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Thursday, June 13 • 2:00pm - 2:50pm
A Question of Identity: Vocation, Professionalization, and Atla Membership

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This panel presents different perspectives on the profession and role of theology librarian and membership in Atla. What are the diverse roles Atla members play as theology and religious studies librarians or allied professionals? While we collaborate in our work together, we bring diverse educational backgrounds to our work, and we represent a range of professional identities and perspectives: for example, theology librarianship may be a form of alt-ac€ (alternative academic) career for PhD holders; or it may represent an educational ministry or explicit vocation; or it may function as a secular library career concerned with religious studies as a subject discipline, parallel to music librarianship, medical librarianship, etc. Some of us no longer even function in traditional librarian roles. Such diversity can strengthen us, but it has also created tensions in our life together as an association. Panelists representing different viewpoints will discuss what it means to be a theology librarian and how they function as members of a library association with a wide range of perspectives and professional identities.

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James Estes

Director of the Library, Wesley Theological Seminary

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Megan E. Welsh

Interdisciplinary Arts & Humanities Librarian, University of Colorado Boulder Libraries

Thursday June 13, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm PDT