Legislative Update

Subsection 2(k)  of the 2014 Bonding Package (Senate Bill 29) was signed into law by Governor Malloy on 5/22/14.  This provision provides for $2.2M for our statewide e-Book Platform. Hooray!! We need every librarian in the state to quickly send an email to Governor Malloy, respectfully requesting him to approve this bonding allocation during the October meeting of the State Bonding Commission. Click here for more information and to read details of the Bill.


Joint ALA/CLA Student Membership Now Available

Library school students are eligible to join both ALA and the Connecticut Library Association at one low price of $35.00 a year. Join both state and national library associations and get connected to your future. Joint student members are full members of both associations, and receive all the benefits accorded to student members in each association. For ALA it includes: 6 issues of American Libraries magazine, weekly e-delivery of AL Direct, bi-monthly Student Direct, discounts on ALA and Division conferences, 10% discounts on ALA Editions and Graphics; Access to ALA scholarships, grants and travel opportunities.

For more information, or to join, visit: ctlibraryassociation.org/join.php

Passport to Connecticut Libraries

The Public Libraries Section is proud to sponsor the first Passport to CT Libraries program, running in 87 participating public libraries. The program ended on September 30th.  The objective is to build awareness of the value of the card as well as encouraging residents to explore the amazing diversity of our public libraries. At the end of the month, patrons will turn in their passports to any participating library to be entered in two drawings: Most Libraries Visited and one Random Drawing for all participants. The drawing will be for two adult prizes of $150.00 each and two children’s (under 18) of $100.00 each. For more details, visit the Passport to CT Libraries Facebook page


Declaration for the Right to Libraries
On April 16, 2014 CLA, working in conjunction with the Connecticut State Library and the Connecticut Library Consortium, held a poster session at the State Capitol to bring the Declaration for the Right to Libraries to life by visually illustrating its ten principles.  Legislators, politicians, and other visitors who walked the Capitol’s concourse were exposed to powerful, living examples of the work that is currently taking place in Connecticut libraries and why it is so important that they continue to support our institutions. They also had the opportunity to sign a copy of the Declaration. Attendees at the 123rd Annual Conference will also have the chance to add their signatures.

Upcoming Events

Open Source Library Software: A Discussion
Technical Services Section Fall Program
December 04, 2014
9:15 AM EST - 12:30 PM EST
Exhibitor Registration for 2015 CLA Conference
You are invited to display your company’s products and/or services at the 124th Annual Conference of the Connecticut Library Association, to be held on Monday, April 27, and Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at the Mystic Marriot Hotel & Spa in Groton, Connecticut.
April 27, 2015 7:00 AM EDT to April 28, 2015 5:00 PM EDT