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Digital Day for CCSU Faculty & Staff

Please join the Elihu Burritt Library staff for discussion on current digital projects and services available at the library.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
2-4 pm in the Connecticut Room (Memorial Hall)

Please R.S.V.P.


2:00 pm Opening address from Dr. Carl Antonucci, Library Director and refreshments

2:15 pm Rob Favini from OCLC will speak about OCLC’s report “At a Tipping Point: Education, Learning and Libraries”.
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3:05 pm A “lightening round” panel presentation featuring Burritt librarians and David Oyanadel (IDTRC) discussing current
digital projects and services available at the library.

3:45 pm Q&A Session

This event is cosponsored by the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development.

Ebenezer D. Bassett (1833-1908)

Ebenezer D. Bassett is the first African American who graduated from the New Britain Normal School in 1853. Mr. Bassett was an educator, an influential activist in the anti-slavery movement, and the first U.S. African American diplomat as the Minister Resident to Haiti.
The exhibit consists of archival materials from the University Archives and a display from the Derby Historical Society.
The exhibit is on view on the 2nd floor of the Burritt Library.

Warsaw Rising 1944 – lecture and exhibit

On Thursday, October 2nd, 2014, Dr. Michael Peszke will deliver a lecture entitled, The 70th Anniversary of the End of the Warsaw Rising. Dr. Peszke is a historian of the Polish Armed Forces in World War II. The lecture is sponsored by the Polish Studies Program, and will start at 7:00pm in the Burritt Library, Special Collections Room, located on the 2nd Floor. The exhibit is available for viewing on the 2nd floor of the library and consists of material related to the Uprising from the library Polish Heritage Collection.
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Glimpses from Our Past: Connecticut State Normal School & Teachers College of Connecticut

Graduates - 1887Please visit the Burritt Library and enjoy the exhibit on the 2nd floor. The new exhibit contains material from the University Archives and illustrates the beginning of CCSU, which in 1849 was the State Normal School and in 1933 became Teachers College of Connecticut. You can trace the history through collections of photographs of students, faculty and administrators; early publications of curriculum, student papers and alumni records. Sporting events programs and related memorabilia are also on display. The exhibit is open during library hours and will run through the end of August.
For more information contact special collections Dpt. at 860 832-2085

New Exhibit: Jan Karski’s Mission for Humanity

Consul General of the Republic of Poland in the Burritt Library June 3rd

The S.A. Blejwas Endowed Chair of Polish Studies Program at CCSU sponsors an exhibit:

The World Knew: Jan Karski’s Mission for Humanity

Jan Karski (24 April 1914 – 13 July 2000) was a Polish World War II resistance movement fighter and later professor at Georgetown University. In 1942 and 1943 Karski reported to the Polish government in exile and the Western Allies on the situation in German-occupied Poland,and the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto, and the secretive German-Nazi extermination camps.

The exhibit is on view from May 14th, 2014 till June 30th, 2014

Elihu Burritt Library, 2nd Floor, CCSU, New Britain, CT

On Tuesday, June 3rd at 7:00p.m. there will be a special talk in the library by Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka, Consul General of the Republic of Poland.

The exhibit is available for viewing during library opening hours.

The exhibit is organized by the Jan Karski Educational Foundation, was created by the Polish History Museum. Funding was provided by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with additional funding from the National Endowment for Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition publication do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information contact Special Collections at 860 832-2085 or

See Burritt Library’s new Logo!!

The Elihu Burritt Library had a logo contest in the Spring of 2014. The library logo had to be recognizable across campus and to our outside audience. We wanted it to reflect the mission, culture and values of our library and the university.
What sets apart a great logo from a not so great one has to do with perception. It is the moment between looking at the logo and getting the message it conveys.

We received a variety of creative submissions. The library marketing committee, in cooperation with the CCSU Marketing and Communication department, selected a logo by Steven Janiga. Steven is majoring in Graphic Design and currently working at the CCSU Student Center doing Graphics and Web designs.

The new logo will be used online, in print, on publications and in displays. The winning logo represents all the qualities we were looking for.
Thank you to all participants and thank you Steven!


Tonight! Open Mic & Poetry Slam

April is a National Poetry Month and the Burritt Library celebrates with an Open Mic and Poetry Slam event on Tuesday, April 8th at 5:30 p.m., 2nd floor. Come and sign up or just listen to your fellow students, bring  a song or a poem you’ve written, or not!  And stay for 6:30 pm for the performance of Cross-fluence with Gaslight Arkestra.


For more information please contact: or vickreyr@ccsu.educross-fluence


Declaration for the Right to Libraries campaign

Carl Antonucci, Director of Library Services, serves as coordinator for the state of Connecticut for the Declaration for the Right to Libraries campaign. Below is his article from the Bristol Press and an opinion piece from the New Britain Herald.

The Bristol Press 03/09/2014:

SCENE AT CCSU: Declare your right to a library, By Carl Antonucci, Director, CCSU’s Elihu Burritt Library

“The American Library Association has developed a national campaign called the Declaration for the Right to Libraries. Each state library association has been asked to help, and I am very proud to be serving as the Declaration for the Right to Libraries coordinator for the state of Connecticut.

The declaration will provide an opportunity to show our citizens how valuable libraries are and to ask them to demonstrate their support for libraries by signing their names to the declaration.

Libraries really do change lives and empower our users by supporting literacy and lifelong learning.

CCSU’s Elihu Burritt Library strives to satisfy the 21st century learning and research needs of its learners by facilitating knowledge creation and inspiring intellectual curiosity and learning across all ages.
The declaration reads: In the spirit of the United States Declaration of Independence and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we believe that libraries are essential to a democratic society.

Every day, in countless communities across our nation and the world, millions of children, students and adults use libraries to learn, grow and achieve their dreams. In addition to a vast array of books, computers and other resources, library users benefit from the expert teaching and guidance of librarians and library staff to help expand their minds and open new worlds. We declare and affirm our right to quality libraries — public, school, academic, and special — and urge you to show your support by signing your name to the Declaration for the Right to Libraries.

Libraries empower the individual. Libraries support literacy and lifelong learning.

Libraries strengthen families.

Libraries are the great equalizer.

Libraries build communities. Libraries protect our right to know.

Libraries strengthen our nation. Libraries advance research and scholarship.

Libraries help us to better understand each other. Libraries preserve our nation’s cultural heritage.

Please join me in showing your support for libraries by participating in one of the signing ceremonies that we will be organizing in the next few months.

You can also go online to show your support at

And the opinion piece from the New Britain Herald 03/10/2014:

OUR VIEW: Local libraries play a special role in our lives

Did you happen to see your invitation — in Monday’s paper — to declare your right to libraries?

Carl Antonucci, director of Central Connecticut State University’s Elihu Burritt Library, says that this national campaign by the American Library Association is our opportunity to demonstrate support for libraries by signing our names to the declaration.
Longtime readers, of course, know that we are huge supporters of local libraries for all they do for our citizens, young and old.
As Antonucci says, “libraries really do change lives and empower our users by supporting literacy and lifelong learning.” Town libraries do that through offerings for children, often encouraging parents to bring in their little ones even before they can walk. Once they’ve graduated from pre-school gatherings, the kids sign on for the summer reading program, encouraged by their school librarian and enabled by the city’s stock of on-the-list books. And, while they’re in the building, the young people can pick up their favorite movie or (don’t tell Mom) an age-appropriate video game or two.

Teens and, in some libraries, tweens usually have their own spot, a place where quality books compete with the ever-present electronic gadgets they bring with them. But that’s okay. A lot of libraries offer Wi-Fi.

Libraries serve adults by providing the latest books, of course, but also through special programming, book clubs and, for the last five years, by providing job hunting assistance through newspapers with Help Wanted sections, dozens of books that advise about how to get that first interview and computers that connect to the Internet to fill out those online job applications.

And one more thing we noted in Mr. Antonucci’s article: “Libraries are the great equalizer,” he writes.

You don’t have to be rich to take advantage of any of these programs — to share in all of these intellectual riches. The books, movies, music and games are there to borrow and to share with neighbors. The programs are open to everyone living in your town. The wise advice and guidance from the librarians come at no cost (yes, of course — unless you are a homeowner. But the library’s slice of your property taxes is so small, no one complains.)

So let’s join the movement.

As Antonucci wrote: “We declare and affirm our right to quality libraries — public, school, academic and special!”

Join us!