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  • CRRA Update September 2012 – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    The Missionary Catechist a newlsetter published by the Sisters for 40 years and looks forward to making the only known full run in a North American library accessible to researchers of American Catholic history via the Catholic portal The Membership Committee looks forward to working with Jeff in the next year to better understand how we can work together to ensure access to the unique source documents that so directly inform scholars about the origins mission and activities of Catholic religious orders which are held by very small religious archives Last month we welcomed Regis University Denver CO represented by Janet Lee Interim Dean of the Library and Paul Betty DistanceLearning Librarian as Regis CRRA liaison Led by then Dean Ivan Gaetz the library staff identified various collections of importance to the portal beginning with the historical records of Regis University Loretto Heights College and papers of important individuals The Jesuitica Collection an extensive archive of historical records of the Catholic presence in the American Southwest especially the Jesuit beginnings in Colorado and New Mexico is particularly important in looking ahead to the scholarly conferences and research being planned around the Jesuit Restoration Bicentennial in 2014 Welcome Janet and Paul CRRA Collections Spotlight Notre Dame s Vatican II Collection One of the highlights of Notre Dame s special collections in Catholic theology is the Vatican II Collection a truly unique set of primary sources for the study of the Second Vatican Council which met from 1962 65 The collection includes more than 1400 documents pertaining both to the documents of the Council itself and to the work of the post conciliar commissions responsible for implementing liturgical reforms It was assembled through the generous donations of Fr John Rotelle then director of the Augustinian Provincialate near Philadelphia in the early 1980 s as well as gifts contributed by Fr Mark McGrath and Fr Edward Heston in the 1960 s following the conclusion of the Council Finding aids for both the conciliar and post conciliar documents were prepared in 1991 currently only the finding aid for the conciliar documents is available online it may be accessed through a link in ND s Vatican II Collection portal record http www catholicresearch net Record undmarc 002511205 Submitted by Alan Krieger Subject Librarian for Theology Philosophy and Jewish Studies Hesburgh Libraries University of Notre Dame Vatican II in the portal A search for Vatican II in the Catholic portal currently retrieves 1900 plus records from fifteen CRRA member institutions You may view these records here To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Vatican II the Collections Committee has selected Vatican II as a priority collecting area in 2013 CRRA strategic directions emphasizes that CRRA develops collections systematically and collaboratively We will be hearing more from the Collections Committee about how members may support this important goal CRRA Welcomes Continuing Board and Committee Chairs We appreciate the fine work of chairs in leading the Board Committees Task Forces and members in accomplishing last year s goals some

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  • CRRA Update October 2012 – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    subjects featured as they relate to important chapters in the context of church and state history Abstracts and full text copies of these issues can presently be found via our homepage http blogs shu edu njchc commission works and activities newsletters along with other relevant information about the organization This project has been undertaken by our associate Ms Sarah Beth Seymore who has also done a tremendous job not only in scanning these publications but updating our overall website The exciting potential collaborations between the NJCHC and the CRRA promises to yield a beneficial information exchange in the days ahead along with our direct link to charter member Seton Hall University where our archival collections and administrative offices are located We also encourage individuals to become Friends of the Commission and receive the latest news about the NJCHC and become more involved in our ongoing activities To review our site and to access further information please feel free to consult our homepage at http blogs shu edu njchc Alan Delozier Director Archives Special Collections Center and CRRA Collections Committee Member Seton Hall University Libraries Re indexing EAD Files The Catholic Portal is essentially an index of two types of metadata 1 records describing individual and discrete items and 2 records describing collections of individual items For the most part the former metadata records are MARC records describing books The later are EAD files describing the holdings of archives July 23 2012 blog post by Eric Morgan As described in the July 23 post Eric originally parsed the header of EAD files complete with all of its rich controlled vocabulary terms The end result was deep indexing resulting in discovery of discrete items within collections for example a Dorothy Day letter was discovered within the Papers of John Brophy Collection which were not previously discoverable within the portal The success in indexing was marked though a new problem arose in the display of results Search results for Dorothy Day retrieved an overwhelming number of records of folder and series levels descriptions from within a collection Displays were seemingly redundant and confusing to the user The new challenge became how to retain the deep indexing and retrieve results that provided the user with a manageable set of records preferably at the collection level In an Oct 9 2012 blog post Eric Morgan ND reports on his recent work on re indexing EAD files For more please see http www catholicresearch net blog 2012 10 indexing again Sincere thanks to Eric for his good work on EAD and to the Digital Access Committee for their continued support and guidance DePaul Hosts Catholic Research Resources Alliance Symposium On October 15 16 2012 DePaul University hosted the annual Catholic Research Resources Alliance CRRA Symposium Nurturing the Spirit of Perfect Charity Libraries and Archives at the Intersection of Service and Scholarship in Catholic Social Justice Studies DePaul University President Dennis H Holtschneider C M welcomed almost 100 Symposium attendees from institutions across the United States and

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  • CRRA Update August 2012 – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    with a deadline of September 14th Posted by Morgen MacIntosh Hodgetts Chair of the Symposium Planning Committee For questions please email crra2012 depaul edu Colloquium with John Padberg S J Thursday October 18 2012 3 30 5 30 Loyola University Chicago Lakeshore Campus Please plan to join in a colloquium to be held on the Loyola University Chicago Lakeshore Campus on October 18 2012 just days following the CRRA DePaul Symposium The late afternoon Colloquium will describe the suppression of the Jesuits in the late 18th century their restoration in 1814 and what the Jesuits brought with them to their encounter with 19th century America They saw themselves as guardians of the old order yet the Catholics they came to serve in the New World were those who had left behind the Old Order This is the first of three colloquia leading up to the Loyola University Chicago conference marking the bicentennial of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus in 1814 This conference will be held October 16 19 2014 and will focus on the impact of Jesuit activities and institutions in the formation of a new nation throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries For further information please contact the Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage http www luc edu ccih The CRRA Welcomes Regis University We are pleased to welcome Regis University to the CRRA membership Janet Lee is Interim Dean of the Library and Paul Betty Distance Learning Librarian will serve as Regis CRRA liaison Look for more about Regis in the upcoming New Members Update Welcome Regis Introducing CRRA Liaisons With the growing CRRA membership we wanted to expand the opportunities for getting to know our colleagues sharing questions ideas and expertise and working together to carry out our shared mission and goals We look forward to our first conversation this fall with the newly established CRRA Liaisons Group which includes one individual from each member institution Special thanks to all for your participation Please see http www catholicresearch net info liaisons pdf for current named Liaisons in order by institution name CRRA All Member Meeting Highlights 2012 Anaheim Approximately 25 continuing and new members from fifteen institutions gathered in Anaheim for a lively meeting and dinner the previous evening which provided a welcome opportunity for getting to know one another Tuesday s discussions focused on priorities for the coming year which we will be talking about more in September and October We were inspired too by the words of Fr James Heft S M President of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies IACS and longstanding member of our CRRA Leadership Council Fr Heft emphasized the importance of rooting the Catholic identity mission in teaching and research Nowhere he said is this more critical than at Catholic colleges and universities where scholars and students are too often aware only of what the Church is against with little knowledge of the Catholic intellectual tradition That tradition includes not only brilliant theologians and

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  • CRRA Update July 2012 – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    March we adopted the new Five year strategic plan Subsequently we developed and approved the FY13 budget on the basis of the priorities for years one and two In addition we welcomed Dr Tyrone Cannon University of San Francisco to the newly established position of vice chair chair elect past chair As we set our meeting schedule for the coming year we will consider again having a Board retreat in December I want to thank Tyrone and all of my Board colleagues for their willingness to serve next year Theresa Byrd University Librarian University of San Diego Tyrone Cannon Dean University Libraries University of San Francisco Steve Connaghan Director of Libraries The Catholic University of America Artemis Kirk University Librarian Georgetown University Joe Lucia University Librarian and Director of Falvey Memorial Library Villanova University Evelyn Minick University Librarian Saint Joseph s University Susan Ohmer Director Digital ND University of Notre Dame Diane Parr Walker University Librarian University of Notre Dame Tom Wall University Librarian Boston College Janice Welburn Dean University Libraries Marquette University Jennifer Younger Executive Director CRRA ex officioPlease feel free to contact me or any member of the Board with your suggestions comments or questions With thanks again Janice Welburn Chair The CRRA Catholic Newspapers Program CNP by Jennifer Younger CRRA Executive Director About a year ago the CRRA Scholars Advisory Committee noted that Catholic newspapers offer many key insights into the life of Catholics as well as into the beliefs and influence of the Catholic Church As such Catholic newspapers are highly valued resources relevant to a broad array of issues across disciplines including adaptation to new environments charitable work and social justice school systems and hospitals Especially in cities with large numbers of Catholics the newspapers provide a Catholic dimension on critical questions in American history At the same time scholars noted these newspapers are often held in scattered locations with unknown holdings in fragile condition and vulnerable to disappearance They recommended digitizing Catholic newspapers for access use and preservation The Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center PAHRC holds one of the largest collections of Catholic newspapers in the United States now accessible via the portal CRRA Update April 2012 Currently a small number of newspapers and newspaper clippings appear in the collections of ten other CRRA members Duquesne Villanova and Boston College have digitized individual Catholic newspapers Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary and Notre Dame are each seeking grants to digitize diocesan newspapers in their respective states The CRRA Five Year Strategic Plan highlights the importance of Catholic newspapers in developing important curated collections and in developing the scope of the portal for continuing value to scholars with this mission critical outcome 3 3 2 Continue project to locate provide access to and digitize North American Catholic newspapers toward the goal of an online directory and central shared repository In the last several months the Catholic Newspapers Task Force has created a three part plan to create a comprehensive directory with links to the full digital content

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  • CRRA Update June 2012 – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    CRRA and its members as well as among members and for sharing of best practices between and among local CRRA teams Adoption of a five year strategic plan designed to build on past accomplishments in going forward to add value beyond discovery expand scholarly participation grow CRRA collections systematically and collaboratively expand CRRA s sharing of resources and scholarship and secure the future Adoption of an ambitious and inspiring vision describing the positive impact we intend to have Our vision The CRRA will foster a dynamic scholarly community by Creating the freely available portal to Catholic research resources in Americas Sustaining the distinctive network of libraries archives and other institutions that enable the vision and Facilitating internationally the sharing of resources and scholarship We encourage you to use the portal http www catholicresearch net Search for your collections see which keywords are most effective in bringing back results learn of related materials in other member collections and put this information to use in developing your collections and alerting faculty and students to the CRRA collections We are pleased to note as well that CRRA committees task forces and the Board are already at work for the next year These groups are joined now by the newly established liaisons group which includes one person from each CRRA participant and will soon be accessible under Contacts on our website We thank all of you especially chairs and members for your excellence in leadership and mission We are thrilled to be working with such talented and dedicated colleagues We are truly looking forward to next year With best regards Jennifer and Pat Author plawton Posted on July 1 2012 February 24 2013 Categories Updates Post navigation Previous Previous post CRRA May 2012 Update Focus on Anaheim meeting Next Next post FTP site as

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  • Using OAI-PMH to populate the “Catholic Portal” is not straight-forward – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    from a few selected sets The harvested Dublin Core metadata was typical of OAI PMH repositories thin a bit ambiguous and somewhat inconsistant across repositories It was thin because many of the Dublin Core elements are left unpopulated It is ambiguous because many of the fields are repeated and the values of repeated elements are of different types For example a description field may be empty contain an abstract of the work the full text of the work or the process used to digitize the material It is inconsistant because things like dates names and subject entries are formatted differently In some places names are listed in first name last name order Other times it is last name first name order Dates can be anything from February 12 2012 to 2012 02 12 to Twelfth Century None of this is new the world of OAI PMH It is typical All is not lost There are patterns to this apparent randomness Using my script I can sometimes output titles descriptions subject headings and URLs of digitized objects For example here is such a list from the Loyola University Chicago repository item 46 key oai content library luc edu coll6 45 title s Letter to the Secretary of the Literary Agency of London 1908 title s Catholic Women Poets identifier s cudahy219e3 identifier s 003 kayesmith 1908 pg3 jpg identifier s http content library luc edu u coll6 45 subject s Shelia Kaye Smith poets women poets Catholic poets subject s Local description s third page of letter requesting appointment description s does not suit you any other time up to 4 15 will do Would you kindly send a reply to me c o Miss F E Walters Girton College Cambridge With apologies for troubling you believe me Yours faithfully Sheila Kaye Smith description s Master file scanned at 600 dpi RGB in reflective mode from original document using MicroTek ScanMaker 1000XL description s http www luc edu archives type image From this output it becomes apparent that the first title is the title of the artifact the third identifier is the URL of the digitized object the first subject field is a delimited list of keywords the first description is a sort of abstract and the type field contains a value denoting what kind of digitized thing is in question Thus the output follows a pattern and computers are very good at patterns therefore a computer program could easily be written to read this particular OAI PMH output and stored in the Portal s index Next steps My next steps are two fold First I will harvest and index some of the metadata from selected Loyola University Chicago OAI PMH sets Second I will let colleagues from various CRRA committees specifically the Digital Access Committee as well as the Collection Committee peruse the results In the end I hope to get feedback on how to proceed Should I index more content Less None If more then how should records be

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  • April 2012 Update – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    as Sina Sapa Wocekiye Taeyanpaha a North Dakota newspaper published in the Sioux language The Catholic Visitor Richmond Virginia The New Jersey Catholic Journal Trenton New Jersey and perhaps the only significant collection of Redpath s Illustrated Weekly a primarily Irish national newspaper published in New York City by the journalist and social activist James Redpath Despite the size and research value of the collection there are some issues that impact its usefulness Although there are very large runs of issues for the major newspapers none of the titles is complete and there are gaps and issues missing Most of the rarer newspapers may contain only a few issues or a few years of the paper The most pressing issue is that the collection is maintained primarily in hard copy and a significant number of the newspapers are in very fragile condition and in need of immediate conservation and preservation One of the advantages of membership in the CRRA is the opportunity to cooperate with other repositories facing these same issues to create a comprehensive online inventory and directory of North American Catholic newspapers and to facilitate the eventual digitization of the various collections One of my goals as a member of the CRRA Newspapers Taskforce is to assist in the realization of these projects To view the contents of the newspaper collection at PAHRC see the following http pahrc pastperfect online com 30664cgi mweb exe request clicksearch dtype d subset 0 t1101 newspapers Shawn Weldon PAHRC Member Collections Committee Member Catholic Newspapers Task Force Update on the Digital Access Committee DAC from Demian Katz DAC Chair The Digital Access Committee has had some recent membership changes bidding farewell to Ann Hanlon Marquette and welcoming new member Megan Bernal DePaul In spite of changes DAC has pressed forward with several initiatives The Catholic Portal still the centerpiece of CRRA s website is under continuous improvement both in response to member feedback gathered during usability testing and due to new features in the underlying VuFind software used to run it Additionally DAC has begun looking at some new software that can be used to expand and improve CRRA s online presence The Concrete5 Content Management System is an open source tool for building websites and DAC hopes to use it to improve the quality and simplify the maintenance of the informational pages that accompany the Catholic Portal on catholicresearch net Archon and Archivists Toolkit are both packages for building EAD files for archival description and DAC has been weighing the benefits of installing one of these packages to help members build finding aids Finally DAC is also preparing to support the Newspapers Task Force as needed as efforts progress Mark Your Calendars Upcoming Events All Members Meeting Anaheim CA June 25 26 2012 CRRA colleagues As you make plans for the ALA conference and or the following ATLA conference we hope you will also make time for the CRRA All Members meeting This announcement also appeared in the CRRA March Update

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  • Statistical reports against the “Catholic Portal” – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    and or simply clicking the search box s Find button The queries in quotes are probably from clicks on hot linked search results Referrers This is a list of the websites where people came from before they visited the Portal A whole lot of these websites are places where blog postings about the Portal appear 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

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