Join virtually the “CRRA/ND Digital Humanities Forum” Thursday Feb. 24

Dear CRRA members and friends,

Are you interested in learning more about Catholic digital scholarship and innovations in text mining and visualization to facilitate knowledge discovery within the Catholic portal?  Please join us virtually or in person this Thursday, Feb. 24 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm EST (noon Central, 10am Pacific).  For event details, see

I am pleased to announce we are able to share this event with all of you via WebEx audio, video, and document-sharing technologies. Log-in at any time during the event and stay as long as you like.

For log-in information, just send an email to me at

We look forward to seeing you Thursday! –pat

Pat Lawton
Digital Projects Librarian
Catholic Research Resources Alliance
574.631.1324 (office)
608.698.2519 (cell)

Usability testing

As we move the “Portal’s” sandbox implementation into production we plan on doing some usability testing. Below are the question we will be asking:

  1. Identify the library or archive holding the papers of Dorothy Day.
  2. Find a record whose author is Graham Greene. Create an account, then add the Graham Greene record to your favorites, tagging it as “ggreene.”
  3. Locate resources, including primary resources, on the Catholic Conference for Interracial Justice.
  4. Find a set of records on the topic of “Catholic social action.” Choose 1-3 from the retrieved set and email them to yourself for future reference.
  5. Locate materials on the topic of sermons and the Lutheran church.
  6. Who owns “Our Sunday Visitor Records”? What telephone number would you call in order to schedule a time to visit the collection?
  7. Which library has the most French-language materials in the “Portal”?
  8. 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).
  9. How would you describe the overall scope of the collection?

Wish us luck.

Visitors’ Info – February Digital Humanities Forum

Visitor Information

February 24-25, 2011 ND/CRRA Digital Humanities Forum

University of Notre Dame

Please note that we have reserved blocks of rooms at the Inn at St. Mary’s and the Morris Inn.  If you will be staying at either of these locations, please make your reservations by February 11, 2011.

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CRRA Update January 2011

CRRA Update

In this update …

Please reserve space on your calendars now for these
upcoming CRRA events:
Tuesday, March 29  – Dinner in Philadelphia with your CRRA colleagues
Wednesday, March 30  – The CRRA Annual All-Membership Meeting in Philadelphia
 February 24-25ND/CRRA Digital Humanities Forum and Workshops at Notre Dame

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