CRRA Volunteer Recognition

CRRA's Volunteer Recognition program acknowledges the service of individuals who have contributed to CRRA in a significant way to develop and improve CRRA products and services. 2020 recipients will be recognized at the CRRA Annual Virtual Meeting on Thursday, May 7, 2020.

2019 Recipients

2018 Recipients

 

2019 Recipients: Katherine Nuss & Kevin Cawley

Tribute to Katherine Nuss, Manager, Archives and Information Services, US Conference of Catholic Bishops, and member of CRRA Newspapers Committee and Digitizing Partners

By Amy Cary, Marquette University and member, Newspapers Committee and Digitizing Partners

I first met Katherine in person at a recent Society of American Archivists annual meeting, but I was already acquainted with her from our mutual participation in the Newspapers Committee and Digitizing Partners. Katherine is a determined activist with a big dream of digitizing the Catholic News Service historic newsfeeds and the accompanying Catholic World in Pictures. She was a practical dreamer who wanted a better way to search these newspapers. Her archives had no film reader, requiring a walk over to Catholic University or an even more tedious browse through 65 years of printed volumes. She also knew the film copies of the Catholic News Service exist in only 3 collections – USCCB, Marquette and Catholic – and her dream included freely available online access by anyone, anywhere, 24/7. When the time came for sending her film copies to the vendor, she made sure that I (Marquette) still had what she called “back-up copies.” All along, she provided on-target advice in countless discussions shaping the development of the Catholic News Archive, and was instrumental in obtaining two grants to fund the digitization of CNS and CWP, and provide some funds for selections of other diocesan papers. Without Katherine’s leadership, we would not be nearly as far along as we are today. All of us – ourselves as her colleagues, our faculty, students, scholars and readers worldwide – owe her a giant thank you for her extraordinary ability to make big dreams become a reality.

 

Tribute to Kevin Cawley, Senior Archivist, University of Notre Dame, Chair of the CRRA Digital Access Committee

By Demian Katz, Villanova University, Member and former chair of the CRRA Digital Access Committee

Kevin Cawley is one of the longest-serving members of the CRRA. He has been a member of the Digital Access Committee since its inception, and was involved in the Catholic Portal project even before that. He has been the chair of DAC since 2016, and he has presented at multiple CRRA-hosted events. As a professional archivist and one of the organization’s most engaged members, Kevin has brought a valuable archival perspective to CRRA projects and has also used his technical abilities to make archival metadata more accessible with the help of his simple EAD creation tool. It has been a pleasure working with him on these and other things, and I am very happy to be able to present this award. In other activities, Kevin was a speaker at the October 2013 Catholic Archives in the Digital Age held at Catholic University. Later, at the CRRA Symposium Bringing the Created Toward the Creator: Liturgical Art and Design Since Vatican II in 2015 at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Kevin presented a poster on Catholic art.

 

2018 Recipients: Demian Katz and Eric Lease Morgan

Tribute to CRRA Digital Access Commitee members Demian Katz, Director of Library Technologies, Villanova University, and Eric Lease Morgan, Digital Initiatives Librarian, University of Notre Dame

by Pat Lawton, University of Notre Dame, CRRA Digitial Projects Librarian

Demian is the developer for VuFind, which powers the Catholic Portal, and served as DAC Chair from 2012-16 and continues to serve on DAC. His gracious and generous leadership served us well in that long stretch. To name just a few of his many contributions, he supported our movement to the open source CMS Concrete5, collaborated with CUA researcher Ingrid Hsieh Yee to map LCSH to the portal themes, conducted VF upgrades, led us through usability studies, focus groups, served on the newspapers digital specs committee, and most recently, shepherded us through the migration from Concrete 5 to MemberClicks. With Eric, Demian made possible harvesting of member data. The most challenging problems he takes in stride, and consistently provides elegant, simple solutions.

Eric set up the Catholic Portal in 2009 using open source software and has tirelessly supported ingest of data into the Portal. He has provided creative, simple solutions to problems such as cross walking PastPerfect metadata into Dublin Core, implemented a full text search in the Portal, developed an EAD module within VuFind, introduced us to text mining against a corpus of Catholic Pamphlets, and developed the “rare tool” in response to the Collections’ committee desire to make it possible for members to simply evaluate the “rareness” of their Portal collections.