New National Public Library Data Released

The Institute of Library and Museum Services has just announced the release of the Annual Data and Survey Results of American Public Libraries.  Data from the Public Library Survey of United States public libraries is now available for download for FY2015. Once again the Connecticut State Library has developed data visualization tools, based on this new data, that allow states...
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Public Library Annual Report

Information on completing the 2017 Annual Report to the State Library was e-mailed to all public library directors recently.  The Annual Report is critical for state and national data gathering on public libraries. Libraries will again be using an Excel report form (an .xlsx file) which you will fill out and then send back to me.  See the Annual Report web-page for: A prin...
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Public Library Construction Grants, 2017

The State Legislature has not yet passed a capital budget this year, but the State Library still expects to be accepting library construction grant applications this year.  Should the program receive the additional bond funding requested for this year, we will be accepting grant applications from public libraries for library expansion, new buildings, major alterations, remodeli...
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Important borrowIT CT Information

Attention Public Libraries: borrowIT CT (formerly Connecticard) funding was reduced from  $837,540 in FY2016 to $781,820 in FY2017. 2016-2017 borrowIT CT Lending and Payments.  Public libraries lent  3,763,472 items to non-residents during the 2016-2017 year (which ended with February).  Payments should go out to libraries within the next few weeks. Your Library...
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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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Connecticut State Library Announces The Edge Initiative is Back!

  For Immediate Release: August 24, 2016          Connecticut State Library Announces The Edge Initiative is Back!     (Hartford, CT) The Connecticut State Library is happy to announce that the Edge Initiative Technology Assessment Toolkit is now available to public libraries in Connecticut. Edge is a groundbreaking project helping libraries create...
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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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