Volume 1, No.1 | February 6, 2017
Your monthly news & updates

Service Spotlight
Library Statistics The official version of Connecticut s Public Libraries: A Statistical Profile, July 2015 June 2016 has just been released.  You can download the Profile here: http://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/stats .  Also available with the Statistical Profile: Library Facts and Advocacy Flyer a flyer with statistics from your library http://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/stats/flyers link to an outside resource that covers the rest.

Service Spotlight

Eric Hansen presented a researchIT CT training session for Waterbury Public Schools media specialists at the Naugatuck Valley Community College Max R. Traurig Library on January 18 at 1:00 p.m.  The eResource Advisory Task Force that counsels researchIT CT met at the Middletown Library Service Center on January 19 at 9:00 a.m.  

researchIT CT is pleased to offer the following training webinars on EBSCO resources.  Session descriptions and links to register are available from the DLD CE Calendar links below.

Databases and Interfaces for Public Libraries

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm, EST http://cslib.libcal.com/event/3137184

Monday, March 6, 2017 from 11:00 am – 12:00 noon, EST http://cslib.libcal.com/event/3137216  

Databases and Interfaces for Secondary School Libraries

Thursday, February 9, 2017 from 3:45 – 4:45 pm, EST http://cslib.libcal.com/event/3138221

Monday, March 6, 2017 from 3:45 – 4:45 pm, EST http://cslib.libcal.com/event/3138222  

Databases and Interfaces for Elementary School Libraries

February 13, 2017 from 3:45 – 4:45 pm, EST http://cslib.libcal.com/event/3138224

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 from 3:45 – 4:45 pm, EDT http://cslib.libcal.com/event/3138225  

Using researchIT CT OneSearch

Friday, February 17, 2017 from 11:00 am – 12:00 noon, EST http://cslib.libcal.com/event/3137315 Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 2:00 –3:00 pm, EDT http://cslib.libcal.com/event/3137373  

EBSCO Explora

Thursday, March 2, from 11:00 – 11:45 am, EST http://cslib.libcal.com/event/3137378

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 from 1:00 – 1:45 pm, EDT http://cslib.libcal.com/event/3137384  

Searching EBSCOhost databases

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm, EST http://cslib.libcal.com/event/3137386

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 from 9:00 – 10:00 am, EDT http://cslib.libcal.com/event/3137387  

researchIT CT offers 4 ProQuest webinars in ABI Inform for public libraries. See the links below for the description and links to register:

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 10:00 - 11:00 am, EST http://cslib.libcal.com/event/3143388

Monday, February 27, 2017 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm, EST http://cslib.libcal.com/event/3143391

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from 10:00 - 11:00 am, EST http://cslib.libcal.com/event/3143394

Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm, EDT http://cslib.libcal.com/event/3143398

Service Update
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Work on the findIT CT statewide library catalog (https://finditct.org) continues. More than 200 libraries are now represented in the catalog. You can view a list of libraries whose holdings are available for searching in the catalog at

We anticipate rolling out a basic Interlibrary Loan (ILL) system in the first half of 2017. The basic system will allow library staff members to initiate and respond to ILL requests. We plan on holding training sessions at various locations throughout the state. Details coming soon.

Keep up to date by subscribing to the findIT CT e-mail list. To subscribe, contact Stephen Cauffman at stephen.cauffman@ct.gov and ask to be added to the list. 

Service Update

At its January meeting, the State Library board approved eight more grants for libraries to build new high-speed fiber connections to CEN, bringing the total number of grants so far to 46. Funding for these connections is provided through a combination of state bond funds and federal E-rate discounts. For more information about the fiber grant program, visit DLD's web page on E-rate Funding for Libraries: Fiber Consortium.  

Libraries can also apply for E-rate discounts on their monthly internet service from CEN, if they are willing to be CIPA compliant. Discounts range from 20% to 90%, depending on the number of students in the local school district who qualify for free or reduced price lunches. For more information, contact Maria Bernier, E-rate Coordinator, at maria.bernier@ct.gov or 860-704-2204.  

Service Spotlight

The Division of Library Development hosted its 5th Annual Money Smart Week Meetup on January 13.  Representatives from Community Renewal Team (CRT), State Department of Banking, State Department of Insurance, Connecticut Association for Human Services (CAHS) and UConn Extension gave presentations about their organizations and resources, and spent time with attendees one-on-one in an exhibit format.  These organizations and many others are available to present in libraries during CT Saves Week,  Money Smart Week @ Your Library, and year-round. 

If you find yourself at the Legislative Office Building on March 1, please visit our table at the annual Financial Expo hosted by the CT Department of Banking in coordination with the CT Saves Coalition in recognition of America Saves Week and Military Saves Week. 

For more information on financial literacy resources, please go to: http://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/Financial_Literacy .

Key dates:

February 27-March 4, 2017: America Saves Week (CT Saves Week)  / Military Saves Week

March 1, 2017: Financial Expo at Legislative Office Building (LOB) 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

April 22-29, 2017: Money Smart Week @ Your Library

For more information contact Gail Hurley, Library Development Consultant at Gail.Hurley@ct.gov or 860-704-2222.

Upcoming events

Working with Patrons with Mental Health Conditions
In-person workshop
Friday, February 17 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Middletown Library Service Center, 786 South Main Street., Middletown, CT
Cost: Free
For details and to register, visit

For more events and webinar opportunities, visit the Continuing Education Calendar at 

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