Thursday, July 2, 2015
Dear CLC members and friends,
I'm sure you heard that the Connecticut State Biannual Budget for FY 15-16/FY 16-17 was passed earlier this week. The state legislature and governor allocated $185,844 to the Connecticut Library Consortium. Our thanks goes to them for their support and recognition of the value of CLC and other library programs. Although CLC's final funding amount is 43% less than FY 14-15 funding, we know this was a very difficult budget year with many tough decisions to make. Please make a point of thanking your legislators and the governor for their support of not only cooperative library service units (CLC) but all library programs. You can read State Librarian Kendall Wiggin's summary of the FY15-16 budget on library programs here.
We wouldn't have made it through this budget season so successfully without you. Thanks to you and your patrons, the case was made to restore critical funding in order to ensure that important library services like CLC's continue across the state. We learned a lot during this budget season. We made great progress in defining the value of CLC to libraries. However, our elected officials and the public need a better understanding of how cooperative library service units (CLC) impact their local library and their own library experiences. Under the leadership of Carl Antonucci, Past Board Chair and Chair of the CLC Advocacy Committee, we have already begun to develop our advocacy plan for this year. We welcome your thoughts, input and assistance as we move forward.
Our annual meeting was held on Tuesday, June 23rd - the same evening that a dramatic storm swept across the state. Inside the Connecticut Historical Society we ate, drank, mingled with our colleagues and enjoyed the treasures around us - almost completely oblivious to the weather! You can see pictures of the event on our Facebook page. During the business meeting, the proposed budget, board nominations and dues increases were all passed unanimously. Look for updates about these on our website shortly.
We are all excited to begin a new year. With challenges come opportunities.
We will be reaching out to you to discuss your vision for CLC over the next few months, so look out!
Executive Director, Connecticut Library Consortium
234 Court St, Middletown, CT 06457
office: 860.344.8777 x103