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Thursday, June 15
 

10:30am EDT

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 EDT
Oakwood A

10:30am EDT

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
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Thad Horner

Research and Digital Resources Librarian, Asbury Theological Seminary
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Dr. Ginger Stelle

Director of the Writing Center, Asbury Theological Seminary
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Dr. Paul Tippey

Executive Director, Library Instructional Services, Asbury Theological Seminary


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

1:00pm EDT

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
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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 EDT
Camellia
 
Friday, June 16
 

1:00pm EDT

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
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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 EDT
Conference Center

1:00pm EDT

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
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Sarah Bogue

Reference and Instruction Librarian, Pitts Theology Library, Emory University


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

3:30pm EDT

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
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Leslie Engelson

Metadata Librarian, Murray State University


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

8:00am EDT

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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Martha Adkins

Reference Librarian and Assistant Professor, University of San Diego
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Carl Adkins

Library Director, Franciscan School of Theology


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

9:00am EDT

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 EDT
Oakwood A

9:00am EDT

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
avatar for Matti Myllykoski

Matti Myllykoski

Chief information specialist, Helsinki University Library



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


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