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OneGreatThingOne Great Thing
What if your books could talk?
At the Tunxis Community College Library, they do! 
The Tunxis librarians were thinking about how great their collection is, and wanted the students to "see" it as they walked toward the computers. "We wanted the books to scream," says library director Lisa Lavoie. "We wanted them to reach out and talk to the students - and we love having conversation in every aspect of the library." With that, the idea of talking books that call you into the stacks was born. What makes this Great Idea adaptable for any library? Use any attention-grabbing quote you like, and make it appropriate for any audience.  Think what you could do in YA or children's or science or business! The short message format perfectly suits a population raised on 140 character communication. This could be a DIY project for the average or even below-average crafty librarian. Now that's a Great Thing. 
See more of Tunxis' signs on Flickr.

Every month we'll share the best of your ideas, tips and innovations gleaned from the Roundtables and you! Would you like your Great Thing to be featured? Submit to, subject line "One Great Thing." Include a brief description and links to photo and article/description on your web site.

DiscountsQADiscounts Q&A
Connie Sear, Director of Product Research & Purchasing


As we celebrate the one year anniversary of our discount department's reorganization, it occurs to me that it's a good time to review some of our policies and practices with you. Below are some of the questions we've fielded in the past year. If you have more questions, please contact me at or 860.344.8777. 


Q: Does CLC receive commissions or keep a percentage of the negotiated savings on the products and services members purchase?

A: No. Although many consortiums do, we operate more like a member cooperative, passing the savings on to you. Our discount department does not create a revenue stream for CLC.


Q: Then why is there a 3% billing charge on some of the things I buy through CLC?

A: This charge is only applied when CLC bills you, not when you are billed directly by the supplier. We add this fee in order to recoup some of our costs (staff time, expenses associated with carrying debt and collections). Charging this fee helps us keep membership dues as low as possible. Members who are benefiting from a CLC-negotiated discount help to cover their participation costs, while non-participating members are not penalized by having to pay for a service they are not using.


Q: If it costs me 3% to have CLC handle the billing, why don't you just have all the suppliers bill me?

A: When CLC handles the billing, it generally saves the suppliers money and enables them to offer a deeper discount. CLC handles billing when doing so enables our members to realize additional savings.


Q: How long do I have to pay CLC's invoices?

A: The due date is on your invoice. Payment is expected in 30 days, but as a member courtesy, no late fees are assessed until 60 days from the invoice date.


Q: How much are the late fees and why should I pay them?

A: After 60 days, CLC issues a one-time late fee invoice equaling 5% of the original invoice total. Late fee invoices are due upon receipt. CLC usually has to pay suppliers before receiving payment from our members - and the longer the gap between the two, the greater the cost. Issuing late fee invoices and spending staff time on collection efforts also increase costs. CLC is a member organization - making timely payments benefits everyone.

Were You There?
eBook Bill Hearing
Hunger Games display at CLA ebook hearing
CLC is closely following the progress of Proposed House Bill 5614 concerning ebooks and libraries in Connecticut, and helped get the word out about the bill hearing that took place on February 7 in Hartford. Visit, "like" CLC on Facebook, or subscribe to our mailing list for updates. To grab the image above and others like it, visit CLC on Flickr

LAT Product Demo
LAT demo
On January 23 at the Middletown Library Service Center, a representative from LAT demonstrated the latest self-check and media storage products for all types of libraries. CLC is offering a group purchase opportunity on LAT products through March 25.
CalendarFebruary/March Calendar

Wednesday, February 20
Northeast (Region 3) DVD & CD Swap
9:30am, Willimantic Library Service Center

Thursday, February 21
Northwest (Region 1) DVD Swap
9:00am, Harwinton Town Hall

Friday, February 22
Southwest (Region 4) DVD Swap
9:30am, Southbury Public Library

Monday, February 25
CLC Non-Profit Partnership Expo
9:30am, Southern CT State University

Monday, February 25
(rescheduled from 2/11)
Children's Librarians Roundtable Capitol Region
2:00pm, Wethersfield Library

Monday, February 25
Library "Newbie" Roundtable
6:30pm, Prospect Public Library

Tuesday, February 26
Services to Older Adults Roundtable
9:30am, Bristol Public Library

Wednesday, February 27
Southeast (Region 6) DVD Swap
9:00am, East Lyme Public Library

Wednesday, February 27
Young Adult Librarians Roundtable Fairfield County
9:30am, Norwalk Public Library

Wednesday, February 27
(rescheduled from 2/13)
Young Adult Librarians Roundtable Capitol Region
9:30am, Richmond Memorial Library, Marlborough

Thursday, February 28
Valley-Shore Library Directors Roundtable
8:30am, Essex Library

Thursday, February 28
CLC Board of Directors Meeting
2:00pm, Russell Library Administrative Offices, Middletown

Monday, March 4
Children's Librarians Roundtable Northwest
9:30am, Harwinton Public Library

Tuesday, March 5
Elementary School Teacher-Librarian Roundtable Fairfield County
4:30pm, Miller-Driscoll School, Wilton

Wednesday, March 6
FLIC & Playaway Swaps
10:00am, Middletown Library Service Center

Friday, March 8
Young Adult Librarians Roundtable Eastern CT
10:00am, Willimantic Library Service Center

Saturday, March 9
CLC/CASL Mini-Conference
8:30am, Chase Collegiate School, Waterbury

Monday, March 11
Marketing Roundtable
10:00am, Goshen Public Library

Tuesday, March 12
Interlibrary Loan Roundtable East
1:00pm, Westbrook Public Library

AroundtheLibrariesAround the Libraries


Gail Avino has retired after 20 years of work in ILL and circulation at Hall Memorial Library, Ellington.  


Louise Berry, director of Darien Library, has announced her retirement effective February 28, 2014. Alan Kirk Gray, currently the Chief Administrative Officer, will take over the position in March 2014.  


Ruth Gaffey, Head of Children's Services at the Wallingford Public Library, has announced her retirement as of this spring after 20 years at WPL.   


Debbie Herman, formerly of the Burritt Library at Central CT State University and past president of CLA, is the new director of the Manchester Community College Library. 


Margaret Leary, who worked at the Preston Library and was most recently director of the Salem Library before retiring, passed away January 22, 2013. (Obituary)


Sherman Library director Millie Loeb reports that during construction, the library has been relocated to 1 Route 37 East. All services are up and running, including ILL, but with a limited catalog. The new building is expected to be open before fall.  


Luisa Sabin-Kildiss is the new executive director of the Norfolk Library. Previously, she spent six years as a public library director in New York, where she worked at the Catskill Public Library and the Chatham Public Library in Greene and Columbia Counties.  


Diane Stackpole and the Stratford Library's Youth Review Board were featured in a cover photo and article in the February 2013 issue of VOYA. The Youth Review Board is celebrating its 25th anniversary.    


Jean Tsang, director of the Milford Public Library, has announced her retirement as of late June. 


John Wiehn, formerly of the Whittemore Library in Naugatuck, is the new director of the Prospect Public Library. 


Janet Woycik has announced her retirement as director of the C.H. Booth Library in Newtown as of June 30, 2013 after 31 years in the position. 



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 Volume 10, Issue 6 - February 2013
ExecutiveDirectorFrom the Executive Director

photo of CLC office after February snowstormGot Snow???

Hopefully by the time you read this your libraries are dug out and life has gotten back to normal. Besides the weather, February kicked off with some really important library events.


Take Your Child to the Library Day was celebrated across the world on February 2, and was made official in Connecticut with a proclamation issued by Governor Dannel Malloy. The pictures and press from around the country are great - my favorite headline was Nation Heads to the Library!


Connecticut librarians headed to the State Capitol on February 7 to testify regarding Proposed House Bill 5614 - An Act Concerning E-Books and Libraries. Read our colleagues' testimony and follow the bill's status on our homepage.  


A new CLC project launches later this month with the CLC Non-Profit Partnership Expo. This gathering of librarians and state-wide nonprofits will be a great place to find new programs and potential partners - and maybe even pitch a few ideas of your own.


The Connecticut Association of School Librarians' (CASL) conference was disrupted by weather earlier this year, but has been re-imagined as a mini-conference co-hosted by CLC. CLC members get a discount on registration. Public librarians! This is great opportunity for you to meet CT school librarians and learn more about Common Core Standards and library practices and programs.


Have a question about our discounts? This month, Connie Sear has answers to commonly asked questions about our discount programs. I hope you'll take a minute to read her column and the other information about upcoming programs and discounts offered this month.





"Flix" Products from Scholastic

CLC is pleased to offer discounts for public libraries and/or K-12 schools* on the following resources from Scholastic: 

  • TrueFlix - for grades 3-6. Discounts for public libraries and schools.
  • FreedomFlix - for grades 4 and up. Discounts for public libraries and schools.
  • BookFlix - for grades PreK-3. *Discounts for public libraries only.

Subscription period: March 31, 2013 - March 30, 2014. New subscribers only. Free trials are available. For a quote, contact Connie Sear at CLC - or 860.344.8777 x104. Hurry! This offer is only available through February 25!!



Computers in Libraries Conference Discount


Computers in Libraries 2013 CLC is pleased to offer substantially discounted online registration rates for the 28th annual Computers in Libraries Conference, to be held April 8-10, 2013 at the Hilton Washington, Washington, DC. Discounts are also available on Internet@Schools, a 2-day conference track specifically designed for K-12 library media specialists. CLC member rates for registration by Friday, March 8, 2013 are as follows:

  • 3-day (April 8-10) Computers in Libraries registration:
    $299 (save $200!)
  • 2-day (April 8-9) Internet@Schools track registration:
    $109 (save $90!)


Self-Checkout & Media Management products from LAT
  LAT logo  


CLC is now taking orders for our group purchase on the AllCirc-Cube and other products from Library Automation Technologies (LAT). The AllCirc-Cube is an automated vault for your CD/DVD collection with built-in patron self-checkout system. Other available products include:

  • LAT-Stena media storage/retrieval pods
  • LAT-FlashScan LEAP desktop self-checkout system
  • LAT-OPAC touchscreen OPAC enhancement system
  • LAT-Release media case opener

Price based on number of orders received; includes heavily discounted shipping and installation/training fees. Order by March 25, 2013.   



Turnitin Pricing for 2013-2014 and Free Trial

Turnitin logo CLC is pleased to present pricing and free trial information for our K-12 school members for Turnitin, the leader in originality checking and online grading. Now aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), Turnitin writing rubrics will better prepare secondary students for college-level course work, while K-12 districts will benefit from the CCSS curricular and assessment materials.

PRICING: CLC has negotiated group discount pricing for the upcoming Turnitin subscription period July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014. Turnitin has guaranteed that CLC members who purchase subscriptions through this group discount offer will receive the lowest price available in Connecticut. 2013-2014 prices are now available on CLC's web site for your planning purposes. CLC will be taking renewal and new subscription orders April 1-30.

FREE TRIAL: Turnitin is offering CLC member K-12 schools a free trial subscription from March 4 through April 30, 2013. For access to the trial, please contact Pam Najarian at CLC, NOTE: Your school must be a current CLC member and a potential new Turnitin subscriber. 


EventsComing Events

CLC Non-Profit Partnership Expo  



exhibit booth Monday, February 25, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Southern Connecticut State University


At this expo, a mix of brief presentations and exhibits, you'll have a chance to meet with representatives from a small, hand-picked group of Connecticut non-profit organizations working in the arts, humanities, sciences and history that are interested in building partnerships with libraries. Discover programming and grant opportunities, make connections, and brainstorm other collaborations.
This is an excellent opportunity for staff from all types of libraries to discover new ways to serve their communities. Sponsored by CLC, SCSU's Buley Library, and the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame.


CLC/CASL Mini-Conference 
CLC/CASL Mini-Conference wordle
Saturday, March 9, 2013
9:00am - 3:00pm
Chase Collegiate School, Waterbury

Were you disappointed when Storm Sandy washed out the 2012 CECA/CASL Conference? So were we. That's why CASL and CLC are joining together to bring Connecticut's school librarians the CASL/CLC Mini-Conference - the professional development and networking event of the year! This is an excellent opportunity to catch up with your colleagues, learn about current and emerging issues in school libraries, share ideas, and hear about new products available for your media center. We hope to see you there!


Learn More About JobNow at our JobNow Webinars
JobNow logo


JobNow, powered by Brainfuse and offered at a discounted price by CLC, provides live interactive online help combined with online resources to guide users through the necessary tasks to get a job.


Whether you're a current subscriber or you're just curious, you'll discover more about JobNow at a free JobNow webinar, repeated throughout February (see below). The webinar will review the full suite of JobNow resources, including the Adult Learning Center, Resume Lab, Live Job and Interview Coaching, and Live Career Assistance. Choose from the following dates:


Tuesday, February 19 at 10:00am

Thursday, February 28 at 1:00pm




RoundtablesFebruary/March Roundtable Highlights


Check out this month's roundtables on our Events Calendar at the left. Click on any event to go directly to the details/registration page at Some February/March highlights:    



State of Connecticut seal Services to Older Adults Roundtable - 2/27 @ Bristol Public Library. Roundtable chair Doug Lord will tell you all about the application process for Programs for Older Adults LSTA Grants, which provide up to $5,000 to libraries to provide programs, materials, and/or services to older adults or extend lifelong learning programs.


handshake Library "Newbie" Roundtable - 2/25 @ Prospect Public Library. Save the date for a discussion about public library-school library partnerships! We'll learn successful partnership ideas from Prospect Public Library's Assistant Director/Program Director Lisa Murno, and Karen Southard, Community School Library/Media Technician.    

Community Foundtation of Southeastern CT logo   

Valley-Shore Library Directors Roundtable - 2/28 @ Essex Library. Discuss ideas on how libraries can collaborate as a group with the Community Foundation of Middlesex County. Imagine the possibilities!   


Evanced Summer Reader logo Many of our Children's and Young Adult Librarians Roundtables are still hosting demos of Evanced Solutions'  Summer Reader program, now available to public libraries for free from the CSL. Programs that were postponed due to inclement weather will be rescheduled. Check the schedule and attend a meeting!  


TakeYourChildTake Your Child to the Library Day -
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Take Your Child to the Library posterDid your library participate in Take Your Child to the Library Day on February 2? Give us your best shots and choose a maximum of 5 photo favorites to share on Flickr. We're choosing some of the best photos and featuring them on the Take Your Child to the Library Facebook page too! NOTE: Access to Flickr will close by March 1. Please plan to complete your uploads by February 28.

Instructions for uploading photos to Flickr (PDF)

More details, resources, events, etc. are available on the event blog, Facebook page, and CLC's web site.

Remember, great bookmarks and posters (pictured above) are available for you to order from Demco/Highsmith - now with CLC's discount! Because they don't say "Day," you can use them all year round to promote taking children to the library!

DEEPSummer Reading Opportunities from DEEP
DEEP logo The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's Kellogg Environmental Center has developed two programs to support this year's summer reading themes, Dig Into Reading and Beneath The Surface! Both programs involve hands-on exploration of soil and the ecosystem it supports. Programs are 1 hour. $70.00 covers all materials, mileage and time. To learn more, download a flyer or contact Susan Quincy at the Kellogg Environmental Center, 203-734-2513 or

ContactFor more information, get in touch! We'd love to hear from you! 
The CLC Staff

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Newsletter, web site, updates to contact info ... Christine Sarrazin, 

Billing ... Robin Messenger, 

The Boss ... Jennifer Keohane, 

Membership, Events, Partnerships ... Leah Farrell, 

Discounts ... Pam Najarian, & Connie Sear,  


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