2019 CLA Election

The results for the 2019 election are:

Vice President / President - Elect

Kathryn Shaughnessy

Present positions:

Associate Professor/Open Education Librarian at St. John’s University Library, Queens, New York

Selected previous positions:  

Emerging Technology Librarian, Instructional Service Librarian


MA in Philosophy of Religion and Moral Theology, Fordham University in Bronx, NY;  MLS in Academic and Digital Librarianship, St. John's University in Queens NY

Offices held in CLA:

Executive Board: Member-at-Large (2015-Present)

Member:  Academic section, Parish Section

Other professional offices held:

ACRL-NY: Association of College and Research Libraries—New York Chapter (October 2009 –Present) Executive Board member: Distance Learning Discussion Group co-convenor

Comments/ Statement of Concerns:

In keeping with the traditions of CLA, I would like to see the organization continue to grow and thrive in a shifting information environment.  Our organization is approaching the century mark, and new challenges still emerge daily: I look forward to fostering collaborations among our library and educational institutions to create and promote more accessible, reliable resources.


Eva Gonsalves


Present positions: 

Head Librarian at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Virginia

Selected previous positions: N/A


M.A. Library & Information Science B.A. Japanese Language & Literature, International Business

Offices held in CLA:

Chair, High School Young Adult Section

Other professional offices held: N/A

Comments/ Statement of Concerns: N/A


Elyse Hayes


Present positions:

Director of Library and Information Services, Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, New York

Previous positions:

Seat of Wisdom, Review Editor; Public Services Librarian (Huntington Public Library and South Huntington Public Library)


MA in Theology (Seminary of the Immaculate Conception), MLS (St. John’s University, Queens, New York)

Offices held in CLA:

Scholarship Committee 2005-2006; Member at Large 2015-present

Other professional offices held:

American Theological Library Association: facilitator of Roman Catholic Denomination Group, 2004-2006, officer of World Christianity Interest Group 2009-2010, committee member for digitization of McCabe’s Critical Guide to Catholic Reference Books; NYATLA (New York Area Chapter of ATLA): recording secretary (current); LI Council of Academic Library Directors: secretary 2003-2004; Suffolk County Library Association: secretary 2001 & 2002; chair of Professional Concerns Committee 2000 & 2001; launched new Excellence in Library Service Award (ELSA) in 2000; co-chair of ELSA Committee 2004.

Comments/statement of concerns:

As I stated when I first ran for Member at Large, I believe that CLA stands ready at the intersection of faith and librarianship to be a force for good. Librarians and archivists are smart, flexible, and resourceful. They are skilled at communication and collaboration. But they do need and deserve a professional Catholic organization in order to accomplish their goals. Since Catholic libraries and archives are spread pretty thinly throughout the wider culture, an organization like CLA can be invaluable during a time of such seismic changes as ours. CLA’s tangible accomplishments such as helping to preserve materials and make them accessible, providing professional development and networking opportunities for members, etc., all serve to undergird less tangible but loftier ideals such as strengthening Catholic identity and culture itself. Once we know “who” we are, we will be able to engage the wider culture, participate in the “new evangelization,” find new service models, new partners, and new paths.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve CLA.