“To passers-by on Brush Hill Road, the New Fairfield Free Public Library looks picture-perfect and inviting, with yellow marigolds lining the red-brick walkways and lush plantings bordering its exterior. But inside, the 10,000-square-foot building is showing its age. The groaning heating and air-conditioning system has been known to shut down when the weather gets too hot or too cold, an outdated lighting system makes reading difficult in some areas, and there is no way for persons with mobility problems who park in the lower lot behind the building to get to the adult section at street level.” (via Stamford Advocate)
“Books, computers and DVDs at the Woodbury Public Library were ruined by a flood of water, and now, crews are trying to clean up after a pipe burst this weekend. All the damage occurred sometime after director Pat Lunn closed up the library at 5 p.m. on Saturday. She said she received a phone call on Sunday. “The electricity was off, there was water running everywhere,” Lunn said. A 33-year-old pipe burst and sent water into the reference collection, where it damaged books and other items. The water even got into the elevator; however, the historic document collection was unharmed, Lunn said.” (via WFSB 3 Connecticut)
“Connecticut lawmakers are sending the governor a bill mandating a study of the availability of e-books to Connecticut public libraries.The Senate voted Thursday, 34-0, to require the commissioner of consumer protection to report to the General Assembly on the issue by Feb 1.” (via AP)
“Lawmakers are calling for a study of the availability of e-books to Connecticut public libraries. The state House of Representatives voted Tuesday 143-0 to pass a bill requiring the commissioner of consumer protection to report to the General Assembly on the issue by Feb 1. The bill, which originally called on publishers to offer e-books to libraries at a reasonable price, was amended to reflect lawmakers’ concerns about the likelihood of lawsuits.” (via AP)
Patch – “Starting this week the state’s Judicial Branch is now making some of its civil court case documents available to the public through the agency’s website. Previously, listings of cases were publicly available online and details about actions on them were also accessible through the Judicial Branch website, but visitors to the site could not access individual documents filed in civil cases. That information was publicly available only at regional courthouses and at some of Connecticut’s law libraries.
AP – “The University of Connecticut is preserving about 5,000 fragile court documents from Puerto Rico dating to the 19th century and putting them online for researchers, scholars and genealogists. The double-sided, handwritten documents cover civil disputes over land, slaves and livestock that occurred in the Arecibo court district from 1844 to 1900.”
AP – “Even though Connecticut’s Department of Correction is currently working on new rules for its prison libraries, a bill requiring standards for the books inmates can check out is still advancing through the General Assembly.”