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Monday, June 10
 

9:00am

 
Tuesday, June 11
 

9:00am

9:00am

7:00pm

Top Concerns of Technical Services Staff
What are your top concerns in Technical Services? In an open and informal conversation discussing top concerns for Technical Services personnel, participants are especially encouraged to share their experiences with and solutions for the most current issues they face in the profession.

Moderators
Tuesday June 11, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Parksville
 
Wednesday, June 12
 

8:00am

1,000 Women in Religion – A Wikipedia Edit-a-thon (Free)
Did you know that only 17% of the biographical subjects and 9% of the editors on Wikipedia are women? The 1,000 Women in Religion Project – a major initiative of the AAR/SBL Women’s Caucus – is working to raise up the under-recognized work of women in the world’s religious and wisdom traditions by adding 1,000 women in religion onto Wikipedia. In this workshop participants will sign up as wiki-editors, learn the basics of editing, create their personal talk pages, do hands-on editing and start their first article by outlining the all-important lead paragraph. This is not a workshop for the technologically elite. We will walk you through the process one easy step at a time. Come join us in this practical, down to earth, effort aimed at lifting up the work of women in religion in ways that reform the gender biases that shape our systems of knowledge production.

Cost is free. Attendees need to bring their own laptop to participate.

Speakers
avatar for Colleen Hartung

Colleen Hartung

Coordinator of the Ministry for Families and Children, Holy Wisdom Monastery
Colleen D. Hartung, Ph.D, is developer and coordinator of the Ministry for Families and Children at Holy Wisdom Monastery in Madison, Wisconsin. She completed her doctoral studies at Chicago Theological Seminary in 2015. Her current research interests lie at the intersection between... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Ursic

Elizabeth Ursic

Professor of World Religions, Mesa Community College
Dr. Elizabeth Ursic is Co-chair of the Women’s Caucus at the American Academy of Religion and Society for Biblical Literature. She is a professor of Religious Studies with a specialty in gender, art, and theology. She is the author of Women, Ritual and Power: Placing Female Imagery... Read More →


Wednesday June 12, 2019 8:00am - 12:00pm
Junior Ballroom A/B

8:00am

Python for Research and Automation ($30 per person)
Information professionals are increasingly dealing with electronic data, and as this data demand increases exponentially, librarians need to develop more efficient tools and capacities. With this in mind, this workshop will introduce the programming language of Python as one of the important emerging tools for aiding librarians in their work and research. Python can help librarians process, link, and visualize data more efficiently and effectively.

The workshop will have three main parts:
- Making a Case for Python in Libraries: sample problems Python may help librarians solve more effectively (e.g. convert spreadsheet data to XML for islandora metadata bulk ingestion).
- Introduction to the Basics of Python using Jupyter Notebooks: configure a Jupyter notebook account, familiarize with Jupyter notebook functionality, and explore Python basics, such as variables, lists, flow control, and web requests.
- Applying Python to Data and Research Problems: share a few examples of Python applied to library tasks, then let participants share possible projects or problems and brainstorm as a group how Python might be marshaled to help.

This workshop will be very hands-on, requiring participants to bring a device with a keyboard that supports a web browser.

Cost is $30 per person 






Speakers
avatar for Shawn Goodwin

Shawn Goodwin

Technical Metadata Analyst, Atla


Wednesday June 12, 2019 8:00am - 12:00pm
Parksville

8:00am

On Your Own Conference Excursions via Gray Line WESTCOAST Sightseeing
Atla Annual 2019 participants have access to 15% off any excursion Gray Line Westcoast Sightseeing sells. To reserve your tour please use the provided link to their website. https://westcoastsightseeing.com/ 

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Once shopping for a tour is complete and is placed in the Cart, enter the code Atla15 (Note that the code is not case specific) in the Promo Code box and then Apply. The percentage off will then appear and discount the subtotal. The discount is available for tours/excursion reserved only between Jun 5 – 20, 2019 the code will validate. If the booking is for outside these times, the code will not be valid.

Wednesday June 12, 2019 8:00am - 4:30pm
TBA

9:00am

Atla Board of Directors Meeting
Wednesday June 12, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm
Port McNeil

12:30pm

Special Collections Excursion to the J. R. Allison Library at Regent College and the University of British Columbia
This excursion will depart from the Sheraton for the John Richard Allison Library at Regent College. The Allison Library is home to 3,650 rare and antiquarian books, the majority of which were written by Puritan, Anglican, and early Evangelical authors, including John Bunyan and Jonathan Edwards. Participants will walk together for ten minutes and travel thirty minutes to and from the Allison Library. This excursion is sponsored by the Special Collections Interest Group.

These are the travel plans/requirements for attendees:
We will gather in the North Tower Lobby of the Sheraton Vancouver at 12:30 pm. We will depart at 12:40 pm. Note: Vancouver has very good public transportation.
  • Total walking time: 20 minutes
  • Total travel time each way: 20-30 minutes

Getting to Regent and UBC:
  • Express bus “#44” from the hotel to the university 
  • 5-minute walk to Regent College for PART 1 
  • 10-minute walk to University of British Columbia (UBC) Special Collections for PART 2

Getting back to the hotel:
  • 5-minute walk back to the bus from UBC 

Accessibility: There is an elevator at Regent College, although attendees will need to be able to walk one flight of stairs to/from UBC Special Collections.

The price of the bus fare in CAD is less than $5 each way. Detail instructions and pricing will be disseminated to all registered participants prior to arrival in Vancouver. Price per person above is estimated.

Speakers
avatar for Cindy Aalders

Cindy Aalders

Library Director, Regent College
avatar for Patrick Milas

Patrick Milas

Library Director, New Brunswick Theological Seminary


Wednesday June 12, 2019 12:30pm - 4:00pm
TBA

1:00pm

Building Collaboration with Faculty and Instructional Designers (Cost is $30 per person)
Librarians are often working together within the library, but collaborating with faculty and instructional designers can benefit your students, faculty, and staff. Many large libraries have whole teams working collaboratively, but in a theological library you might be working at a much smaller scale, with a limited budget. This pre-conference will focus on approaches that a small team (one librarian and one instructional designer/faculty member) has developed to collaborate across their departments to build a suite of services and collections to serve their patrons. The workshop will allow time to develop a plan of action to bring away three concrete items with which to collaborate with the faculty or instructional designers at your school.

Cost is $30 per person 


Speakers
avatar for Beth Kumar

Beth Kumar

Head of Reference, Graduate Theological Union
I'm interested in Reference, Instruction, Outreach, and Library Marketing


Wednesday June 12, 2019 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Parksville

1:00pm

Digital Project Management for Theological Collections (Cost is $30 per person)
If you are planning digital projects at your library, there are a variety of issues to consider. Come hear experts discuss digital project management in practical terms. This half-day workshop will include presentations on selection for digitization, metadata best practices, the scanning/digitization process, legal and rights issues, and services available through the Atla Digital Library to help you make your digital materials accessible.

Cost is $30 per person 

Speakers
avatar for Christine Fruin

Christine Fruin

Scholarly Communication & Digital Projects Manager, Atla
Christine Fruin is the Atla Scholarly Communication and Digital Projects Manager. As an attorney and a librarian, she has worked for over a decade promoting access to and use of diverse collections through utilization of fair use, open access, and responsible licensing.



Wednesday June 12, 2019 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Junior Ballroom A/B

5:00pm

President's Welcome Reception for New Members and First-Time Attendees - Invitation Only
Attendees who have signed up as Welcomers have volunteered to help New Members and First-Time Attendees make connections and maximize the conference experience for everyone. They are identifiable by their Welcomer badge ribbons (available at the registration desk) and are available to welcome all new and first-time attendees. Thanks to all of the Welcomers for helping to make the conference an inviting experience for everyone!

Wednesday June 12, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Junior Ballroom C/D

6:00pm

Opening Reception with the Exhibitors at the Vancouver Sheraton Wall Centre
Meet and greet fellow conference attendees at the Atla Annual 2019 Opening Reception, held in the Exhibit Hall. As you interact and tour the exhibits, enjoy hors d'oeuvres and drinks and reconnect with colleagues before exploring the Vancouver downtown area.

Wednesday June 12, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Pavilion Ballroom & Foyer
 
Thursday, June 13
 

7:00am

Worship Service in the Baptist Tradition
This worship service will take place in the historic First Baptist Church, 969 Burrard St, directly across the street from the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre conference hotel. 

Speakers
AT

Andrea Tisher

Minister of Worship, First Baptist Church



Thursday June 13, 2019 7:00am - 7:45am
First Baptist Church

8:00am

Breakfast & Updates on Atla Research Tools - RSVP Required
Come hear from the leadership team about Atla’s trusted research tools for the scholarly study of religion and theology, including Atla Religion Database® (Atla RDB®) — the premier index in all fields of religion, as well as AtlaSerials® (Atlas®), and AtlaSerials PLUS® (Atlas PLUS®) — the go-to full-text collections of journals in diverse areas of religion and theology. Staff will provide updates on content and scope, and we will also have an interactive Q&A session.

RSVP here: https://forms.gle/VfnQ3eFKYjAsSTTPA

Event is full.

Speakers
avatar for Margot Lyon

Margot Lyon

Director of Business Development, Atla
Margot Lyon is Director of Business Development at Atla where she oversees global business relationships, content licensing, and product-related initiatives. Margot has more than twenty years of experience in the information and publishing industry, having worked in public facing... Read More →
avatar for Maria Stanton

Maria Stanton

Director of Production, Atla
As the Director of Production, Maria and her team are responsible for the editorial scope and quality of Atla Religion Database®(Atla RDB®), as well as the full-text offerings AtlaSerials®, and AtlaSerials PLUS®. Maria is also a member of Atla’s leadership team. Previously... Read More →
avatar for Gregg Taylor

Gregg Taylor

Licensing Manager, Atla
Gregg Taylor is Licensing Manager in the Business Development department at Atla. A scholar of religion by training, Gregg is responsible for content licensing and global publisher relationships. A champion of metadata and a copyright enthusiast, he most enjoys getting to work with... Read More →


Thursday June 13, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Junior Ballroom D

8:00am

Exhibits and Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
Join us in the Exhibit Hall for the Atla Annual 2019 . Meet directly with exhibitors whose products you use or would like to include in your library collections.

Thursday June 13, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Pavilion Ballroom & Foyer

8:00am

Public Services Interest Group (PSIG) Meeting
Annual business meeting of the Public Services Interest Group (PSIG).
Feel free to get your breakfast from the exhibit hall and join us to eat together.

Thursday June 13, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am
Junior Ballroom A/B

8:00am

Sacred Space

We are providing a sacred space for conference attendees to have a place of personal or communal reflection. Sponsored by the Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), this dedicated room is designed to welcome people of any religion and walk of life.

Conference attendees will be able to reserve the space throughout the conference. Reservations will be on a first come first serve basis from Thursday and Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Saturday, 7:00 am - 1:00 pm. The room is available for both individuals and groups and is equipped with a microphone and 75-80 chairs.

Those interested may reserve the room by signing up: http://bit.ly/SacredSpace-RSVP

If you would like to invite others to join you for communal reflection, please indicate by filling in your group's name.

Thursday June 13, 2019 8:00am - 5:00pm
Gulf Islands A

8:45am

Welcome & Opening Plenary Address - Juan Pablo Alperin
Understanding and Improving Incentives for Open Access

Faculty want their research to be made available to the widest possible audience. Yet, despite the arguments for doing so, and despite the policies put in place by governments, universities, and funders, less than 50% of the research published today is made freely available to the public through open access (OA) models. The lack of universal OA is indicative of the tension faculty experience between the laudable goal of making research public and the emphasis review, promotion, and tenure (RPT) committees place on citation metrics and “high impact” publications. This presentation will draw on an analysis of RPT documents from a representative sample of 129 universities in the United States and Canada and on a survey of 338 faculty to discuss how the RPT process, and faculty's perceptions of it, may be hindering the opening of research. The presentation will conclude by opening a discussion and offering suggestions into the ways that faculty can reduce the tension between sharing with the public and advancing their careers.



Speakers
JP

Juan Pablo Alperin

Assistant Professor, School of Publishing at Simon Fraser University
Juan Pablo Alperin is an Assistant Professor at the School of Publishing at Simon Fraser University, the Associate Director of Research for the Public Knowledge Project, and the co-director of the Scholarly Communications Lab. He is a multi-disciplinary scholar, with training in computer... Read More →



Thursday June 13, 2019 8:45am - 10:00am
Grand Ballroom

10:30am

Building an Institutional Repository on a Shoestring Budget
In this practical walk-through, Fiona McMillan and Drew Baker will discuss how they built an institutional repository on a minimal budget for Claremont School of Theology using Internet Archive and OCLC's Collection Manager. The principles they followed can be easily adapted for any integrated library system. By creating an institutional repository, libraries can increase access to important content not only within their own community, but also outside of it as well. This presentation will contain simple steps any institution can follow to create their own institutional repository for student theses, institutional materials, and/or other relevant digital items on a budget.


Thursday June 13, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am
Port McNeil

10:30am

Mama Don't Take My Codex/Tome Away: Strategies/Best Practices for Partnering New/Reluctant Users with Academic eBooks
Many readers of academic books prefer reading on paper. In many of our contexts, however, avoiding academic eBooks is becoming less and less of an option as students (as well as other users) have few viable opportunities for accessing print-on-paper information if that content is already available to them in electronic form. This session will primarily consider ways in which librarians and information professionals can demystify and make useful the academic eBook for the (disinclined) user.  

Currently, we have a mixed bag of experiences regarding how the academic eBooks in our collections operate and we don't yet know what the academic eBook of the future will look like or be able to offer to our readers. This session will explore some options for both preparing the uninitiated for the variety of eBooks they will encounter, as well as consider some point-of-service strategies that may prevent a research conversation from ending abruptly when paper resources on a topic are scarce. How can we best help the resources that we have access to be more informative for our readers?

Speakers

Thursday June 13, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am
Port Alberni

10:30am

Redemption & the Library Administrator
In Redeeming Administration, Ann M. Garrido writes, "I've come to see that the primary task of the administrator involves the creation of an environment in which life can flourish. € Are you an administrator or supervisor in a university or theological library? Come and learn some methods to create an environment in which others can flourish.

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Campbell

Kelly Campbell

Associate Dean of Information Services, Columbia Theological Seminary


Thursday June 13, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am
Junior Ballroom A/B

10:30am

Two Research Courses, Two Miles Apart, Two Completely Different Approaches
Candler School of Theology and Columbia Theological Seminary both offer online advanced research courses to their Doctor of Ministry students. Both are co-taught by librarians – and the similarities stop there! Content, delivery method, approach, readings, and placement within the degree program are all different! Join us as we share our course specifics, student feedback, and how, in a perfect world, we would redesign our existing courses.

Moderators
Speakers

Thursday June 13, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am
Junior Ballroom C

10:30am

From Classroom to Chapel and Beyond: Teaching, Learning, and Building Community with Special Collections and Archives
Special collections and archival materials are essential components of the overall collections in many theological and religious libraries. These rare and often one-of-a-kind items can become participatory contributors to the educational mission of the institution. In the classroom, these unique resources enhance the teaching and learning experience of faculty and students. They also provide opportunities for librarians and archivists to showcase their rich collections of primary sources in collaborative contexts.  

This session will emphasize approaches to teaching and learning in theological and religious libraries by demonstrating how librarians and archivists can connect primary resources to both traditional and non-traditional classroom and learning experiences. This includes organizing events with collaborative partners to bring special collections items out into larger educational and community contexts. The session will explore, through specific case studies, how special collections can be used to bridge the gap between theological audiences (both student and public) and library services.

The session will showcase how Yale Divinity Library integrates specialized Bibles, rare books and historical ephemera into the educational program of the chapel service at Yale Divinity School. The session will also highlight activities at Drew University that have used special collections materials in participation with public events related to Juneteenth/Civil War history, African Methodist Episcopal Church history, and the social justice movement in American Methodism. Through this session, the presenters hope to share their experiences and insights and inspire other libraries to consider different ways in which to share their materials both within and outside of traditional educational settings.


Thursday June 13, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am
Junior Ballroom D

11:30am

World Religions Interest Group (WRIG) Meeting
Annual business meeting of the World Religions Interest Group (WRIG).

Feel free to order a box lunch during the registration process and join us to eat together or plan to get your lunch elsewhere after the meeting.

Thursday June 13, 2019 11:30am - 12:50pm
Parksville

11:30am

NACO Lunch Meeting--By Invitation Only
Limited to official members of the Atla NACO Funnel program, the lunch meeting provides a chance for members to discuss the specific policies and procedures of the program. There will be time for discussion of how the funnel is working and how the process

Speakers

Thursday June 13, 2019 11:30am - 1:00pm
Junior Ballroom A/B

1:00pm

ATS Accreditation Standards: Brainstorming and Discussion
In June 2018, the ATS membership authorized the ATS Board of Commissioners to undertake a comprehensive redevelopment of the Standards of Accreditation and the Commission Policies and Procedures. The unanimous vote was based on a five-point rationale and was followed by a membership discussion of key questions and concerns. The current timeline envisions a two-year process (June 2018 to June 2020), with regular membership involvement. The first year (2018-2019) is called "a year of listening, researching, and reflecting"€ during which the Redevelopment Task Force will engage a wide variety of membership groups. More information about this process can be found on the ATS website.

This session will be an opportunity for Atla conference participants to speak into this "year of listening," both to give feedback on the current Standards and Procedures and, more importantly, to share ideas and engage in conversation about how future Standards could best support libraries, librarians, and the work of graduate theological education. Participants are invited to review the current ATS Standards as well as selected reflection papers prepared by Task Force members (to be made available prior to the conference) in advance of this session so that most of our time together can be spent in conversation and discussion.

This session will be offered twice. Interested participants should attend only one of the two sessions. Feedback on the redevelopment process can also be sent to the redevelopment email address noted on the ATS website. Other opportunities for engagement will also be described in the ATS and Atla newsletters.

Speakers
avatar for Debbie Creamer

Debbie Creamer

Senior Director of Accreditation, Association of Theological Schools



Thursday June 13, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Junior Ballroom D

1:00pm

Wikipedia and Libraries: Better Together
Information-seeking happens on Wikipedia. To meet users where they are, library staff are extending their librarianship into the inner-workings of Wikipedia. Library staff are now correcting grammar, contributing to articles, weighing in on global discussions, and building community through editing events.

Join us to learn about the pathways that library staff have taken with Wikipedia. We will also provide an update on OCLC projects related to this collaborative encyclopedia and point to resources that are available to learn more about it. And, do you have your own "Wikipedia and Libraries" experience? If so, please share it with us!


Speakers
MC

Meryl Cinnamon

Member Relations Liaison, OCLC


Thursday June 13, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Junior Ballroom A/B

1:00pm

Wikidata Edit-a-Thon (Part One)
This session will teach participants how to add and edit scholarly articles and books in Wikidata, the fastest growing source of open bibliographic information. At the time of writing, Wikidata contains nearly 19 million bibliographic records. The large majority of these records are about scholarly articles in bio-medicine and the sciences. Our Wikidata edit-a-thon will help to change that! Learn how to enter articles, books, and journals into Wikidata to expand its coverage of your areas of theological interest. These session will be hands-on from the beginning. You will set up an account, identify a gap in the theological literature, and be fruitfully editing Wikidata within the first ten minutes. Please bring a laptop or other computing device.


Speakers
avatar for Clifford B. Anderson

Clifford B. Anderson

Associate University Librarian for Research and Learning, Vanderbilt University
avatar for Jeremie LeBlanc

Jeremie LeBlanc

Chief Librarian, Saint Paul University


Thursday June 13, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Port Alberni

1:00pm

First Nations/Native Americans and Religion: Bibliographic Conversation and Recommendations
A quick search using the subject "Indians of North America - Religion" in Bridwell Library's catalog retrieved 130 results out of a collection of about 490,000 volumes. This suggests (a) The Library of Congress may want to consider revising some of its subject headings (but that is a topic for another time), (b) religious and spiritual practices among First Nations/Native Americans are not widely studied by our students. While there are certainly exceptions, likely this situation is not unique among theological libraries. This session represents an effort to rectify this by sharing and inviting colleagues to share recommendations of resources on spirituality and religious beliefs and practices of various First Nations/Native American peoples and their relation to the faith traditions that are more broadly represented in our collections.



Thursday June 13, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Junior Ballroom C

1:00pm

The IFLA Library Reference Model and its Application in Cataloging
The IFLA Library Reference Model (LRM) is a high-level conceptual reference model that consolidates three components of the FRBR entity-relationship model (FRBR-Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records, FRAD-Functional Requirements for Authority Data and FRSAD-Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Data). It was developed in view of a linked-data environment and has been adopted as the theoretical basis underlying the RDA (Resource, Description and Access) revision 3R (RDA Revision and Redesign). This presentation will present an overview of the IFLA LRM, its terminology and entity-relationship structures and will explore its application in MARC-based cataloging.


Speakers
avatar for Armin Siedlecki

Armin Siedlecki

Head of Cataloging, Pitts Theology Library, Pitts Theology Library, Emory University


Thursday June 13, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Parksville

1:00pm

Three Credits' Worth of Research: The Librarian as Research Advisor for M.A. Candidates
In addition to the M.Div. degree, granted after three years of graduate study, students at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, PA can complete their requirements for the M.A. degree in Theology in their fourth and final year by writing a thesis paper. Several years ago, in an effort to ensure that the candidates were performing an acceptable level of research before beginning writing, academic administrators enjoined the librarian to supervise them during the fall semester of that fourth year, when their course-load is lighter. The students now earn three credits for the research they do. Thus, without the framework of regular class meetings, the librarian had to: 1) advise each student individually on the best sources and research techniques suited to his subject; 2) determine how much supervision each student needed, based on ability and initiative; and 3) coordinate his work with that of the thesis advisors. In this listen-and-learn session, the librarian will relate the trial-and-error course he took over the years to bring this enterprise to its current form, and share some of the methods that he uses to keep on top of all the students throughout their research journey.


Speakers
avatar for James Humble

James Humble

Library Director, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary


Thursday June 13, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Port McNeil

2:00pm

EBSCO Databases and Services: FOLIO
FOLIO is a collaboration of libraries, developers and vendors building an open source library services platform. It supports traditional resource management functionality and can be extended into other institutional areas. FOLIO's development started in 2016 and has quarterly major releases since 2018.
FOLIO continuously evaluates and improves its software architecture and quality assurance processes to ensure that the open source library services platform offers a solution that scales, is secure and can adopt future needs. Key features are multi-tenancy, micro-service principles, and software-as-a-service capabilities. This presentation will explain the latest FOLIO community developments and updates.

Speakers

Thursday June 13, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Junior Ballroom A/B

2:00pm

Wikidata Edit-a-Thon (Part Two)
This session will teach participants how to add and edit information about scholars of religion and theology on Wikidata. We'll show you to how add the members of your faculty to Wikidata, to connect them with the articles they've written, and to develop free faculty profiles using Scholia. This session will be hands-on from the beginning. You will set up an account, identify a faculty member to add, and be fruitfully editing Wikidata within the first ten minutes. Please bring a laptop or other computing device.

Speakers
avatar for Clifford B. Anderson

Clifford B. Anderson

Associate University Librarian for Research and Learning, Vanderbilt University
avatar for Jeremie LeBlanc

Jeremie LeBlanc

Chief Librarian, Saint Paul University


Thursday June 13, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Port Alberni

2:00pm

Demand Driven Acquisitions "The Fuller Way"
The introduction of two fully-accredited online degrees at Fuller Theological Seminary has signaled majority online student presence, while signaling a steady decline of on-campus masters level students. This paradigm shift necessitates a departure from "classic" library collection development methods, and the introduction of demand-driven models. However, the patron-drive models of vendors and publishers have fallen somewhat short of the Hubbard Library needs, so we have developed our own model.


Thursday June 13, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Port McNeil

2:00pm

Safe at Home: Co-curricular spaces for generative, (un)safe conversations
Third space describes an intentional space where normative assumptions are challenged by shared encounter with cultural and ideological otherness; third spaces open possibilities for transformational education. Beam Library at Oklahoma Christian University generates third space experiences through co-curricular events that engage the intersection of faith and culture. Specifically, our Safe at Home chapel exists as a generous (un)safe space that facilitates crucial conversation about gender, sexuality, and faith, empowering students who may feel unsafe because they are or affirm LGBTQIA individuals. Librarians discuss and demonstrate the educational and culture-transforming potential of a co-curricular third space.  

Point: As co-curricular entities, academic libraries are aptly situated for the creation of third spaces and intentional spaces where normative rules and structures are challenged by shared encounters with cultural and ideological otherness.

Purpose: To share ideas and report on Beam Library initiatives like Safe at Home chapel that create third space learning experiences, position the library at the intersection of formation and information, and re-vision the library as facilitator of generative conversation in a generously hospitable space.

Speakers

Thursday June 13, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Junior Ballroom C

2:00pm

The Catholic Portal Ten Years Young: Service through Collaboration, Creativity, and Communication
The Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) is a non-profit organization comprised of 50 Catholic colleges, universities, seminaries, and religious congregations. The CRRA's Catholic Portal makes discoverable a collaboratively curated collection of unique and rare Catholic materials in all formats, freely available to all. Now in its tenth year of development, this collaborative, open source digital humanities project continues to advance CRRA's mission to provide enduring access to Catholic research resources in the Americas.

In response to user needs and with increased technological possibilities, the Portal has evolved into a robust discovery system, incorporating deep indexing and discovery of finding aids across aggregated content; text mining applications; an open source solution for producing in-house or shareable EADs; free online tutorials; and cooperative collection building and digitization. Emphasis will be on how the Portal functions, its use, development and prime movers. See the freely available Catholic Portal: https://www.catholicresearch.org/.  Ample time will be allotted for discussion.

Speakers

Thursday June 13, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Junior Ballroom D

2:00pm

A Question of Identity: Vocation, Professionalization, and Atla Membership
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.


Moderators
avatar for James Estes

James Estes

Director of the Library, Wesley Theological Seminary

Speakers
avatar for Megan Welsh

Megan Welsh

Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Art and Humanities Librarian, University of Colorado Boulder


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

3:00pm

3:00pm

1,000 Women in Religion – Poster Session
Did you know that only 17% of the biographical subjects and 9% of the editors on Wikipedia are women? The 1,000 Women in Religion Project – a major initiative of the AAR/SBL Women’s Caucus – is working to raise up the under-recognized work of women in the world’s religious and wisdom traditions by adding 1,000 women in religion onto Wikipedia. This is a poster session will demonstrate this effort aimed at lifting up the work of women in religion in ways that reform the gender biases that shape our systems of knowledge production. 

Speakers
avatar for Colleen Hartung

Colleen Hartung

Coordinator of the Ministry for Families and Children, Holy Wisdom Monastery
Colleen D. Hartung, Ph.D, is developer and coordinator of the Ministry for Families and Children at Holy Wisdom Monastery in Madison, Wisconsin. She completed her doctoral studies at Chicago Theological Seminary in 2015. Her current research interests lie at the intersection between... Read More →


Thursday June 13, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Pavilion Ballroom & Foyer

3:00pm

Agile Library Transformation Through the Use of Concept Mapping in Information Literacy Instructions: A Journey into Research-based Visual Inquiry
Integration of the ACRL framework into the Information Literacy curriculum have been a focal point of many instructional librarians in the recent years with the attempts to reconstruct and reevaluate Information Literacy approaches and to deeper integrate it into the curriculum.

This poster will discuss an application of the knowledge practices of the ACRL framework through the visual concept mapping process as part of the search strategy assignments during Information Literacy sessions. Due to the versatility and adaptability of the concept map, it can be successfully applied in a variety of the educational contexts. This poster will demonstrate how visual concept mapping, being an authentic and meaningful learning tool, can be integrated into the search strategy assignment, allowing students to express their research topic more creatively, thus facilitating more productive searching techniques and iterative process of knowledge construction.

Using Agile core principles and values, this poster will show how concept mapping can become a valuable tool for transformation of the theological libraries by promoting students’ creative expression and facilitating their engagement in the classroom through a more relevant learning experience.

Speakers

Thursday June 13, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Pavilion Ballroom & Foyer

3:00pm

Defining Digital Theology: Barthian Reflections on the Role of Open Access and Electronic Publishing in the Theological Toolkit
As a Student member of the Atla Press Coordinating Council, the presenter has spent the past eight months evaluating, developing, and implementing digital tools to support the Press' initiatives in open access scholarship. This session frames those efforts in the context of theology's status as a "minor participant" (Hutchings, 2015) in the digital humanities as well as the emergence of a trans-disciplinary domain increasingly identified as “digital theology” (Phillips, 2014). Drawing on Anderson’s (2018) analysis of theology’s disciplinary distance from the main body of digital humanities work, the presenter outlines a case for the distinctive primacy of digital publishing tools and open access commitments in digital theology, as compared with the broader suite of research tools and methods that constitute the “cultural capital” (Schroeder, 2016) of digital humanities as generally understood. Particular attention is paid in this regard to Karl Barth’s vision of a “proclamation-centered” (Hector, 2015) theological method as the basis for an ecclesiological critique of closed access publication models, in addition to the use of other aspects of Barth’s thought as lenses for evaluating the limitations of present digital humanities toolkits for theological purposes and the means by which such limitations might be overcome.

Speakers

Thursday June 13, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Pavilion Ballroom & Foyer

3:00pm

Fox @ the Fireside: Using Strategic Marketing & Outreach to Foster Authentic Scholarly Conversations in the Library
This session highlights the strategic marketing, intentional outreach through liaisons, and event planning that went into developing "Fox @ the Fireside," shares about the program, and invites conversations about other opportunities that might exist for libraries to host and engage in scholarly discussions around campus. Fox @ the Fireside is an event hosted by the George Fox University librarians each semester, designed to showcase the intellectual and creative output of a campus community member or group (student, staff, faculty) and invite the university community to participate in conversation centered around a topic of campus-wide interest. Past programs have showcased art, books, and even LEGO® creations! Through this event, we have created a hospitable, inviting, inclusive space for conversation that furthers the library's mission to be a place for holistic connection, innovative creation, and authentic contribution.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Stevenson

Sarah Stevenson

Research & Instruction Librarian, George Fox University
I'm a Research & Instruction Librarian at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. I lead the libraries’ student engagement and marketing efforts​, developing the libraries' brand,​ designing social media marketing campaigns,​ and coordinating library outreach events​ that... Read More →


Thursday June 13, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Pavilion Ballroom & Foyer

3:00pm

Living Libraries: Building Communities Through Dialogue
In Living Libraries, books are people. Living Library events provide unique opportunities for people to engage with one another in a supportive environment which encourages questions and open mindedness, and recognizes that stories have value. This poster will outline the development of CU Boulder's inaugural Living Library held in spring 2018 and the expanded Living Library held in March 2019, share the outcomes of the events, and provide advice for those interested in developing their own Living Library.

Speakers
avatar for Megan Welsh

Megan Welsh

Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Art and Humanities Librarian, University of Colorado Boulder


Thursday June 13, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Pavilion Ballroom & Foyer

4:00pm

Atla Association Update
During this session, Executive Director Brenda Bailey-Hainer will provide an overview of association accomplishments from the past year.

Speakers
avatar for Brenda Bailey-Hainer

Brenda Bailey-Hainer

Executive Director, Atla
Brenda Bailey-Hainer is the Executive Director at Atla. Heading up the association’s staff leadership team, she oversees all aspects of the association including Atla’s scholarly research tools and programs and services for members, works directly with the Board of Directors... Read More →


Thursday June 13, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Grand Ballroom

5:00pm

5:00pm

5:00pm

Campbell-Stone Denominational Group Meeting
Librarians affiliated personally or institutionally with the Campbell-Stone tradition meet to network, exchange news, and get updates on the Stone-Campbell Teaching Archive.

Moderators
Thursday June 13, 2019 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Port McNeil

5:00pm

5:00pm

5:00pm

5:00pm

Open Conversation Circle
This is an "Open Conversation Circle" that will be held during the Denominational Meetings for those who do not identify with any particular denomination, but want to dialog and visit with others at this time.

Thursday June 13, 2019 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Port Hardy

5:00pm

5:00pm

5:00pm

 
Friday, June 14
 

7:10am

Worship in the Anglican/Episcopal Tradition
Worship in the Anglican/Episcopal Tradition at Christ Church Cathedral, 690 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC, V6C211. Rev. Peter Elliott will lead the service.

Walking Directions:
  1. Exit the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre onto Burrard St.
  2. Turn right
  3. Walk 700 meters (9 minutes) to the Northeast corner of West Georgia & Burrard Streets
  4. Christ Church Cathedral will be on the right. Enter through the main entrance


Speakers
PG

Peter G. Elliott

Dean & Rector, Christ Church Cathedral - Vancouver, BC


Friday June 14, 2019 7:10am - 7:45am
Christ Church Cathedral

8:00am

Exhibits and Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
Join us in the Exhibit Hall for the Atla Annual 2019.

Meet directly with exhibitors whose products you use or would like to include in your library collections.

Friday June 14, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Pavilion Ballroom & Foyer

8:00am

OCLC Update Breakfast - RSVP Required
Join the OCLC leadership team for an update on their products. The link to RSVP will be sent later in a separate email invitation.

Friday June 14, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Junior Ballroom D

8:00am

Contemporary Religious Literature Conversation Group
The gathered group discusses the books they've read over the past year. All type of genres are discussed. The plus side is you generally come away with a list of books to check out!

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Ulrich

Jennifer Ulrich

Technical Services Librarian, Eastern Mennonite University


Friday June 14, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am
Junior Ballroom A/B

8:00am

Small Libraries Interest Group (SLIG) Meeting
Annual business meeting of the Small Libraries Interest Group (SLIG).

Feel free to get your breakfast from the exhibit hall and join us to eat together.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Ebertz

Susan Ebertz

Director for the Reu Memorial Library, Wartburg Theological Seminary



Friday June 14, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am
Parksville

8:00am

Sacred Space

We will be providing a sacred space for conference attendees to have a place of personal or communal reflection. Sponsored by the Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), this dedicated room is designed to welcome people of any religion and walk of life.

Conference attendees will be able to reserve the space throughout the conference. Reservations will be on a first come first serve basis from Thursday and Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Saturday, 7:00 am - 1:00 pm. The room is available for both individuals and groups and is equipped with a microphone and 75-80 chairs.

Those interested may reserve the room by signing up: http://bit.ly/SacredSpace-RSVP

If you would like to invite others to join you for communal reflection, please indicate by filling in your group's name.

Friday June 14, 2019 8:00am - 5:00pm
Gulf Islands A

9:00am

Plenary Address - Sarah Dupont
Accelerating Allyship: Indigenization, Decolonization, and Reconciliation in Librarianship

In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada released its summary findings report. Stories of starvation, assimilation, and cultural and physical genocide towards Indigenous children, who were government-mandated participants in the Indian Residential School system, were laid painfully bare. In our collective sadness, and, for many, shock, our Nation was asked to bear witness to this truth and to begin a journey toward reconciliation. 94 Calls to Action were put forth by the TRC and since then, the library and archival professions have mobilized towards meaningful responses to the calls in local and national contexts.
With foundation-building work needed on personal, spiritual, and professional levels for many information professionals about Indigenous histories and current contexts, Indigenous librarians and archivists are increasingly called upon to assist their colleagues in learning what public schools previously failed to teach. This conversation will connect concepts of allyship to examples from practice so that participants can begin to support and extend the capacity of Indigenous colleagues from a place of humble understanding and respect. The work of the Xwi7xwa Library and the Indigitization program offer insights to the work of Indigenization and Decolonization, as well as a pathway for the work of Reconciliation in library settings.



Speakers
avatar for Sarah Dupont

Sarah Dupont

Aboriginal Engagement Librarian, Xwi7xwa Library, First Nations House of Learning and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia
Sarah Dupont serves as the Aboriginal Engagement Librarian at the Xwi7xwa Library, First Nations House of Learning and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia. Her work includes projects such as the Indigitization program, public services, and coordinating the annual Indigenous (Un)History Month exhibition. She is also the Coordinator of the iSchool’s First Nations Curriculum Concentration, and recently co-instructed its only Indigenous information course. Sarah is the convenor of the F... Read More →



Friday June 14, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Grand Ballroom

10:30am

ATS Accreditation Standards: Brainstorming and Discussion
In June 2018, the ATS membership authorized the ATS Board of Commissioners to undertake a comprehensive redevelopment of the Standards of Accreditation and the Commission Policies and Procedures. The unanimous vote was based on a five-point rationale and was followed by a membership discussion of key questions and concerns. The current timeline envisions a two-year process (June 2018 to June 2020), with regular membership involvement. The first year (2018-2019) is called “a year of listening, researching, and reflecting” during which the Redevelopment Task Force will engage a wide variety of membership groups. More information about this process can be found on the ATS website.

This session will be an opportunity for Atla conference participants to speak into this "year of listening," both to give feedback on the current Standards and Procedures and, more importantly, to share ideas and engage in conversation about how future Standards could best support libraries, librarians, and the work of graduate theological education. Participants are invited to review the current ATS Standards as well as selected reflection papers prepared by Task Force members (to be made available prior to the conference) in advance of this session so that most of our time together can be spent in conversation and discussion.

This session will be offered twice. Interested participants should attend only one of the two sessions. Feedback on the redevelopment process can also be sent to the redevelopment email address noted on the ATS website. Other opportunities for engagement will also be described in the ATS and Atla newsletters.


Speakers
avatar for Debbie Creamer

Debbie Creamer

Senior Director of Accreditation, Association of Theological Schools



Friday June 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am
Junior Ballroom D

10:30am

Developing Research Training Services at Asbury Seminary
Research services is a crucial component in theological librarianship and providing those services becomes continually more challenging as curriculum shifts away from research papers and toward reflection papers. At Asbury, we have been working to develop research training and services to a wide variety of students (on-campus, off-campus, masters, doctoral) as well as faculty both local and international. Come and listen to the strategies used to develop, market and provide these services to a diverse group of patrons.

Speakers
avatar for Wesley Custer

Wesley Custer

Director of Instructional Services, Asbury Theological Seminary



Friday June 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am
Parksville

10:30am

Streaming Video for Theological Education
Recent research reveals significant differences between theological libraries and other academic libraries in the licensing and use of streaming video. State-funded and large research university libraries have reported high adoption (90% of libraries license content) and significant expenditure (the average annual budget is approximately $15,000). The comparable trends raises significant questions about support of digital pedagogy in theological education, as well as the potential for new products that meet the curricular priorities and budgetary capacities of theological libraries. This session will review recent research and identify opportunities for licensing of streaming videos among Atla institutions.

Speakers

Friday June 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am
Port Alberni

10:30am

Catalogers and Directors: At Loggerheads Or Mutually Advancing the Profession?
A perennial discussion is the future of cataloging in the library profession. Are catalogers going the way of the blacksmith because computers and automation are changing what is expected (and what is capable of being achieved) in this area of library work? Are catalogers clinging to methods and expectations that are disappearing? Are directors simply waiting for catalogers to retire so that they can replace them by someone who isn't such a Luddite? Are catalogers continuing doing the things they are doing because "it's the way we've always done them"€ or because it provides needed access to library materials? Are directors expecting a guaranteed future or one that remains elusive because technology doesn't have all the answers to providing the access librarians would like to see? Are catalogers and directors moving in irreconcilable opposite directions? This panel presentation by two directors and a cataloger will consider these hot-button issues, trying to throw more light and less heat on the discussion, attempting to find a middle ground between perceptions and realities that will enable us all, catalogers and directors, to move our profession forward.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Stephen Sweeney

Stephen Sweeney

Director of the Library, St. John Vianney Theological Seminary


Friday June 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am
Junior Ballroom C

10:30am

Global Learning and the Myth of Borders: Examining Theological Education and Librarianship through World-Systems Theory
In the last few years, the language of "globalism" and "borders" has been pervasive in the narratives of politics and social commentary. Despite the flurry of opinions, debates, and claims of "fake news," those who are practitioners in theological education broadly speaking, and theological librarianship, specifically, recognize the deep and profound reality of global education, and the impact that it has on both domestic students and the international representation of students and faculty as one community of learners, practitioners, and seekers. In this paper, we will look at how the language of "globalism" has been expressed both in popular terms and theological terms; how the evocation of "borders" and "boundaries" is not a new idea, but an ancient trope reused throughout history for steering narrative claims; and how world-systems theory enables a broader understanding of theological education and librarianship.

Speakers

Friday June 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am
Port McNeil

11:30am

Special Collections Interest Group (SCIG) Meeting
Annual business meeting of the Special Collections Interest Group (SCIG).

Feel free to order a box lunch during the registration process and join us to eat together, or plan to get your lunch elsewhere after the meeting.

Moderators
avatar for Cindy Aalders

Cindy Aalders

Library Director, Regent College
avatar for Patrick Milas

Patrick Milas

Library Director, New Brunswick Theological Seminary

Friday June 14, 2019 11:30am - 12:50pm
Junior Ballroom A/B

11:30am

SWATLA Meeting
The Southwestern Area Theological Library Association (SWATLA) will hold its annual meeting at the Atla Annual 2019 to discuss member updates, business transactions, and a possible program.

Feel free to order a box lunch during the registration process and join us to eat together, or plan to get your lunch elsewhere after the meeting.

Friday June 14, 2019 11:30am - 12:50pm
Parksville

1:00pm

Discount Offers for Electronic Resource & E-Books and Shared Print – Atla & SCELC’s Growing Relationship
Over the past several years, Atla’s electronic resource licensing program partnership with SCELC has expanded significantly.  Atla and SCELC continue to negotiate with vendors specifically for resources in religion and theology that will be of interest to our libraries. As our relationship continues to grow, Atla and SCELC are exploring other ways to provide Atla members compelling benefits and useful programs. In this session Rick Burke, Executive Director of SCELC and Gillian Harrison Cain, Director of Member Programs at Atla, will share information regarding new offers for religion and theology electronic resources & e-books.  In addition, come and learn about SCELC's growing Shared Print program, and how your libraries might participate in shared print in the future.

Speakers
avatar for Gillian Harrison Cain

Gillian Harrison Cain

Director of Member Programs, Atla


Friday June 14, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Port Alberni

1:00pm

Essential Resource or Money Pit? Board Members' and Administrators' Perceptions of Theological Libraries
The In Trust Center for Theological Schools conducted a survey and interviews with board members and senior administrators of ATS schools to find out what they think about their own libraries. The answers are complex.

Speakers
avatar for Jay Blossom

Jay Blossom

Vice President for Communication, In Trust Center for Theological Schools
The mission of the In Trust Center is to strengthen theological schools by connecting their leaders to essential resources for mission vitality. We are particularly focused on WHAT BOARD MEMBERS AND SENIOR ADMINISTRATORS need to know in order to serve their institutions effectively... Read More →


Friday June 14, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Junior Ballroom D

1:00pm

Digital Humanities and Libraries and Archives in Religious Studies
This panel brings together four contributors to the forthcoming volume, Digital Humanities and Libraries and Archives in Religious Studies (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2019). The panelists will briefly summarize their chapters, sharing how digital humanities connects with research in religious studies as well as teaching and learning in theological librarianship. Since this volume will be published in open access, these chapters will be available as resources for everyone who seeks to understand how this growing field is shaping and transforming the practice of theological librarianship. Topics covered during the panel will include algorithmic bias and transparency, data mining of religious archives, digital humanities pedagogy, and the library as "interface" to the digital humanities.

Moderators
avatar for Clifford B. Anderson

Clifford B. Anderson

Associate University Librarian for Research and Learning, Vanderbilt University

Speakers

Friday June 14, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Parksville

1:00pm

Small and Thriving: A Follow-Up to "The Future of the Small Theological Library"
Being small does not have to be a liability for theological libraries. This is the argument Myka Kennedy Stephens makes in her essay published in the April 2016 issue of Theological Librarianship (https://doi.org/10.31046/tl.v9i1.411). Instead, being small is something to take seriously and, in many cases, celebrate. As distance learning, hybrid pedagogy, and flipped classrooms continue to make inroads in theological education, how do we now envision the future of small theological libraries? This panel will explore and discuss habits that make theological librarians in smaller contexts successful. Staying attuned to needs, optimizing resources, and acting boldly are the habits Stephens names in her essay. This panel will discuss, expand, and share how these habits are applied in three small theological library contexts.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Ebertz

Susan Ebertz

Director for the Reu Memorial Library, Wartburg Theological Seminary
avatar for Elizabeth Young Miller

Elizabeth Young Miller

Information Literacy and Seminary Liaison Librarian, Moravian Theological Seminary
avatar for Myka Kennedy Stephens

Myka Kennedy Stephens

Seminary Librarian, Lancaster Theological Seminary



Friday June 14, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Junior Ballroom A/B

1:00pm

So Your School is Becoming More Religiously Diverse...
Over the past decade, many Atla member institutions have become increasingly religiously diverse. From larger actions like starting new inter-religious programs or partnering with other institutions to smaller steps like changing branding and programming, many institutions have actively sought to become more ecumenical and/or inter-religious and attract more students from religious traditions beyond the institutions' particular historical traditions. Given this reality, how can librarians at these schools adapt to serve their increasingly religiously diverse students better? What do librarians whose institutions are moving in more ecumenical or inter-religious directions need to consider? From collection development to reference and instruction, this panel will reflect on this topic as the panelists raise important questions and provide helpful practical advice based on their experiences at their own institutions.

Speakers
avatar for Beth Kumar

Beth Kumar

Head of Reference, Graduate Theological Union
I'm interested in Reference, Instruction, Outreach, and Library Marketing
avatar for Patrick Milas

Patrick Milas

Library Director, New Brunswick Theological Seminary


Friday June 14, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Junior Ballroom C

1:00pm

View From The Dean’s Office
With leadership skills gained from careers in theological libraries and experience from working closely with academic administration, theological librarians can be invited to work more directly within a seminary administration - either in administrative roles added to library roles or wholly administrative roles. Join us for a discussion of insights from three library colleagues who moved from library to seminary administration. We will address the focus of these administrative roles, points of intersection between academic administration and libraries, how the library is viewed from these offices, and strategies for working together.

Speakers
avatar for Debbie Creamer

Debbie Creamer

Senior Director of Accreditation, Association of Theological Schools
avatar for Andrew Keck

Andrew Keck

Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives, Perkins School of Theology - SMU


Friday June 14, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Port McNeil

2:00pm

Atla Business Meeting
During this session Board Secretary Ellen Frost will report on the results of the 2019 election and Atla Board President Jennie Bartholomew will welcome new Board members and thank outgoing Board members. Other association business will be covered.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer K Bartholomew

Jennifer K Bartholomew

Director of Library and Academic Support Services, Sacred Heart Seminary & School of Theology
art, information literacy, libraries, technology, tennis, whatever you're interested in!
avatar for Ellen Frost

Ellen Frost

Head of Technical Services, Bridwell Library, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University


Friday June 14, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Grand Ballroom

3:00pm

Break
Friday June 14, 2019 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Grand Ballroom Foyer

3:30pm

Building Inclusive Spaces: Vancouver Public Library's Trans, Gender Variant, and Two-Spirit Inclusion Initiative
Building inclusive spaces for all members of the community is part of Vancouver Public Library's long-standing commitment to inclusive and responsive library services. Beginning in 2016 VPL embarked on a project to review and update its services in order to be more inclusive for members of the Trans, Gender Variant, and Two-Spirit community. This session will explore the steps VPL undertook as it updated its programming, public services, facilities, and staff training to better meet the needs of these patrons.

Moderators
Speakers

Friday June 14, 2019 3:30pm - 4:20pm
Port Alberni

3:30pm

Inventorying a Library Collection--One After Thirty Years, and One After Two Years
This session will present the process of conducting the first inventory in a library (Kroemer Library, Concordia Theological Seminary) in thirty years-after a retrospective conversion, addition of smart bar-codes to library volumes, merging of a storage in collection with the main collection, and several changes in integrated library systems. Most integrated library systems provide some method of inventorying. We will present the reasons for bypassing this capability and developing our own process because of the complexity of the situation. How accurate was the machine-readable shelf-list after all this time? Were the students who put in the smart bar-codes as smart as the bar-codes? How does one tackle such a project? These and other questions will be considered, and lessons learned will be shown. For comparison, the process of inventorying another library (Cardinal Stafford Library, St. John Vianney Theological Seminary) for the fourth time in a biennial process will be considered. Do frequent inventories make a difference in maintaining the integrity of the collection? What lessons were learned from this process?

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Sweeney

Stephen Sweeney

Director of the Library, St. John Vianney Theological Seminary


Friday June 14, 2019 3:30pm - 4:20pm
Junior Ballroom D

3:30pm

Envisioning Regional Library Groups
Are you active in a regional Atla group or wondering about the value of such a group? Join the president of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Theological Library Association (SEPTLA), the past president of the Southern California Theological Library Association (SCATLA), and a representative from Atla as we share the challenges and benefits of regional groups and how Atla can offer support. Panelists will also discuss ways organizations can remain relevant and move forward. Time at the end of the presentation will be focused on answering your questions and hearing your ideas.

Moderators
avatar for Elizabeth Young Miller

Elizabeth Young Miller

Information Literacy and Seminary Liaison Librarian, Moravian Theological Seminary

Speakers
avatar for Gillian Harrison Cain

Gillian Harrison Cain

Director of Member Programs, Atla


Friday June 14, 2019 3:30pm - 4:20pm
Junior Ballroom A/B

3:30pm

Library and IT Collaborative Models
Panel Discussion of various models for collaboration between libraries and IT departments.


Friday June 14, 2019 3:30pm - 4:20pm
Parksville

3:30pm

Maintaining and Building Trust in the Midst of Change
Libraries, as growing organisms, often go through significant evolution upon the departure and arrival of staff. These evolutions can be challenging to the community the library serves. This panel will offer a chance for librarians who have brought change to their libraries at the beginning of a new position to share their experience, provide advice, and reflect on the overall approach they brought to maintaining and building trust within the larger institution.

Moderators
avatar for Evan Boyd

Evan Boyd

Director of Library Services, United Lutheran Seminary

Speakers
avatar for Yasmine Abou-El-Kheir

Yasmine Abou-El-Kheir

Library Director, Chicago Theological Seminary


Friday June 14, 2019 3:30pm - 4:20pm
Junior Ballroom C

3:30pm

Reclaiming Library Space: From Boring to Buzzing
This session will describe some of the methods used to make the library more habitable, comfortable, and safe.


Friday June 14, 2019 3:30pm - 4:20pm
Port McNeil

4:30pm

Collection Evaluation & Development (CEAD) Interest Group Meeting
Annual business meeting of the Collection Evaluation & Development (CEAD) Interest Group .

Friday June 14, 2019 4:30pm - 5:20pm
Junior Ballroom A/B

4:30pm

Technical Services Interest Group (TSIG) Meeting
Annual business meeting of the Technical Services Interest Group (TSIG).

Friday June 14, 2019 4:30pm - 5:20pm
Junior Ballroom D

5:30pm

Screening on Netflix . . . or through an Online Library Near You: Documentary Film as Educational Resource
What happens when leading documentary filmmakers team up with experts in practical theology (religious educators, chaplains, and psychologists) to engage the real-life issues that challenge our society? The result is a growing collection of documentary-based educational resources that brings together film, study guides, and discussion materials designed to enhance theological education and congregational engagement well beyond seminary walls. Peabody Award-winning Executive Producer Nick Stuart, along with Odyssey Impact’s Director of City Partnerships, Rev. Dr. Katie Givens Kime, will screen extracts from their Netflix documentary and discuss how libraries can take advantage of sophisticated multimedia resources to enrich practical education and issue-based learning.

Speakers
NS

Nick Stuart

CEO, Odyssey Impact


Friday June 14, 2019 5:30pm - 6:20pm
Parksville

6:30pm

International Theological Librarianship Education Task Force Dinner (By Invitation Only)
The International Theological Librarianship Education Task Force Meeting will hold their meeting at the Atla Annual 2019, Dinner will be served. 

Friday June 14, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Orca

7:30pm

International Theological Librarianship Education Task Force Meeting (By Invitation Only)
Specific agenda items will be announced.

Friday June 14, 2019 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Parksville
 
Saturday, June 15
 

7:00am

Sacred Space

We are providing a sacred space for conference attendees to have a place of personal or communal reflection. Sponsored by the Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), this dedicated room is designed to welcome people of any religion and walk of life.

Conference attendees will be able to reserve the space throughout the conference. Reservations will be on a first come first serve basis from Thursday and Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Saturday, 7:00 am - 1:00 pm. The room is available for both individuals and groups and is equipped with a microphone and 75-80 chairs.

Those interested may reserve the room by signing up: http://bit.ly/SacredSpace-RSVP

If you would like to invite others to join you for communal reflection, please indicate by filling in your group's name.


Saturday June 15, 2019 7:00am - 1:00pm
Gulf Islands A

8:00am

Technology Innovation in Small Theological Libraries: The Fruit of Library/I.T. Collaboration (Part One)
Come learn about how you can use the power of G Suite and Google powered hardware including Chromeboxes, Chromebits, and the Jamboard in your library. These tools can be used to meet many needs in a library. They offer a low cost solution that is user friendly, easy to maintain, and secure. Attendees will see first hand just how easy and fast it is to setup a catalog search station and self-service checkout station using a Chromebit. Use of a Google Jamboard will also be demonstrated for use by Library staff and as a tool for Library patrons. The session will have some technical content, but presented in a way that is easily understood by library staff. Attendees will leave with resources to walk them through using these tools in their own libraries.

Speakers

Saturday June 15, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am
Port McNeil

8:00am

Copyright for Online Teaching
When supporting instructors in the development of online course materials, librarians frequently encounter questions regarding fair use and other copyright and licensing issues surrounding the delivery of course content in an online classroom or through course management systems that support traditional face to face teaching. In this session, attendees will receive guidance on how to navigate these issues including the law of fair use and the various alternatives available to delivering copyrighted content online. Special focus will be on incorporating images, audio, and video in online courses.






Speakers
avatar for Christine Fruin

Christine Fruin

Scholarly Communication & Digital Projects Manager, Atla
Christine Fruin is the Atla Scholarly Communication and Digital Projects Manager. As an attorney and a librarian, she has worked for over a decade promoting access to and use of diverse collections through utilization of fair use, open access, and responsible licensing.


Saturday June 15, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am
Junior Ballroom D

8:00am

First Step: Online Orientation
How to orientate theological students to academic study? Since 2001, the library at Carey Baptist College has been providing information literacy programs and quizzes that are worth 5% of the course work for students. From formal to informal training sessions, the aim was to assist students to be familiar with the library resources. Unfortunately, it only addresses the library skills and the formal sessions were only for onsite students. Therefore, the distance students were left out.

The birth of First Steps a €“ Carey Essentials" went live in the beginning of 2018. All new students were enrolled to do this course and it is a requirement for them to complete the course within the semester. This self-paced course integrates study and library skills into Moodle, which is an open source learning management system. It is monitor by library staff. The course is based on the just in time€ model to learning. Creativity and making it interesting were some of the core requirements. This paper will highlight the content and the use of technology in the course. It will also address the challenges and the changes after consultation with the students.

Speakers

Saturday June 15, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am
Parksville

8:00am

NACO/SACO/CONSER Listen & Learn
Participants will hear about and have the opportunity to discuss the changes made to the NACO authority process and CONSER process this year. Especially noted will be the outcomes from the Program for Cooperative Cataloging Operations Meeting held in May, 2019, covering NACO, CONSER, and SACO activities. The progress on the ATLA SACO funnel will be presented and participants recognized. Prospective members of any of the PCC funnel projects are encouraged to come and consider joining. 

Speakers

Saturday June 15, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am
Junior Ballroom A/B

9:00am

Technology Innovation in Small Theological Libraries: The Fruit of Library/I.T. Collaboration (Part Two)
Come learn about how you can use the power of G Suite and Google powered hardware including Chromeboxes, Chromebits, and the Jamboard in your library. These tools can be used to meet many needs in a library. They offer a low cost solution that is user friendly, easy to maintain, and secure. Attendees will see first hand just how easy and fast it is to setup a catalog search station and self-service checkout station using a Chromebit. Use of a Google Jamboard will also be demonstrated for use by Library staff and as a tool for Library patrons. The session will have some technical content, but presented in a way that is easily understood by library staff. Attendees will leave with resources to walk them through using these tools in their own libraries.

Speakers

Saturday June 15, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Port McNeil

9:00am

Librarians Across Disciplines: Mitigating Archival Chaos
Librarians across disciplines unexpectedly inherit archival collections and are often faced with the supervision of materials despite lack of expertise and training. This situation proves especially challenging for theological libraries because of the variety of materials these collections include. Ranging from ephemera and photographs, to diaries, bibles, and church records, these collections offer hidden resources that document local communities and organizational history. Taking the time to minimally organize these collections creates opportunities to connect with faculty and patrons and supports institutional and alumni relationships.  

This session seeks to equip librarians and library administrators with basic tools to gain control of archival collections. Particularly geared towards small theological libraries with minimal archival staff, we will discuss basic archival principles, and outline steps for inventorying, describing, and digitizing archival objects. Participants will leave with tasks that can be introduced into workflows to mitigate archival chaos. The realization that taking even the first step towards archival control will give attendees great confidence in tackling their "stuff"€ and advocating for institutional support.

Speakers
avatar for Caitlin Reeves

Caitlin Reeves

Processing Archivist, Columbia Theological Seminary


Saturday June 15, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Junior Ballroom D

9:00am

Library Escape Room
One of our librarians went a little mad, and she locked our students in the reference room! Given only an hour one Saturday evening, teams of students had to develop mad research skills to find a way to escape. The goals of our Library Escape Room were to help students hone their skills with the library's databases, discover resources within the reference room, reinforce their citation skills, and remind them that finding information is fun.

Panel participants will learn how the program was developed, what happened during the actual escape room, what worked well, and what needs to change. They will also have an opportunity to read the "script"€ and experience some of the puzzles that were offered.

Speakers
avatar for Dora Rowe

Dora Rowe

Instructional Services Librarian and Director, Instructional Resource Center, Union Presbyterian Seminary



Saturday June 15, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Junior Ballroom A/B

9:00am

Spiritual Care in a Multicultural and Interfaith Environment
Dr. Syed Nasir Zaidi, Research Associate at Vancouver School of Theology, scholar of Quran & Islamic theology, and interfaith chaplain, will speak about lessons learned from providing spiritual care in a multicultural and interfaith environment.


Saturday June 15, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Junior Ballroom C

9:00am

Teaching on Religion and Violence
I have many times now taught a course entitled "Religion and Violence" at Brite Divinity School and Texas Christian University. The Brite course is in-class; the TCU course is online with Master of Liberal Arts students. I will describe the difference between the two formats and also provide sample syllabi. The course has traditionally focused on the "why" question, "Why are human beings violent?", rather than on ethical debates about pacifism vs. just war. Feedback from the online students often asked for another course focusing on peacemaking, now that the psychology of violence has become better understood. I therefore developed a new course called "Peacemaking in a Violent World," which will also be described. I will make the argument that our culture as a whole would benefit from greater curricular attention to the psychology of violence, at all levels of education. I will also provide attendees with a bibliography for collection development in this area.


Saturday June 15, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Parksville

10:00am

10:30am

Beauty, Embodiment, and Stewardship: Theological Libraries and Theological Ecology
Many faith traditions affirm a profound connection between physicality and spirituality. Similarly, libraries, even while facilitating sublime intellectual connections between authors and readers, have done so, and to an extent continue to do so, as physical places and through the physical medium of books. Given these connections, it is perhaps not surprising that theological libraries can serve as a nexus for exploring the relationship between the physical and the spiritual, between the largely incorporeal acts of intellectual analysis and spiritual contemplation and the physical ecology in which such acts occur and the physical (and digital) media that make them possible. As we have become increasingly aware of the fragility of our physical environment, such connections have taken on greater significance, both as a topic for intellectual analysis and a guide for faithful praxis. This session will offer further consideration of these themes and explore ways in which theological libraries, our collections and services, can both model and further good stewardship.

Speakers
avatar for David Kriegh

David Kriegh

Library Director, St. Patrick's Seminary & University
Interested in library management, acquisitions, library systems, and information literacy instruction. I'm not a theologian, but I'm learning along the way.


Saturday June 15, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am
Port McNeil

10:30am

Explorations in Bibliography: Zotero Goes Public
Many of us already take advantage of Zotero to manage our own research and writing and promote it to students and faculty, but this popular reference management program can also serve a more public service. This session demonstrates how to combine Zotero with other free software applications (BibBase or BibTable) to create and publish annotated bibliographies to the Web that are keyword-searchable and easy to update, and that serve unique research or information needs at your institution.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Morrison

Greg Morrison

Associate Prof of Library Science, Wheaton College
Research interests include Christian formation, liturgics, faith-learning integration and the history of Christian perspectives toward secular learning and culture.


Saturday June 15, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am
Port Alberni

10:30am

Using The Open Access Digital Theological Library As Your FREE Institutional Repository
The Open Access Digital Theological Library (OADTL) is using OCLC's WorldShare to curate all Open Access content in religious studies in a non-commercial environment. The OADTL is seeking to inform Atla librarians how they can enable patron access to existing collections, help to curate new collections, and create their institutional repository within the OADTL free of charge.

Moderators
Saturday June 15, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am
Junior Ballroom A/B

10:30am

Weeding or Rightsizing? Why Not Collection Adjustment?
Almost twenty years into the 21st century, libraries are under more pressure than ever to maximize use of their physical spaces, often through reduction in the size of print collections to allow for more study and collaborative user spaces. Print reduction is a balancing act of thoughtful review and stakeholder input, with assessment strictly by title circulation or book condition no longer acceptable in many academic environments. What are the opportunities and constraints when carefully adjusting the size of a print collection? How do we present these efforts to our stakeholders to illustrate that what we retain is the focal point, not what we remove? This presentation examines a new way of thinking about book and journal footprints in the library. What are the tools we can adopt to justify retaining current titles and housing future tomes? How do we involve stakeholders so that we see each other as partners with a common goal? What kind of workflow and time does this investment in adjusting the collection require and can it be scaled?  Nann will examine these issues and offer practical advice from her professional background and experiences in adjusting a collection size based on renovation needs.

Speakers

Saturday June 15, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am
Parksville

10:30am

Global Theological Librarianship
What is a typical day in the life of a global theological librarian? Come and hear from a panel of global theological librarians about their libraries, their challenges, and their journey to become a theological librarian.

Moderators
avatar for Kelly Campbell

Kelly Campbell

Associate Dean of Information Services, Columbia Theological Seminary

Speakers

Saturday June 15, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am
Junior Ballroom D

10:30am

Real-World Best Practices in Digitization
Through digitization projects, these Atla members have experienced successes and challenges. During this panel presentation, the speakers will present the lessons they have learned through digitization projects they have worked on and share best practices and other tips that attendees can reflect upon when considering their own digitization projects at their home institutions.

Moderators
avatar for Christine Fruin

Christine Fruin

Scholarly Communication & Digital Projects Manager, Atla
Christine Fruin is the Atla Scholarly Communication and Digital Projects Manager. As an attorney and a librarian, she has worked for over a decade promoting access to and use of diverse collections through utilization of fair use, open access, and responsible licensing.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Clark

Tom Clark

Library Director, Congregational Library and Archives
Hear lessons learned and best practices gleaned from the Congregational Library & Archives' New England Hidden Histories program, which has been digitizing material for the last 4 years with three different grants from NEH and CLIR.



Saturday June 15, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am
Junior Ballroom C

11:30am

Closing Plenary Address and Luncheon - Patricia O’Connell Killen, PhD
"Disruption and Depth: Pacific Northwest Religiousness, Faith Traditions, and the Quest for Wisdom in Our Time"

When it comes to religion, the Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington and British Columbia) has been something of a “canary in the mine.” Since earliest Euro-American settlement, institutional religion has never gained the traction it once had in other parts of the U.S. and Canada. Personal choice has driven religious identity and practice. The region has been malleable in the imaginations of immigrants: a place of preservation through isolation, escape from religiously inflected social control, innovation in historic traditions’ religious thought and practice, or rebirth in nature. As the rest of the U.S. and Canada come more and more to resemble the Pacific Northwest religiously, the region’s religion and spirituality offer clues to the possibilities and pitfalls confronting historic faiths, emergent religious forms, and individual spiritual quests in this time of unprecedented globalization, social and cultural disruption, and environmental crisis.



Speakers
avatar for Dr. Patricia O’Connell Killen

Dr. Patricia O’Connell Killen

Professor of Religious Studies and Senior University Fellow, Gonzaga University
Dr. Patricia O’Connell Killen is Professor of Religious Studies and Senior University Fellow at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, where she also served for seven years as academic vice president. Killen received her MA and PhD degrees from Stanford University. A historian... Read More →



Saturday June 15, 2019 11:30am - 1:00pm
Grand Ballroom

1:00pm