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.
Librarian Position - Spring, TX
Frassati Catholic High School seeks a dynamic and innovative Librarian who can build all aspects of a new high school library and media center—shaping the vision, management, and program implementation in concert with the school’s mission. For the first year, this will be a part time position, but as the school grows the librarian position will become full time. Frassati Catholic High School is the newest Catholic high school in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and will open its doors to the founding students on August 22, 2013. Frassati Catholic will be a co-educational, college-preparatory high school led by the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia (Nashville Dominicans).
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.
"Picture This! Using Your Visual Literacy Skills"
This is the first time that NESLA is offering a conference in the summer, a less stressful time of the year. The New England School Library Association's annual conference "Picture This! Using Your Visual Literacy Skills" will be at the Eric Carle Museum of the Picture Book in Amherst, MA on August 5, 2013. Leonard S. Marcus, noted historian and critic, is the keynote speaker. Illustrator/author Mary Newell DePalma will participate in the breakout session discussing the visual literacy standards-- one of four breakout sessions.
Job Opening - School Librarian
Employer: Holy Family Catholic School - Austin, TX
Contact Name: Barbi Guerra
The Librarian fulfills the mission of the Catholic school by planning, guiding, and evaluating the effectiveness of the school library and media center. The Librarian provides the appropriate learning atmosphere and activities designed to support the school’s instructional program. The position is hired and evaluated by the principal.
We are pleased to announce a new publication offered by Catholic Library Association! The Parish Library Resource Guide: An annotated bibliography for parish librarians. This publication lists almost 250 titles of items which would serve as a good foundation for church libraries of all sizes. Order Now.
2014 Jerome Award Winner
Bernard McGinn of the University of Chicago Divinity School has been awarded our 2014 Jerome Award. Mr. McGinn will accept the award in Pittsburgh April 3014 at the CLA Annual Convention. We are pleased that he will also offer a 'Conversations' session on Wednesday, April 23rd.
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.)
Heritage Fund Silent Auction
The Heritage Fund's Silent Auction continues! Bidding began at the CLA convention in Houston and the top bid is $650. Bidding will continue until midnight (CDT) on July 15, 2013.
Kevin Henkes, the award-winning author and illustrator for children and young adults and winner of CLA's 2013 Regina Medal, donated an original 11" x 14" color sketch (pencil and watercolor) of Lilly, the loveable and precocious mouse made famous in Henkes's picture book, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse (Greenwillow, 1996).
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.
Call for 2014 Convention Proposals
Catholic Library Association invites the submission of quality proposals for presentation at the 2014 Annual Conference, April 22-24, 2014, in Pittsburgh, PA. CLA meets in conjunction with National Catholic Educational Association during Easter Week each year.