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JULY 2001Volume 3 Number 3

Connecticut State Library
Established 1854

State Library Board Notes

The State Library Board held their regular meeting on May 21, 2001 at the State Library. Board member Ed Sullivan thanked the Board for their contribution to Suffield's Kent Memorial Library in honor of his late wife and thanked them for their support.

Sharon Brettschneider, Director of Library Development demonstrated iCONN, the Connecticut Digital Library, and distributed information packets. iCONN provides online access to information resources in public libraries, schools, colleges, universities and in homes. The State Library is administering iCONN in conjunction with the Department of Higher Education as part of the Connectiuct Education Network. Individuals may use their library barcode to access iCONN from home or office.

Jack Shannahan, Chair of the Museum Advisory Committee (MAC), introduced those members of MAC who were present. Mr. Shannahan discussed several concerns of the Advisory Committee regarding the Museum. The State Library Board expressed interest in improving the dialogue with the MAC and agreed to appoint a few Board members to a joint committee to look at strategic Museum issues. In a related matter, the Board took under advisement a proposal from the MAC entitled "Towards the Museum's Centennial: Necessaries and Desireables."

Board member Fred Petersen, who also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Heritage Foundation, reported on the History on the Move project. The Foundation is seeking funding for this educational initiative which is designed to improve student and teacher awareness of Museum of Connecticut History's rich collections. The estimated budget for the project is $200,000 over two years. Informational packets have been developed and representatives of the Foundation have meet with several potential funders.

Dean Nelson, Administrator of the Museum of Connecticut History, reported on the need for an insurance appraisal of the Museum's Gilbert Stewart portrait of George Washington. The portrait is currently on loan to the Old State House.

A request by the State Librarian to adopt an Intellectual Property Policy was tabled by the Board. Several Board members wanted the policy statement to contain more specific language. Mr. Wiggin agreed to work with the Board to resolve the questions that were raised. The policy statement resulted from work done by the Intellectual Property Task Force which Mr. Wiggin had convened to explore the various Intellectual Property issues that the State Library faces.

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