2013 News

CLA Joins ATLA in Sponsoring IMLS Grant


ATLA Receives IMLS Grant to Explore Preservation Needs in Small Theological and Religious Studies Libraries

Chicago, IL, September 27, 2013 - The American Theological Library Association (ATLA) has received a 2013 National Leadership Grants for Libraries Planning Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS) in the amount of $46,500. The grant will support the project, “In Good Faith: Collection Care, Preservation, and Access in Small Theological and Religious Studies Libraries,” in partnership with the Catholic Library Association (CLA) and the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL). For more information link here


Feast of St. Jerome


Prayer for Librarians

Lord, You are infinite and with Your infinity You are the Word. Help us then as keepers and custodians of words, to be aware of our profession in all its depths of knowledge and wisdom, and in all its encompassing of the past, present and in what is yet to be. Let us gladly see in You, the Incarnate Word, what has been and is possible so that we may bring into the lives of others beautiful words, inspiring words, teaching words, and words of joy, comfort, knowledge and beauty. We ask this, as we ask all things, through You, O Word of God. Amen.

Composed by Nick Falco, past president, Brooklyn/Long Island Chapter, Catholic Library Association
With Ecclesiastical Approval, Curia of the Diocese of Brooklyn, March 25, 1991


In Memoriam: Dr. Dennis A. Norlin


The American Theological Library Association (ATLA) remembers the life of Dr. Dennis A. Norlin, retired ATLA Executive Director. Dennis passed away on Friday June 7, 2013, after a serious illness.

Please join us in offering his family and friends our sincerest condolences during this sad time.

Dennis will be remembered and missed as a colleague and friend, and we are grateful for his fifteen years of loyal service to ATLA.

A memorial service is being planned by the Norlin family, tentatively set for very late June or early July. Watch this website for specific updates which will be provided as soon as we have more details.

ATLA members and colleagues are invited to share their thoughts and memories to be compiled by ATLA staff for Dr. Norlin’s family and friends. To add your own reflections about Dennis, please provide a comment in the “Leave a Reply” section below. If you would like to share photos or personal memories, please feel free to e-mail memberrep@atla.com.

If you would like to speak with someone at ATLA headquarters, please contact Margot Lyon, mlyon@atla.com or 312-775-9433.


2013 Scholarship Winners


We are happy to announce the winners of the 2013 Quilt Scholarship Convention Award - Fr. Ken O'Malley and Mary Kelleher, both of Houston, TX are the lucky recipients of $155.00 apiece. Monies for this scholarship to help offset convention fees were raised by our annual Quilt Raffle. The quilts are hand crafted by Cathy Fennell. We thank her for her time and talent to make the beautiful quilts. The lucky winners of the quilts were Sara Baron and Amy Sopchak.


NEW - Charlotte Decker Memorial Award


The Charlotte Decker Memorial Award is given annually to honor an outstanding member of the Children’s Library Services Section or the High School/Young Adult Library Services Section of the Catholic Library Association. The award consists of a complimentary ticket to either the Regina Medal luncheon or the opening awards dinner at the CLA annual conference. (The choice is the recipient’s.)

Charlotte Decker, in whose honor the award is given, was a long-time member of both the Children’s Library Services Section and the High School/Young Adult Section. She was a wellspring of knowledge about children’s and young adult books. Her booktalks at national conferences, featuring the latest children’s and YA books, were always well-attended and benefited librarians as well as teachers.

The selection committee consists of the executive boards ot the CLSS and HS/YASS, plus one representative from Charlotte Decker’s local Cincinnatti Chapter.

The winner of the award will be notified in time to make travel arrangements for the national convention

Nomination form can be found by linking here.


Greater St. Louis Chapter CLA


Greater St. Louis Chapter - Spring Conference

March 9, 2013 8:00 A.M -- 2:00 P.M.
Duchesne High School