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)
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 email@example.com by September 19th.
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
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.
This posting muses on how to index and display Encoded Archival Description (EAD) files in the “Catholic Portal” of the Catholic Research Resources Alliance.
The Catholic Portal is essentially an index of two types of metadata: 1) records describing individual and discrete items, and 2) records describing collections of individual items. For the most part, the former metadata records are MARC records describing books. The later are EAD files describing the holdings of archives. Continue reading →
During the last two months, I had evaluated Archivists’ Toolkit for use with the Catholic Portal project. Archivists’ Toolkit is a program suitable for recording and managing archival metadata. The program stores metadata in either a remote or local SQL database, and also allows exporting to an XML file. The documentation for Archivists’ Toolkit is quite helpful, though it is fairly comprehensive and it may be difficult to find how to do something specific. I am writing this document in the hope that it will help potential future users of Archivists’ Toolkit here at Hesburgh Library. Continue reading →
Graphic design is definitely not my forte, but I think I have finally wrangled it as well as the overall look & feel of the “Catholic Portal”.
“Skinning” Vufind is not terribly difficult. Using a sort of inheritance, the implementor creates a hierarchy of directories where Vufind will look for customized output views before falling back to a default theme coming with the distribution. I was having one heck of a time getting the search results to display correctly. After looking solutions in all the wrong places, I finally copied a version of the Blueprint theme’s results.tpl file to my local themes directory. After tweaking it a bit, and after refreshing Vufind’s cache and compile directories, things started to line up. As an extra bonus, things like Google, Internet Archive, and HathiTrust snippet views were also being displayed. The “book bag” feature now works as well. Whew!
That said, it requires quite a number of skills in order for Vufind to be implemented properly. They include but are not limited to subject experts, systems administrators, computer programmers, usability technicians, graphic designers, metadata experts, administrators of people, public service personnel, etc.
sample screen dump of “Catholic Portal” search results
The implementation of fulltext indexing in Vufind with Aperture is not difficult. This posting describes how I implemented it for the Catholic Research Resources Alliance.
About 800 of the 125,000 indexed records in the “Catholic Portal” are linked to full text through a URL in the MARC records’ 856 field. The vast majority of these records come from the University of Toronto and the University of Notre Dame. The process of fulltext indexing is documented at vufind.org, but I’ll clarify here. Continue reading →