iCONN News

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Classroom of my Dreams - CECA Monday in Meriden

The 2005 CECA - Connecticut Educators Computer Association Conference is on Monday, don't forget! Jane E., Sharon B., Bill, and Ken will be all be at the Library Trendspotting workshop offered by CLC tomorrow in Hartford. The whole event sounds exciting, but I will be here at the office. Maybe next year!

The manager of the Farmington B&N store was wonderfully enthusiastic about Love Your Library in a meeting with him and Farmington Library's point person - Hal Bright - on the LYL project this AM. It looks like they'll probably work out a 3-library wish list table, because the Farmington store's patron base extends to people from New Britain & Newington as well. I'm glad that to see that partnership starting off on a good note!

Bibliomation has the Love Your Library promotion already up on their homepage. I'm hoping that the other library consortia will be able to support the event, as well (I suspect they will)!

Wednesday, October 19, 2005


The October edition of iCONN Times is now available! Today's Connecticut Digital Library Advisory Board was well-attended with a number of projects being highlighted, including Steve Cauffman's recent update of the "10 Big Ideas for Using iCONN to Raise the Challenge Level of all Students" brochure, which will be out at CECA on Monday and CEMA on Nov. 7. As soon as it's finalized, we'll be posting it on our website as well.

We've updated the loveyourlibrary.com site and are almost finished with the Schools' Toolkit CD. Tomorrow will see us busily producing brochures, working on Love Your Library (I'll be in an AM meeting at Farmington PL... in the afternoon, I'll be getting press releases out to media outlets about the LYL event). We also got several requests for bookmarks & similar materials that we'll have to produce & ship out. Keeps us "out of trouble", as Steve C. here at iCONN would say!

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Love Your Library Days - a partnership effort

CLC features Love Your Librarydays on their webpage! They've done a very nice job - I like how they "watermarked" one portion of their page with the Love Your Library logo.

It's great working cross-agency on a project like this. Deb Zulick, the Connecticut Library Consortium's Project Manager, is working very closely with myself and Donna Serafino from the Manchester Barnes & Noble (their Community Relations Manager). Of course, what makes the project so exciting is also the level of participation and enthusiasm we're seeing from so many Connecticut librarians!

Though everyone's busy with their own projects and events, the response of CLA was to wholeheartedly endorse Love Your Library days! We've already begun our "road trip" to various roundtables to inform librarians not already in the know about the project. We're doing 5 meetings this week, if you include the CT Digital Library Advisory Board meeting, which takes place tomorrow afternoon.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Love Your Library this Holiday

The Love Your Library website is now live (it will be www.loveyourlibrary.com once the domain name registration filters through the internet! From the website, you should be able to get to whatever information you may need to support the Love Your Library holiday shopping event at Barnes & Noble stores on December 2nd and 3rd! There are ideas on how to promote Love Your Library, lists of participating stores, press releases, and - of course - the all-important Love Your Library vouchers that must accompany purchases used to support Connecticut libraries!

In order to get the word out among our fellow librarians, Deb Zulick and I (and Kirsten Kilbourn in some cases), will be doing the Love Your Library tour - crossing the state to attend various CLC roundtables and promote the program. Here's the current schedule of LYL-related meetings for October:

  • Mon., Oct. 17 - Children's Librarians' Roundtable - Windsor

  • Wed., Oct. 19 - Connecticut Digital Library Advisory Board Mtg - Middletown

  • Wed., Oct. 19 - School Library Media Specialist Roundtable - West - Torrington

  • Thurs., Oct. 20 - Farmington meeting (Farmington P.L. & Farmington B&N point people)

  • Fri., Oct. 21 - Enfield meeting (Enfield P.L. & Enfield B&N point people)

  • Mon., Oct. 24 - CEMA - Meriden

  • Tue., Oct. 25 - School Library Media Specialist Roundtable - Northeast, Willimantic

  • Wed., Oct. 26 - School Library Media Specialist Roundtable - Southeast, Old Lyme

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

"Love Your Library" with Holiday Shopping at Barnes & Noble

"Love Your Library" with Holiday Shopping at Barnes & Noble
The Connecticut Library Association, Connecticut Library Consortium and the Connecticut State Library are partnering with Barnes & Noble Booksellers to Love Your Library this holiday season.

On Friday, December 2nd and Saturday, December 3rd, Barnes & Noble will donate up to 25% of every sale at Connecticut and select out-of-state store locations to Connecticut's libraries! To qualify, purchases must be accompanied by a Love Your Library voucher. The funds will be used to help underwrite the purchase of additional iCONN databases, thus benefiting all of Connecticut's libraries.

Love Your Library vouchers and promotional materials are being designed and will be distributed to all public libraries in the state electronically and via ConnectiCar this fall. The voucher will also appear on the back of this year's "Children's Books for Holiday Giving" brochure.

The Love Your Library program is not applicable to purchases made through barnesandnoble.com. See below for directions and hours for all participating store locations.

Please invite your patrons, students, colleagues, family and friends to "Love their Libraries" by shopping at Barnes & Noble stores on December 2nd and 3rd. Libraries will benefit - and thus, so will they!

North Haven
West Hartford
Holyoke, MA
Worcester, MA
Warwick, RI