CRRA December 2009 Update

Following is the CRRA update of activities during the month of December, 2009.  This update includes news about:

  • CLIR grant announcements
  • Focus group data analysis
  • The CRRA website
  • Kim Kelley
  • Steve Connaghan
  • Upcoming events

Enjoy and Happy New Year!

CRRA Update December 2009

December was a month of “hidden labor.”  We made good progress on a number of fronts (in addition to cookies, eggnog, and snow-shoveling), but most of our activity was behind the scenes. We made great strides on the following, yet the fruits of our labors may be made manifest only in the weeks and months to come.

CLIR grant announcements were sent to a number of venues. To date, the announcement has appeared in: Library Journal <http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6709666.html>, ACCU’s Winter 2009 Newsletter <http://www.accunet.org/files/public/Winter_09_newsletter.pdf>, Marquette University’s website, and St. Catherine University website.

Look for future announcements in: Catholic Library World’s News Notes (March 2010), Midwest Archives (MAC) Newsletter (April 2010), ATLA-RC list and Newsletter, H-Catholic list, Cushwa Center Newsletter, Archival Outlook, and the Mid-Atlantic Archivist.

Focus group data analysis has begun. To date, four institutional members have conducted focus groups at their institutions, with a total of 34 participants. We hope to have data from at least 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.

Happy New Year to all!

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".