Board of Directors

Mark Shelton, 2020/21 Chair

The Board of Directors is responsible for the overall direction and administration of CRRA. The Board ensures the the mission is maintained and approves strategic directions, annual goals, and budget. The Board determines the needs of the CRRA, establishes the criteria, rights, and responsibilities of members, partners, and other participants, and ensures support sufficient to carry out the mission. Duties and expectations of Board Members can be found here.

2019/20 Goals

  • Focus on financial development and sources of non-dues revenue that create financial sustainability.
    • Position the Catholic News Archive as the best alternative to higher-priced commercial companies for digitizing and archiving Catholic newspapers, with costs designed to sustain the CNA over time.
    • Compare costs and benefits of “subscribing” to CNA with those of other databases.
  • Review and evaluate current governance and infrastructure (including committees), to ensure efficiency and mission success (to be led by Governance Committee).
    • Review board roles, level of engagement and desired skill sets to create job descriptions for each role.
    • Raise the profile of volunteer and leadership service in CRRA to garner broad interest.
  • Consider a CRRA brand refresh to improve recognition.
    • Increase and improve brand recognition.
    • Derive a new tagline for CRRA.
    • Consider acronym update or name change.

2018/19 Accomplishments

  • Adopted a Three-Year Strategic Plan for 2019/20 – 2021/22 with four core goals:
    • Goal 1: Enhance and improve our products and services by ensuring member and scholar usability.
    • Goal 2: Focus activities to sustain and strengthen the financial and structural long-term organizational viability and growth.
    • Goal 3: Increase membership development through recruitment, engagement and retention activities.
    • Goal 4: Seek external opportunities for collaboration, partnership and increasing brand awareness.
  • Initiated next steps in marketing the Catholic News Archive.
  • Incorporated assessment results of Board effectiveness into new Strategic Plan.

CRRA Board of Directors for 2020/21

(in alphabetical order by last name after the chair)

1. *Mark Shelton, Ed.D., Director of Library Services, College of the Holy Cross (2017/18–2019/20, 2020/21–2022/23); Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect 2018/19; Chair 2019/20; Chair 2020/21
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2. Xan ArchMLS, Dean of the Clark Library, University of Portland (2020/212022/23)
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3. Emily Asch, MLS, Director of Libraries and Archives, St. Catherine University (2019/202021/22)
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4. Sara B. Baron, Ed.D., University Librarian, Duquesne University (2016/172018/19, 2019/202021/22); Chair 2017/18; Past-Chair 2018/19
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5. *Paul Bracke, Ph.D., Dean of Library Services, Gonzaga University (2019/202021/22); Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect 2020/21
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6. Millicent Gaskell, University Librarian and Director, Villanova University (2015/16-2016/17, 2017/18–2019/20, 2020/21–2022/23); Secretary 2017/182018/19; Secretary/Treasurer 2019/20
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7. *Dan R. Gjelten, Director of Libraries, University of St. Thomas (2015/162017/18, 2018/192020/21); Secretary/Treasurer 2020/21
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8. Felice Maciejewski, MLS, University Librarian, Dominican University (2019/202021/22)
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9. Kristin Vogel, Library Director, St. Norbert College (2015/16–2017/18, 2018/192020/21); Treasurer 2017/182018/19
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10. Diane Parr Walker, University Librarian, University of Notre Dame (2012/13–2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21); Vice-Chair 2013/14; Chair 2014/15; Past-Chair 2015/162016/17
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11. *Kathleen M. Webb, Dean of Libraries, University of Dayton (2016/17–2018/19; 2019/202021/22); Secretary 2016/17; Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect 2017/18; Chair 2018/19; Past-Chair 2019/20–2020/21
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*Asterisks identify members of Executive Committee