Interest Group Sessions

Assessing Theological Collections – CEAD
Friday, June 10, 10:30am-12:00pm

Beth Bidlack, Bibliographer for Philosophy and Religion, University of Chicago; Jeffrey Garrett, Associate University Librarian for Special Libraries , Northwestern University; Charles Willard, Director of Accreditation and Institutional Evaluation, Retired, Association of Theological Schools

This session will examine both the theory and practice of assessing religion and theology collections. It will address questions concerning the purpose(s) of collection assessment and the relationship between assessment, collection development, and institutional mission as well as questions about the choice of assessment measures and their application. There will be a panel discussion with a series of presentations followed by open discussion.

Cost-Cutting Measures in Technical Services – TSIG
Friday, June 10, 1:30-3:00pm

Eric Friede, Assistant Divinity Librarian for Technical Service , Yale Divinity Library; Donna Campbell, Acquisitions & Cataloging Librarian, Montgomery Library - Westminister Theological Seminary; Armin Siedlecki, Head of Cataloging, Pitts Theology Library, Emory University

This session is an open forum led by three leaders who will initiate the discussion with brief presentations on the topic of cost-cutting initiatives available in technical services, possibly including, but not limited to, acquisitions options, technological aids, use of student assistants, alternative cataloging options, etc.

Electronic Journal Archiving Options: Comparing CLOCKSS and Portico – CUIG
Friday, June 10, 10:30am-12:00pm

Lugene Schemper, Theological Librarian, Calvin College; Bill Hook, Director, Divinity Library, Vanderbilt University

Learn about the issues involved with electronic journal archiving and the options for outsourcing with a small panel of librarians whose institutions use or have investigated CLOCKSS and/or Portico. Panelists will discuss the pros and cons of each product and examine how each works.

Newberry Library Special Collections and Judaica Tour - SCIG/Judaica
Wednesday, June 8, 12:30-3:00pm

John Bradey, Director of Reader Services-Bibliographer of Americana, Newberry Library

The Newberry will grant a Rare Book and Special Collections tour to 18 ATLA Conference attendees. John Bradey will highlight the Newberry’s holdings of interest to theological librarians. The religious holdings consist primarily of materials from Western Europe and the Americas and focus more on historical studies than biblical studies. They include collections of bibles, sermons, and liturgical works. The Newberry Library continues to actively collect and acquire additional religious materials. According to its website, “In recent years the Newberry has acquired rare books and archival materials from several religious institutions, among them Mundelein College, the Passionist Monastery of Chicago (Northside), the Divine Word Seminary, and Concordia University. These collections, rich in patristics and early modern theological and devotional literature, are now partially cataloged.”

Parliament of World Religions – WRIG

Friday, June 10, 1:30-3:00pm

Rev. Dirk Ficca, Executive Director, Council for a Parliament of World Religions

Rev. Ficca will present on the Parliament of World Religions. The specific focus of the presentation is to be determined, but he led a WRIG tour in the past and is very knowledgeable about the parliament and various religious centers in the Chicago area.

Preservation Problems and Solutions to Share – CPAL
Thursday, June 9, 4:00-5:30 pm

Richard Seidel, Historiographer and Archivist, Episcopal Diocese of Chicago; Erik Dix, Archivist, Audio-Visual Material, Notre Dame Library Archives; Diane Pugh, Manager of Preservation Projects, ATLA

The three speakers will share a variety of problems and solutions concerning preservation issues they experienced with their collections and with services for the theological library community. Erik Dix will address “The Problems of Indiana Province Archives and a Cooperative Solution.” Diane Pugh’s topic is “The History and Future Direction of ATLA's Preservation Program,” and Richard Siedel will discuss “Issues Concerning the Preservation of the Archival Records of Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, Evanston, Illinois.” Following these short presentations, the panel will discuss shared topical issues with the intention of developing ideas for cooperative solutions. Group members are welcome to join in with questions, comments and news. A short business meeting for CPALIG members will follow.

Re-Envisioning the Theological Library: New Models of Service – PSIG
Thursday, June 9, 4:00-5:30 pm

Leeland Deeds, Founder, Multimedia Creation Lab, Morton Library; Anthony Elia, Public Services Librarian, Burke Theological Library, Columbia University; Eileen Saner, Library Director, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Among the trends listed in the ACRL 2010 Top Ten Trends in Academic Libraries is the expectation that “the definition of the library will change as physical space is re-purposed and virtual space expands.” Speakers from three institutions will discuss how their libraries have responded to the need to re-purpose existing space and to design services that enhance new modes of education and scholarship. Leland Deeds will present Morton Library’s Multimedia Creation Lab, a space dedicated to the exploration and creation of digital multimedia objects for instruction in the seminary and the church. Anthony Elia, Public Services Librarian, will discuss the implementation of a Writing Center in the Burke Theological Library.  Eileen Saner, Librarian at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, will discuss principles of good library design that contribute to inviting and successful spaces. The audience will then be invited to imagine their own libraries in new ways by participating in an “envisioning exercise.”

These Appear to Be Your Property: Theft and Security in Special Collections Libraries– SCIG
Thursday, June 9, 4:00-5:30 pm

Christopher J. Anderson, Methodist Librarian and Coordinator of Special Collections, Drew University

In early 2010, a student employee stole 31 manuscripts from the United Methodist Archives Center at Drew University. The university, with the assistance of campus security, local police, and the FBI, apprehended the student only after many documents had been offered to and purchased by several manuscript dealers from around the world. This session explores the sequence of events related to the heist and examines how the various agencies worked together to quickly address the situation. The session also considers recent scholarship related to the theft of special collection documents and offers several ways to enhance security within ATLA libraries.

What I Wish I had Known When I Started in Technical Services – TSIG
Tuesday, June 7, 7:00-9:00pm

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

An open discussion among technical services librarians about surprises, insights, and lessons learned on the job.

World Christianity in Theological Education – WCIG

Thursday, June 9, 4:00-5:30 pm

David Esterline, Director of the Institute for Cross-Cultural Theological Education and Associate Professor of Cross-Cultural Education and Ministry at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago

David Esterline will discuss the Handbook of Theological Education in World Christianity and how the issues addressed in this work are relevant for librarians in theological institutions and religiously-affiliated colleges and universities. Dr. Esterline is one of the editors of the Handbook, a 2010 publication produced under the leadership of the Ecumenical Theological Education program of the World Council of Churches. His research interests include issues of race, culture, power, and privilege, particularly as they relate to theological education and formation for ministry.