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Connecticut Library Consortium

The Newsletter of the Connecticut Library Consortium

August 2007 VOLUME 5 y ISSUE 2

Highlights y Healthy Choices Training page 4

y “Get a Clue” Reading Lists page 4

y August Discounts page 5

y WALDO page 6

y LROC Performer Spotlight page 7

y September Discount Day page 8

In Every Issue y Library Happenings & Member News pages 2 and 3

y August and September Calendar page 3

Contact Us 860.344.8777 (Middletown) 860.344.9199 (Middletown Fax) 860.465.5001 (Willimantic) 860.465.5004 (Willimantic Fax) 860.529.2938 (Donohue Group)

Toll-Free Numbers 800.304.5403 (Middletown) 800.260.5427 (Willimantic)

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CLC/OCLC Direct: Off to a Good Start!


he twenty-five public and academic libraries, one special library, and two consortia switched over to CLC/OCLC Direct on July 1 without a hitch, thanks to the work of individual library staffers and OCLC's Andy Bush, who put together a comprehensive FAQ ( and paid attention to individual questions and queries. The CLC/OCLC Direct Training Team (Carl Antonucci, Capital CC; Alison Wang, NVCC; Cindy Wright, Groton PL; Nancy Abbey, Milford PL; Kristin Whitehead, New Haven PL; Jim Brown, Norwalk PL; Barbara Cervera, UConn; Nick Wharton, U Hartford; Jiming Han, Housatonic CC; Bernadette Baldino, Easton PL; and Amy Plympton, LIMRA) met in Middletown on July 25 with OCLC CAPCON's ( capcon/default.htm) Irene Hoffman, Executive Director, and Paulette Hasier, Manager of Education and Member Services. Brainstorming began with a discussion of the training needed in Connecticut. High on the list was training for paraprofessionals, which might be repeated twice a year on the basics—understanding a MARC record, basic Connexion searching, and basic ILL procedures using OCLC. Since it is often paraprofessionals doing the cataloging, they can always use additional training. Also important is training for mid-level supervisors, and training on emerging technologies, especially the design and usability of websites. Assessment and measurement for both academic and public libraries is a two part concern—first identifying and collecting the data, and then presenting it effectively to funding authorities. Barbara Cervera, a member of the BLC (Boston Library Consortium) Training Team and Staff Development Coordinator for the University of Connecticut Libraries, talked about UConn and BLC's positive experience with CAPCON training in 2006-2007.

Irene Hoffman brought a mock-up of the CAPCON webpage, which will be available through CLC's website, to subscribe to OCLC CAPCON news and RSS feeds, as well as special events, discounts, and other training opportunities. The Training Team will meet again at the end of the summer to establish a Connecticut training schedule for 2007-2008. If you have any input for this schedule, including content as well as locations, contact Chris Bradley at CLC, or the CLC/OCLC Direct chairs, Carl Antonucci and Randi Ashton-Pritting (U Hartford), or any member of the Training Team.

Mark your Calendars for these Events Already Scheduled for this Fall! September 19: Maureen Sullivan, Management Seminar, 10-3 at Wilton PL October 2: Pat Wagner, Customer Workshop, 10-3 at Farmington PL October 12: ACLB Conference at Water's Edge in Old Saybrook October 14-16: NELA conference in Sturbridge, MA **October 19: Trendspotting III, Focus on OCLC, 10-3 at Greenwich PL** October 23: CEMA/CECA Conference at Greater Hartford Convention Center


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Library Happenings and Member News The Stratford Library's Teen Services Department second annual "Rising Stars @ Stratford Library" program in June drew over 100 area teens and their families to the library. The program was made possible by a grant from Stratford Community Services. The grant was awarded to the library's Teen Creative Writing Group, who organized and performed at the program. Teen event coordinators and grant writers included Franklin Eneh, Amanda Woade, and Corey McNair. "We wanted a program to encourage teens to pursue creative areas without competition," said Teen Services Department Head Lucretia Duwel. The program was a casual afternoon of music, art and poetry which exhibited over thirty works of art, sculpture, photography, and dress design by area teenagers, as well as piano, singing, and poetry performances. Jean Burditt is the new Connecticut EqualAccess Libraries Program Manager at the State Library. EqualAccess Libraries is a partnership with Libraries of the Future and CSL. Jean has worked at Prosser Public Library in Bloomfield and Simsbury Library as well as in the public school system. Christina Mariasi was recognized as New Britain Public Library's Employee of the Year by Director Candice Brown during the library's recent Staff Development Day. The Ridgefield Library's children's summer reading theme is Reading Around the World. Library assistant Diana Messer came up with a mural design that the library's summer intern, Kevin McGrath, did an amazing job creating. Each weekday of summer reading, Kevin adds another "Wonder of the World" to the mural. He also creates one page descriptions of the "wonders" for curious children to read. The descriptions are being collected in a binder so that kids can continue to learn about them all year long.

The following is an excerpt from a recent article in the New Britain Herald on the Connecticut Book Party's fundraising efforts: Some of the lesser-publicized casualties of Hurricane Katrina are the libraries on the Gulf Coast—many of which are just now being reopened two years after the storm. While many library buildings have been rebuilt, their shelves will be empty until libraries are able to replace their collections destroyed in the hurricane. In response to this need, Henry Dutcher, director of the Enfield Public Library, has organized the Connecticut Book Party to raise money for Louisiana and Mississippi libraries. The Connecticut Book Party, named in the spirit of Mardi Gras, is a collection of state libraries and friends of library associations from across the state. Its goal is to raise $250,000 for distribution to local libraries to purchase books. Funds are donated by libraries and friends of the library associations, as well as individuals. Many libraries also donate a portion of the proceeds from other fundraisers to the organization. Dutcher felt Connecticut had a special duty to help the Gulf Coast. "We're the richest state,� Dutcher said. "If we can't help them out, they're in dire trouble." Some successful fundraising efforts on behalf of the Connecticut Book Party include: The Windsor Public Library raised $355 from proceeds from the sale of used books during the month of May, as well as a few individual donations from patrons; The Greens Farms Academy raised $850 from door receipts at a Mardi Gras Dance held in February; New Britain Public Library held a bake sale, raising several hundred dollars. A portion of library fines were also donated, along with a donation from the Friends of the Library. Avon Public Library plans to incorporate the Connecticut Book Party into its children's tag sale, where kids can open their own booths and sell crafts, food, or toys. Hope for sunshine as over 25 local community organizations plan fun educational activities for children at the free Fish Tales, Tugs & Sails Festival on Saturday, August 11. The festival features nationally-known children's authors, big boats, and live entertainment. The event is produced by New London Main Street, the Mitchell College Children's Learning Center, and the Public Library of New London. For more information call 860.444.2489, or email


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Library Happenings and Member News Send Us Your Latest Library Happenings & News! Send your library’s and staff members’ news, ideas, photos, etc., to CONNtext editor Kathy Charbonneau at The deadline is the 20th of each month.

For the Fall 2007 semester, Capital Community College in Hartford is offering the following courses as part of its Library Technical Assistant Program. Courses can be taken for professional development as well as enrolling in the certificate or degree program:

August 2007 Calendar MONDAY, AUGUST 6 Healthy Choices, Module A Wilton Library, 9:30

• Introduction to Library Public Services


• Introduction to Reference Services

Healthy Choices, Module A Darien Library, 9:30

• Introduction to Visual Communication Richard Frieder, who organizes community events at the Hartford Public Library, was recently featured in an article in the Hartford Business Journal. To read it go to news2016.html. The Library Board of Trustees hired Cynthia Muhlbach as the new Library Director at Brainerd Memorial Library (Haddam). Cynthia comes to the library after more than 10 years at St. George's Day School's Nathaniel Hill Library. She was also head librarian at the American School Foundation in Mexico City, and speaks fluent Spanish. In addition to the lovely new physical space on North Main Street, the Wallingford Public Library has a new website at with lots of new features, including excellent databases, an events calendar, and a link to the Wallingford Library Blog. Julian Aiken, Reference and Technology Librarian explains, "The blog is an easy way to keep patrons up to date with programs, events, and materials at the library. Best of all, patrons can write comments directly to the blog, allowing them to give us feedback on how we're doing, things they'd like to see in the library, and to share ideas.”

• Supervised Field Placement


• Web Design and Development

Northwest DVD Swap Harwinton PL, 9:00

• Introduction to Software Applications


• Composition

Southwest DVD Swap Southbury PL, 9:30

Classes begin August 29. Returning students can register online. Walk in registration hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9 am-5 pm, Tuesday from 9 am-6 pm, and Friday from 9 am-3 pm. All registration activities are on the 2nd floor and the library is located on the 5th floor. For registration information, please call the Registrars office at 860-906-5120.

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For course and program information, call Karen DeLoatch, LTA Program Coordinator, at 860.906.5022, or send an email to

Maureen Sullivan Management Seminar Wilton Library, 10:00

James Benn's upcoming release; THE FIRST WAVE: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery (ISBN 978-1-56947-471-6), received an enthusiastic starred review in the July issue of Library Journal. Benn said, “As a former librarian, it was a great thrill to see that review." THE FIRST WAVE has also been selected as a Book Sense Notable Book for September 2007. BILLY BOYLE (ISBN 978-1569474761), the first title in the series, is being released in paperback by Soho Press .

Healthy Choices, Module B Wilton Library, 9:30

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 CLC offices closed for Labor Day

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 CLA Joint Children's Roundtable Cheshire PL, 9:30



THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 Northwest DVD Swap Harwinton PL, 9:00

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 Southwest DVD Swap Southbury PL, 9:30

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 Healthy Choices, Module B Darien Library, 9:30

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 CLC Board of Directors Russell Library, Middletown, 2:00


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The Latest from CLC Healthy Choices: Hands-On Medical Reference Training Training Dates Set for Summer/Fall 2007


ealthy Choices is a consumer-health outreach program to foster information-savvy healthcare consumers. Sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) and endorsed by CLC, the project is collaboration between Stamford Hospital Health Sciences Library and public libraries in Darien, Norwalk, Stamford, and Wilton.

Healthy Choices Training Dates Training dates for summer/fall 2007 have been scheduled as follows. All sessions begin with coffee at 9:30 am, followed by the workshop from 10 to noon. Register online at Module A: Accessing reliable consumer health information resources via MEDLINEPlus and NIH Senior Health (Note: This is the same workshop offered in February 2007).

• Monday, August 6, Wilton Library

Vital to the project is a professional train-the-trainer sub-program to equip public librarians with best-practice skills and resources for guiding their clients in the use of high-quality information resources of the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.

• Tuesday, August 7, Darien Library

Four training modules will be offered:

• Friday, September 21, Darien Library

• Module A - MEDLINEPlus & NIH Senior Health

• Thursday, October 11, Wilton Library

• Module B - PubMed

• Friday, October 12, Darien Library

Module B: Accessing the primary professional medical and healthcare literature via PubMed.

• Thursday, September 20, Wilton Library

• Module C - Complementary & Alternative Medicine Information Resources

• Module D - Spanish Language Health Information Resources Certificates of completion and continuing education credits will be offered, respectively, by CLC and the Medical Library Association for those who complete any one module; for those who complete all four (4) modules, a special consumer health information literacy certificate will be awarded from CLC. Each module is two hours in duration and will be open to public librarians. Multiple sessions of each module are being offered on different dates and at different locations so as to accommodate the schedules of busy librarians. Attendance is free of charge but space is limited. To reserve your seat, register online at More information about Healthy Choices is available through CLC, or visit Contact Guillaume Van Moorsel at Stamford Hospital at 203.276.7523, or email

"Get a Clue" Reading Lists


any months ago, the members of CLC's Southeast Children's Librarians' Roundtable agreed to put together a list of mysteries to coordinate with this year's statewide summer reading program, "Get a Clue: Read!" As with the holiday book brochure, children's and YA librarians from the roundtable and across the state contributed their suggestions. Nadine Lipman, Head of Children's Services at the Waterford Public Library, coordinated the project. The booklists are available at! Download one, more, or the whole set. All documents are in PDF format. Please include the "Back Page" file with your list(s), as it includes recommended series reading as well as acknowledgements for all the wonderful Connecticut librarians who contributed their recommendations. Enjoy, and happy reading! The booklists include:

• "Get a Clue" Reading List - Birth to 4 years (1 page) • "Get a Clue" Reading List - 4 to 8 years (1 page) • "Get a Clue" Reading List - 8 to 12 years (2 pages) • "Get a Clue" Reading List - 12 years and up (2 pages) • "Get a Clue" Reading List - back page (1 page)


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The TM-T88IV POS thermal printer is the latest addition to Epson's innovative, industry-leading TM-T88 POS printer series. Designed specifically for high-volume retail and hospitality environments, the TM-T88IV delivers more speed and more reliability than ever before. For a complete description go to default.asp?EDC=960150. Price: $324, includes power supply and shipping. Contact Brian Kaplan at Computer Discount Warehouse, 866.723.1552, or

• HP Color LaserJet 2600n printer-color-laser Printer-color-laser: legal, A4, 600 dpi x 600 dpi, up to 8 ppm (mono)/up to 8 ppm (color), capacity: 250 sheets, USB, 10/ 100Base-TX. Price: $380.

• HP Color LaserJet 4700dn printer-color-laser Printer-color-duplex-laser: legal, A4, 600 dpi x 600 dpi, up to 31 ppm (mono)/up to 31 ppm (color), capacity: 600 sheets, parallel, USB, 10/100Base-TX. Price: $1494.

• Brother HL 2040-printer-B/W-laser Brother HL 2040 Printer: B/W, laser, legal, A4, 2400 dpi x 600 dpi, up to 20 ppm, capacity: 250 sheets, parallel, USB. Price: $115.

• Casio UP 360 Receipt Printer Casio UP 360 Receipt Printer: roll (3.15 in), up to 496.1 inch/min, serial port connection. Price: $291.

• Epson TM U950 Receipt Printer-Dot-Matrix Epson TM U950 Receipt Printer: B/W, dot-matrix, A4, 16.7 cpi, 9 pin, up to 311 char/sec, serial connection. Price: $679. Go to for delivery options and methods of payment. Contact Mike Brown, 888.224.8181, ext. 60740,, or

2007-2008 Behavioral Health Sciences in Connecticut Comprehensive listing of over 500 substance abuse treatment and prevention programs and mental health facilities in Connecticut. The price is $40 with free shipping. To order, send a check, money order, or purchase order payable to Wheeler Clinic. Mail to: Connecticut Clearinghouse, 334 Farmington Ave., Plainville, CT 06062, 800.232.4424, or 860.793.9813 (fax). Visa and MasterCard accepted.

Public Libraries: Special Introductory Pricing—Scholastic BookFlix Scholastic BookFlix is a new online literacy resource for children grades K-3. BookFlix pairs award winning, classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic, to build a love of reading and learning. It reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration. To request a free trial, go to Pricing is based on population. For further info or to order for Fairfield, Hartford, or New Haven Counties: contact Julie Dyson,, 800.825.4579, ext. 4955, 860.670.0387 (cell), 860.225.9268 (fax). All other counties: Chris Herpers,, 800.825.4579, ext. 4028, 202.270.1059 (cell), or 781.734.0399 (fax).

Between Land & Water: Life Stories of Connecticut's Amphibians This new DVD provides a view of local frogs and salamanders in their native habitats that has never been available before. Taped entirely in Connecticut, the DVD documents the life cycles of native amphibians over an annual season. It provides a new resource for educators, libraries and museums—and for parents and families. Produced by Brendan Hanrahan, presenter of the popular library program, "Exploring Connecticut's Natural Wonders." Library price: $18.71 (25% discount) plus shipping $4.25. Visit for more info, or to order online using a purchase order or credit card. Note to program librarians: Naturalist & videographer Brian Kleinman is available to host public screenings at your library. Go to for info about his live reptile program.


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Offers from WALDO Alexander Street Press

Greenwood Press

• Primary Sources in Counseling and Psychology, 1050 to

• Latino-American Experience • Caribbean Literature • African American Experience* • World Folklore and Folklife* * Library Journal's 2006 Best Reference List. Visit the trial websites. Username: greenwood. Password: collection.


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CRC Press

CQ Press

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• CQ Almanac • CQ Global Researcher "Resoundingly recommended for all social and cultural studies collections" —Library Journal eReview, 6/1/2007. CQ Almanac New!...the acclaimed source for the best coverage and analysis of U.S. congressional legislation from 1945 to today is now available in a powerful, easy-to-navigate online editon. CQ Almanac is renowned for its in-depth analysis of the path legislation takes through Congress, including how bills are changed, derailed, or ultimately passed.


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ebary • Law, International Relations, Public Policy & Political Science

Gale • • • • • •

LitFinder Biography and Genealogy Master Index Nursing Resource Center Small Business Resource Center Scribner Writers Series

IGI Global (formerly InfoSci-Online) • • • •

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Sage • STM Packages: Clinical Medicine and Health Sciences • Primary Sources in Counseling and Psychology

Testing & Education Resource Center AND Careers Module

Serials Solutions

For discounted pricing and order information on products, contact Joanne Montgomery, Senior Electronic Resources Specialist, at 800.326.6495, ext. 2, or email Send faxes to 617.327.5516. Visit

On August 1, 2007, Ulrich's Serials Analysis System and are joined the Serials Solutions family of e-resource management tools for libraries. These services are the online products associated with Ulrich's Periodicals Directory. For more info visit and


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LROC Performer Spotlight Free Listings Now Available Performers can now add their profile to the LROC for FREE! Spread the word and tell your favorite performers to visit the LROC at for their FREE listing.

The Joe Carter Samba Rio Trio This guitar/ bass/ drums trio, led by guitarist Joe Carter, is well versed in the various Brazilian styles of music— Samba, Bossa Nova, Baiao, Choro. By combining this music with straight-ahead Hard Bop Jazz, the trio creates a style known as Brazilian Jazz, think: "Jobim meets Coltrane." The trio's repertoire is a combination of original tunes and songs by some of Brazil's classic composers such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Ary Barroso, Baden Powell, Noel Rosa, Dorival Caymmi, Pixinguinha and others. Adding the improvisational aspect of North American Jazz to the mixture, the group creates a sound that is truly international and one that has entertained appreciative audiences on four continents. The Joe Carter Samba Rio Trio can always be counted on to give a memorable performance. Their music is presented in such a way as to reach out to the audience and ignite a spark that usually prompts several audience members to jump to their feet and dance to the music. Fees: $500 and up. Contact: 203.268.6761 or

Deborah Costine Deborah Costine is the author, artist, and puppeteer of "The Twig Family in the Oak Tree," a gentle story about imaginary twig people living in harmony with nature. A professional puppeteer for over 30 years with the wellknown Gerwick Puppets, Debbie draws on her experience as a mother, a curious naturalist, and sculptor to create a highly unusual and engaging performance for small groups. Other productions include "Cinderella a Woodland Fairy Princess" and "Classic Shadow Puppet Stories." Fees start at $250 plus travel. Contact: 508.481.6837,

Julian Padowicz Julian Padowicz is the author of Mother and Me: Escape from Warsaw 1939, named "Book of the Year" for 2006 by ForeWord Magazine. In his program, A Streetcar Named Eternity, Julian speaks about his experiences as a seven-year-old Jewish boy, confused about his religious identity, escaping German bombs and Soviet occupation with his beautiful, socialite mother at the start of WW II. A poignant as well as humorous story of personal growth and courage. Two sequels are now in the works. A guide for book discussion groups is also available. Fee: $250. Contact: 203.068.2255.

Carole Rothschild Most of our children aspire to an orderly room as well as an orderly life; however, many of them do not know how to go about achieving such a goal. Carole Rothschild, an experienced professional organizer, has developed a program that approaches academic success in the context of organization, through discussion and enjoyable exercises. She offers an interactive workshop for middle and high school students to help them develop their organizational skills. Fees: $300-$499. Contact: 860.523.0447 or Website:

Gail Straun Gail Straun, Master Scrapbook Artist, will work with up to 20 individuals designing scrapbook pages or making beautiful handcrafted cards. She brings her tools, along with a myriad of embellishments, and teaches patrons what they need to get started at home. Normally, libraries will be asked to supply scrapbook pages, backgrounds, stickers, glue, and ink pads. However, Gail will supply all necessary materials for the projects at an extra charge. Classes can last from one to two hours. Fees: $150-$299. Contact: Gail can be reached at the Bristol Public Library during the day at 860.584.7787, ext. 2000, at home during the evening at 860.582.7488, or by email at

Connecticut Library Consortium CONNtext • August 2007

Save your library even more time and money!


Board of Directors

Connecticut Library Consortium

Randi Ashton-Pritting, Chair University of Hartford Libraries Francine Aloisa Somers Public Library Carl Antonucci Capital Community College

Bernadette Baldino Easton Public Library Anita Barney The Brookfield Library

September Discount Day


fter successfully working with the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) to offer CLC members energy savings through Tychon, we are teaming up again and are pleased to announce our pilot Joint Discount Program! CLC members will be able to take advantage of CREC’s cooperative discounts, including savings on paper, fuel, A/V equipment, Assistive Technology, custodial supplies, and more. Come to September Discount Day on September 28 to learn more about these new discounts and meet with CREC's vendors.

Save the date, and watch for online registration coming soon…

Candice Brown New Britain Public Library

Susan Burke Griswold High School

Mary Etter South Windsor Public Library

Mike Moran


Where: The Learning Corridor, Hartford When: September 28 Why:

To launch the new, CLC/CREC Pilot Discount Project. This official launch of CREC and CLC's new partnership will serve as an orientation of these new cooperative discounts.


CREC staff, Ed Arum and Associates, PEPPM, EASTCONN, CT Consortium of Cooperative Purchasing, Cooperative Oil Purchasing Consortium, CT Consortium for the Cooperative Purchase of Electricity, Tychon Energy Systems, Association of Educational Purchasing Agents, and CLC Book, Media and Supply Vendors.

Asnuntuck Community College

Arthur Meyers

September Discount Day

Russell Library

Roslyn Rubinstein Waterford Public Library

Sandra Ruoff Guilford Free Library

Keith Stetson Fairfield University

Alison Wang Naugatuck Community College

Amy Terlaga Bibliomation Carol Weinshel Helen Keller Middle School

Janet Woycik Cyrenius H. Booth Library

Christine Bradley, Exec. Dir.


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