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  • VuStuff II: A Travelogue – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    I then outlined the Portal s technical architecture as well as the process I used to index EAD files Finally I described how text mining functions have been integrated into the Portal s interface emphasizing the possibilities for libraries in general Falvey Library mural During lunch we broke up into groups and I sat with the folks interested in the digital humanities For the most part we went around the table sharing common war stories Most of our initiatives where fledgling but there was plenty of enthusiasm After lunch a sort of unconference session was facilitated by David Upsal Villanova University The discussion topic that made itself apparent was the challenge of the profession to serve both traditional librarianship as well as librarianship in the current environment If my memory serves me correctly some of the suggested solutions included more resources people and money permission to play with new technology a redefinition of library purpose and greater collaboration between different types of libraries public academic etc The next presentation was given by Eric Zino LYRASIS who described how LYRASIS has been working with the Sloan Foundation and the Internet Archive to facilitate the digitization of 20 000 000 pages of library content Approximately 160 libraries have been participating in the project with LYRASIS Subsidized by the Foundation partipants package up their content and ship it to the Internet Archive The content gets digitized returned to the owning library and the digital versions are made accessible at the Archive From my perspective this is exactly how any other library works with the Archive except in this case LYRASIS does a bit of hand holding during the process Not all media is digitized by the Archive though Some things such as microfilm are scanned by a different vendor Creekside Digital The last presentation of the day was given by Bob Behary Duquesne University and he shared with the audience how Duquesne is digitizing a newspaper called the Pittsburgh Catholic The project was initiated by a Catholic order called the Spiritans the founding order of Duquesne University with evangelism at its root At first digitized versions of the newspaper were put on CDs and distributed This has evolved over time and now the content is housed in a ContentDM system The collection has proven useful in a number of ways including local regional church histories literature allusions such as Emily Dickinson and United States history Behary listed a number of key considerations for any digitization effort 1 get administrative support 2 make sure the project fits within the mission of the institution 3 make sure to use sustainable technology and 4 ensure knowledgable research advocates are a part of the process Vuee Award Art Museum staircase I believe the meeting was attended by fifty to seventy five people Most were from the immediate area and it offered a easy opportunity for professional development Kudos to the folks at Villanova for hosting the event Just before the meeting concluded I was awarded the second

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  • CATLA Spring Conference – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    nothing went wrong during the demonstration After a vegetarian lunch in the University s dining hall we returned to the conference room for a set of lightning talks Kate Ganski University of Wisconsin Milwaukee described a needs based marketing campaign which looked rather innovative and energetic Lisa Gonzalez Catholic Theological Union enumerated a number of cool and kewl tech tools to share with patrons Alan Krieger University of Notre Dame described the the Hesburgh Libraries s newly created theological reading room and how it was being used Matt Ostercamp North Park University outlined ways to promote traditional reading in libraries and of all the lightning talks this one complemented my presentation the most Karl Stutzman Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary reported on the process his library is going through to implement Primo After the talks we were given a very nice tour of the University s library and archive Hosting the largest collection of Seventh Day Adventist materials in the world the University archive was quite impressive They actively digitize their materials and provide a home for a wide variety of materials I was also impressed with the library s service to the community Specifically they operated a charitable giving program where they received new and used books from a variety of sources and then shipped these books to fledgling libraries all over the world They were putting their university s values into practice I had a good time and I appreciate the opportunity Thank you Lisa G for inviting me 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

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  • CRRA All-Members Meeting: A Travelogue – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    since the Catholic Research Resources Alliance CRRA now has about twenty members We re growing The morning s session focused on two issues The first was automated procedures for getting member metadata MARC and EAD into the Portal This is where I elaborated on the recipe Attendees seemed to think the procesure was feasible The second discussion surrounded digitization efforts While no plan was articulated many people believe it is necessary to include more full text content in the Portal This can be done through local digitizations projects coordination with Villanova s established program or through the harvesting of content from the Net Some of this discussion bled into the interpretation of the Portal s collection policy It seems to me as if the policy may not be as prescriptive as necessary Many people seem confused by it and desire clarification regarding their content selections After lunch most of us participated in a discussion regarding usability studies This is where I outlined how we did usability here at Notre Dame and the expectations for institutional CRRA members In summary the Alliance feels like it is moving ahead at a measured pace Finally I relished the location of this particular meeting Let me explain United States Highway Route 1 starts in Key West Florida goes through every major city along the East Coast and terminates at the Canadian border in Maine United States Highway Route 30 starts at the Atlantic Ocean in New Jersey crosses the country as the Lincoln Highway for the most part and ends in Oregon at the Pacific Ocean These two cross country highways intersect at the western most edge of Philadelphia The following movie was taken at this intersection a true crossroads of America Some day I would love to start at the end of either

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  • Digital Humanities Forum — A Travelogue – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    important as the works sets and commentary of collections The sum of these things constitute the library of the near future speakers workshop The second speaker was Ron Snyder the Director of Advanced Technology at ITHAKA and ITHAKA is the parent organization hosting JSTOR The majority of the time Snyder described the functionality of a JSTOR site called Data For Research DFR Built with open source software most notably Solr and accessible via a REST ful application programmer interface API Data For Research provides a way to search the JSTOR content and apply data mining techniques against the result The site outputs bibliographies word frequencies n grams keywords based on TFIDF and references It supports a bit of visualization and data sets can be delivered to programmer s desktops in the form of XML or CSV files Snyder compared the DFR s Web interface to a form of sculpture The DFR tool is like an ice sculpture where you whittle down your results This is true since it is entirely possible to access to the sum of the JSTOR content by first entering a couple of key words and use the resulting facets to reduce the set to a few items The following day Friday Snyder facilitated two workshops One akin to a traditional bibliographic instruction session and the second a brief tutorial on how to use the API The first day s session was attended by approximately 50 people Just more than half were from the University and the balance were members of the Catholic Research Resources Alliance The workshops were attended by fewer but a similar mix of people The feedback I received from the event was more or less positive Words used to describe it included interesting intense and thought provoking I believe the Digital Humanities Forum

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  • CRRA/ND Digital Humanities Forum, February 24-25, 2011 – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    JSTOR s Data For Research interface http dfr jstor org 10 15 Break 10 45 Using JSTOR datasets Intended for computer programmers Ron Snyder and will walk participants through the use of the raw datasets extracted from searches 12 00 Adjourn About the presenters Crivella West crivellawest com Working closely with St Michael s College of the University of Toronto Crivella West is applying text mining computing techniques to the Cardinal Newman archives for the purposes of providing enhanced understand of Newman s writings and thought Representatives from Crivella West will describe and demonstrate these techniques Ronald Snyder JSTOR dfr jstor org Snyder is a driving force behind JSTOR s research and development efforts As a technologist and data miner he will discuss DfR Data For Research which allows one to search JSTOR illustrate results with charts and graphs and download resulting datasets for further analysis Snyder will be discussing Dfr as content discovery tool supporting research generally and the use of DfR for obtaining datasets both in bulk form and programatically Eric Morgan University of Notre Dame Eric will provide an overview and demo of the Catholic portal The Catholic portal is a project of the Catholic Research Resources Alliance whose mission is to provide enduring global access to Catholic scholarly materials Participants are welcome to come and go at any time Refreshments will be served at all events Please send your questions about this event or RSVP not essential but helpful in our planning to Pat Lawton at plawton nd edu We look forward to seeing you in February Author plawton Posted on January 25 2011 February 28 2013 Categories Events Meetings 3 thoughts on CRRA ND Digital Humanities Forum February 24 25 2011 Pingback Tweets that mention CRRA ND Digital Humanities Forum February 24 25 2011 Catholic

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  • Usability results from Team Catholic Portal – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    we evaluated the results and came up with the following prioritized list of things to be addressed with the Portal s interface 6 set search filter to 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 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 March 28 2011 February 15 2013 Categories Events Meetings Post navigation Previous Previous post Goals for 2011 2012 draft Next Next post Doing usability against the Catholic 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

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  • Usability testing – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    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 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 February 14 2011 February 15 2013 Categories Tech Issues Tips 1 thought on Usability testing Pingback Usability results from Team Catholic Portal Catholic Research Resources Alliance CRRA Blog Comments are closed Post navigation Previous Previous post Visitors Info February Digital Humanities Forum Next Next post Join virtually the CRRA ND Digital Humanities Forum Thursday Feb 24 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

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  • CRRA in San Diego January 6, 2011 – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    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 Post navigation Previous Previous post CRRA in San Diego Jan 6 2011 Next Next post VuFind OAI PMH and the Catholic 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 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 2011 January 2011 December

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