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by Mark Bilby
During the 2013-2014 academic year, the presenter and USD’s theology librarian tried a pedagogical experiment that relied heavily on Google Drive. Its shared spaces and associated applications served a variety of purposes, especially research collaboration between students and between students and the professor. Placed in research working groups across sections, students augmented and annotated shared bibliographies in Google doc format. Notes often included local call numbers, loan status, links to e-books or full-text articles, and specific feedback about the research value of each source. Into a shared, personal Google drive folder, each student (and the professor as a fellow/model researcher) uploaded weekly research notes, a three-slide presentation, and an accompanying 100 word presentation. Thus students benefited from seeing the research and presentations of others throughout the semester and, in effect, constantly challenged each other to do better work each week. The implementation of Google Drive, however, took considerable time and energy and presented issues regarding sharing permissions (especially from spam filters that prevented sharing with a lot of email addresses), space limitations, and even, surprisingly, student usability.
by Jennifer Ulrich and Donna Wells
A time for conference attendees to share books they’ve read during the past year. Attendees often reflect on religious themes of what they are reading. All types of genres are open for discussion.
by Patrick Alexander and Carey Newman
In 2008, AAUP surveyed academic librarians about what publishers’ communication and marketing tools were most useful in making their collections decisions. Since then, there have been many changes on both sides of the book acquisitions equation: from new digital sales tools and greater e-book availability from presses; to transitions in acquisitions models and preferred communications channels by libraries. This session will open up a discussion about the tools university presses use to inform the library market, and how theological libraries discover and make acquisitions decisions about university press content.
In 2013, the Pitts Theology Library embarked on a project to digitize and transcribe audio archives. The project began with cassettes of meditations by Howard Thurman, part of a gift donated to the library. These meditations have been digitized and are undergoing manual and automatic transcription through the use of software, volunteers, and library staff. In this session, I introduce the project and the process of preserving the audio and making the material available to public patrons. The process has been developed using many readily-available and open-source tools, most of which have been acquired for free or at little cost to the library. Software tools to be demonstrated include Audacity, InqScribe, and products from Nuance Software including Mac Speech Scribe and Dragon Dictate. I will also introduce the potential to crowdsource parts of the transcription project, including the development of a public tool for hearing and transcribing the Thurman meditations through the adaptation of open-source applications like Omeka and Scripto.
by Martha Adkins
"Support of the mission" is often a criterion for review, especially in institutions of higher education, and can be an ambiguous one to fulfill. This conversation group will present the opportunity for librarians at theological institutions to discuss how our work supports the missions of our institutions. Participants are encouraged to bring the mission statements of their institutions (and libraries, if they exist), and to come ready to share experiences, anxieties, and advice.
by Beth Sheppard and Shanee Murrain
According to a 2012 review of the trends and issues affecting academic libraries in higher education produced by ACRL, one of the 10 challenges facing libraries is communicating value. As more and more resources have become available digitally, the ways in which libraries have traditionally filled their missions must be re-examined and libraries may need to adapt-- even beyond shifts to creative commons models. Theological libraries can foster value by following the example of public library systems which offer programs tailored to meet the local community’s cultural, economic and political needs. In short, the challenges we face as we assert the importance of the library in academic enterprise boil down to our ability to provide superior “service” in the academic area and beyond. This paper will focus first on theoretical and managerial aspects of transitioning a traditional “academic library” to a programming driven model. Then attention will turn to Duke Divinity School Library’s exploration of this final frontier through offering student and faculty research centered programming that includes special speakers, faculty book signings, interest based social clubs, film screenings, and connections with internal and external constituents to stimulate student engagement, increase institutional visibility, and undergird learning outside the classroom.
by Denise Marie Hanusek
This paper will provide an overview of the types of material found in the Pitts Theology Library's "Rev. Gordon Taylor Collection of English Church Histories" and also will focus specifically on several of the really outstanding churches and cathedrals represented in the collection.
by Meagan Morash
Want to know that you have what your catalogue says you have where you say you have it? Many ILS’s don’t have an inventory module or require that you do the entire collection at once. We did an inventory using only a circulation scanner, a tablet and a spreadsheet program.
This session outlines the steps for the inventory including creating a shelf-list, using III’s review file function as an example, importing it into Excel, using advanced features such as filters and conditional formatting to find errors, missing books, and unlinked barcodes. Each section of 2000-2400 records could be scanned in a little over an hour. Importing records into Excel and applying the filters and formatting take only 20 minutes, less with practice.
This procedure can work for small or large collections. Larger collections, ours was a little over 60,000 items, are divided into smaller sections for easier handling.
Like shelf reading or weeding or any other maintenance activity, you must integrate inventory into the regular activity of managing your library collection. Why? In examining just one section of the collection (about 2100 books or so), we came across several missing books, one book that was still checked out to a patron, and seven that had call number or location discrepancies between item and bibliographic record. In addition, there were some damaged books that needed some attention and a handful that were shelved incorrectly.
The librarian responsible for weeding also took this opportunity to pull items for possible deselection. Seeing items in the context of their subject peers made those decisions easier – redundancies and imbalances could be seen at a glance.
by Eileen Saner
Fall 2013 was the first year that Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary required a hybrid introductory course for all new MDiv. students, both residential and distance. The course began with two weeks of online learning activities, continued with a week-long campus intensive and concluded with several more weeks of online work. Library assignments in the hybrid course opened opportunities to integrate information literacy into AMBS courses throughout the curriculum. A description of the Library’s use of Moodle and LibGuides will be followed by group discussion of various options for library instruction.
by Leslie Engelson
The MarcEdit 101 workshop at last year's conference helped beginning users of MarcEdit understand the basics of how to use the program. An unexpected benefit of that workshop was the additional knowledge gained when those attending the workshop shared their tricks and techniques. This conversation group is an opportunity for users of MarcEdit to build upon that beginning opportunity by sharing what we have learned over the past year as we have implemented MacrEdit into our local workflow.
by Ken Boyd
A brief overview of some of the changes that are taking place in the classroom such as: different ways of presenting content, the changing the role of the instructor, gaining more student feedback, allowing more student choices, using techniques to engage learners and using higher-level cognitive objectives. An understanding of these changes will help librarians better serve the needs of both students and faculty in the future.
by Michelle Spomer and Miranda Bennett
In our profession there is always more to learn, and there is never enough money. This leads many librarians to develop local, self-designed educational programs for staff. In this panel, three librarians will present approaches they have tried: creation of a learning community in the form of a departmental leadership team, use of a mentoring model for orientation of new staff, and implementation of the “21 Things” technology skill-building program. Each case will include success stories and cautionary tales, and the session will include ample time for Q&A and discussion.
by John Weaver, Megan May and Amelia Carnagey
One of the crucial tasks facing the contemporary Christian church and individual Christians is the relationship between theology and technology, that is, between Christian understandings of faith and understandings of technology. Can we put the words "God" and "technology" together in any kind of meaningful sentence, let alone a meaningful way of life? One emerging and potentially compelling approach to this question is the potential relationship between Christianity and the contemporary "hacker" or "maker" movement, which is a contemporary subculture focused on technology-based approaches to "do-it-yourself" collaboration, fabrication, and distribution of creative projects. With due attention to critiques of this approach, the paper will explore the metaphor of God as "hacker," or "maker," as well as the potential similarities between Christian beliefs/practices and those of many hackers/makers, e.g., commitment to principled practices of creation, alteration, and openness. This theological understanding of the "maker movement" will provide a basis for exploring the role of the theological library as a "maker space."
The Assemblies of God Tradition
Officiant: Dr. Teresa Reiger
17th–22nd June 2014