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

Seeking Volunteers for the “Human Library” – April 8th

Human Library logo

This year’s Human Library will take place on April 8, 2020 from 12:15-1:20 pm at the Elihu Burritt Library (second floor). The library needs volunteers for the 12:15-1:20 slot. Volunteers receive free food and a t-shirt.

What is the Human Library?

A Human Library is an event that encourages people from different backgrounds to talk with and learn from each other. Human Books are volunteers who are willing to share their stories and/or their expertise in a one on one or small group conversation. (There is no official reading or writing involved). Participants can “borrow” human books for up to 20 mins at a time in order to have a conversation and ask questions about the book’s topic.

The library is a safe place to have some positive conversations to challenge stereotypes and prejudices, learn about a career, or just to get to know another individual.

“Pillars of Prejudice” and Ideas for Human Book Topics

The “Pillars of Prejudice” are very broad topics or categories that may help potential “books” chose what aspects of themselves they may be interested in sharing with others. Again, these are very broad and don’t necessarily cover all possible topics. If you would like to be a book but aren’t sure if your topic fits any of these categories, please contact us directly (contact info at bottom of page).

The current pillars are:

  • Addiction (e.g. former drug user, gambling)
  • Disabilities (e.g. autism, brain damage, rare impairment)
  • Ethnicity (e.g. Somali, Asian)
  • Family relations (child of an alcoholic, adopted)
  • Gender (e.g. Transgender, intersex)
  • Health (e.g. anorexic, epileptic)
  • Lifestyle (e.g. Body modified, naturist)
  • Mental health (e.g. schizophrenia, depressive)
  • Occupation (e.g. Police officer, soldier, dentist)
  • Religion/Ideology (e.g. Muslim, Christian, Feminist, Anarchist)
  • Sexual orientation (e.g. bisexual, homosexual)
  • Social Status (e.g. refugee, homeless)
  • Survivors (e.g. survivor of Rape, survivor of stalking)

For more information and ideas go to https://libguides.ccsu.edu/ccsuhumanlibrary

Paws & Relax @ the Library – noon, March 4th!

One of our favorite pup friends is returning to visit us on Wednesday, March 4th from 12-1 p.m. on the first floor of the library.  Join us for cuddles and major stress relief!  Did you know that petting a dog for just 10 minutes can seriously reduce your levels of stress?  Read all about it!!


The library will be hosting therapy dogs every month this semester!! Stay tuned for additional dates and times for all the cuddly pupdates!

Annie the pitbull!

Going Open at CCSU: OER Lunch-N-Learn Friday, February 21, 2020

Lunch and Learn on Open Educational Resources (OER) - Friday, February 21, 2020
Lunch and Learn on Open Educational Resources (OER) – Friday, February 21, 2020

What are OER and why do they matter when it comes to student success? What role can they play in supporting academic freedom?

The Center for Teaching & Faculty Development (CTFD), the Elihu Burritt Library’s OER Team, and the Instructional Design Technology Resource Center (IDTRC) are hosting a “Lunch and Learn” event about Open Educational Resources (OER) on Friday, February 21, 2020 (CTFD Conference Room, Elihu Burritt Library, Room 316).

“Going Open at CCSU: What Open Educational Resources Mean for You and Your Students’ Success” will offer faculty information about Open Educational Resources (OER), support, events, and funding opportunities offered at the university and state levels. Faculty with any level of experience in OER (novice to creator) are encouraged to come for all or part of the program. Register now at
https://form.jotform.com/CTFD/OERCCSU

  • Noon-12:30 – Free Lunch, networking with colleagues
  • 12:30-1:00 – Webinar introduction to OER / OER 101
  • 1:00-1:15 – The Library’s OER Team explains how the library can support faculty with their efforts
  • 1:15-1:45 – Faculty panel on OER, including Mark Jackson (Biology), Brian Sommers (Geography), Jason Snyder (Marketing)
  • 1:45-2:00 – Q & A

Therapy Dog Annie returns on February 5th!

One of our favorite pup friends is returning to visit us on Wednesday, February 5th from 12-1 p.m. on the first floor of the library.  Join us for cuddles and major stress relief!  Did you know that petting a dog for just 10 minutes can seriously reduce your levels of stress?  Read all about it!!


The library will be hosting therapy dogs every month this semester!! Stay tuned for additional dates and times for all the cuddly pupdates!

Annie the pitbull!

Welcome Back – Spring Semester Library Hours & Holidays!

Welcome back to CCSU’s Spring 2020 academic semester! The Elihu Burritt Library’s regular hours begin on Tues., January 21, 2020.
Our schedule is available at: https://library.ccsu.edu/calendar/month.php

  • M-Th: 8am-10:45pm
  • Fri: 8am-4:45pm
  • Sat: 9am-3:45pm
  • Sun: 2pm-9:45pm

Special holiday schedules will be observed around the following dates. Keep an eye on the library news blog for holiday-related notifications:

  • 2/14-2/17: President’s Holiday weekend
  • 3/14-3/22: Spring Break
  • 4/10-4/12: Good Friday / Easter Holiday weekend

For inclement weather / emergency closings, see:
https://www.ccsu.edu/cancel/

New, Easier book requesting from CSCU libraries


Coming soon, it will be easier to order books and other materials from the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities.  In the hopes of improving the ordering process, you will no longer need to worry about where the item is coming from.  There will be one request button that will seamlessly create a request from all available copies within the system.

More details to follow …

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Holiday Closings – 12/25/19 & 1/1/20

The Elihu Burritt Library at CCSU will be closed on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 and Wednesday, January 1, 2020. The library will resume winter intersession hours on Thursday, January 2, 2020.

Everyone at the library wishes you a joyous and peaceful holiday season!

Photo of a library door with holiday decor.
Happy holidays from the Elihu Burritt Library at CCSU!