Thursday, March 12, 2015
Thank you to all of our members who supported Connecticut libraries and CLC at the public hearing at the state legislature last week. Kate Byroade (Cragin/Colchester), Beth Crowley (Scranton/Madison & CLA VP), Glenn Grube (Avon), Scott Hughes (Bridgeport), and Jennifer Keohane (CLC) all gave compelling testimony on behalf of CLC and Connecticut libraries (see photos). Many others were there on a slippery, snowy night to show support, and still more took the time to compose and send written testimony. CLA's lobbyist, Bobby Shea, felt that all of our efforts were heard and well received. We are on our way! If you submitted written testimony, even if it is not specifically about CLC, please take a moment to send a copy to us at email@example.com - thanks. If you'd like to read Jennifer Keohane's testimony and see other documents we prepared, please see the links below.
CLC is working with the CLA Legislative Committee on an advocacy plan, which will include concrete actions that all of our members can take. CLA has retained Libby Post, an advocacy consultant, to help refresh our traditional efforts and materials and provide advocacy training for those new to the process. Watch our website, social media, and listservs for more information.
Save these dates!
- Wednesday, March 25, 2:00pm - Learn How to Support Libraries Webinar - for all library directors, library staff, media specialists, trustees and Friends. More info to follow.
- Wednesday, April 15, 12:00pm - Library Lobby Day at the Capitol - Come and show the legislature what libraries are in danger of losing ... celebrate National Library Week ... "Take Your Child to the Capitol" day ... and more!
What can you do now?
When the time comes to start writing letters, you will want to be prepared with specific ways that CLC and other Connecticut library programs have made an impact on your library. Here are some things to consider when preparing to advocate for CLC:
- Know what your library saved by buying products/services with CLC's discounts. You can look up this figure yourself on our web site by logging into your library/school record (not your own personal record). Click for more information on how to do this.
- Think about a product that you purchased through CLC, and specific ways that it has helped you improve service to your patrons/students. JobNow, Scholastic Flix products, and Turnitin are some popular examples. Would your library/school have been able to purchase this product without the savings CLC negotiated? If so, what other valuable service(s) would have been cut to make up the difference?
We all know that CLC is about more than dollars saved, but right now, dollars are what we all need to highlight in order to demonstrate our value.
As always, if you have questions or want more information, please contact Jennifer Keohane at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203.915.2465 (cell). Thank you for your ongoing support. Go libraries!
Documents presented at March 3, 2015 public hearing