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Gearing Up: Online Access and Digital Preservation of Catholic Newspapers for the Sake of Scholarship

July 29, 2021

Gearing Up is a virtual round table discussion for learning more and asking questions about the CRRA’s Catholic News Archive, the dependable and freely available reference & research database of Catholic newspapers and other sources of news and opinion on historical and current issues, people, and events.

“Priests, Sisters Picket; Protests Aimed at Bias” – From The Catholic Advocate, 11 July 1963
  • What is the Catholic News Archive; Now and Going Forward? Discuss the basics about this unique full-text collection and the strategies and partnerships that made it possible. Panelists: Paul Bracke, Dean, Foley Library, Gonzaga University; and Jean McManus, Catholic Studies Librarian, University of Notre Dame.
  • Why is the Catholic News Archive useful? Discuss how librarians and scholars are using it for research and teaching, what digitizing partners get out of contributing content, and generally how this primary source discovery tool benefits the academy and the global community. Panelists: Justin Poche, Ph.D., Assoc. Professor of History, College of the Holy Cross; Karen Lesiak, CRRA Digitizing Partner, Hartford, CT; and Katherine Nuss, Information and Archive Services Manager, USCCB Communications.
  • How is the Catholic News Archive giving content the light of day and what makes it secure, reliable, and permanent? Discuss what goes on behind the scenes, how much goes into making things searchable/browsable/findable, learn about the extensive search engine optimization, platform services, and digital preservation. Panelists: Todd Jensen, CRRA Catholic News Archive Project Manager and Moira Edwards, Preservica.

Preservica is sponsoring this event and has a complimentary offer for attendees – see the details HERE.

This Round Table discussion is for librarians, scholars, archivists, teachers, and everyone interested in the dissemination, use and digital preservation of historical and current Catholic news content.

It is Wednesday August 18, 2021, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

The Gearing Up Round Table is free and open to all, but attendees are asked to please register in advance. Those who register will receive instructions about access to enable their participation.

Here is the registration page.

For questions, assistance, or more information contact: Catholic Research Resources Alliance

Executive Director Jennifer A. Younger, Ph.D. (

230 Washington Avenue Extension, Suite 101, Albany, NY 12203 United States

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