2017 News

2018 Regina Medal Award Winner - Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney


Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney are a New York Times bestselling and award-winning couple who have made outstanding contributions to the field of children’s literature, both as individuals and as an author-artist team. Between them, they have published nearly 60 children’s books, a rich treasury of words and images reflecting a wide range of interests for children — experiences that are both specific and universal.

The couple has been named among the “25 Most Influential People in Our Children’s Lives” by Children’s Health magazine. They are the recipient of the Regina Medal for their outstanding contributions to children’s literature. The Pinkneys’ books have been awarded multiple Caldecott Honor Medals, Coretta Scott King Awards, and Boston Globe/Horn Book Honors. They are five-time nominees for the NAACP Image Awards, and have received many Jane Addams Children’s Literature Honor citations, as well as multiple Parenting Publications Gold Medals.

Their notable books include Martin Rising: Requiem for a King; Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra; Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America; Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation; Martin & Mahalia; Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride; and Ella Fitzgerald.

Brian and Andrea speak in schools and at educational conferences nationwide about their work as children’s book creators. Each year they inspire more than 10,000 school children and educators with their presentations and workshops.

The Pinkneys live in Brooklyn, New York, with their two children.


2018 St. Katharine Drexel Award Winner - Regina Doman


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Regina Doman is a Catholic wife, mother, author and editor. As an author, she has written the Fairy Tale Novels, a series of books for teens and adults that places fairy tales in modern settings with Christian themes interwoven, two of which have won awards in the Catholic press. Her picture book Angel in the Waters has sold over 120,000 copies. Regina and her husband Andrew live on a homestead in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley with their children and far too many pets, where Regina edits fiction, writes comic books, teaches high school English part time, and tries to find time to write another novel. To the question, “How do you manage to get it all done?” Regina responds, “What makes you think I get it all done?”


2018 Jerome Award Winner - Fr. Bryan Massingale


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


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.


920 CLA - Angie Bush


920 CLA is a regular column in Catholic Library World, introducing a CLA member in each issue. Angie Bush is the subject of the September 2017 column.

Q&A with Angie Bush

Library Media Specialist
St. Anne's Catholic School
Bristol, Virginia

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Heritage Fund


Dear friend of the Catholic Library Association,

Each year, the Catholic Library Association makes its annual appeal for donations to our Heritage Fund on the Feast of St. Jerome (September 30). The theme of this year’s CLA Heritage Fund Appeal is, “Thank God Ahead of Time” in honor of the beatification of the Venerable Solanus Casey, an American-born Capuchin priest who will be beatified on November 18 in Detroit. Father Solanus’s purpose in life was to console and to encourage. He brought about peace by a kindly insistence on our right relationship to—and dependence on—God and neighbor.

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Membership Sponsors


The CLA has launched a membership sponsorship initiative for new members. Any CLA members may sign up to be a sponsor, that is to pay for a year’s membership to the association for someone who has never been a CLA member. Sponsors may choose to offer a membership to a student at a library school, colleague, or leave their gift unrestricted. Contact the office at cla2@cathla.org for details.


John T Corrigan, CFX Memorial Continuing Education Grant


Applications for the John T. Corrigan grant are due December 1, 2017. The Corrigan grant is intended to assist chapters of Catholic Library Association in their mission to provide quality continuing education opportunities to their members. Chapters receiving Corrigan Grant funds must submit a written evaluation of their approved program to the Scholarship & Awards Committee of Catholic Library Association within ninety days after the program is held. The application is available on the CLA website.


Mary A. Grant Volunteer Service Award


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.


2017 John Brubaker Award Given to Paul M Pearson


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.


Wisconsin Chapter Conference October 13, 2017


The Annual Fall Conference sponsored by the Wisconsin Chapter of CLA (WCLA) is scheduled for Friday, October 13, 2017, at Saint Cecelia Parish Center in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Book Review: Evangelical Gotham: Religion and the Making of New York City, 1783-1860


Each issue of Catholic Library World includes approximately 100 book reviews. Reviewer Jay T. Harrison reviewed Kyle Robert's Evangelical Gotham: Religion and the Making of New York City, 1783-1860 (University of Chicago Press, 2016) for the September 2017 issue.

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Talley Credentialed as Certified Association Executive


June 2017, Melanie Talley, Senior Association Coordinator for the CLA, earned her Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential from the CAE Commission of The American Society of Association Executies (ASAE), joining more than 4,200 industry leaders worldwide. Talley has been with CLA for 3 years. As one of several staff at P&N Association Management who run the association, she manages membership, heads the communication for the association, and supports the volunteer leadership.

The CAE Program serves to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, and designate those who have acquired and have demonstrated knowledge essential to the practice of association management. The CAE Program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

ASAE is a membership organization of more than 28,000 association executives and industry partners representing more than 7,500 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world. With support of the ASAE Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession, and provides resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community.


2016 John Brubaker Award Given to Jillian M. Slater Ewalt


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


Gumberg Library at Duquesne University Sponsors Book Program


As part of Duquesne University’s Big Read Program, Gumberg Library sponsored a series of events during the spring 2017 semester around the novel When the Emperor was Divine, by Julie Otsuka. Funded with support from an NEA grant awarded to Duquesne University in Spring 2016, the program allowed the library to host eight events and forty-five book groups for fourteen hundred participants. Nearly one thousand books were provided, free of charge, to participants in the Pittsburgh community.

The novel, which relates the experiences of a Japanese-American family forced to live in an internment camp during World War II, allowed the community to have a conversation on the historical and moral issues surrounding immigration, xenophobia, and refugee experiences.


CLA Teams Up with Amazon Smile


Help give back to CLA by clicking here and selecting CLA as your charity to receive a portion of your purchases through Amazon.


Bishop Byrne Chapter Holds Semi-Annual Meeting in Houston


The Bishop Byrne Chapter of the Catholic Library Association held their semi-annual meeting at the Regis School in Houston on February 24, 2017. Opening prayer and welcome to new parish librarians was followed by reports, elections, and installation of officers for their two year term. Presentations included a Titlewave webinar from Tara Guess and best practices moments with Shelley James from St. Vincent de Paul. Additionally, Glenn Bailey, Jr, YAH Director of Community and School Partnerships who spoke about how the Young Audiences programs could benefit schools.

The Chapter conferred The Ann Martin Award for excellence upon Marci Peschke. Marci told about her life journey and about authoring the Kylie Jean book series. Additionally, author Denise Ditto gave us details about her personal journey as a writer and how self-publishing brought her story Flying High with the Tooth Fairy to life. These authors offered valuable lessons on both traditional self-publishing routes for authors. Round table discussions, library management issues, networking, learning, and fellowship filled the meeting before it came to a close with prayer from Chaplain Marilyn Fontenot.


CLA Member Cynthia Reeg Received Zia Award


CLA member and retired Holy Infant School (St. Louis, MO) librarian Cynthia Reeg recently won the 2017 Zia Award for outstanding children’s literature for her debut middle grade fantasy, From the Grave, published by Jolly Fish Press/North Star Editions. The book combines horror, humor, and heart for a compelling monster adventure, highlighting the issues of bullying and diversity. Reeg, a part time resident of New Mexico, was awarded the prize on April 22 by the New Mexico Press Women.

Cynthia Reeg is a former school librarian, who describes herself as someone who ventured out from behind the stacks to become a children’s author. “As an advocate for children’s literacy and supreme defender of reluctant readers,” Reeg said, “I love to manipulate words into wondrous, kid-friendly creations.” She is the author of several picture books and her work has appeared in Highlight, Faces, Clubhouse and other magazines and anthologies. Reeg and her husband live part-time in Angel Fire, New Mexico, and have two grown sons and two grandsons.

The Zia Award was started by members in 1953 to honor an outstanding woman in New Mexico media. The New Mexico Press Women is the state chapter affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women and exists to provide professional development, networking and First Amendment right protection to professional journalists and communicators.


920 CLA - John E Shaffett


920 CLA is a regular column in Catholic Library World, introducing a CLA member in each issue. John E. Shaffett is the subject of the June 2017 column.

Q&A with John E. Shaffett

Director of Library Services
The Baptist College of Florida
Graceville, Florida

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CLA Member Lesley Farmer Receives AASL Distinguished Service Award


CLA member Lesley Farmer, professor of library media at California State University Long Beach, is the recipient of the 2017 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Distinguished Service Award. Sponsored by Follett, the $3,000 award recognizes an individual member of the library profession who has, over a significant period, made an outstanding national contribution to school librarianship and school library development.

Farmer has written extensively on school library-related issues, including 35 monographs and more than 200 book chapters and articles. She has also edited and reviewed for more than a dozen journals. Throughout her career, Farmer has been involved in more than 15 research projects and 32 grants, which focused on school library standards and practice, literacy project factors, information/ICT integration, instruction, and data analytics.

Read more: http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2017/05/lesley-farmer-receives-aasl-distinguished-service-award


TheBookTrailer.org Uses Movie Trailers to Promote YA Readership


An MLS research project comes to fruition 4 years later for CLA member Joanna Schreck.

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Renew Your CLA Membership!


Don’t miss out on all the great benefits of CLA and renew your 2017-2018 membership today!

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Job Posting


New job postings available here with Boston College and Xavier University.


CLA Adopts Socially Responsible Investment Policy, Divests from Fossil Fuel Industry


At its 2017 Conference in St. Louis, MO, the Catholic Library Association’s Executive Committee voted to revise its investment policy to divest itself of stocks and investments from companies primarily providing services to, or in the business of, the manufacture, production, or distribution of fossil fuels, and/or products that damage the environment or contribute to global warming.

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Sister Mary Agnes Casey SSJ dies at 76


Sister Mary Agnes Casey SSJ, formerly Sister Catherine Dorothy, April 19, 2017, age 76; Sister of Ellen Patricia Casey SSJ, Andrew (Mary) Casey and the late Shawn Andrew and Joan Marie Casey; Sister-in-law of Elizabeth Greenan; also survived by her nephew and the members of her community, The SIsters of St. Joseph. Religious, relatives and friends are invited to St. Joseph Villa, 110 West Wissahickon Avenue, Flourtown, PA 19031 for Viewing Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 1:30 P.M. followed by Funeral Mass at 3 P.M. Interment Villa Cemetery. Donations may be made in Sister's memory to St. Joseph Villa. Condolences may be shared at www.kollerfuneralhome.com.


Catholic Archives in the Digital Age


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March 29, 2017 saw a gathering of more than 80 archivists, librarians, and information specialists working with religious order archives at The Catholic University of America to discuss the status and future of Catholic religious order archives. The conference marked the third in a series on “Catholic Archives in the Digital Age. Read more.


1998 Regina Medalist Patricia McKissack dies at 72


Patricia McKissack, well-known American children’s author and recipient—with co-author and husband, Frederick McKissack— of the 1998 Regina Medal, died on April 7, 2017 at the age of 72.

McKissack and her husband, Fredrick McKissack, wrote and published more than 100 books together, contributing to the diversity of characters and places in children’s literature, by publishing stories with African American characters and a focus on African American history. Besides the Catholic Library Association’s Regina Medal, they received a Newbery Honor, nine Coretta Scott King author and honor awards, an NAACP Image Award, and in 2014, a Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Patricia McKissack’s The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural received a Newbery Honor and the King Author Award in 1993. Other titles by McKissack include Sojourner Truth: Ain’t I a Woman?, a 1993 Horn Book Award runner-up, A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter (1990), and many others.

McKissack was preceded in death by her husband, who died in 2013.

The Regina Medal is a literary award conferred annually by the Catholic Library Association. It recognizes a living person for "continued, distinguished contribution to children's literature without regard to the nature of the contribution.” It was inaugurated in 1959 and it is administered by Children's Library Services Section.


Announcing: Chronicling the U.S. Catholic Experience in the First World War



The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives houses the richest collection of materials related to the First World in the United States. As America nears the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into the First World War, the Archives is making hundreds of pages of photographs, letters, scrapbooks, and other documents available online to the public free of charge in a new website:
Chronicling the U.S. Catholic Experience in the First World War.

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920 CLA - Sandra Collins


920 CLA is a regular column in Catholic Library World, introducing a CLA member in each issue. Sandra Collins is the subject of the March 2017 column.

Q&A with Sandra Collins

Director of Information Services and Professor of Sacred Scripture
Byzantine Catholic Seminary
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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LSU Libraries Special Collections Research Grant


The LSU Libraries is offering two research travel grants of $1000 each to support the work of researchers who use the rich holdings of the LSU Special Collections Library. The purpose of the grant is to support a researcher’s travel and lodging costs associated with a research trip to Baton Rouge, LA. Graduate level, post-doctoral, faculty and independent researchers who live outside the Baton Rouge area are encouraged to apply. A research plan is a requirement for the application and will be used in choosing the travel grant recipients.

LSU Special Collections contains manuscripts dating back to the French colonial period and show, along with everything else about the evolution of Louisiana, the important role that Catholicism has played here from the start. Collections include church records and documents from religious orders, many family papers in the collections contain prayer books, sacramental certificates, and correspondence testifying to the centrality of Catholicism in the lives of Louisianans of varying social backgrounds over the ages. More on the Catholic resources in LSU Special Collections can be found at http://www.lib.lsu.edu/special/manuscripts/guides/religion

Applications are due April 30, 2017. See http://www.lib.lsu.edu/special/research/grant for application instructions.

Association of Catholic Publishers Members Elect Six Board Members


BALTIMORE, MD -The Association of Catholic Publishers' (ACP) members elected six board members including re-electing Therese Ratliff, increased the number of heads-of-house to six, and brought a balance among the types of publishers represented by the membership. "This new board reflects the breadth of vision and mission in Catholic publishing as well as the various types of publishing-liturgical, music, trade, catechetical-that make up our industry," noted executive director, Therese Brown.

Members elected Peter Dwyer (Liturgical Press), Conor Gallagher (Saint Benedict Press/TAN Books), Fr. Dan Kroger (Franciscan Media), Therese Ratliff (Twenty-Third Publications/Bayard), Kathleen Sommers-Garcia (Liturgy Training Publications), and Jon Sweeney (Ave Maria Press) to three-year terms beginning in February 2017.

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CLW is Seeking Manuscripts


Catholic Library World (CLW) is seeking manuscripts for publication. Topics of interest include: academic libraries, high school and children’s libraries, parish and community libraries, archives, and library education. All major articles are juried. For further information or to submit articles, contact: CLW General Editor Sigrid Kelsey, sigridkelsey@gmail.com.


Catholic University to host Catholic Archives in the Digital Age Conference, March 29


The Catholic Archives in the Digital Age: The Fate of Religious Order Archives Conference is the third in a series of conferences under the theme of how Catholic archives are evolving in the digital age. The specific focus arose as after the American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives worked with the Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart in Baltimore to preserve their valuable archives as they moved from one location to another, will address aspects of the question of religious order archives in the United States. Catholic University has historically served as a center of education for members of religious orders from around the country. The free conference will be held on the CUA campus in the Pryzbyla Center on March 29th, 2017 and will feature a range of scholars and archivists of the American Catholic experience and archival stewards of religious order records. For more information, see http://www.lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/8901/

W. J. Shepherd, Associate Archivist, CUA

In Memoriam: 2006 Regina Medal Recipient Paul Goble


The Catholic Library Association is saddened to hear the passing of Regina Medal Recipient Paul Goble. He was a well-known children’s author-illustrator widely known for his picture books inspired by Native American culture and lore. Click here to read his full obituary.