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.


“Advancing Catholic Scholarship” Symposium at Duquesne Nov. 9-10


The registration deadline for this CRRA/Duquesne sponsored event is this Friday, October 15, 2011.  We are pleased that many of you have already registered for the event and if you have thought about registering, please do so now.  There is no fee to register.

The event features Catholic scholars, archivists, and librarians gathering together to consider the state of Catholic scholarship and how we can act together to advance and enhance freely available global access and discovery of important Catholic resources. The event will take place at Duquesne University (Pittsburgh) on Nov. 9-10.

We encourage librarians, scholars, and archivists interested in learning more about opportunities to make scholarly resources accessible to join in and meet new friends and colleagues.

A full roster of events and registration information is available at .   The registration deadline is this Friday, October 15, 2011.

We hope that you will join us in what promises to be a stimulating and productive conversation about Catholic scholarly research and the ways in which librarians and archivists support this research.

On behalf of Duquesne University and the Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA),
•         Jennifer Younger, chair, Board of Directors at
•         Laverna Saunders, University Librarian, Gumberg Library, Duquesne University at
•         Pat Lawton, CRRA Digital Projects Librarian at

Archdiocese of Chicago

Last week a number of us visited the archives of the Archdiocese of Chicago, and I went away thoroughly impressed. Fireproof walls and doors. Systematic digitization. The implementation of retention policies. The papers of cardinals, rows and rows of baptismal records, and even the transcripts of school children. Very professional. Large. Seemingly well-equipped. Knowledgable staff. The are taking their responsibility seriously.

Advancing Catholic Scholarship: A Symposium at Duquesne [call for posters, details]


 Dear CRRA Colleagues,

We are pleased to invite you, members of your staff, students and faculty at your institution to a symposium to be held November 9-10, 2011 at Duquesne University. Invited Catholic scholars and librarians will discuss the “state of the art” of Catholic scholarship, directions that scholarship is headed, and how libraries, archives, and member organizations support and nurture future Catholic scholars and scholarship.

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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)

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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