Friday, February 02, 2007

New issue of iCONN Times just released

New BLOG to assess state library needs

The Advisory Council on Library Planning and Development and the Connecticut State Library are currently engaged in a planning process for the Library Service and Technology Act (LSTA) program in the state.
As part of this process, Sharon Brettschneider (Director, Division of Library Development Connecticut State Library) has set up a blog to gather input to better understand the needs of Connecticut libraries and the trends they see affecting their future. This discussion will help us develop a plan for the use of LSTA funds during the next five years. In addition to holding focus groups and conducting an online survey we also wanted to try blogging as an alternative way to 'talk' with libraries.
Please visit the blog, ( post your comments and subscribe to the feed to have new entries sent to your email.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

CEMA workshop for Teachers and Library Media Specialists to collaborate on CMT and CAPT test preparation

"Developing and Assessing Collaborative Lessons Directly Related to Connecticut Standardized Test Strands" will be presented by Audrey Church, the coordinator of the School Library Program at Longwood College in Virginia.

This event will take place on Monday, April 30, 2007 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cromwell. Registration begins at 8:30 am (with coffee, etc.). The program will be from 9:00 to 3:00, with snacks and a box lunch provided. CEU's will be offered (0.5). The cost is $40 per person. The registration flyer may be found at .

New RFP for Computer Assisted Writing, Instruction, and Testing

An RFP for Computer Assisted Writing, Instruction, and Testing has been mailed to Superintendents this week. The grant program funds districts with up to $70,000 for the purchase of laptop computers, online writing applications, and professional development in using computers and applications to advance teaching and learning of writing in 9th and 10th grades. Download a copy of the rfp If you have any question please contact Karen Kaplan @ For additional information, attend one of the bidder’s conferences being held for interested applicants. They will be on February 8, 3:00 – 5:00 at ACES, and February 26, 2:00 – 4:00 at CREC.