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

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  • (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

  • “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