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  • Events/Meetings – Page 2 – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    Humanities This message outlines an upcoming event tentatively called the Notre Dame CRRA Forum on Digital Humanities Who Anybody and everybody across the University What A set of presentations and workshops on digital humanities When Thursday afternoon February 24 and Friday morning February 25 Where probably Geddes Hall Why Because it is about more than find and access it is also about use and understanding Continue reading ND CRRA Forum on Digital Humanities Author Eric Lease Morgan Posted on December 16 2010 February 28 2013 Categories Events Meetings 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 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

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  • WordPress Finesse – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    to search for the information they want need Follow these steps to create categories for your posts On your blog home page locate the Post category on the left hand side menu In that menu there is an option for categories Select categories On the page that appears you will be given the option to Add New Category Determine the name for the category and type it in the selected field You can then select a Parent category should you desire that the categories have a hierarchy Finally you have the opportunity to provide a description for the category Add the description if you feel the category name needs further clarification Once all these fields have been created click the Add New Category button at the bottom of the page The new category will then appear in the categories list on the right hand side of the page With your category names created you can then begin to categorize your posts Once you have composed a new post and are ready to publish the post look on the right hand side of the Add New Post page and there will be a section titled Categories There you can select the appropriate category for the post If you desire you can publish the post in multiple categories Once this step is completed you are ready to publish your new categorized post Consult the following link for additional information http www siteground com tutorials wordpress wordpress category htm Antedating Blog Posts On occasion you may wish to add something additional to your blog that corresponds to a previous post or create a post about something that happened months or years in the past Blog posts are antedated in an effort to archive older information or past happenings in their appropriate sequence For example if you would like to include a blog post for an event that happened in September 2012 but do not antedate the post it will appear on the front page of the blog as though it happened recently in March 2013 WordPress automatically assigns blog posts the date of which the post is created However backdating the post is very easy in WordPress Once you have created a new post and added your content there is a section titled Publish on the right hand side of the Add New Post page In this section publishing information is listed Likely you will see Publish immediately listed There is an edit option next to this statement Select the edit option and you will be able to either future or backdate the publication Hence it is easy to add information from earlier months or years Or you can work ahead and add information that you would like to appear on the blog in the future Formatting a Blog s Main Sidebar The sidebar of the blog contains essential information that can help the site visitors navigate the blog The information on the sidebar can be changed and updated at any point In

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  • Google Analytics and the Catholic Portal – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    type of search in the URL tracking such statistics may not be possible without another form of tracking e g server side scripts General All fields search results Subject search results Author search results Title search results Call Number search results ISN search results Tag search results For the period between August 1 2012 and October 31 2012 the use of general and subject searches 2 361 and 2 329 hits respectively greatly outnumbered the use of author 84 hits title 286 hits ISN 6 hits call number 13 hits and tag searches 5 hits Use of the tabs at the top For the Catholic Portal these pages are under the About directory e g http www catholicresearch net About Council is the account login page To find the number of hits for these pages first go to Site Content under the Content section and then All Pages In the search box above the list of links enter About without quotes and a list of hits to the tabs at the top will be produced For any site which is set up to use Google Analytics the usage statistics of pages under a particular sub directory can be found with this search box Use of the tabs at the top from August 1 2012 to October 31 2012 User account usage information While this cannot be determined directly via Google Analytics a reasonable guess can be made for account usage based on how often the pages associated with user account management are accessed For the Catholic Portal these pages are under the MyResearch directory e g http www catholicresearch net MyResearch Home is the account login page To find the number of hits for these pages first go to Site Content under the Content section and then All Pages In the search box above the list of links enter MyResearch without quotes and a list of hits to the tabs at the top will be produced Use of pages related to user accounts on the Catholic Portal from August 1 2012 to October 31 2012 Based on the low usage of pages under the MyResearch directory it is likely that user account usage on the Catholic Portal was low for the period between August 1 2012 and October 31 2012 Language and Country territory The language and location of users and be found in Google Analytics under Audience Overview or Audience Demographics and is based on host and IP data For the Catholic Portal most visitors are from the United States with English as the most commonly reported language For the period between August 1 2012 and October 31 2012 Italy comes in second place and there are a few other countries with significant Catholic populations in the top ten results such as the Philippines Poland and Spain Country of origin for visitors from August 1 2012 to October 31 2012 Reported language locale for visitors from August 1 2012 to October 31 2012 Browser Operating System and ISP The browser OS and ISP of the users can be found through different options under the Audience tab The users browser and OS can be found under Browser OS which is in the Technology subsection of Audience and the ISP can be found under Network which is also in the Technology subsection In the case of the Catholic Portal about 74 of visitors use Windows 15 8 use Macintosh and the remainder is divided between Linux and a variety of mobile operating systems e g iOS Android Blackberry As for browsers the usage is divided more evenly with Internet Explorer at 34 3 Firefox at 25 9 Chrome at 19 1 and Safari at 16 5 Operating Systems used by visitors to the Catholic Portal from August 1 2012 to October 31 2012 Browsers used by visitors to the Catholic Portal from August 1 2012 to October 31 2012 Reported ISPs of visitors to the Catholic Portal from August 1 2012 to October 31 2012 Search engine referral where users come from The referrer can give an indication of how and possibly why users come to the site This information can be found in the Overview section of the Traffic Sources tab in the left side bar In the Overview screen the sources are broken down into Search Traffic users who arrived from a search engine such as Google or Yahoo Direct Traffic users who arrived from clicking a bookmark or from typing in a URL and Referral Traffic users who arrived from clicking a link on a site other than a search engine The Sources section provides further information on categories dividing possible sources into All Traffic Direct and Referrals The Search section provides information on results from search engines which brought users to the site Note This is not to be confused with the Site Search section under Content which provides information on searches performed on the site e g a search box on the main page rather than search engines Site Search tracking additionally has to be set up to track use of whichever search box for which statistics are desired Overview of traffic sources for the Catholic Portal from August 1 2012 to October 31 2012 Listing of all traffic sources for the Catholic Portal from August 1 2012 to October 31 2012 Listing of direct traffic sources for the Catholic Portal from August 1 2012 to October 31 2012 Listing of all non search engine referrers for the Catholic Portal from August 1 2012 to October 31 2012 Most visitors seem to reach the Catholic Portal through search engines and those that do not tend to reach the site through links from Catholic universities e g University of Notre Dame Georgetown SHU or from library related websites such as vufind org or cathla org User activity The activity pattern of users can be determined in the Behavior sub section of the Audience tab This section contains a number of statistics regarding the duration and frequency of

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  • Tech Issues/Tips – Page 2 – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    Many are spam Some are HTML versions of the EAD finding aids Further down the list one can begin to see Google searches Referrers engines This report is just exactly like the Referrers report except it only includes search engines Google Yahoo and Bing Tabs This is a list of the most frequently used links used across the top of the Portal s home page Top records This is a tabulation of the most frequently viewed records in the Portal The first item on the list is an error but as of this writing the most frequently viewed record is something from Catholic University of America Types of searches From this report is all but obvious that the overwhelming majority of the searches applied against the Portal are free text searches Nobody uses the advanced search form Whose records This is a list of the names of the libraries institutions whose records are viewed most frequently For a more technical description of how these reports are generated see the blog posting entitled Data warehousing Web server log files as well as a follow up posting called Progress with statistics reporting These reports can be improved in any number of ways First they could be represented graphically pie charts histograms etc Second they could be re generated on a month by month basis to look for trends over time Luckily just about all the necessary data has been preserved Alternatively a peek at the Portal s Google Analystics site may illuminate additional trends Author Eric Lease Morgan Posted on April 17 2012 February 15 2013 Categories Tech Issues Tips Transforming schema based EAD files This posting describes my solution for transforming schema based EAD files for the Catholic Portal In a sentence the solution boils down to removing the all the namespaces from the input Continue reading Transforming schema based EAD files Author Eric Lease Morgan Posted on April 10 2012 February 24 2013 Categories Tech Issues Tips Moving to VuFind version 1 3 We here at Catholic Portal Central are spending time and effort moving to VuFind version 1 3 To this end I have implemented a number of things as per our usability studies as well as begun to skin the underlying blueprint theme Give it a whirl and share your thoughts http vufind library nd edu Author Eric Lease Morgan Posted on March 23 2012 February 15 2013 Categories Tech Issues Tips Linking CRRA items to member libraries A Prototype I have implemented a prototype for linking items found in the Catholic Portal to CRRA member institutions Continue reading Linking CRRA items to member libraries A Prototype Author Eric Lease Morgan Posted on March 19 2012 February 24 2013 Categories Tech Issues Tips Prioritized list of fixes enhancements for the Portal Based on our usability studies and conference call from the other day I have created a more or less prioritized list of fixes enhancements to be applied to the Portal add a a note to the email

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  • Tech Issues/Tips – Page 5 – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    Author Eric Lease Morgan Posted on October 3 2010 February 28 2013 Categories Tech Issues Tips index ead pl Today I indexed some of the metadata I extracted yesterday using a script called index ead pl Of all the scripts I ve written so far this one is the most straight forward Read locally developed XML file Extract the unique identifier title and date Associate each with VUFind Solr fields Commit You can temporarily see the fruits of these labors because all of the records have been associated with the Eric Lease Morgan Foo Bar Library The result is a list of container level records with very little additional information By the way as of today I am running a version of VUFind as retrieved from the development trunk specifically revision 3029 When upgrading from revision to revision it is important to retain one s config ini file and reindex The process is not painful if done infrequently As time goes on I will also need to retain locally developed hacks such as the ones I need to write below The next steps are to write the MARC record driver so it does not attempt to do automatic look ups for call numbers but rather extracts such information from of the local index A second next step is to write an EAD record driver to accomodate the special cases of EAD records Author Eric Lease Morgan Posted on October 1 2010 February 15 2013 Categories Tech Issues Tips Adding unitid elements to did elements This posting outlines how I believe I will add unitid elements to did elements of EAD files The problem As the CRRA matures I expect a greater amount of the metadata ingested into the portal will come from EAD files In order to index EAD files meaningfully I need 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 Harvesting updating and re indexing This posting describes the automated process I am currently using to harvest update and re index the MARC records of the Catholic Portal Step 1 Make a list Librarians love lists and I am no exception The process begins with a list databases of CRRA members who have MARC metadata to share Each item in the list includes the following fields code a unique three letter identifier institution the name of the CRRA member library the name of the member s library URL the location of their member s MARC records Right now the

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  • November 2015 – Page 2 – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    DPLA platform Over the course of the next year DPLA will investigate the current state of newspaper digitization in the US Thanks in large part to the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress s joint National Digital Newspaper Program NDNP showcased online as Chronicling America many states in the US have digitized their historic newspapers and made them available online A number of states however have made newspapers available outside of or in addition to this important program and DPLA plans to investigate what resources it would take to potentially provide seamless discovery of the newspapers of all states and US territories including the over 10 million pages already currently available in Chronicling America Continue reading Author plawton Posted on November 16 2015 Categories Newspapers Posts navigation Previous page Page 1 Page 2 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

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  • CRRA Update Jan/Feb 2013 – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    the item and that record is included in our CRRA records For example The Passionist bulletin of Holy Cross providence The records selected for CRRA can reveal information about our collection when viewed as a group through the Catholic Portal We already knew we had a strong collection on religious orders but the browse function of the Portal highlights our collection of rules and constitutions from many of them http www catholicresearch net vufind Search Results lookfor type AllFields filter institution 3A 22Catholic Theological Union 22 filter genre facet 3A 22Rules 22 view list I ve also begun using the Portal to help select potential candidates for digitization one criteria for digitization is that the item is not available in a mass digitization project and links to Google and Open Library in the Portal make it easy to see items that are already digitized Reviewing our records in the Portal can also help me identify themes for potential digitization proposals since a theme is necessary for CARLI proposals In the future we plan to propose more digitization projects focused on men s religious orders as well as on Catholic publishing in the United States and we plan to add these records to our Catholic Portal collection COMMITTEE UPDATES FROM THE COLLECTIONS COMMITTEE Diane Maher Chair Catholic Portal Collection Policy Statement Under Construction The Collection Committee is in the process of updating the Portal s collection policy statement This revision seeks to enhance the document s usability for members Collecting themes have been defined and the committee is now assigning subject heading examples for each theme Guidelines for contributing published print materials will also be added to help clarify the decision making process for members This is the first revision since the document was created at CRRA s inception It is a tribute to the policy s statement that its original recommendations remain vital to the Portal s collection development FROM THE DIGITAL ACCESS COMMITTEE Demian Katz Chair The membership of the Digital Access Committee has changed over the past months with the departure of Michael Bramah St Mike s University of Toronto and Vani Murthy Georgetown and the addition of three new members Tracy Jackson Seton Hall Shana McDanold Georgetown and Megan Bernal DePaul We thank Michael and Vani for their good service and wise counsel It has been a joy to work with you More information on the current members of the committee can be found here DAC has been focusing for the past few months on improving CRRA s web presence by rebuilding the catholicresearch net site using the open source Concrete5 content management system The new web design which was recently unveiled combines more complete information about CRRA with a more attractive visual presentation The Concrete5 system makes updating the site and collaborating on changes easy so the site will be able to evolve to meet the organization s changing needs over time and interested members can collaborate with DAC to facilitate updates Another ongoing project has

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  • CRRA Update Nov/Dec 2012 – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    choir books date from the 15 th through 18 th centuries Most are Italian at least one is Spanish Two have text that was created using stencils rather than free form writing And one has a few pages of music signed by Bernardo Pasquini a noted 17 th century Italian composer The culmination of Father s work is a handsome booklet with descriptions and illustrations of the entire collection Father John Mark is continuing to investigate the Pasquini composition to ascertain if it is a newly discovered piece Lorraine Olley Library Director Feehan Memorial Library and McEssy Theological Resource Center University of Saint Mary of the Lake Mundelein IL Member CRRA Collections Committee From the Membership Committee Evelyn Minick Chair The Membership Committee set its goals primarily to work on Direction 5 of the Annual Plan S ecuring the future developing and assessing a sustainable basis for carrying out our mission Recognizing that a strong value proposition for members is the foundation for membership our work begins with attention to understanding member benefits expectations and responsibilities and with this in mind developing membership growth strategies We will explore the existing extent of ILL reciprocity among members and explore ways in which related institutions might participate as part of a group This year we also want to recruit eight new members to strengthen our membership alliance Recruiting new members with collections and the capacity to enable discovery on a continuing basis is important to growing the value of the Catholic portal to scholars We have engaged a number of librarians and archivists supportive of our mission and asked the Collections Committee for assistance in identifying collections of particular interest to the portal We welcome your suggestions too Please feel free to contact any member of the Membership Committee From the Catholic Newspapers Task Force Noel McFerran Chair The fall 2012 CRRA Symposium held at DePaul University provided a great opportunity to share a progress report on the Catholic Newspapers Program with members prospective members and friends Several Task Force members attended including Steven Szegedi Dominican Jean McManus and Susan Ohmer Notre Dame Amy Cary Marquette Malachy McCarthy Catholic Library Association and Pat Lawton CRRA Participants agreed the goals are solid and we are on the right track They encouraged us to expand current efforts and voiced their readiness to contribute records and holdings to support development of a freely available newspaper directory Since then we have identified three next steps They are Identify and post to the CRRA website for immediate use a list of North American Catholic newspapers already available in digital form including born digital and or digitized versions for example The Catholic Register Toronto 1893 1922 http eco canadiana ca view oocihm 8 04934 The Pittsburgh Catholic Archdiocese of Pittsburgh March 16 1844 March 7 1957 http digital library duq edu cdm pc Sacred Heart Review East Cambridge Mass 1888 1918 http bit ly VDM7Eb The Review was a newspaper published in Cambridge and Boston between 1888 1918

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