Library DrawingThe CONNector

APRIL 2001Volume 3 Number 2

iCONN - Connecticut Digital Library

Sharon Brettschneider, Director of the Division of Library Development

iCONN, the Connecticut Digital Library, has become a reality. On March 26th 600 librarians and teachers gathered in Cromwell to inaugurate the digital library and attend introductory training sessions. Valerie Lewis, Commissioner of the Department of Higher Education welcomed the attendees and Kendall Wiggin, State Librarian, delivered the keynote address, after which several training sessions were conducted on each of the databases. Lieutenant Governor M. Jodi Rell addressed the attendees during the luncheon.

iCONN will provide universal access to a core level of library and information resources for every resident of Connecticut through their public library, school, college and from home. Connecticut citizens will have desktop access to eleven Gale databases via the Internet. The databases serve a variety of needs including student research and homework help, business research, professional development for teachers and school administrators, reader advisory, and consumer health research. Additionally, periodical databases for several different age ranges and needs are included, creating an exceptionally deep research portal. Additional databases will be added to the Digital Library collection over time.

The Connecticut Digital Library is a component of the Connecticut Education Network, which over time will provide high-speed telecommunications access to all schools, colleges and public libraries. The Digital Library is being administered by the Connecticut State Library in conjunction with the Department of Higher Education, under the auspices of the Commission for Education Technology.

Visit the Connecticut Digital Library for more information and to access the databases.

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