Staff

Jennifer A. Younger, Executive Director
Pat Lawton, Digital Projects Librarian
Todd R. Jensen, Newspapers Digitization Project Manager
Josh Dinsman, Digital Projects Associate and Data Analyst
Meghan McGrath, Association Manager

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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, Digital Projects Librarian
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574.631.1324

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 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.

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Josh Dinsman, Digital Projects Associate and Data Analyst
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702.526.7638

Josh Dinsman is the Digital Projects Associate and Data Analyst for the CRRA. He is responsible for curating rotating digital exhibits, gathering and analyzing Google Analytics and in-house survey data, as well as providing occasional website updates.  

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 (UK), 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.

Meghan McGrath, Association Manager
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In her role as Association Manager, Meghan McGrath 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, Meghan manages the website and database, and is responsible for member invoicing.

Previously, Meghan served as the Executive Director of the Lark Street Business Improvement District, where she planned community events for 100 - 80,000 people, managed finances, and handled other day-to-day operations.

Meghan received her Bachelor’s Degree from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where she majored in Sociology with a focus in Business.

Meghan enjoys traveling and hiking in the High Peak Region of the Adirondack Mountains. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Nacre, a non-profit whose mission is to revive and reinvigorate modern dance. Meghan resides in Malta, New York.