On April 16th, CLA, working in conjunction with the Connecticut State Library and the Connecticut Library Consortium, held a poster session at the State Capitol to bring the Declaration for the Right to Libraries to life by visually illustrating its ten principles. Legislators, politicians, and other visitors who walked the Capitol’s concourse were exposed to powerful, living examples of the work that is currently taking place in Connecticut libraries and why it is so important that they continue to support our institutions.
Also on April 16th, the Connecticut House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill that will try to lower the price of eBooks for public libraries by having the State Library Board set up a statewide platform. The hope is publishers will give a better price to the State Library who would be representing all public libraries rather than selling to individual libraries. The State-wide program would cost $2.2 million to set up.
NHLA held a spring conference in Whitefield, NH on April 23-24. It was the first 2-day conference held in several years. Over 100 people attended each day, and evaluation results show that participants were happy with the quality of programming.
NHLA Vice-President/ President-elect Lucinda Mazza has had to step down from the Board for personal reasons. The NHLA Board will appoint a candidate to fulfill the rest of Cindy’s term.
The NHLA Board (virtually) welcomed NELA’s Deb Hoadley and Jen Leo to the April meeting and is looking forward to co-sponsoring the 2015 fall conference, as well as offering a combined membership rate with NELA.
On April 12, 2014 the Vermont Library Association and the Vermont Department of Libraries co-sponsored, “Buildings Day: Public Library Buildings for 21st Century Needs.” Over 80 public library trustees and library directors attended an all day workshop. Keynote speaker Pam Sandlian-Smith spoke of her experiences with the renovation and new building projects at Anythink, the library system in Adams County Colorado. Afternoon sessions included presentations from Vermont architects, Vermont Regional Consultant Rob Geiszler, and a panel discussion with several Vermont librarians who were involved in recent library building projects.
The Vermont Library Conference will be held on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at St Michael’s College in Colchester, VT.
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