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EXCITE Transformation for Libraries: Elihu Burritt Library, Central Connecticut State University

"ConnectU: Fall Into the Library," Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT

Working with the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development, the library will offer a series of discussions in the fall semester aimed at helping junior faculty make connections across departments and help to change the campus culture.

Project Details

Project Name: ConnectU: Fall Into The Library

Purpose: To build connections between the library and junior faculty, and to facilitate connections with colleagues across multiple disciplines to solve current issues and get inspired by each other

Grant Funding Amount: $3,000

Key Elements: Small group discussions in a comfortable, relaxed environment; first iteration will be a book discussion based on the book The Slow Professor, by Maggie Berg and Barbara K. Seeber, which addresses the issues facing academia in the 21st century.

Target Audience: Junior Faculty

Community Support: Provost, Friends of the Burritt Library, Center for Teaching & Faculty Development

Use of grant funds: Posters and bookmarks to promote the program, program supplies such as copies of the discussion book, comfortable furniture


  • To help junior faculty find their place in a new community, learn about new responsibilities, and determine the most effective teaching methods.
  • To compensate for the loss of University Hour
  • Start to change campus culture
  • To encourage connections across departments without requiring committee work

Team Members

five team members from Central Connecticut State University

Kristin D'Amato, Martha Kruy, Kristina Edwards, Susan Slaga Metivier, and Carl Antonucci


Presentation Slide

ConnectU presentation slide


Institute of Museum and Library Services

This project was made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, grant # RE-95-17-0068-17, in the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.

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