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Sessions at 2014 American Theological Library Association Annual Conference on Thursday 19th June

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  • Worship

    Worship service in the Roman Catholicism tradition.
    Officiant: Fr. Nile Gross

    At 8:00am to 8:45am, Thursday 19th June

    In La Salle BC, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • Plenary Session - Common Ends: Libraries, Imagination, & the Conflict of Values in the Digital Moment

    by Joseph P. Lucia

    For the better part of two decades, libraries have been subject to a series of “end times” narratives, the visions therein always premised upon the waning of print culture and the eventual demise of the physical book as an embodiment of knowledge and culture. In parallel to those apocalyptic narratives, there’s been a counter-trend that celebrates the renaissance of the library as a newly vital space — liberated from the constraints of physical collections and devoted to the discovery and creation of new knowledge and culture. This talk will examine both the anxiety and the promise within those conflicting visions and posits in response a set of abiding principles that can guide us toward a medium independent understanding of library mission at a moment when transformation is a reality not just a buzzword.

    Joseph P. Lucia is Dean of University Libraries at Temple University, a system of nine libraries, including branches in Japan and Rome, and the Temple University Press. Lucia has experience managing development campaigns, overseeing new library facilities, developing open source discovery software, creating substantial digital libraries, and establishing open access publishing initiatives.Lucia served as University Librarian and Director of the Falvey Memorial Library at Villanova University, from 2002 to 2013. Flavey Library was the recipient of the 2013 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

    At 9:00am to 10:00am, Thursday 19th June

    In La Salle BC, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • Exhibits Opening

    Don't forget to grab your Passport for your chance to win great prizes from our sponsors and exhibitors!

    At 10:00am to 10:30am, Thursday 19th June

    In La Salle A & Le Salon, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • (Library) Education of Desire: James K. A. Smith's Pedagogical Proposals and the Theological Library

    by Matthew Ostercamp

    What if the goal of Christian education was not to change what our students think but to change what they desire? Philosopher James K. A. Smith argues in his Cultural Liturgies trilogy that we should think of Christian higher education as teaching students to desire or love the right things. A task that involves paying close attention to physical practices and the imaginative narrative that informs them. He makes the case that it is in the repetitions, the liturgies, of going to the mall, the gym, or the classroom that we learn to desire certain experiences.

    This is a helpful paradigm to rethink the goals and processes of library instruction. This paper will unpack Smith’s argument. I will then ask questions about how current student research practices may shape their desires and how librarians can engage our student’s imaginations and promote healthy information practices. As a theological librarian, I’m especially intrigued by Smith’s call to learn from the liturgical tradition of the Church and hope to explore how thinking about a library liturgy can connect our students’ education with their calling.

    At 10:30am to 11:30am, Thursday 19th June

    In Poydras, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • Assessing the Future of Educational Technology in Theological Education

    by Anthony J. Elia

    Educational and Academic Technology have been part of the pedagogical landscape throughout the last hundred years, yet these terms have been popular in the lexicon of higher education much more recently as we’ve embraced the so-called “digital” or “internet age.” The role of technologists has been on the rise as e-based and internet learning, engagement, and pedagogy become more relevant to our academic worlds. This paper proposal will examine both the development of educational technology and where it is going in theological education. Specifically, we will look at library trends, which incorporate technologists into their structural staff frameworks, as well as how leadership roles in educational technology have expanded or contracted within theological schools and seminaries, and what real future proposals may be made around this increasingly necessary field.

    At 10:30am to 11:30am, Thursday 19th June

    In La Salle BC, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • Grant Assessment, Management and Reporting: Lessons Learned from The Religion in North Carolina Grant Project

    by Phu Nguyen, Beth Sheppard, Shanee Murrain and Elizabeth DeBold

    Participants in the Religion in North Carolina Digitization Project based at Duke will discuss the ins and outs of managing, reporting, and assessing a federally funded project. With regard to assessment, topics covered will include extracting statistical data from Internet Archive and using Qualtrics software for developing surveys and web-based metrics. Discussion will then turn to reporting and will cover techniques for the preparation of annual reports and multiple year renewal applications. Finally, focus will fall on grant management where the panel will highlight a variety of best practices related to the managing sub contracts, overseeing grant funded employees, observance of accounting rules, and interacting with an Office of Research Support and Office of Sponsored Programs. Time will be provided for questions, and discussion.

    At 10:30am to 11:30am, Thursday 19th June

    In Acadian I, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • NACO Listen and Learn Session

    by Judy Knop

    Attendees will discuss their use of authority records and what they consider to be best practices. There will also be a discussion of new subfields and new interpretations of the fields.

    At 10:30am to 11:30am, Thursday 19th June

    In Acadian II, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • New From Publishers – Fortress Press and Gorgias Press

    by Katie Knutson and Jeffrey Haines

    Join two of the leading publishers of materials for religious and theological libraries for a conversation of new resources and services for your library. Fortress Press will share information about essential reference texts for 2014 and digital content delivery to libraries. Gorgias Press will share information about their new library affiliate program, which allows libraries to order at a wholesaler discount, as well as highlights from new projects that might be of interest in Biblical Studies. Session will include opportunities for questions and answers.

    At 10:30am to 11:30am, Thursday 19th June

    In Magnolia, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • “Part of the Furniture”: Family Bibles in Nation, Home, and Library

    by Bruce Eldevik

    Most seminary and divinity libraries have at least several of these massive, folio size, ornamental, and richly illustrated family bibles housed in their collections. Perhaps more are perpetually in cataloging backlog limbo as libraries put off decisions about what to do with them. Why were these bibles produced? What cultural and technological factors lie behind their publishing history? Given their presence in our library collections, what treatment should they receive? This paper will look at the phenomenon of family bibles in 19th century North America and offer a perspective concerning their retention, care, and instructional value in 21st century theological libraries.

    At 10:30am to 11:30am, Thursday 19th June

    In Fulton, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • WorldCat Discovery Services

    by Paul Cappuzzello

    Join OCLC’s Paul Cappuzzello for a WorldCat Discovery Services introduction. WorldCat Discovery Services provide a new suite of cloud-based applications that enables people to discover more than 1.5 billion electronic, digital and physical resources in your library and libraries around the world through a single search.

    At 10:30am to 11:30am, Thursday 19th June

    In Cypress, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • Lunch Break

    *On Your Own

    At 11:30am to 1:00pm, Thursday 19th June

  • SWATLA Regional Meeting

    The Southwest Area Theological Library Association (SWATLA) Meeting will be held at Cafe 601 (601 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 70170).

    Learn more about SWATLA: https://www.atla.com/Members/div...

    At 11:30am to 1:00pm, Thursday 19th June

  • Wabash Colloquy Alumni Lunch

    Alumni of the Wabash Center's Teaching and Learning Colloquy on The Role of Theological School Librarians (2000, 2004, 2007, 2010, and 2013 cohorts) are invited to gather for a reunion lunch.

    This is a no-host lunch at a restaurant near the conference hotel.

    To RSVP (and help plan for space), please visit http://tinyurl.com/wabashlunch.

    At 11:30am to 1:00pm, Thursday 19th June

  • ATLA Business Meeting

    Board President Beth Bidlack will preside over this session, which includes the results of the Board election, an update from the Endowment Committee, an invitation to the 2015 Conference in Denver, and an open forum to discuss the proposal to increase Individual and Student Member dues.

    At 1:00pm to 2:00pm, Thursday 19th June

    In La Salle BC, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • Can Theological Libraries Manage Innovation and Failure? Welcome to the Church of Fail

    by Kris Veldheer, Suzanne Estelle-Holmer and Jennifer Bartholomew

    Failure is all around us in our libraries and institutions. How many of projects or programs have been failures for you, or you have heard the words "Epic Fail" uttered in a meeting? Picking up on current business literature, members of the first "Creating Leaders of Tomorrow Cohort" will explore how failure is managed in libraries drawing on current literature and their personal experience. The panel will address issues such as whether failure is ignored, acknowledged or perhaps even analyzed? Does failure make libraries risk-adverse"? Should libraries be more like business start-ups even though most start-ups fail? How can libraries use failure to be more innovative? Can we create a "loop" for evaluating failure?

    At 2:00pm to 3:30pm, Thursday 19th June

    In Poydras, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • EBSCO Databases and Services

    Learn about EBSCO resources that will serve your library patrons’ research needs. This session will focus on EBSCO Discovery Service, EBSCO eBooks, the wide range of EBSCO religion database offerings.

    At 2:00pm to 3:00pm, Thursday 19th June

    In Oak, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • New Orleans Voodoo in Caribbean Context

    by Ellen Frost and Dr. Laura Rosanne Adderley

    Dr. Rosanne Adderley, Department of History, Tulane University will present a talk about how New Orleans voodoo fits in with Haitian vodun, santeria, and some other Caribbean religions.

    At 2:00pm to 3:30pm, Thursday 19th June

  • Small Libraries Getting Organized in the Archives: How Small Institutions Can Get Control Over Unlabeled Boxes

    by Susan Ebertz and Evan Boyd

    Small theological libraries tend to be connected to institutions with long histories. These histories tend to have been brought into the library's collection without any funding or time to process the collection. Utilizing student employees, minimal processing, and spreadsheets, mountains of unorganized paperwork can be realistically turned into a well-organized, weeded, and accessible collection. Other issues discussed will be archival use policies and preservation issues for the small library.

    At 2:00pm to 3:30pm, Thursday 19th June

    In Fulton, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • The Educationally Effective Library: Addressing ATS Standard 4

    by Timothy D. Lincoln

    A theological school accredited by the Association of Theological Schools needs to demonstrate in detail how its library is a central resource for learning and scholarship. This workshop discusses specific kinds of data and arguments that librarians need to craft a strong section about ATS Standard 4 (library and information resources) in a self-study. The skills practiced in the workshop are also applicable to the ongoing work of advocating for the library within one's organization.

    At 2:00pm to 3:30pm, Thursday 19th June

    In Pelican II, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • The Quest for Elusive Teaching Opportunities: Some Specific Experiences

    by Jane Lenz Elder, Clair Powers and Elizabeth A. Leahy

    Like knights seeking the Holy Grail, Information Literacy librarians seek opportunities to teach. And like the Grail, those opportunities prove elusive, especially at institutions where there is no requirement for students to master an IL component. This session hopes to address the fundamental question of how one creates opportunities to teach by outlining six serendipitous events that gradually evolved into formalized occasions for instruction at Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology. I will describe briefly what they are and how they came about, then open the session up for conversation about the practical experiences of other librarians.

    At 2:00pm to 3:30pm, Thursday 19th June

    In Acadian I, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • The Treasures We Keep (and Share): Libraries and Archives in a Global Network

    by Christopher J. Anderson, Sabahat F. Adil, Gareth Lloyd, Veronique Verspeurt, Ukkamsa and Rev. Ephraim Mudave Kanguha

    A network of international theological librarians and archivists presents promising opportunities for collecting, processing, promoting, and sharing information. This session introduces attendees to the current state and work of libraries with special collections and archival collections outside the North American context. The session also identifies promising opportunities and challenges facing global librarians including the exploration of collaborative possibilities for librarians and archivists throughout the world.

    At 2:00pm to 3:30pm, Thursday 19th June

    In Acadian II, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • Where Do We Go From Here: Can Mentoring Be One Solution to Address the Shifting Cataloging Landscape?

    by Donna Wells

    Cataloging today can be a challenge. Standards are changing. Library users need immediate access. Rumors and realities of the semantic web arise in daily conversations. Catalogers must still provide metadata. Are new catalogers prepared to meet these challenges? Can small libraries adjust quickly to the rapid changes occurring? How do we provide metadata for users in the shifting cataloging landscape? One strategy to address the challenges of the changes in cataloging is through mentoring. This conversation will seek to determine how our collective knowledge can be leveraged through mentoring to tackle cataloging challenges today and tomorrow.

    At 2:00pm to 3:30pm, Thursday 19th June

    In Cypress, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • Exhibits Reception / Poster Sessions

    by Moira Bryant, Robert Burgess, Cindy S Lu and Justin Lillard

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Thursday 19th June

    In La Salle A & Le Salon, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

    Coverage link link

  • And After Seminary - Where Does a Minister Go to Grow? / Partnering with the Parish: Information Behaviors of Faith Communities

    by Terry Feuka and Myka Stephens

    "And After Seminary -- Where Does an Excellent Minister Go to Grow? The Library, Of Course!"

    This paper intends to illustrate the need for the continuation of library services to ecumenical ministers after they have left seminary. This will involve a brief history of my experience as the Program Director and Librarian for the Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Program and Resource Center at St. Francis Retreat Center in DeWitt, Michigan after having received a $1.39 million grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. The question that needed to be addressed was "who ministers to the minister”? St. Francis Retreat Center decided that we would create an environment that was ecumenical – any and all Christian denominations would be welcome. The initial program included retreats, peer leadership groups, large group workshops and conferences, spiritual direction, mini grants for programming and a resource center staffed by a professional librarian. All funding is now from individual and partner donations. This project could easily have just died out with the exception of some original thinking and the passion of those who were determined to have an ecumenical center available in the area. The melding of caring for those in ecumenical ministry by way of programming, peer groups, large group events and a fully functioning resource center has created a unique experience for mid-Michigan.

    "Partnering with the Parish: Information Behaviors of Faith Communities"

    What is the role of information in a faith community? Are congregational practices of accessing, collecting, and sharing information sufficient for meeting their information needs? This paper seeks to answer these questions based on field observations of and reflections on the information behaviors of representative faith communities. A fuller understanding of information in congregational contexts has the potential to open up new possibilities for transformative practices of faith that can be enabled and supported by theological libraries.

    At 4:30pm to 6:00pm, Thursday 19th June

    In Oak, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • Building a History: Linking the Special Collections of the Stone-Campbell Movement

    by Bob Turner, Don Meredith, Chris Rosser, Carisse Mickey Berryhill and Tamie Willis

    This panel will explore projects being done by members of the Campbell-Stone denominational group. The specific focus will be on the attempts to collaborate in hopes of creating network of complementary projects.

    At 4:30pm to 6:00pm, Thursday 19th June

    In Fulton, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • Librarian as Co-Teacher: Information Literacy Embedded in Theology Courses

    by Martha Adkins, Mark Bilby and Patricia Plovanich

    Two instances of embedded librarianship are presented in this panel discussion, both in Theology and Religious Studies courses fulfilling the undergraduate core requirement for students not necessarily majoring in Theology or Religious Studies. In one instance, the librarian collaborated with the discipline faculty member from coursework design to assessment, and appeared with the discipline faculty member in front of the classroom on a number of occasions. This course followed the traditional course model of lecture with a research project due at the end of the semester. In another course, the librarian appeared at the beginning of the semester for an orientation session, along the lines of the traditional “one shot” information literacy session, and then remained available for office hours. This course was structured along the lines of a science course, with class lecture days and a “lab day” to be spent in the library doing research. The librarian and the discipline faculty member were then available for individual or group consultations on the “lab day” to assist in research and give more in-depth, assignment-specific instruction.

    In both models, the librarian participated in assessing students’ work, so that the result was a true measurable evaluation of students’ information literacy skill attainment. This panel, comprised of one librarian and two discipline faculty members, presents experiences, outcomes, and lessons learned. Attendees will learn two methods of integrating information literacy into coursework and appreciate both the benefits and pitfalls of this kind of collaboration.

    At 4:30pm to 6:00pm, Thursday 19th June

    In La Salle B, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • Network for Religious Studies at a Distance

    by Thomas Phillips

    With the rise of distance programs, the issue of access to print library collections at a distance is becoming increasingly important. This discussion invites ATLA member libraries to discuss the creation of a network of college, university and seminary libraries which will grant check out privileges to students in on-line, distance and blended at other network schools. This discussion is intended to result in the creation of a network for the fall of 2014.

    At 4:30pm to 6:00pm, Thursday 19th June

    In Acadian II, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • Open Access: Responding to a Looming "Serials Crisis" in Theological and Religious Studies

    by Gary F. Daught, David Stewart and Melody Layton McMahon

    Over the last several years, librarians have watched as many reputable society and institution journals in theology and religion have been acquired by commercial publishers. The common result is often an increase--sometimes a dramatic increase--in subscription price. Has the "serials crisis" finally found its way to theological and religious studies? How can libraries that are under increasing budget pressures respond? Cancel more journals? Buy less books?

    Some believe that open access, a publishing model which leverages low cost tools and the distribution/discovery power of the web, is a viable alternative. But how can we convince scholars, librarians, and their supporting institutions to get behind this alternative? In this panel presentation, the editors of Theological Librarianship, an online journal of the American Theological Library Association, draw on over 6 years of experience to talk about open access, addressing such issues as establishing quality and reputation, assuring sustainability, and encouraging libraries to get involved as promoters and publishers of open access journals.

    At 4:30pm to 6:00pm, Thursday 19th June

    In Poydras, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • Understanding and Serving Diverse Populations: the New Orleans Experience

    by Daniel F. Flores and Jaeyeon Lucy Chung

    Understanding and Serving Diverse Populations: the New Orleans Experience (Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 4:30-6 pm, Magnolia Room). Facilitated by Daniel F. Flores and Jaeyeon Lucy Chung. Sponsored by the ATLA Diversity Committee.
    This Conversation Group will focus on helping ATLA members learn to understand and serve a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural population through dialogue with members of the New Orleans community who can apprise the group of the post-Katrina realities of New Orleans.

    We are happy to announce that we have two local guests joining us for the evening:

    Dr. Mark Gstohl, Associate Professor, Head of Department of Theology, Xavier University of Louisiana. He has been involved with social ministries in New Orleans, including the United Way, as well as developing a “Little Free Library” (http://littlefreelibrary.org/)

    LaToya Devezin, Manager of the African American Resource Center at the New Orleans Public Library. She just received her M.L.I.S. in Archives Management from Louisiana State University. She was recently awarded the Public Library Association 2014 Spectrum Scholar Travel Grant and named one of the "40 Under 40" shaping the future of New Orleans. Her professional goal is to preserve the historical record to provide access to future generations.

    Both of our guests will give us plenty of food for thought and discussion. If you are free this evening, please sign up for the Conversation Group and then join us as we walk to the Café Du Monde for an evening treat and friendly socializing with other diversity-minded ATLA members.

    At 4:30pm to 6:00pm, Thursday 19th June

    In Magnolia, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • You Can’t Always “Just Google It": Helping Patrons Use the Print Collection

    by Elyse Hayes, Lisa K. Grover, Stephen Sweeney and James Humble

    Not all of the useful materials our patrons need have been digitized. (We know this, but increasingly, our patrons do not realize it.) How can we counteract the growing reliance on whatever can be "googled"? What can theological librarians do to help their students and faculty discover and benefit from the riches of our print collections? Do we need to change: how we provide reference help? how we enhance our catalog and create finding aids? how we communicate with our users about the existence and use of print materials? how we train new staff? Come help us explore answers to these questions.

    At 4:30pm to 6:00pm, Thursday 19th June

    In Acadian I, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel