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In Results: 48 Total Projects $7,815,449.00 LSTA Funds $8,025,056.06 Match Funds
Statewide Delivery System (deliverIT CT)
State: Connecticut
Fiscal Year: 2014
LSTA Funds: $307,578.00
Grantee: Connecticut State Library
Match Funds: $269,206.00
LSTA underwrites part of the cost of physical materials delivery among 222 of the state’s public and academic libraries. The delivery system, named deliverIT CT (formerly Connecticar or Ccar), is the backbone of the state’s resource sharing. deliverIT CT enables reciprocal borrowing in Connecticut: items borrowed from participating institutions may be dropped off at any library, and then deliverIT CT returns the materials to the owning library. In this way, borrowers can use their hometown library cards in any public library in Connecticut and be sure that materials will be returned where they belong. deliverIT CT also supports interlibrary loan through delivery of user-requested library materials between libraries in the state. A volume study conducted in May 2015 estimated that deliverIT CT delivers approximately 3.7 million items annually.
Professional Development
State: Connecticut
Fiscal Year: 2014
LSTA Funds: $57,455.00
Grantee: Connecticut State Library
Match Funds: $33,441.00
The CT State Library provides continuing education for all librarians and library staff in Connecticut in order to allow them to work more effectively and efficiently and to serve their communities better. These educational sessions were offered in person at the Middletown Library Service Center, the Willimantic Library Service Center, and at public libraries around the state. Other classes were offered exclusively online as webinars. In addition, the two Service Centers provide collections of professional development books and DVDs that can be borrowed by any library employee in Connecticut.
Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
State: Connecticut
Fiscal Year: 2014
LSTA Funds: $644,206.00
Grantee: Connecticut State Library
Match Funds: $165,383.00
The Connecticut State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH) provides for the special format reading and information needs of Connecticut residents who are blind, visually impaired, physically handicapped, or reading disabled. The LBPH allows users with disabilities to maintain equal access to print information. The library lends to individual patrons as well as to libraries, schools, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities. This year, there were 5,390 active patrons, and 710 new patrons were added to the rolls. This is the fourth consecutive year of growth in new patrons, reflecting the positive effects of the enhanced outreach program. The LBPH provides reader's advisory and reference services in addition to lending its collection of Braille books and magazines, books on cassette tape, digital cartridges, and playback machines to qualifying individuals and organizations in Connecticut. Patrons can also access the NLS inventory online and download audio and Braille books directly from the internet. All services are free, including playback machines and postage, and eligible veterans receive priority service.
Summer Reading
State: Connecticut
Fiscal Year: 2014
LSTA Funds: $26,408.00
Grantee: Connecticut State Library
Match Funds: $0.00
The CT State Library offered training, programmatic support, and tracking software to encourage librarians to implement summer reading programs in their libraries. Summer reading programs encourage children and young adults to read and to maintain or improve their reading skills during the summer break, thereby readying them for the next school year. The State Library participates in the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) to give Connecticut public libraries access to affordable, high quality Summer Reading materials, which include both promotional items (bookmarks, posters, etc.) and programming resources.
Every Child Ready to Read - Bristol
State: Connecticut
Fiscal Year: 2014
LSTA Funds: $3,000.00
Grantee: BRISTOL PUBLIC LIBRARY
Match Funds: $774.00
The Bristol Public Library offered Every Child Ready to Read workshops to families, home daycare providers, and educators to share ways they can promote pre-literacy skills with young children before they reach school. The library also purchased materials for a circulating "Literacy Collection" that pairs with the five practices of reading, writing, singing, talking and playing covered in the workshops.
Senior Moments - Darien
State: Connecticut
Fiscal Year: 2014
LSTA Funds: $5,000.00
Grantee: DARIEN LIBRARY
Match Funds: $5,000.03
When Darien Library formed a Senior Advisory Board, it became apparent to library administrators that there was a need in this target population for more hands-on workshops that encourage socialization and interaction among participants. In response, the library created Senior Moments, a monthly coffee and conversation program for seniors in the community. During the one-year grant period, the library hosted eleven monthly programs on topics selected with input from the Senior Advisory Board to attract local seniors who don't usually attend library programs. The programs alternated between hands-on workshops and academic-style lectures and concerts. The library also acquired materials to create circulating kits of books to encourage interaction between grandparents and grandchildren.
Every Child Ready to Read - East Hartford
State: Connecticut
Fiscal Year: 2014
LSTA Funds: $2,987.00
Grantee: EAST HARTFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY
Match Funds: $950.00
The East Hartford Public Library offered Every Child Ready to Read workshops to families, caregivers, and Family Resource Center employees to share ways they can promote pre-literacy skills with young children before they reach school. The library also purchased materials for circulating backpacks of literacy resources that reflect the five practices of reading, writing, singing, talking and playing covered in the workshops.
Life Story Writers - Ferguson
State: Connecticut
Fiscal Year: 2014
LSTA Funds: $5,000.00
Grantee: FERGUSON LIBRARY
Match Funds: $8,550.00
In response to the results of a community survey, the Ferguson Library in Stamford planned a monthly lecture series around subjects in the humanities and offered a ten-session writing workshop to culminate in the publication of a family history book written by each participant. The library also acquired circulating library materials to support topics of the humanities lecture series.
Ellington Oral History Project - Hall
State: Connecticut
Fiscal Year: 2014
LSTA Funds: $5,000.00
Grantee: HALL MEMORIAL LIBRARY
Match Funds: $1,399.00
In order to collect information about local history, the Hall Memorial Library in Ellington partnered with the Ellington Historical Society and Ellington Senior Center to implement a town-wide Oral History Project, including professional training on interviewing techniques, the purchase of digital recording equipment, completion of 16 oral history interviews, professional transcription of the interviews, and preservation and scanning of related documents and photos.
Consulting and DLD Administration
State: Connecticut
Fiscal Year: 2014
LSTA Funds: $209,089.00
Grantee: Connecticut State Library
Match Funds: $45,695.00
The CT State Library's Division of Library Development (DLD) provides assistance to librarians in Connecticut in order to help them learn skills, resolve issues, and provide the best services to their patrons and communities. DLD offers continuing education opportunities, administers LSTA grants, provides circulating collections of popular and alternate format materials to supplement individual library collections, manages statewide electronic resources and the statewide library catalog, and oversees the delivery system and interlibrary loan system. Progress on these individual projects is reported elsewhere in this State Program Report. In addition to their regular duties, DLD staff are also subject specialists who act as consultants for Connecticut's librarians on the subjects of youth services, statistics, library trustees, Friends groups, digital projects, financial literacy, health literacy, legal literacy, and grant writing and management, among other subjects. The State Data Coordinator compiles an annual statistical report of public library data that is used by individual libraries to help assess their performance in relation to similar libraries and make a case for more funding from their towns.
Resource Sharing via Public Access Computing Environments
State: Connecticut
Fiscal Year: 2014
LSTA Funds: $338,789.00
Grantee: Connecticut State Library
Match Funds: $474,895.00
The CT State Library provides multiple statewide services to support resource sharing among libraries. These services are delivered online and provide all Connecticut residents and students with free online access to essential library and information resources. Many of the electronic resources and databases are accessible via a portal called researchIT CT. This project also includes the statewide library catalog and ILL system. Division of Library Development staff offer frequent training opportunities on these resources for librarians.
Resource Sharing of Supplementary Library Collections
State: Connecticut
Fiscal Year: 2014
LSTA Funds: $348,500.00
Grantee: Connecticut State Library
Match Funds: $59,399.00
The CT State Library provides circulating library materials in print, audio, and digital formats to help supplement library collections. These materials are used most often by public and school libraries. Physical materials are located at Library Service Centers in Middletown, in the middle of the state, and Willimantic, in the eastern part of the state. Library staff or volunteers can either visit the Service Centers in person to select items, request them via the online catalog (http://www.consuls.org/), or call Service Center staff with special requests. Delivery services are provided through Connecticar, another LSTA-funded project. Digital materials (books and audiobooks) are available through the OneClick Digital platform, where they can be accessed directly by anyone with a Connecticut library card.
Statewide Delivery System (deliverIT CT)
State: Connecticut
Fiscal Year: 2015
LSTA Funds: $400,808.00
Grantee: Connecticut State Library
Match Funds: $303,995.00
LSTA underwrites part of the cost of physical materials delivery among 215 of the state’s public and academic libraries. The delivery system, named deliverIT CT (formerly Connecticar or Ccar), is the backbone of the state’s resource sharing. deliverIT CT enables reciprocal borrowing in Connecticut: items borrowed from participating institutions may be dropped off at any library, and then deliverIT CT returns the materials to the owning library. In this way, borrowers can use their hometown library cards in any public library in Connecticut and be sure that materials will be returned where they belong. deliverIT CT also supports interlibrary loan through delivery of user-requested library materials between libraries in the state. A volume study conducted in August 2016 estimated that deliverIT CT delivers approximately 2.5 million items annually. In spring 2016, the contractor that handled delivery to 131 libraries ended its contract with the state. The state library hired additional drivers as state employees to take over that portion of the delivery service and centralized all operations in one location. Now that the service is completely state run, it is more efficient and better managed.
Professional Development
State: Connecticut
Fiscal Year: 2015
LSTA Funds: $48,994.00
Grantee: Connecticut State Library
Match Funds: $33,717.00
The CT State Library provides continuing education for all librarians and library staff in Connecticut in order to allow them to work more effectively and efficiently and to serve their communities better. These educational sessions were offered in person at the Middletown Library Service Center, the Willimantic Library Service Center, and at public libraries around the state. Other classes were offered exclusively online as webinars. In addition, the Service Centers provide collections of professional development books and DVDs that can be borrowed by any library employee in Connecticut.
Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
State: Connecticut
Fiscal Year: 2015
LSTA Funds: $570,547.00
Grantee: Connecticut State Library
Match Funds: $177,009.00
The Connecticut State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH) provides for the special format reading and information needs of Connecticut residents who are blind, visually impaired, physically handicapped, or reading disabled. The LBPH allows users with disabilities to maintain equal access to print information. The library lends to individual patrons as well as to libraries, schools, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities. This year, there were 5,404 active patrons, and 712 new patrons were added to the rolls. This is the fifth consecutive year of growth in new patrons, reflecting the positive effects of the enhanced outreach program. The LBPH provides reader's advisory and reference services in addition to lending its collection of Braille books and magazines, books on cassette tape, digital cartridges, and playback machines to qualifying individuals and organizations in Connecticut. Patrons can also access the NLS inventory online and download audio and Braille books directly from the internet. All services are free, including playback machines and postage, and eligible veterans receive priority service.
Summer Reading
State: Connecticut
Fiscal Year: 2015
LSTA Funds: $26,624.00
Grantee: Connecticut State Library
Match Funds: $14,938.00
The CT State Library offered training, programmatic support, and tracking software to encourage librarians to implement summer reading programs in their libraries. Summer reading programs encourage children and young adults to read and to maintain or improve their reading skills during the summer break, thereby readying them for the next school year. The State Library participates in the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) to give Connecticut public libraries access to affordable, high quality Summer Reading materials, which include both promotional items (bookmarks, posters, etc.) and programming resources.
Consulting and DLD Administration
State: Connecticut
Fiscal Year: 2015
LSTA Funds: $399,576.00
Grantee: Connecticut State Library
Match Funds: $53,201.00
The State Library's Division of Library Development (DLD) provides assistance to librarians in Connecticut in order to help them learn skills, resolve issues, and provide the best services to their patrons and communities. DLD offers continuing education opportunities, offers LSTA grants, provides circulating collections to supplement individual library collections, manages statewide electronic resources and the statewide library catalog, and oversees the delivery system. Progress on these individual projects is reported elsewhere in this report. In addition to their regular duties, DLD staff are also subject specialists who act as consultants for Connecticut's librarians on the subjects of youth services, statistics, library trustees, Friends groups, digital projects, financial literacy, health literacy, legal literacy, and grant writing and management, among other subjects. The State Data Coordinator compiles an annual statistical report of public library data that is used by individual libraries to help assess their performance and funding in relation to similar libraries.
Resource Sharing via Public Access Computing Environments
State: Connecticut
Fiscal Year: 2015
LSTA Funds: $254,042.00
Grantee: Connecticut State Library
Match Funds: $378,652.00
The CT State Library provides multiple statewide services to support resource sharing among libraries. These services are delivered online and provide all Connecticut residents and students with free online access to essential library and information resources. Many of the electronic resources and databases are accessible via a portal called researchIT CT (formerly iCONN). This project also includes the statewide library catalog and ILL system. Division of Library Development staff offer frequent training opportunities on these resources for librarians. There were significant changes to project activities this year, including interim ILL functions while the new statewide catalog was being built, a new statewide catalog launched in 2016, a reduction in the number of statewide databases because of funding cuts, and continued development of the eBook platform.
Resource Sharing of Supplementary Library Collections
State: Connecticut
Fiscal Year: 2015
LSTA Funds: $207,049.00
Grantee: Connecticut State Library
Match Funds: $78,769.00
The CT State Library provides circulating library materials in print, audio, and digital formats to help supplement library collections. These materials are used most often by public and school libraries. Library staff and volunteers can visit the Service Centers in person to select items, request them via the online catalog, or call/email Service Center staff with special requests. Delivery services are provided through deliverIT CT, another LSTA-funded project. Digital materials (books and audiobooks) are available through the OneClick Digital platform, where they can be accessed directly by anyone with a Connecticut library card. Until June 2016, physical materials were located at two Library Service Centers: one in Middletown, in the middle of the state, and one in Willimantic, in the eastern part of the state. In June 2016, the Willimantic center was closed, and the collections and staff were consolidated at the Middletown center.
Wisdom Beyond Years - Beacon Falls Public Library
State: Connecticut
Fiscal Year: 2015
LSTA Funds: $5,241.00
Grantee: BEACON FALLS PUBLIC LIBRARY
Match Funds: $3,005.06
"Wisdom Beyond Years: Healthy Lifestyle Series" was a series of two multi-session classes offered by Beacon Falls Public Library designed to help older adults gain knowledge and hobbies that would lead to successful aging practices. "Tracing Your Family Tree" classes helped participants develop skills to trace their heritage, providing an active learning activity and a connection to other learners and information to share with family members. The four "Healthy Cooking" sessions were designed to increase participants' knowledge in a social setting while developing more healthy eating patterns.
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