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The State Librarian's Column
I can remember a time when libraries were just assumed to be a public service worth funding. Advocacy for increased support rested on my annual statistics (output measures such as circulation, attendance at programs, etc.). Today, pressure on state and local budgets has grown and the traditional output measures are not always enough to demonstrate need or the value of library service in the community. more...
New Museum Website

Museum of Connecticut History logo

The Museum of Connecticut History recently launched a new website at more...

New Library Legislation

In 2004/05 the Advisory Council for Library Planning and Development convened a task force to consider possible revisions to the statutes affecting public libraries in Connecticut. The task force consisted of Vicki Baker, Three Rivers Community College and board member of the Otis Library in Norwich, chair; Theresa Conley, Lyme Public Library; Henry Dutcher, Enfield Public Library; Laurel Goodgion, Wethersfield Public Library; Nancy Johmann, Stratford Library Association; Mike Moran, Asnuntuck Community College; Richard Schreiber, Branford; and Louise Brundage, Friends of the Library, Hamden. more...

Legislative History and the Connecticut State Library

State Librarian Charles Hoadly to the state legislature’s Appropriations Committee, February 19, 1889:

"The appropriation that we ask for is precisely the same that it was two years ago. The salary of the Librarian is $1800 a year, or for the two years $3600.  Estimate for purchase of books for two years $2000 or $1000 for each year". more...

CSL and Depository Library Council

The Connecticut State Librarian Appointed to Depository Library Council

Acting Public Printer William H. Turri has appointed Connecticut State Librarian, Kendall Wiggin, to the Depository Library Council.  Mr. Wiggin will complete the remaining two years of the three year term vacated by Richer Akeroyd who has stepped down following his retirement from the New Mexico State Library. The Depository Library Council, composed of 15 members, advises the Public Printer on policy matters relating to the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) which traces its roots back almost 200 years.  The FDLP provides access to published information of all three U.S. more...

1863 News from Libby Prison
Captain Henry Clinton Davis, 18th Connecticut Volunteers, Civil War

Captain Henry Clinton Davis, 18th Connecticut Volunteers, Civil War, William C. more...

Civil War POW

A Letter from a Connecticut Civil War POW

Recently the New Hampshire Historical Society contacted me in hopes that I would accept a letter from Captain Henry Clinton Davis, Company A, 18th Connecticut Volunteers written from Libby Prison, the notorious Confederate facility for Union officers.  I agreed and the Society shipped the letter.  It is a short letter but one that accurately summarizes Davis's situation as a new prisoner of war. more...

Connecticut Archives Month

Connecticut Archives Month, October, 2007

This October, Connecticut joins in the nation-wide celebration of American Archives Month. If your organization maintains historical records, consider participating in this public awareness event. more...

1938 Hurricane Aerials

1938 Hurricane Photography Now Online

Aerials photo of flooded section of East Hartford after the 1938 Hurricane
Detail shows the Great Gordon Tire Works, 110 Connecticut Boulevard in East Hartford on Sept. more...

Open House Day
Connecticut Open House Day 2007

Gray skies and intermittent showers couldn't dampen the spirits of State Library staff and visitors celebrating this year's Connecticut Open House Day. more...

Combat Prints

Through the Federal Depository Library Program, the State Library recently received a collection of U.S. more...

Milestones 7/23/07

Milestones. Since the last issue of the CONNector:

Dennis Lubin retired July 1, 2007, after 31 years of service at the State Library. Dennis began is career as a Messenger and Supply Clerk and was assigned to Archives and the History and Genealogy Unit as a stack attendant. more...

The Connecticut CONNector Editorial Board

Kendall F. Wiggin, State Librarian

Editor: Bonnie Delaney

Library Specialist:
Hilary Frye

State Archivist:
Mark Jones

Unit Head, History and Genealogy
Richard C. Roberts

Administrator,CT Digital
William Sullivan

Director, Library for the Blind
and Physically Handicapped:
Carol Taylor

Curator, Museum of CT History:
David Corrigan

Sheila Mosman

Newsletter Production:
Bonnie Delaney

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