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NOVEMBER 2001Volume 3 Number 4

Connecticut State Library
Established 1854

State Library Board Notes

Photo of the David M. Hunt Library in .Falls Village
David M. Hunt Library, Falls Village

The State Library Board held their regular meeting on July 23, at the David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village. Vice-Chairperson Ed Sullivan conducted the meeting in the absence of Chairperson Ann Clark. Mr. Woods Sinclaire, Chair of the Hunt Library Board gave some history of the library, offered a tour after the meeting, and thanked Board member Fred Petersen for helping Doris Longaven and Cookie Kubarek, the Hunt Library's Director coordinate the meeting.

Mr. Wiggin reported that the State Police have completed their investigation of the Indians papers and the matter is now with the Attorney General's office. He also reported that the State Library has received a $77,500 grant from the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Foundation to continue the GreatkidsCT project.

Fred Petersen reported that the Corporate Partners Breakfast hosted by the Connecticut Heritage Foundation resulted in an AT&T Broadband offer of in-kind support to help get the History on the Move program going.

Mr. Wiggin reported that in the biennial budget that was finally passed, the State Library's book budget is $80,000 less than the previous year. This reduction will need to be addressed in the next legislative session. Also of concern; iCONN is funded for only one year. Since the databases that make up the iCONN are subscriptions, continued funding is needed.

In Board action, public library construction grant extensions were approved for: 

The Board tabled the Hagaman Memorial Library (East Haven) grant extension request.

The Board also approved twenty-four FY02 LSTA and Technology Act Grants totaling $229,042. Division of Library Development staff reviewed thirty-six grant applications requesting a total of $327,436. See page 11 for a complete list of the LSTA grant awards. In further action, the Board authorized the State Librarian to close all CSL facilities on Tuesday, October 30, 2001 for an All-Staff Development day. A resolution honoring the life of Phillip G. James was passed unanimously.

The resolution that Ann Clark and Ed Sullivan continue in their roles as Chair and Vice Chair of the State Library Board for another term was passed unanimously. The Board thanked Judge Hennessy and Mollie Keller for their work on the Nominations Committee.

The State Library Board held their regular meeting on September 24, 2001 at the State Capitol. Chairperson Ann Clark thanked the State Library Board for re-electing her for another term. The State Library Board Approved:

Mr. Wiggin stated that the Connecticut Heritage Foundation and AT & T Broadband sponsored an event marking the National Book Festival at the Noah Webster School, Hartford. Lt. Governor Rell and Geno Auriemma, Coach of the UConn Women's basketball team addressed almost 100 fourth graders and CSL staff member Kevin Johnson portrayed the civil war soldier, William Webb.

In other action the Board passed resolutions for following retiring State Library personnel:

Nancy L. Blount after 34 years of service; Joseph E. Starkowski after 37 years of service; Beverly L. Naylor after 37 years of service.

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