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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Save Net Neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission has opened a public proceeding to roll back network neutrality protections instituted in 2015. Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers (ISPs) must enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source and without favoring or blocking specific services or websites.

The ALA has been on the front lines of the net neutrality battle with the FCC, Congress and the federal courts for more than a decade, working in coalition with other library and higher education organizations as well as broader coalitions of net neutrality advocates.

Absent strong, enforceable net neutrality protections, ISPs have the financial incentive and opportunity to sell priority access to certain content providers. Enforceable rules are essential for libraries to fulfill our missions and serve our patrons. Tell the FCC to Save Net Neutrality.


 

! 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 will go 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 Event

2017 Leadership Skills Development Institute
Building A Better Librarianship: Cross Training Ourselves for the Future
August 11, 2017
9:00 AM EDT - 4:00 PM EDT