Virtual library now open in Connecticut
- By Dibya Sarkar
- Jun 04, 2001
Using a high-speed digital network shared among schools, universities and
libraries, Connecticut has opened a virtual library to the public.
Full-text information and databases in the Connecticut Digital Library
(www.iconn.org) are available to remote users at home and to on-site users
in all state public libraries; libraries in museums, historical societies
and hospitals; public and private schools; colleges and universities; and
"If accessing from home, we have to authenticate that you are actually
a Connecticut resident as opposed to anyone else from the world," said Sharon
Brettschneider, development division director with the Connecticut State
Library, which oversees the digital library along with the state Department
of Higher Education.
Anyone with a state library card, which has a unique bar code number,
can access information and be automatically authenticated from anywhere
in the world.
The site contains several full-text periodical databases and thousands
of indexed journals and magazines. The site also has a reader advisory database
where users can ask for recommendations on books.
More databases will be added over time. Audio and video streaming are