Burritt Library is about research, collaboration, innovation, technology and 3-D printing!

SCENE @ CCSU: Learn to be an innovator

Published in New Britain Herald, Sunday December 6, 2015.

By Rick Mullins, Director Institute for Technology & Business Development, CCSU

Inspiring the next generation in STEM innovation, product development, and entrepreneurialism is the goal of CCSU’s “Be an Innovator” program. The first group of participants, involving 25 New Britain high school students and CCSU students, is about to complete the 60-hour, intensive course held at the university’s new Education & Innovation Center located at the downtown campus.

“Be an Innovator” is the result of a collaboration between CCSU’s Elihu Burritt Library, TRiO Educational Talent Search (a federally-funded initiative based at CCSU offering support and guidance for under-represented students to complete high school and pursue higher education), and CCSU’s Institute of Technology & Business Development.

Throughout the course, students become familiar with the process of 3D printing and design, open source software, computer coding, information literacy, database patent and intellectual property research, and the creation a webserver with a Raspberry PI.

The TRiO students, coming from New Britain High School, EC Goodwin Tech, and magnet high schools, are led by TRiO Program Director Thomas Menditto and are tutored by CCSU undergraduates representing multiple disciplines at the University. The building of relationships between the CCSU and high school students helps the younger students gain confidence in building departmental and peer relationships when choosing a college major.

Carl Antonucci, library director, and his staff were key in the preparation, design, and delivery of the program. Sharon Clapp, Susan Slaga-Metiver, Briana McGuckin, Martha Kruy, and Steven Bernstein each delivered a unique component to the education and innovation segment of the class.

The Burritt Library wants all students to think of the library as an innovative business, research, and science resource for product design, research, validation, and model production. In doing so, the library becomes a resource to enhance classroom learning. In addition, current students on campus will gain a broader knowledge of resources on both campuses for their educational development.

The success that has been realized in the implementation of this program is leading CCSU ITBD to offer this program to the public in an open-enrollment, non-credit format in the spring of 2016.

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Puppy Therapy @ 1 Today!!!

This just in!  Angus the Belgian Tervuren will be on the first floor of the library today at 1 pm!  Come down and take a moment to unwind and Paws for relaxation.

And don’t forget Jesse the Black Lab will be here at 5:45 this evening as well! Check out our other Tension Prevention week activities here.



Relax and Refresh with Puppies, Cookies, and More!

Are you getting a tad stressed out with Final exams and papers
that you’re starting to look something like this?
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Worry no more!

The Elihu Burritt Library hosts Tension Prevention Week:
Monday, December 7-Wednesday, December 9!

Monday, December 7 (both events on 1st Floor):
– 5:45pm: Paws for Relaxation, with our favorite Therapy Dog, Jesse
– 6pm: FREE Coffee and Cookies (First come, first serve)!

Tuesday, December 8:
– 5pm: Art Therapy Night (FREE coloring books and markers!)

(1st Floor)
– 6pm: Guided Meditation (3rd Floor Curriculum Lab Classroom) &
FREE Coffee and Cookies (1st Floor) (First come, first serve!)

Wednesday, December 9:
– 4pm: Guided Meditation (3rd Floor Curriculum Lab Classroom)
6pm: FREE Coffee and Cookies (1st Floor) (First come, first serve!)

Relax and Refresh with Puppies, Cookies, and More Fun,
Courtesy of Your Friends at the Elihu Burritt Library!



Thanksgiving Break Hours for the Library

The library will be OPEN on Wednesday, Nov. 25, from 8am-4:45pm.

However, this is likely to change, so please call the Circulation Desk at 860-832-3410 to get the most up-to-date hours.

The library will be CLOSED Thursday, Nov. 26-Sunday, Nov. 29 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. We re-open normal hours on Monday. Nov. 30.

You can view all our hours online at http://library.ccsu.edu/calendar. Thank you, and have a wonderful holiday!


Temporary location of Special Collections and ISAR

Due to HVAC renovation the offices located on the 2nd floor of the Library, Special Collections and ISAR- Information Systems and Resources, have moved to the Confucius Institute area on the 4th floor. We will be in this temporary location till end of March, 2016.

Materials located in Special Collections will not be available during renovations.  However we still provide access to University Archives, GLBTQ Archives and Connecticut Polish American Archives.

ISAR provides the same services, also 3-D printing assistance is available.

Telephone numbers are the same.


Jstor access is back


Access to Jstor has returned!  Thank you again for your patience!


Jstor is still undergoing an outage.  We recently received this message from them:

We are continuing to make progress restoring full access to JSTOR.  Users should be able to search, browse, and access most journal articles and primary sources on www.jstor.org. Access to books as well as journal content published in the most recent few years may be intermittent.  If you need help, please feel free to email us at support@jstor.org.

We will let you know when the issue is resolved and again, thank you for your patience.


Trick or Treat at the Library is Back!

The Trick or Treat E-Resources Fair is back at the Burritt Library this year and better than ever!

Visit us on Tuesday October 27th from 1-4  p.m. where you can get all of your Halloween candy and treats like cider and donuts, while you learn about the e-resources that the library has to offer.  In addition, you have a chance to win great prizes, with a grand prize of a brand new KINDLE  HD 8!!!

For full details on the event including a list of all the prizes, visit http://library.ccsu.edu/wp/trick-or-treat/.
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