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Cait Kokolus

Consultant

• Phone: (610) 785-6275

• E-mail: ckokolus@scs.edu

EDUCATION
  • M.S. (Pastoral Care) Neumann College (2007)
  • M.A. (Religious Studies) St. Charles Borromeo Seminary (1991)
  • M.S. (Library Science) Catholic University of America (1973)
  • B.A. (English) Dunbarton College of the Holy Cross (1970)
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
  • Vice President for Information Services & Assessment, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary (2009- )
  • Director of the Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Records Center (2015-2018)
  • Director of Library Services & Art Curator, Ryan Memorial Library, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary (2000-2014)
  • Library Director & Art Curator, DeSales University (1994-2000)
  • Library Director & Associate Professor, Mary Immaculate Seminary, Northampton, PA (1985-1994)
PUBLICATIONS
  • “Our Special House Guest.” Catholic Library World, 86 (December, 2015. p. 91)
  • “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 76 (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.
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.
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
  • American Theological Library Association, Member, (1985-1994, 2000- )
  • 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- )
  • Neumann Chapter: President (1999-2000) Vice President (1997-1999) Executive Board (1995-2000) Academic Section Head (1996-1997)
  • Catholic Research Resources Alliance (2011- )
  • Catholic Historical Newspapers Taskforce (2011-20)
  • Southeastern Pennsylvania Theological Library Association: Member (1986-1994, 2000- ) Board Chair (2005-2006) 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)
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

 

CONSULTATIONS

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education 

o   Peer Evaluator –   Follow-up Visit, 2012

o   Self-Study Review, 2011

  • Association of Theological Schools

o   Peer Evaluator – Follow-up Visit, 2011

o   Self-Study Review, 2010

o   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.

ART EXHIBITS

  • The Rev. John Miller Collection, (2015)
  • Stations of the Cross (2012)
  • Lenten Concert Display (2012)
  • Eastern Ukrainian Liturgical Arts (2011)
  • Fine Art and Folk Art: The Christmas Creche (2010-2021)
  • Fine Porcelains of the Madonna and Child (2008)

 

GRANTS

  •   Lilly Foundation. Pathways to the Future Grant (2021)
  • American Catholic Historical Society. Grant for the Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Records Center (2015)
  • Archdiocesan Educational Fund. Grant for One Button Studio (2015)
  • Archdiocesan Educational Fund. Grant for iPad program for Theology students (2014)
  • 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 & 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)

AWARDS

  •   Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Papal Honors, 2019.
  •   The Mary A. Grant Award for Volunteer Service, The Catholic Library Association,  2016.

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