LE@D: Ten Tips for Writing Well
These days so much of our communication happens by email, texting, websites, blogs, and wikis that writing is more important than ever. Author Claudia Sorsby states, “In cyberspace, your writing style is your voice.”
Writing clear, concise communications will set you apart from the majority of people who produce careless, confusing, [...]
Technology has the potential to change individual lives and entire communities when people have effective access to use it. As our global society becomes increasingly more diverse and dependent on technological innovations to access, connect, and participate in the digital economy, accessibility cannot be an afterthought or bolt-on solution to products [...]
Can’t get away to attend classroom workshops? Starting July 1, WebJunction Connecticut began offering over 300 free, self-paced online courses without any registration limits. Affiliated members who go to Courses and log in can browse through the course listing. There is also a Course catalog (PDF). There are many courses specifically for librarians, as well [...]
The Connecticut State Library compiles Interlibrary Loan statistics from academic, special, and public libraries. Previously we did this on a monthly basis, but for FY2011 we are just asking libraries to provide year-end statistics.
Academic and special libraries should use this report form.
Public libraries will report their ILL statistics on the Annual Report [...]
*Would you like to do more with less?
*Have less staff, money, or time than you would like at your library?
*Considered partnering with other organizations to expand your resources?
Being the Lone Ranger might look fun on TV, but in the library it may lead to staff burnout and limited programming. Forming strong community [...]
Did you know you can find . . .
*Where the best county is to look for a job in your field – – complete with the recent number of new hires and starting salaries?
*How many businesses are owned by women in your area?
*A thorough explanation of poverty (including poverty thresholds, the [...]
*Do print books alone meet the diverse needs of your community?
*How can library staff manage the logistics of non-traditional library materials, like guitars and eReaders?
*How can partnerships help with funding and/or implementation of these new collections?
Are you interesting in engaging a new segment of your community? By introducing Killer Collections, featuring non-traditional items [...]
Allowing the public to contribute to, comment on and otherwise engage with your library’s website content can be a scary thought, fraught with bogeymen real and imagined, lined with both success and horror stories, and seemingly paved with difficult policy decisions. But it really doesn’t have to be that way. Eli [...]
Statement posted to Conntech, July 15, 2011
The Governor has submitted his Budget Balancing Plan to the legislature. It includes substantial cuts to the State Library’s budget. We will be cut by approximately one quarter or $2,760,034.
The reductions include:
A substantial reduction in State Library personnel (10 positions)
A substantial reduction in operating expenses
Over one-half reduction [...]
Information on completing the 2011 Annual Report and Application for State Aid has just gone out by e-mail to all public library directors. If you are a library director who did not receive this information, please let me know.
The Annual Report is critical for state and national data gathering on public libraries. The link above [...]