The Catholic Library Association honors excellence in scholarship, literature and librarianship through the bestowal of nationally recognized Association and Section awards. These awards as well as service and chapter awards are presented at the annual convention.
2015 John Brubaker Award Given to Patrick J. Hayes
The John Brubaker Award for 2015 has been given to Patrick J. Hayes for his article, New Advances in Franciscan Studies: Gaining on the Poor Man of Assisi, which appeared in the September 2013 (vol. 84, no. 1) issue of Catholic Library World.
2015 Regina Medal Award Winner - Judy Blume
Author Judy Blume received the Regina Medal Award at a luncheon in her honor on April 8, 2015, at the CLA convention in Orlando, FL. Her books have sold over 85 million copies worldwide and many have been included on the New York Times bestseller list. She has received the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement by ALA, the Library of Congress Living Legends Award and the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Read her complete bio 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.
Past Philip F. Neau Award Winners
2012: Jean Elvekrog
2010: Sally Ann Thompson
2008: Julanne Good
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.)
Charlotte Decker, in whose honor the award is given, was a long-time member of both the Children’s Library Services Section and the High School/Young Adult Library Services Section. She was a wellspring of knowledge about children’s and young adult books. Her booktalks at national conferences, featuring the latest children’s and YA books, were always well-attended and benefited librarians as well as teachers.
Any member of CLSS or HS/YALSS can submit a nomination for the award. The selection committee consists of the executive boards of the CLSS and HS/YALSS, plus one representative from Charlotte Decker’s local Cincinnati Chapter.
The winner of the award will be notified in time to make travel arrangements for the national convention.
Rose Marie Anthony, OP, received the first Charlotte Decker Award in 2014.
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.