2020 Election Slate of Candidates


Vice President/Treasurer (President-Elect) Candidate

Bro. Andrew J. Kosmowski, SM

1 Candidate — 2-year term (2021-2022), at which point the Vice President becomes the President

Present positions: Librarian, North American Center for Marianist Studies, Dayton, OH (2019-present)

Selected previous positions:   

  • Librarian, Marian Library, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH (2014-2019)
  • Library Practicum Placement, St. Joseph’s Academy, St. Louis (2014)
  • Library Assistant, St. John Vianney High School, St. Louis (2012-2013)


  •  BA Natural Science, Bradford College, Haverhill, MA
  • MA Library Science, University of Missouri-Columbia

Offices held in CLA:

  • Chair, CLA Academic Libraries, Archives, and Library Education Section (ALALE)
  • Vice Chair/Secretary, ALALE
  • Member, Website Task Force

Other professional offices held:

  • Secretary, Ohio Theological Library Association
  • Secretary, ATLA TSIG

Comments/ Statement of Concerns:

 Since my first CLA conference in 2018, I have been struck by the dedication that we have in our field. I see CLA at a crossroads, one that I trust the Holy Spirit will guide us to a sound future. As I read Ecclesiastical Libraries and Their Role in the Mission of the Church (1994), I believe that CLA is poised to provide both professional development and to give insight in how our work is indeed evangelization. I know we have much work in forming ourselves and other Catholic library personnel (both Catholic “library personnel” and “Catholic library” personnel) in for our future as bearers of the Good News to others. We each participate in Christ's saving mission according to our vocation. Together, we can grow to be the best librarians we are called to be.


Member-at-Large Candidates

4 Candidates — 2 positions open; 4-year term (2021-2025)

Alan Delozier


Present position:  University Archivist & Special Collections Education Coordinator, Seton Hall University (1999-present)


  • DLitt Irish Studies, Drew University, Madison, NJ
  • MA History, Villanova University
  • MLS Library Science, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark, NJ
  • BA Mass Communication and Franciscan Studies, St. Bonaventure University, Allegany, NY

Offices held in CLA: 

  • Member (2000-present)
  • Regional Chapters: Metropolitan Catholic College Librarians/Greater NY Chapter–NY
  • Sections: Academic Libraries, Archives and Library Education
  • Round Tables: Preservation of American Catholic Materials
  • Chair of Membership and Promotion Committee (2015-2017)
  • Historian (2017 - present)
  • Conference Panelist (2017, 2019, 2020)
  • Centennial Committee (2020 - present)

Other professional offices held: 

  • Executive Director–New Jersey Catholic Historical Commission (2006 - present)
  • Catholic Research Resources Alliance (Various–Collections Committee, Scholarship Committee, 1999- present)
  • Archival Technician– Archdiocese of Philadelphia Archives (1998-1999)
  • College Archivist– Saint Peter’s College/University, Jersey City, NJ (1995-99)

Comments/Statement of Concerns:

 The administration of the Catholic Library Association and its membership have provided me with an abundance of professional knowledge and the helpful opportunity to collaborate with a number of colleagues in various ways during my years with the organization. I welcome the chance to run for the office of member-at-large, and if elected, will gladly work with the membership on the prime issues that face the association at this challenging time for libraries worldwide. Included will be to support the administration in looking at the excellent foundation made throughout the CLA along with ways to keep the membership further engaged, video and technical means of outreach, creative research, and access measures that arise in the near and distant future alike.


Thomas Dousa


Present position: Metadata Analyst Librarian, The University of Chicago Library (October 2014-present)

Selected previous positions: Assistant, Slavic Backlog Project, Collection Management Services, Main Library, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (April-August 2014)


  • PhD Information Science, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2014) (specialty: history and theory of knowledge organization)
  • MLS Indiana University-Bloomington (2005)
  • MA Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago (1994) (specialty: Egyptology)
  •  BA Classical Languages and Literatures, University of Chicago (1991)

Offices held in CLA: 

  • Chair, Cataloging and Classification Roundtable
  • Member, Academic Libraries, Archives and Library Education Section
  • CLA liaison to the ALA’s Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access
  • Member of Editorial Committee for Catholic Library World
  •  Editor of The Oliver Leonard Kapsner, OSB Cataloging Bulletin

Other professional offices held: 

  • Co-chair, ALCTS Bibliographical Conceptual Models Interest Group (2019-2021)
  • Member of the editorial board, Knowledge Organization (2016-present)
  • Treasurer, International Organization for Knowledge Organization, Canadian and United States Chapter (2009-Present)
  •  Member, ESS Slavic Cataloging and Metadata Committee (2017-2020)

Comments/Statement of Concerns: 
I greatly value the Catholic witness of the CLA in the American library community and want to do my part to help ensure that this witness continues and flourishes.


Kathleen Harty


Present position: Research and Technology Librarian (2010), Leo Dehon Library, Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology, Franklin, Wisconsin

Selected previous positions: Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology: Director of the Library (1993-2010), Associate Librarian (1982-1993)

  • MA Theology (1989) Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
  • MALS (1981) Dominican University, River Forest, IL
  • BA History (1980) Marquette University
  •  MLS in Academic and Digital Librarianship, St. John’s University, Queens, NY

Offices held in CLA: 

  • Chair, Academic/Library Education Section (1991-1993)
  • Member-at-Large/Membership (1993-1995)
  •  Convention Program Editor (1994-1996)

Other professional offices held:

  • Wisconsin Chapter, CLA: Academic Rep. (1985-1987), Vice-President/Newsletter Editor (1987-1989), President (1989-1993), Archivist/Past-President (1993-1995)
  • ATLA: RC Denominational Section Conference Convener (2011-2013), Secretary (2013-present)
  •  CATLA (Chicago Area Theological Library Association): Secretary (2014-2015), Vice President (2015-2016), President (2016-2017), Nominating Committee (2017-2018)

Comments/statement of concerns:
The Catholic Library Association has provided a “light to those in darkness” for nearly one hundred years. Those years have seen both success and struggle, but the association is still here. The many, many valiant librarians and institutions who have supported it offer a valuable, viable resource to those seeking to understand. It offers a voice of reason and hope in a world seeking both. While CLA is currently reimagining its offerings and services, it continues to provide not just information, but wisdom to those in need. I hope to be a small part of that continuing renaissance.


Jean McManus


Present position: Librarian for Catholic Studies and Archives Engagement (2020-present), University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

Selected previous positions: 

  • Catholic Studies Librarian, University of Notre Dame
  • Serials Acquisitions Librarian, University of Notre Dame
  • Humanities Bibliographer, Tufts University, Medford, MA
  • Collection Development and Reference Librarian, Tufts University
  •  Reference and Instruction Librarian, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago


  • MA Library Science, 1989, University of Chicago
  •  BA English, 1985, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA

Offices held in CLA: 

  • Academic section, Vice Chair (2011-2012), Chair (2012-2013)
  • Catholic Library World editorial board member (2010-2015)
  •  Member at Large, Academic section (2009-2013)

Other professional offices held:

  • Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Scholars Advisory Committee, Chair (2011-2015), member (2015-2018), Chair (2018- present)
  • CRRA Program Committee for Annual Meeting 2015 (October 2014- June 2015)
  • CRRA Catholic Newspapers Task Force, (2012- present)
  •  CRRA Institutional Liaisons group, (2013- present)

Comments/statement of concerns:
I would be eager to serve as a member-at-large to support CLA’s core work with libraries, archives, scholarship, and education in the Catholic world.


Letter from CLA President Jack Fritts


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


2020 Regina Medal Award Winner - Christopher Paul Curtis


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


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.

Gloria Dodd, STD, Promotion Committee Councilor on the MSA Administrative Council, will accept the award on behalf of the MSA at the CLA 2020 Spring Virtual Conference. Gloria is originally from Washington, D.C., and grew up as a bibliophile. Her mother had such a wonderful library of Catholic books that all of the walls of her family's living and dining rooms had bookshelves where the books were cataloged by her! She worked at the library of Christendom College as well as the library of the Dominican House of Studies, which helped her to get my current job where she answers research questions on a regular basis.


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


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).


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