Established in 1921, the Catholic Library Association is an international membership organization, providing its members professional development through educational and networking experiences, publications, scholarships, and other services. The Catholic Library Association coordinates the exchange of ideas, provides a source of inspirational support and guidance in ethical issues related to librarianship, and offers fellowship for those who seek, serve, preserve, and share the word in all its forms.
Long Time CLA Member Passes
It is with great sadness we share that long time member Sister M. Dorothy Neuhofer, OSB, passed away on Wednesday, October 14. She was a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Florida. Sister Dorothy, as she liked to be called, was the archivist and special collections librarian at the Daniel J. Cannon Memorial Library, and she held the rank of full professor at St. Leo University. Sister Dorothy worked for the university for a remarkable 50 years, and was honored for that special milestone in August 2015.
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2016 Aggiornamento Award Winner – The Marian Library
The Catholic Library Association is excited to announce The Marian Library as the recipient of the 2016 Aggironamento Award Winner. The Marian Library was founded by the Marianists of the University of Dayton in 1943 to make the Blessed Virgin Mary better known, loved, and served. It is recognized both nationally and internationally as a center for scholarship on Mary. It serves the research needs of faculty and students of the International Marian Research Institute and of the broader University of Dayton community, and of visitors throughout the world. The Award will be presented to the Marian Library at the 2016 CLA Convention in conjunction with the National Catholic Educators Association Convention and Expo being held March 29-31, 2016 in San Diego, CA.
2016 Regina Medal Award Winner - Lee Bennett Hopkins
The Catholic Library Association is excited to announce Lee Bennett Hopkins as the recipient of the 2016 Regina Medal Award. Lee Bennett Hopkins has written and edited numerous award-winning books for children and young adults, as well as professional texts and curriculum materials. He is a past winner of the Christopher Award, SCBWI Golden Kite Honor Book Award, NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children and was recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s most prolific anthologist of poetry for children. The Award will be presented to Hopkins at the 2016 CLA Convention in conjunction with the National Catholic Educators Association Convention and Expo being held March 29-31, 2016 in San Diego, CA.
2011 Aggiornamento Awardee Fr. Robert Barron appointed as Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles
Pope Francis formally announced Fr. Robert Barron’s appointment as Auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles last Tuesday, July 21st. Bishop-Elect Barron is a 2011 winner of the CLA Aggiornamento Award. He is also the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries. The website reaches millions of people each year and his YouTube videos have been viewed over 13 million times. Find more about Fr. Robert Barron and his ministries at wordonfire.org. View the full release of his appointment here.
Changes to the ATLA Catholic Periodical and Literature Index
ATLA announced that there will be "monthly updates for key products in religion and theology: the ATLA Religion Database® (ATLA RDB®), ATLASerials® (ATLAS®), and ATLA Catholic Periodical and Literature Index® (ATLA CPLI®). Previously updated quarterly, this change will offer more timely updates of content on the EBSCOhost platform." See complete story here.
ATLA also announced a significant addition to key titles for ATLA CPLI. Complete listing found here.
2015 Philip F. Neau Award Recipient
Paul Pojman, a past chair of CLSS and the section newsletter editor from 1995-March 2015, is the 2015 winner of the Philip F. Neau Award. Read more about the award.
2015 Charlotte Decker Award Recipient
The 2015 Charlotte Decker Award was presented to Jean R. Bostley, SSJ by Annette Thibodeaux, Chair of the HSYALSS at the CLA Annual Conference in Orlando. Sr. Jean presently serves as librarian at St. Joseph Central High School in Pittsfield, MA. For many years she was a member and leader of the section before moving to the executive director position of CLA. Throughout her many years with CLA, she has always been a mentor for leaders of the section and has always made significant contributions to the section. For her many years of dedicated service to the HSYALSS she was recognized with the Charlotte Decker Award.
CLA Office Has Moved!
Please note that the CLA office has moved. The new phone number is 225-408-4417 and the new address is 8550 United Plaza Blvd, Ste 1001, Baton Rouge, LA.