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Thursday, June 13
 

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

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
 
Friday, June 14
 

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

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

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
 
Saturday, June 15
 

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