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2014 American Theological Library Association Annual Conference schedule

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Tuesday 17th June 2014

Wednesday 18th June 2014

  • Creating the Leaders of Tomorrow Program

    *Special Enrollment Required

    At 8:30am to 4:30pm, Wednesday 18th June

    In Acadian II, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • Disaster Preparedness and Recovery

    by Tom Clareson

    This workshop will provide steps for dealing with emergency incidents from building emergencies to regional disasters, including development of a disaster plan, assessing institutional risks, dealing with mold and pests, mitigation and response, working with disaster recovery vendors, collaborative disaster planning, and disaster recovery resources. In addition, the session will explore basic disaster planning for digital collections. The class includes a building walk-through exercise and recovery demonstrations.

    *Ticketed Event

    At 8:30am to 4:30pm, Wednesday 18th June

    In Fulton, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • Prezipalooza: Creating Engaging & Distinctive Presentations

    by Michelle Spomer

    Ever get tired of PowerPoint and Keynote? Prezi software is free, social, and creative. Use Prezis to create unique presentations for instruction, meetings, conferences, and more. Attendees will learn the basics of designing a Prezi, and will create one by the end of the session.

    Participants should bring laptop computers to the session and sign up for a Prezi account (http://prezi.com/pricing/edu) before the workshop.

    *Ticketed Event

    At 8:30am to 12:00pm, Wednesday 18th June

    In Pelican II, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • Programming for Librarians - Part I

    by Matthew S. Collins

    Why should librarians know how to program? Knowing a bit of programming can help a librarian or staff member analyze ILS reports, collate data, create reports from "messy" formats like HTML, and even do some "digital humanities" type analysis. Also knowing something about the way programs work and how programmers think can make it much easier to communicate with the IT department about specific library needs. This full-day, two-part, workshop will introduce participants to the principles and concepts of programming using the Python programming language. The Python language is ideally suited to analyzing large documents or pieces of text, making it ideal for processing library data and reports.

    In this morning session, participants will learn some of the basics of computational thinking and elements common to almost all programs. We will then talk about different types of programming language and introduce Python. We will cover basic Python commands and concepts, including variables, assignment, and simple programs - hopefully all before lunch.

    These workshops are appropriate for those with no programming experience. Participants who attended last year’s half-day workshop may want to sign-up for the afternoon only.

    “Participants must bring their own laptop to the workshop (PC or Mac). Instructions for software installation and laptop configuration will be sent following registration. Recommended pre-arrival study resources will also be sent.”

    *Ticketed Event

    At 8:30am to 12:00pm, Wednesday 18th June

    In Acadian I, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • Cemetery & Voodoo Walking Tour

    Join us as we walk through St. Louis Cemetery #1, the site of the classic movie "Easy Rider." Visit the tomb of Marie Laveau -- VooDoo Queen of New Orleans. Learn about New Orleans' unique above ground burial customs and the tombs of various "societies" in this historic cemetery that first opened in 1789. The tour includes climate controlled transportation to and from cemetery and guided tour. $26 per person

    Learn More: www.graylineneworleans.com

    Remember the heat and humidity! Please wear lightly colored clothing, comfortable shoes, caps/hats, and umbrellas are also suggested. We encourage you to bring water and snacks.

    At 9:00am to 11:00am, Wednesday 18th June

  • Oak Alley Plantation

    Explore 25 acres of historic grounds and take a guided tour of the "Big House" at the Oak Alley Plantation. Learn about the impact the Civil War had on this region by visiting the Civil War Encampment Exhibit. Visit the reconstructed slave quarters and tour the exhibit "Slavery at Oak Alley." Breakfast and Lunch are available for purchase from Oak Alley Restaurant, cooking up Southern Cajun/Creole cuisine from Alligator to Tortellini Carbonara. Or, enjoy a quick bite at the Plantation Cafe, serving wraps, salads, desserts and coffee. $52 per person

    Learn More: www.oakalleyplantation.com

    Remember the heat and humidity! Please wear lightly colored clothing, comfortable shoes, caps/hats, and umbrellas are also suggested. We encourage you to bring water and snacks

    At 9:00am to 2:00pm, Wednesday 18th June

  • National World War II Museum

    Join us for a tour of the National WWII Museum, an experience that tells the story of the American Experience in the war that changed the world. The campus includes the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion, showcasing the large artifacts of the war and exhibits on D-Day at Normandy, the Home Front and the Pacific; the Solomon Victory Theater, a 4-D theater showing the exclusive Tom Hanks production, Beyond All Boundaries (30 min.); the Stage Door Canteen, where the music and entertainment of the "Greatest Generation" comes to life; the John E. Kushner Restoration Pavilion, where staff and volunteers restore artifacts in public view; and the new US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, where exhibits and interactive experiences paint the picture of a nation mobilized for war. Lunch on your own can be eaten in the American Sector Restaurant or Soda Shop. $22 per person

    Learn More: www.nationalww2museum.org

    Remember the heat and humidity! Please wear lightly colored clothing, comfortable shoes, caps/hats, and umbrellas are also suggested. We encourage you to bring water and snacks.

    At 10:00am to 2:00pm, Wednesday 18th June

  • New Orleans School of Cooking

    Join us for an "Open Demonstration" class in which you will witness a cooking demonstration on how to make the day's selected recipes: Gumbo, Jambalaya, Bread Pudding, and Pralines. Participants will walk away with copies of the recipe, and a full meal of New Orlean's cuisine, along with your choice of iced tea, coffee, lemonade, or local Abita Beer. $29 per person

    Learn More: www.neworleansschoolofcooking.com

    Remember the heat and humidity! Please wear lightly colored clothing, comfortable shoes, caps/hats, and umbrellas are also suggested. We encourage you to bring water and snacks.

    At 10:00am to 12:30pm, Wednesday 18th June

  • Establishing Access Points According to RDA in Bibliographic Records

    by Denise M. Pakala and Judy Knop

    This workshop will give an introduction to RDA heading construction. It is intended for non-NACO cataloguers. We will look at the basic structure of an RDA authority record, highlighting the numerous new fields. We will give a basic introduction to the major changes to headings in RDA. Some examples include the use of profession or occupation to differentiate previously undifferentiated personal names, changes in the addition of titles to personal names, changes in date format with personal names, use of 'Selections' with uniform titles, handling of multi-language uniform titles (e.g. English & Greek, Polyglot), and the use of $i in more fields and more extensively.

    *Ticketed Event

    At 1:00pm to 4:30pm, Wednesday 18th June

    In Pelican II, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • Programming for Librarians - Part 2

    by Matthew S. Collins

    Why should librarians know how to program? Knowing a bit of programming can help a librarian or staff member analyze ILS reports, collate data, create reports from "messy" formats like HTML, and even do some "digital humanities" type analysis. Also knowing something about the way programs work and how programmers think can make it much easier to communicate with the IT department about specific library needs. This full-day, two-part, workshop will introduce participants to the principles and concepts of programming using the Python programming language. The Python language is ideally suited to analyzing large documents or pieces of text, making it ideal for processing library data and reports.

    This afternoon session will do a quick review of the morning and then introduce simple program loops, searching, text processing, and file input/output routines. We will also cover importing modules and defining functions. Participants will then work on a simple example (or two) that shows how this might work in a library. Resources for further learning will be discussed.

    These workshops are appropriate for those with no programming experience. Participants who attended last year’s half-day workshop may want to sign-up for the afternoon only.

    “Participants must bring their own laptop to the workshop (PC or Mac). Instructions for software installation and laptop configuration will be sent following registration. Recommended pre-arrival study resources will also be sent.”

    *Ticketed Event

    At 1:00pm to 4:30pm, Wednesday 18th June

    In Acadian I, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • ATLA Choir Rehearsal

    At 4:30pm to 6:00pm, Wednesday 18th June

    In Vieux Carre A, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • Welcome Reception

    President's welcome reception for new members and first-time attendees.

    *Invitation Only

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Wednesday 18th June

    In Pelican I, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • Opening Reception

    This year's reception held at the conference hotel, InterContinental New Orelans, from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. is the perfect starter to your evening. Enjoy light hors d'oeuvres and drinks and reconnect with colleagues before exploring New Orleans.

    At 6:00pm to 7:30pm, Wednesday 18th June

    In La Salle BC, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • ATLA Products — Dessert, Discussion, and Meet and Greet with Maria Stanton, New Director of Production`

    by Margot Lyon, Maria Stanton and Gregg Taylor

    Join the ATLA products leadership team after the opening reception for a brief and informal discussion of ATLA’s products, followed by Q&A and discussion. Come also meet and greet Maria Stanton, ATLA’s new Director of Production, and other product team representatives.

    Maria, along with Margot Lyon, Director of Business Development, and Gregg Taylor, Licensing Manager, will discuss current and future developments and opportunities for ATLA products. You are welcome to e-mail your questions ahead of time to products@atla.com, or you are welcome to schedule a personal meeting at the conference with Margot Lyon (mlyon@atla.com), Maria Stanton (mstanton@atla.com) or Gregg Taylor (gtaylor@atla.com). A light dessert will be served. The presentation will be brief, allowing you time for your evening plans. We look forward to seeing you there. We look forward to seeing you there. RSVPs requested to Rick Rybak (rrybak@atla.com).

    At 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Wednesday 18th June

    In Pelican I, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

Thursday 19th June 2014

  • Worship

    Worship service in the Roman Catholicism tradition.
    Officiant: Fr. Nile Gross

    At 8:00am to 8:45am, Thursday 19th June

    In La Salle BC, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • Plenary Session - Common Ends: Libraries, Imagination, & the Conflict of Values in the Digital Moment

    by Joseph P. Lucia

    For the better part of two decades, libraries have been subject to a series of “end times” narratives, the visions therein always premised upon the waning of print culture and the eventual demise of the physical book as an embodiment of knowledge and culture. In parallel to those apocalyptic narratives, there’s been a counter-trend that celebrates the renaissance of the library as a newly vital space — liberated from the constraints of physical collections and devoted to the discovery and creation of new knowledge and culture. This talk will examine both the anxiety and the promise within those conflicting visions and posits in response a set of abiding principles that can guide us toward a medium independent understanding of library mission at a moment when transformation is a reality not just a buzzword.

    Joseph P. Lucia is Dean of University Libraries at Temple University, a system of nine libraries, including branches in Japan and Rome, and the Temple University Press. Lucia has experience managing development campaigns, overseeing new library facilities, developing open source discovery software, creating substantial digital libraries, and establishing open access publishing initiatives.Lucia served as University Librarian and Director of the Falvey Memorial Library at Villanova University, from 2002 to 2013. Flavey Library was the recipient of the 2013 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

    At 9:00am to 10:00am, Thursday 19th June

    In La Salle BC, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • Exhibits Opening

    Don't forget to grab your Passport for your chance to win great prizes from our sponsors and exhibitors!

    At 10:00am to 10:30am, Thursday 19th June

    In La Salle A & Le Salon, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • (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

  • 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

  • NACO Listen and Learn Session

    by Judy Knop

    Attendees will discuss their use of authority records and what they consider to be best practices. There will also be a discussion of new subfields and new interpretations of the fields.

    At 10:30am to 11:30am, Thursday 19th June

    In Acadian II, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • New From Publishers – Fortress Press and Gorgias Press

    by Katie Knutson and Jeffrey Haines

    Join two of the leading publishers of materials for religious and theological libraries for a conversation of new resources and services for your library. Fortress Press will share information about essential reference texts for 2014 and digital content delivery to libraries. Gorgias Press will share information about their new library affiliate program, which allows libraries to order at a wholesaler discount, as well as highlights from new projects that might be of interest in Biblical Studies. Session will include opportunities for questions and answers.

    At 10:30am to 11:30am, Thursday 19th June

    In Magnolia, 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

  • WorldCat Discovery Services

    by Paul Cappuzzello

    Join OCLC’s Paul Cappuzzello for a WorldCat Discovery Services introduction. WorldCat Discovery Services provide a new suite of cloud-based applications that enables people to discover more than 1.5 billion electronic, digital and physical resources in your library and libraries around the world through a single search.

    At 10:30am to 11:30am, Thursday 19th June

    In Cypress, InterContinental New Orleans Hotel

  • Lunch Break

    *On Your Own

    At 11:30am to 1:00pm, Thursday 19th June

  • SWATLA Regional Meeting

    The Southwest Area Theological Library Association (SWATLA) Meeting will be held at Cafe 601 (601 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 70170).

    Learn more about SWATLA: https://www.atla.com/Members/div...

    At 11:30am to 1:00pm, Thursday 19th June

  • Wabash Colloquy Alumni Lunch

    Alumni of the Wabash Center's Teaching and Learning Colloquy on The Role of Theological School Librarians (2000, 2004, 2007, 2010, and 2013 cohorts) are invited to gather for a reunion lunch.

    This is a no-host lunch at a restaurant near the conference hotel.

    To RSVP (and help plan for space), please visit http://tinyurl.com/wabashlunch.

    At 11:30am to 1:00pm, Thursday 19th June