The Newsletter of the Connecticut Library Consortium
March 2016
Jennifer Keohane, Executive Director

EDLast weekend, we all moved our clocks ahead an hour in accordance with the start of daylight savings time. Despite the requisite short-term sleep deprivation and a return to waking up to darkness, "springing ahead" is a welcome annual ritual. We quickly adjust to the change, and we march on toward spring with new energy and enthusiasm for longer, warmer days to come. 
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Here at CLC, the adjustment isn't quite so rapid. We're still adapting to the changes wrought by last year's devastating budget cuts, and the current state fiscal situation session casts a long shadow. (Look for advocacy information on our website, and important details about how to help preserve all state library funding including CLC coming out very soon.) But despite these challenges, there is an energy in the office that is exciting to behold. Rachel has hit the ground running, and is balancing a dizzying array of great deals for members - see below to learn what she has planned for you. Friday we'll host our rescheduled Academic Book Vendor Day, and the CASL and CLA conferences are just around the corner. Roundtables are busier than ever. We hope to see you at one of these events so we can share our excitement and hear all about what's happening at your library.

Ellen Paul
Next week, the energy level will increase even more as we welcome our newest staff member, Ellen Paul. Ellen is a Connecticut native whom some of you may know from her days at the Public Library of New London in 2011-2013. Since then she has been on the move, holding management positions at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and, most recently, the Santa Clara (CA) City Library. She is thrilled to be returning to her home state, and we're equally happy to be bringing her talents to CLC as our Member Advisor.

There's no escaping the changes, as you all know - so we might as well embrace them. This year, we are springing ahead with gusto, completing our team and working with new energy to bring you the greatest value for your member dues and state support. Thank you for the opportunity.    
Rachel Gaither, MLS, MBA
CLC Discounts Manager

I've been working on some exciting offers for CLC members! Some are available now; others will be on their way to your email inbox very soon. Highlights:
  • I just finished a new discount contract for Kwikboost device charging stations, and it's even BETTER than before! This offer is available now - see below. Try out a Kwikboost charging station at the CLA Conference next month.
  • I am also putting the finishing touches on a contract with USI Inc. for discounts on MakerBot 3D printers and the goodies that go with them - laminators, sign kits, and more.
  • SCOLA is a non-profit language resource web subscription service that provides authentic language resources in more than 175 languages. CLC has become a affiliate in order to bring special discounted pricing to our members.
  • AND ... in the not too distant future ... APA Style Central is being released, and I'm already working on a discount.
As always, remember to make CLC your first stop for discounts. Contact me before you buy - what I don't already have in the works, I'll put on my "Look Out List"! You can reach me at or 860.344.8777 x104.
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Top quality 11"x17" acrylic frames
Because you asked! CLC has partnered with Library Display Design Systems, a nationally-known Connecticut business, on a special group purchase offer for these hard-to-find 11x17 acrylic sign holders perfect for promotional displays. Slatwall and countertop designs available in both landscape and portrait. Save up to 53%! Learn more and order today: 

Are you taking advantage of your CLC discounts? Visit to learn more about these and many other offers!

CHARGING STATIONS - CLC members save 20% on practical, promotional device charging stations from Kwikboost. Place one of these stations in a reading or study area so your users can charge their devices while they read or work. Or purchase a charging station for a remote location to promote your library's services and thoughtfulness! LEARN MORE

BOOKEXPO AMERICA - The beloved BookExpo America conference will be held in Chicago this year from May 11-13. CLC members receive a $20 discount on the 3-day pass, regularly $128, when you register by April 26. LEARN MORE

Need a quick and easy way to order your 2017 Nutmeg nominees? CLC can help! We have prepared a list of all 2017 Nutmeg nominees, with pricing for all of our contracted print and non-print suppliers in each of the formats they offer. Save money and make your Nutmeg shopping a breeze with this handy list! LEARN MORE

Visit the CLC Calendar of Events for an up-to-the-minute list of CLC-sponsored meetings and programs - and grab "This Month at CLC" for for a handy printable guide to current CLC programs and discounts!
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Thursday 3/17, Willimantic Library Service Center
Resources from the CT State Library
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Thursday 3/17, Noah Webster Library, West Hartford
Teen Gaming
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Monday 3/21, Cook Hill School, Wallingford
Inquiry & Research; Charter Oak Children's Book Award
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Tuesday 3/22, Danbury Hackerspace
Marketing & funding your makerspace
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Thursday 3/31, Willimantic Library Service Center
Life savers - tips & tricks to accomplish goals & resolve issues

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