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January 2002Volume 4 Number 1

Connecticut State Library
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State Library Board Notes

The State Library Board held regular meetings on November 26, 2001 and January 28, 2002

At the November meeting, Pat Holloway, Director of the New Britain Public Library and the new Advisory Council for Library Planning and Development (ACLPD) representative reported that ACLPD has three major goals for this year: development of a new 5 year LSTA Budget, identification by Connecticar Task Force of criteria for an RFP and identification of criteria for distribution of Gates Library Foundation funding.

Anita Barney and Pat Copes reporting for the Cooperating Library Service Units (CLSU) demonstrated the Touchscreen Survey machine that libraries can borrow for community surveys. In the past three years, over sixty Connecticut libraries have surveyed their patrons using the CLSUs' Touchscreen Survey machines. The Touchscreen Survey machine project is now managed by the Capital Region Library Council (CRLC) and has become self-funded.

Ken Wiggin reported that the Connecticut Heritage Foundation's project "History on the Move" has made a visit to the Smalley Academy in New Britain. Congresswoman Nancy Johnson read to over 80 4th graders and answered their questions.

The Board also discussed budget adjustments made by the Office of Policy and Management on October 1, 2001. The result of this budget adjustment was a reduction of $37,929 in the Legal/Legislative Library Materials account and also a reduction of $37,948 in the Statewide Database Program.

Mary Engels, reporting for the Friends, stated that Governor Rowland has proclaimed April 2002 Friends of Connecticut Libraries Month. The Honorary Chair will be Diane Smith, author of Positively Connecticut.

Board actions in November included:

Mary Engels, president of the Connecticut Library Association (CLA), reported at the January that CLA had hosted a Legislative Link Workshop on January 10 at the Legislative Office Building as well as a reception celebrating the exhibit of 250 academic and public library photographs that was being displayed in the concourse of the Legislative Office Building during January.

Betsy Bray, Director of the Cora Belden Library and President of CRLC, and Chris Bradley, Director of Eastern Connecticut Libraries (ECL) distributed packets filled with information about "@Your Library" the American Library Association's Campaign for America's Libraries. The CLSU's are promoting this advocacy initiative by making the packets available to libraries statewide. They also reported that ECL was making available promotional material for iCONN to libraries around the state at cost.

Board actions in January included:

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