Letter from CLA President Jack Fritts

Dear CLA members and friends,

During times like this, it is more important than ever for communities to come together, even when it is online or by phone. With many CLA members staying at home, we are making the March 2020 issue of Catholic Library World online, open access. The issue is also being mailed as usual. We want everyone to be able to see the relevant conference content before our virtual conference on April 2.

I encourage everyone to invite colleagues and friends to read the journal issue and to join us for the Spring 2020 virtual conference. With so many conferences and professional development opportunities being canceled at this time, the CLA conference will offer an opportunity to connect, learn, and develop professionally. The conference is free for CLA members and only $25 for nonmembers. “All are welcome.”

Participants will be able to earn a certificate of attendance that can be used as proof of participation. Click here to register. Please consider forwarding this message to a friend or colleague who would be interested in reading the journal and attending our conference.

I hope to see you there,

Jack Fritts, CLA President

Announcements

2020 Regina Medal Award Winner - Christopher Paul Curtis

3/3/2020

Christopher Paul Curtis was awarded both a Newbery Honor and a Coretta Scott King Honor for his debut book, The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963, and won the Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Award for his second book, Bud, Not Buddy. Mr. Curtis is also the author of the Golden Kite Award-winning Bucking the Sarge, as well as The Journey of Little Charlie, a 2018 National Book Award finalist for Young People’s Literature, The Mighty Miss Malone, and two previous books in The Buxton Chronicles: The Madman of Piney Woods, the Newbery Honor book Elijah of Buxton.

 

2020 Jerome Award Winner - Mariological Society of America

3/3/2020

The Mariological Society of America is a Catholic theological association dedicated to studying and making known the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the mystery of Christ and in the Church and in the history of salvation. Through its annual meetings and in its publications, the Society seeks to promote comprehensive and integrated study of the person and the role of the Virgin Mary so as to foster a well-informed and theologically sound devotion and spirituality.

The Mariological Society of America was founded by Fr. Juniper B. Carol, O.F.M., in October 1949. The charter members gathered for the first meeting in Washington, D.C., in January 1950. Since that time, the MSA has met annually in various cities throughout the United States. In 1954, the Society was recognized as a corporation “organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, and scientific purposes.” Listed in the Official Catholic Directory as one of the national organizations of the United States Catholic Conference, it is recognized as a tax-exempt organization. Since 1979, the office of the executive secretary of the MSA has been located at the Marian Library of the University of Dayton.

Fr. Tom Thompson, S.M., will accept the award on behalf of the MSA at the CLA 2020 Spring Virtual Conference. Thompson is a member of the Society of Mary (Marianists) and is the Secretary/Treasurer of the MSA. Since entering the Marianists, he has taught at high schools and colleges and has always been associated with the libraries at his respective institutions. He has studied at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. For the last thirty years, he has been at the Marian Library of the University of Dayton, teaching in the International Marian Research Institute (IMRI). His academic interests include liturgy, Marian devotion, and ecumenism.

 

2020 St. Katharine Drexel Award Winner - Dr. Lesley Farmer

3/3/2020

Dr. Lesley Farmer, Professor at California State University Long Beach, coordinates the Teacher Librarianship program, and manages the California State University ICT Literacy Project. She earned her M.S. in Library Science at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and received her doctorate in Adult Education from Temple University. Dr. Farmer has worked as a teacher-librarian in K-12 independent and public school settings as well as in academic, public, and special libraries. She chaired the IFLA School Libraries Section, serves as IASL’s Library Education SIG chair, and is a Fulbright scholar. Among other awards, she was honored with the ALA Beta Phi Mu Award for contributions to library education, and the LIRT Librarian Recognition Award. A frequent presenter and writer for the profession, including Catholic Library World, Dr. Farmer’s research interests include information and digital literacy, technology equity issues, and assessment. Dr. Farmer’s most recent books include Managing the Successful School Library (American Library Association, 2017), Library Improvement through Data Analytics (American Library Association, 2016) and Information and Digital Literacies: A Curricular Guide for Middle and High School Librarians (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015).

 

2020 Aggiornamento Award Winner - FORMED

3/3/2020

FORMED started as a collaboration between the Augustine Institute, Ignatius Press, and Lighthouse Catholic Media as a way to connect all Catholics, parishes and Catholic organizations with the best Catholic content to help them grow and share their faith. The initiative provides Catholic content from more than sixty organizations on a platform that can be streamed to TV. Content includes thousands of movies, children’s programs, ebooks, audio, parish programs and studies. FORMED helps parishes, families and individuals explore their faith anywhere.

Matt Meeks is the Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer at the Augustine Institute and Director of FORMED. He previously served as Chief Digital and Marketing Officer at the LA Archdiocese and in various executive positions in the advertising and entertainment industries. Meeks will accept the Aggiornamento Award at the CLA 2020 Spring Virtual Conference on behalf of FORMED.

Matt’s background in media, creative, digital, communications, and analytics is strengthened by his global perspective and passion for creative thought, human expression and technology. Meeks has advised Hollywood studios, game developers and publishers, celebrity talent and tech startups from an enterprise, brand, product and campaign standpoint with an exemplary track record recruiting, training and managing driven teams that achieve success and positively impact the bottom-line.

 

Cathleen C. Kokolus Receives the Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice from Pope Francis - Atla

10/15/2019

The Catholic Library Association would like to congratulate long-time CLA member and former CLA Board member Cathleen C. Kokolus for receiving this distinguished honor. Click the link above to read more. Join us in congratulating Cait on this award.

 



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