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Friday, June 16 • 10:30am - 11:20am
The (Virtual) Human Touch: Promoting the Spirit of Inquiry Through (Distance) Research

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As theological education increasingly adapts to online environments, librarians are being challenged to provide parallel experiences for both on-campus and distance students, per ATS standards. How do we provide the human touch to distance students who we rarely or never see? How can we provide the same easy access to advice or information on-campus students can receive in person? How do we encourage students to use this service? This conversation group will consider ideas for providing quality reference and instruction to distance students and pose thoughtful questions: (1) How do you promote a spirit of inquiry and thorough research, especially among distance students? (2) What effective strategies have you found for actively collaborating with professors/ administrators regarding the development of curriculum and the use of information resources? (3) Is what you do for online classes different from what you do in face-to-face situations and if so, how so? Topics may include online literacy instruction, marketing library resources and services to distance populations, providing reference remotely, recommended tools for virtual librarianship, and more, depending on where attendees wish to take the conversation.

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Evan Boyd

Library Director and Archivist, United Lutheran Seminary

Melody Diehl Detar

Librarian for Religious Studies & Theology, Regent University Library
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Susan Ebertz

Associate Professor & Director for the Library, Wartburg Theological Seminary
I'm a member of the Atla Board of Directors and would love to hear your thoughts. Talk to me about the Small Libraries Interest Group and racial/ethnic diversity. As you can probably guess I miss large expanses of water (i.e. ocean).

David Schmersal

Reference and Digital Services Librarian, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

Friday June 16, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am EDT