CARA Spring Meeting Cancelled

 - See you in the Fall

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting difficulty for gathering, the CARA Steering Committee is canceling the Spring Meeting. We hope all members are doing well and we look forward to seeing you in the early Fall.

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IMLS Webinar of March 30, 2020

Here is a link to the federal agency Institute of Museum and Library Services webinar: Mitigating COVID-19 When Managing Paper-Based, Circulation, and Other Types of Collections

It has some good pointers for the happy day when our archives reopen for us, our staff, and our patrons.

Job Posting

Little Company of Mary Sisters – USA
Job Opening Title: Archivist
Employer Name: Little Company of Mary Sisters - USA
Job Location: Evergreen Park, IL
Job Description: This contract position would begin with an assessment of our Archive materials and request for proposal to follow.  The ideal candidate would provide us with an outlined plan for beginning and implementing the archives so that eventually it can be maintained to the future. 
The Archivist will develop and manage collections for the Region and oversee all reference services. The archivist will be responsible for implementing public program activities which promote the collections of the archives, the history of the Little Company of Mary Sisters in the United States, and their charism. Other duties include preparing and managing an annual budget for the archives, submitting regular reports of archives activities to the Region Leadership.
The ideal candidate must possess an ALA-accredited MLS degree with specialization in archives administration, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Other requirements include a minimum of one-year experience processing and working with archives; knowledge of current archival arrangement and description standards, including experience in creating finding aids; familiarity with standard Windows software applications, ARCHON, online catalogs, and bibliographic utilities.
We prefer a candidate with a background in working with Roman Catholic religious materials and records management. Strong interpersonal communication skills and the ability to work independently or with a team is a must. Experience creating digital surrogates of archival materials according to current archival standards and best practices would be desirable.
The US Region of the Little Company of Mary consists of three locations: Torrance, CA, Jasper, IN and Evergreen Park, IL.  This position would be housed exclusively in the Evergreen Park office.  
The Little Company of Mary Sisters are a worldwide congregation of Catholic women solely devoted to making visible the healing presence of Jesus through their relationships and health care ministries.  They were founded in England by Mary Potter.  Their name and mission were inspired by Mary, the mother of Jesus, and the “little company” of followers who remained with her at the foot of the cross on Calvary, offering Jesus and Mary their compassionate presence.  The Sisters are currently serving the sick, suffering and dying in the US, England, Ireland, Italy, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

In 1893, three Little Company of Mary Sisters arrived in Chicago to begin their U.S. ministry and soon became forerunners in home-based hospice care.  In 1930, the sisters opened the doors to the Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, Illinois. Soon after, hospitals were also established in California and Indiana.

Application Process
Applications must include a CV/Resume
No phone calls please.
Please submit your resume to

Laura Guest
Office Manager
Little Company of Mary Sisters – USA
9350 South California Avenue
Evergreen Park, IL 60805

 New Digital Collection Brings Unpublished Theological Material to Light

CARA member, Newland Smith, the historiographer at The Richard R. Seidel Archives of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago shared this upcoming event hosted by the Styberg Library of the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. 

At Garrett, Georgia Elma Harkness became the first woman to hold a full professorship in theology at a Protestant seminary in the United States. That was in 1939!
The event flyer provides all the details you need in order to participate.
The event program announces three new aspects that have been developed to enhance and increase accessibility for the Georgia Harkness collection at Styberg Library:

Georgia Harkness Papers Digital Collection 

Created in CONTENTdm, housed in CARLI Digital Collections, this digital collection includes only previously unpublished texts. To visit the collection, go to 

 Georgia Harkness LibGuide

The Styberg Library research guide contains resources by and about Georgia Harkness, the finding aid for the entire Georgia Harkness collection, and a bibliography. All resources are available online or at the Styberg Library. To check out the LibGuide go to

Women's History Month Display: 

Celebrating Dr. Georgia Elma Harkness

The display contains materials over the course of Georgia Harkness' life (1891-1974) and materials about her since her death.

Visiting these sites online and attending the event, CARA members can pick up inspiration for their own projects as well as learning about a significant local religious leader and educator. What a great way to celebrate Women's History Month and to get a dose of hope for the world.

In Memory of Sr. Mary Hennessey, r.c.

Long-time CARA member Sister Mary Hennessey, r.c. died on January 27, 2020. Mary was a Cenacle Sister for 66 years and served as their Archivist from 2004-2014. Mary was an active supporter of CARA and a wonderful mentor to Jerice Barrios, who took over as Archivist for the Cenacle Sisters in 2014. Mary's warmth and wisdom will be much missed.

A Mass of Resurrection will be held for Mary on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at the Chicago Cenacle at 513 W. Fullerton Parkway.