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Thursday, June 15

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.


Thad Horner

Research and Digital Resources Librarian, Asbury Theological Seminary

Dr. Ginger Stelle

Director of the Writing Center, Asbury Theological Seminary

Dr. Paul Tippey

Executive Director, Library Instructional Services, Asbury Theological Seminary

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

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

2:00pm EDT

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."


Dr. Julia Brock

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

Shanee' Yvette Murrain

University Archivist and Assistant Professor, University of West Georgia

Tigner Rand

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

Thursday June 15, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
Friday, June 16

10:30am EDT

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).

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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 EDT

3:30pm EDT

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.


Carl Adkins

Library Director, Franciscan School of Theology

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

4:30pm EDT

Saturday, June 17

8:00am EDT

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.


Dennis Swanson

Dean of Libraries, University of North Carolina at Pembroke

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

9:00am EDT

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.

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Richard A. Lammert

Technical Services Librarian, Concordia Theological Seminary - Kroemer Library
Atla NACO Coordinator

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

10:30am EDT

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.

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Carisse Berryhill

Special Asst to Library Dean, Abilene Christian University
Atla Board of Durectors; Theological Librarianship Course @ Illinois iSchool LEEP; Stone-Campbell Archives; Readers and writing processes; scholarly publishing literacy; International Theological Librarianship Education task force

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

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