2012 News

CLA Election Results


We are pleased to announce the following election results...

Mary Kelleher has been elected Vice President (President Elect) for the 2013-2017 term
Cardinal Beran Library, St. Mary’s Seminary, Houston


Pat Lawton has been elected to the Executive Board for a four-year term 2013-2017
Projects Librarian for Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA), Notre Dame, Indiana


Ann O'Hara has been elected to the Executive Board for a four-year term 2013-2017
Marquette University High School, Milwaukee, WI


The votes were tallied and certified by the 2012 Elections Committee: Eileen M.Franke, Mark Unger and Niki Ehernberger.


Ballots DUE - 2012 Candidates for National Office


To ensure 'your vote is counted' PLEASE RETURN YOUR ELECTION BALLOT to arrive no later than December 1, 2012.

We are pleased to announce the final candidates for National Office - 2012

For Vice President (President Elect) we have two candidates

Chris Turland of Cardinal Ritter Prep High School, St. Louis MO
Mary Kelleher of Cardinal Beran Library, St. Mary's Seminary, Houston, TX

For Board Members we have four candidates:

Craig George of MidCon Energy Partners, Eureka, MO
Ann O'Hara of Marquette University High School, Milwaukee, WI
Pat Lawton of Catholic Research Resources Alliance, Notre Dame, IN
Curt LeMay of Archbishop Ireland Memorial Library, St. Paul, MN

Board Members will serve a term of 4 years, 2 candidates will be selected.

Election Materials/Ballots were sent to all CURRENT paid members of Catholic Library Association as of October 1, 2012.

More candidate information can be found here


Complimentary 2013-14 CLA Membership


Application for Complimentary 2013-14 CLA Membership

(Sponsored by CLA's Heritage Fund)

Applications for 4 free 2013-14 CLA memberships are due no later than March 1, 2013. This offer was made possible by the Heritage Fund and is open to any interested persons who have never been membes of Catholic Library Association. Application can be found by linking here.




The November 10, 2012 Fall Meeting re-launching our Metropolitan New York Chapter at Fordham University will be postponed until the Spring of 2013 due to the recent storms on the East coast. Registered attendees will receive a refund of their payment. Visit the CLA website for future event information. Thank you!


Mother Theodore Guerin Fall Meeting


You are cordially invited to attend the Fall meeting of the Mother Theodore Guerin Chapter of CLA.  Meeting will be held on Friday, October 26th at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN. Program includes:

9:30am Registration - Continental Breakfast, Woods Student Room, 1st Floor Rooney Library
10-11:30am - "The Legacy of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin" Presentation, President's Room 1st Floor
11:30 - Pasta Lunch provided - President's Room
1-2:30 - Tour of campus and Sisters or Providence Archives.

The library is the first building on the left side of the road when entering  the main (2nd) gate. Turn left at the first intersection and park behind the library. You can enter through the back doors.


Time is Running Out - Renew Today!


We don’t want you to miss your next issue of Catholic Library World. Please complete the renewal notice and return by October 1, 2012. You can pay by check or call our toll-free number 855-739-1776 to use a credit card to charge your membership. Thank you for your continued support of CLA. For renewal notice please follow this link.


Third Annual International Conference on Information & Religion


Third Annual International Conference on Information & Religion The Social Construction of Religious Knowledge June 19-22, 2013 ~ Charlotte, N.C.

Held in conjunction with the American Theological Library Association Annual Conference.

Keynote: Peter Ochs, Ph.D.

Edgar M. Bronfman Professor of Modern Judaic Studies, University of Virginia Founding editor of the Journal of Scriptural Reasoning



WCLA Meeeting in DeForest, WI


Plan on attending the October 19, 2012 WCLA Fall Conference at Comfort Inn and Suites on Hwy V. in DeForest, Wisconsin.

Dr. Robert Smiley, Director of Technology for the Waunakee Community School District, will start out the morning speaking on Long Range Planning and The Future of School Libraries.

Merri Lindgren, CCBC librarian, will present the Best New Books for Younger Children, Teens and Young Adults.

Jacqueline Houtman, young adult book author from Madison, will present Sciency Fiction.

Book vendors will be available for the first half of the day and ideas will be shared.

Please mark your calendars and bring a friend!


St. Louis CLA - Please join us at the Fall Social


St. Louis University Museum of Art

Sunday, September 30, 2012

1:30 -- 3:30 p.m.

St. Louis University Museum of Art


3663 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108

Bring a friend and tour the galleries with docents, find out what CLA is up to, enjoy refreshments, and network with library friends old and new!


MCCLC 2012 Fall Meeting/Tour


MCCLC - Metropolitan Catholic College Librarians’ Chapter

Fall Meeting/Tour

Friday, October 26, 2012

Please join the MCCLC for a tour of the MCCLC for a tour of the Museum of Jewish Heritage. “The Core Exhibition differs from other institutions of memory by telling the story of the Holocaust from the perspective of those who experienced it. Using first-person histories and personal objects, the Museum explains the essence and beauty of Jewish life and serves as a repository for the memories of Holocaust survivors, whose stories will live on long after they are gone and will continue to teach future generations.

The Core Exhibition is organized around three themes: Jewish Life a Century Ago, The War Against the Jews, and Jewish Renewal each told on a separate floor.”

DATE: Friday, October 26, 2012

TIME: Meet & Greet - 10:00-10:30

(Museum’s entrance at 36 Battery Place)

Guided Tour - 10:30-12:00

Lunch –12:30-2:00

PLACE: The Museum of Jewish Heritage

36 Battery Place, New York, NY 10280


COST: $12 – Includes admission Museum only

LUNCH:  You are invited to join us at

Inatteso Pizzabar Casano,
28 West Street, each pays their own.

RSVP: By October 5, 2012 –

Make check payable to MCCLC
Prof. Andrea McElrath
St. John’s University Library
300 Howard Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10301
(718) 390-4362


2012 Regina Medal Winner - Jean Craighead George


Our 2003 Regina Medal recipient, Jean Craighead George, died May 15 at a hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y. Jean was a children’s author, and widely regarded as one of the premier American nature writers for young readers. Her novels and picture books — more than 100 — have sold millions of copies. “Julie of the Wolves,” a novel about a 13-year-old Eskimo runaway who is welcomed by a wolf pack in the Alaskan tundra, received the 1973 Newbery Medal for the “most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.”She was 92. More information can be found here.


New Members’ Only Page Functional


We are pleased to announce our New Members’ Only Page! To access this page you will be required to register and login using the Member Login found here http://cathla.org/member-login.

First you will need to register. Choose the register link, fill in the registration form, you will create a unique username and password - save this for future logins, once submitted, you will receive an email with a link to verify your account, your registration will be approved and you will receive another email with a link back to the website. Now you may login. (please be advised – as the approvals must come through the CLA office, they will be responded to during normal Mon-Fri working hours.)

Once logged in . . .

  1. You will have access to both the member database and the new member features, including news, profiles, book reviews and marketplace.
  2. Your profile will be visible to other members, but to members only. You will have the ability to edit your profile.
  3. The Book Reviews are a ‘work in progress,’ the March 2012 issue will soon be complete, and we will maintain future issues. We are pursuing outside funding to enter in the last five years of reviews, upon approval/funding you will be notified.

Second Annual International Conference on Information & Religion


Theme: Preservation and Access: Facilitating Research in Information and Religion
May 18-19, 2012 ~ Kent State University, Kent, OH

The Center for the Study of Information and Religion (CSIR) will host its Second Annual International Conference on Information and Religion in May 2012. This call for papers seeks original contributions in all areas related to information and religion. The conference theme invites participants to share their work in a variety of areas in which scholars are exploring the intersections of religion and information.