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Membership in the Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA)

Vision: The CRRA will foster a dynamic scholarly community by: creating the freely available portal to Catholic research resources in the Americas; sustaining the distinctive network of libraries, archives and other institutions that enable the vision; and facilitating internationally the sharing of resources and scholarship. 

Mission: Providing enduring global access to Catholic research resources in the Americas.

The purpose of the CRRA membership is to:

  • Achieve the vision and mission of the CRRA, and
  • Sustain a sense of a distinctive group of libraries, archives, and other memory institutions with a commitment to and capacity for supporting the shared mission of the CRRA. 

Members and partners participate in a variety of ways, including:

  • Collaborate with other libraries, archives, and organizations in identifying, creating access to and/or digitizing Catholic research resources,
  • Engage in reciprocal resource sharing among CRRA members and partners,
  • Enable discovery and access to their collections relevant to the scope and themes by contributing records to the Catholic portal,
  • Participate in projects to digitize Catholic newspapers for inclusion in the Catholic News Archive,
  • Create and provide access to Catholic resources at their institutions,
  • Promote availability of CRRA resources at other institutions,
  • Participate in setting directions, policies and best practices for the Catholic portal, the Catholic News Archive and the website through board and committee service,
  • Share creative and innovative ideas and projects to further research, and
  • Foster connections and collaborations with other organizations with shared interests.

Membership is for one CRRA fiscal year, which begins July 1 and ends on June 30. The fee schedule is available online. Partner status is available when full membership is not feasible.

Approved by the CRRA Board of Directors on June 17, 2020