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

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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