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Check out Filmakers Library Online!

The Burritt Library has just added a new subscription to Filmakers Library Online provided by Alexander Street Press.  The database provides instant access to over 900 full length titles including award winning documentaries, that cover a wide range of subjects. 

In addition to viewing films on topics such as race and gender studies, arts and literature, and political science, library users can make their own clips from films and embed them, or make their own playlists.

Filmakers Library Online can be accessed through the library website.

Try out the new scanner on the 1st Floor!

Have you ever needed to copy an article for a paper, but had no money for copies on your Blue chip?

Ever wished you could email yourself that article, or save it to a USB drive?

Would you have liked to have a copy of the photograph or image in that article?

 

Well now you can!  The library has just acquired a Book Scan Station touch screen scanner for use on the 1st floor.  This scanner uses touch screen technology to scan books, photos, journals, etc. right to your USB drive.  You can also email the files to yourself.  You can scan files into searchable pdf, jpeg, tiff, word, or excel documents.  And save paper and money while you’re doing it!  The scanner is very simple to use, and has screen by screen directions to follow.

 

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

A new display in recognition of Domestic Violence Month is currently on the 2nd floor of the Burritt Library.

In addition there will be a program held in Special Collections (on the 2nd floor) on October 11th from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.  Leah Fosse , from the Prudence Crandall Center will be speaking at this event.

On October 13th there will be a candlelight vigil held at the Prudence Crandall Center in New Britain, CT, located at 594 Burritt St.  The “Silent no more” candlelight vigil will begin at 6 p.m. with light refreshments, and continue at 6:30 with the program.

 

Polish Movie Posters!

On display at the Burritt Library beginning October 5th, a collection of beautiful 20th century Polish movie posters:

Eleven beautiful 20th Century Polish Posters are on display in the 2nd floor exhibit cases facing the balcony on the 2nd floor of the library.  The posters were selected from a large donation of Polish art posters which the Polish Heritage Collection had received last year from Mr. Alexander Koproski, Stamford based businessman, philanthropist, and a  long-time supporter of Polish Studies at CCSU.

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Banned Books Week 2011!

Celebrate Banned Books Week!  Read Your Favorite Banned Book!

From September 24th til October 1st

According to the American Library Association:

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.  Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular—provides the foundation for Banned Books Week.  BBW stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them.

The books featured during Banned Books Week have been targets of attempted bannings.  Fortunately, while some books were banned or restricted, in a majority of cases the books were not banned, all thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, booksellers, and members of the community to retain the books in the library collections.  Imagine how many more books might be challenged—and possibly banned or restricted—if librarians, teachers, and booksellers across the country did not use Banned Books Week each year to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society.

 

For more info visit:  http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek/index.cfm or visit the display on the 2nd floor of the library!

 

Discover the GLBTQ Archives at Burritt Library

Check out the Connecticut Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Collection
The library has been working steadily on digitizing our GLBTQ Archives. You can view the digital collection which contains past years of the CT Gay and Lesbian Film Festival materials including posters, photos, and trailers of the films!  The 2011 festival begins May 26th and runs until June 4th.  For more information on the festival and showtimes, please visit http://www.outfilmct.org/.

Also available in the collection are interviews with some of Connecticut’s prominent activists in gay and lesbian rights.  All films and interviews are part of our Gender Equity Collection in the Special Collections section of the library.  Please check back, we are adding new material all the time!

Marie Curie Exhibit will run until May 16th

If you haven’t yet had a chance to check out the Marie Curie exhibit on the 2nd floor of the library, there is still time.  The exhibit will run until May 16th and commemorates the 100th anniversary of Maria Skłodowska-Curie’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry and the 90th anniversary of her first U.S. visit.  The exhibit was prepared by the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Maria Sklodowska-Curie Museum in Warsaw will be on display at the Elihu Burritt Library from May 9 until May 16 and is available for viewing during library hours.

All photos of the exhibit and lecture courtesy of Norm Ferriere.

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Endangered Languages Exhibit and Lecture

Half of the 6,000 languages spoken in the world are endangered. Celebrating International Mother Language Day, this exhibition will feature books on endangered languages in the CCSU Elihu Burritt Library from February 22 to March 7. A world map provides the locations of these languages and the degree of endangerment. This exhibition is sponsored by CCSU Diversity Grant.
The library will also host an exhibition of Endangered Alphabets, funded by the English Department and a Free iPad. This unique exhibition features carvings of endangered alphabets by the artist, Tim Brookes. Tim Brookes is a Vermont travel writer and artist, who wants to raise awareness of vanishing languages.

Prof. Lee and Tim Brookes will hold a public lecture on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 2 p.m. in Special Collections reading room, Burritt library. The event is free and public is cordially invited.

Please contact Dr. Seunghun Lee (seunghunlee@ccsu.edu) for questions or Special Collections at 860 832-2085