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.
Jerome Award - Recipient for 2007
Origins, the CNS Documentary Service, became the sixteenth recipient of the Jerome Award. David Gibson, founding editor of the 36-year-old publication of Catholic News Service accepted the Award during the Jerome Award Luncheon on Thursday, April 12, 2007 at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel.
The Jerome Award recognizes outstanding contribution and commitment to excellence in scholarship which embody the ideals of the Catholic Library Association. The 2007 award recognizes the outstanding contribution of Origins to Catholic scholarship under the leadership of editor David Gibson.
Origins includes papal encyclicals, key bishops’ documents, and speeches of clergy and laity recounting major church events worldwide since 1971. It provides documentation on current developments in the church or affecting the church. It also provides information on a wide range of topics of interest to those working in the church or those who need to locate information about the church’s life and ministries.
David Gibson, Origins editor, was among the early lay people to receive a degree with a theology major. His master’s degree is in religious education. He also brought journalism experience to his position with Catholic News Service. In addition to Origins he edits other CNS products, including Faith Alive!, CNS columns, Catholic Trends newsletter, CNS supplement kits, and Viewpoints. Mr. Gibson comments that he takes “…great pride…that so many libraries keep all the editions of Origins together…” including his alma maters, St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota and The Catholic University of America. Mr. Gibson and his wife, Carla, have three daughters and five grandchildren.