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Tuesday, June 13
 

8:00am

7:00pm

Top Concerns of Technical Services Staff
What are your top concerns in Technical Services? In an open and informal conversation discussing top concerns for Technical Services personnel, participants are especially encouraged to share their experiences with and solutions for the most current issues they face in the profession.

Speakers
avatar for Richard A. Lammert

Richard A. Lammert

Technical Services Coordinator, Concordia Theological Seminary
ATLA NACO Coordinator


Tuesday June 13, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Camellia
 
Wednesday, June 14
 

8:30am

Scholarly Communication: A Guide for the Perplexed ($25 per person)
What is scholarly communication? How does it apply to the field of theology and religious studies? If you are wondering how to become more involved in this transformative movement within librarianship, this half-day workshop is for you! Led by members of the ATLA Taskforce on Scholarly Communication in Religion and Theology, we'll provide a basic framework for advancing scholarly communication within our discipline. We'll review the fundamentals of copyright law, talk about key initiatives toward fostering open access, open education resources, and open data. After we get the basics under our belts, we'll go hands-on and begin exploring these concepts practically. You'll come away with key tools and resources you need to develop your expertise in this quickly-evolving area.

Cost is $25 per person. 

Speakers
avatar for Clifford B Anderson

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.
avatar for Debbie Creamer

Debbie Creamer

Director of Accreditation and Institutional Evaluation, Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
avatar for Andrew Keck

Andrew Keck

Director of Library Services, Luther Seminary
avatar for Jérémie LeBlanc

Jérémie LeBlanc

Chief Librarian, Saint Paul University


Wednesday June 14, 2017 8:30am - 12:00pm
Ravinia E

8:30am

Your Library’s Treasures: Building, Processing and Promoting Special Collections ($50 per person)
An on-site workshop that examines the various aspects of a Special Collections program, using the Special Collections of the Pitts Theology Library as a case study. The first part of this workshop will present technical aspects of Special Collections processing and maintenance, such as description and cataloging, including distinguishing characteristics like illustrations, bindings or provenance. Preservation and disaster preparedness will also be addressed. The second half of the workshop will discuss other aspects of Special Collections management, such as collection development, cultivating donors, designing and installing exhibits of Special Collections materials and community outreach. It will attend to the use of Special Collections in instruction and the encouragement of students to make use of Special Collections for research projects as well as the involvement of library volunteers in projects like transcriptions, shelf-reading or docent tours. The workshop will be held at the Pitts Theology Library and will include a behind-the-scenes tour of the library’s facilities and holdings.

Transportation provided to Pitts Theology Library. 

Cost is $50 per person. Lunch is on your own.

Speakers
avatar for Armin Siedlecki

Armin Siedlecki

Head of Cataloging, Pitts Theology Library, Emory University


Wednesday June 14, 2017 8:30am - 4:30pm
Emory University

9:00am

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library ($50 per person)
Excursion to the Carter Presidential Library in Atlanta, GA. The Jimmy Carter Library and Museum in Atlanta, Georgia houses U.S. President Jimmy Carter's papers and other material relating to the Carter administration and the Carter family's life. 

Ticket Price: $50 Includes Admission/Tour and Bus Transportation

Excursion time is 9:45 am - 12:15 pm. Bus departs hotel at 9:00 am and returns at 1:00 pm. Meet at 8:45 am in the Front Lobby.  

Wednesday June 14, 2017 9:00am - 1:00pm
Meet in Hotel Lobby

9:00am

Martin Luther King Center ($50 per person)
Excursion to the King Center in Atlanta. Established in 1968 by Mrs. Coretta Scott King, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (“The King Center”) has been a global destination, resource center and community institution for over a quarter century. Nearly a million people each year make pilgrimage to the National Historic Site to learn, be inspired and pay their respects to Dr. King’s legacy.

Ticket Price: $50 Includes Tour and Bus Transportation

Excursion time is 9:45 am - 12:15 pm. Bus departs hotel at 9:00 am and returns at 1:00 pm. Meet at 8:45 am in the Front Lobby.  

Wednesday June 14, 2017 9:00am - 1:00pm
Meet in Hotel Lobby

1:30pm

DIY Video Workshop ($25 per person)
Do you want to produce your own video content, but don’t know where to start? Join us for this half-day workshop that will help you begin creating your own material without busting your budget. We’ll cover audio and video recording and nonlinear editing using affordable consumer-level technology, and we’ll discuss tips and tricks for getting the most out of the equipment you already own. Sam Smartt is a documentary filmmaker and Assistant Professor of Film & Media in the Communication Arts and Sciences department at Calvin College.

Cost is $25 per person.

Speakers
avatar for Samuel Smartt

Samuel Smartt

Documentary Filmmaker & Assistant Professor of Film and Media, Calvin College


Wednesday June 14, 2017 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Gardenia

1:30pm

Preparing For Accreditation ($25 per person)
This workshop will give a brief overview of ATS accreditation and will give particular attention to how to prepare for a visit and how to serve as a visitor. We will explore the unique place of libraries and librarians in the accreditation process, and will also discuss the role that that librarians play in institutional planning and evaluation at a broader level. The session will conclude with an open-ended discussion about the upcoming redevelopment of the ATS Commission Standards.

Cost is $25 per person. 

Speakers
avatar for Debbie Creamer

Debbie Creamer

Director of Accreditation and Institutional Evaluation, Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada


Wednesday June 14, 2017 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Ravinia E

1:30pm

ATLA Press Writers' Room
What are you doing at your library that you think your colleagues should know about? Is there a theological theme or idea you think could be fruitfully applied to library work? Have you been engaged in some interesting research that you would like to report? Meet with members of the ATLA Press Coordinating Council and the editorial boards of our various publications and talk about how to turn those ideas into essays, peer-reviewed articles and even, maybe, a monograph. This is a come-and-go session during the afternoon pre-conference time. There is not a cost to attend, an RSVP is requested during conference registration.

Wednesday June 14, 2017 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Ravinia G

5:00pm

President's Welcome Reception for New Members and First-Time Attendees - Invitation Only
Attendees who have signed up as Welcomers have volunteered to help New Members and First-Time Attendees make connections and maximize the conference experience for everyone. Welcomers are identifiable by their Welcomer ribbons, available at the registration desk. Welcomers are not paired with a specific attendee, but instead are available to welcome all new and first-time attendees. Thanks to all of the Welcomers for helping to make the conference an inviting experience for everyone. 

Your invitation will be in your registration packet.

Wednesday June 14, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
LaGrotta Ravinia

6:00pm

Opening Reception with the Exhibitors at the Crowne Plaza Perimeter @ Ravinia
The Opening Reception will be in the Exhibits this year which is a new concept that we are implementing. Meet and greet fellow conference attendees at the 2017 Annual Conference Opening Reception. As you interact and explore the exhibits enjoy hors d'oeuvres and drinks as you reconnect with colleagues before exploring the Atlanta Perimeter area.

Opening Reception - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm in the Exhibit Hall.

Wednesday June 14, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Dunwoody Suites
 
Thursday, June 15
 

7:00am

Iona Worship Service
Please join us for worship in the Baptist Tradition. Beth Perry will be the worship leader.

Speakers

Thursday June 15, 2017 7:00am - 7:45am
Ravinia Ballroom

8:00am

ATLA Products Update Breakfast - RSVP Required
Join the ATLA products leadership team for updates about ATLA's products, followed by Q&A session. The link to RSVP will be sent in a separate email invitation.

Speakers
avatar for Margot Lyon

Margot Lyon

Director of Business Development, American Theological Library Association
Margot Lyon is Director of Business Development at ATLA where she oversees sales, marketing, content licensing and product-related initiatives. Margot has a than 18 years of experience in the information industry, having worked in public facing roles for a Wall-street startup, S... Read More →
avatar for Maria Stanton

Maria Stanton

Director of Production, American Theological Library Association


Thursday June 15, 2017 8:00am - 8:45am
Maplewood

8:00am

Exhibits and Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
Join us in the Exhxibit Hall for the 2017 ATLA Annual Conference. Meet directly with exhibitors whose products you use or would like to include in your library collections.

Thursday June 15, 2017 8:00am - 8:45am
Dunwoody Suites

8:45am

Welcome and Opening Plenary Address - Rev. Dr. Christian Scharen

Innovation in Theological Education: Something Old, Something New

In this talk, I will explore types of innovation in theological education, highlighting both how older models of learning and new technologies are combining to transform the leading edges of how faith leaders are prepared in the 21st century. Implications for theological libraries will be explored, based on select case studies.



Speakers
avatar for Rev. Dr. Christian Scharen

Rev. Dr. Christian Scharen

Vice President of Applied Research, Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Theological Education, Auburn Theological Seminary of New York
The Rev. Dr. Christian Scharen is Vice President of Applied Research and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Theological Education at Auburn Theological Seminary of New York. His main research and writing interests center on practical theology and theological education, with a particular interest in what strengthens leaders of faith and moral courage in facing the big challenges of the 21st century. A leading scholar working at the intersection of social science and theology, he lectures and writes in the areas of innovation and change in theological education and leadership of faith communities today. He is Co-Director of the Learning Pastoral Imagination Project, an ongoing longitudinal, ecumenical, national study of learning ministry in practice. He loves and writes extensively about faith and pop music, including U2, Leonard Cohen, Billie Holiday, Kanye West, and The Roots. | | Prior to joining Auburn, Christian was Assistant Professor of Worship and Theology and Director of Contextual Education at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has also served as Director of the Faith as a Way of Life Program at the Yale Center for Faith... Read More →



Thursday June 15, 2017 8:45am - 9:45am
Ravinia Ballroom

10:00am

10:30am

MarcEdit: Beyond the Basics
Many catalogers are making use of the ability to batch process MARC records with MarcEdit. Come learn the new features that have been added to this software since last year. This is a good opportunity to learn and share about how this tool is used in a real world setting.

This session will include the annual business meeting of theTechnical Services Interest Group (TSIG). The business meeting's agenda items include a chance to discuss areas of interest and concern and to fill in any needed positions on the Steering Committee. Changes to the Interest Group needed because of the changes in ATLA's bylaws will also be presented and discussed (and voted upon, if applicable).

Speakers
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Leslie Engelson

Metadata Librarian, Murray State University


Thursday June 15, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am
Conference Center

10:30am

Out With The Old, In With The New: Practical Strategies for Using the New ACRL Framework
In 2016 the Association of College and Research Libraries adopted the new Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. The Framework represents a striking shift from the previous ACRL Standards. The Framework attempts to provide conceptual grounding for information literacy, and as such, it’s more philosophical and less concrete. For theological librarians, the more philosophical Framework offers exceptionally good integration points with our classroom contexts.

Karl Stutzman (Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary) and Matthew Thiesen (Western Seminary) have designed and delivered instructional activities using the Framework that fit their institutions’ unique curricula and perspectives. They will share strategies and experiences as well as invite conversation about how the Framework can be implemented in theological and religiously-affiliated academic libraries.

Speakers
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Karl Stutzman

Director of Library Services, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
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Matthew Thiesen

Assistant Director, Cline-Tunnell Library, Western Seminary


Thursday June 15, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am
Oakwood A

10:30am

Using the Internet Archive and Theological Commons As An On-Ramp to Digitization and Access for Local Collections
Does your library have unique public-domain or copyright-cleared materials you would like to see digitized and accessible online? By outsourcing the digitization to the Internet Archive, your library’s content can be discoverable and accessible not only through the Internet Archive’s site (archive.org) but also through the Theological Commons (commons.ptsem.edu), a free online digital library developed and hosted by Princeton Seminary that provides searching and display for materials on theology and religion from over 150 research libraries. This session will lay out the procedures, costs, and benefits associated with digitization through the Internet Archive, as well as how your content can be incorporated into the Theological Commons through no additional effort on your part. Digital collections that have already been created using this model will be demonstrated and described, with time for questions and discussion.

Speakers
avatar for Gregory Murray

Gregory Murray

Director of Academic Technology and Digital Scholarship Services, Princeton Theological Seminary Library
I'm a library administrator and project manager who still codes as much as possible. I enjoy working with a small, agile, cross-functional team using XML, XQuery and XSLT to develop web applications for search and display of digital library collections, including helping build th... Read More →


Thursday June 15, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am
Camellia

10:30am

Video for Every Budget
Video is an increasingly important part of any institution’s online presence, regardless of the industry, but undertaking the production of videos for your organization can be a daunting task. In this session we’ll talk about some common strategies for achieving your goals, whether that means brushing up on your own skills or learning how to work with contractors. Sam Smartt is a documentary filmmaker and Assistant Professor of Film & Media in the Communication Arts and Sciences department at Calvin College.

Speakers
avatar for Samuel Smartt

Samuel Smartt

Documentary Filmmaker & Assistant Professor of Film and Media, Calvin College


Thursday June 15, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am
Oakwood B

10:30am

Won't You Be My Neighbor: Camaraderie at the Intersection of Research and Writing Services
The choice of location for a new Writing Center is one of great importance as it will affect how the center is integrated into the ethos of an academic community. At Asbury Theological Seminary, the new Writing Center (opened in Fall 2016) was placed under the auspices of the B.L. Fisher Library. This placement has proven to be very beneficial, in large part because of its proximity to the Research Services department.

Research and Writing are integral skills, which cannot be separated in an academic environment. Research informs writing; the writing process directs the research. By placing the Writing Center directly in the library, literally across the hall from Research Services, Asbury Theological Seminary has strategically placed both departments for mutual benefit.

In this presentation, we will explore the reasons behind this decision, the details of its implementation, and the benefits experienced by Asbury students. We will then open the floor for questions and a general discussion of our program and similar programs nationwide.

Speakers
TH

Thad Horner

Research and Digital Resources Librarian, Asbury Theological Seminary
DG

Dr. Ginger Stelle

Director of the Writing Center, Asbury Theological Seminary
DP

Dr. Paul Tippey

Executive Director, Library Instructional Services, Asbury Theological Seminary


Thursday June 15, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am
Azalea

10:30am

Trends in Theological Education and Implications for Theological Librarians
This session will explore some of the emerging trends in graduate theological education as observed by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, with specific attention to ATS data resources and recent patterns in accrediting actions as well as the speaker’s own experience working with member schools. The session will also describe the ATS Educational Models and Practices study and will share some of the initial discoveries from this major research initiative. Participants will be invited to reflect on these trends in light of their own institutional contexts, with particular emphasis on the ways in which these affect the current and future work of theological libraries and librarians. The session will also include time for discussion of the current adequacy and possible future directions for the ATS Commission on Accrediting’s Standards of Accreditation and well as its data collection services, and will also explore how these same issues might relate to other accrediting and institutional contexts.

Speakers
avatar for Debbie Creamer

Debbie Creamer

Director of Accreditation and Institutional Evaluation, Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada


Thursday June 15, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am
Maplewood

11:30am

Colleges and Universities Interest Group Meeting
Please join us at a reserved table during the ITHAKA Luncheon to discuss reviving the College and University Interest Group. We will hold our meeting prior to the start of the luncheon program. 

Speakers
avatar for John Thompson

John Thompson

Systems Librarian & Theological Cataloger, Eberly Library, Waynesburg University
I manage our Millennium library software. I also select and catalog theological books for our undergraduate library catalog, and I maintain a collection of Faith and Learning books that relate the Christian faith to various majors.


Thursday June 15, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
Ravinia Ballroom - Corner

11:30am

NACO Lunch Meeting — By Invitation Only
Limited to official members of the ATLA NACO Funnel program, the lunch meeting provides a chance for members to discuss the specific policies and procedures of the program. There will be time for discussion of how the funnel is working and how the process can work more smoothly. It is a chance for Funnel members to compare notes and ask questions.

Speakers
avatar for Richard A. Lammert

Richard A. Lammert

Technical Services Coordinator, Concordia Theological Seminary
ATLA NACO Coordinator


Thursday June 15, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
Conference Center

11:30am

SWATLA Conference Meeting
The Southwester Arean Theological Library Association will hold its Annual Conference meeting to discuss member updates, business transactions, and a possible program.

Speakers
avatar for Craig Kubic

Craig Kubic

Dean of Libraries, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary


Thursday June 15, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
DeKalb

11:30am

Theological Librarianship Editorial Board Meeting [Closed]
This is a closed meeting of current members of the Editorial Board of Theological Librarianship.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Woodruff Tait

Jennifer Woodruff Tait

Editor-in-Chief, Theological Librarianship


Thursday June 15, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
Dogwood

11:30am

World Religions Interest Group Business Meeting
Annual business meeting of the World Religions Interest Group (WRIG).

Speakers
avatar for Megan Welsh

Megan Welsh

Interdisciplinary Arts & Humanities Librarian, University of Colorado Boulder


Thursday June 15, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
Ravinia Ballroom - Corner

1:00pm

Intellectual Freedom: Meaning and Practice
Librarians have varying professional and personally held values relating to the topic of intellectual freedom (IF). This session frames a conversation about participants’ values on IF through American Library Association (ALA) policy documents on the topic and asks participants to consider their own values and where religious values may support or oppose IF.

Conversation questions:
1. What does “intellectual freedom” mean to you?
2. Where does religion support intellectual freedom? Where does religion oppose it?
3. What role should personal religious beliefs play in the professional practice of librarianship (if any)?
4. What role do personal ethics and/or personally held religious beliefs have in your professional practice of librarianship?

Though not a prerequisite, conversation may be enhanced by these suggested readings.

Suggested readings:
Smith, G. A. (2002). Christian librarianship: Essays on the integration of faith and profession. Jefferson, N.C: McFarland & Co.

“Christian librarians and the ethics of the Library Bill of Rights” by S. Kaihoi:
https://theolib.atla.com/theolib/article/view/353

“Expressing Intellectual Freedom: A Content Analysis of Catholic Library World from 1980 to 2015” by M. E. Welsh:
https://ejournals.library.ualberta.ca/index.php/EBLIP/article/view/27980/21034


Speakers
avatar for Megan Welsh

Megan Welsh

Interdisciplinary Arts & Humanities Librarian, University of Colorado Boulder


Thursday June 15, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Oakwood A

1:00pm

Theological Schools in Times of Crisis, Change, and Opportunity: Libraries as Passive Partners or Change Agents?
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.

Speakers
avatar for Clifford B Anderson

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.
avatar for Stephen Crocco

Stephen Crocco

Divinity Librarian, Yale Divinity School
MP

M. Patrick Graham

Library Director, Candler School of Theology, Emory University
CW

Christine Wenderoth

Director of the Library, JKM Library


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

1:00pm

EBSCO Databases and Services
Learn about EBSCO resources that will serve your library patrons’ research needs. This session will focus on the wide range of EBSCO religion database offerings, EBSCO eBooks, and EBSCO Discovery Service.

Speakers
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Lori McGill

Regional Sales Manager, EBSCO Information Services


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

1:00pm

Information Literacy Assessment Through Digital Badging
As part of a larger ePortfolio project within our Graduate School of Theology at Oklahoma Christian University, we are incorporating digital badging as a means for acknowledging and assessing student achievement in information literacy, a University core learning outcome. Our use of digital badges reflects recent trends to “gamify” learning, opening possibilities for creative instruction and robust assessment. Specifically, badges empower us to better assess reference interactions, research strategies, bibliography construction, information literacy components in larger projects, information ethics, and the development of research habits for lifelong learning. At the ATLA 2017 Conference, we hope to share how digital badging can empower better assessment of information literacy outcomes in theological education.

Speakers
JB

Josh Bailey

Program Director for the Graduate School of Theology, Oklahoma Christian University
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Chris Rosser

Theological Librarian, Oklahoma Christian University


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

1:00pm

Making Libraries an Unexpected Space and Place Supporting Health and Wholeness
Along with the American public, seminarians are facing significant health challenges. Challenged and concerned by this growing need, a clergy couple created the Healthy Seminarians-Healthy Churches Initiative (HSHC), a 501 © (3) nonprofit. Currently, HSHC partners with Columbia Theological Seminary in providing current research on the health of seminarians and in developing and sharing programming to help form healthy seminary communities. Thus, healthy seminarians can help to create healthy congregations and beyond.

During the past two years, the John Bulow Campbell Library staff has intentionally partnered with the HSHC to develop space, places, and programs to support their work. Come and learn some practical and inexpensive ways of implementing these proved and successful concepts in your library to help your community develop healthy lifestyles.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Kelly Campbell

Dr. Kelly Campbell

Associate Dean of Information Services and Director of the John Bulow Campbell Library, Columbia Theological Seminary
KW

Karen Webster

Co-founder and Executive Director, Healthy Seminarians - Healthy Church Initiative


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

1:00pm

Participatory Marketing: A Framework for Communicating with Library Patrons
In the digital age, marketing has become both increasingly necessary and increasingly challenging for libraries. How can we market our services in ways that truly engage patrons? Brian Mathews presents a refreshing, patron-centered approach to library marketing in Marketing Today’s Academic Library. In her review of Mathews’s book in Theological Librarianship, Kate L. Ganski argues that theological libraries could greatly benefit from Mathews’s framework.
In this session, we will answer Ganski’s call. Building on Mathews’s framework and using Pitts Theology Library as a case study, we will explore the steps that theological libraries can take to market their services: (1) defining patron needs and library offerings, (2) connecting with patrons, (3) selecting promotional formats, (4) branding, (5) designing messages, and (6) measuring impact. Throughout, we will explore examples and visuals from the library’s marketing of special collections, instructional programs, and other services to students, faculty, and the broader community.

Speakers
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Rebekah Bedard

Reference Librarian & Outreach Coordinator, Pitts Theology Library, Emory University


Thursday June 15, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Oakwood B

2:00pm

Electronic Cataloging in Publication for Library of Congress
The Library of Congress uses volunteer Name Authority-trained librarians to create cataloging records for their Electronic Cataloging in Publication (E-CIP) program. This session will describe the details, process, expectations, drawbacks and rewards of participation in the project.

Speakers
avatar for Donna Wells

Donna Wells

Head of Technical Services, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary


Thursday June 15, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Oakwood A

2:00pm

Expanding Access to Discounted Electronic Resources: Panel Review of the ATLA/SCELC Licensing Program
In 2015, ATLA decided to expand its electronic resource licensing program partnership with SCELC, which has been in place since 2010. Guided by advice from ATLA Staff and the ATLA Resource Review Advisory Group, SCELCs ATLA affiliate program has grown to include more than 40 libraries licensing 50 different products from nearly 20 different vendors. 

 After a brief introduction to the program, session attendees will hear from a panel of their peers and have an opportunity to ask questions and make recommendations. Panel members will address the strengths and weaknesses of the program and work together with the audience to identify ways to make it more effective. 

Speakers
avatar for Jennie Bartholomew

Jennie Bartholomew

Director of Library and Academic Support Services, Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology
avatar for Evan Boyd

Evan Boyd

Director of Library Services, United Lutheran Seminary
TJ

Tammy Johnson

Collection Management Librarian, Columbia Theological Seminary
avatar for Jason Price, PhD

Jason Price, PhD

Director of Licensing Operations, SCELC Library Consortium


Thursday June 15, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Camellia

2:00pm

Increasing Meaningful Reference in Your Library
Interested in boosting the level of scholarship your students use in their writing assignments? Interested in increased use of the library? In today’s reality, students have so many resources at their fingertips, yet are still using spent ideas and unreliable resources. In this workshop, participants will see how at your school, a little structure in the library and partnership with faculty can create a system that both boosts library usage and the level of scholarship. Book A Librarian is a service provided by the library at Colorado Christian University that takes the concepts of reference and appointments and packages it for easy marketability, scalable to your school.

Speakers
avatar for Shane Ratzell

Shane Ratzell

Outreach and Instruction Librarian, Colorado Christian University


Thursday June 15, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Maplewood

2:00pm

The Post-Custodial Theological Library: Developing a Community Archives Program with the Local Church
Building on the understanding that community archives are best kept where they are accessible to the community that created them, The Center for Public History and Special Collections at the University of West Georgia have partnered with Antioch A.M.E Church to collect, digitize and share records about the history of the congregation. The result is the Antioch A.M.E Digital Archive (http://antiochamehistory.org/archive), an example of the recent turn in archival practice to building “community archives.” This session will discuss the concept of “community archives,” the genesis and creation of the Antioch A.M.E. Digital Archive, and the opportunities and challenges of partnerships between community organizations and academic institutions. Strategies for building similar programs in theological libraries will also be shared along with best practices learned from the University of West Georgia's two community archives pilot projects, “Enhancing Discovery of Archival Holdings in West Georgia” and “Preserving African American Church Records in Carroll County."

Speakers
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Dr. Julia Brock

Assistant Professor of History, Co-Director of the Center for Public History, University of West Georgia
SY

Shanee' Yvette Murrain

University Archivist and Assistant Professor, University of West Georgia
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Tigner Rand

Member, Newsletter Editor and Principal Investigator, Antioch A.M.E. Church


Thursday June 15, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Azalea

2:00pm

AugsLuther or LutherBurg: Creating A Deep Radical Collaboration Between a College Library and A Seminary Library
Augsburg College and Luther Seminary are located less than four miles from one another, share a common history, and recently began sharing IT resources and instructional spaces. While Augsburg and Luther remain independent legal entities, in early 2016 our presidents challenged leaders on both campuses to explore opportunities for a strategic alliance.

The library directors and staff members collaborated to create a shared vision that would leverage the alliance to achieve enhanced services and programs, greater innovation, and cost-effectiveness.

This two-person panel will detail key points of our planning process, differences between college and seminary libraries, various questions/problems raised along the way, and our initial work of implementation.

Speakers
MH

Mary Hollerich

Director, Lindell Library, Augsburg College
avatar for Andrew Keck

Andrew Keck

Director of Library Services, Luther Seminary


Thursday June 15, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Gardenia

2:00pm

The Use of Open Source Software in Theological Libraries
Theological libraries are using more open source software to solve their problems. Examples include CMSs such as Omeka and Drupal, digital signage software like Xibo, and ILS systems like Koha. Recent conference proceedings have highlighted specific uses of tools at specific institutions in specific situations, as well as the potential difficulties of implementing them. This shows that interest exists in the topic. However, there is no real data on the overall landscape, on which tools are popular for specific problems, or on the skill levels that staff need to have in order to use those tools. This paper draws off of a survey of theological libraries and aims to show the current overall state of open source software usage by providing a general picture of the tools that theological libraries are using or have used and what the overall experience with those tools are at institutions of various sizes as well as introducing various tools and the technical skills needed to make full use of them.

Speakers
DM

Daniel Moody

Evening Library Assistant, Columbia Theological Seminary



Thursday June 15, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Oakwood B

3:00pm

3:00pm

A “Difficult Matter:” Discussions of “Intellectual Freedom” in Catholic Library World between 1980 and 2015
Some librarians face the “difficult matter” of balancing personally held religious values and the values supported through American Library Association (ALA) documentation such as the Code of Ethics and Library Bill of Rights. Evidence of the struggle to balance these values, especially regarding intellectual freedom, can be found through several means including the written expressions of religiously affiliated librarians (whether personally religious or affiliated with a religious institution). This poster reviews the findings of a recently conducted content analysis in which the terms "censor" and “intellectual freedom” were counted and contextualized over a 35 year period in Catholic Library World, the professional journal of the Catholic Library Association.

Speakers
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Megan Welsh

Interdisciplinary Arts & Humanities Librarian, University of Colorado Boulder


Thursday June 15, 2017 3:00pm - 3:30pm
DeKalb

3:00pm

Beyond the Bulletin Board
A library can create wonderful outreach events but, in the end, success is measured by patron turn out. So, how can these events be advertised in a meaningful, memorable way? With restrictions placed upon how various departments can contact the student population, staff of the MacMillan Law Library face the challenge of finding ways to market events without using e-mail. Wanting to keep advertisements informative while not bogging down students, staff members develop fun and innovative ways to reach students through the use of flyers, stickers, digital signage and advertisements attached to items such as bubble wrap. The MacMillan Law Library makes particular use of these marketing tools to advertise the events of its award winning Stress Busters program. The Stress Busters program seeks to help students get through the stress of finals exams by offering chair massages, therapy dog visits, coloring pages and snack. Events hosted by the MacMillan Law Library consistently see large student turn out. Beyond the Bulletin Board will include photos of various marketing materials developed by the MacMillan Library throughout the years as well as information on the impact of the said marketing approaches with particular emphasis on the marketing for the Stress Busters program.

Speakers
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Kaitlin Poole

Stacks Supervisor, Emory University


Thursday June 15, 2017 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Pre-Function Space

3:00pm

Coding and Community
Basic computer coding is an important and enjoyable skill that can enhance the workflows and scholarship of any academic community. This poster will explore the ways in which the Taylor Library at the Iliff School of Theology has implemented opportunities to form small coding communities where students, staff, and faculty have come together to learn code. In addition, the group will brainstorm ideas to implement similar programs at other libraries.

Speakers
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Micah Saxton

Curricular Curator, Iliff School of Theology


Thursday June 15, 2017 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Pre-Function Space

3:00pm

Making Space for Research
While comprising less than 1% of Wake Forest University’s student population, students in the School of Divinity are power users of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library Reference collection. Over the summer of 2015, we took the opportunity to convert an unused section of shelving, strategically located near the copiers, scanners, and Reference Desk, into a space designed to help School of Divinity students with their biblical studies and theology research. This poster will explain the workflow procedures, decision-making processes, and final results of this act of making space for research.

Speakers
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Kaeley McMahan

Research & Instruction Librarian, Wake Forest University


Thursday June 15, 2017 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Pre-Function Space

3:00pm

Traditional and Revolutionary: Theological Libraries E-Book Lending Project (TLELP)
Come see a demo and ask questions about joining TLELP. 

After concluding a successful yearlong pilot project in June 2016, the new phase of TLELP has grown from 5 libraries with a 1-year agreement, to 13 libraries with a 3-year agreement, and plans for continued growth. 

With our shared ODILO eBook platform, libraries can bring in content directly from publishers, as well as ingest and share their own publications and/or local content through this innovative and easy-to-use platform: http://www.theologicalebooks.org

Traditional and Revolutionary: In similar fashion to print book purchasing, TLELP libraries purchase specific eBooks for their own collections usually allowing one simultaneous user for each copy purchased. Currently, TLELP libraries have acquired over 700 unique titles, with many available as multiple copies for patrons to borrow. 

Moreover, our publishers have agreed to allow TLELP libraries to share their collections with the other libraries. Some publishers have even agreed to offer unlimited, concurrent use to the purchasing library. 


Thursday June 15, 2017 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Pre-Function Space

3:00pm

Web-Based Instruction for the Adult Learner as an Interactive Touch Point in the Digital Age
Statistically, adult learners are returning to colleges and universities at a growing rate. However, a number of academic libraries provide instruction designed for the traditional learner often neglecting the adult student. Subsequently, academic libraries are faced with challenges to demonstrate value while accommodating an increasingly diverse student population.  Theological libraries can enhance its significance and support adult learners through the provision of web-based instruction. 
In 1997, Badrul Khan introduced web-based instruction, a revolutionary, hypermedia-based instructional program that applies elements and resources of the Internet. Web-based instruction for adult learners is an interactive touch point in the digital age that can be integrated with information literacy in the theological library. This mixed-method study examined academic librarians’ practices and perceptions on outcomes assessment in web-based instruction for adult learners.

Speakers
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Dr. Deborah Taylor

Director of Library Services and Assistant Professor of Theological Bibliography, Memphis Theological Seminary


Thursday June 15, 2017 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Pre-Function Space

3:30pm

ATLA Business Meeting

During this session Secretary Tracy Powell-Iwaskow will report on the results of the 2017 election and President Timothy Lincoln will deliver an address to the membership before outgoing board members and members who recently retired will be honored and those who passed away will be remembered with Memorials. 



Thursday June 15, 2017 3:30pm - 4:20pm
Ravinia Ballroom

4:30pm

Emory Campus All Conference Event
Southern Harmony at Emory: Sacred Harp Sing, Dinner, and Tours of Pitts Theology Library

Emory University welcomes ATLA with an introduction to the Sacred Harp tradition and a chance to try it out with experienced singers as your guides, led by Dr. Jesse Karlsberg, an internationally recognized authority on the topic. This will be followed by a dinner at the Candler School of Theology and tours of the Pitts Theology Library. The integrated theology complex was completed in 2014, when the library opened, and it features several innovations that staff have developed, more than doubling library usage and attracting almost 10,000 visitors to its exhibits annually. The Pitts exhibit gallery features 22 custom cases devoted to the exhibition, “The Image of a Fractured Church: Martin Luther and the 95 Theses” (http://pitts.emory.edu/exhibits/95theses2017/index.cfm ). Cost of dinner is included in conference registration and transportation to and from the hotel to Emory will be provided free of charge for all conference attendees.

There is a fee of $25 for special guests that wish to attend this Emory Campus Event Only. There is no charge for the Emory event if you are registered for the full conference or one day on Thursday. However, we kindly ask that you RSVP for this session. Roundtrip transportation will be provided.

The bus transportation will be from 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm. The Sacred Harp Sing Program is 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm. Dinner and tours of Pitts Theology Library are 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm. Transport back to the hotel is 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm. 

Thursday June 15, 2017 4:30pm - 9:00pm
Emory University
 
Friday, June 16
 

7:00am

Worship in the Presbyterian Tradition
Please join us for worship in the Presbyterian Tradition. Sharon Taylor will be the worship leader.

Speakers

Friday June 16, 2017 7:00am - 7:45am
Ravinia Ballroom

8:00am

OCLC Update Breakfast - RSVP Required
Join the OCLC leadership team for an update on their products. The link to RSVP will be sent later in a separate email invitation.

Please join Meryl and Suzanne for an update on the OCLC cooperative. We will look at what’s new with products and services and review the types of resources and learning opportunities that are available to the library community through OCLC’s Research and WebJunction teams.  


Speakers
SB

Suzanne Butte

Director Strategic Accounts, OCLC
MC

Meryl Cinnamon

Member Relations Liaison, OCLC


Friday June 16, 2017 8:00am - 8:45am
Maplewood

8:00am

Exhibits and Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
Join us in the Exhxibit Hall for the 2017 ATLA Annual Conference. Meet directly with exhibitors whose products you use or would like to include in your library collections.

Friday June 16, 2017 8:00am - 8:45am
Dunwoody Suites

8:00am

Special Collections Interest Group Business Meeting
Annual business meeting of the Small Libraries Interest Group.

Friday June 16, 2017 8:00am - 8:45am
Oakwood A

9:00am

Plenary Address - Loretta Parham
Leading in a Learning Environment

The speaker will share her observations and experiences managing the delivery of services of a  medium-sized academic library. The 13-year journey of the Atlanta University Center Woodruff Library recently distinguished as an ACRL Academic Library of Excellence in 2016 will be shared. Remarks will address the benefits of collaboration and communications, and the strategic importance of preservation and global access to primary resources in the humanities by an HBCU.



Speakers
avatar for Loretta Parham

Loretta Parham

CEO and Director, Robert W. Woodruff Library, Atlanta University Center
Loretta Parham is the CEO and Director of the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library. Highly respected by the library and higher education communities, Loretta worked to transform the Robert W. Woodruff Library, shared by Clark Atlanta University, the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College, and Spelman College, into a modern... Read More →



Friday June 16, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Ravinia Ballroom

10:00am

10:30am

The (Virtual) Human Touch: Promoting the Spirit of Inquiry Through (Distance) Research
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.

Speakers
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Evan Boyd

Director of Library Services, United Lutheran Seminary
MD

Melody Diehl Detar

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

Associate Professor & Director of the Library, Wartburg Theological Seminary
DS

David Schmersal

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


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

10:30am

Data Curation 101 for Theological Librarians
What counts as data within a theological context? How are theological data different from other forms of data? And what is data curation, and why should theological librarians care?

This workshop will explore the relevance of this quickly developing field within scholarly communications for theological librarians, and will also offer examples of practical and easy to implement solutions.

The presenters will introduce the basics of data curation, including the data curation lifecycle, data management plans, and digital preservation practices. Additionally, they will address questions about the ethics of data collection, the role of institutional review boards (IRBs), data licensing, and data privacy. Finally, they will demonstrate practical data visualization techniques to convert information theological libraries already collect into shareable datasets that can be used for making data-driven decisions about collections and access.

Speakers
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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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Bobby L. Smiley

Liaison Librarian for Religion and Theology, Vanderbilt University
I’m the the Religion and Theology Librarian at Vanderbilt University. At Vanderbilt, I liaise with the Divinity School and Religious Studies department, engage in outreach and capacity building for library and digital humanities initiatives, work with campus partners to coordin... Read More →


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

10:30am

Atlanta Interfaith in Action
A prominent member of the Atlanta Interfaith community, Iman Plemon El-Amin will speak about his faith journey, the climate and intersections of religion in general and Islam specifically in Atlanta, and the interfaith work he has done in Atlanta, especially through the Interfaith Community Initiatives and the World Pilgrims program. This session is sponsored by the World Religions Interest Group (WRIG).

Speakers
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Plemon El-Amin

Imam Emeritus of the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam, Interfaith Community Initiatives


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

10:30am

Integrated Planning for Theological Libraries
Good planning is vitally important to the life of an organization. What model of planning would help theological libraries? We are embedded in the field of theological education, which is experiencing a great amount of change. Our greatest commodity, information, is growing exponentially as technology and access develop at a rapid pace. Strategic planning processes, while extremely popular, yield static plans that stay in place for a specified time period. With this model of planning, there is a risk that it becomes outdated and obsolete before its expiration date. Is there a better way?

Integrated library planning begins with a strategic planning process; but once set in motion, it becomes a dynamic, living plan. The planning model presented in this session is an adaptation of integrated business planning models that have surfaced in corporate industries over the past decade. First implemented in a small theological library, this model is adaptable and scalable for theological and academic libraries of any size. The presentation will include suggestions for implementation and examples from its use at Schaff Library, Lancaster Theological Seminary.

Speakers
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Myka Kennedy Stephens

Seminary Librarian, Lancaster Theological Seminary


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

10:30am

Sharing Space: Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Joint Library Service Center (LSC)
Join us to hear Mr. Jay Forrest discuss the Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology joint Library Service Center (LSC). The LSC is a collaborative project that houses a shared collection of materials, provides delivery services and frees up space on the main campuses of both universities. The LSC includes: a secure, climate-controlled facility with state-of-the-art equipment and technology to house library collections, provide access to them, and ensure long-term preservation; a module to house approximately 4 million volume equivalents, on a site that can accommodate additional modules as needed; a reading room, allowing users to consult materials on site, so that they can make more precise selections of materials to be delivered to a campus library for use; and multiple deliveries per day of print materials to campus locations, and electronic delivery of scanned content, such as journal articles and conference papers.

Session organized and sponsored by the Collection Evaluation and Development Interest Group.

Speakers
JF

Jay Forrest

Head of Operations, Library Service Center
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Craig Kubic

Dean of Libraries, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary


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

10:30am

Handling Published Plagiarism in the Theological Library: A Panel Discussion
Recent high-profile plagiarism cases have highlighted the challenge documented cases of plagiarism in published works present for libraries. Librarians must consider whether to pull items from shelves, add notes to physical items or catalog records, or leave previously-valuable research in place. In this session, we consider how libraries should handle documented cases of plagiarism by exploring the recent case of Peter O’Brien’s admitted plagiarism in his New Testament commentaries. There are two components of this presentation. First, we will report on a survey of ATLA librarians regarding policies and/or procedures of handling plagiarism in their institutions. To facilitate this, we are distributing an online survey through email. Second, we will have a panel conversation with a public services librarian, interested in the instructional value of documented plagiarism; a special collections librarian, interested in matters related to the access and description of the particular works in question; and a faculty member, interested in how to handle documented plagiarists in research and citation. We have intentionally selected panelists from the same institution to demonstrate how these roles interact with one another in one particular situation. After introducing the O’Brien case and reporting on a summary of how ATLA institutions have handled this particular case, each panel member will consider the problems (or opportunities) instances of plagiarism present for his or her role in theological education.

Speakers
SH

Susan Hylen

Associate Professor of New Testament, Candler School of Theology, Emory University
RM

Richard Manly Adams, Jr.

Head of Public Services, Systems and Reference Librarian, Pitts Theology Library, Emory University
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Brandon Wason

Curator of Archives and Manuscripts, Pitts Theology Library, Emory University


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

10:30am

Collection Evaluation and Development Interest Group Business Meeting
Annual business meeting of the Collection Evaluation and Development Interest Group.

Speakers
avatar for Craig Kubic

Craig Kubic

Dean of Libraries, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary


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

11:30am

Exhibits Closing
Friday June 16, 2017 11:30am - 11:31am
Dunwoody Suites

11:30am

Research Practices of Religious Studies Scholars Luncheon
In early February 2017, ITHAKA S+R published Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Religious Studies Scholars, the latest in a series of projects that investigate the research support needs of scholar by their discipline. During this special luncheon event, Brenda Bailey-Hainer (Executive Director, ATLA) will discuss ATLA’s role in sponsoring the report and the importance of the project to ATLA and its members. In addition to context setting remarks placing religious studies scholarship within the humanities realm, Roger Schonfeld (Director, Libraries and Scholarly Communication Program, ITHAKA S+R) will discuss the unique funding model and structure of this collaborative project. Danielle Cooper (Senior Researcher, Library and Scholarly Communication, ITHAKA S+R) will share high level results of the research and John F. Kutsko (Executive Director, Society for Biblical Literature (SBL)) and others will discuss the results from the unique points of view of their organizations and communities. While the luncheon will not include time for Q&A, attendees interested further discussing the results with the researchers are invited to the session “Continuing the Discussion: The ITHAKA S+R Report Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Religious Studies Scholars” immediately following the luncheon.

There is no charge to attend this luncheon if you are registered for the full conference.

Speakers
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Brenda Bailey-Hainer

Executive Director, American Theological Library Association
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Danielle Cooper

Senior Researcher, Ithaka S+R
Danielle Cooper is a Senior Researcher at Ithaka S+R in the Libraries and Scholarly Communication program, where she utilizes her combined expertise as a professional librarian and library ethnographer towards helping organizations understand and improve their information-based spaces and services. She holds a Master of Information from the University of Toronto and PhD from York... Read More →
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Jack Fitzmier

Executive Director, American Academy of Religion
Jack Fitzmier serves as the Executive Director of the American Academy of Religion. His duties include coordination of the work of the AAR Executive Staff at the Luce Center in Atlanta, strategic planning, fundraising, programming, and public affairs. Prior to his work at the AAR, he served as Professor of American Religious History, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Dean at the Claremont School of Theology... Read More →
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John F. Kutsko

Executive Director, Society of Biblical Literature (SBL)
John F. Kutsko was named the executive director of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) beginning July 1, 2010. He earned a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University (1997) and an M.A. from the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Michigan. He is also an affiliate professor of biblical studies at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University. Prior to SBL, he was associate publisher of Abingdon Press. As part of his responsibilities for SBL, Kutsko received a grant to explore the establishment of an international and independent network of scholars of the... Read More →
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Roger C. Schonfeld

Director, Library and Scholarly Communications, Ithaka S+R
Roger is program director at Ithaka S+R. There, he leads strategic consulting, surveys, and other research projects, designed for academic libraries, publishers, and scholarly societies. Recently, Roger has led the development of Ithaka S+R’s surveys for individual colleges and universities, to help them better serve the needs of their own faculty members and students. He has also led research and consulting projects on collections, preservation, discovery, assessment, and research support... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
Ravinia Ballroom

1:00pm

Can Amazon Actually Help the Library? Implementing Amazon Web Services in Theological Libraries
This session focuses on the use of Amazon's innovative web services (AWS) in libraries. The presentation is framed as an argument that embracing this suite of services from Amazon, increasingly the core of its business, will help librarians understand Amazon to be more of a savior than a threat to academic libraries, as it is often understood. Included are demonstrations of how libraries can leverage the relatively affordable offerings of Amazon Web Services, including S3, Glacier storage, EC2 web servers, to solve the challenges libraries face in the digital age. The argument is based on the experience of the Pitts Theology Library’s implementation of AWS for web development, archival storage, and digital information literacy instruction. The hands-on session will show librarians how AWS can help them not only offload information technology needs, but to drive down costs, increase the flexibility of their digital assets, and foster their on-staff skills of software development.

Speakers
RM

Richard Manly Adams, Jr.

Head of Public Services, Systems and Reference Librarian, Pitts Theology Library, Emory University


Friday June 16, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Conference Center

1:00pm

Engaging Students as Library Ambassadors and Volunteers: The Pitts Library Scholars Program
Although students are often in the library, using resources and engaging collections, they can also be a rich source of support for library goals. In the 2016-2017 academic year, the Pitts Theology Library piloted a “Library Scholars Program” that offered exceptional graduate students the opportunity to participate in discussions that guide the future of the library. As a part of the program, students have created and executed a project in one of three areas: research, pedagogy, or community engagement. Current student projects include work with special collections items, the creation of Research Guides, and working with exhibits.
This presentation will share the results of this year's pilot program. It was our hope that the Scholar projects would allow students to gain valuable academic and professional experience. We also hoped that these projects would spark the interest of each individual scholar, as they partner with librarians to enhance Pitts offerings in service of the broader community. Through their work, these students will also act as library ambassadors, serving as a vital point of connection, collaboration, and accountability.

Speakers
SB

Sarah Bogue

Reference and Instruction Librarian, Pitts Theology Library, Emory University


Friday June 16, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Camellia

1:00pm

Philanthropy: Trends and Opportunities
This session will focus on trends in philanthropy—exploring data from the most recent Giving USA Annual Report. Additionally, this session will explore trends in philanthropy being observed by leaders in higher education and in the not-for-profit sector. The session will conclude with an open conversation focusing on how our understanding of current trends informs our work with donors and prospects.

Speakers
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Mathew A. Pinson

Associate Dean of Development and Alumni Relations, Candler School of Theology, Emory University


Friday June 16, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Gardenia

1:00pm

UX Research Outcomes & Virtual Reality Consultations
Join us for a group discussion on current student engagement with library services and a vision for the future that includes patron consultations on emerging technologies such as virtual reality. Dialogue around current student engagement will begin with a summary of findings from three usability studies conducted at the Andover-Harvard Theological Library. The future of student engagement will then be considered through a pilot initiative that circulates hardware and curates content for virtual reality experiences. The session will then be opened up for audience members to share related usability and emerging technology projects in their respective libraries.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Gallati

Tim Gallati

User Research Librarian (Student Assistant), Andover-Harvard Theological Library
I am a mid-career librarian with a background in analytics and user experience research in corporate and academic settings. Currently, I am an M.Div. candidate at Harvard Divinity School and I am working in the Andover-Harvard Theological Library focusing in user experience rese... Read More →



Friday June 16, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Oakwood B

1:00pm

Continuing the Discussion: The ITHAKA S+R Report Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Religious Studies Scholars
Join Danielle Cooper (Senior Researcher, Library and Scholarly Communication, ITHAKA S+R), Roger Schonfeld (Director, Libraries and Scholarly Communication Program, ITHAKA S+R) and others to continue the discussion about the ITHAKA S+R report Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Religious Studies Scholars. Attendees are invited to ask their questions, share their comments, and participate in a discussion about the research results, areas for further exploration, and implications of the research for religious studies and theology libraries and librarians.

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Cooper

Danielle Cooper

Senior Researcher, Ithaka S+R
Danielle Cooper is a Senior Researcher at Ithaka S+R in the Libraries and Scholarly Communication program, where she utilizes her combined expertise as a professional librarian and library ethnographer towards helping organizations understand and improve their information-based spaces and services. She holds a Master of Information from the University of Toronto and PhD from York... Read More →
avatar for Roger C. Schonfeld

Roger C. Schonfeld

Director, Library and Scholarly Communications, Ithaka S+R
Roger is program director at Ithaka S+R. There, he leads strategic consulting, surveys, and other research projects, designed for academic libraries, publishers, and scholarly societies. Recently, Roger has led the development of Ithaka S+R’s surveys for individual colleges and universities, to help them better serve the needs of their own faculty members and students. He has also led research and consulting projects on collections, preservation, discovery, assessment, and research support... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Maplewood

1:00pm

Information Literacy and Spiritual Formation
Thoughtful, authentic, Information Literacy Instruction (ILI) ought not to be seen as an ancillary activity for the student of theology. It is directly related to the core concerns of the academic endeavor: formation of mind, practices, and person. While ILI is certainly not less than preparing students for a successful career in higher education and professional life, students are underserved when it is reduced to a means (semi-remedial preparation for academic work proper) and not seen as an end (the formation of curious, capable lifelong learners).

Although broad themes emerge, spiritual formation is never generic. In this study, spiritual formation will indicate engaging in certain practices, cultivating certain habits, and even developing certain virtues to align with the continuing, transforming work of the Holy Spirit in restoring the self into the full image of God in the context of Christian community.
ILI can easily and quite naturally embrace such spiritually formative dimensions as discerning helpful conversation partners, developing habits of honest engagement, and cultivating deep attention. Not only can this integration contribute to student learning in significant ways, it can move the conversation about ILI from the periphery of curricular considerations into being a life-giving, necessary part of a theological education.

Speakers
RS

Ryan Shrauner

Librarian, Baptist Seminary of Kentucky



Friday June 16, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Oakwood A

2:00pm

ATLA Association Update

During this session Executive Director Brenda Bailey-Hainer will provide a short overview of association accomplishments from the past year, Sharon Taylor as Chair of the Endowment Committee will make some brief remarks and the Local Host Committee will provide information on the 2018 Annual Conference.


Speakers
avatar for Brenda Bailey-Hainer

Brenda Bailey-Hainer

Executive Director, American Theological Library Association


Friday June 16, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Ravinia Ballroom

3:00pm

Break
Friday June 16, 2017 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Pre-Function Space

3:30pm

Communicating Cross-Culturally: The Implications of Relevance Theory
The world has become a much smaller place and our daily interactions are likely going to include many people from backgrounds different from our own. While these different cultures will differ greatly in their similarities and differences from our own culture in customs, body language, directness of communication, and many other areas, there are ways in which we can work to anticipate the communication problems in our interactions. Relevance theory, as a theory of how we understand and receive language-based communication, can provide some insights into how we can work to communicate clearly and effectively with others in our personal interactions and in our written communication.

Speakers
WD

Wesley D. Custer

Information Services Librarian, Asbury Theological Seminary


Friday June 16, 2017 3:30pm - 4:20pm
Oakwood A

3:30pm

Connecting Researchers to Information in Name Authority Records
Traditionally name authority records served a backend purpose of collocating resources in a library catalog that are by or about a person, corporate body, or conference. The primary purpose for developing a name authority heading was to differentiate the entity represented by the heading from other entities with the same name. Additionally, the information in name authority records primarily served to inform catalogers about where the elements of the heading came from. However, in preparing for a linked data environment, RDA now allows a cataloger to provide much richer information in name authority records enabling the records to serve researchers and reference librarians, in addition to cataloging librarians. This session will discuss the kind of information available in name authority records, how it supports FRBR user tasks, and how reference librarians can use it to serve the researchers they support.

Speakers
LE

Leslie Engelson

Metadata Librarian, Murray State University


Friday June 16, 2017 3:30pm - 4:20pm
Camellia

3:30pm

Digitizing the Antonine Tibesar Ephemera
When the Franciscan School of Theology (FST) relocated the school to Oceanside, CA, the American Academy of Franciscan History (AAFH) and two containers of books that belonged to the organization relocated as well. Over the next two summers the librarian organized and managed an inventory project to weed these 13,000 books. The goal was to catalog and integrate retainable material into the new FST Library. During the inventorying we came across several boxes of extremely rare ephemeral material from South America, originally collected and bound by Antonine Tibesar, long-time director of the AAFH. Ultimately, the librarian and the AAFH agreed that these roughly 600 objects should be preserved digitally and made available to potential users.

This presentation will discuss this digitization project from inventory to access. It will cover the finer points of the inventory process and procedure, the history and condition of the material that was recovered from the containers, how and why we digitized it, how we acquired grant funding for the project, and how we plan to make the digitized collection accessible.

Speakers
CA

Carl Adkins

Library Director, Franciscan School of Theology


Friday June 16, 2017 3:30pm - 4:20pm
Azalea

3:30pm

The Human Rights of Muslims in the United States: How Is The Question Irrelevant?
Dr. Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law at Emory Law school. He is an internationally recognized scholar of Islam and human rights and human rights in cross-cultural perspectives. He has been invited to speak by the Diversity Committee to help broaden understanding of Islam, human rights, and their part in our current culture.

Speakers
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Dr. Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im

Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law, Emory Law School
Dr. Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na‘im is Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law, Associated Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences of Emory University, and Senior Fellow of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion. An-Na‘im is the author of: What is an American Muslim (2014); Muslims and Global Justice (2011); Islam and the Secular State (2008); African Constitutionalism and the Role of Islam (2006); and Toward an Islamic Reformation: Civil liberties, human rights and international law (1990). His edited books include Human Rights under African Constitutions (2003); Islamic Family Law in a Changing World: A Global Resource Book (2002); and Human Rights in Cross-Cultural Perspectives: Quest for consensus (1992). For more information see... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 3:30pm - 4:20pm
Gardenia

3:30pm

Faculty as Researchers and Authors: Results from Ethnographic Studies at Asbury, Yale, Vanderbilt, and Luther
As part of a broader Ithaka S+R project, “to study the research practices of scholars by discipline,” a number of libraries participated in “Looking at the Research Needs of Religious Studies Scholars.” Theological and Religious Studies faculty were solicited and interviewed, recordings were commercially transcribed and transcripts were coded by the investigating librarians. Results were analyzed in local reports as well as gathered in a national report published by Ithaka.

In this panel session, four libraries will share their unique context and findings from this ethnographic research. Together, panelists will speculate on the implications of the local and national analysis on library services specifically related to this group of scholars and the position of libraries within scholarly communication. There will be an opportunity for audience members to ask questions and share their experiences with faculty research practices.

Moderators
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Andrew Keck

Director of Library Services, Luther Seminary

Speakers
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Trisha Burr

Luther Seminary Library
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Suzanne Estelle-Holmer

Associate Director for Research, Collections, and Access, Yale Divinity Library
Writing for Theological Librarianship, research methods, social media, collection development
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Bill Hook

Director, Divinity Library, Vanderbilt University
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Dr. Paul Tippey

Executive Director, Library Instructional Services, Asbury Theological Seminary


Friday June 16, 2017 3:30pm - 4:20pm
Maplewood

3:30pm

Small Libraries Collaborating to Create Information Literacy Videos
At the 2016 Annual Conference, participants of the Small Libraries group talked about various collaborative projects. A few libraries in this group are creating information literacy videos to be shared with other small libraries. This session will cover the overall organization of the project and talk about how we created the videos and how we are sharing the videos. Participants will be encouraged to share ideas that they have for possible videos and to volunteer to create videos for the project.

The Small Libraries Interest Group will be having our FIRST meeting as an official interest group at the end of this session. Join us!  


Speakers
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Susan Ebertz

Associate Professor & Director of the Library, Wartburg Theological Seminary
VT

Vance Thomas

Director of the Library, Central Baptist Theological Seminary


Friday June 16, 2017 3:30pm - 4:20pm
Oakwood B

3:30pm

Small Libraries Interest Group Meeting
Annual business meeting of the Small Libraries Interest Group.

Speakers
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Susan Ebertz

Associate Professor & Director of the Library, Wartburg Theological Seminary


Friday June 16, 2017 3:30pm - 4:20pm
Oakwood B

4:30pm

4:30pm

4:30pm

Campbell-Stone Denominational Group
Members affiliated with the Disciples of Christ, Christian Churches, and Churches of Christ share updates on their institutions, on the Stone-Campbell Teaching Archive project, and on other research news.

Speakers
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Carisse Mickey Berryhill

Associate Dean for Archives and Collections, Brown Library, Abilene Christian University
Theological Librarianship Course @ Illinois GSLIS; Stone-Campbell Archives; | Readers and writing processes; scholarly publishing literacy


Friday June 16, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Gardenia

4:30pm

4:30pm

4:30pm

Methodist Librarians Fellowship
Come join us to discuss relevant issues related to our libraries!

Speakers
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Wesley D. Custer

Information Services Librarian, Asbury Theological Seminary


Friday June 16, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Camellia

4:30pm

4:30pm

6:15pm

Atlanta Braves Baseball Game ($45 per person)
Cheer for the Atlanta Braves baseball team playing the Miami Marlins! We will have bus transportation to and from the baseball game being held in the newly constructed SunTrust Park. Please come prepared to take brief walks to and from the parking lot and stadium. We anticipate leaving the hotel at 6:15 pm and returning around 11:30 pm.

$45 per person includes admission to ball park and bus transportation.

Excursion time is 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm. Bus departs hotel at 6:30 pm and returns at 11:00 pm. Meet at 6:15 pm in the Front Lobby.

Friday June 16, 2017 6:15pm - 11:00pm
Meet in Hotel Lobby
 
Saturday, June 17
 

7:00am

Worship in the Methodist Tradition
Please join us for worship in the Methodist Tradition. Roger Loyd will be the worship leader.

Speakers

Saturday June 17, 2017 7:00am - 7:45am
Ravinia Ballroom

8:00am

When Your Career Changes Unexpectedly
When you spend 25 years in theological librarianship and then unexpectedly find yourself unemployed how do you react? How do you cope? And what happens when you find yourself in a different library field? This paper will offer some reflections on that question with a little of a personal journey with and some advice for those who may find themselves in the same position someday.

Speakers
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Dennis Swanson

Dean of Libraries, University of North Carolina at Pembroke


Saturday June 17, 2017 8:00am - 8:50am
Azalea

8:00am

From Walking on Water to the Walking Dead: Changing Spaces in a Theological Library
Library spaces are continuously being redefined. Libraries can no longer solely provide a quiet only environment. At Saint Paul University (SPU), the library has been changing its footprint and has created a collaboration area in an attempt to align classroom and student needs, which are seeing an increase in group assignments. The library has removed most of its reference collection, integrating the majority of the collection with the regular collection in order to provide more space for students. We partnered with the Saint Paul University Student Association, by organizing a weekly board game night in the collaboration area. These initiatives were done in hopes of having social gatherings, as well as an attempt to draw more students to the library and promote library activities, including training and awareness sessions. Over the past year, the SPU Library has seen a 13% increase in foot traffic, which challenges the trend of most academic libraries which are seeing a decrease. This presentation will focus on space redefinition and engagement with a particular focus on the challenges including managing expectations and change with faculty members who were against most of these new ideas.

Speakers
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Jérémie LeBlanc

Chief Librarian, Saint Paul University


Saturday June 17, 2017 8:00am - 8:50am
Camellia

8:00am

Online Information Literacy for Theology Graduate Students
The librarian at the Franciscan School of Theology (FST) and the Theology & Religious Studies subject specialist librarian at the University of San Diego (USD) collaborated to develop and then pilot a 1.5-unit information literacy course for the graduate students of FST. Development of the course took place over the summer of 2016, and the pilot was implemented in the fall 2016 semester. The class was launched initially as a pilot to test online delivery of the course, the reception of the course by students, and how well the course would connect with other FST coursework.

The instructors will share their experience developing the course, including experiences with Blackboard as the platform for delivery, sources for assignments and topics addressed, and how we developed and adapted the syllabus in include elements of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy. The instructors will also share their experiences implementing the course as a pilot to student volunteers. Finally, the presentation will include information from student evaluations and faculty observations of the course, and the instructors will share their expectations for the course in the future.



Speakers
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Carl Adkins

Library Director, Franciscan School of Theology
MA

Martha Adkins

Reference Librarian and Assistant Professor, University of San Diego


Saturday June 17, 2017 8:00am - 8:50am
Maplewood

8:00am

A Database of Syriac and Arabic Historical Registers and Archives
The presentation discusses a plan of creating a database of the historical registers in the Library of the Forty Martyrs in Mardin/Turkey, dated between the 15th century and the 19th century. These records relate to ecclesiastic aspects which include: birth, baptism, marriage, and death records. In addition, there are biographies of clergies, saints, notables, writers, and copyists. Furthermore, the lists of ecclesiastic ordinations such as deacons, monks, nuns, priests, bishops, and patriarchs are included. The last major category present in Mardin’s archives is documents relating to endowments and donations.

These archives are important sources for the social religious history in Near East during the Ottoman period. The database would offer direct access to scholars and students of Ottoman history to the sources and the possibility to examine the duplicates of original documents as well as the possibility to search a particular word in the documents. This topic relates also to the area of librarianship, the use of technology, scholarly communications, and programs that apply to religious studies bibliographers working in university settings. In short, the extracted social, cultural, religious, and geographic information in these archives will be stored in a database system and made of use to scholarly research by schema program.

Speakers
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Iskandar Bcheiry

PhD and Metadata Analyst, American Theological Library Association



Saturday June 17, 2017 8:00am - 8:50am
Oakwood B

8:00am

Using the Anti-racism Digital Library and Thesaurus to Understand Information Access, Authority, Value, and Privilege
The open access Anti-racism Digital Library and International Anti-racism Thesaurus (ADL/T) is a clearinghouse of anti-racism resources (http://endracism.info). By developing and using the language of anti-racism, it mitigates the unintended structural racism of library information infrastructures, such as the LCSH. I will highlight recent ADL/T developments, specifically, in the areas of communications, media, and digital justice. I will show how the ADL/T can be used in theological libraries for informational professional growth and development, research, and the promotion of critical thinking and learning about information access, authority, value, and privilege.

Speakers
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Anita Coleman

Professor, San Jose State University
ATLA - I am new to ATLA and excited to discover this group. Tell me more, please! | | The Anti-racism Digital Library, my current research and development initiative. | | Path of Grace, my children's book, a read-aloud WNDB (We Need Diversity Book) where the story line tra... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 8:00am - 8:50am
Oakwood A

9:00am

From Reference to Research: Rebuilding, Redesigning, and Relaunching Research Services at Asbury Theological Seminary
This session will demonstrate how Research Services is different from traditional reference services and the benefits that this change has brought. The change is in its first year of existence and the findings are fresh and "hot off of the press." Attendees will learn the benefits of having at least two professional research librarians and of having limited, yet dedicated, scheduled hours for patron interaction as well as small scheduled workshops

Speakers
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Thad Horner

Research and Digital Resources Librarian, Asbury Theological Seminary


Saturday June 17, 2017 9:00am - 9:50am
Oakwood A

9:00am

Looking for Sebastian Castellio: An Itinerary for a Librarian
Sebastian Castellio (1515-1563) was a largely forgotten but a very interesting reformer who worked with Jéan Calvin but got into a fierce conflict with him about persecution of heretics. As one of the first theologians to propose a freedom of conscience in the matters of doctrine, Castellio placed ethics above dogmatics, foreshadowing the Enlightenment and even liberal theology.

Speakers
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Matti Myllykoski

Chief Information Specialist, Helsinki University Library


Saturday June 17, 2017 9:00am - 9:50am
Camellia

9:00am

NACO/CONSER Listen & Learn
Participants will discuss the changes made to the NACO authority process and CONSER process this year. Any changes to the Best Practices and Thesaurus documents will be proposed and discussed. Outcomes from the CONSER/BIBCO Meeting will be presented. NACO participants will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the transition to a new NACO Funnel Coordinator. Prospective members are encouraged to come and consider joining.

Speakers
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Richard A. Lammert

Technical Services Coordinator, Concordia Theological Seminary
ATLA NACO Coordinator


Saturday June 17, 2017 9:00am - 9:50am
Azalea

9:00am

Reimagining the Theological Library
David W. Lewis has written an insightful, provocative book on academic libraries titled Reimagining the Academic Library that notes six forces affecting libraries today:

• Technology has changed the socio-economic world around libraries.
• Digitally shared knowledge changes how we use it.
• The book is changing.
• Opening the scholarly record poses challenges that are more social than technical; individual institutions cannot meet those challenges by themselves.
• The commodification of scholarly knowledge has given libraries more access to knowledge at an unsustainable price.
• Libraries are full of aging staff; to make the changes we need to make, organizations must both tend to morale while also developing new kinds of expertise.

Lewis claims libraries must work collectively to develop a shared responsibility for preserving print, shift funding to open access initiatives, and develop a systemic way for libraries of all sizes to combine their resources.

I propose a paper that asks: How do Lewis’ recommendations apply to theological libraries? How do these recommendations apply to ATLA as an association? How can ATLA librarians stop thinking in local terms and develop a vision of what we can do collectively to preserve, provide access to, and generate knowledge for the church and academy?



Speakers
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Christine Wenderoth

Director of the Library, JKM Library


Saturday June 17, 2017 9:00am - 9:50am
Maplewood

9:00am

ATLA Press Update: Monographs, Proceedings, Theological Librarianship, and Theology Cataloging Bulletin (TCB)
ATLA Press publishes open access resources that identify major works, issues of contention, and schools of thought that propel research in religion and theology; develop knowledge and skills in librarianship, pedagogy, research methodology; and represent specialized topics of interest in religion and theology. Join the Editors in Chief of the four ATLA Press imprints (Summary of Proceedings, monographs, Theological Librarianship, and Theology Cataloging Bulletin) to hear about the current state of their publications as well as future visions and plans. They will also share information about working with an editor to turn ideas into a final published product.

Speakers
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Leslie Engelson

Metadata Librarian, Murray State University
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Jennifer Woodruff Tait

Editor-in-Chief, Theological Librarianship


Saturday June 17, 2017 9:00am - 9:50am
Oakwood B

10:00am

10:30am

Contemporary Religious Literature Conversation Group
A time to just talk about books, blogs, journals and other materials ATLA Conference attendees have read through out the year.

Speakers
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Jennifer Ulrich

Technical Services Librarian, Eastern Mennonite University
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Donna Wells

Head of Technical Services, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary


Saturday June 17, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am
Gardenia

10:30am

Toward Ebook Strategy Development for ATLA Member Libraries
This session will provide a basic overview of the state of the art of ebook collection development and acquisition strategies as they pertain to individual libraries and shared collections. It will also solicit a list of ebook-related challenges from the audience, and suggest initial steps for a roadmap that could be followed to support future cooperative development of individual library and cooperative ebook strategies.

Speakers
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Jason Price, PhD

Director of Licensing Operations, SCELC Library Consortium


Saturday June 17, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am
Oakwood B

10:30am

ATLA Digital Projects Program Update
Come and see the new ATLA digital library and hear more about the new digital projects program and what it means for ATLA and its members. This presentation will discuss the rollout of ATLA’s digital library, built on a Hydra/Sufiya platform, as well as outline the structure of the new digital projects program including the membership benefits and services of this new program. The session will include plenty of time for discussion and Q&A.

Speakers
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Andy Carter

Digital Projects Manager, American Theological Library Association


Saturday June 17, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am
Camellia

10:30am

Framing Authority in Theological Libraries: Addressing a Potential Challenge for Information Literacy
As libraries work to incorporate the ACRL's Framework for Information Literacy into their instruction, theological institutions in particular face potential hurdles based on the various religious commitments of their communities. Perhaps the greatest difficulty comes with the Framework's first section: "Authority is Constructed and Contextual." Isn't such an assertion relativistic in a way that threatens religious faith? Whenever creedal, magisterial, scriptural, or other authorities are recognized as privileged within religious institutions, the ACRL Framework may be met with considerable student anxiety. In these situations, librarians need to be equipped to help reduce anxiety before their efforts at information literacy training can be successful.

This paper will first discuss how authority in research is similar to and different from authority in a religious context, in order to assuage some anxiety (perhaps even among theological librarians themselves) about the supposedly relativistic commitments of the Framework. Next, it will offer some resources for information literacy training in academic contexts where the authority question remains a sensitive one. Finally, it will propose some ways that the Framework itself could actually be used to stimulate new and creative theological reflection within religious communities.

Speakers
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Evan Kuehn

Theological Librarian, Rolfing Library, Trinity International University


Saturday June 17, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am
Oakwood A

10:30am

Relationship and Responsibility: Becoming Max Lucado's Archivist
Inviting best-selling author Max Lucado to deposit his personal papers at Abilene Christian University led both the author and the archivist into new territory. The success of the conversation depended on building a mutual understanding of what the collection could mean to students and researchers, and what the library would do to make success possible. More broadly, the paper will highlight principles for dealing with gifted collections and the unique rewards and challenges that come with these type of collections.

Speakers
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Carisse Mickey Berryhill

Associate Dean for Archives and Collections, Brown Library, Abilene Christian University
Theological Librarianship Course @ Illinois GSLIS; Stone-Campbell Archives; | Readers and writing processes; scholarly publishing literacy


Saturday June 17, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am
Azalea

10:30am

Survey on Information Needs/Information Seeking Behavior of Seminary Students
A category of information users that interests me in particular is that of Seminary students. There are several studies exploring the information needs and information-seeking behavior of college students including Religion majors, but not much work at the Seminary level. For instance, one such study is Lipton and Nyrose’s article entitled “Study of the Information Seeking Behavior of Theology and Religious Studies Students,” published in the American Theological Library Association Summary of Proceedings 65: 288–306. More work needs to be done at the graduate level to explore the patterns of behavior of advanced degree students.

This study will explore the findings of a particular graduate student population, the Seminary students from the University of the South. The data covers the cycle of the entire academic year 2016-17 by recording all reference and research transactions organized in quantitative and qualitative categories from patron type to the type of question(s) being raised, the date, time and duration of the transaction etc. I will be focusing in particular on three questions: (1) How course assignments create information needs and set behavior expectations? (2) How available library instruction influences student behavior? (3) How age influences the use of research tools? The emerging patterns will be analyzed and reported as findings at the end of the study.



Speakers
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Dr. Romulus D. Stefanut

School of Theology Librarian, University of the South, School of Theology
Hello! My name is Romulus. I am not the founder of Rome, nor do I have a brother called Remus. However, I love Roman history and material culture. I have a Ph.D. in Early Christianity and Hellenistic Judaism from the University of Chicago and a M.S.L.I.S. from the University of... Read More →



Saturday June 17, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am
Maplewood

11:30am

Closing Plenary Address and Luncheon - Heather Joseph
What’s Next in the Move Towards “Open”?

This talk will explore the latest developments and emerging trends in the movement to make “open” the default in research and education. We’ll discuss the state of play of Open Access journals and archives, dig into details of Open Research Data, and touch on the growing popularity of Open Educational Resources on college and university campuses. And, of course, we’ll take a look at how the current political climate may affect the prospects for continued progress in each of these areas. 

Speakers
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Heather Joseph

Executive Director, SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition)
Heather Joseph serves as SPARC’s Executive Director, leading the strategic and operational activities of the organization. She has focused SPARC’s efforts on supporting new models for the open sharing of digital articles, data, and educational resources. Under her stewardship, SPARC has become widely recognized as the leading international force for effective open access policies and practices. | | A firm believer in collective action, she has bolstered... Read More →



Saturday June 17, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
Ravinia Ballroom
 


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