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The Catholic Library Association is excited to partner with the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) again for the 2017 Convention in St. Louis, MO - April 18-20, 2017! This is a great opportunity to network with other members and learn from the leaders in the field. However, we need YOUR support in putting together another great schedule. If you are interested in presenting a session, please click on the below proposal button to access the proposal form.

Everything will be done electronically this year so please be sure to fill out all the information on the form. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the CLA Office by email or 225-408-4417.

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We look forward to hearing from you and hope to see you in St. Louis!

The IFLA RELINDIAL SIG (Religions: Libraries and Dialogue Special Interest Group) and the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) welcome you to a timely discussion on Fostering Global Communication among Religions and Libraries. A majority of the world’s population professes to a faith tradition of their ancestors, their country or both. More than ever, we live in times calling for knowledge and respect for traditions of other people. Jamie LaRue, Director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and Dr. Nancy Arnison, Director of the Theological Book Network are keynote speakers. Together with panelists and paper presenters, they will discuss how religions and libraries are changing the nature of interfaith dialogue through their services and activities. Come join us on Friday 12 August to learn from all of the participants – presenters and audience – and to share your thoughts. View the full program. Information on hotel accommodations is also included.

Registration or attendance of IFLA is not required. Space is limited, so register now!

Date: Friday, 12 August 2016
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Location: Ohio Dominican University, Columbus, OH
Registration: $50 until July 15 (includes lunch and breaks)

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Check out all the fun at CLA 2016 Convention – pictures uploaded here!

The Catholic Library Association is saddened to learn of the passing of Brother Emmett Corry, O.S.F. last year. He provided leadership of CLA as President from 1989-1991. More information on his life and passing can be found here.


Click the attachment link below to view the April 2016 (no.35) issue of the Kapsner Newsletter.


Welcome to CLA's new website! Please look around and let us know if you have any questions.

handsMore than ever before, we at the Catholic Library Association are looking to make your experience with our organization more productive and beneficial. Since 1921, the organization has grown into an international presence, and continues to advocate for those who share their talents and collaborate in constructive projects. As we approach our 95th year, we are in the midst of an important campaign to bolster membership and awareness on a more meaningful scale. Our efforts are focused on the central theme: “Building the future of CLA …together.” This focus calls for these simple yet potent means of engagement: Reach Out. Connect. Recruit.

In short, we need YOU! We are counting on the strength of our members and the power of community to make CLA survive, thrive, and serve.

Word-of-mouth referrals are the most effective membership recruitment channel, and we are asking for your help in recruiting new members.

As promised, here are the resources you can use to reach out to potential members:

In the attachments below you will find a letter and membership brochure in pdf format that you can copy and paste into your personal email to friends, colleagues, co-workers, and classmates

The CLA office will correspond with anyone seeking information or completing the online membership form, which now includes a section where referring members can be identified.

CLA Publicity and Marketing Committee
Phone: 225-408-4417


09-2015_Membership_Campaign_Letter.pdf Membership Campaign Letter
2015_CLA_Membership_Brochure.pdf Membership Brochure

Members enjoy many benefits including networking opportunities, discounts on events and in the shop and up-to-date information on industry news. Join us today!
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This year's Annual Convention was a great success! Sessions this year included tips for industry success and a technology exhibit.
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Catholic Library World, ISSN 0008-820X, is the official journal of the Catholic Library Association and is published quarterly in September, December, March and June.
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