Monday, February 9, 2015

Save the Date! CATLA Spring Meeting on April 24th

Save the date for the CATLA Spring Conference!

When: Friday, April 24th
Where: North Park University, Chicago IL

We hope you will join us as we celebrate CATLA's 50th Anniversary! Our program will feature our members as we reflect on our history together and the history of theological education in the Midwest. More information on the schedule will be coming soon.

Monday, September 8, 2014

CATLA Fall Conference Schedule: Friday, October 24th

Fall Conference Theme: Digitizing Religion Collections
When: Friday, October 24th
Where: 5416 Cornell Ave, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago

9:30-10:00am - Registration
10:00-10:20am - Welcome & Business Session
10:30-11:30am - Plenary
11:30am-1:00pm - Lunch on your own
1:00-1:45pm - 1st Roundtable Session
Discovery Services/OCLC – Evan Boyd
Preserving digitized objects – Juliette Johnson
Selection/Management - Stephanie Fletcher
1:45-2:00pm - Break
2:00-2:45pm - 2nd Roundtable Session
Grant Writing – Amy Koehler
Metadata/Cataloging – Steven Spencer
Third choice - Repeat session from 1st roundtable, if needed
3:00pm - Campus & library tours

The fall CATLA program will explore digitization in religious collections. During the plenary, we will hear from Dr. Christopher Cantwell, an historian who curated "Faith in the City: Religion and Urban Life in Chicago, 1870-1920," in Digital Collections for the Classroom (Newberry Library, 2011). He will discuss his roles of curator, grant writer and coordinator. He will also discuss how digitization is impacting religious scholarship and how religious collections are being used by students, scholars, and the public.

In the afternoon, attendees will be able to choose from among 6 roundtables in 2 sessions that focus in a practical way on the nuts and bolts of digitizing religious collections at seminaries. Please RSVP to Lisa Gonzalez at by October 10th. You can check out housing and restaurant information in advance, and a restaurant list will be available on the day of the conference. Parking in the CTU garage is $5 for the day; you may be able to find free street parking 2 blocks east of Cornell Avenue at 53rd Street and South Shore Drive.

The fall CATLA conference has been made possible by an ATLA Regional Grant and by your membership dues. Thank you!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Save the Date! CATLA Fall Meeting on October 24th

Save the date for the CATLA Fall Conference!

When: Friday, October 24th, 2014
Where: Catholic Theological Union, Chicago IL

We are looking forward to our first CATLA meeting ever held at CTU, if you can believe it! More information on our theme for the day and our speaker will be coming soon.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

CATLA Spring Conference Schedule: Friday, April 4th

Spring Conference Theme: Catholicism Today
When: Friday, April 4th
Where: Sacred Heart School of Theology, Hales Corners, WI
9:30am - Welcome
10:00-10:30am - CATLA business meeting
10:30-12pm - Plenary with Dr. Shippee
12-1pm - Lunch
1-2:30pm - Afternoon Panel - Researching Catholic Studies (Alan Krieger and Jean McManus, Notre Dame Libraries)
2:30-3:15 - Campus tours

The Second Vatican Council remains the most significant event for contemporary Catholicism.  The morning session will provide a review of its most significant contributions, highlighting the importance of its theme of communion.  It will also chart the major theological movements and fault lines in the Church and catholic theology stemming from the Council. Our plenary speaker in the morning will be Dr. Steven Shippee, from Sacred Heart School of Theology. In the afternoon, a panel of librarians will present on researching Catholic studies and theology. Please RSVP to Lisa Gonzalez at by March 21st.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Save the Date! CATLA Spring Meeting on April 4th

Save the date for the Spring CATLA Conference!

When: Friday, April 4th, 2014
Where: Sacred Heart School of Theology, Hales Corners, Wisconsin
Theme: Vatican II

We look forward to meeting in Wisconsin this spring, and we hope many CATLA members will be able to attend to reflect on the legacy of Vatican II in many spheres of society. More information on the schedule and speakers will be coming soon.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

CATLA Scholarship Deadline for ATLA 2014 is February 28th

CATLA is offering a scholarship for the ATLA annual conference to cover conference related expenses up to $1,000. This scholarship is available to a CATLA member who has not attended a previous annual conference. The scholarship winner is expected to report back to CATLA on their experiences at the conference. Additional details are on the application.

The deadline for applying is Feb. 28, 2014; you can apply by submitting the application to Christina Geuther at

Monday, August 26, 2013

CATLA Fall Conference Schedule: Friday, October 18th

Fall Conference Theme: The Road to Open Access
When: Friday, October 18th
Where: Trinity International University, Deerfield 

Rodine Global Ministry Building, Hinkson Hall, Room 120

9:30am – Registration & Refreshments
10:00am – Welcome
10:15am – Speaker Kevin Smith
11:15am – Q&A
11:30am – Lunch; on your own - $9 charge for dining hall tickets
1:00pm – Panel
2:30pm – Q&A
3:00pm – Business meeting and 1st tour
3:30pm – 2nd tour

We hope you will join us for a time of reflection and discussion on the state of open access in academia today, and how  theological libraries can respond to a myriad of issues, from access and discovery to intellectual property concerns. Kevin Smith, the Director of Copyright and Scholarly Communication at the Duke University Libraries, will present his take on the state of open access. Mr. Smith is well known as an expert on scholarly communication and intellectual property issues in academia, and we look forward to hearing his views on the challenges and complexities of open access in libraries and the academic world. In the afternoon, a panel representing a variety of views within libraries and the academy will respond to Mr. Smith’s presentation.

We hope many CATLA members will be able to join us for this important conversation; this invitation is extended to all faculty and staff at CATLA member institutions, so please share this invitation within your institution. Please RSVP to Lisa Gonzalez by September 27th. If you are traveling from a distance, more information on local hotels is available from Trinity's visitor's guide.