CRRA in San Diego, January 2011

We invite you to attend the CRRA reunion and discussions in San Diego on Thursday afternoon, January 6, 2011. We are scheduling this meeting before the ALA Midwinter Meeting meetings begin on Friday in hopes that many of you who are attending the ALA meetings will be able to join in the CRRA discussions as well.

At this time, we are putting together what promises to be a set of lively and informative discussions. This will be an opportunity to talk about CRRA activities taking place at your library, to discuss progress to date on the 2010/11 goals in the strategic plan, and to explore our readiness to promote the Catholic portal to librarians and scholars. VuFind 1.0 will be very near to being ready for implementation and this will be an opportunity to explore its functionality. Also, we will take a look at how the contents on the portal are growing particularly in regard to adding rare, unique and uncommon archival collections and other materials. The outlines of the proposal to be submitted to the NEH Challenge Grant will be ready for discussion. And, we want to hear from everyone – new and continuing members – how things are going at your library. Very importantly, this is an occasion to network and socialize with your CRRA colleagues.

Thursday, January 6, 2011, Copley Library, University of San Diego
• Noon to 2 p.m. Board of Directors (with both onsite and call-in participation for Board members)
• Noon to 2 p.m. Campus and library tours to be arranged
• 2:30 – 5 p.m. Open forum for all participants with refreshments provided by the Copley Library
• 5:30 Dinner for all participants at Le Gran Terraza which offers a fine dining experience on campus (your own treat)

Theresa Byrd, University Librarian, has graciously volunteered to host our group on campus at the University of San Diego. The University campus is situated on a mesa overlooking San Diego Bay. The Spanish Renaissance architecture and breathtaking views of Mission Bay, the Pacific Ocean, the community of Linda Vista and Tecolote Canyon make the campus a not to be missed destination in San Diego. The campus is also conveniently located near downtown San Diego. In addition to cabs (about $15), a regularly scheduled campus van to and from the sightseeing destination of Old Town San Diego offers an easy option for travel to campus. More information on location and travel will be sent at a later date.

Jennifer Younger, Chair, CRRA Board of Directors