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CSL Offers Records Management Training for State Agency Employees Wednesday, September 29, 2010

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The Connecticut State Library, Office of the Public Records Administrator, will be conducting records management training for RMLOs, Assistant RMLOs, and other interested state agency employees.

The training will be held on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Legislative Office Building (LOB) in Hartford.

Agency employees can register for the course online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XNV5DVX.

For more information, refer to http://www.cslib.org/publicrecords/opraevents.htm#Workshops_State.


New Artists Added to WPA Art Inventory Project Monday, September 27, 2010

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The Connecticut State Library has just added thirty four new artists to our online WPA Art Inventory Project.

In 1935 President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the Works Projects Administration (WPA) in order to put people back to work. For the first time in the nation’s history, the federal government hired hundreds of artists and paid them an hourly wage for art that was pleasing to the eye and that could inspire faith in democracy.

Thousands  black and white photographs were taken of local WPA artwork in the 1930’s. A few years ago, with funding from the General Assembly, the Connecticut State Library made scans of many of the photographs and since then CSL staff has worked to identify each piece using the artists’ work cards, allocation cards and biographical information.

You can find the resulting artist bios with a list of all known WPA artwork at the WPA Art Inventory Project, or you can go right to the images at our WPA Art Flickr site.

If you have any questions, stories, remembrances, or recent sightings, please contact Mark Jones at mjones@cslib.org or (860) 757-6511 .

Constitution Day at the Connecticut State Library Tuesday, September 7, 2010

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Wesley Horton, noted Attorney and Connecticut Constitutional Scholar, will speak on the differences between the United States Constitution and the Connecticut Constitution Thursday, September 16, 2010 from Noon to 12:45 p.m. at the Connecticut State Library, 231 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, in observance of Constitution Day. “Studying the Constitution of Connecticut is not like studying the Constitution of the United States. The latter created a government where previously there was none” according to Horton, author of The Connecticut State Constitution: A Reference Guide.

On display at the State Library’s Museum of Connecticut are the founding documents of Connecticut and the United States. In addition to the Fundamental Orders, the Royal Charter, the 1818 and 1965 State Constitutions are Connecticut’s copy of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. Horton is the opening speaker in the State Library’s 2010-2011 Third Thursday Brown Bag Speaker series. The program is free and open to the public. Constitution Day commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. Connecticut is celebrating its 375th annivesary and each 3rd Thursday program at the State Library will focus on important aspects and events relating to the state’s history. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Connecticut State Library and Supreme Court Building.

About the Speaker: Wesley Horton has appeared as appellate counsel, either at argument or on the brief, in hundreds of cases over a span of 36 years. He has participated in some of the most notable cases in the state, including the landmark condemnation case he successfully argued to the U.S. Supreme Court, Kelo v. New London, 545 U.S. 469 (2005), and the de facto school desegregation case he argued to the Connecticut Supreme Court, Sheff v. O’Neill, 238 Conn. 1 (1996).

Attorney Horton is a strong advocate for the Connecticut Constitution. He wrote the only published book on the Connecticut Constitution. He published and annotated the debates of 1818 Constitutional Convention, previously available only in newspaper articles published in 1818. He is also a scholar on the history of the Connecticut judiciary, having written The History of the Connecticut Supreme Court, published by Thomsen/West in 2008.

New Videos Show Patrons How to Fill Out Forms Wednesday, September 1, 2010

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The Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Libraries have produced two online videos that take you step-by-step through the process of filing an appearance and how to defend yourself in a civil lawsuit.

Staff here in law and legislative reference are excited about these new videos since many self represented parties come into the library seeking forms and assistance with filling them out. Since we are unable to interpret and practice law, we can’t advise people on how to fill them out. These videos are a great first step in what will be a series of self help instructional resources covering key procedural court filings.

Online instruction like this goes a long way toward complementing “how-to” assistance already provided by the Judicial Branch’s Court Service Centers located in key courthouses across the State.