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Funding Updates - November 2017
 


Cuts to the State Library Budget (November 17, 2017):

From the State Librarian: On November 17, the Office of Policy and Management announced adjustments necessary to achieve the lapse and savings targets identified in the recently passed state budget in order to reach balance. The chart below details the cuts to the State Library Budget:

 

   FY18 Appropriated FY18 Allotments after OPM Holdbacks Percent Reduction
 Personal Services 5,019,931 4,815,759 4%
 Other Expenses 426,673 405,339  5%
 State-Wide Digital Library (researchIT) 1,750,193 1,575,174  10%
 Interlibrary Loan Delivery Service (deliverIT) 276,232 244,853  11%
 Legal/Legislative Library Materials 638,378 574,540  10%
 Support Cooperating Service Units (CLC) 184,300 124,402  33%
 Connecticard Payments (borrowIT) 781,820 703,638  10%
 AGENCY TOTAL 9,077,527 8,443,705 7%

 

While this is not good news for CLC, CLC has plans in place to manage the shortfall in the current year, and to expand program and revenue sources in the years to come. Contact Jennifer Keohane with your questions.

 

CLC's message to members at finalization of 2018 budget (November 1, 2017):
Budget Update: THANK YOU – Connecticut has a budget, and considering the current climate, statewide library programs fared well. CLC was funded at $184,300 for both years of the biennium, which has been our allotment since 2015 not including rescissions. We are so grateful to you for your tireless advocacy throughout this long budget season, and equally grateful to your legislators for listening. We know you will be thanking them for their efforts. We will as well.



 

MAKING THE CASE FOR CLC FUNDING

 

1. CLC is an incredible value for Connecticut.

  • WHAT CLC DOES
    Connecticut Library Consortium provides cooperative purchasing to over 800 Connecticut libraries.
    CLC saved Connecticut libraries over $7.4 million in 2015-16 by leveraging discounts through collective buying power.

  • WHAT CLC COSTS
    Cost to fund CLC at current level: $184,300

    Cost per capita to fund CLC at this level:  5 cents
  • RETURN ON INVESTMENT IN CLC
    State Funding: $184,300
    Savings for Connecticut residents via libraries: $7.4 million
    Return on investment in CLC: $7,215,700 in FY 15-16

 

2. CLC cannot sustain more cuts.

  • CLC received a 47% cut in state funding in 2015, and additional cuts in 2016. The proposed FY 17/18 and FY 18/19 budget calls for making these cuts permanent.
  • CLC has reorganized, reduced staffing, eliminated programs, increased member dues, and is currently using reserve funds to make up a portion of cut funding.
  • CLC is actively working to diversify its funding so it is less reliant on state support. However, it will be at least 3 years until CLC no longer requires state funding.
  • At current state funding levels, CLC will cease to exist in 3 years.

 

3. Funding CLC is essential.

  • CLC member libraries saved over $7.4 million in FY 2015-16 through CLC’s negotiated discounts, group purchasing programs and training.
  • Connecticut’s public libraries saved almost $60 for every $1 they invested in CLC in FY 2015-16.
  • 1,550 Connecticut librarians benefited from CLC’s free or low-cost professional development programs in FY 2015-16.
  • CLC is lean and mean: by employing a small staff that negotiates on behalf of over 800 libraries across the state, we reduce the effort, staff time and cost of purchasing library products and services by individual libraries – and greater discounts are realized by Connecticut libraries thanks to collective purchasing power.  

 


 

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO ADVOCATE FOR CLC

 

1. Actions to take

 

2. Resources to help - CLC SPECIFIC

 

3. Resources to help - STATEWIDE LIBRARY CONCERNS

 


 

STATEWIDE LIBRARY ISSUES & CONCERNS

 
2017 Background - CLC & Statewide Library Issues


CLA, CTPlaces, other Connecticut groups


2016 Background (still pertinent)

  • The Connecticut State Library budget is currently 25% lower than it was 8 years ago. 

  • The Connecticut State Library cannot afford any more budget cuts.

  • In 2016, the Malloy administration assigned the Connecticut State Library to find $579,760 in cuts, a 5.75 percent reduction. This budget includes funding for interlibrary loan delivery service, legal and legislative library materials, cooperative library service units (aka CLC), grants to public libraries, Connecticard payments and the state-wide digital library. (CT Mirror)

  • Proposed cuts may hurt local library budgets because: (1) Reduced funding for CLC would impact CLC's group purchasing discounts, reducing library purchasing power; and (2) Reductions to the borrowIT CT (Ccard) reimbursements would impact resource sharing.
  • 2016 CT State Library Programs Fact Sheet
  • 2016 Connecticut Libraries Fact Sheet
  • 2016 Connecticut Libraries Talking Points

     


  

 

2015 ARCHIVE

These materials were prepared for the 2015 advocacy campaign, but can be adapted for other campaigns.

  • Sample Op-Eds

 

 

 

 

CLC funding infographicClick graphic for a larger version 

 

 

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