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Positive Reactions: Chemistry’s Conversion to Open – Lunch-n-Learn Fri., 4/27/18

Open Educational Resources (OERs):
How Chemistry Converted to Open
& You Can Too!

Friday, April 27, noon
Elihu Burritt Library
3rd Floor – Center for Teaching & Faculty Development Classroom (#316)

Lunch will be provided!

Positive Reactions: An OERs Learning Community Group Lunch Discussion

Join Professors Barry Westcott & Sourav Chakraborty who will be discussing their deployment of OpenStax textbooks for Chemistry! Learn from their experience of converting to openly licensed (low to no cost) curricular materials. Are you exploring, trying to figure out where to go with your courses, what’s possible, and what challenges you might run into? This is your chance to ask colleagues who have already been through the process!

Sponsored by the Center for Teaching & Faculty Development through the Open Educational Resources (OERs) Learning Community Group, coordinated by Digital Resources Librarian, Sharon Clapp, (860-832-2059).

Volunteers Needed to test library tool usability

The CCSU Library is seeking volunteers for a usability test of its online “CentralSearch” tool. This is a study of the ease-of-use of the library’s primary “catalog” / “search engine”. Participants sign up for a 15-20 minute session during which they conduct searches using “CentralSearch” to answer several questions and explain their thoughts and feelings about the product while they use it. The test sessions will be conducted at the library.

Sad panda says volunteer for library search usability testing March 20-27!
Volunteer for library tool usability testing March 20-27!

The results of this work will be used as feedback for the CSCU

consortial library system to optimize the interface and/or report to the system’s vendor about issues that are found by our students.

We will offer “gift bags” for our test participants as a token of our gratitude for their time and willingness to help us improve our online offerings!

To sign up for a time, get a “ticket” through Eventbrite at or contact Sharon Clapp, Digital Resources Librarian, at or 860-832-2059.  

Spring Semester Hours

Regular semester hours

  • Monday               8am-10:45pm
  • Tuesday               8am-10:45pm
  • Wednesday        8am-10:45pm
  • Thursday             8am-10:45pm
  • Friday                    8am-4:45pm
  • Saturday              9am-3:45pm
  • Sunday                 2pm-9:45pm

Spring Break hours

  • Saturday, March 10:        Closed
  • Sunday:  March 11:          Closed
  • Monday, March 12:         8am-4:45pm
  • Tuesday, March 13:         8am-4:45pm
  • Wednesday, March 14:  8am-4:45pm
  • Thursday, March 15:       8am-4:45pm
  • Friday, March 16:             8am-4:45pm
  • Saturday,  March 17        Closed
  • Sunday , March 18:          Closed

Easter Weekend

  • Friday, March 30:             Closed
  • Saturday,  March 31:       Closed
  • Sunday , April 1:                Closed

Final Weeks of Spring Semester – Extended Hours

  • Monday through Wednesday, April 30-May 2: 8am-11:45pm
  • Thurs, Fri, Sat, May3-May5: regular hours (see above)
  • Sun, May 6:  3pm-10:45pm
  • Monday through Wednesday, May 7-May 9:  8am-11:45pm
  • Thurs, May 10: regular hours – 8am-10:45pm
  • Fri, May 11: regular hours – 8am-4:45pm
  • Sat.,  May 12: (open!) – 9am-3:45pm


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