Discounted NELA Membership Now Available


The Connecticut Library Association (CLA) is excited to launch the new “Extended Membership” with the New England Library Association (NELA).

CLA Members can take advantage of this opportunity by paying a discounted fee of only $20 per year ($15 for students and retirees) when joining or renewing your CLA membership. 

By joining both CLA and NELA, you will receive the full benefits that each of the organizations have to offer.  

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! URGENT ADVOCACY ALERT !

On June 26, Governor Malloy published his EXECUTIVE ORDER RESOURCE ALLOCATION PLAN FISCAL YEAR 2018 (see the State Library summary page B-60). This budget went into effect on July 1, 2017

Under this plan, the Connecticut State Library would see an 18% cut to an already bare bones budget.  State funding is eliminated for the Connecticut Library Consortium (CLC) and the budgets for researchIT and materials for the State Library's law collection are cut in half. This plan will remain in effect until the Governor and the General Assembly adopts and the Governor signs either an interim or a biennium budget.

These cuts would cripple CLC, threaten Connecticut’s federal LSTA funds, and mean drastic cuts in statewide electronic resources, made available to every library and every person in Connecticut. 

We need you to call, write or meet with your legislators NOW. It is very important that they hear loud and clear from the library community what these cuts would mean to libraries and library service to the residents of Connecticut.

Urge them to vote for a budget that makes library services whole including funding for Cooperative Library Service Units (CLC), the Statewide Digital Library (researchIT), Interlibrary Loan Delivery Service (deliverIT) and Connecticard payments (borrowIT).  Help them understand how these cuts impact your library and library services across the state. Although the Governor’s plan is an interim plan, we need to make sure this elimination of funding does not become permanent.
More information can be found on our Advocacy page.

Annual Conference 2017




Upcoming Events

ADA Committee Fall Program 2017
Disability Rights and Access for All
October 03, 2017
9:30 AM EDT - 12:30 PM EDT
Customer Service Fall Workshop
Customer Service in the Trenches
October 11, 2017
10:00 AM EDT - 12:30 PM EDT
Children's Section Annual Fall Workshop 2017
Go with the Flow; Trends in Youth Services
October 13, 2017
9:30 AM EDT - 4:30 PM EDT
Technical Services Section Fall Program 2017
Should It Stay Or Should It Go: Right-sizing (Weeding) Your Collection
October 18, 2017
9:30 AM EDT - 12:00 PM EDT
Welcoming Innovation with CLASS: CLA Support Staff Professional Development Conference 2017
This conference is an opportunity for library support staff to learn new skills and to network with fellow support staff members from throughout the state.
October 27, 2017
8:30 AM EDT - 3:30 PM EDT