April 2011 Update

The CRRA April 2011 Update is now available at: http://bit.ly/Update_April2011.

Highlights in this issue include:

“Advancing Catholic Scholarly Research: A Symposium”
November 9-10, 2011
Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, PA
  • CRRA welcomes new members: College of the Holy Cross and Creighton University!  Look for more on our newest members in next month’s Update.
  • Welcome to Terry Ehling, Strategic Consultant to the CRRA!  
  • News on membership dues
    The Membership Dues Task Force met with members of the Board and other member library directors to discuss its recommendation to adopt a multi-tiered dues structure and a proposal for dues for the coming year. 
  • Highlights of the CRRA All-Members Meeting in Philadelphia. On Wed., March 30, 35 CRRA members and friends participated in the CRRA annual meeting. Agenda items included goals for fiscal year 2010/2011 (see proposed goals at http://bit.ly/DraftPlan2012), usability studies, and membership dues.

See http://bit.ly/Update_April2011 for more on these and other news items.

CRRA All-Members Meeting: A Travelogue

Just about this time last week I was attending the CRRA All-Members Meeting in Philadelphia (March 29-30, 2011). This posting documents the experience.

slideshowThe Meeting began Tuesday afternoon, March 29, at Villanova University where attendees were treated to a number of show & tell presentations describing the digital library goings-on of the Falvey Library. Joseph Lucia began by listing a number of well-articulated reasons why open source software is akin to the values of librarianship. Most notably, he alluded to the Second Enclosure and the very real threats to the public commons. Other presentations outlined local digitization efforts using Tesseract, their institutional repository implementation, scholarly publishing with Open Journal System, and their newly released digital library software called VUDL. I am continually impressed with the work being done by the folks at Villanova. Administration has a vision, a plan, and puts the plan into practice. “We do things for the sake of scholarship… We collaborate and find partners.” This approach to digital librarianship seems to me to be the best long-term strategy and ensures sustainability. It is not so much about getting more money but instead about setting priorities and allocating resources accordingly.

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Digital Humanities Forum — A Travelogue

This is the briefest of travelogues — a description of what went on at the Digital Humanities Forum, February 24, 2011.

On Thursday, February 24, the Hesburgh Libraries and the Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) sponsored the Digital Humanities Forum. The purpose of the event was to raise the awareness of the digital humanities across campus just a little bit. To that end we hosted two speakers and a couple of hands-on workshops.

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