Access to Justice Fair

Connecticut Judicial Branch - Access to Justice Fair - Wednesday, September 16th
You are invited!

As librarians, we must refer patrons to the best sources of information available. But sometimes, we need a little help learning about those resources. If you've even struggled to help a patron who has come to you looking for legal information or help, this program is for you.

Join us on September 16 at the University of Connecticut School of Law for the Justice Fair on Collaboration between Public Libraries, Legal Aid Providers, and the Judicial Branch. This program will kick off a series of legal resource continuing education workshops to be held around the state.

Speakers will include public and academic librarians, attorneys, judges, and law librarians from the legal aid community, Court Service Centers, and Judicial Branch law libraries.Topics will include current gaps in access to justice for CT residents, ways to bridge those gaps, and what we can do moving forward.

The deadline to register to attend the Justice Fair has been extended to Friday, September 4th.

Public librarians, if you have any questions or need further information please contact Dawn La Valle, Co-Chair, ATJ Working Group on Public Libraries at 860.757.6665


I Love My Librarian Award

Librarians touch the lives of the people they serve every day.  The I Love My Librarian Award encourages library users  to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians.  We want to hear how you think your librarian is improving the lives of the people in your school, campus or community.

Each year 10 librarians are selected. Each librarian receives a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a travel stipend to attend the awards ceremony and reception in New York City, hosted by The Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Each nominee must be a librarian with a master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association in library and information studies or a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational unit accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.  Nominees must be currently working in the United States in a public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or at an accredited K-12 school.

Nominations for the 2015 I Love My Librarian Award are open through September 28.
Go to to nominate a Connecticut librarian today!


2015 Conference Photos


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:

Upcoming Events

Public Libraries Section Fall Program
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October 14, 2015
9:30 AM EDT - 12:00 PM EDT
Passport to CT Libraries
Showcase our CT libraries by joining this program! Last year, participating libraries enjoyed many new visitors - make sure your library is one of them this year!
April 01, 2016 12:00 AM EDT to April 30, 2016 12:00 AM EDT