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Partnering with CLC

Vendors, CLC wants to work with YOU to bring the very best library products and services to CLC member libraries at the best possible prices.

    

Who We Are

CLC leverages "the power of WE" to save money and accomplish projects too large or costly for a single library. We help nearly 800 Connecticut libraries save, learn, and collaborate.

 

FAST FACTS
  • 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, mandated by Connecticut statute
  • Membership open to all libraries in the state of Connecticut - public, academic, school, and special
  • 2019 membership - 800 libraries:
       224 public libraries - 98% of Connecticut public libraries
       50 academic libraries - 85% of Connecticut academic institutions
       501 school libraries - 453 public, 48 private/parochial
       25 special libraries - includes corporate, non-profit, religious, etc.

INITIATIVES
  • CLC saves Connecticut libraries millions of dollars each year by leveraging the collective buying power of our members. We negotiate discounted prices on a wide variety of library resources and services essential to excellent library service for Connecticut citizens.
  • CLC’s statewide contracts for books, non-print media, and supplies enable members to waive their own bidding requirements and realize savings of up to 80% on mission-critical library materials.
  • CLC provides low-cost, high-impact library professional development by coordinating more than 30 member-driven “roundtables,” where members share knowledge and ideas about professional topics.
  • CLC arranges workshops, symposia, and collaborative events to help librarians improve service to their communities and keep up with the latest professional trends.
  • CLC partners with state agencies, businesses, and other non-profits to bring more programs and services to libraries, and to convey to a wider audience the essential role that libraries play in Connecticut’s 169 cities and towns.

 

What Makes Us Different

Trusted Brand. Engaging Content. Proven Success.

 

CLC has proven marketing strategies that help you reach Connecticut libraries effectively. In addition to a core marketing plan developed with each partner, we offer additional opportunities for marketing and sponsorships for a reasonable fee.

  • CLC is a trusted brand in the Connecticut library market. We visit our members, get to know them personally, and answer their calls and emails. When CLC promotes a product or service, members feel confident that it meets CLC’s strict quality standards.
  • CLC’s librarian marketers understand how to reach your target audience with engaging emails. We take the time to research your product and explain its benefits to our members.
  • CLC's email open rates are more than double the average for non-profit organizations.

Learn more: WHY PARTNER WITH CLC?

 

 

Working With CLC

CLC's goal is always the same: To bring our 800 members the very best library products and services at the best possible prices. While each contract is different, in order to partner with CLC you agree to the following:

  • You will only extend CLC member pricing/benefits to CLC member libraries.
  • You will verify CLC membership by consulting the current CLC member list or contacting CLC.
  • CLC members will receive a lower price than non-members, and/or an added benefit that non-members do not receive.
  • You will provide savings figures to CLC twice annually.

 

Let's Get Started

  • Ready to explore partnering with CLC with your product, service, or brand? We'd love to hear from you. Start the conversation by filling out our product intake form. [COMING SOON]
  • Questions? To explore working with CLC, inquire about our bids and contracts, or discuss marketing and sponsorship opportunities, contact Jennifer Keohane: jkeohane@ctlibrarians.org or 860.344.8777.

 

 

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