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CRRA Update February 2010



Please mark your calendars! You are invited to the annual CRRA Membership meeting on Tuesday, June 29, 2010 from 9am to noon at Georgetown University. Please plan to also join us for dinner the evening before (Monday, June 28).

Further details will be posted as they become available.

Portal Records at

We are happy to announce that the goal to incorporate the VuFind interface and pilot project records into our home site has been met, and well ahead of schedule! At you will find the records that were formerly available only at the VuFind test site.

We welcome your comments about the update. Pages are under construction to make them more inviting, more easily navigable, up to date, and informative. Please send your comments or suggestions to Pat at [email protected] or Eric at [email protected].

Progress Report on the Strategic Plan

Thanks to our members’ hard work, we have made great progress on the objectives drafted at our July 2009 Loyola meeting. The "Loyola Plan" highlights the completed and in process tasks. We are well on track and even ahead of schedule in some areas. (This document is also posted to the Admin area of the website and requires the same password/login. Email Pat for a reminder of the password/login.)

Upcoming events of possible interest ...

The CRRA All Members meeting will be held Tuesday, June 29, 2010 from 9:00am to 12:00 noon, hosted by Board member Artemis Kirk and Georgetown University Libraries. Details will be provided as available. We hope to see you there. All are invited!

Saturday, June 26, 2010 from 1:30pm – 3:30pm. Washington, DC. Eric Lease Morgan and Pat Lawton of the CRRA will participate in a panel discussion “Accessing Religious Materials: A Digital Solution,” hosted by the Catholic Library Association. Eric and Pat will discuss overall goals, steps and future directions in building the Catholic portal. Jon Miller will describe The International Mission Photography Archive, using photographs accumulated by international missions from 1860-1945. CRRA Board member, Tim Meagher of Catholic University of America, will moderate the discussion.

This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the CRRA and the Catholic portal. We hope to see you there.

CLIR grant symposium in March

Matt Blessing of Marquette University Libraries, Deborah Kloiber of St. Catherine University, and Maria Mazzenga of Catholic University will attend the The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Hidden Collections Program Symposium in Washington, DC March 29-30, 2010. The symposium brings together 2009 Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives recipients.

Catholic Library Association Meeting April 6-8, 2010 in Minneapolis

Jean McManus (Notre Dame) and Pat Lawton (CRRA) will be attending the Catholic Library Association’s Annual conference in Minneapolis. If you will also be attending, please us know.  We would enjoy the opportunity to meet with CRRA members.

Midwest Archives ConferenceWill be held in Chicago April 22-24, 2010. For more information about the conference, see:

A blessed and Happy Easter to all!

All CRRA events and events of possible interest to members are posted to the CRRA calendar, available at and also accessible from the Admin area of the CRRA website.

CRRA Update is an electronic newsletter distributed via email each month to provide members with an update of CRRA activities. Please contact us at 574.631.1324 or email [email protected] with your questions, comments, or news to share.

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