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2018 Elihu Burritt Library Research Awards

The Elihu Burritt 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. A prize of $350 will be awarded to an undergraduate and graduate student during the 2018 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.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be enrolled during the spring 2018 semester as a Central Connecticut State University student at any class level or discipline/major.
  • Have completed their research paper or project for a credit course during the spring, summer, or fall semesters in 2017.
  • Agree that the paper or project and application materials will be publicly displayed in the library’s online collections.

For more information please go to:


or contact Susan Slaga-Metivier at Application packets will be due on February 26, 2018.


Cross-Culture Courage: Connecticut’s Response to WW I

Please join us for presentations and opening reception

World War I Exhibit

Friday, November 17, 2017

from 4:30 – 6:30 pm

in the Elihu Burritt Library, 1st floor


“To Fight for Italy, to Fight for America: For Italians in Connecticut, It was a Fight for Liberty.”

Presenters: Dr. Carl Antonucci & Kenneth DiMaggio

“Polish Americans in Connecticut in World War I”

Dr. M.B. Biskupski & Renata Vickrey

“Connecticut in World War I”

Christine Pittsley, Project Director

Remembering World War One

The event is sponsored by the Veterans History Project, O’Neill Endowed Chair and the Burritt Library.

Refreshments will be served.  Free and open to the public.

For more information please contact Eileen Hurst: or 860 832-2976

Equipment for loan available at the circulation desk!

iPads7 day loan, one 7 day renewal

Kindles: 14 day loan, one 14 day renewal

Calculators: Scientific calculators and Graphing calculators (Texas Instruments:  TI84plus) :  Four hour loan, no renewals

Chargers/chords: Two hour loan, no renewal, Library Use Only

Android Micro USB Wall Charger

Apple Charging/synching cable

Apple 30-pin to USB cable

White board/markers and erasers: Four hour loan, no renewal, Library Use Only

The Best of Italy – Photos

The Italian Resource Center, The Elihu Burritt Library and the Modern Language Department sponsored the event

It was indeed a day of celebration of Italian music, dance, history and of course food!  Enjoy the photos.

Carmela Pesca, Maria Passaro, Carl Antonucci

 Carlo Magno

Maria Passaro and Gilbert Gigliotti

Carmela Pesca and Richard Balducci

Maria Passaro and Representative Joseph Serra

 Dr. Anthony Tamburri



Elihu Burritt Library faculty help future young engineers!

Three of our librarians recently participated in the Young Engineers Summer STEM Workforce and Development Program run by CCSU ITBD in which students from middle and high school were taught aspects of product invention and how to use CAD Imaging and 3D printing/modeling. Martha Kruy, our instructional/reference librarian, taught students how to conduct research about their ideas and about the intricacies of intellectual property rights. Students learned about the patent process using academic databases and Google Patents. Sharon Clapp, digital resources librarian, taught students how to write code and program Raspberry Pis mini-computers. Nicole Rioux, reference librarian, was helping with the research part of this very worthwhile event.

This type of outreach work is fundamental to the library’s mission of engaging all communities, those on and off campus regardless of age. Library faculty have a lot to offer. Thank you Martha, Sharon and Nicole.

On Wednesday, August 9th the graduation ceremony was held in the Elihu Burritt Library, students were joined by the program organizers, teachers, librarians and family members.

More information about the STEM Program:



Exhibit – Bertrand Russell as a Public Intellectual: War, Peace and Social Reconstruction


The new exhibit about Bertrand Russell consists of original pamphlets and related items, with annotations, from a private collection of Dr. David Blitz.

It includes also books from regular circulating Library collection.

The exhibit accompanies the annual meeting of the Bertrand Russell Society, which will take place June 3 – 4, in Memorial Hall, CCSU

The exhibit is located on the 2nd floor of the Library till June 30th.


Thank you to the Friends of the Burritt Library!

On Friday, April 28th many of us gathered at the Elihu Burritt Library to say thank you to our wonderful library donors and supporters. Faculty, staff, students and members of the community were in attendance. It was an evening of conversation about the importance of accessing library materials and textbook affordability, sharing stories and laughter over food and drink, and a toast to the success of the library by President Dr. Zulma Toro. This was followed by an fascinating presentation by Anthony Amore, a bestselling author and engaging speaker on the subject of art theft and forgery.  Enjoy the photos.
Thank you to all who supported the Library during the Devil Double Dare campaign!

2017 Elihu Burritt Library Research Award winners!

Congratulations to the winners of the Elihu Burritt Library Research Awards.

Awards were presented by Susan Slaga-Metivier , Head of the Reference Department to:

Amanda Mendoza, winner of the Undergraduate Award wrote a research paper “Preventing Sexual Assault Victimization on College Campuses”

Amanda said, “I am so grateful for all library resources where I found material for a thorough research”.

And to:

Kaitlyn Frakl, winner of the Graduate Award for a research paper: “Effects of the Self-Regulated Strategy Development Model on the Argumentative Writing of Diverse High School Students”.

Kaitlyn said, “I want to thank the Elihu Burritt Library for selecting my paper.  Access to library’s databases and especially to EBSCOHOST, was instrumental in my research.  It allowed me to research breath of resources and narrow my research from general one to focused one.”

Support the Library during DDD campaign 2017!

The Devil Double Dare Challenge 2017!

If you consider additional gift to the Friends of the Library now is the time to do it.

This week, from May 1 – 5, the CCSU Alumni Association will match gifts made to the Library dollar for dollar, from $25–$1000.

That means you can double the impact of your gift!

Gifts can be made online at

or by mail to the CCSU Foundation, Inc., PO Box 612, New Britain, CT 06050


John Atashian “Live” Concert Photo Display

Southington based photographer John Atashian will display a selection of his “live” concert photographs of the worlds most famous entertainers at the CCSU Burritt Library during the month of May 2017, 2nd floor.
The photo display includes photographic canvas wrap enlargements of Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, Luciano Pavarotti, Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, BB King and many others from his 37 year career of photographing “live” entertainment. The photo display is in celebration of John’s new book “The Ultimate Photo Book of the World’s Greatest Guitarists”. John is a commercial photographer in his 25th year of business and regularly records photos for Central Connecticut State University. You can view samples of John’s professional photography work online at