Current CLA News

 920 CLA - Sandra Collins (3/23/2017) 

920 CLA is a regular column in Catholic Library World, introducing a CLA member in each issue. Sandra Collins is the subject of the March 2017 column.

Q&A with Sandra Collins

Director of Information Services and Professor of Sacred Scripture
Byzantine Catholic Seminary
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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 LSU Libraries Special Collections Research Grant (3/20/2017) 

The LSU Libraries is offering two research travel grants of $1000 each to support the work of researchers who use the rich holdings of the LSU Special Collections Library. The purpose of the grant is to support a researcher’s travel and lodging costs associated with a research trip to Baton Rouge, LA. Graduate level, post-doctoral, faculty and independent researchers who live outside the Baton Rouge area are encouraged to apply. A research plan is a requirement for the application and will be used in choosing the travel grant recipients.

LSU Special Collections contains manuscripts dating back to the French colonial period and show, along with everything else about the evolution of Louisiana, the important role that Catholicism has played here from the start. Collections include church records and documents from religious orders, many family papers in the collections contain prayer books, sacramental certificates, and correspondence testifying to the centrality of Catholicism in the lives of Louisianans of varying social backgrounds over the ages. More on the Catholic resources in LSU Special Collections can be found at

Applications are due April 30, 2017. See for application instructions.

 Association of Catholic Publishers Members Elect Six Board Members (2/13/2017) 

BALTIMORE, MD -The Association of Catholic Publishers' (ACP) members elected six board members including re-electing Therese Ratliff, increased the number of heads-of-house to six, and brought a balance among the types of publishers represented by the membership. "This new board reflects the breadth of vision and mission in Catholic publishing as well as the various types of publishing-liturgical, music, trade, catechetical-that make up our industry," noted executive director, Therese Brown.

Members elected Peter Dwyer (Liturgical Press), Conor Gallagher (Saint Benedict Press/TAN Books), Fr. Dan Kroger (Franciscan Media), Therese Ratliff (Twenty-Third Publications/Bayard), Kathleen Sommers-Garcia (Liturgy Training Publications), and Jon Sweeney (Ave Maria Press) to three-year terms beginning in February 2017.

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 CLW is Seeking Manuscripts (2/6/2017) 

Catholic Library World (CLW) is seeking manuscripts for publication. Topics of interest include: academic libraries, high school and children’s libraries, parish and community libraries, archives, and library education. All major articles are juried. For further information or to submit articles, contact: CLW General Editor Sigrid Kelsey,

 Catholic University to host Catholic Archives in the Digital Age Conference, March 29 (2/5/2017) 

The Catholic Archives in the Digital Age: The Fate of Religious Order Archives Conference is the third in a series of conferences under the theme of how Catholic archives are evolving in the digital age. The specific focus arose as after the American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives worked with the Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart in Baltimore to preserve their valuable archives as they moved from one location to another, will address aspects of the question of religious order archives in the United States. Catholic University has historically served as a center of education for members of religious orders from around the country. The free conference will be held on the CUA campus in the Pryzbyla Center on March 29th, 2017 and will feature a range of scholars and archivists of the American Catholic experience and archival stewards of religious order records. For more information, see

W. J. Shepherd, Associate Archivist, CUA