Survey of Digitized Rare Catholica – Results

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Marta Deyrup and Martha Loesch, catalogers at (CRRA instution) Seton Hall University, and Pat Lawton, digital projects librarian for the CRRA, have released the results of their Survey of Digitized Rare Catholica held by Catholic universities, colleges, seminaries and archives in the U.S. and Canada. You may view the Summary Report of Results and the results data.

Portal surgery

I was recently told to delete thousands upon thousands of records from the “Catholic Portal”, and through the magic of the Solr’s Web-based API and a full-featured HTTP client I was able to do this surgery with laser beam accuracy.

Specifically, I needed to delete all of the records in the Portal from the University of Notre Dame Archives because the Archives wanted to totally replace what finding aids were available. This meant deleting more than a 100,000 records from the underlying index. After a bit of investigation, I learned that at the following one-liner from the command line would do the trick:

curl http://localhost:8080/solr/biblio/update?commit=true -H "Content-Type: text/xml" --data-binary '<delete><query>id:unaead_*</query></delete>'

In short, curl is a command-line HTTP client. It is being told to first connect to the local host on port 8080. It is then told to find all the records matching the query “id:unaead_*” and delete them from the index named biblio. Once that is done, the underlying index is expected to commit the changes. Deleting these records took about ten minutes. I was then able to use my previously created scripts to harvest, validate, transform, and index the Archives’ content painlessly.

It is a pleasure when things work in the way they were designed! Now if I could only get my local indexing process to work faster.

VuStuff II: A Travelogue

On Wednesday, October 12, 2011 I had the opportunity to attend and present at the second annual VuStuff meeting held at Falvey Library, Villanova University (Philadelphia). This posting documents my experience there, but in a nutshell, this small and intimate meeting provided a venue for interesting discussion on the topic of modern librarianship.

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CRRA Update Sept/Oct 2011

CRRA Update
September/October 2011

In this update …

Please mark your calendars to join in the discussion on Jan. 6, 2012:

“Building a Catholic Archival Network”
American Catholic Historical Association (ACHA) Annual Conference (Chicago)

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