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Interview with Jim McCartin, Fordham University

Jim McCartin, Associate Professor of Theology and Director of the Center on Religion and Culture at Fordham University, joins us for a discussion of his research and the role CRRA has played in shaping and abetting his scholarly work. His book, Prayers of the Faithful: The Shifting Spiritual Life of American Catholics, came out in 2010 and explores prayer in the lives of American Catholics from the 1860s to the 1980s. His current project is the book: American Catholics and Sex from the 1830s to the 1980s.

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CRRA Update Summer 2015

CRRA Update
Summer 2015
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CRRA Update Spring 2015

CRRA Update
Spring 2015
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CRRA Update Winter 2015

CRRA Update
Winter 2015
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CRRA Update Fall 2014

CRRA Update
Fall 2014
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CRRA Update Summer 2014

CRRA Update
Summer 2014
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CRRA Update Spring 2014

CRRA Update
Spring 2014
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CRRA Update Winter 2014

CRRA Update
Winter 2014
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SAVE THE DATE
CRRA All Member Annual Meeting at Marquette University on May 7-8, 2014, in Milwaukee
. Details are posted to the CRRA News and Events page.


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CRRA Update Sept/Oct/Nov 2013

CRRA Update
September, October, November, 2013
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CRRA Update July/August 2013

CRRA Update
July/August 2013
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A historical treasure trove: Social justice tradition runs through Catholic archives

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Catholic schools face many challenges. In recent decades, the steady supply of free labor from religious men and women has dried up. Demographic changes resulted in most inner-city Catholic schools serving poor, non-Catholic populations. Stagnant wages put the cost of a Catholic school education out of reach for most middle-class Catholic families. And the rising cost of education at all levels, from kindergarten through college, has affected profoundly the crowning glory of U.S. Catholicism, our vibrant educational system.

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DPLA Announces Knight Foundation Grant to Research Potential Integration of Newspaper Content

Posted by DPLA on November 9, 2015 in DPLA Updates, News & Blog, Projects and tagged announcements, newspapers.

The Digital Public Library of America has been awarded $150,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to research the potential integration of newspaper content into the DPLA platform.

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CRRA Update May June 2013

 CRRA Update
May/June 2013
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CRRA Annual Meeting in Chicago, events July 1-2, 2013

CRRA's Annual All Members Meeting will take place Tuesday, July 2 during ALA Chicago. There are several opportunities to get together with you, our CRRA friends and colleagues.  Please review the events below (in order by date) and RSVP to Felice Maciejewski  at   [email protected].

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We hope to see you in Chicago!

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CRRA Update March/April 2013

CRRA Update
March/April 2013

• From the Board: Janice Welburn, chair, announcing CRRA as a nonprofit corporation
• From the Membership Committee: Evelyn Minick , chair, welcomes Mount St. Mary’s University
• Member News: Congratulations to Joe Lucia (Villanova), Morgan McIntosh Hodgetts (DePaul) and Maria Mazzenga (Catholic University)
• Feature Article: Indexing and displaying Encoded Archival Description files in the Catholic portal
• Committee Updates: From the Collections Committee on Treasures from the Catholic Research Resources Alliance: Women Religious; Newspapers Task Force on Survey of Member Holdings
• From the CRRA: Annual plan update and Member holdings in the portal
• CRRA in the News: Thanks to Diane Maher (University of San Diego)
• Portal Tech Tip: Using the comments feature
• Upcoming events: Catholic Legacies in Victoria (May 28-29, 2013)








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WordPress Finesse

Greetings CRRA community,

We have been working on updating the blog and are in the process of adding new information in an effort to make it more user-friendly.  With this in mind, we felt it might be helpful to share our findings, what we learned about WordPress, with you, as you may find the information useful now or at some point in the future.  Feel free to share this information with colleagues, family and friends.

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CRRA Update Jan/Feb 2013

This month's update includes:

  • From the Board: Janice Welburn, chair, on Becoming a nonprofit federally tax-exempt corporation
  • Member News:  Villanova wins ACRL Excellence in Libraries Award!; Congratulations to Carol Johnson, Bob Skinner, and Stephanie Clark; CRRA in the Spotlight
  • Feature Article: Learning more about our collection through selecting materials for CRRA, by Lisa Gonzalez, Catholic Theological Union
  • Committee Updates:  From The Collections Committee on Updating the collection policy; the Digital Access Committee on EAD records, the website, and more; and the Newspapers Task Force on the List of Catholic Newspapers Online
  • Grant opportunities: CLIR Hidden Collections proposals due March 22, 2013
  • Upcoming events: The CRRA Annual Meeting (July 2)

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The Catholic Pamphlets Collection

The Catholic Pamphlets collection at the University of Notre Dame contains a wide variety of pamphlets, booklets, and other documents pertaining to Catholicism or the Church in some way. The collection is located at the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Hesburgh Library, and is currently undergoing digitization. These publications were intended to educate a particular audience regarding issues relevant to the Church. While the University of Notre Dame’s collection does not include any entries before the nineteenth century, there is evidence of similar pamphlets being published at least since the time of the Reformation in Europe. With the invention of the printing press, pamphlets became a convenient means to disseminate ideas to a wide audience. Such publications were produced by both Protestant and Catholic sources in an attempt to influence readers with respect to religious and social issues (Edwards).

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Google Analytics and the Catholic Portal

Through my experimentation with Google Analytics, it has proven to be a rather useful tool for tracking usage patterns for the Catholic Portal. However, it is only effective if one knows where to look for information. To that end, I have compiled a quick guide about where to find the answers to all sorts of questions about website usage. While I use the Catholic Portal for these examples, the instructions here should be applicable for any site set up to use Google Analytics.

 

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Technical support and the “Catholic Portal”

This text documents the technical support required to keep the "Catholic Portal" running smoothly. In a nutshell, it falls into three categories:

  1. assisting CRRA members in making their metadata available
  2. harvesting and indexing member metadata
  3. maintaining the Portal's software

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