All posts by Sharon Clapp

The Fall 2017 Elihu Burritt Library Newsletter is live: Catch up with your library!

Fall 2017 Elihu Burritt Library Newsletter

In this issue, you’ll learn about Burritt Library’s EXCITE-ing new project, experience the “Best of Italy,” and relive the opening reception for our World War I exhibit, “Cross-Culture Courage: Connecticut’s Response to WWI.”

If you’re a student, you might want to submit a research paper or project to be considered for the 2018 Elihu Burritt Research Awards! Meanwhile, faculty might be interested to learn more about our Library Liaison Program.

We offer our congratulations to Stephen Arel, who won the Burritt Family Scholarship, and our boundless gratitude to our supportive, generous donors!

Did you know? This semester, Library Director Dr. Carl Antonucci and librarian Sharon Clapp presented on their new book, The LITA Leadership Guide: The Librarian as Entrepreneur, Leader, and Technologist. On a sillier note, at this year’s Trick-or-Treat e-resources event, we turned a Munchkin into a computer mouse – see how we did it!

— submitted on behalf of newsletter editor Briana McGuckin, who can be contacted at

Open Educational Resources Learning Community Group Pilot Mini Grant – $300

The Elihu Burritt Library is pleased to announce their OERs LCG pilot mini grant. The deadline for the $300 mini grant applications to be submitted for an OER-related project to be undertaken by a member of CCSU’s faculty is June 11*, 2017.
[*extended from June 1]

Thanks to the Center for Teaching & Faculty Development for their underwriting of this grant program!

For more on OERs, see our research guide on open educational resources!


Open Educational Resources Learning Community Group Begins on Open Education Week!

Open Education Week, March 27-31, 2017Open Education Week is a celebration of the global Open Education Movement, which seeks to open up students’ access to educational materials, reducing or eliminating the cost of textbooks and improving learning outcomes.

To celebrate and start this important discussion on Open Educational Resources at CCSU, the first of several Open Educational Resources Learning Community Group workshops will take place this Thursday afternoon in the CTFD classroom at the library.

  • WHEN:          EVERY THURSDAY FROM MARCH 30 – APRIL 27, FROM 3 – 3:45PM
  • SIGN UP:      Google form at
  • CONTACT      Digital Resources Librarian, Sharon Clapp and Information Literacy Instructional and Assessment Librarian, Martha Kruy .

The LCG includes a Blackboard shell and face-to-face meetings at the CTFD classroom on the library’s third floor on Thursdays from 3-3:45pm starting on March 30 through April 27th. Grants for conversion of courses to an OER basis will be available. To learn more, join us in the OER LCG.

Shutdown of CONSULS-based requests Fri., 12/23

The Connecticut State Universities and the Connecticut State Library, members of the CONSULS resource sharing consortium, will discontinue the “REQUEST’ service to share books and media between all 5 libraries as of early morning on Friday, December 23, 2016.  This action is taken in advance of the transition to the new expanded CSCU 18-member consortium. Request services will return on January. 9, 2017.

 IF you need materials that are in the CONSULS Consortium collections, but not by CCSU library, you should place orders with our Interlibrary Loan office, using ILLiad. This temporary solution will expire on January 9, 2017.

 We expect that materials will be continued to be shipped via usual channel and that there should not be a marked difference in delivery time. 

 If you have any questions, please contact Sarah White, (860-832-3408) or Kim Farrington (860-832-3403), Head of Access Services. 

Fall 2016 Elihu Burritt Library Newsletter

The Fall 2016 Elihu Burritt Library Newsletter is here!

  • Read about our successful “5 Minutes of My Favorite Book” event
  • Get in on the Open Educational Resources (OER) movement, for the good of our students (and their wallets)
  • Celebrate with us as we congratulate Undergraduate Research Award winners, and save the date for Elihu Burritt’s birthday party (yes, there will be cake)!
  • Learn about the new look for CENTRALSearch as we look toward a new year
  • Consider the importance of hearing different viewpoints as we reflect on Banned Books Week, and get to know library support staff member Kelly Moore
  • As Library Director Carl Antonucci notes, the library is in the middle of a transformation; these are exciting times!

— On behalf of the editor, Briana McGuckin, Reference & Instructional Librarian

How the Library Survived Disaster

Curious about the Valentine’s Day pipe-burst disaster that closed Elihu Burritt Library, and what we did during repairs? Want to know who draws those awesome whiteboard pictures in front of the Library entrance? Your professors keep telling you to use databases for your assignments – have you seen signs for the Library’s new Spotlight on E-Resources program?

All of this and more is covered in the Library’s latest newsletter! Check it out here: