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Staff

Jennifer A. Younger, Executive Director
Pat Lawton, Digital Projects Librarian
Todd R. Jensen, Newspapers Digitization Project Manager
Laura Lyman, Association Manager

 

Jennifer Younger

Jennifer A. Younger, Executive Director
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Prior to becoming executive director, she served as the Edward H. Arnold Director of Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame, one of the eight co-founders of CRRA. At Notre Dame, Dr. Younger was recognized for supporting extensive partnering with faculty, students, benefactors, and campus leaders to achieve excellence in mission.

She is a leader in numerous associations and served on governing boards including the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), where she led initiatives that resulted in a more equitable sharing of costs and membership growth and the OCLC Board of Trustees, and participates international in IFLA RELINDIAL ((Religions: Libraries and Dialogue) Special Interest Group. In 2010, she was named Alumnae of the Year by the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Library and Information Studies for her vision in leadership and navigation of politically charged waters to create collaborative solutions to improve library systems and outreach. She was awarded degrees from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a member of Beta Phi Mu, the International Library and Information Studies Honor Society.

 

Pat Lawton

Pat Lawton, Digital Projects Librarian
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Pat directs the digital initiatives and services of CRRA, overseeing the design, creation, maintenance and implementation of the CRRA website, Catholic Portal and the Catholic Newspapers Program. She is a Librarian at the University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Libraries.

Prior to joining the CRRA in 2009, she was an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Science, teaching in the areas of digital libraries and organization of knowledge; prior to that she taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign. She has been recognized for excellence in teaching.

She is a frequent researcher, speaker and writer, nationally and internationally, on collaborative and digital initiatives, and serves on the Executive Board of the Catholic Library Association.

Pat holds a B.A and M.L.S. from Indiana University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

Todd Jensen

Todd R. Jensen, Newspapers Digitization Project Manager
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Todd R. Jensen has enjoyed working extensively with libraries and archives around the world throughout his career. Before starting his own business, he worked for many years at Ancestry.com and was responsible for all global digitization and content publication efforts. Prior to that, Todd managed projects and initiatives like the FamilySearch Indexing program and regional microfilm and digital capture operations in archives and libraries throughout the U.S.

Todd lives in the Salt Lake City area with his wife Kimberly, who was an elementary school librarian for 14 years. Their favorite activities are spending time with each other, visiting their three grown children, and raising a German Shepherd puppy named Valkyrie (yes, Todd has Viking/Scandinavian heritage. Both Kimberly and Todd love the NFL and are big Pittsburgh Steelers fans.

 

Laura Lyman

Laura Lyman, Association Manager
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In her role as Association Manager, Laura provides administrative support to the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and committees. She formats and distributes newsletters, organizes blog postings and administers social media sites. Additionally, Laura manages the website and database, and is responsible for member invoicing.

Laura has been working with associations throughout her career to develop positive relationships with volunteer board and committee members while providing meticulous operational support. This includes meeting and event planning; maintaining membership databases and websites; providing support for advocacy and other strategic initiatives; developing and executing membership recruitment and renewal strategies; and coordinating communications across all platforms.

Laura received her Bachelor’s Degree from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, where she majored in Sociology and Anthropology. She resides in Schenectady, New York with her husband and two children.