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Sessions at 2014 American Theological Library Association Annual Conference on Wednesday 18th June

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  • Creating the Leaders of Tomorrow Program

    *Special Enrollment Required

    At 8:30am to 4:30pm, Wednesday 18th June

    In Acadian II, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • Disaster Preparedness and Recovery

    by Tom Clareson

    This workshop will provide steps for dealing with emergency incidents from building emergencies to regional disasters, including development of a disaster plan, assessing institutional risks, dealing with mold and pests, mitigation and response, working with disaster recovery vendors, collaborative disaster planning, and disaster recovery resources. In addition, the session will explore basic disaster planning for digital collections. The class includes a building walk-through exercise and recovery demonstrations.

    *Ticketed Event

    At 8:30am to 4:30pm, Wednesday 18th June

    In Fulton, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • Prezipalooza: Creating Engaging & Distinctive Presentations

    by Michelle Spomer

    Ever get tired of PowerPoint and Keynote? Prezi software is free, social, and creative. Use Prezis to create unique presentations for instruction, meetings, conferences, and more. Attendees will learn the basics of designing a Prezi, and will create one by the end of the session.

    Participants should bring laptop computers to the session and sign up for a Prezi account (http://prezi.com/pricing/edu) before the workshop.

    *Ticketed Event

    At 8:30am to 12:00pm, Wednesday 18th June

    In Pelican II, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • Programming for Librarians - Part I

    by Matthew S. Collins

    Why should librarians know how to program? Knowing a bit of programming can help a librarian or staff member analyze ILS reports, collate data, create reports from "messy" formats like HTML, and even do some "digital humanities" type analysis. Also knowing something about the way programs work and how programmers think can make it much easier to communicate with the IT department about specific library needs. This full-day, two-part, workshop will introduce participants to the principles and concepts of programming using the Python programming language. The Python language is ideally suited to analyzing large documents or pieces of text, making it ideal for processing library data and reports.

    In this morning session, participants will learn some of the basics of computational thinking and elements common to almost all programs. We will then talk about different types of programming language and introduce Python. We will cover basic Python commands and concepts, including variables, assignment, and simple programs - hopefully all before lunch.

    These workshops are appropriate for those with no programming experience. Participants who attended last year’s half-day workshop may want to sign-up for the afternoon only.

    “Participants must bring their own laptop to the workshop (PC or Mac). Instructions for software installation and laptop configuration will be sent following registration. Recommended pre-arrival study resources will also be sent.”

    *Ticketed Event

    At 8:30am to 12:00pm, Wednesday 18th June

    In Acadian I, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • Cemetery & Voodoo Walking Tour

    Join us as we walk through St. Louis Cemetery #1, the site of the classic movie "Easy Rider." Visit the tomb of Marie Laveau -- VooDoo Queen of New Orleans. Learn about New Orleans' unique above ground burial customs and the tombs of various "societies" in this historic cemetery that first opened in 1789. The tour includes climate controlled transportation to and from cemetery and guided tour. $26 per person

    Learn More: www.graylineneworleans.com

    Remember the heat and humidity! Please wear lightly colored clothing, comfortable shoes, caps/hats, and umbrellas are also suggested. We encourage you to bring water and snacks.

    At 9:00am to 11:00am, Wednesday 18th June

  • Oak Alley Plantation

    Explore 25 acres of historic grounds and take a guided tour of the "Big House" at the Oak Alley Plantation. Learn about the impact the Civil War had on this region by visiting the Civil War Encampment Exhibit. Visit the reconstructed slave quarters and tour the exhibit "Slavery at Oak Alley." Breakfast and Lunch are available for purchase from Oak Alley Restaurant, cooking up Southern Cajun/Creole cuisine from Alligator to Tortellini Carbonara. Or, enjoy a quick bite at the Plantation Cafe, serving wraps, salads, desserts and coffee. $52 per person

    Learn More: www.oakalleyplantation.com

    Remember the heat and humidity! Please wear lightly colored clothing, comfortable shoes, caps/hats, and umbrellas are also suggested. We encourage you to bring water and snacks

    At 9:00am to 2:00pm, Wednesday 18th June

  • National World War II Museum

    Join us for a tour of the National WWII Museum, an experience that tells the story of the American Experience in the war that changed the world. The campus includes the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion, showcasing the large artifacts of the war and exhibits on D-Day at Normandy, the Home Front and the Pacific; the Solomon Victory Theater, a 4-D theater showing the exclusive Tom Hanks production, Beyond All Boundaries (30 min.); the Stage Door Canteen, where the music and entertainment of the "Greatest Generation" comes to life; the John E. Kushner Restoration Pavilion, where staff and volunteers restore artifacts in public view; and the new US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, where exhibits and interactive experiences paint the picture of a nation mobilized for war. Lunch on your own can be eaten in the American Sector Restaurant or Soda Shop. $22 per person

    Learn More: www.nationalww2museum.org

    Remember the heat and humidity! Please wear lightly colored clothing, comfortable shoes, caps/hats, and umbrellas are also suggested. We encourage you to bring water and snacks.

    At 10:00am to 2:00pm, Wednesday 18th June

  • New Orleans School of Cooking

    Join us for an "Open Demonstration" class in which you will witness a cooking demonstration on how to make the day's selected recipes: Gumbo, Jambalaya, Bread Pudding, and Pralines. Participants will walk away with copies of the recipe, and a full meal of New Orlean's cuisine, along with your choice of iced tea, coffee, lemonade, or local Abita Beer. $29 per person

    Learn More: www.neworleansschoolofcooking.com

    Remember the heat and humidity! Please wear lightly colored clothing, comfortable shoes, caps/hats, and umbrellas are also suggested. We encourage you to bring water and snacks.

    At 10:00am to 12:30pm, Wednesday 18th June

  • Establishing Access Points According to RDA in Bibliographic Records

    by Denise M. Pakala and Judy Knop

    This workshop will give an introduction to RDA heading construction. It is intended for non-NACO cataloguers. We will look at the basic structure of an RDA authority record, highlighting the numerous new fields. We will give a basic introduction to the major changes to headings in RDA. Some examples include the use of profession or occupation to differentiate previously undifferentiated personal names, changes in the addition of titles to personal names, changes in date format with personal names, use of 'Selections' with uniform titles, handling of multi-language uniform titles (e.g. English & Greek, Polyglot), and the use of $i in more fields and more extensively.

    *Ticketed Event

    At 1:00pm to 4:30pm, Wednesday 18th June

    In Pelican II, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • Programming for Librarians - Part 2

    by Matthew S. Collins

    Why should librarians know how to program? Knowing a bit of programming can help a librarian or staff member analyze ILS reports, collate data, create reports from "messy" formats like HTML, and even do some "digital humanities" type analysis. Also knowing something about the way programs work and how programmers think can make it much easier to communicate with the IT department about specific library needs. This full-day, two-part, workshop will introduce participants to the principles and concepts of programming using the Python programming language. The Python language is ideally suited to analyzing large documents or pieces of text, making it ideal for processing library data and reports.

    This afternoon session will do a quick review of the morning and then introduce simple program loops, searching, text processing, and file input/output routines. We will also cover importing modules and defining functions. Participants will then work on a simple example (or two) that shows how this might work in a library. Resources for further learning will be discussed.

    These workshops are appropriate for those with no programming experience. Participants who attended last year’s half-day workshop may want to sign-up for the afternoon only.

    “Participants must bring their own laptop to the workshop (PC or Mac). Instructions for software installation and laptop configuration will be sent following registration. Recommended pre-arrival study resources will also be sent.”

    *Ticketed Event

    At 1:00pm to 4:30pm, Wednesday 18th June

    In Acadian I, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • ATLA Choir Rehearsal

    At 4:30pm to 6:00pm, Wednesday 18th June

    In Vieux Carre A, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • Welcome Reception

    President's welcome reception for new members and first-time attendees.

    *Invitation Only

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Wednesday 18th June

    In Pelican I, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • Opening Reception

    This year's reception held at the conference hotel, InterContinental New Orelans, from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. is the perfect starter to your evening. Enjoy light hors d'oeuvres and drinks and reconnect with colleagues before exploring New Orleans.

    At 6:00pm to 7:30pm, Wednesday 18th June

    In La Salle BC, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • ATLA Products — Dessert, Discussion, and Meet and Greet with Maria Stanton, New Director of Production`

    by Margot Lyon, Maria Stanton and Gregg Taylor

    Join the ATLA products leadership team after the opening reception for a brief and informal discussion of ATLA’s products, followed by Q&A and discussion. Come also meet and greet Maria Stanton, ATLA’s new Director of Production, and other product team representatives.

    Maria, along with Margot Lyon, Director of Business Development, and Gregg Taylor, Licensing Manager, will discuss current and future developments and opportunities for ATLA products. You are welcome to e-mail your questions ahead of time to products@atla.com, or you are welcome to schedule a personal meeting at the conference with Margot Lyon (mlyon@atla.com), Maria Stanton (mstanton@atla.com) or Gregg Taylor (gtaylor@atla.com). A light dessert will be served. The presentation will be brief, allowing you time for your evening plans. We look forward to seeing you there. We look forward to seeing you there. RSVPs requested to Rick Rybak (rrybak@atla.com).

    At 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Wednesday 18th June

    In Pelican I, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel