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Documenting the COVID-19 Pandemic: Sharing the Experiences of the CCSU Community

The Elihu Burritt Library and the Department of History are launching a project to document the experience of CCSU students, faculty, and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. All members of the campus community are invited to contribute their experiences of the pandemic through journals, photos, videos, and other documentation. If have any questions or need assistance please contact Brian Matzke bmatzke@ccsu.edu 

For more details, visit: https://library.ccsu.edu/pandemicarchive.php

CCSU Pandemic Archive project page - learn more & sign up
Visit
https://library.ccsu.edu/pandemicarchive.php to share your COVID-19 pandemic experience

Returning Library Books

We’ve established a book drop at Burritt Library. (This information is also available in PDF format at CCSU’s Coronavirus information pages).

Please carefully examine the map below. Harold Lewis Drive, off Ella Grasso Boulevard, will provide access to the library’s lower level which is where the dropoff is located. You may return library books 24 hours/7 days per week.

Please note: This drop box is for library book returns only.

After you have returned the books, please email Patti Specter at specterp@ccsu.edu with the title and number of books returned.

Please contact the Circulation Department at circulation@ccsu.edu to request a renewal. You can also renew materials online through CentralSearch by signing in to your library account (for all but guests, this is done with your Bluenet ID).

Map image of where the library book drop box is located
Map of where the library book drop box is located, at the library’s lower level, off of Harold Lewis Drive.

Burritt Library University Research Award Winners!

The staff at Elihu Burritt Library would like congratulate this year’s winners of the Elihu Burritt Library Research Awards:

Moriah R. Maresh, a graduate English student for her paper, “A Person Needs Teeth to Eat”: Food in Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis”

and

Thomas Vaughn, senior, History major, for his  paper, “Prosperity of the Children of Connecticut Witches”

Both students did a great job and put in a tremendous amount of time and effort. The library research awards will be part of URCAD which will take place on Thursday, April 30th, 2020 as part of CCSU’s ResearchFest 2020.

View Elihu Burritt Library Research award-winning papers online

Collections page image with university research awards

Online Textbooks

Online Textbooks:

During the current coronavirus crisis, students and faculty will be able to access textbooks online at no cost through the two platforms below. Each person needs to set up their own account at these sites.

  1. VitalSource access will be available through May 25th. Their textbook listing is visible at:
    https://www.vitalsource.com/textbooks. For more information, please go to 
    https://get.vitalsource.com/vitalsource-helps or to the FAQ at 
    https://support.vitalsource.com/hc/en-us/articles/360044467714-Publisher-FAQ . Students are limited to 7 books total. Books can be downloaded. (This applies to e-Books only, not courseware.)
  2. RedShelf access is available through May 25th. Redshelf’s textbooks collections can be searched at: 
    https://redshelf.com/. Students are limited to 7 books total. There are more details at: https://www.about.redshelf.com/redshelfresponds. (This applies to e-Books only, not courseware. )

Contact Kristin D’Amato or Susan Slaga-Metivier during regular hours with additional questions (M-F, 9-5).

Virtual Library Services During Shutdown

Elihu Burritt Library has a new online guide (libguide) available to assist you while you are off campus. It can be found at https://libguides.ccsu.edu/elibrary  Feel free to post it in Blackboard to share with students. Next week during the week of spring break, librarians will be available via chat and email from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.  You can access chat through the link above or via the library’s website – library.ccsu.edu (top right corner). They will be available for more hours once online classes start. That schedule will be posted next week.

Emergency Closing of Campus & Library

Our apologies, but due to an emergency campus closing, the library will be closed indefinitely. Please follow the news at: https://www.ccsu.edu/coronavirus/

Elihu Burritt Library has a new online guide (libguide) available to assist you while you are away from campus. It can be found at https://libguides.ccsu.edu/elibrary.

Faculty are encouraged to post it in Blackboard to share with students. During the week of spring break (March 16-22), librarians will be available via chat and email from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.  You can access chat through the link above or via the library’s website – library.ccsu.edu (top right corner). They will be available for more hours once online classes start. That schedule will be posted next week.

New Funding Opportunity – Statewide OER Grant

The Connecticut Open Educational Resources Coordinating Council announced the launch of the Connecticut Open Educational Resources Grant Program on Monday, February 24, 2020. From the grant announcment:

“Under Public Act 19-117 Section 147, over $90,000 has been made available to faculty and departments within Connecticut’s higher education institutions to explore, adopt, and supplement Open Educational Resources (OER).

The application deadline is April 20th, 2020.

For details or to apply, please visit: http://app.smarterselect.com/programs/64988-Connecticut-State-Colleges–Universities

Additionally, CCSU’s curriculum development grants can be used to underwrite your work with open educational resources. The deadline for curriculum development grants is: March 4, 2020

To keep up with CCSU OER news and to find out how librarians can support you in your OER efforts, visit the library’s newly redesigned Open Educational Resources “libguide” at: https://libguides.ccsu.edu/oer

Join Us for Open Education Week, March 2-6

The library’s OER team, with the support of the Center for Teaching & Faculty Development, and the Instructional Design Technology Resource Center, will host Open Education Week webinars in the CTFD Conference Room – EB316 .

The schedule includes:

  • Monday, March 2nd, 1pm – “Getting Started with OER” from
    Open Oregon
  • Monday, March 2nd, 4pm – “From Identifying, to Adapting, to Authoring OER: Copyright Law and Creative Commons Licenses” from Open Oregon
  • Tuesday, March 3rd, 2pm “Introduction to Open Educational Resources ” from University of Minnesota

Alternatively, you can join in on your own, see the OpenEd Week website for webinars & other events being held worldwide to celebrate open educational resources and open pedagogy.

Additional webinars that focus on OER leadership among administrators and students are on the list of #OEWeek events, such as:

  • Tuesday, March 3rd, 3pm – “Beginning to Open Up: Ideas for Colleges Early in their OER Journey” from CCCOER
  • Wed., March 4th, 3pm – “Regional Leadership inOpen Education (RLOE)” from CCCOER
  • Thur., March 5th, 3pm – “Students and OER Advocacy” from CCCOER
Join the OER Library Team at EBL316 (CTFD Classroom, 3rd floor of the Library) to attend webinars with your colleagues and talk all about all things open!

Don’t forget to check out the library’s redesigned Open Educational Resources (OER) LibGuide! https://libguides.ccsu.edu/oer