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.
CLA National Office Closed August 20th to 27th
The National Office of CLA will be closed for a few days, August 20 to 27. All staff members will be using this time to catch up on their reading. Feel welcome to leave a message by phone or email.
LIS Students - We want to know what you think!
CLA is interested in what LIS students want from a professional organization. Help us out and take a few minutes to answer this survey. Thanks! https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2RDZ56Y
Hotel Information for 2015 CLA Convention
The CLA Annual Conference will take place April 7-9, 2015, in Orlando, FL. CLA meets in conjunction with National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) during Easter Week each year.
Registration and housing for the convention is done via the NCEA website. So, watch the NCEA site and make your plans early. Housing for these joint events typically fills up very quickly.
Take a Chance on the Tenth and Final CLA Collaborative Quilt!
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2014 Regina Medal Winner - Patricia Reilly Giff
Author Patricia Reilly Giff received the Regina Medal Award at a luncheon in her honor on April 23, 2014, at the CLA convention in Pittsburgh, PA. She is a two-time Newbery Honor winner: Lily’s Crossing (Delacorte, 1997) was honored in 1998 and Pictures of Hollis Woods (Random House/Wendy Lamb Books, 2002) in 2003. She is also the author of the Polk Street School series for younger readers. Read her bio here.
Job Opening for Librarian, Villanova University
Villanova University, a Catholic Augustinian community of higher education rooted in the liberal arts, seeks a dynamic and creative librarian so serve as University Librarian of The Falvey Memorial Library. The University Librarian provides strategic leadership and direction to the planning, acquisition, management and preservation of knowledge and information resources that support Villanova University’s instructional and research programs.
Essay Contest for Grad Students in Catholic LIS Programs
CLA Members who are also studying LIS in Catholic Universities are invited to participate in an essay contest. The winning essay will be published in Catholic Library World. Click here for more info
Oliver Leonard Kapsner, O.S. B. Cataloging Bulletin April 2014
The latest issue of the Oliver Leonard Kapsner, O.S.B.Cataloging Bulletin e-newsletter of the Catholic Library Association is now available at http://cathla.org/images/CLAelectronicnewsletterIssue27.pdf
Invitation to Open Meetings about the Future of the Catholic Library Association
CLA President Sara Baron and the Executive Board sent a memo to the membership inviting participation in a discussion of the future of CLA. See the memo and instructions for joining an open meeting via video conference or conference call.
CLA Partners in In Good Faith Project
Through funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) and project partners the Catholic Library Association (CLA) and the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) are preparing a preservation survey for small theological and religious studies libraries, archives, and cultural institutions. The survey is the centerpiece of an IMLS National Leadership Grants for Libraries Planning Grant for the project, "In Good Faith: Collection Care, Preservation, and Access in Small Theological and Religious Studies Libraries." Read the press release about the project.