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Advisory Council for Library Planning and Development

ACLPD Members


Karen Tatarka - UCONN Hartford Library

(Rep. Shared Automation Systems- Academic and Public)


Michele R. Neff - Waterbury Career Academy

(Rep. School Media Center)


Jo-Ann LoRusso - Middlebury Public Library
(Rep. Small Public Libraries)

(Rep. Library User Region 5)

(Rep. Library User Region 3)

Ellen Paul - Connecticut Library Consortium
(Rep. Connecticut Library Consortium)

(Rep. Library User Region 6)


(Rep. Large Public Libraries)

Karen Townsend - Judicial Branch Law Library
(Rep. Special Libraries)

(Rep. Library User Region 4)

(Rep. Institutional Libraries)

(Rep. Library User Region 2)


(Rep. Library User Region 1)

Madhu Gupta – Public Library of New London

(Rep. Medium Public Libraries)

Patrick Carr - Library Consortium Operations, CT State Colleges and Universities

(Rep. Academic Libraries)

Twana Johnson - Bridgeport Public Library

(rep. Persons with disabilities)

Alyssa Dansinghani - Hamden Library

(rep. Connecticut Library Association)


(Board of Regents)

Joanne White

(Department of Education)

Vacant Positions:

Board of Regents

Rep. Large Public Library

Rep. Library User Region 1

Rep. Library User Region 2

Rep. Library User Region 3

Rep. Library User Region 4

Rep. Library User Region 5

Rep. Library User Region 6

Advisory Council for Library Planning and Development (ACLPD)

The mission of the Advisory Council for Library Planning and Development (ACLPD) is to provide the State Library Board and staff with advice, perspective, and communication from the library community on matters relating to the State Library's various statewide program and service responsibilities, including the administration of the federal Library Services and Technology Act.

In meeting its mission, the ACLPD will provide advice, assistance, and guidance in the following specific areas:

  • Strategic Scenarios planning for, and coordination of statewide library and information services.

  • Development of policies for the operation of statewide library and information services.

  • Development of programs and services and including but not limited to statewide professional development opportunities, special programs, pilots, and initiatives.

  • Environmental scanning of trends; development of patterns leading to scenario planning.

  • Collaborative and cooperative problem-solving including EDI, Digital Inclusion, and other national initiatives.

The ACLPD will be involved in an advisory capacity in all major planning efforts (with the exception of the Connecticut Digital Library) undertaken by the State Library with respect to statewide library and information services.


G. S. sec 11-1 (g)(2), provides for a membership on the ACLPD, which is broadly representative of the library and library, support community in Connecticut. Its 19 members consists of one representative from each of the following interest areas:
  • Small public libraries (serving less than 10,000 population)

  • Medium public libraries (serving 10,000 to 99,999 population)

  • Large public libraries (serving 100,000 and over population)

  • Connecticut Library Consortium (CLC)

  • Libraries (both academic and public) participating in shared automation systems

  • The Connecticut Library Association (CLA)

  • Special libraries

  • Academic libraries

  • Institution libraries

  • Libraries serving persons with disabilities

  • The Department of Education

  • The Department of Higher Education; and

  • Six users of libraries

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