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Connecticut Library Consortium

The Newsletter of the Connecticut Library Consortium

December 2008 VOLUME 6 y ISSUE 6

Highlights y Roundtable News page 4

y WALDO page 5

y CLC Discounts, News and Much More page 6

y Social OPAC Program page 6

y Children’s Performers Showcase Highlights page 7

y Trendspotting IV page 8

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

y December Calendar page 3

CONN text

Recipes for Lemonade


t the last CLA Board meeting, our President Kathy Leeds asked us to share the ways in which the present downturn in the economy has affected our libraries. Many, as you would expect, described the library version of Scylla and Charybdis— trying to navigate between an increase in business and a decrease in budget. We followed Leed's lead with this question for CLC members: What do you plan to do in 2009 to make some library lemonade out of these lemons? Thanks to Carol Brown (New Haven), Keith Stetson (Fairfield U) and Lynn Rosato (Bethel) for their responses. New Haven Free Public Libraries One of New Haven's responses to increasingly difficult economic realities has been to close neighborhood branches on Fridays. Branch staff report to the main library on Fridays to help with backroom work and to serve at the public desks. While the neighborhoods are losing some library service on Fridays, an unlooked-for benefit of this staff shuffle has been an opportunity to retrain, reacquaint and redevelop personnel system-wide. The library is benefiting from this unusual opportunity to blend a five-branch system into a more cohesive working unit, which will serve it in good stead when a better economy allows them to reopen branches on Fridays. Fairfield University Library

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

Academic librarians are aware that the various divisions of their schools are all competing for the same resources. At Fairfield University they do everything they can to keep the library at the center of campus. Library staff are offering a workshop in a couple of weeks for faculty and staff on how to set up a blog, and added a second session due to the response!

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Bethel Library

800.304.5403 (Middletown) 800.260.5427 (Willimantic)

In Bethel they have already started making lemonade in this fiscal year. To notify the public of this year's $60,000 reduction, Bethel’s staff wrote articles on each service that was reduced or eliminated for a special newsletter that focused solely on budget cuts.

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Bethel’s cuts included reductions in hours, the circulating books budget, funding employee education, telephone expense, newsletter production, and the program budget. They are eliminating production and mailing of overdue notices, as well as 10 of 15 online databases, OCLC out-of-state ILL, some standing order titles, some magazine subscriptions, the audiobook circuit, downloadable video, and memberships in CLA, ALA, and Chamber of Commerce. They are replacing only the desktop or minitower for 12 computers, keeping existing monitors, keyboards and mice. Staff learned a few things. First, no one really complained about not getting overdue notices in the mail (Bethel offers email notices and Library Elf). By not mailing notices, they saved about $2000 in postage, envelopes, paper, etc., and their collection rate is up slightly from last year. Also, no one complained about opening a half hour later. They've heard a few grumblings from those who really relied on them to get out-of-state ILL through OCLC. Now, they pass the cost along to the patrons, which is really a deterrent to their using it. For FY 2009-2010, Bethel will make more cuts, including canceling their postage machine lease (which we did at CLC) and eliminating another online database, Web Reporter, as well as maintenance contracts on typewriters. Next Month: More great library lemonade from your fellow CLC members!


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Library Happenings and Member News The Avon Free Public Library celebrated Diwali, the Festival of Lights, with a Sari fashion show. Fashion model participants dressed in Saris and ceremonial attire, enjoyed Indian cuisine, and learned about the textiles of India. Introduction to Public Services with DeEtta Jones from OCLC Eastern was a big hit with front line public services staff. From the Golden Rule (treating customers the way you expect to be treated), to learning how to correct subordinates' behavior, to working with different generations in the workplace (Matures, Baby Boomers, Gen X, and the Net Generation), we learned a lot both from DeEtta and from each other. Many thanks go out to Bernadette Baldino and Easton Public Library for their gracious (as always!) hospitality. Slides from the Intro to Public Services program are available at

Norwalk's Les Kozerowitz with Farmington's Jay Johnston and Martin Schiller, author of Bread, Butter, and Sugar: a Boy's Journey through the Holocaust and Postwar Europe at a program in Farmington. Dancing? In the library? That's exactly how the Wallingford Public Library is attracting teens. The library hosted a Nintendo Wii dance-a-thon and the winning teen took home a $15 Best Buy gift card. Since June, the library has hosted monthly Wii events, with games such as bowling, Home Run Derby, and Guitar Hero. Reference and Teen Librarian Jennifer Nash believes it is expanding the image teens have of the library. In order to get the word out, Nash used her blog, fliers, the library's online calendar, and wordof-mouth. Excerpt and photo reprinted from the Record-Journal. Bill Williams, retired from the Hartford Courant, and Suzanne Maryeski of Farmington Library at Read to Grow's annual meeting in New Haven featuring Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison.

Intro to Public Services, clockwise from top left: Alison Cotton (University of Hartford), and Barbara Wolfer and Amy Stevens (Woodbridge Town Library); Cheryl Del Vecchio (Fairfield Woods), Robyn Filippone (Pequot Library, Southport) and Beverly D'Aprile (Fairfield Woods); Seth Godfrey and Melissa Canham-Clyne (New Haven Public Library) and Jeff Liszka (Trinity College). The Friends of the Southington Library scholarship committee presented Children's Librarian Shelley Holley (in blue, right) with a scholarship for $500 on November 5. The scholarship was given in memory of Martha Tourtillotte, a former librarian. Shelley will complete her studies in 2009 at SCSU where she will be awarded a Masters Degree in Library Science.

Barbara Butler and Luci Pantuosco at Tolland Public Library with one of their timely displays. Tolland is in the midst of a needs assessment, and one of the seniors in a focus group noted how much she appreciated the seasonal displays where the staff bring together materials on cooking, crafts, history, etc. around a common theme. Keith Stetson of Fairfield University Library and the CLC board has been appointed to the Choice Editorial Board for a two-year term through ALA Annual 2010. (Lucky for Keith, ALA is meeting at some of the more desirable cities during this period: Denver, Chicago, Boston, Washington!) Keith was formerly Chair of the Collection Development Interest Group of ACRL/NEC. The Bridgeport Public Library (Newfield Branch) took part in the first National Gaming Day for Libraries at on November 15. Public libraries attempted to set a benchmark record for the most people playing the same board game on the same day.


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Happenings and Member News The Stratford Library Children's Department held a special dedication of their new Carol Pieper Memorial Book Nook on Sunday, November 9. The program included a ribbon cutting ceremony and a special event with Trumbull children's author Tony Abbott. Right: Dr. Louis B. Pieper, Jr. with Library Director Barbara Blosveren. On November 15, eleven of the Ridgefield Library's Teen Advisory Group members took part in a Reada-thon to raise money for teen programs. In the weeks before the event, the kids went out and got sponsors, then on that Saturday, they read from 11 am to 5 pm at the library. At the end of the day, they raised more than $800! Above: Some of the kids, hard at work raising money! Bolton Library Media Specialist Luci Leone worked with 4th grade teacher Dan Rearick, a life long runner and reader, to organize a Run to Read 5K Race. Students, parents, teachers and administrators raised more than $4000 for the Bolton Center School Library.

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.

The Middlesex County Community Foundation awarded CLC and 17 libraries a grant for $10,000 to “Go Green.” The 17 libraries in Middlesex County will collaborate and cooperate on a public awareness campaign to develop, promote and host a series of free, educational "green" programming for citizens of Connecticut. Through this new

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December 2008 Calendar of Events MONDAY, DECEMBER 8 Children's Librarians' Roundtable: Capitol Region, Holiday Luncheon The Elbow Room, West Hartford, 11:30

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17 Southeast DVD, Cassette, CD Swap East Lyme PL, 9:00 Young Adult Librarians’ Roundtable: Capitol Region, New Britain PL, 9:30 Northeast DVD Swap Willimantic Service Center, 9:30

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18 Northwest DVD Swap Harwinton PL, 9:00

partnership, county libraries will be able to share resources and ideas, and capitalize on publicity generated from a regional marketing effort, leveraging their programming budgets.

Comings and Goings . . .

Children's Librarians' Roundtable: South, Guilford Free Library, 10:30

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19 Southwest DVD Swap Southbury PL, 9:30

Karen Jensen is the new director at Hagaman Memorial Library (East Haven).


New Canaan welcomed new director Alice Knapp with a reception in the gallery. Below: Alan Gray and Louise Berry (Darien), Mary Anne Franco (Wilton), Alice, Kathy Leeds and Lauren McLaughlin (Wilton).

January 2009

CLC offices closed for Christmas

THURSDAY, JANUARY 1 CLC offices closed for NewYear's Day

MONDAY, JANUARY 5 Children's Librarians' Roundtable: Northwest , Gunn Memorial Library Washington, 9:30

FRIDAY, JANUARY 9 Trendspotting IV: Searching for the Best Search Tools, University of Hartford, 8:30-4:00

Right: Maria Livoti, Cynde Lahey, Shirley Ottenstein, and Phoebe Kirkham, all of New Canaan Library helped make Alice feel at home at the library at the reception.

Young Adult Librarians’ Roundtable: East, Booth & Dimock ML Coventry, 10:00

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14 CLC/OCLC Direct Webinar: Dewey Decimal Classification 9:30-12:30

MONDAY, JANUARY 19 CLC offices closed for Martin Luther King Day


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December Roundtable Highlights CLC's roundtables are a wonderful opportunity for people from different libraries but with similar responsibilities and interests to come together to share knowledge and ideas about a variety of professional topics. These roundtables are open to all member library staff regardless of geographic location or job title. Be sure to register online in advance at

Children's Librarians’ Roundtable: Capitol Region Chair: Kristin Raiche (Windsor Locks Public Library)

Come and shake your sillies out at the annual Capitol Region Children's Librarians’ Luncheon on Monday, December 8 at 11:30 am at the Elbow Room Restaurant in West Hartford! Enjoy lunch with your colleagues and then get ready to laugh and participate in improv games with Ken and Helen Aveline. This presentation will be ripe with improv ideas to bring back to your library for the Summer Reading theme, "Be Creative @ Your Library." Register by December 5 with your menu choice and please bring payment (cash, or check made out to Helen Aveline) to the luncheon. Menu Choices are Cobb Salad - $14; Bar Burger - $12; Bar Burger with cheese - $12.50; Turkey Sandwich - $10.50; Macaroni & Cheese - $14 (cash bar for all beverages, prices include tax and gratuity.) For more info contact Helen Aveline at 860.665.8721 or

Young Adult Librarians' Roundtable: Capitol Region Chairs: Ann Marie Naples, West Hartford Public Library and Chris Angeli, Scranton Memorial Library, Madison

Join your colleagues at the New Britain Public Library at 9:30 am for holiday sharing at the next meeting scheduled for Wednesday, December 17. There will be a discussion of favorite teen titles.

Children's Librarians' Roundtable: South Chair: Sue Hartley (Cheshire Public Library)

Tour the newly renovated Guilford Free Library on Thursday, December 18 at 10:30 am to be followed by a Holiday Luncheon at the Stone House Restaurant at noon. Register online by December 11. For more info contact Suellen Heinrich at 203.453.8282 or

Scenes from Marshall Breeding's Open Source Presentation Marshall Breeding's presentation on Open Source ILS options last month at the Russell Library, co-sponsored by CLC's Reference and Technology Roundtables, was a morning of intelligent discovery with over 70 colleagues. For those of you who missed it, see the PowerPoint presentation at

Top row, left: Julie Lee of Russell, Nancy Haag of North Haven PL, (co-chairs of the Technology RT), and Pat Watson of Russell, (co-chair of the Reference RT with Linda Sousa, also of Russell, who could not be present). Top row, right: Judy Augusta of Derby Neck PL, Valerie Kilmartin of Durham PL, and Alma Zyko of Middlesex CC. Center: Vince Juliano of Russell Library in Middletown, George Christian of Library Connection in Windsor, Marshall Breeding, Lucy Mazier of the Coast Guard Academy in New London. Bottom: Pat Rutowski of New Britain PL, Judy Eisenberg of West Hartford PL in the foreground, and Janet Flewelling of Wallingford PL.


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Special offers are still available. Log on to the WALDO website to view specials online or view the WALDO Fall 2008 Specials Flyer at

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Subscribe to ExecSummaries by January 31, 2009 and CLC/WALDO members will receive complimentary access to ExecBlueprints.

ProQuest New Offering and Discount for Entrepreneurship ProQuest Entrepreneurship supports the study and practice of entrepreneurship by offering a central access point to an unprecedented collection of innovative tools.

Over 250 full text volumes of material—a virtual pop culture library with tons of additional features. View a tour online at tour.html.

New Titles from H.W. Wilson y Biography Reference Bank Select Edition

Entrepreneurship includes: Video Clips with advice from successful entrepreneurs, comprehensive start-up toolkits including templates, how to guides and more helping users quickly move from concept to practice, data and market research reports, Entrepreneurship teaching resources and full text articles on entrepreneurship. An additional discount is available if an order is placed before December 15, 2008.

Cambridge University Press Cambridge Histories Online: Introductory purchase pricing is now available through December 31, 2008.

Morningstar Special discount pricing for academic and public libraries that are CLC/WALDO members is available through December 31, 2008.

The perfect option for libraries that want a full-text biographical resource. For more information visit y Wilson Retrospective Collection Essay & General Literature Index Retrospective. For more information visit egl_retro.htm. y Short Story Index For more information visit Databases/story_retro.htm.

Get More Information on WALDO Offers For discounted pricing and order information on products, contact Joanne Montgomery,

H.W Wilson Discount pricing is available on all of the H.W. Wilson Retrospective database purchases. A multiple year payment option is also available. Contact WALDO for pricing.

Senior Electronic Resources Specialist, at 800.326.6495, ext. 2, or email Send faxes to 617.327.5516. Visit


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CLC Discounts, News and More Deal on Downloadable Audiobooks

CLC Welcomes Dr. Gayle Bogel

OCLC/Recorded Books is offering promotional pricing for their eAudiobook subscription programs through December 31, 2008. For details visit services/discounts specials.html#specialsRecBooksDownAudio. Recorded Books Dowloadable Audio Subscriptions offers a premium eAudiobook program that brings a vast selection of contemporary and classic eAudiobook titles to your library.

CLC welcomes its newest board member, Dr. Gayle Bogel, of the Department of Information and Library Science at Southern Connecticut State University. Gayle holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Information Science from the University of North Texas, a M.A. in Education from Sacred Heart University and a M.L.S. from Southern Connecticut State University. She has worked in both public and school libraries in Connecticut, and her current research interests are digital equity in K-12 schools and the pedagogy of online teaching and learning. She is an associate editor for Knowledge Quest, the national journal of the American Association of School Librarians; she also serves on the executive boards of the CT Library Association and CT Association of School Librarians.

One Day University CLC is continuing our partnership with One Day University to offer savings for a stimulating day of learning. Staff, Trustees, and Friends of CLC member libraries can buy one/get one free on all registrations for their next event, December 7 at Babson College, by using partner code "CLCDEAL2" when registering at 1.800.OneDayU, or Every One Day University event features four acclaimed professors, each lecturing for 70 minutes including an interactive Q&A session. Events run from 9:30 am - 3:45 pm and lunch and refreshments are provided.

Social OPAC Program

The Value Line Research Center includes online access to Value Line's leading publications covering stocks, mutual funds, options and convertible securities, as well as special situation stocks. Value Line is offering a free trial of Value Line Research Center Online through December 30 at secure/vlrc/research.aspx, then enter User Name: istrial1, Password: pick. For more details go to services/discounts/specials.html#specialsValueLine.

Darien Library staff shared their exciting new project, SOPAC 2.0, with CLC colleagues in a demonstration and discussion at Farmington Library. Assistant Director for Innovation and User Experience, John Blyberg, (above) talked about the social OPAC which he developed. SOPAC is an open source social discovery platform for bibliographic data. It integrates with your library's ILS while allowing users and staff to tag, rate, and review your holdings. Kate Sheehan, Head of Knowledge and Learning Services, (above left) and Gretchen Hams (above right), Head of Children's Services, shared the program with John to show how the SOPAC is used to enhance both information services and service to children and students.

Computers in Libraries Conference

2008 CASL Conference Photos

Discount pricing is available on the registration fee for the Computers in Libraries 2009 conference, March 30 - April 1, 2009 in Arlington, VA. The rate is $234 for the threeday event—a 50% savings! This price is for registration only. Additionally, there is a discount price of $109 on the Internet@Schools East conference, and $234 for the combo of Internet@Schools East and Computers in Libraries general conference. Payment or purchase order is due to CLC by February 6, 2009. For a registration form, contact Pattie Noren at or 860.465.5001. Important: To receive your registration discount, request a registration form from CLC. Do NOT use the online registration form.

On November 10, CLC exhibited at the Connecticut Association of School Librarians conference where the new InfoAnytime marketing campaign made its debut.

Value Line Research Center

Top left: CLC staff Deb Zulick, Kirsten Kilborn, Christine Sarrazin and Pattie Noren in front of CLC’s new booth. Left: Carol Abatelli of ECSU, Steve Caufman of the State Library and Stephanie Brown of UConn gave a program on web usability for elementary and secondary students.


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Showcase Highlights Children’s Performers


he Children’s Librarians’ Roundtable, Fairfield County hosted a mini-showcase coordinated by CLC and Tess Beck of the Stratford Library Association and Chair of FCCLR. Bryan Flint of Showtime Fun Productions was again the fabulous emcee, introducing the following showcase acts: Author Katie Davis, Jeff Friedman—StoryPlay & Monster Hunt, Miss Mary (Squicciarino) Creative Music and Movement for Children, Purple Rock Puppetry with Rolande Duprey, Historical Firsts Oral Tradition Program with Tammy Denease Richardson, The Wolf Conservation Center, Storyteller Rona Leventhal and Henry “The Juggler” Lappen, who also presented his “Birds in their Habitat” program.

Left: Susan Ei of Pequot Library, Rolande Duprey of Purple Rock Puppetry and Debbie Verrillo of Edward Smith Library in North Branford. Top right: Performer Tammy Denease Richardson talking with Martha Simpson of the Stratford Library Association.

If you missed this showcase, have no fear. You can learn more about these performers and hundreds of others in CLC’s Online Performers Catalog—a one-stop clearinghouse of educational and cultural programs for your library.

Above: Meg Lerchen of Fairfield Public Library and Bina Williams of Bridgeport Public Library.

Favorite Poem Project

Holiday Gift-Giving Guide

The Favorite Poem Project, co-sponsored by CLC and the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, is set to launch this January. Collaborators include librarians Beth Devlin of Wallingford PL, Carol Brown of New Haven PL, Jeanne Lawrence of New Haven's Benjamin Jepson Magnet School, Gail Hall of New Haven's Sheridan Magnet School, Nancy McNicol of Hamden PL, Sarah Shepherd of Clark Library in Bethany, and Maria Brandriff of Cheshire PL. Other partners include the Yale Bookstore, Albertus Magnus College, CT Humanities Council, Read to Grow, ACES, New Haven's Junta, Dwight Central Management Team, Bregamos Theater, Creative Arts Workshop, Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Office of Economic Development.

It's that time of year, and CLC's annual gift-giving guide is back to help you and your patrons/students survive it in literary style! Visit to download the lists of suggested books for children and teens, perfect for holiday gift-giving. You know there are no better holiday guides than these, as they are the sum of your Connecticut colleagues' recommendations for the best of the best in recent children's and YA literature. Thanks goes out to the over sixty member library staff who contributed this year. Happy shopping!

This is the third collaboration for this group, which began with the Big Read in 2007 and 2008. They jump-started the inaugural meeting for the Favorite Poem project with each partner's sharing a favorite poem. Thanks to a discount deal from, CLC contributed copies of An Invitation to Poetry, a New Favorite Poem Project Anthology edited by Robert Pinsky, the former U.S. Poet Laureate who initiated the Favorite Poem Project. Pinsky will appear at the CLA annual conference in New Haven on April 29, and will return for the Festival on the New Haven Green from June 13 to 27, the FPP's culminating event. Stay tuned as co-chairs Andria Matthews of IFAI ( and Deb Zulick of CLC ( coordinate more information about the activities planned by the FPP partners. It is not too late to join in, just contact Andria or Deb for more info or to be a part of it all!

Libraries “Go Green” The Middlesex County Community Foundation awarded CLC and 17 libraries a grant for $10,000 to “Go Green.” The libraries in Middlesex County will collaborate and cooperate on a public awareness campaign to develop, promote and host a series of free, educational “green” programming for citizens of Connecticut. Through this new partnership, county libraries will be able to share resources and ideas, and capitalize on publicity generated from a regional marketing effort, leveraging their local programming budgets.

Mark Your Calendar for This Event!

Connecticut Library Consortium CONNtext • December 2008

Trendspotting IV:

Board of Directors

Searching for the Best Search Tools

Roslyn Rubinstein, Chair Waterford Public Library

Carl Antonucci

Harry Jack Gray Conference Center University of Hartford

Capital Community College

Randi Ashton-Pritting University of Hartford Libraries

Friday, January 9, 2009 8:30 am - 4 pm

Bernadette Baldino Easton Public Library

Anita Barney The Brookfield Library

Gayle Bogel

Don't miss it! This will be a full day (including the always-wonderful lunch at the 1877 club!) with four of your colleagues who are helping to change the way we design and use technology in libraries so that our patrons (and ourselves!) can find what we are looking for.


y Marshall Breeding of Vanderbilt University will share early returns from his Perceptions 2008 International Library Automation Survey.

Candice Brown

y Joseph Lucia of Villanova University will give us an in-depth demonstration of VUFind.

New Britain Public Library

Susan Burke Griswold High School

Charles Marlor CCSU

Arthur Meyers Russell Library

Amy Plympton LIMRA

Sandra Ruoff Guilford Free Library

Keith Stetson Fairfield University

Amy Terlaga Bibliomation Janet Woycik Cyrenius H. Booth Library

Christine Bradley, Exec. Dir. Connecticut Library Consortium

y David Lindahl of University of Rochester is looking forward to presenting on the eXtensible Catalog project. y Roberta Woods of Franklin Pierce Law Center Library will discuss NELLCO's (New England Law Library Consortium) Universal Search Solution project, an alternative to traditional federated searching, funded by a grant from IMLS. y Sharon Brettschneider of the CT State Library and Randi Ashton-Pritting of UHart will give us updates on the Statewide ILS Taskforce, and on UHart's collaboration with WALDO's Open Source ILS solution.

The cost is $30 for CLC members and $60 for non-members. Sign up online at


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