Preview the Updated CRRA Website – Thursday, Nov. 8 at noon (eastern)

Max Tolomei and I cordially invite you to attend a sneak preview of the updated and soon-to-be-releasted CRRA website. Max and I have been working to move the CRRA website’s content into the open source content management system, Concrete5, and re-evaluating the organization and function of the website as a whole. Using Concrete5 will bring our site into the 21st century, making it possible to dynamically update content, and allowing members to easily collaborate and share project information in a variety of ways.

Before taking the site “live,” we seek your input into how the site works for you and how it might be improved.

Demo of CRRA website and discussion

Thursday,  November 8 at noon (11 central, 9 pacific)

These sessions will include a live demo of the site and comments and suggestions from you (via text chat and/or telephone).

Please contact Pat Lawton for instructions to join in. 

We look forward to showing you the website and hearing your suggestions for improvements.


CRRA Update October 2012

CRRA Update
October 2012

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CRRA Update August 2012

The August Update highlights the fall symposium, our newest member and CRRA liaisons.
Please mark your calendars for the upcoming CRRA/Depaul Symposium, and consider attending too the Loyola University Chicago Colloquium just days following the Symposium.

  • Call for Posters for the CRRA/DePaul Fall Symposium – Deadline is Wednesday, September 19
  • Announcing a Colloquium with John Padberg, S.J. Thursday, October 18, 2012, 3:30-5:30. Loyola University Chicago Lakeshore Campus
  • The CRRA Welcomes Regis University (Denver, Colorado)
  • Introducing CRRA Liaisons
  • CRRA All Member Meeting Highlights (Anaheim)

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CRRA/DePaul Symposium Call for Posters Deadline Sept. 19

The Catholic Research Resource Alliance (CRRA) and the symposium planning committee invite proposals for posters to be displayed at the 2012 CRRA symposium Nurturing the ‘Spirit of Perfect Charity’: Libraries and Archives at the Intersection of Service and Scholarship in Catholic Social Justice Studies at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, October 15-16, 2012.  The planning committee seeks posters that showcase innovative technologies, best practices, future trends, and unique research findings from librarians, archivists, and scholars.

Referees Pat Lawton (CRRA) and Megan Bernal (DePaul University) will choose the best poster and a prize will be awarded.

How to submit a poster proposal
Please submit an abstract of up to 125 words describing your project, with a cover sheet listing your name, title, and institution, and contact information (email and phone number) to by September 19th.

Poster guidelines
Presenters will be provided a hanging board suitable for a poster up to 5’ wide and 3’ tall.  It is recommended that posters be designed to fit within the confines of the provided poster board and consist of materials that can be mounted easily with push pins (we will have a supply on hand).  Posters will be displayed on easels or tables.

The deadline for submitting poster proposals is September 19, 2012.  Participants will be notified of acceptance on October 1st.

Posted by Morgen MacIntosh Hodgetts, Chair of the Symposium Planning Committee

For questions please email
Please see for more information about and to register for the Symposium.


CRRA Update July 2012

CRRA Update July 2012

This month’s update provides information on key CRRA events: past, present and future. First is an invitation to the fall CRRA/DePaul Symposium; Janice Welburn (Board Chair) then provides an update of Board activities, with a look the future; and Jennifer Younger (CRRA Executive Director) provides an introduction to the CRRA Catholic Newspaper Program.

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CRRA Update June 2012

CRRA Update June 2012

In celebration of the official start of summer, we are writing to celebrate what is nearly the end of a year with many accomplishments. Even a partial list of goals and objectives met this year illustrates the progress we have made developing the portal as a significant source for discovering Catholic research materials and strengthening the membership alliance dedicated to achieving our mission. Some of the year’s highlights include the following.

  • Implementation of findings from usability studies and upgrade to VuFind 1.3 for enhanced search functionality
  • Inauguration of a new column in the monthly updates featuring member collections to increase awareness of collection scope, theme and portal content
  • CRRA liaisons to support effective communication between CRRA and its members as well as among members, and for sharing of best practices between and among local CRRA teams
  • Adoption of a five year strategic plan designed to build on past accomplishments in going forward to add value beyond discovery, expand scholarly participation, grow CRRA collections systematically and collaboratively, expand CRRA’s sharing of resources and scholarship, and secure the future.
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CRRA May 2012 Update: Focus on Anaheim meeting

The May Update includes details about the CRRA All-Member Annual Meeting in Anaheim, June 25-26, 2012.  Also noteworthy: on June 23 and June 25, Jennifer Younger, CRRA Executive Director, will participate in panel discussions of interest to our membership.  Details on these events are also in this Update.

In this issue we  introduce the impressive Ade Bethune Collection at St. Catherine University and Diane Maher, Chair of the Collections Committee provides an update of Committee activities.

Happy reading, I hope to see you in Anaheim.
Best regards,

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April 2012 Update


April 2012

This month’s update includes:

  • A Focus on Members, from Janice Welburn, Chair, CRRA Board of Directors
    To guide us in developing effective strategies for successful member engagement, the Board has set up a Membership committee and I’m delighted to welcome a current Board member, Evelyn Minick, University Librarian, Saint Joseph’s University, as the chair The Committee’s major objectives are to grow the membership and ensure retention of current members …
  • CRRA Collections Spotlight: The Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center Catholic Newspaper Collection, by Shawn Weldon
    The Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center (PAHRC) holds one of the largest collections of Catholic newspapers in the United States …
  • Update on the Digital Access Committee (DAC), from Demian Katz, DAC Chair
    In spite of changes, DAC has pressed forward with several initiatives.  The Catholic Portal, still the centerpiece of CRRA’s website, is under continuous improvement, both in response to member feedback gathered during usability testing and due to new features in the underlying VuFind software …
  • Mark Your Calendars: All-Members Meeting, Anaheim, CA, June 25-26, 2012, all are invited;
    Archival Networks and EAD Consortia at SAA in August (San Diego); Fall Symposium at DePaul University, Oct. 15-16, 2012
  • Position Announcement:Duquesne University

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CRRA Update March 2012

CRRA UPDATE March 2012

Happy Spring!

This month’s update includes:

  • Board Adopts Vision and Strategic Plan, from Janice Welburn, chair, CRRA Board of DirectorsWith great appreciation for a job well done, the Board of Directors adopted the five year strategic plan proposed by the Five Year Strategic Planning Task Force …
  • Strategic Plan for CRRA: 2012/13 – 2016/17, from Lorraine Olley, chair, CRRA Five Year Strategic Planning Task Force
    The plan is ambitious, strategic and outcome-oriented …
  • All-Members Meeting, Anaheim, CA, June 25-26, 2012: You are invited by Jennifer Younger, CRRA Executive Director
  • Diane Maher, Chair, CRRA Collections Committee
    We are delighted to announce that Diane Maher will serve as Chair of the Collections Committee …
  • Selecting Materials for the Catholic Portal by Fran Rice, University of Dayton
    CRRA recognizes that establishing a process for contributing member records to the Portal requires the institution to integrate this process into the existing workflow, human and technical infrastructure. Fran Rice shares Dayton’s two-pronged approach to selecting materials for the Portal …
  • Now Available: Keynote Address from the CRRA/Duquesne Symposium, by Leslie Woodcock Tentler
  • CRRA Collections Spotlight: Saint Thomas More Library Collection at the University of San Diego by Diane MaherDiane provides a fascinating account of how two sisters in 1950’s California set their sights on building a library and how their dream was realized …
  • Mark Your Calendars: CRRA at CLA, Boston, April; CLA Archive Workshop, San Antonio, June

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