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Resources for the 2019 Legislative Session

 

 

CLC Data, Background & Talking Points

 

Points to make

1. CLC is an incredible value for Connecticut.

  • WHAT CLC DOES
    Connecticut Library Consortium provides cooperative purchasing to over 750 Connecticut libraries.
    CLC saved Connecticut libraries over $7.3 million in 2017-18 by leveraging discounts through collective buying power.
  • WHAT CLC COSTS
    Cost to fund CLC at current level (underfunded): $124,402 - 3.5 cents per capita
    Cost to fund CLC at 2014 level (appropriately funded): $332,500 - 9 cents per capita

  • RETURN ON INVESTMENT IN CLC, FY17/18
    State Funding: $124,402
    Savings for Connecticut residents via libraries: $7,320,548
    Return on investment in CLC: $7,196,146

2. CLC cannot sustain more cuts.

  • CLC received a 47% cut in state funding in 2015, and additional cuts in 2016 and 2017.
  • The amount allocated for CLC for FY 17/18 and FY 18/19 was cut by another 33% due to holdbacks and rescissions.
  • The same amount is proposed for FY 19/20 and 20/21, for a total cut of 64% since 2014.
  • CLC has reorganized, reduced staffing, eliminated programs, increased member dues, and is currently using reserve funds to make up a portion of cut funding.
  • CLC is actively working to diversify its funding so it is less reliant on state support. However, it will be at least 3 years until CLC no longer requires state funding.
  • At current state funding levels, CLC will cease to exist in 3 years.

3. Funding CLC is essential.

  • CLC member libraries saved over $7.3 million in FY 2017-18 through CLC’s negotiated discounts, group purchasing programs and training.
  • Connecticut’s public libraries saved almost $55 for every $1 they invested in CLC in FY 2017-18.
  • 1,765 Connecticut library staff benefited from CLC’s free or low-cost professional development programs in FY 2016-17.
  • CLC is lean and mean: by employing a small staff that negotiates on behalf of over 750 libraries across the state, we reduce the effort, staff time and cost of purchasing library products and services by individual libraries – and greater discounts are realized by Connecticut libraries thanks to collective purchasing power. 

 

Actions to take

Contact your legislators about the value of CLC and why CLC is worth funding. This is the year to do one more thing and get out of your comfort zone! Here are some tools to help you:

  

Resources to support you

CLC Savings Data

The Case for CLC Funding

More Resources

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Contacts

  • For CLC-specific advocacy questions or CLC data/information, contact CLC at clc@ctlibrarians.org or 860.344.8777.
  • For all other questions and information, email the Connecticut Library Association at cla@ctlibrarians.org or contact any member of the CLA Board.

 

 

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