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Thursday, June 15

1:00pm EDT

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.

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Dr. Kelly Campbell

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

Karen Webster

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

Thursday June 15, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm EDT
Friday, June 16

3:30pm EDT

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.

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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... Read More →

Friday June 16, 2017 3:30pm - 4:20pm EDT
Saturday, June 17

9:00am EDT

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?


Christine Wenderoth

Director of the Library, JKM Library

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

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