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JULY 2000Volume 2 Number 3

The Connecticut Digital Library

Kendall Wiggin, Connecticut State Librarian

Connecticut Reads 2000 - Summer Reading - The Govenor's ChallengeThe State Library's Division of Library Development Services is hard at work developing a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the first phase of the Connecticut Digital Library. Students and residents of Connecticut should have access to the Connecticut Digital Library by early Fall 2000. At least that is the prediction of State Librarian Kendall Wiggin. The $2 million contained in the recently approved state budget for the Digital Library is, according to Mr. Wiggin, "the most significant new investment in library service in Connecticut in many years." The majority of the funds will be used to provide access to a wide selection of commercial databases and other electronic resources to support the educational, cultural, personal and economic interests of Connecticut citizens.

Administered by the State Library, in conjunction with the Department of Higher Education, the Connecticut Digital Library will provide immediate and free access to full text information at each citizen's desktop whether at home, at the office, at their library or at school. It will provide up-to-date and reliable information through full-text journal and newspaper databases, a consumer-oriented medical database, online encyclopedia, business databases and the online catalog of Connecticut's libraries. Subscriptions to a variety of commercial full-text and image databases will be made available to all of Connecticut's public, academic and school libraries. These databases will also be available to citizens from home or business. Statewide purchasing of these databases realizes tremendous savings for schools and libraries.

The Digital Library of Connecticut is a component of a much larger educational technology initiative that developed out of a report issued by Lt. Governor Jodi Rell in the Fall of 1999.

Telephone Changes

The State Library at 231 Capitol Avenue, Hartford has new telephone numbers.  The main number is now 860-757-6500.  Phone numbers for those State Library locations other than 231 Capitol have not changed.  Please go to http://www.cslib.org/newphones.htm for a complete list of State Library telephone numbers.

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