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“When Humanity Fails” Exhibit April 19-23, 2010

When Humanity Fails

The exhibit “When Humanity Fails”, brought to campus by the Hillel Jewish Student Organization, fills the growing schism that is arising between the dying generation of survivors and the new generation of youth that is struggling to comprehend the depths of evil that abounded in the Holocaust. While Holocaust education has certainly grown in importance, the method by which it is taught focuses on the death and destruction without teaching students about the lessons that can be learned and how their emotional and intellectual responses can be channeled into constructive action and awareness.

When humanity fails exhibit photoWe hope bringing this exhibit to campus will create a more open, informed and tolerant community. More information can be found by contacting Pam Majify at or on the exhibits website

We hope to see you there and at future Hillel programming.

Celebrate National Library Week!

ng_nlw_button_stacklogo1Gale and Proquest have both announced complimentary access to selected databases during National Library week, April 11-17, 2010.  Information and links to access are included below.


Some good stuff here:

  • Archives Unbound — a vast new resource of topically-focused, cross-searchable digital collections of historical documents
  • Career Transitions — a new electronic resource offering a comprehensive guide to career change
  • Global Issues in Context — this online resource offers global news and perspectives on issues and events of international importance
  • GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources) — a new electronic resource offering authoritative reference content on the environment, energy, economic development and natural resources
  • Grzimek’s Animal Life — an interactive, media-rich online resource, with information on more than 4,000 species


  • CultureGramsTM explore the world’s cultures with local experts that document the history, customs, government, and daily life in multimedia reports on over 200 countries.
  • eLibrary(R) this easy to use resource brings together content about in-demand subjects from millions of multimedia-rich, global resources.
  • ProQuest(R) African American Heritage brings together records critical to African American family history research and connects users to a community of research experts.
  • ProQuest Historical NewspapersTM – Black Newspapers experience history firsthand via continuous runs of the following full-image titles: The Baltimore Afro-American, Chicago Defender, Los Angeles Sentinel, and New York Amsterdam News.

Lecture by Dr. Vijay Prashad on March 17th

Dr. Vijay Prashad will present a lecture entitled “Politics, Natural Disasters, and Reconstruction” on Wednesday, March 17th. Dr. Prashad is the George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History as well as Director and Professor of International Studies at Trinity College. The event will be held in the Burritt Library Special Collections Reading Room (Main Level) at Noon. Light refreshments will be served.

The lecture is sponsored by The Office of the Provost and International and Area Studies.

Not Your Mother’s WorldCat!

logo_wcmasthead_enWe’re happy to announce the launch of WorldCat Local Quickstart at CCSU. The new service can be accessed at the URL or from the library home page (under worldcat). Remote authentication is not required. The new interface replaces the version on the FirstSearch platform and includes over 60 million article citations from ArticleFirst, the British Library, ERIC, JSTOR and others.

The WorldCat database has grown tremendously in recent years with the addition of bibliographic data from the RLIN database, harvesting of digital collections, and the inclusion of article citations. Our implementation of WorldCat is similar to the website but customized for CCSU with the addition of real-time item availability from CONSULS, the ability to place holds, and links to services such as ILL and full-text article availability. We hope you like the new version!

Sage Education and Criminology E-Journal Packages Now Available in Sage Premier

crime-media-culture_cover“To date, the SAGE Full-Text Collections have been available on both the ProQuest CSA Illumina platform and the SAGE Journals Online platform. After December 31, 2009, the SAGE Full-Text Collections will be available exclusively on SAGE Journals Online.” -Sage Library Newsletter, July 2009

The library is pleased to offer the SAGE Premier collection with full-text access to over 400 journals published by SAGE and a deep backfile extending to volume 1, issue 1 for most titles. The “Find It @ CCSU” service will continue to provide article linking from our research databases to material published in SAGE journals.

The Handheld Library

Optimizing library services for mobility is the new frontier in libraries! As the number of  smart phone and iPod users increases, libraries, library vendors, and publishers are developing mobile interfaces for their products. We’ve collected as many of these as we were able to find in a new LibGuide devoted to mobile apps, widgets & tools. The guide also features library Facebook applications and widgets.


If you discover a cool new mobile library tool, please let us know!

Rex Brasher’s Birds and Trees of North America

Rex Brasher’s Birds and Trees of North America is currently on display on the main level of the Burritt Library.

Rex Brasher was an American artist who produced a set of books entitled The Birds and Trees of North America in the 1930’s.  Brasher was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1869, and by the age of 16 he started painting birds in their natural surroundings.  He traveled to every corner of the North American continent and by 1924, after painting thousands of birds, considered his task done.Rex Brasher  Sea Gull

Mr. Brasher purchased a farm in Kent, Connecticut in 1911, where he continued to work.  When his eyesight failed him, two years before his death in 1960, he stopped painting.  Brasher’s work contains 875 painted prints of over 1200 species and subspecies of North American birds. Brasher could not afford to print his work in color, therefore he ordered black and white prints and then, using an airbrush and a stencil, hand colored each plate.

There were 100 sets of 12 volumes of The Birds and Trees of North America produced, including almost 90,000 hand colored reproductions. Burritt library currently exhibits volume 1 out of 12 volumes which are housed at the Special Collections department.

State Budget Holdbacks Prompt Database Cancelations

Due to recently announced holdbacks in the state budget, resulting in substantially decreased budget allocations for iCONN, the State Library is forced to discontinue the following resources effective October 1, 2009:

  • AP Images
  • Boston Globe
  • CINAHL (Full text – CINAHL Index is retained)
  • Westlaw Campus Research

The InfoAnytime (24/7) chat service is being discontinued due to lack of state funding.

At CCSU, we are hoping to continue our subscription to the full-text portion of CINAHL as well as the InfoAnytime service through a local library consortium. I will update this post when we confirm the continuation of access.

The majority of content provided by Campus Research is contained in our subscription to Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe. We apologize for the short notice, but we only learned of this on Monday, 9/28.