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A century ago American women marched and organized, too…

The Suffragist,  a journal conceived by Alice Paul (1885-1977), an American suffragist, feminist, and women’s rights activist is on display in the Library, 2nd floor, until January 26.

Alice Paul was the main leader and strategist of the 1910s campaign for the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which prohibits sex discrimination in the right to vote.

It was launched on November 15, 1913 as the official organ for her Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage.

Rheta Childe Dorr (1866-1948) was listed as its first editor, and its focus was to lead the charge for a Federal Amendment, subordinating all other issues to this goal.

The Suffragist often used a front-page cartoon, drawn by Nina Allender (1873-1957), whose drawings were to have considerable impact.

When the Congressional Union evolved into the National Woman’s Party in 1916, The Suffragist came along, and continued to be a powerful voice for suffrage throughout the war.

It ceased publication after the passage of the Federal Amendment in 1920.

The journal is available in Special Collections, 2nd floor of the Library.

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Welcome to the New CentralSearch!

As many have noticed, we now have new CentralSearch that will be taking the place of our old CentralSearch and CONSULS.  Library staff are working hard to get the new system to provide the same services that CONSULS has provided faculty, staff, and students for many years.  We had hoped to be able to provide faculty and staff more time to make the necessary adjustments to your courses but unfortunately the timeline for the implementation was such that we were unable to do it before the semester begins.

Please be on the look out for more information about CentralSearch and the new systems development as we are making plans to conduct user focus groups and finding other ways to reach out to faculty, staff, and students for feedback and suggestions to improve the user experience.  We will also be making plans to provide training sessions to help everyone through the transition to the new system.

  • Please submit your materials for Course Reserves as soon as possible so that we can make every effort to make them available before the start of classes.
  • As you are making plans for library instruction, please make sure to mention to library staff any concerns or questions you have about CentralSearch so that they can be addressed before the instruction session.
  • Continue to use Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) to request any materials that are not available here at CCSU, a formal announcement will be made when the Request functionality in CentralSearch has been fully implemented. Materials will continue to be sent from the other campuses with the same turnaround time of approximately three days.
  • If you are having an issue and would like to report a technical issue with CentralSearch or any of our eResources, please submit it through this link: http://ccsu.libanalytics.com/tw.php?i=721&d=478&w=347
  • You can find the link to enter a technical support ticket can be found at the bottom of the library website.
  • **ALSO OF NOTE, there is a new sign in to authenticate users:

    CCSU users will be prompted to authenticate (access resources from off-campus, view library account, etc.) with the following screen:

     

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  • To sign in, use your BlueNet username and append @ccsu.edu to it.  Your password will be your current BlueNet password.

    Please let us know what we can do to help you!

    Contacts:

    eResources: Kristin D’Amato (x22074) or Sarah Lawson (x22076)

    CentralSearch: Sharon Clapp (x22059)

    Course Reserves: Jamie Ortiz (x23406) or Kim Farrington (x23403)

    “My Library Account”: Kim Farrington (x23403)

    Any other questions: Dana Hanford (x22058)

Elihu Burritt’s Birthday Party – Thursday, December 8 @2PM!

Please join us on Thursday, December 8 @ 2PM

Special Collections room on the 2nd floor of the Library

Birthday cake and punch will be served!

The Library will celebrate its Patron’s birthday with a reading of poetry about him and a presentation by first recipient of the Burritt Family Scholarship.

Elihu Burritt was born in New Britain on December 8, 1810.  He was a citizen of the world, linguist, abolitionist, reformer, peace activist and penny postage advocate.  President Abraham Lincoln appointed him as Consular Agent to Birmingham, England.

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The Elihu Burritt Library Text Book Fund!

The Elihu Burritt Library is committed to support the educational needs of students. By purchasing additional copies of required textbooks, the library hopes to relieve some of the financial burden of students. CCSU students frequently skip or defer a class because of course material costs and many go without required textbooks. Students are also faced with the decision between purchasing a text book, paying rent, or buying groceries. A textbook for a single course might cost up to $500!

This fund aims to alleviate some of that burden for the most financially needy students by supporting their academic endeavors. These textbooks will be available on reserve to all students during library opening hours.

Your gift to the Burritt Library Text Book Fund can help not just one student but the entire class!

For more information and to make a donation go to: www.ccsu.edu/textbookfund

Or contact Renata Vickrey directly at vickreyr@ccsu.edu

Hashtag #textbook fund #BurrittLibrary #GivingTuesday

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A New Year … A New Look!

Some exciting changes are coming to CENTRALSearch in January 2017.   The Library’s main discovery portal will be getting a new look, some added functionality, and access to even more great physical resources.

Over the past year, librarians and staff throughout the CSCU system and the Connecticut State Library have been working to join forces and data in order to migrate together to a new shared library management system.  Many cross-institutional teams were formed and are currently hard at work to ensure that the new system will deliver the best user experience possible to our patrons.   The consolidated database will provide increased access to and delivery of physical resources at all the state universities, community colleges, and the Connecticut State Library.

More information about this endeavor will be forthcoming.  Please watch the library’s website (http://library.ccsu.edu/) for more details!

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“Enigma – Decipher Victory”

An exhibit dedicated to the Polish cryptologists who broke the Enigma on display in the Elihu Burritt Library until November 15, 2016

The exhibit tells the story of the contribution that Polish mathematicians made to braking the Enigma code, Germany’s highly sophisticated cipher used for sending classified messages. Their names are: Jerzy Rozycki, Henryk Zygalski and Marian Rejewski. The Enigma code was generated by a machine invented by a German scientist at the end of WWI.  Several countries had teams working to try to break the code, but they had met with little success. It wasn’t until the three Polish mathematicians joined the Polish General Staff’s Cipher Bureau in Warsaw in the early 1920’s that progress was made. Later, in early 1939, two British codebreakers from Bletchley Park, Alastair Denniston and Dilly Knox, met with members of the Polish Cipher Bureau at a secret facility near Warsaw to share information about the Enigma code. In addition, theoretical mathematician Alan Turing, also from Bletchley Park, met with the Polish codebreakers. Their collaboration led to the development of a machine capable of breaking the more complex codes used by Germans during WWII.

To read more about the Enigma please check:

Breaking the code by Hugh Whitemore

Enigma : how the Poles broke the Nazi code by Władysław Kozaczuk & Jerzy Straszak

Codebreakers : the inside story of Bletchley Park by F.H. Hinsley, Alan Stripp

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Open-Ended A Book Talk

Please join us for book presentation sponsored by

the Modern language Department and the Elihu Burritt Library

Open-Ended by Prof. A. Pablo Iannone, Department of Philosophy

Wednesday, October 26, 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Elihu Burritt Library, Special Collections Room 2nd floor

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Ebenezer Don Carlos Bassett

The Elihu Burritt Library is celebrating the Ebenezer D. Bassett Day with a display of archival materials and other publications related to Ebenezer D. Bassett, the first African American student who attended New Britain Normal School (presently CCSU) in 1852-1853.

The display is available for viewing on the 3rd floor during the library’s opening hours.

This year the Bassett Day celebration, organized by the Ebenezer D. Bassett Committee, will take place on Monday October 17, from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. in Bellin Gallery, Student Center.

For more information please go to: http://www.ccsu.edu/bassett/index.html

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