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Thursday, June 15 • 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Theological Schools in Times of Crisis, Change, and Opportunity: Libraries as Passive Partners or Change Agents?

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As theological schools face crises of various sorts, librarians are frequently asked to adapt to new circumstances—which they are happy to do. However, all too often, these requests are accompanied by announcements of budget cuts. This dual request—adapt and cut—is a recipe for the end of libraries as we have known them. That might not be a bad thing if libraries did not have much more to offer than helping to deliver the curricula of their parent institutions. As theological schools cast about for new futures, this can be a time when libraries step up and offer rival narratives to the usual, narrow “library as helper” stories. This session will examine "new" or at least "different" models of libraries that could help to secure strong libraries and, in the process, stabilize the wider enterprise of theological education in the current time of crisis, change, and opportunity.

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Clifford B Anderson

Associate University Librarian for Research and Learning, Vanderbilt University
I'm Associate University Librarian for Research and Learning and Professor of Religious Studies at Vanderbilt University.
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Stephen Crocco

Divinity Librarian, Yale Divinity School

M. Patrick Graham

Library Director, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

Christine Wenderoth

Director of the Library, JKM Library

Thursday June 15, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm EDT