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  • Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog – Page 3 – Supporting Catholic research & scholarship
    being published at least since the time of the Reformation in Europe With the invention of the printing press pamphlets became a convenient means to disseminate ideas to a wide audience Such publications were produced by both Protestant and Catholic sources in an attempt to influence readers with respect to religious and social issues Edwards Continue reading The Catholic Pamphlets Collection Author apmcginn Posted on January 28 2013 February 24 2013 Categories Collections 1 Comment on The Catholic Pamphlets Collection Google Analytics and the Catholic Portal Through my experimentation with Google Analytics it has proven to be a rather useful tool for tracking usage patterns for the Catholic Portal However it is only effective if one knows where to look for information To that end I have compiled a quick guide about where to find the answers to all sorts of questions about website usage While I use the Catholic Portal for these examples the instructions here should be applicable for any site set up to use Google Analytics Continue reading Google Analytics and the Catholic Portal Author apmcginn Posted on January 24 2013 February 24 2013 Categories Tech Issues Tips Technical support and the Catholic Portal This text documents the technical support required to keep the Catholic Portal running smoothly In a nutshell it falls into three categories assisting CRRA members in making their metadata available harvesting and indexing member metadata maintaining the Portal s software Continue reading Technical support and the Catholic Portal Author Eric Lease Morgan Posted on January 15 2013 February 24 2013 Categories Tech Issues Tips CRRA Update Nov Dec 2012 FROM THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS Janice Welburn Chair Last year we adopted an inspiring vision describing what we want to achieve and an ambitious actionable plan for getting there In this context members committees and the Board develop an annual strategic plan The Board met on December 12 2012 at Lauinger Library Georgetown University Committee chairs joined us for a discussion of goals and current activities for this year which we all agreed was informative and helpful in creating a broad understanding of how the goals and activities of each group fit into the overall directions Continue reading CRRA Update Nov Dec 2012 Author plawton Posted on December 17 2012 February 24 2013 Categories Updates The Vault as inspiration for CRRA Might we have documents as rich and colorful as a letter from Kurt Vonnegut as found in the Vault http www slate com blogs the vault html Perhaps thismight be our new challenge to post to this blog new interesting treasures form across our collections Volunteers pat Archives blog Welcome to The Vault a new blog dedicated to history at its most beautiful strange funny and moving Every weekday we ll publish one archival document or object of visual and historical interest Here you ll find carefully selected photographs pamphlets maps buttons toys letters ledgers and the occasional lock of hair along with a bit of explanation to give you some context for

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  • CRRA Update January 2010 – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    fine art and the University Archives His primary field of research is on early modern book dedications with a particular focus on the patronage of Henry Prince of Wales 1594 1612 John has published lectured taught and curated exhibitions on early modern literary patronage the history of the book book collecting and the popular reception of Charlotte Brontë s novel Jane Eyre Lynn Conway University Archivist of Georgetown University Library has stepped down from the Collections Committee Thank you Lynn for your many years of service and welcome John May be of interest Religious History Top Area of Interest to American Historical Association Members In A New Found Religion The Field Surges among AHA Members Robert B Townsend reports that specialists in religious history recently surpassed all other topical categories in our annual look at AHA members raising interesting questions about what is attracting fresh interest in the field Demographically the composition of the members who selected the topic is modestly different from the general membership in ways that may reinforce the recent growth of interest in religion as the average age of those selecting the history of religion is slightly younger than the membership as a whole Special thanks to Jean McManus for bringing this to our attention Themes from Focus Groups at Member Institutions At the annual meeting in July 2009 members agreed to hold focus groups at member institutions and gather user feedback concerning the content of the portal In September 2009 Notre Dame hosted four focus groups and documented its processes providing a model for other institutions As of February 1 2010 Catholic University Archives Marquette University Libraries Seton Hall University Libraries and Villanova University Libraries have completed their focus groups Thank you to all who have completed focus group interviews Focus group participants discussed content appropriate to the portal Initial themes from the focus groups in more or less priority order are as follows There are good materials at non university institutions There are good materials at non Catholic institutions Digitized materials would be useful Useful content exists that is not necessarily labeled Catholic There needs to be more global Catholic content Links to other collections would be useful There needs to be more non print materials The VuFind interface goes in the right direction Setting up a mechanism among institutions for Interlibrary loan of materials could be helpful Mark your calendar CRRA at ALA in June The CRRA All Members meeting will be held Tuesday June 29 2010 from 9 00am to 12 00 noon hosted by Board member Artemis Kirk and Georgetown University Libraries Details will be provided as they are available We hope to see you there All are invited Eric Lease Morgan and Pat Lawton of the CRRA will participate in a panel discussion Accessing Religious Materials A Digital Solution hosted by the Catholic Library Association Eric and Pat will discuss overall goals steps and future directions in building the Catholic portal Jon Miller will describe The International Mission Photography Archive

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  • CRRA December 2009 Update – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    two more institutions between now and Feb 1 The data so far has been rich with several discrete emergent themes The CRRA website is being updated to include new members participants and an updated directory of library seminary and archive directors at Catholic institutions in the United States and Canada Records from the VuFind test site have been moved into the CRRA website bringing us to a total of 33 000 records and counting Kim Kelley Associate Provost for University Libraries and Dean School of Library and Information Science at the Catholic University of America announced that she would be leaving the CRRA Board of Directors effective Jan 1 2010 Kim has been a great supporter of the CRRA and her calm and thoughtful input will be deeply missed We look forward to engaging Kim in future CRRA activities and wish her well in her new Wisconsin adventures Steve Connaghan Acting Director of Libraries will succeed Kim on the CRRA Board of Directors A warm welcome to Steve Upcoming events ACCU 2010 Annual Meeting Strategic Issues for Catholic Higher Education will be held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Washington DC January 30 to February 1 2010 For more information visit https www accunet org i4a ams publicLogin cfm All CRRA events and events of possible interest to members are posted to the CRRA calendar available at http tiny cc Calendar798 and also accessible to members login and password required from the Admin area of the CRRA website CRRA Update is an electronic newsletter distributed via email the first Friday of each month to provide members with an update on CRRA activities The Update is also posted to the CRRA Blog Please contact us at 574 631 1324 or email plawton nd edu with your questions comments or news to share

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  • CRRA Update November 2009 – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    your comments or suggestions to Pat at plawton nd edu or Eric at emorgan nd edu Progress Report on the Strategic Plan Thanks to our members hard work we have made great progress on the objectives charted at our July 2009 Loyola meeting This link http tiny cc LoyolaUpdate takes you to the Loyola Plan document with completed tasks highlighted We are well on track and even ahead of schedule in some areas The pilot project to ingest 20 000 records has been surpassed Focus groups have been completed at Notre Dame Marquette and Seton Hall Four other institutional members have plans to host focus groups Three CRRA member institutions collaborated to submit a successful CLIR grant proposal We are working with new members to add their content to the portal and orient them to the CRRA The board is working to identify new members and to develop policies and procedures to support a growing membership At the November 19 2009 board meeting Tom Leonhardt proposed that we establish CRRA Policies and Procedures to address a variety of issues from committee member roles and expectations to contributor expectations rights and limitations etc The board enthusiastically approved CRRA Committees will be involved in the drafting of policies and procedures We welcome your input In summary we have made great strides in the four short months since our July meeting This is amazing progress for a largely volunteer organization Our congratulations and heartfelt thanks to all If there are aspects of the CRRA s work in which you would like to have greater involvement please contact a CRRA board member or Pat Lawton CLIR Grant Awarded to CRRA Member Institutions CLIR Grant Awarded for the Catholic Social Action Access Project A Collaborative Project of Marquette University Catholic University of America St Catherine University and the Catholic Research Resources Alliance With funding by the The Andrew W Mellon Foundation The Council on Library and Information Resources CLIR has awarded Marquette University Catholic University of America St Catherine University and the Catholic Research Resources Alliance CRRA a Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant in the amount of of 149 964 The grant will support the Catholic Social Action Access Project one of only 14 selected from a total of 91 applications More information about the 2009 CLIR awards is here http www clir org hiddencollections awards index2009 html This collaborative project brings together three significant collections documenting US Catholic social action in the 20th century St Catherine University s Ade Bethune Collection documents the career of a world renowned liturgical artist and social activist who helped found the Church Community Housing Corporation to develop affordable housing in Newport County The Catholic Charities DC records CCDC held by the Catholic University of America document the CCDC s leadership and support of progressive social legislation Marquette University s Dorothy Day Catholic Worker Collection includes audio recordings of the voices of most influential Catholic social activists of the 20th century Jean Zanoni Associate Dean of Marquette

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  • CRRA Update October 2009 – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    Boston Jennifer Younger Notre Dame John Buchtel Georgetown and Pat Lawton attended the ARL CNI Forum An Age of Discovery Distinctive Collections in the Digital Age in Washington DC The forum included a wide array of speakers including such notables as G Wayne Clough Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution Don Waters Program Officer for Scholarly Communication The Andrew W Mellon Foundation and Ian E Wilson Librarian and Archivist of Canada Emeritus President of the International Council on Archives and Strategic Advisor University of Waterloo Two themes dominated the forum special collection are for use and The Online Environment enables the past to be put back together once again Ian Wilson For more on the forum see the Proceedings page with selected presentations CRRA News Focus Groups to be Held at Member Institutions in November and December Member institutions including Georgetown Catholic Villanova Marquette and Seton Hall University are preparing for focus groups to be held in November December From this data aggregate summaries of findings will be created and shared with all institutions Focus group data will provide a systematic overview from potential portal users and may serve as a guide for future portal directions Thank you to all who are gathering data We look forward to your findings If you have yet to begin plans for focus groups at your institution it s not too late To begin the process call Pat Lawton and or consult the documents from the focus groups held at Notre Dame Documents include steps in planning sample email announcements for focus group participants key questions and moderator notes All documents are posted to the Admin area of the CRRA website Digital Access Committee DAC Meetin g The Digital Access Committee DAC chaired by Tom Leonhardt met on October 12 Members identified the following as important next steps create a data input form enabling members with no metadata records for particular collections to easily submit collection level descriptions to the portal identify existing common errors in the portal and gather suggestions for further improvements Meeting minutes are posted to the Portal admin area Suggested Reading Two reports of possible interest to CRRA members were released this month SPARC Report on Income Models for Open Acces s SPARC the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition examines the issue of sustainability for current and prospective open access publishers in Income models for Open Access An overview of current practice by Raym Crow http www arl org sparc publisher incomemodels imguide shtml Although the report examines online journals in particular by way of extrapolation it is useful in thinking about models of sustainability for the portal Read with an eye toward the CRRA it presents a host of possible revenue streams for the portal including sponsors advertisers and value added services JISC Final Report on Digitisation of Special Collections mapping assessment prioritization http www jisc ac uk media documents programmes digitisation discmap final report 211009 final pdf This report may be useful in planning the process to identify

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  • CRRA Update September 2009 – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    Enjoy Please send suggestions for future updates to Pat Lawton at plawton nd edu Thank you Author Eric Lease Morgan I am a librarian first and a computer user second My professional goal is to discover new ways to use computers to provide better library services I use much of my time here at the University of Notre Dame developing and providing technical support for the Catholic Research Resources Alliance the Catholic Portal View all posts by Eric Lease Morgan Author Eric Lease Morgan Posted on October 5 2009 February 28 2013 Categories Updates Post navigation Previous Previous post Seven Simple Steps to Making Your Content Available in the CRRA Portal Next Next post CRRA Update October 2009 Categories Announcements 24 Collections 3 Events Meetings 14 Newspapers 2 Tech Issues Tips 47 Uncategorized 7 Updates 45 Search Search for Search Archives February 2016 December 2015 November 2015 June 2013 May 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February

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  • Seven Simple Steps to Making Your Content Available in the CRRA Portal – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    Step 5 collect the metadata records from your system s For example some sort of search might be done to extract all identified MARC records from an ILS All EAD files describing materials apropos to the Portal might be saved to a directory A report might be written against a database to create a tab delimited text file Etc There are three things to remember when extracting the metadata The first is something we are calling MARC ability For better or for worse VuFind only accepts MARC records as input and consequently all metadata received for ingestion must be translated into MARC Thus real MARC records are easily accepted but tagged MARC records are not EAD files can be cross walked to MARC and thus easily accepted Some sort of delimited CSV tab etc file works well because they are easily parsed HTML files are poorly structured making any mapping process very difficult The same goes for any word processed file Word WordPefect etc MARC any flavor of XML and delimited files work best Second each metadata record requires a number of specific fields Each record requires a unique identifier For MARC records this is a value in the 001 field For EAD files this is denoted by the identifier attribute in the eadid element Next each record requires a pointer to where the described item can be found Generally speaking these are either call numbers or URLs saved in the appropriate fields The last requirement is not really a field but formatting All data must be saved using the UTF 8 character encoding Any other encodings like MARC 8 are not readable If not saved in plain ASCII or UTF 8 then diacritics display incorrectly and confuse the VUFind indexer The third and final thing to remember is in regards to four levels of data integrity The first level speaks to the way your data is structured For XML files this means they are well formed For MARC records it means the leader is 24 bytes long the value of the first 5 characters of the leader equals the length of each record fields are delimited with the appropriate ASCII characters etc The second level speaks to validity For XML files it means the data conforms to a DTD or schema For MARC records it means authors are in 1xx fields the title is in 245 notes are in 5xx etc The third level of integrity is correctness To what degree is the value in 245 the title of the item To what degree are the URLs not broken Etc The last level of integrity is in regards to completeness A metadata record s completeness is directly proportional to its findabilty The first two levels of integrity can be validated through computer technology The second two levels are the domain of librarianship Send records to Notre Dame After the records have been exported email them to emorgan nd edu and they will be ingested into VuFind You re done

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  • CLIR pre-proposal approved – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    the innovative aspects of our proposal is that the cataloged collections will all be accessible via the Catholic Portal For further information about the program please visit CLIR s website at http www clir org hiddencollections index html We still have a ways to go but we made it through the first round Congratulations to all collaborators Author Eric Lease Morgan I am a librarian first and a computer user second My professional goal is to discover new ways to use computers to provide better library services I use much of my time here at the University of Notre Dame developing and providing technical support for the Catholic Research Resources Alliance the Catholic Portal View all posts by Eric Lease Morgan Author Eric Lease Morgan Posted on July 7 2009 February 15 2013 Categories Announcements Post navigation Previous Previous post Hello world Next Next post Seven Simple Steps to Making Your Content Available in the CRRA Portal Categories Announcements 24 Collections 3 Events Meetings 14 Newspapers 2 Tech Issues Tips 47 Uncategorized 7 Updates 45 Search Search for Search Archives February 2016 December 2015 November 2015 June 2013 May 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012

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