The mission of the Connecticut Academic Library Conference is to provide professional development opportunities that encompass new and innovative practices, methods, and standards, in all areas of academic libraries to academic and non-academic librarians, as well as academic faculty and staff members, to grow and enhance their skills, including information literacy and effectively promote life-long learning in the state of Connecticut.
The original purpose of the Connecticut Information Literacy Conference was to provide professional development opportunities for academic librarians from both the Connecticut State Universities system and the Connecticut Community College system to engage with the newest delivery systems of information literacy instruction and each other in order to streamline the IL educational process as much as possible. Due to the overwhelming interest in the subject of information literacy as the focus of a professional development event from college librarians across Connecticut, the first conference included college librarians from both private and public institutions in April of 2011.
The second annual Connecticut Information Literacy Conference expanded its audience and presenters to include faculty members from academic institutions in order to create a collaborative environment in which information literacy would thrive to the benefit of college students. The third annual conference expanded once again to include public librarians and library media specialists who are beginning to include information literacy in their library instruction sessions.
In the fall of 2013, the conference – which had grown in attendance by 100% since 2011 - was transferred from the stewardship of the Council of Connecticut Academic Library Directors (CCALD) to that of the Connecticut Library Association’s College and University Libraries Section. In 2022, the conference moved back under CCALD.
In 2023, the conference planning committee, with the support of CCALD, changed their name to the Connecticut Academic Library Conference to broaden the reach and scope of the conference and to allow more librarians to participate.
Capital Community College
Pam Dolin, U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Wendy Hardenberg, Southern Connecticut State University
Diana Hellyar, Southern Connecticut State University
Jasmine Huff, Capital Community College, Co-Chair
Rosanne Krzanowski, University of Saint Joseph
Annmarie Magurany, UConn Health, Co-Chair
Jillian Maynard, Central Connecticut State University
Susan Slaga-Metivier, Central Connecticut State University
Erin Thompson, Sacred Heart University
Naomi Toftness, Northwestern Community College
Victoria Waimon, Capital Community College