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by Lee Walton and Edward Reiner
This session will describe, compare and analyze various digital resources, collections and materials for use in academic settings and highlight the various digital programs available to librarians, faculty and students in the social sciences, humanities and related areas. This will include materials from publishers, societies, university presses and aggregators. Attendees will learn about how these resources are collected, organized and disseminated to users. This session will also include the titles in the Humanities eBook collection as of 2014.
by Beryl Pagan
Christian Periodical Index (CPI) is the preeminent index for researching a biblical worldview on a wide variety of topics. Published by the Association of Christian Librarians (ACL), CPI is available online from EBSCO and in print. CPI provides the only comprehensive index to articles and reviews from across the evangelical Christian perspective.
by Eileen Saner
In many academic institutions, librarians provide leadership in promoting compliance with copyright law. This conversation group will focus on how librarians can contribute to institutional policy formation and decision-making. Participants will be invited to share resources, challenges and accomplishments.
by Melody Diehl
Massively open online courses (MOOCs) are anticipated to become a prevailing alternative method to higher education.
Regent University is launching a new MOOC platform that will broadly extend the concept to faith-focused institutions. The Regent University School of Divinity anticipates that this will provide new opportunities to train church leadership in areas around the world where such undertakings were previously cost prohibitive.
Much has been said about the impact MOOCs will have on higher education, but libraries have noticeably not been at the center of the conversation. As with many new things, there are often more questions than answers. If MOOCs are being developed to provide an alternative to expensive traditional education models, how and where will the students learn about research? Do libraries fit in a structure that is “massive” and “open?” What can we do to adapt our important services to this environment, or is it even possible?
The presenter is asking these questions and will share her research and first-hand experiences in hopes to encourage further conversation within the library community about librarians’ role in MOOCs.
The changes in subject headings required by RDA is just the tip of an iceberg. Subject headings have been added and changed for years. What do these changes--and, more importantly, keeping up with these changes--mean to catalogers, to instruction and information literacy librarians, and administrators? "Prayer" used to imply "Christianity"; now "Prayer--Christianity" is specifically for Christian prayer, while "Prayer" is a generic subject heading. The subdivision "--Doctrinal and controversial works" was dropped as a subject heading, replaced by "--Doctrines" and "Controversial literature." A computer cannot easily make the conversion from one form to another--certainly not as easily as "Bible. N.T. Matthew" becoming "Bible. Matthew." How important is the maintenance of our metadata? Is the time and effort spent in creating the metadata in the first place being lost because of lack of maintenance? Should we worry about changes--or not? Should our patrons simply be told "Look for your subject under these two (or three or four) possibilities"? This Listen and Learn Session will allow time to consider and respond to these concerns.
by Stephanie Fletcher
Electronic books (e-books) offer theological libraries the opportunity to tailor their e-collections to meet the demands of students and faculty through patron-driven acquisition (PDA) programs. Trinity International University’s Rolfing Library introduced ebrary in December 2012. In the remaining six months of the 2012-2013 fiscal year, ebrary e-book purchases accounted for over 10% of the library’s total book budget; 13% of these purchases were PDA titles. The percentage of PDA titles is growing in the 2013-2014 fiscal year, as some liaisons are now investing the majority of their funds into the PDA program. How does PDA affect Rolfing Library’s finances? What percentage of PDA titles is being purchased in the current fiscal year, and how are these titles being used? What are the most popular subjects? Has the expansion of the program indeed resulted in a greater percentage of PDA purchases? This presentation explores the PDA program at Rolfing Library, reports relevant statistics and their impact on future collection development strategies, and elucidates the collection management staff’s workflow.
by Laura Harris
This session is a followup conversation to the presentation at the 2013 Conference titled, "Teaching Analytical Reading Skills to Seminary Students". This conversation will enable participants to share ways they have found to utilize some of the ideas from the presentation, discuss difficulties, and brainstorm about other methods. If anyone wants to join this conversation who was not able to attend the 2013 presentation, they can read the article in the Conference Proceedings or they can email me for copies of the materials.
by Greg Morrison and Lugene Schemper
Wheaton College, with roots in the American Protestant evangelical tradition, and Calvin College, with roots in the Dutch Reformed tradition, have worked hard to encourage distinctively Christian higher education and scholarship. This co-authored paper provides a comparative history of the integration of faith and learning at Wheaton and Calvin, identifying the key figures and their contributions to the design and content of their respective programs, and providing annotated bibliographic background. The authors will also offer comments on the current life and trajectory of faith and learning in Christian [evangelical] higher education and its impact on their respective libraries.
Executive Director Brenda Bailey-Hainer will provide an update on the activities and accomplishments of ATLA during the past year and outline changes for the coming year which will more closely align Association resources with achieving ATLA’s Mission and Organizational Ends.
by Armin Siedlecki
The role of women in the the production of early printed books is often overlooked, but many printing presses in the sixteenth century were owned and operated by women and it was fairly common for a woman to continue the operation of a press after the death of her husband. The development of printing arguably had a greater impact on social and cultural change than any other industry during the Renaissance and Reformation and women played an important role in this central aspect of the sixteenth-century economy.
by Leslie Engelson and Dr. Dennis Swanson
This panel will explore tools used to evaluate and develop library collections, including their impact on workflow and library budgets. The panel includes a librarian who uses these tools, a Technical Services librarian, and a library director. Acquisitions personnel, librarians responsible for collection development, and library directors should all benefit from ideas presented. The Collection Evaluation and Development Interest Group meeting will take place at the end of the presentation.
by Filomena Saxton, Sandy Ayer and Melody Layton McMahon
Join the World Christianity Interest Group for two presentations on experiences with theological libraries overseas. Sandy Ayer will share about his time in Cameroon, where he’ll be serving as a librarian member of a consulting team whose mission is to help a group from Bangui, Central African Republic, start a teacher training college. Melody Layton McMahon’s will share information about her experiences with Catholic Theological Libraries in Asia.
This conversation follows up on a Core Competencies panel in 2012 and a Core Competencies Conversation in 2013 by identifying the key elements in a draft of a statement of core competencies and/or credentials useful to ATLA members in recruiting or developing well-qualified theological librarians.
by Robert Presutti and Lisa Gonzalez
Following an unconference format, several participants will give brief presentations on their most difficult current or recent tech problem, including how they are working around it or think they might solve it. Participants will be encouraged to collaborate on solving the problem and share advice... etc. Suggestions for talks will be solicited before hand, and examples provided based on particular applications or use cases, if necessary, to encourage participation by a range of people. A short business meeting for ETIG will be held at the end of the session.
by James Darlack, Tracy Powell Iwaskow and Karl Stutzman
What role does the library play in offering services to alums, and how does this role intersect with the offerings of other units in the theological institution? This panel will describe resources and services as they are offered at 3 different types of theological institutions. The session will begin with a brief business meeting for the Public Services Interest Group.
by Amy Limpitlaw, Sandy Leach, Andrew G. Kadel and Pat Graham
This presentation will address issues involved in planning, implementing, and dealing with changes to the library space configuration. Topics covered will include the rationale for re-configuring library space; making the decision whether to renovate the current space, move to a new space, or build an entirely new library; planning a renovation, new construction or move; and dealing with the consequences of a newly renovated or brand new space. The three panelists will relate their own experiences and time will be available for questions and comments from the audience.
Reference work has changed dramatically over the past five years. Online programs have transformed the way librarians deliver resources and instruction. Technology is transforming the way we communicate with faculty and students and new models of library service are changing the way we staff our libraries. Are we embedded librarians, personal, liaison, subject or outreach librarians? Or all of the above? The panelists will discuss their experiences with new modes of delivering reference services on line and in person.
The alumni of Dr. Berryhill's Theological Librarianship course are invited to gather with her at lunchtime Friday, 12:30-2, to share a meal and get acquainted with alumni from other cohorts.
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by Liz Leahy
Whether you are thinking about blogging or have been blogging on behalf of your library for some time, come join a conversation group with librarians who enjoy blogging to promote collections and activities of their libraries. Learn about tips and resources and from each other’s experiences.
by Judy Knop
Participants will discuss the latest CONSER Operations Committee Meeting decisions and Best Practices decided by CONSER members.
by Donna R. Campbell
Come learn about the formation and progress of a new ambitious collaborative project that has the goal of providing opportunities for ATLA libraries to purchase to permanently own religious and theological e-books (not license access to them through a distributor or aggregator) for our circulating collections. You will meet the cast of Project & Team Leaders, find out how you can be involved, and hear about the project’s progress and future plans.
by Laura C. Wood
As we imagine the libraries of tomorrow, we must listen to the library users of today. How can we do that effectively? And what might the users of today tell us about our future? This paper will explore how recent trends in studying library users help us listen in new ways. Are there times when we should ignore our current constituents in order to pursue more bold visions? Do we really need surveys and focus groups? We'll talk about engaging our stakeholders in new ideas for our shared future.
by Kevin D. Dougherty and Robert Martin
After a brief review of the many free resources available on the Association of Religion Data Archives (theARDA.com), this session will introduce forthcoming and recent additions to the ARDA’s Learning Center. The new resources include interactive family trees for world religions, new GIS services, lesson plans for instructors, new learning modules, new data collections and an interactive historical timeline. The ARDA was selected as one of the 30 Best Free Reference Websites by the Reference and User Services Association of the A.L.A..
by John Weaver
The works of Barber/Krauss, Bollier/Stewart, Pazmino, and Yaghjian, are among the more recent examples of introductions to theological bibliography and research. Although diverse in their particular features, these works bear a resemblance to each other in the ways that they introduce their audiences to theological reading, research, and writing. This conversation group will discuss what are the most helpful books in this genre (not limited to the examples listed above), identifying both enduring strengths, and also needed improvements or new options within the changing contexts of religious and theological studies.
by Diane Napert
This presentation will concentrate on a rare record label titled Christschall. This was a German label which focused on sacred music. The recordings are very rare; however Yale’s Historical Sound Recording Collection is “blessed” with 32 78 rpm recordings on this label. These are the only holdings outside of New Zealand, Germany, and Catalunya listed on OCLC. Yale’s holdings are the largest grouping on OCLC and therefore possibly the largest collection in the world. Estimated to be recorded between 1927 and 1931 composers include Palestrina, Obrecht, Praetorius, Schubert, and Mozart. Gregorian chant and Epiphany music are among the types of music recorded on Christschall. Featured performers include the choirs of the Benedictine Abbey of Maria Laach, as well as Stephansdom in Vienna. The presentation would focus on the rarest pieces on these recordings.
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by Kathryn Reklis
Amidst concerns about the “decline of the liberal arts” and demands to make academic research and teaching more relevant to the real world are parallel prophesies of a “new academy” – one driven by new technologies of the digital age. Some greet the digital with eschatological hope, some with apocalyptic doom. Drawing on both her experiences using digital platforms in her scholarship and teaching, and her research studying the use of digital technologies by Christian communities, Kathryn Reklis will discuss the promises and challenges of new media in the academic study of religion.
Kathryn Reklis is Assistant Professor of Modern Protestant Theology at Fordham University in New York City. She holds a PhD in religious studies from Yale University, where she concentrated in historical and constructive Christian theology. Her first book, Theology and the Kinesthetic Imagination: Jonathan Edwards and the Making of Modernity (Oxford University Press, 2014) explores the intersection of theology and performance studies to investigate the role of the body, desire, and beauty as sources for theological knowledge in the making of modernity. The project engages the colonial puritan theologian Jonathan Edwards and his writings about ecstatic bodily experience of the divine. Through this work she has fallen in love with the eighteenth century and the invention of global gossip culture made possible by a great communications revolution in daily newspapers and widespread pamphlets.
Her love of old "new media" feeds her fascination with our own communications revolution, from blog culture to social networking. She is the co-founder of The Moth Chase, a blog on pop culture, gender, religion, and other big questions of life; an erstwhile contributor to the Imminent Frame; and a regular contributor to the "On Media" column at The Christian Century. As an avid user, consumer, and student of new media, she is always trying to figure out how these forms of communication shape our search for community, authenticity, and meaning.
Before joining the tenure-track faculty at Fordham, she served as Director of Theological Initiatives and Senior Adviser to the President at Union Theological Seminary in New York City from 2008-2011, which taught her more than she bargained for about the nuts and bolts of higher education, but also reaffirmed her commitment to serving in a university context. She continues to serve as Co-Director of the Institute for Art, Religion, and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary, which she co-founded in 2009 with artist AA Bronson.
17th–22nd June 2014