Gail.Hurley@ct.gov or call 860-704-2222.
Professional Development
Professional Development & Training Opportunities – March and April 2019

Understanding Grant Guidelines & Responding to Requests for Proposals (RFPs)
In person workshop
Wednesday, March 6, from 9 am to 12:30 pm
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

Hands-On Legal Reference for Public Librarians
In person workshop
Tuesday, March 19, from 10 am to 1 pm
West Haven Public Library, 300 Elm Street, West Haven, CT 06516
Cost: Free
For details and to register, visit https://cslib.libcal.com/event/4800499

…and coming in early April:
Finding Grant Opportunities for Libraries
In person workshop
Thursday, April 11, 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/5118555

A session on Copy Cataloging taking place on Wednesday, April 10 from 9 to noon at MLSC. Keep an eye on
https://cslib.libcal.com/event/5148938 for details, which will be coming soon. 

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 – March 2019

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

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