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CT INFORMATION LITERACY CONFERENCE
JUNE 11th, 2021
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Passport to Connecticut Libraries Postponed to September 2021
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 health crisis, CLA's beloved Passport to Libraries program has been postponed to September 2021. The registration fees collected from libraries will be used for the program in September.
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CLA Statement on library employees and covid-19 vaccine eligibility
The Connecticut Library Association affirms that library sector workers are an integral part of the state's re-opening, and ensuring our health and availability to aid patrons is key to moving forward at this time. I ask that the libraries be added for eligibility in vaccination group 1B, so we can safely continue the front line work of offering educational and cultural resources, digital access, and providing a safe haven for all. Our profession was accorded a distinct sector in the Governor's re-opening plan, and it is important that we also be specifically noted in the vaccination eligibility schedule. In doing so, our local health districts can administer the doses to library workers without need for interpretation of the guidelines. Already, public university library staff have been assigned to group 1B, and extending this designation to all libraries is the right next step.
CLA acknowledges and thanks the Department of Public Health and the Governor's office for all their efforts to combat the pandemic, and we want to be a part of a better 2021 for Connecticut as soon as safely possible.
President, Connecticut Library Association
CLA's Statement on Racism
The Connecticut Library Association condemns racism and injustice and is deeply saddened by the recent events in our country. We stand with the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), all our colleagues and library users who are subject to acts of racism, threats of violence and discrimination based on their race or ethnicity.
Libraries, by nature of their definition, are bastions of equal treatment, equal access and hope. I'm proud of Connecticut libraries as we serve our communities through these difficult times. We're actively providing resources, and safe virtual spaces for those wishing to educate themselves, as well as supporting those who depend on us. Racism in all its forms destroys communities. Let's continue to stand together to support those who need us most.
Has your library had any recent challenges to materials? Have there been other types of challenges, such as a patron privacy, library service issue or hate crime? ALA keeps track of these challenges. You can submit any challenges using this website. All personal and institutional information will be kept confidential.
Extended NELA Membership
CLA offers an “Extended Membership” with the New England Library Association (NELA). CLA members pay 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 has to offer.
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