The State Librarian's Column
Connecticut's Veterans and Charles R. Hale
Library Patrons To Participate in National Study
Mark Twain's Scrap book
Recent Accessions by State Archives
Youth-Adult Fall Workshop Series
Dedication of the Bristol Public Library
Dedication of the Windsor Public Library
New iCONN Databases

October 2006

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The State Librarian's Column

 

At this year's Annual Connecticut Library Leadership Conference John E. Arnold, a member and past chair of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, gave a very thought provoking presentation entitled Economic Value and Today's Public Library or  the Relevance of Public Libraries and the Justification of Spending Tax Revenue To Support Them (A Personal Journey). While I can't do justice to his talk, a few key themes emerged that I think are worth further reflection by anyone managing a library today.  First, we must understand that "value" is a moving target.  We have to constantly assess value in the context of what was valuable versus what is valuable versus what will be valuable.  He suggested that instead of planning for what we've done, we should be planning for what our customers need and what is of value to our customers. If this sounds like libraries need to use outcome measures instead of just output measures, you are right.

 

In Connecticut public libraries are not mandated, which means taxpayers support libraries not because they have to but because they want to. This again goes back to value. Mr. Arnold talked about the progression of economic value from commodities to goods to services to experiences to transformations. (Read The Experience Economy by B. Joseph Pine and James H. Gilmore, Harvard Business School Press 1999, ISBN: 0-87584-819-2). Today's libraries are challenged on many of these levels, but he believes that libraries can move beyond goods and services and actually transform people at every stage of their lives.  As Mr. Arnold sees it, libraries can guide people to their aspirations by enabling literacy, education, economic development to produce knowledgeable, informed citizens. This in turn should create an experiential and transformative economic value that people will be willing to pay for.  I really think he is on to something.

 

 

Connecticut's Veterans and Charles R. Hale

As Veterans Day approaches, it is appropriate to recognize the work of someone who dedicated much of his professional career to insuring that Connecticut's veterans of many of the country's wars will "always be known and honored by the state. more...


Library Patrons To Participate in National Study

In 2005 the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) contracted with Battelle, a leader in technology innovation, to design and develop the next generation of talking-book players. This new digital talking book machine (DTBM) will utilize a flash-memory-based digital cartridge. more...


Mark Twain's Scrap book

So the Federal librarian, all exuberant now, alights one languid Friday afternoon toting her decaying, mucilaginous tome: 

"You've got to catalog this for the collection!  Right now!  Patrons use this stuff all the time!" 

I was tempted to reply in the modified English -- allowable, in that to a Reference Librarian "all the time" signifies once each geological epoch--if that. more...


Recent Accessions by State Archives

The State Archives continues to accession historical records from the three branches of State government, towns, and non-government sources. more...


Youth-Adult Fall Workshop Series

The Division of Library Development (DLD) has contracted Beth Gallaway, of Information Goddess Consulting, to present workshops on seven topics of interest to library staff serving young adults. Gallaway has an MLIS from Simmons College. She is Trainer/Consultant for Youth Services at the Massachusetts Metrowest Regional Library System in Waltham, and Lecturer at Simmons. more...


Dedication of the Bristol Public Library

On June 22, 2006, the renovated and expanded Bristol Public Library building was dedicated. The City of Bristol is located in Hartford County and has an estimated population of 60,994. more...


Dedication of the Windsor Public Library

Windsor Public Library

On June 10, 2006, the renovated and expanded Windsor Public Library building was dedicated. more...


New iCONN Databases

History Reference Center: For high school students and up

For history buffs and students working on class projects and assignments, this is the first place to look!  The History Reference Center contains information including biographies, documents, speeches, maps, and photographs from magazines, journals, reference, and non-fiction books . more...


The Connecticut CONNector Editorial Board
Kendall F. Wiggin, State Librarian


Editor: Bonnie Delaney
Library Specialist:
Hilary Frye
State Archivist:
Mark Jones
Unit Head, History and Genealogy
Richard C. Roberts
Administrator,CT Digital Library:
William Sullivan
Director, Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped:
Carol Taylor
Curator, Museum of CT History:
David Corrigan
Reviewer:
Sheila Mosman
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Ellen Morrison


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