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

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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