Faculty & Staff

Mrs. Cait Kokolus

Vice-President for Information Services and Assessment Director of Library Services and Art Curator, Ryan Memorial Library
(610) 785-6281
Education
M.S. in Pastoral Care Neumann College (2007)  
M.A. in Religious Studies Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary (1991)
M.S. in Library Science Catholic University of America (1973)
B.A. in English Dunbarton College of the Holy Cross (1970)
 
Chronology
2009-present Vice President for Information Services and Assessment, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
2000-2009 Director of Library Services and Art Curator, Ryan Memorial Library, Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary
1994-2000 Library Director and Art Curator, DeSales University
1985-1994 Library Director and Associate Professor, Mary Immaculate Seminary, Northampton, PA
 
Professional Memberships
American Theological Library Association, Member, 1985-1994, 2000-present
             Board, 2006- 2009
             Special Committee for Diversity, 2007-2011
             Annual Conference Committee, 2005-6; Host Library, 2006
             Nominating Board, 1992-1994
             Automation Committee, 1989-1991
 
Catholic Library Association, Member, 1985-Present
             National: Board: 2010-present
                            Catholic Periodical and Literature Index, 2003-present
                            Scholarship Committee 2005-2007
                            Finance Committee 2005-2007
             Neumann Chapter:  President, 1999-2000
                           Vice President, 1997-1999
                           Executive Board, 1995-2000
                           Academic Section Head, 1996-1997
 
Catholic Research Resources Alliance
 Catholic Historical Newspapers Taskforce 2011-present
 
Southeastern Pennsylvania Theological Library Association, Member 1986-1994
             Board Chair, 2005-6
             President, 1989-1991, 2003-2004
             Secretary, 1987-1989, 2002
             Planning Board, 1987-1993, 2002-2006
 
 
 
Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges, Library Directors’ Group, 1994-1999
 
Consultations
 
Middle States Commission on Higher Education 
             Peer Evaluator -   Follow-up Visit, 2012
                                            Self-Study Review, 2011
 
Association of Theological Schools
               Peer Evaluator - Follow-up Visit, 2011
                                           Self-Study Review, 2010
                                           Self-Study Review, 2009
      
Leadership Team, Wabash Teaching and Learning Colloquy on the Role of Theological School Librarians, Crawfordsville, Indiana, April 22-25, 2010.
 
Consultant to the Virginia Theological Seminary on the re-construction of The Bishop Payne Library, Alexandria, Virginia on January 17-18, 2010.
 
Presentations
“Chicken Little: How Not to Communicate with Seminary Administrators.” Southeastern Pennsylvania Theological Library Association, October, 2009.
 
“Racial Diversity in the Library Staff: A Conversation on Recruiting, Supporting, and Savoring Its Gifts,” with Sharon Taylor and Patrick Graham, American Theological Library Association Annual Conference, June,  2009.
 
“Prayernet for Families,” Saint Elizabeth’s Parish, October 2007.
 
“Myspace in God’s Place: A Talk on Prayer,” Saint Elizabeth’s Parish, March 2006.
“After New Orleans…Library Disaster Planning,” with Todd Wilmot, Southeastern Pennsylvania Theological Library Association Meeting, October 2005.
 
“Disaster Planning before Reconstruction,” with Todd Wilmot, Pennsylvania Library Association Annual Meeting, September 2005.
 
“Tailoring Courseware to Fit Our Small Library,” with Lisa McColl and Jackie Jones, Catholic Library Association Annual Conference, March 2005.
 
“E-Courses: Making the Pieces Fit,” Pennsylvania Library Association Annual Convention, 2004. (Poster Session)
 
“Library Managers Communicating with Seminary Administrators,” American Theological Library Association Annual Conference, 2001.
 
 “Birthing a Library Community: A Manual for Midwives,” Catholic Library Association Meeting, 1999.
 
“The Librarian as CIO: From Tadpole to T.V. Star,” Main Speaker, Annual Workshop for Principals, Allentown Diocese School System, 1999.
 
“The Big Six: Research Methods for College-Bound Students,” Harrisburg Diocese School Librarians, 1999.
 
“Alternative Acquisitions: Cooperative Purchasing and Approval Plans,” Pennsylvania State Library Conference, 1998.
 
“The New Librarian,” Harrisburg Diocesan Education Workshop, 1998.
 
“Distance Education and Cooperative Library Resources,” Pennsylvania State Library Association Conference, 1997.
 
“Separating the Wheat from the Chaff: Evaluating the Internet,” Allentown Diocese School System, 1997.
 
“The Librarian and the Web,” Scranton Diocese Day of Education, Scranton Diocese School System, 1997.
 
“Prayer as a Doorway to God,” St. Thomas More Parish Woman’s Guild Day of Recollection, 2003.
 
“The Privilege: What It Is Like to be a Roman Catholic Woman in the United States Today,” North American Conference of the Bernadine Sisters, June 1998.
 
Main Speaker, Day of Recollection for Allentown Diocesan Deacons, 1998.
 
“Spiritual Direction: A Workshop,” Deacons and Wives of the Allentown Diocese, October 1997.
 
Art Exhibits
 
Stations of the Cross, 2012
Lenten Concert Display, 2012
Eastern Ukranian Liturgical Arts, 2011
Fine Art and Folk Art: The Christmas Creche, 2010 - 2011
Fine Porcelains of the Madonna and Child, 2008
 
Grants
American Theological Library Association Grant for Theological Library Month, 2008-2011
 
American Theological Library Association Grant for program on strategic planning in theological libraries for SEPTLA, 2004
National Endowment for the Humanities Grant for Preservation, 2004
 
William Penn Foundation Grant for the Advanced Stewardship Program, Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, Philadelphia, PA.
 
Community of Agile Partners in Education (CAPE) Grant to run a Distance Learning Workshop on copyright law among thirteen colleges and universities, 1999.
 
Lehigh Valley Assoc of Independent Colleges (LVAIC) Grant to attend the American College and Research Libraries Conference in Detroit, Michigan, 1999.
 
Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC) Grant to attend a graduate course at Lehigh University, “Creating the Next Generation Learning System,” 1999.
 
 
Publications
“Racial Diversity in the Library Staff: A Conversation on Recruiting, Supporting and Savoring Its Gifts.” American Theological Library Association Summary of Proceedings, 63 (2009, pp. 198-203).
 
“Reconstruction of the St. Charles Borromeo Library,” American Theological Library Association Summary of Proceedings, 61 (2007, pp. 229-231).
 
“E-Courses: Tailoring Courseware to Fit Our Small Library,” co-authored with Lisa McColl and Jackie Jones, Catholic Library World (September 2005, pp. 22-26).
 
“Tailoring Oversized Courseware to Fit Our Small Library,” co-authored with Lisa McColl and Jackie Jones, Computers in Libraries (September 2004, pp. 16-22).
 
“Library Managers’ Communication with Seminary Administrators.” American Theological Library Association Summary of Proceedings, 55 (2001, pp. 282-283).
 
“Sharing the Good News: A Case Study in Expanding Local Catholic Library Association Chapters,” co-authored with Sister Rose Concetta Tallario, SSJ in Catholic Library World (September 1998, pp. 11-12).
 
“Embracing the Feet of Christ,” Sisters Today, 67:15-20 January, 1995
 
“Mechtild: Lightbearer for Mid-life,” Living Prayer, 28:14-16, January/February, 1995.
 
“Of Heartwounds and Hope,” Living Prayer, 26:13-16, September/October, 1993.
 
“Taming the Mad Hatter – Retreats,” Family Magazine, January, 1995.
 
“Willa Cather: Of Archbishops and Urchins,” Family Magazine, March, 1995.
Education
Professional Experience