2018 News

2018 John Brubaker Award Given to Kimberly Kowal and Seth Meehan


The Catholic Library World (CLW) Editorial Committee has selected Kimberly Kowal and Seth Meehan for “Partnerships on Campus: Roles and Impacts in Developing a New Online Research Resource at Boston College” at the Boston College, to receive the John Brubaker Memorial Award for the best article appearing in CLW for 2017-2018.

Their article,"Partnerships on Campus" describes the collaboration between the Boston College Libraries and the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies to create the Portal to Jesuit Studies, an online resource for unified access to full-text primary sources and scholarship for studying the history of the Society of Jesus.  Kowal and Meehan relate how the libraries’ experience with digitization and metadata creation joined the institute’s subject expertise and knowledge of pertinent sources to publish an unparalleled collection of resources to assist scholars of Jesuit studies.  Their account joins other similar case studies in illustrating the fruitful relationships that academic libraries have formed with other entities to develop digital projects.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


CLA at ALA Annual Conference


Free and Open Resources: CST In Action!

Saturday, June 23

5:00-6:30 PM

Marriot Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, Blaine Kern E & F Room

CLA will be hosting an affiliate session at the ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition this June! Kathryn Shaughnessy, our Board Liaison to ALA will be sharing essential information about effectively utilizing free and open resources in the Catholic librarian profession.

Discussion will specifically focus on the use and creation of free and OPEN education resources helps eliminate barriers to education, and help us fulfill our Catholic Social Teaching mission as Catholic Libraries, Archives and Institutions. This session offers an overview of free and Open philosophy as a force for integral human development, and offers concrete, useful resources from both general education collections and Catholic education collections.

Please join us for this resources-sharing session; Attendees are invited to share their expertise, offer suggestions, and ask questions. Additionally, leave with a toolkit of resources to start using immediately! In the spirit of OPEN, this is an open meeting, CLA members and non-members welcome!

If you have any more questions regarding the conference, please feel free to contact Madi Petty either by email (cla2@cathla.org) or phone (225-408-4417).


CLA Summer Read


This summer, CLA members and guests will read and discuss The Growth Mindset Playbook: A Teacher's Guide to Promoting Student Success, by Annie Brock and Heather Hundley.

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920 CLA - Andrew Kosmowski


920 CLA is a regular column in Catholic Library World, introducing a CLA member in each issue. Br. Andrew J. Kosmowski, SM is the subject of the April 2018 column.

Q&A with Br. Andrew J. Kosmowski, SM

Librarian, Marian Library
University of Dayton
Dayton, Ohio

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920 CLA - Noemi Flores


920 CLA is a regular column in Catholic Library World, introducing a CLA member in each issue. Noemi Flores is the subject of the December 2017 column.

Q&A with Noemi Flores, MLIS

Cardinal Beran Library
St. Mary's Seminary
University of St. Thomas
Houston, Texas

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