Sisterhood of the Lost Girls Video on 9/24

The Sisterhood of the Lost Girls: Finding Their Way through Burritt Library

Wednesday, September 24
Special Collections Room, Burritt Library, Second Floor


Watch the new video about two CCSU students who get trapped in Burritt Library overnight. Does a ghost really live there???? What’s in that building anyway???!!!
Show times:
4:05 pm
4:25 pm
4:45 pm
(Running time: approximately 10 minutes)
Refreshments will be served.
Students – enter to win raffle prizes!

Bee-ware!

For the safety of all library visitors, we ask that you avoid STACKS 7 & 8 (bound periodicals) while we deal with the bees who have taken up residence in the library. We hope to have the problem resolved within the next week. If you need bound periodicals, please consult with our Reference staff at the 3rd and 4th floor Information Desks.

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The New Face of Interlibrary Loan!

Today, September 2, 2008, the process of requesting materials through the  Interlibrary Loan office has changed.
 
How will this affect you?  The first time you request a book not in the CSU system or an article from any other library, you will be prompted to create an account in ILLiad, our new management software. 

This account will allow you to:
•       Keep track of all of your data, so you will not have to rekey this information every time you place a request.
•       Quickly change your email if needed
•       View your electronic documents
•       Track the status of your requests
•       Request renewals. 

When placing any subsequent requests the only thing you will need to do is log into your account.
We hope you enjoy this new innovation to help you manage your research requests.

Proquest Research Databases – Trial access!

Greetings! Those of you in and around Library Land already know that we regularly arrange for trial access to new research databases. Doing this offers you, our library patrons, a chance to check out the content and “kick the tires” as it were… I’m excited to announce that we’re kicking off the academic year in high style with two great offerings from Proquest: Dissertations & Theses (Full-text Dissertations!!!) and Accounting & Tax Standards. Trial access will be available through September 25th. Please tell us what you think!

Video Being Filmed at Burritt Library on 8/25

Hello Everyone!

I’m very excited to announce that CCSU Media Center will be filming a video to help students find their way around the Burritt Library. ( It will have a ghost/horror type theme). The filming will take place on Monday, August 25 from 12:00 pm – 4:45 pm.  Please be advised that some areas in the library may be closed off for short periods of time. Some patron computers may not be available, and lights may be turned off from time to time.  Also if you happen to be using the library that day and need to be near the filming, please keep the noise down. I’m sorry– I don’t mean to be one of those librarians that says “ssshhh”, but in this case it’s needed.  If you have any questions, please contact me, Susan Slaga at 832-2095 or slagas@ccsu.edu.  Thank you in advance.

Library Hours for August

If you’re like me, then you’re in utter disbelief that August is already upon us! The hubbub of summer sessions has subsided as we simultaneously gear up for the fall! This current state of being is reflected in our reduced hours of operation during the month of August. We’ll be open to the public weekdays from 8am – 5pm.  Come visit us, and enjoy the rest of summer!

Texting Feature in CONSULS

Ok, so by now many of you have discovered our latest CONSULS hack– the ability to send a call number and location information in the form of a text message. I think it’s pretty spiffy and hope you like it too. When people ask why I enjoy working in libraries one of the first things that jumps to mind is the culture of cooperation and sharing which exists in library land from the smallest consortia, like CONSULS, to endeavors on a mind-boggling scale like OCLC’s resource sharing. This texting feature was developed by the Tripod Library Consortium (Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges) as an add-on to the Innovative Interfaces Webpac Pro library catalog… and they were kind enough to share their source code so that other sites running the same system could benefit. I just adapted it to suit our local needs. Here’s to you guys!

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Volunteering in NOLA

Sarah with the floor sander

I returned recently from a trip to the great city of New Orleans. The main objective of the trip was to help rebuild houses in the Lower Ninth Ward, an area that was ravaged by floods in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.This area was particularly hard hit, and many residents had water up to their rooftops. Two and a half years later most of the area is still in need of repair and since only 10% of the population has returned, much of the area feels like a ghost town.

We (my husband and I) were able to volunteer with an organization called lowernine.org, which is a non-profit group that assists with placing volunteers in area homes that need repair, along with offering assistance to the homeowners of the area.The amazing people of this organization also provide a place to sleep and food to eat to their many volunteers. In addition they teach volunteers the skills they need to drywall or frame buildings or whatever may arise. I was able to learn how to tile floors and backsplashes while I was there.

The best part of the whole experience was getting to meet the homeowners.One morning I was dropped off at one of the houses, and was immediately greeted with a giant hug and thank you by a lovely woman whose home was near completion. On another occasion, I witnessed an owner start to well up with tears as the realization that he and his family would soon be able to move back into their home dawned on him. On the whole it was a fantastic experience, and I am hoping to go back for some more renovation projects in October.

You can find out more at www.lowernine.org

If you would like to see the photos let me know!