Learn more about Anthrosource!

Anthrosource logoWelcome to our monthly Spotlight on E-Resources.  We at the Burritt Library hope to make your research easier by providing the inside information and tips and tricks to using our many resources.

This month we will be focusing on Anthrosource.  Find all of the great info here!

And join us for our short tutorials in the library! We will be holding live demonstrations for Anthrosource in the brand new conference room on the fourth floor of the library on the following days:

Wed. Jan. 20th Thurs. Jan. 21st Wed. Jan. 27th Thurs. Jan. 28th
10 a.m. 10 a.m. 10 a.m. 10 a.m.
3 p.m. 3 p.m. 3 p.m. 3 p.m.
7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.


Winter Session (2015-16) Library Hours

Our Winter Session (2015-2016) hours start on Monday, December 21st. These hours are Monday through Friday, 8am-4:45pm. We are CLOSED Saturdays and Sundays.

We are also CLOSED on Christmas, Friday, December 25th; New Year’s, Friday, January 1st; and Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, Monday, January 18th.

You can view all our hours online at library.ccsu.edu. Have a wonderful and joyous holiday season!



Win $350! 2016 Elihu Library Research Awards

2016 Elihu Library Research Awards

The Elihu Library Research Awards recognize excellence in undergraduate and graduate research papers/projects as well as skill and creativity in the application of library services, resources and collections.

Two prizes of $350 will be awarded, one to an undergraduate student and the other to a graduate student during the 2016 spring semester at the University Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD). Please note that for graduate students, this applies to class assignments and not the final program thesis/project. Also, this award is separate from others presented at URCAD.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be enrolled during the spring 2016 semester as a Central Connecticut State University undergraduate or graduate student at any level or discipline/major.
  • Have completed their research paper or project for a credit course during the spring, summer, or fall semesters in 2015.
  • Agree that the paper or project and application materials will become property of Elihu Burritt Library and may be publicly displayed in the library and/or library website.

    *The application forms and additional information can be found at: http://library.ccsu.edu/services/award/application.php

Application packets will be due March 14, 2016. For more information please, contact Susan Slaga-Metivier at slagas@ccsu.edu.



Fall 2015 Library Newsletter

The 19th volume of the Elihu Burritt Library’s Newsletter, covering Fall 2015, is now available at http://library.ccsu.edu/newsletter/fall15_newsletter.pdf

This issue highlights:

  • The library’s partnership with CCSU’s Institute for Technology and Business Development (at the New Britain downtown campus location) and its federally grant-funded TRiO Talent search program, supporting over 500 New Britain area high school students
  • Events held at the library this fall, including:
    • Trick-or-Treat Halloween-themed E-resources fair
    • “Making Historians at CCSU” Friends of the Library fundraiser featuring CCSU alumni, faculty members, and writers
    • Connecticut’s State Archaeology Fair
  • Selling, reusing, and recycling book donations through Better World Books
  • The newly-added Scopus abstract and index database of more than 22,000 peer-reviewed titles, covering sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, arts & the humanities
  • Library website redesign
  • iPad Lending program for students
  • The Robot in the Library
  • Better know a member of the library’s support staff – Alberto Cifuentes, Jr.
  • Donations made to the Friends of the Burritt Library
  • Thank you to the Connecticut Italian Caucus


Art Therapy and Mediation @ the Library

Hi all,

As part of Tension Prevention Week the library is offering Art Therapy and Guided Meditation this evening.

Art Therapy will be ongoing throughout the evening beginning at 5 p.m. on the first floor of the library.  There will be coloring books, crayons, markers, pencils set up.  So take a minute and head back to the good ole days when all that mattered was staying in the lines!

And then head up to the fourth floor, conference room, for our Guided Meditation with Dr. James Malley @ 6 p.m.  Meditation has proven very effective in relieving exam stress and calming the mind.  Meet us in the classroom and take advantage of all of the positive effects.

Lastly, we offer free Coffee and Cookies at 6 p.m. on the first floor of the library.  It’s first come, first served!



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?
Bit stressed finals
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!