Structure & Governance

The Catholic Library Association is a not for profit membership organization founded in 1921 as a section of the then Catholic Educational Association now the National Catholic Educational Association. In 1931 it became an independent organization. The Association supports the mission of the Catholic Church by providing library services and resources.

CLA Strategic Plan

A copy of the Strategic Plan for the Catholic Library can be downloaded as a PDF here .

Constitution and Bylaws – Updated Edition – 2019

The CLA executive board approved the revised edition of the Constitution and Bylaws of the Catholic Library Association. The revisions update our Association guidelines and make it easier for individuals to get involved in CLA!

The Catholic Library Association represents all segments of the library community. Membership is open to all persons, institutions, and organizations interested in the purposes of the Catholic Library Association. Through CLA, our members initiate, foster and encourage activities and library programs that promote literature and libraries, not only of a Catholic nature but also of an ecumenical spirit.

CLA is governed by an appointed executive director, elected officers and an elected executive board.

The structure of the Catholic Library Association allows for the creation of interest groups for members concerned with a special or common topic, problem or work. These interest groups, whether Sections or Round Tables, are administrative divisions of the Association.

Executive Board

Name Position Email
Bro. Andrew J. Kosmowski, SM President [email protected]
Jennifer Millikan, CSJA Vice President/Treasurer  [email protected]
Kathryn Shaughnessy Past President [email protected]
Michael Cerbo Board Member [email protected]
Kathy Harty Board Member [email protected]
Catherine Gray Board Member  [email protected]
Jean McManus Board Member [email protected]
Melanie Talley Executive Director, CLA Office [email protected]


Committee Members Emails
Finance Chair: Jennifer Millikan, CSJA [email protected]
Membership Co-Chairs: Bailee Johnson and Kathryn Shaughnessy [email protected][email protected]
Conference Co-Chairs: Kathy Harty and Elyse Hayes with input from Section Leaders [email protected][email protected]
Continuing Education Co-Chairs: Kathryn Shaughnessy and Jack Fritts with input from Section Leaders shaug[email protected][email protected]
Social Communications & Multimedia Co-Chairs: Kathryn Shaughnessy and Sigrid Kelsey [email protected][email protected]
Manual Revision & Timeline Chair: Kathy Harty [email protected]
Publications Co-Chairs: Jack Fritts and Elyse Hayes [email protected][email protected]