Funding for Statewide eBook Platform Approved by State Bond Commission

On January 13, the State Bond Commission approved $2.2 million for the Connecticut State Library to develop and implement a statewide eBook platform, thus making Connecticut one of the first states to develop a statewide library eBook service bringing equity of access to eBooks to all residents of Connecticut. Read the full press release here. 

From Carl Antonucci – Chair – CLA Legislative Committee: "On behalf of the CLA Legislative Committee, I would like to express thanks to everyone in the Connecticut library community for all of the emails, letters and phone calls that were made to our legislators and the Governor in support of the Statewide eBook Platform. I would also like to thank or lobbyist, Bobby Shea, for all of his hard work and Ken Wiggin for his leadership on this important issue for all libraries in our state. Go Libraries!"


CLA Awards

Do you know an outstanding librarian in Connecticut? How about a volunteer who has made a significant contribution to a library? What about support staff? Did you provide an excellent program or service to your community in 2014? It's time to nominate the best of the best for the CLA Awards. The full list of awards available and submission form is here. Deadline is Friday, February 27, 2015. Awards will be presented at the Annual Conference.


Annual Publicity Awards Contest

The CLA Publicity Committee sponsors an Annual Awards Contest. Materials designed by a library to promote a library concept or event may be submitted. A panel of professional designers/artists and a representative from the library field will choose the winning entries. Winners will be honored at a CLA Conference. Program and winning entries will be displayed at the CLA Conference. Entry guidelines and submission form are available here. Deadline is January 31, 2015.


Call for Nominations

If you’ve been looking for a way to become more involved with CLA here’s your chance. The following offices are up for election in the Spring of 2015:

  • Vice President/President Elect (one year, followed by a one year term as President)
  • Treasurer Elect (one year, followed by a two year term as Treasurer)
  • Recording Secretary (two year term)
  • Region 1 Representative (two year term)
  • Region 4 Representative (two year term)
  • Region 5 Representative (two year term)
  • NELA Representative (two year term)
  • ALA Chapter Councilor (three year term)

Please click on this link if you are unsure which region your organization belongs to. If you’re interested in being nominated for one of these offices contact Richard Conroy ( Even if you’re not personally interested in serving, but know someone who would be a good candidate, please urge that person to contact Richard. You must be a CLA member in good standing to be nominated. Serving on the CLA Board is a great way to expand your network of professional colleagues, as well as an excellent potential career booster!


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

CLA Executive Board Meeting Feb. 5, 2015
Monthly meeting of the CLA Board
February 05, 2015
9:30 AM EST - 12:00 PM EST
2015 Annual Conference Registration
The 124th Annual Conference will be held at Mystic Marriott Hotel and Spa in Groton, CT on April 27 and 28, 2015.
April 27, 2015 7:00 AM EDT to April 28, 2015 6:00 PM EDT
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 8:00 AM EDT to April 28, 2015 5:00 PM EDT