Pat Lawton is Digital Projects Librarian for the Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA), a nonprofit membership alliance with a mission to provide enduring, global access to Catholic research materials in the Americas. Pat manages the primary projects of the CRRA including the Catholic portal and the Catholic Newspapers Program and participates in grant writing for the Libraries.

Prior to her tenure at Notre Dame, Pat was a faculty member in the School of Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh and taught cataloging courses online for the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign from 1997-2005. Prior to her teaching years, she served as a librarian in public, academic, and special library settings.

She holds a BA in English and MLS from Indiana University, and a Ph.D. In Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.