CLA Awards

The Catholic Library Association honors excellence in scholarship, literature and librarianship through the bestowal of nationally recognized Association and Section awards. These awards as well as service and chapter awards are presented at the annual convention.

Mary A. Grant Volunteer Service Award

9/27/2017

Anna Campos is the recipient of the CLA's 2018 Mary A. Grant Volunteer Service Award. This award was established in 1996 and is presented by the CLA Executive Board in recognition of outstanding volunteer service to the Association by a CLA member. Campos was nominated for this award by Cindy Marach, Chair of the Children’s Library Services Section.

 

2018 John Brubaker Award Given to Paul M Pearson

9/25/2017

The Catholic Library World (CLW) Editorial Committee has selected Paul M. Pearson, Director and Archivist at the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, to receive the John Brubaker Memorial Award for the best article appearing in CLW for 2016-2017.

His article, “The Seven Storey Goldmine: The Extraordinary Success of Thomas Merton’s Autobiography,” which appeared in the March 2017 issue, describes the fascinating backstory to the publication of The Seven Storey Mountain, Merton’s classic spiritual autobiography, in 1948. It is a well-researched study of the maturation of a surprise success in the postwar American book publishing industry. The Brubaker Award is presented annually by the committee, to recognize an outstanding work of literary merit published in Catholic Library World during the previous year.

 

2017 John Brubaker Award Given to Jillian M. Slater Ewalt

8/15/2017

Jillian M. Slater Ewalt was chosen as the Brubaker Award recipient for her article ”Archival Exhibits as Interdisciplinary Teaching Tools,” (Sept. 2015).

 

2017 St. Katharine Drexel Award Winner - Gene Luen Yang

12/15/2016

Gene Luen Yang

Gene Luen Yang (http://geneyang.com) is the 2017 recipient of the St. Katharine Drexel Award. Yang is a well-known cartoonist and graphic novelist, whose 2006 American Born Chinese was the first graphic novel nominated for a National Book Award, and the first ALA Printz Award winner. Since then, his books have been nominated for and won numerous other honors and awards.

Yang is also a Catholic, and his many works are several with Catholic themes. In The Monkey King, Yang replaces Buddha, from the original story, with a Christian deity. The Rosary Comic Book (Pauline Books & Media, 2003) is a graphic novel depicting the stories behind the mysteries of the rosary.

 

2017 Aggiornamento Award Winner - Fr. Patrick Martin

11/2/2016

Fr. Patrick MartinThe Catholic Library Association is excited to announce Fr. Patrick Martin as the 2017 Aggiornamento Award Recipient. Father Patrick A. Martin is a missionary priest who has been traveling the world for 30 years, spreading the word about human suffering. He was born in Maine, the 17th in a family of 22 children. He was struck by meningitis at the age of nine, losing his sight, his memory, and his ability to walk. With a lot of help, he relearned what he had lost and regained the use of his legs, but still only has pinpoint vision. In 1969 he first learned of the resources that were available for blind people. He went to the library and started reading recorded books. Eventually he earned a degree in English Literature and a Master’s Degree in Library Science. Father Pat now visits parishes all over the world and presents Parish Mission Programs, many of which are recorded live as they are given and are available to everyone on the internet. The Award will be presented to Fr. Martin at the 2017 CLA Convention in conjunction with the National Catholic Educational Association Convention and Expo being held April 18-20, 2017 in St. Louis, MO.