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.


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 from September 2nd through September 30th. Based on the Wine Trail Passport Program in CT, this program will run during Library Card Sign Up Month in September. The program is open to both adults and children. 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. Every participating library will offer a Passport to their patrons, that each patron will take to any participating library to be stamped and receive a small gift. 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.

Flyer of participating libraries

Passport to CT Libraries Facebook page


I Love My Librarian Award
Nominations being accepted until September 24.

The Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award encourages library users to recognize the accomplishments of librarians in public, school, college, community college and university libraries for their efforts to improve the lives of people in their community.

For more information and to nominate a librarian, visit www.ilovelibraries.org/ilovemylibrarian.
The award is supported by Carnegie Corporation of New York and The New York Times.


Information Literacy Conference Links

Click here to view links and videos from the Info Literacy Conference that was sponsored by CULS recently.


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

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

CLA Children's Section 2014 Annual Meeting
Small Budget. . . BIG IDEAS!
October 17, 2014
9:00 AM EDT - 3:45 PM EDT
3D Printing at the Library: Makerspace Management
For librarians curious about the 3D printing craze and want to learn its practical applications. Geared to public and academic libraries.
October 17, 2014
9:30 AM EDT - 1:00 PM EDT
CLASS (CT Library Association Support Staff) Professional Development 2014 Conference
An opportunity for library support staff to learn new skills and to network with and learn from fellow support staff members from throughout the state.
November 06, 2014
9:00 AM EST - 3:30 PM EST
CLA Young Adult November Meet-Up
Recharge Your Programming: Reaching Teens Where They Are
November 07, 2014
9:00 AM EST - 3:00 PM EST