Registration Information

Registration is Now Open. Register Here.

Great Scott! It’s been quite a year. We have all had to make major adjustments not only in our daily lives but in how we work. Libraries are no exception. We had to stop our goal of bringing patrons to the library and learn how to bring the library to our patrons. We have excelled at making programming virtual and entertaining, while also maintaining social distance in person. Now, we are looking at ways to get back to the future of libraries!


Tuesday, May 3rd and Wednesday, May 4th, 2022

Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, CT

Featuring an exciting line-up of keynote speakers, plus two full days of workshops and speakers, and plenty of opportunities to connect with colleagues and exhibitors. Our after-hours events will feature a cocktail hour and a 9-hole mini-golf fundraiser.

Breakfast, coffee/snack breaks, and a hot buffet lunch are included in the registration rate.

Our program schedule has not been finalized, but a Preliminary Schedule of Offerings is AVAILABLE HERE.

Walk-in registrations accepted!

**Early Bird Registration** - Register by March 21, 2022

  • Payments for Early Bird Registration must be received at the NELA office by 3/21/2022 to receive the discounted rate. If you are paying by check, the NELA office must receive your check by 3/21/2022. If we do not have payment, your registration will be cancelled, and you will need to re-register at the full rate. Thank you for your cooperation with this!

  • If registering in advance, payment in full must be received by CLA 5 days in advance of the conference.

  • If registering at the door, payment in full is required.

  • We cannot provide refunds, but if you are unable to make it to the Conference, you can transfer your admission to someone else. Please contact the office at least 2 days before the event at 860-346-2444 to make these arrangements. Exception: In the event that you test positive for COVID, proof of a positive test result will be required for a full refund.

*Students, Unemployed, or Retired must be CLA members to register at the reduced rate. This rate requires a 2-hour volunteer commitment per day.

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Directions & Parking

The Connecticut Convention Center is located at 100 Columbus Blvd, Hartford, CT. A map and more detailed directions are available on their online map. All conference attendees can park in the attached parking garage at a discounted rate.

Special Hotel Conference Room Rate:

Rooms at the Hartford Marriott are offered at a special group rate of $189/night – (state and local taxes may apply). Reservations can be made at this discounted rate until Tuesday, April 11, 2022. After that date the rate will no longer be available. Use the Hotel Reservation Link or call 877-901-6632 and ask for the CLA Conference rate.


We are keeping a close eye on regulations in regards to the COVID pandemic. As of now, masks will be required for all attendees regardless of vaccination status. We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust protocols as needed.

Tuesday Evening Event: Mini-Golf Fundraiser

During our Tuesday evening after-hours event, we will have a 9-hole mini-golf game set up that participants can pay to play. You can secure your spot now, by adding this ticket to your registration. By registering for the mini-golf fundraiser, your $20.00 will get you a spot to try out Mobile-MiniGolf with a 9-hole game, an extra drink ticket, and access to after-hours snacks. If you are unsure whether or not you will be staying for the after-hours event, you will have the option to pay cash at the event to play.

Registration Payment Information:

We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or check as payment. If paying by check, please be advised that your registration will not be completed until payment is received. Checks should be made payable to the Connecticut Library Association. You will be notified via email when your check is received and your registration is processed.

P.E.G. (Proficiency Enhancement Grants) Need help paying for the conference? PEG provides funding to help members of the Connecticut Library Association improve their knowledge and skills. PEG funds some expenses for continuing education programs, workshops, seminars, courses, institutes, and other activities. More info here.

Special Accommodations:

The Connecticut Library Association seeks to provide reasonable accommodations by request for physical access, communications, or other needs to ensure that services, activities, and programs are available to individuals with disabilities. Accommodation requests may include, but are not limited to, sign language interpretation, assistive listening devices, or written material in alternative format.

If you have a request for accommodation, please submit information at least 21 days in advance of the conference to Maria Bernier, ADA Committee Chair, at Include a description of the accommodations are you requesting, and describe any equipment you are requesting to be provided.

The Americans with Disabilities Act does not require the Connecticut Library Association to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or services, or impose an undue financial or administrative burden.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference!

CLA President

Colleen Bailie

West Haven Public Library

Conference Committee Co-Chairs

Shannon Angelone

West Haven Public Library

Kari Hamad

Wallingford Public Library

Conference Exhibits Co-Chairs

Alessandra Petrino

Weston Public Library

Kymberlee Powe

Children & YA Consultant

CT State Library