borrowIT CT (i.e. Connecticard) Year Ends with February

Public libraries take note.  February 2017 brings to a close the borrowIT CT reporting period for 2016-2017.  Libraries should complete the report form (an Excel file) for their March 2016 thru February 2017 non-resident loans.  Please send the completed form to Tom.Newman@ct.gov as an attachment and I will confirm receipt.  If you have any difficulty with the form or have que...
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Now Available: New FY2016 Statistics Resources for CT Public Libraries

The official version of “Connecticut’s Public Libraries: A Statistical Profile, July 2015 – June 2016” has just been released.  The statistics compiled in this report are based on the Annual Reports submitted by public libraries in the fall. Also available with the Statistical Profile: New Chart and Report Creators - create suites of charts in seconds, or request suites by...
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Library Construction Grants Awarded

Congratulations go out to the 5 public libraries that were awarded library construction grants by the Connecticut State Library Board on Monday, November 28.  The Board approved these projects: Bridgeport Public Library - New Construction of Branch Library       $1,000,000 Enfield Public Library – Maintenance/HVAC             $249,836 Seymour Public Library – Code compl...
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National Public Library Statistics Just Released – New Resources Available

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has just released national public library data for FY2014.  The Division of Library Development has used this data to develop a number of resources including:National Public Library Chart and Report Creator - compares every public library in the U.S. to other similar libraries, both in-state and in the U.S. as a wholeNational ...
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Public Library Annual Report

Information on completing the 2016 Annual Report to the State Library is now available.  The Annual Report is critical for state and national data gathering on public libraries.Due to both budget constraints and performance problems, we will no longer be using the Bibliostat report form.  Libraries will be using an Excel report form (an .xlsx file) which you will fill out and r...
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Construction Grant Program Back in Business for 2016

Last week the Legislature passed and the Governor signed legislation that removed $10,338,639 from the State Library’s bond funding for public library construction grants.  This does not affect any of the grants that have been awarded previously, but we were unsure about the impact of this legislation on future grant awards and took the precaution of suspending the grant progra...
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borrowIT CT Payments Expected in April

Connecticut public libraries lent 3,891,944 items to non-residents during the 2015-2016 year (which ended with February).  This is down from the 2014-2015 total of 4,175,664.  Reimbursement payments should go out to libraries in April.  The current funding for payments was reduced from $950,000 in FY2015 to an expected $837,540 in FY2016, so most libraries will see a smaller pa...
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borrowIT CT (Connecticard) Year Ends with February

February 2016 brings to a close the reporting period for 2015-2016 borrowiT CT (formerly Connecticard) loans.  Libraries should complete the report form (an Excel file) for their March 2015 thru February 2016 non-resident loans.  For more information go to borrowIT CT Report Form.Please send the completed form to Tom Newman (tom.newman@ct.gov) as an attachment and receipt will ...
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