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.

2018 Jerome Award Winner - Fr. Bryan Massingale

11/16/2017

Fr. Bryan MassingaleThe Catholic Library Association is excited to announce Fr. Bryan Massingale as the 2018 St. Jerome Award Recipient. Fr. Massingale is a professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham University in New York. He holds the James and Nancy Buckman Chair in Applied Christian Ethics and is the Senior Fellow in Fordham’s Center for Ethics Education. He previously taught at Marquette University, where in 2009 he received that institution's highest award for excellence in teaching. An award-winning teacher, scholar, and activist, he is a leading expert on Catholic social thought and racial justice and is a consultant to numerous faith-based justice organizations. He served as president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and convener of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium. Fr. Massingale will accept this honor live at the Spring 2018 Virtual Convention.

 

2018 Aggiornamento Award Winner - Fr. James Martin

11/7/2017

Fr. Patrick MartinThe Catholic Library Association is excited to announce Fr. James Martin as the 2018 Aggiornamento Award Recipient. Father Martin is a Jesuit priest, editor at large of America Media, consultor to the Vatican's Secretariat for Communication and author of many books, including Jesus: A Pilgrimage, My Life with the Saints and The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything. Fr. Martin will provide a recorded presentation accepting this honor at the Spring 2018 Virtual 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).