Dear CLC members and friends,

CLC, like other organizations, is taking steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please read on for important updates on our programs and some resources and ideas to help you navigate this situation.

CLC PROGRAMS

  • CLC is cancelling all in-person meetings, including roundtables, through the end of March. Decisions regarding programs in April and beyond will be announced at a later date.
  • Roundtables may continue as virtual meetings at the roundtable chairs’ discretion.
  • We are leaving all scheduled roundtables on our event calendar with notes as to whether the meeting will be held virtually, postponed to a later date, or cancelled. Please check listings HERE.

SERVICES & SUPPLIES

  • Video Conferencing technology is one way to continue to offer programming to your users. CLC is willing to host Zoom meetings for member libraries that do not have video conferencing capability. Contact Amanda Stern to coordinate: astern@ctlibrarians.org. To purchase a Zoom subscription for your library, visit techsoup.org/zoom for the lowest rates we've found.
  • Looking for hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, toilet paper and other cleaning supplies at a discount? We’ve learned that some libraries are turning to Amazon and finding price gouging. CLC members can use pre-bid contracts from our partner, Capitol Region Education Council (CREC), to ensure a good price, meet purchasing guidelines, and usually get overnight shipping. Look on the CREC MarketPlace for the following vendors: Allston Supply Company, C&C Janitorial Supplies, EBP Supply Solutions (free samples here), and Hillyard. Access their pages at www.crec.org/marketplace and call their reps to check stock during this high-demand time.
  • We offer discounts on HotSpots from Sprint. Your library or school may be closed, but you can still offer your patrons and students internet connectivity for work or school during this period. 
  • Disinfecting library materials is a probable future concern. We are researching if ZappBug units or other equipment might be able to disinfect library materials. Info will be available on our website soon.

POLICIES & COMMUNICATION

  • Need guidance on writing your own library's response plan? Want to see the status of other CT libraries (closed, cancelling programs, etc.)? We encourage you to use the Division of Library Development's COVID-19 LibGuide and to report closings and program updates to State Data Coordinator Maria Bernier at maria.bernier@ct.gov.
  • Looking for a nice way to ask your unwell patrons not to come into the library? We liked this phrasing from Wilton Library: "We are here for people to utilize the services of the library on an individual basis. We only ask that people be considerate of others and if not feeling well, please be a hero and stay home." See their full communication here.

CLC staff a re already set up for remote work and will continue to answer member questions via phone and email as well as support CLA. We will continue to monitor current guidance, adjust plans as needed, and communicate any schedule changes and additional resources on our website, ctlibrarians.org . As always, contact your CLC Member Relations Manager with your questions and concerns:


Stay well, and please keep in touch. We are here to help.

Warmly,
Jennifer Keohane
Executive Director
Connecticut Library Consortium
860.344.8777
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