Meeting/Event Information



2017 CLA Annual Conference
Register today! Uncharted Waters: Navigating the Changing Tides in Librarianship
Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa
625 North Road (Route 117)
Groton, CT 06340



May 4-5, 2017

Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa, Groton

Featuring an exciting line-up of keynote speakers, plus two full days of workshops and speakers, and plenty of opportunities to connect with colleagues and exhibitors. Parking, breakfast, coffee/snack breaks, and a hot buffet lunch are included in the registration rate.

Preliminary Program Lineup

For Exhibits Only registration, click here

Members of NELA, NYLA, or any other New England State Library Association click here to register. 

**Early Bird Registration** - Register by March 31, 2017
Members One Day: $115 /  Both Days: $170
Non-Members One Day: $150 / Both Days: $220
Payments for Early Bird Registration must be received at the CLA office by 3/31/2017 to receive the discounted rate. If you are paying by check, the CLA office must receive your check by March 31. 

If registering in advance, payment in full must be received by CLA 5 days in advance of the conference. If registering at the door, payment in full is required. We cannot provide refunds, but if you are unable to make it to the Conference, you can transfer your admission to someone else. Please contact the CLA office at least 2 days before the event at 860-346-2444 to make these arrangements.

After March 31, 2017, the following rates apply for Member and Non-Member registration:

  One Day Both Days
CLA Member $150 $230
Non-Member $195 $300
Students, Unemployed, or Retired* $80 $125
Exhibits Only** $25 N/A

*Students, Unemployed, or Retired must be CLA members to register at the reduced rate. This rate requires a 2-hour volunteer commitment per day.

**The Exhibits Only rate includes access to the Exhibit Hall only. It does not include lunch or access to any breakout sessions, keynotes, or the Escape Room.


 Not a CLA member yet?

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Don't miss out on all the great benefits, in addition to qualifying for the discounted conference rates.

Directions & Parking
The Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa is located at 625 North Road (Route 117), Groton, Connecticut. A map and more detailed directions are available on their online map. All CLA Conference attendees can park for free in the hotel parking lot!

Special Hotel Conference Room Rate
The conference room rate is $145/night plus tax. To reserve a hotel room for the conference, please use the Hotel Reservation Link or call 877-901-6632.


Escape Room on Thursday Evening 
The fun doesn't stop at the conference! Join us Thursday evening after the last breakout session for "Escape From the Haunted Library" - A fun, puzzle-filled event. You and your teammates are trapped in a haunted library, and the only way out is by solving puzzles presented by some of literature's greatest monsters. Can you crack the mystery of who trapped you here, and then figure out how to escape? Presented by Eric Berlin, author of The Puzzling World of Winston Breen and its sequels, creator of Puzzle Your Kids (, and frequent contributor to the New York Times crossword puzzle.

We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or check as payment. If paying by check, please be advised that your registration will not be completed until payment is received. You will be notified via email when your check is received and your registration is processed.

P.E.G.  (Proficiency Enhancement Grants)Need help paying for the conference? PEG provides funding to help members of the Connecticut Library Association improve their knowledge and skills. PEG funds some expenses for continuing education programs, workshops, seminars, courses, institutes, and other activities. More info here.

Special Accommodations
The Connecticut Library Association seeks to provide reasonable accommodations by request for physical access, communications, or other needs to ensure that services, activities, and programs are available to individuals with disabilities. Accommodation requests may include, but are not limited to, sign language interpretation, assistive listening devices, or written material in alternative format.

If you have a request for accommodation, please submit information at least 21 days in advance of the conference to Maria Bernier, ADA Committee Chair, at Include a description of the accommodations are you requesting, and describe any equipment you are requesting to be provided.

The Americans with Disabilities Act does not require the Connecticut Library Association to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or services, or impose an undue financial or administrative burden.


We look forward to seeing you at the conference!


2016 CLA President

Karen Jensen
James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford

Conference Committee Co-Chairs

Kristina Edwards
Burritt Library, CCSU

Sara Martone
Guilford Free Library, Guilford

Conference Exhibits Co-Chairs

Brandie Doyle
Russell Library, Middletown
Katy Dillman
James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford


Future Meetings

September 22, 2017

CLA Membership "Mystery Meet-Up"

September 22, 2017
6:30 PM EDT - 9:00 PM EDT

CLA Membership "Mystery Meet-Up"
To be announced

Friday, September 22nd at 6:30 PM the town of Fairfield, CT.

October 03, 2017

ADA Committee Fall Program 2017

October 03, 2017
9:30 AM EDT - 12:30 PM EDT

Welles-Turner Memorial Library
2407 Main St
Glastonbury, CT 06033

Disability Rights and Access for All

October 11, 2017

Customer Service Fall Workshop

October 11, 2017
10:00 AM EDT - 12:30 PM EDT

Wallingford Public Library
200 North Main Street
Wallingford, CT 06492-3791

Customer Service in the Trenches

October 13, 2017

Children's Section Annual Fall Workshop 2017

October 13, 2017
9:30 AM EDT - 4:30 PM EDT

Wallingford Public Library
200 North Main Street
Wallingford, CT 06492-3791

Go with the Flow; Trends in Youth Services

October 18, 2017

Technical Services Section Fall Program 2017

October 18, 2017
9:30 AM EDT - 12:00 PM EDT

Farmington Library Community Room
6 Monteith Drive
Farmington, CT 06032

Should It Stay Or Should It Go: Right-sizing (Weeding) Your Collection

October 27, 2017

Welcoming Innovation with CLASS: CLA Support Staff Professional Development Conference 2017

October 27, 2017
8:30 AM EDT - 3:30 PM EDT

University of Hartford, Harry Jack Gray Center
200 Bloomfield Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06117

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.

April 01, 2018

Passport to Connecticut Libraries

April 01, 2018 12:00 AM EDT to April 30, 2018 9:00 PM EDT

Passport to CT Libraries

Join the Public Libraries Section in encouraging people to explore the diversity of libraries all over Connecticut