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2010 Elihu Burritt Undergraduate Research Awards Winners!

The 2010 Elihu Burritt Undergraduate Research Awards winners are:
Junior, Laci A. Corridor for her paper “Anorexia Nervosa: A Review of Current Literature,” and Senior Gregory L. Person for his paper, “What gives you sovereign empire to oppress my sex? Women’s conceptualizations of gender and class during the French Revolution”. They will receive their award certificates and $350 prize at the URCAD ceremony on April 9, 2010.

Congratulaions Greg and Laci and thank you to all the participants. Everyone did a great job!

Library Renovation and Asbestos Abatement

The first phase of the long-awaited renovation of the first floor of Burritt Library has begun. During this time only certain areas of the first floor will be accessible while asbestos abatement is ongoing.

The main level of the library can be accessed by the interior and exterior stairways located at the front of the building. Restrooms can be accessed only by the southernmost interior or exterior stairways (the side toward Copernicus). Those who require elevator access from the first floor may enter the building through the side door adjacent to the parking lot, and then use the phone across from the elevators for access.

We thank you for your patience as we undergo an exciting transformation! When completed the first floor of Burritt will be the main entry to the Library.

2009 Undergraduate Library Research Award Winners

We’re pleased to announce the winners of the 2009 Library Undergraduate Research Awards. They are Matthew T. Bannon, a senior History/Secondary Education major, for the paper “Delicate as Silk: Labor/Management Relations in the Cheney Silk Mills of South Manchester, Connecticut, 1918-1934,” and Sharon E. Kenniston, a senior Elementary Education and English major, for the paper “Unspeakable Things Unspoken: Toni Morrison, Literature Censorship and the Modern American Classroom.” The awards will be presented on Friday April 3 in conjunction with the Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD). Congratulations to our winners!

The Brian O’Connell Collection

Brian O’Connell (1960-2008) was Professor of Computer Science and Philosophy at CCSU, teaching courses that ranged from computer ethics to robotics to philosophy of law. He wrote and published in all of these diverse areas. After his passing in 2008, his personal library was left to the Elihu Burritt Library. Reading was not a passive activity for Professor O’Connell.  With his book collection the library received pages and pages of notebook paper scribbled with the thoughts that were inspired by his reading. His annotations have been digitized and we are honored to make them available for future generations to learn from this truly unique mind.

Assistant catalog librarian Steven Bernstein developed an innovative portal to this collection that enables the user to view O’Connell’s annotations as well as search by author, title, year, and keywords.

Texting Feature in CONSULS

Ok, so by now many of you have discovered our latest CONSULS hack– the ability to send a call number and location information in the form of a text message. I think it’s pretty spiffy and hope you like it too. When people ask why I enjoy working in libraries one of the first things that jumps to mind is the culture of cooperation and sharing which exists in library land from the smallest consortia, like CONSULS, to endeavors on a mind-boggling scale like OCLC’s resource sharing. This texting feature was developed by the Tripod Library Consortium (Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges) as an add-on to the Innovative Interfaces Webpac Pro library catalog… and they were kind enough to share their source code so that other sites running the same system could benefit. I just adapted it to suit our local needs. Here’s to you guys!

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Volunteering in NOLA

Sarah with the floor sander

I returned recently from a trip to the great city of New Orleans. The main objective of the trip was to help rebuild houses in the Lower Ninth Ward, an area that was ravaged by floods in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.This area was particularly hard hit, and many residents had water up to their rooftops. Two and a half years later most of the area is still in need of repair and since only 10% of the population has returned, much of the area feels like a ghost town.

We (my husband and I) were able to volunteer with an organization called, which is a non-profit group that assists with placing volunteers in area homes that need repair, along with offering assistance to the homeowners of the area.The amazing people of this organization also provide a place to sleep and food to eat to their many volunteers. In addition they teach volunteers the skills they need to drywall or frame buildings or whatever may arise. I was able to learn how to tile floors and backsplashes while I was there.

The best part of the whole experience was getting to meet the homeowners.One morning I was dropped off at one of the houses, and was immediately greeted with a giant hug and thank you by a lovely woman whose home was near completion. On another occasion, I witnessed an owner start to well up with tears as the realization that he and his family would soon be able to move back into their home dawned on him. On the whole it was a fantastic experience, and I am hoping to go back for some more renovation projects in October.

You can find out more at

If you would like to see the photos let me know!

CIL 2008

Today is my first day back in the library after attending (and presenting at) the Computers in Libraries conference in Arlington, VA. The weather was well, crap, but at least we had plenty to keep us engaged during the very eventful 3-day conference. As promised to many of you great folks who were hanging with us until the bitter end (yes, we were scheduled for the last session block on day three of the conference, which I was assured by some veteran presenters is the MO of the program planners to vet the newbs), I’m posting the Vidcasting presentation slides.