Jennifer A. Younger, Executive Director
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Jennifer became the first CRRA executive director in 2011. Before that, she served as the Edward H. Arnold Director of Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame after which she was named Edward H. Arnold Director of Hesburgh Libraries Emerita, and held positions in the libraries at The Ohio State University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Northwestern University.

She served in many leadership positions in the field, most notably as president of ALA’s Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, editor of the Association’s journal Library Resources & Technical Services, and on the boards of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Cornell University Library Project Euclid Advisory Board, and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), the where she led initiatives that resulted in a more equitable sharing of costs and membership growth. 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 participates in IFLA RELINDIAL SIG (Religious Libraries in Dialogue) and is a member of the OCLC Board of Trustees.

Jennifer holds a B.A in History, an M.A. in Library and Information Studies, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a member of Beta Phi Mu, the International Library and Information Studies Honor Society.


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.

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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 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.


Josh Dinsman, Website Manager and Digital Projects Assistant
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Josh Dinsman is the Website Manager and Digital Projects Assistant for the CRRA. He is responsible primarily for designing, developing, and maintaining the CRRA website, as well as curating rotating exhibits, updating website tutorials, and assisting with the redesign of the CRRA newsletter and blog.  

Josh is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he received his PhD in Sociology. He also holds an MA in Conflict, Governance and Development from the Department of Politics at the University of York, as well as a BA in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Before returning to graduate school, Josh worked as a Database Coordinator and Communications Specialist with a contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy. He currently resides in the New York City area with his wife, Melissa, and their two boys.


Kate Norris, Practicum Student
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The CRRA would like to welcome our Practicum Student, Kate Norris, who is in her third and final year of the University of Wisconsin's SLIS distance program. She is focusing on cataloging, metadata, and records management, in an effort to improve the way people access information through data maintenance. Kate currently works for the Pretrial Justice Institute, helping to organize and transfer their online library to a new platform. Prior to PJI, she worked for the National Institute of Corrections Information Center for four years as a library technician. She will be starting a new position as a researcher for Choice Screening in the coming weeks. Originally from Virginia, Kate has her BA in Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University and currently lives in Erie, Colorado with her husband Joe and their one-year-old son Felix.


Kallie Johnson, Practicum Student
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The CRRA would like to welcome our Practicum Student, Kallie Johnson, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Information Studies. Kallie is a third year SLIS student in the UW-Madison online degree program. She currently lives in Burlington, WI with her husband Reed and their five-month-old daughter Kennedy. Kallie works part time as the Program Manager at the Center for Sustainable Living at Gateway Technical College in Kenosha, where she has been for three years. Prior to that she lived in Montana, where she received her bachelor's in Sustainable Food and Bioenergy Systems from Montana State University. Kallie is pursing her MLIS because of her interest in information organization, research, and technology.