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iCONN On Every Desktop Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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Connecticut Libraries:

iCONN On Every Desktop is a campaign to encourage all libraries to place a freely accessible image of iCONN on the desktop of every publicly accessible computer in the library in order to increase public awareness of iCONN.  The small image and instructions for downloading it to any computer desktop can be found at http://www.cslib.org/iconnsitemap/staff/iconndesktop.aspx.  The simple procedure takes less than a minute on each computer.  Once on the computer’s desktop, clicking on the image takes you directly to the iCONN.org landing page.  The image is essentially a shortcut link with a more identifiable appearance.  If you install the image on your home computer, because it is outside the library, it will take you to the iCONN login screen.

Why do this?

  • The state provides iCONN at no charge to all residents, schools and libraries in Connecticut, yet only a small percentage of Connecticut’s residents are aware that it exists, and fewer still are actually familiar with it. Putting this image on the desktop of every public access computer will increase iCONN’s visibility to library users.
  • iCONN delivers a wealth of online resources 24/7 with a statewide value estimated at over $32 million per year (what it would cost all libraries in Connecticut to individually subscribe to the same resources using local tax dollars).
  • Your patrons will appreciate the information.  It’s their tax dollars (over $2 million per year) at work.

iCONN is a service of the Connecticut State Library in partnership with local libraries.  We appreciate the efforts that all libraries make to promote  awareness of iCONN throughout the state.


Author of The Great Escape of Edward Whalley and William Goffe to Speak at the Connecticut State Library Wednesday, October 10, 2012

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Book Cover Chris Pagliuco, Historian and Educator, will be at the Connecticut State Library, 231 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, Thursday October 18, 2012 from Noon to 12:45 to discuss his new book, The Great Escape of Edward Whalley and William Goffe: Smuggled Through Connecticut. Pagliuco’s book is a carefully researched account of two regicides, William Goffee and Edward Whalley who fled England after killing the tyrannical King of England. Pagliuco’s talk is part of the State Library and Museum of Connecticut History’s Third Thursday BrownBag Lunchtime speaker series which features a variety of speakers on various aspects of Connecticut history. All programs are free and open to the public.

Thursday, October 18, 2012
Noon – 12:45
Connecticut State Library ~ Memorial Hall

About the Speaker:  Chris Pagliuco is a freelance writer who specializes in seventeenth-century colonial history. His interest in the regicides originated in his graduate studies in history at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He teaches high school history in Madison, Connecticut, and serves as town historian in Essex, Connecticut, and on the editorial team of Connecticut Explored, a quarterly history publication. He lives with his wife, two daughters and two dogs in Ivoryton, Connecticut.

About the State Library: The Connecticut State Library is an Executive Branch agency of the State of Connecticut. The State Library provides a variety of library, information, archival, public records, museum, and administrative services to citizens of Connecticut, as well as the employees and officials of all three branches of State government. The Connecticut State Archives and the Museum of Connecticut History are components of the State Library.

State Library Catalog (CONSULS) Unavailable Friday, October 5th Tuesday, October 2, 2012

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The State Library online system (CONSULS) will be down for an upgrade this Friday, October 5th beginning at 2:00 pm. The process should take approximately two hours. We apologize for the inconvenience.

October is Connecticut Archives Month Tuesday, October 2, 2012

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Governor Dannel P. Malloy has issued a proclamation recognizing October 2012 as Connecticut Archives Month.  This annual event is an opportunity to raise awareness about the value of Connecticut’s historical records and archives as well as the archivists who oversee them.  The Connecticut State Historical Records Advisory Board has led the initiative on Connecticut Archives Month since 2005.

The Connecticut State Historical Records Advisory Board, with its co-sponsors Conservation ConneCTion and COSTEP-CT, has produced its second poster promoting Archives Month.  In addition to being Archives Month, October is also Fire Prevention Month.  The theme for the 2012 poster is Protect our cultural heritage. Don’t let our history go up in smoke!  The poster is funded by a grant awarded to the Connecticut State Library from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) on behalf of the Advisory Board.

Connecticut Archives Month poster

The State Library is distributing the poster free of charge to public and academic libraries, town clerks, historical societies, museums, and firehouses across the state.  If individuals or other groups who would like a copy may contact Mark Jones at the e-mail address below.

The Advisory Board and its co-sponsors are urging local historical societies, museums, public libraries and archives repositories across the state to draw up disaster preparedness/recovery plans.  These plans should include a pre-fire planning tour by the local fire department.

For the third consecutive year, the State Library will post announcements of activities by historical societies, museums, libraries and archives on its website. If your organization is planning to host an Archives Month event, workshop, conference, or exhibit, please contact State Archivist Mark H. Jones at mark.h.jones@ct.gov.

For more information and resources about American Archives Month visit the SAA American Archives Month 2012 website and the Council of State Archivists American Archives Month website.


Good Books and Service Too! Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Monday, October 1, 2012

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Good Books and Service Too!  Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

LBPH Individuals who are unable to read standard print or hold a book may continue their love of reading through a national network of braille and talking-book libraries throughout the United States. Patrons of these libraries may browse the collections of braille and audiobooks provided by the Library of Congress talking-book program. Eligible adults and children may drop in and pick up their selections or receive them at no cost through the mail. Hundreds of fiction and nonfiction titles are available. Bestsellers, classics, westerns, romances, biographies, and political commentaries can be found on the shelves. Popular magazines such as US News and World Report and People Weekly are also available. The  books and the easy-to-use playback equipment are provided on loan free of charge. There is something for every eligible individual at your local braille and talking-book library!

To learn more about this service contact:

Connecticut State Library
Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
198 West Street
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
(860) 721-2020
1-800-842-4516 (in CT only)
Fax: (860) 721-2056
Website: http://www.cslib.org/lbph.htm
E-mail: csl.lbph@ct.gov NLS Website: http://www.loc.gov/nls
Hours: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Monday – Friday