Conversation Groups

ATLA/Scarecrow Book Series

Thursday, June 9, 2:00-3:00pm

Justin Travis, ATLA Book Series Editor, American Theological Library Association, Bennett Graff, Senior Acquisitions Editor, Scarecrow Press 

Since 1974, ATLA has partnered with Scarecrow Press to publish scholarly bibliographies and monographs in the fields of biblical studies, history of religion, religious studies, and theological librarianship. This roundtable will provide a forum for readers to meet with the series editors to discuss how the ATLA book series may better serve the needs of theological libraries. Authors and prospective authors are likewise invited to attend to discuss potential book proposals and the publication process.

Best Practices for Small Theological Libraries
Saturday, June 11, 12:00-1:00pm

Susan Ebertz, Director of the Reu Memorial Library, Wartburg Seminary; David Mayo, Theological Librarian, Union-PSCE at Charlotte 

Susan Ebertz and David Mayo will facilitate a conversation among those who work at small theological libraries.

CONSER Conversation Group
Thursday, June 9, 2:00-3:00pm

Judy Knop, CONSER Funnel Coordinator, American Theological Library Association

Judy Knop has been a CONSER cataloger since 1993 and has served as the Coordinator of the Funnel since its inception. She’ll review changes in CONSER policy and procedures, discuss matters pertaining to the organization of the funnel, and encourage those interested in joining the funnel. The session is open to all serials catalogers interested in the CONSER program.

Contemporary Religious Literature Conversation Group
Saturday, June 11, 12:00-1:00pm

Jennifer Ulrich, Technical Services Librarian, Eastern Mennonite University; Donna Wells, Assistant Director, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

It’s time to talk about what conference attendees are reading. We discuss fiction, non-fiction, and other genres, including new books and older ones. Join us to learn about what others are reading and get suggestion for the next book on a reading list.

Conversation Group on Christian Biography
Saturday, June 11, 10:30-11:30am

J. Michael Garrett, Librarian, Beeson Divinity School

After an introduction, participants will have ten minutes to present a critical reflection on a Christian biography published during the previous year. All conference attendees are welcome, though the intended focus will be on biographical subjects who were self-defined Christians.

The Elephant in the Room
Thursday, June 9, 10:30-11:30am

Kelly Campbell, Director of Library Services, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary

Will libraries survive into the future? This question is the elephant in the room. If libraries survive, what will "library" mean in the future? What about ebooks, reference collections, and personal librarians? With the changing technological and theological landscapes, how will theological libraries reinvent themselves to survive into the user-driven future? Join other colleagues to discuss recent articles, studies, and conferences addressing this elephant-sized question.

Librarians Managing Copyright

Saturday, June 11, 12:00-1:00pm

Eileen K. Saner, Library Director, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary

In many academic institutions, librarians provide leadership in promoting compliance with copyright law. This conversation group will focus on how librarians can contribute to institutional policy formation and decision-making. Participants will be invited to share resources, challenges, and accomplishments.

Library of Congress Genre/Form Project Update

Thursday, June 9, 10:30-11:30am

Cameron Campbell, Director of Indexes, and Erica Treesh, Database Manager for Authority Control, American Theological Library Association

Cameron Campbell and Erica Treesh will discuss progress to date on this collaborative effort between the Catholic Library Association, The Association of Jewish Librarians, the Council on East Asian Libraries, et al, and the Library of Congress. Principles of heading formation, syndetic structure, scope notes, supporting documentation, and next steps will also be discussed.

Name Authority Conversation Group
Thursday, June 9, 10:30-11:30am

Judy Knop, ATLA NACO Funnel Coordinator, American Theological Library Association

Resource Description and Access (RDA) will require some changes to the formulation of name authorities. These changes will be presented and their impact discussed. If LC and PCC have made decisions on implementation by the time of the conference, the changes will be presented and discussed.

Speed Weeding
Thursday, June 9, 2:00-3:00pm

Christine Wenderoth, Library Director, The JKM Library

Most libraries need weeding; merged libraries like JKM (a merger of nine libraries) need weeding even more. We've known this since 1975, yet only in the last year and a half have we gotten serious about it just at the time we lost two staff positions and were planning a move. How did we do it? What were the mechanics of the weeding project? And what were the decision criteria?