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  • March 2011 – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    off by default 5 enable sending of more than one email at a time 4 clarify difference between canonical and remote files 3 remove autocomplete feature 2 re do text mining language 1 tweak facets to be more descriptive or complete 1 retain links of original EAD file in local EAD file 1 respect my browser preferences 1 remember search results after creating account 1 make local EAD file the default 1 implement authority control cross reference functionality 1 highlight search words in result list 1 explain what facets are 1 enable further search refinements after selecting archival records 1 confirm adding to favorites 1 add addresses and phone numbers to records Once we have finished migrating our existing sandbox implementation of the Portal to production hardware I will see about implementing the changes Some of them require changes to the underlying VuFind software Some of them require changes in wording Author Eric Lease Morgan Posted on March 28 2011 February 15 2013 Categories Events Meetings Goals for 2011 2012 draft At our March 30 All members meeting in Philadelphia http bit ly CRRA SJU we will take a look at where we ve been and where we are going The strategic draft plan Goals for 2011 2012 will guide our discussion You can have a sneak preview here http bit ly DraftPlan2012 Pat Author plawton Posted on March 23 2011 February 15 2013 Categories Announcements February 2011 Update Please mark your calendars for the March 30 All Members Meeting and March 29 Pre meeting Events Tuesday March 29 Villanova University Philadelphia 1 4 30 Events at Falvey Memorial Library 6 30 Dinner with CRRA colleagues place TBA Wednesday March 30 Saint Joseph s University Philadelphia 10 00 2 00 CRRA All Members Meeting and more In this update Welcome

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  • February 2011 – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    record to your favorites tagging it as ggreene Locate resources including primary resources on the Catholic Conference for Interracial Justice Find a set of records on the topic of Catholic social action Choose 1 3 from the retrieved set and email them to yourself for future reference Locate materials on the topic of sermons and the Lutheran church Who owns Our Sunday Visitor Records What telephone number would you call in order to schedule a time to visit the collection Which library has the most French language materials in the Portal What is the most frequently used word in the pamphlet owned by Notre Dame entitled Pastoral instruction for the application of the Decree of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council on the Means of Social Communication hint see the record with the call number BV 4319 How would you describe the overall scope of the collection Wish us luck Author Eric Lease Morgan Posted on February 14 2011 February 15 2013 Categories Tech Issues Tips 1 Comment on Usability testing Visitors Info February Digital Humanities Forum Visitor Information February 24 25 2011 ND CRRA Digital Humanities Forum University of Notre Dame Please note that we have reserved blocks of rooms at the Inn at St Mary s and the Morris Inn If you will be staying at either of these locations please make your reservations by February 11 2011 Continue reading Visitors Info February Digital Humanities Forum Author plawton Posted on February 3 2011 February 28 2013 Categories Announcements CRRA Update January 2011 CRRA Update JANUARY 2011 In this update Please reserve space on your calendars now for these upcoming CRRA events Tuesday March 29 Dinner in Philadelphia with your CRRA colleagues Wednesday March 30 The CRRA Annual All Membership Meeting in Philadelphia February 24 25 ND CRRA Digital Humanities

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  • January 2011 – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    and the Catholic Portal Author Eric Lease Morgan Posted on January 14 2011 February 28 2013 Categories Tech Issues Tips CRRA in San Diego January 6 2011 From left to right Eric Morgan ND Eric Frierson St Ed s Marta Deyrup Seton Hall Clay Stalls Loyola Marymount Kris Brancolini Loyola Marymount Jennifer Younger CRRA Tyrone Cannon Univ of San Francisco Janice Welburn Marquette Jean Zanoni Marquette Pat Lawton CRRA Alma Ortega Univ of San Diego Theresa Byrd Univ of San Diego Susan Ohmer Notre Dame Laverna Saunders Duquesne Diane Maher U San Diego Ed Starkey U San Diego The San Diego meeting provided an opportunity for new and continuing CRRA members and friends to look at the enhanced portal discuss future directions for the CRRA and last but not least to get to know one another Author plawton Posted on January 12 2011 February 28 2013 Categories Announcements Events Meetings CRRA in San Diego Jan 6 2011 We look forward to seeing many of you in San Diego for our upcoming meeting Full details follow and are on the web at http tinyurl com crra jan2011 Portal development is a focal point for this meeting Many milestones have been met and Eric will demonstrate new portal functionality including Web 2 0 features of VuFind an EAD indexing and display tool and text mining techniques to facilitate discovery and creation of new knowledge For those of you unable to join us on site please join via the live webcast You may virtually join the meeting at any time simply by clicking on this link http connectpro87278527 adobeconnect com crra Continue reading CRRA in San Diego Jan 6 2011 Author plawton Posted on January 4 2011 February 28 2013 Categories Events Meetings CRRA in San Diego This is a simple annotated list of links used as an outline for a presentation to the CRRA in San Diego CRRA website The good ol look feel but wrapped around new content and functionality Thank you Eric Frierson Web 2 0 All the Web 2 0 links cite this email this favorite this that did not work previously now function correctly EAD viewer It is now possible to view EAD files locally or from the originating institution Item level indexing The content of EAD files is indexed at the item level making for finer grained searching PDF display Records linking to digitized versions of books now enable a person to get the full text Examples include content from the St Michael s and the University of Notre Dame Text mining After extracting the full text from the PDF documents it is possible to apply concordancing techniques to the full text for analysis Automated updating The Portal can be updated automatically by harvesting metadata from member institutions massaging it for the Portal and re indexing it on a regular basis Use statistics Rudimentary Web server log file analysis as well as Google Analytics reports illustrate how the Portal is being used Blog A running commentary on

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  • December 2010 – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    Law Library for their recent blogpost Catholic Research Resources Alliance Helps Locate Canon Law Titles http depaullaw typepad com library 2010 09 catholic research resources alliance helps locate canon law titles html DePaul is the CRRA s newest member and we welcome and thank you Author plawton Posted on December 10 2010 February 15 2013 Categories Announcements Catholic Portal look feel Thanks to the good work done by Eric Frierson of St Edwards University the sandbox of Catholic Portal now sports the look feel of our public view Moreover since the sandbox is runs version 1 0 of VUFind many of the Web 2 0 links work correctly In other words things like emailing tagging citing reviewing etc function correctly While we could move this whole thing into production it may behoove use to associate hyperlinks with each found item to point back to hosting institutions to facilitate access What do you think Author Eric Lease Morgan Posted on December 2 2010 February 15 2013 Categories Announcements CRRA Update November 2010 CRRA Update NOVEMBER 2010 Welcome to the University of Dayton and to DePaul University the Alliance s Newest members Watch for more information about Dayton and DePaul in the December Update Committee News 1 The Collections Committee reaffirmed the collecting focus and provided a suggested rubric for rare uncommon 2 The Digital Access Committee DAC is working on a number of issues related to portal development Please see more committee news below Mark your calendars CRRA in San Diego January 2011 CRRA Notre Dame Forum on Digital Humanities February 2011 CRRA in Philadelphia March 2011 Details below Continue reading CRRA Update November 2010 Author plawton Posted on December 1 2010 February 28 2013 Categories Updates Categories Announcements 24 Collections 3 Events Meetings 14 Newspapers 2 Tech Issues Tips 47

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  • November 2010 – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    collaborative style of leadership and scholarship facilitated the acquisition of over 5 000 documents resources and publications germane to the history of the Dominican Family in the United States Finding aids from the McGreal Center will be added to the Catholic portal Bella Karr Gerlich PhD is University Librarian at Dominican University River Forest IL Her prior administrative appointments include Associate University Librarian at Georgia College State University and Head Arts Special Collections at Carnegie Mellon Dr Gerlich has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University a Masters in Public Management from Carnegie Mellon and a PhD in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh Gleeson Library University of San Francisco The Albert Sperisen Collection of Eric Gill consists of comprehensive holdings of Gill s published works in addition to over 400 wood engravings two dozen wood engraved blocks original artwork and manuscript holdings including a substantial series of correspondence between Gill and his student Desmond Chute The collection is processed and a finding aid is available The Hans and Phoebe Barkan Collection of Robinson Jeffers includes a complete collection of Jeffers published works in addition to a significant manuscripts collection The core of the manuscript holdings is the outgoing correspondence of Robinson and Una Jeffers numbering several hundred letters The collection is processed and a finding aid is available The Thomas More Collection includes over 180 works by More of which 95 are pre 1801 imprints The Rare Book Room holds 68 of the titles identified in Gibson New Haven Yale University Press 1961 including a first printing of Utopia 1516 Important related materials are the Rare Book Room s holdings of works by Erasmus and St John Fisher The Recusant Literature Collection includes over 600 works by and about Catholics in England during the period of Penal Laws beginning with the accession of Elizabeth I in 1558 and continuing until the Catholic Relief Act of 1791 with a special emphasis on the Jesuit presence throughout these two centuries of religious and political conflict Tyrone H Cannon has been Dean University Libraries at the University of San Francisco since August 1995 He was Senior Associate University Librarian at Boston College prior to joining USF He has held positions at Columbia University Oklahoma State University and the University of Texas at Arlington Prior to becoming a librarian Cannon was a clinical social worker Cannon has been an active member of the American Library Association and the Association of College and Research Libraries where he served as president in 2003 204 He is currently a member of the Library Board of California the Executive Board of the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium and the Friends Board of the San Francisco Public Library In June he was appointed to a three year term on the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Substantive Change Committee Spotlight on Portal Development EAD Encoded Archival Description We are pleased to report progress on the development of the CRRA s EAD indexer

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  • October 2010 – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    We felt we had discussed it all so the meeting was over Author Eric Lease Morgan Posted on October 12 2010 February 15 2013 Categories Announcements 1 Comment on Digital Access Committee DAC Meeting Indexing MARC and EAD in VUFind with Solr for the CRRA This posting outlines how I am currently indexing MARC and EAD files in VUFind with Solr for the CRRA Boy there are a lot of acronyms in that sentence Background The Catholic Research Resources Alliance CRRA is a member driven organization with the purpose of making available rare unique and uncommon research materials for Catholic scholarship Presently the membership is primarily made up of libraries and archives who pool together their metadata records have them indexed and provide access to the index My responsibility is to build and maintain the technical infrastructure supporting this endeavor Continue reading Indexing MARC and EAD in VUFind with Solr for the CRRA Author Eric Lease Morgan Posted on October 12 2010 February 28 2013 Categories Tech Issues Tips 4 Comments on Indexing MARC and EAD in VUFind with Solr for the CRRA Very satisfying I have made significant progress in the process of harvesting EAD files and preparing them for ingestion into the Catholic Portal This posting outlines the successes Assuming a Catholic Research Resources Alliance members place their EAD files in a HTTP accessible directory and those files have a xml extension then the following Perl scripts enable me to harvest and prepare them for indexing harvest ead pl reads remote HTTP accessible directories and copies all of the xml files found there to a local cache validate pl makes sure the cached XML files are well formed and conform to the EAD DTD and if not then move the files to a different directory transform pl reads the validated XML files adds id attributes to all unitid elements through the use of a stylesheet addunitid xsl transforms the resulting XML into HTML using another stylesheet ead2html xsl and saves the result to an HTTP accessible directory What was really cool and a huge time saver was the use of ead2html xsl Originally named AAAv2002 HTML xsl found on a page called User Contributed Stylesheets and submitted by Stephanie Ashley this stylesheet took my id attributes and automatically made named anchors for me Boy did I get lucky Thank you Stephanie My next step is to revisit my indexing routines Author Eric Lease Morgan Posted on October 6 2010 February 15 2013 Categories Announcements EAD Marquette 4 CRRA This is the briefest of travelogues reporting on a meeting about EAD files at Marquette University for the Catholic Research Resources Alliance on September 20 2010 A few members of the Alliance were previously awarded a CLIR grant to catalog previously uncataloged special collections items These members are now doing the work using EAD Encoded Archive Description with the intent of sharing the resulting metadata with the Catholic Portal The purposes of the meeting were to build relationships between these

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  • September 2010 – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    to extract unique identifiers from each container level element a human readable description of the container and a location code The identifier and human readable description can easily come from unitid and unititle elements of did elements Unfortunately unitid and maybe unititle are not required elements of did elements While the CRRA could mandate the creation of such elements it turns out to be almost just as easy to create them on the fly Continue reading Adding unitid elements to did elements Author Eric Lease Morgan Posted on September 28 2010 February 28 2013 Categories Tech Issues Tips VuFind 2 0 Conference VUFind is the technical backbone of the Catholic Portal and this posting documents my experiences at the VuFind 2 0 Conference held at the Villanova Conference Center on September 15 16 2010 In short it provided an opportunity for the community to share successes challenges and visions for the future Continue reading VuFind 2 0 Conference Author Eric Lease Morgan Posted on September 23 2010 February 28 2013 Categories Events Meetings 2 Comments on VuFind 2 0 Conference CRRA in San Diego January 2011 We invite you to attend the CRRA reunion and discussions in San Diego on Thursday afternoon January 6 2011 We are scheduling this meeting before the ALA Midwinter Meeting meetings begin on Friday in hopes that many of you who are attending the ALA meetings will be able to join in the CRRA discussions as well Continue reading CRRA in San Diego January 2011 Author plawton Posted on September 14 2010 February 28 2013 Categories Announcements VUFind Midwest User s Group Meeting An inaugural VUFind Midwest User s Group Meeting was held Friday September 3 and this posting outlines my perceptions of what happened there The Catholic Portal uses VUFind as its discovery interface and sometimes I feel starved for people with whom to discuss issues surrounding the application I then got wind of VUFind s use at Western Michigan University WMU as well as the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor U of M Since WMU is half way between me and U of M I thought a user s group meeting may be in order A few calls were made a few postings to a couple of mailing lists were written and the meeting came to fruition Continue reading VUFind Midwest User s Group Meeting Author Eric Lease Morgan Posted on September 4 2010 February 28 2013 Categories Events Meetings Collection Policy Statement for the Catholic Portal The following is the current collection policy for the Catholic Portal Collection Policy Statement for the Catholic Portal The purpose of the Catholic Research Portal is to provide global access to the wealth of research resources relating to the Catholic experience Of primary interest are rare unique and uncommon Catholic research materials Because these resources are often uncataloged and little known outside their institutional repositories the Portal seeks to encourage broad participation and to provide support to libraries archives and other institutions that wish to

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  • August 2010 – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    rather than books which are likely owned by many libraries the importance of adding records on an ongoing basis setting priorities for themes to build larger collections in some areas quickly so as to better support scholarly research and to associate portal records with themes In regard to access participants applauded the current search functionality and are excited about the work this coming year to index EAD Encoded Archival Description files at a more granular level thereby creating the potential for the scholar to locate a set of papers not called the Graham Greene Collection of Papers but which are instead located in folders in a collection called Papers of Catholic authors Everyone agreed that making more full text available via the portal is very important We need a vision for digital access and research to use our cooperation to facilitate digitization in a variety of ways from identifying blockbuster collections for high priority seeking digitization grants and using our alliance to facilitate member digitization initiatives Developing a users wiki would allow users not only to help grow the usability but also afford opportunities for creating online communities and doing digital research The Monday presentation by Art Crivella Crivella West on the Humanities Knowledge Kiosk showed how a digital library could support interactive use and digital research Discussion then turned to how we can support our mission of providing global enduring access to resources about the Catholic experience and facilitating scholarship Membership dues are one component of financial support Everyone is encouraged to identify and cultivate prospective members and to refer them to Pat or Jennifer for further discussions In addition we the CRRA have received permission from the NEH to apply for a Challenge grant as an independent entity NEH challenge grants are capacity building grants intended to help institutions and organizations secure long term improvements in and support for their humanities programs and resources The Challenge grant would provide funds to build capacity and support an endowment for digitization a graduate research fellowship scholarships for CRRA workshops enhanced public outreach and other costs of maintaining and sustaining the Catholic portal We will submit a proposal for the next round due May 2011 Jennifer Younger and Pat Lawton Next steps In July CRRA committees will meet to develop priorities assignments and time lines as noted in the process for developing the CRRA strategic plan which was distributed as part of the June 29 agenda The Board would then be the appropriate entity to adopt the strategic plan Member News Congratulations to Steve Connaghan Member CRRA Board of Directors who was promoted in May 2010 to the position of Director of Libraries at Catholic University A Catholic University alumnus B A 1991 M S L S 1994 Steve began working part time in the University Libraries during his junior year started working professionally there in 1993 and became acting director on January 1 2010 Congratulations Steve and best wishes in your new position Might be of interest Thoughts from Melissa

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