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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)

CALL FOR POSTERS for The CRRA/DePaul Symposium
Symposium website:
Deadline for submission of posters: September 19

Dear CRRA Colleagues,

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 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 protected] 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.

Please encourage participation at your institution!  This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase your accomplishments and works-in-progress, and to meet CRRA colleagues with similar interests.

Symposium registration is free ( with a deadline of September 14th.

 Posted by Morgen MacIntosh Hodgetts, Chair of the Symposium Planning Committee.
For questions please email [email protected]

Colloquium with John Padberg, S.J.
Thursday, October 18, 2012, 3:30-5:30
Loyola University Chicago Lakeshore Campus

Please plan to join in a colloquium to be held on the Loyola University Chicago Lakeshore Campus on October 18, 2012, just days following the CRRA/DePaul Symposium.

The late afternoon Colloquium will describe the suppression of the Jesuits in the late 18th century, their restoration in 1814, and what the Jesuits brought with them to their encounter with 19th-century America. They saw themselves as guardians of the old order yet the Catholics they came to serve in the New World were those who had left behind the Old Order.

This is the first of three colloquia leading up to the Loyola University Chicago conference marking the bicentennial of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus in 1814.  This conference will be held October 16 - 19, 2014 and will focus on the impact of Jesuit activities and institutions in the formation of a new nation throughout the 19th and early-20th centuries.

For further information, please contact the Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage (

The CRRA Welcomes Regis University
We are pleased to welcome Regis University to the CRRA membership.  Janet Lee is Interim Dean of the Library and Paul Betty, Distance Learning Librarian, will serve as Regis’ CRRA liaison.  Look for more about Regis in the upcoming New Members Update. Welcome, Regis!

Introducing CRRA Liaisons
With the growing CRRA membership, we wanted to expand the opportunities for getting to know our colleagues, sharing questions, ideas and expertise, and working together to carry out our shared mission and goals.  We look forward to our first conversation this fall with the newly established CRRA Liaisons Group, which includes one individual from each member institution. Special thanks to all for your participation.
Please see <> for current named Liaisons in order by institution name.

CRRA All Member Meeting Highlights (2012, Anaheim)
Approximately 25 continuing and new members from fifteen institutions gathered in Anaheim for a lively meeting and dinner the previous evening which provided a welcome opportunity for getting to know one another.  Tuesday’s discussions focused on priorities for the coming year which we will be talking about more in September and October.

We were inspired too by the words of Fr. James Heft, S.M., President of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies (IACS) and longstanding member of our CRRA Leadership Council. Fr. Heft emphasized the importance of rooting the Catholic identity mission in teaching and research. Nowhere, he said, is this more critical than at Catholic colleges and universities where scholars and students are too often aware only of what the Church is against, with little knowledge of the Catholic intellectual tradition. That tradition includes not only brilliant theologians and philosophers, but also scientists, social scientists, historians, poets, writers, artists, architects and musicians. The primary force behind the IACS is to create opportunities and support for first rate research in the Catholic intellectual tradition, through rigorous and open conversations that promote understanding, critiquing, and developing Catholic intellectual life for the service not only of the Church, but all religions, especially as it dedicates itself to the common good. He supports our vision to foster a dynamic scholarly community. In his view, scholars want the materials, not the library, and he applauds our focus on adding value beyond discovery to the portal.

Sincere thanks to all who participated – Board Chair, Janice Welburn, for her warm welcome and inspiring remarks, all attendees for your valued input on our strategic priorities, and our panel presenters:  Fran Rice (Dayton); Jim Galbraith (DePaul); Diane Maher (San Diego); and Jean Zanoni (Marquette) - on creating mission awareness at their institutions and how CRRA priorities intersect with and support their library priorities.

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

Pat Lawton
[email protected]



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