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Tuesday, June 13

7:00pm EDT

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.

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Richard A. Lammert

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

Tuesday June 13, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Thursday, June 15

10:30am EDT

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.

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Gregory Murray

Director of Digital Initiatives, 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 the... Read More →

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

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.


Josh Bailey

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

Chris Rosser

Theological Librarian, Oklahoma Christian University

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

2:00pm EDT

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. 

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Jennie Bartholomew

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

Library Director and Archivist, United Lutheran Seminary

Tammy Johnson

Collection Management Librarian, Columbia Theological Seminary
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Jason Price, PhD

Director of Licensing Operations, SCELC Library Consortium

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

10:30am EDT

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.


Jay Forrest

Head of Operations, Library Service Center
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Craig Kubic

Senior Librarian, Digital Services, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary - Library
Digital ServicesATLA FortWorth 2023

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

10:30am EDT

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

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Craig Kubic

Senior Librarian, Digital Services, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary - Library
Digital ServicesATLA FortWorth 2023

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

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.


Sarah Bogue

Reference and Instruction Librarian, Pitts Theology Library, Emory University

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

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.


Leslie Engelson

Metadata Librarian, Murray State University

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

4:30pm EDT

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


Wesley D. Custer

Information Services Librarian, Asbury Theological Seminary

Friday June 16, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm EDT
Saturday, June 17

8:00am EDT

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.

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Jérémie LeBlanc

Chief Librarian, Saint Paul University

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

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.

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Matti Myllykoski

Chief information specialist, Helsinki University Library
I am interested in digitized medieval manuscripts of early Christian texts and the digital availability of old books. And of course Open access of all scholarly literature.I am also interested in the history of biblical criticism, Christian anti-Semitism, and  Christian spirituality... Read More →

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

10:30am EDT

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.

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Andy Carter

Digital Projects Manager, American Theological Library Association

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

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