Scheduled Downtime for CONSULS

On Tuesday, May 26th the CONSULS System will be down for approximately two hours while Innovative Interfaces upgrades our data storage schema to Unicode. Downtime will be from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. During that time the CONSULS catalog, digital course reserves and off-campus database access will be unavailable.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Spring Issue of Burritt Library Newsletter Available

We’re pleased to announce the publication of the Spring issue of the Burritt Library Newsletter. The new issue features Matthew Bannon and Sharon Kenniston, winners of the 2009 Library Undergraduate Research Award. It also includes an insightful and persuasive article by Librarian Nick Tomaiuolo on the value of enriching Wikipedia articles with links to scholarly external content as well as an interview with our own Emily Chasse about her new book Telling Tales. We hope you enjoy the new issue!

Since Stonewall Exhibit

You are cordially invited to attend the opening reception



Thursday, June 4, 2009

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Elihu Burritt Library, Special Collections

Central Connecticut State University

There will be a lecture by Elizabeth Kaminski (CCSU Sociology) and refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP by May 29, 2009 to:

Frank Gagliardi


This June will mark the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969 members of the New York Police Department raided the Stonewall Inn located on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village. This time, unlike previous raids, the gay community fought back. Rioting broke out and continued for five days ending on July 2nd.

The New York Times thought so little of the raid they buried the story on page 33 the following day. Probably no one realized at the time that this event would become the iconic symbol of the gay civil rights movement. This uprising marked the beginning, as the Advocate stated, “of a movement to decriminalize, demedicalize, and devillainize us ( i.e., gays and lesbians).”

To mark this anniversary, materials will be on display during the month of June, from Burritt Library’s extensive collection of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender books, newsletters, periodicals, ephemera and archives.

Feats of Clay Exhibit

Feats of Clay Exhibit Flyer Throughout the month of May, “FEATS OF CLAY”, the ceramic art of Thomas J. Zaccheo, M. D., a retired physician and student of Vicente Garcia in Advanced Ceramics class, will be on display in the library. The exhibit will feature Dr. Zaccheo’s ceramics along with information and photographs documenting the process of creating ceramic pieces.

“Where Art Meets Nature” Creative Arts Projects Now on Display

CCSU student exhibitorsAs a follow-up to the second CCSU Night at the Museum this past week where 200 students submitted creative arts projects in response to the collections at the New Britain Museum of American Art, Burritt Library is exhibiting the winners as well as other student entries. This year’s theme is “Nature and Environment” and the overall theme was “Where Arts Meets Nature”. The exhibit was assembled and arranged by Ewa Wolynska and Renata Vickrey in the Special Collections department of the library. The entries will be up for two weeks.

Prof. Stephen Cohen to Give Sigma Tau Delta Lecture on April 21

Professor Cohen
Professor Stephen Cohen
The local chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society, is pleased to present an installment in its Ex Libris series:

Professor Stephen Cohen will give a talk entitled, “Falling into Form: From Comics to Comedy,” at 4pm on April 21 in the Special Collections room of the Elihu Burritt Library.

The public is most cordially invited to attend.

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!

RefWorks Beta Release – RefWorks Mobile

Are you using RefWorks to store and organize your research? Do you have a smart phone, PDA or iPod Touch? If you answered yes to both, then RefWorks Mobile is for you! RefMobile gives you the ability to view references in a RefWorks account, search within RefWorks, add a note to a reference, as  well as search and import new references using an ISBN, DOI (Digital Object Identifier) or author/year using the “smart add” option.Please send feedback about this Beta release to Debbie Herman (

Introducing OneSearch…

Providing a single, unified user interface for our research databases has been an ongoing challenge for the library. However, I’m pleased to promote our newest research service, OneSearch, which represents a positive step forward in fulfilling this user need. OneSearch lets you search across many of our research databases, including CONSULS, EBSCOHost, and Proquest, with a single search. More advanced features include logging in with your BlueNet ID and password to create custom database quicksets, store citations, and set user preferences. We hope you enjoy the new service and do let us know what you think! I prepared a short screencast demonstration of OneSearch that introduces the basic features. Watch it now!