Papers

 

An Army of Editors: Increasing Special Collections Access through Volunteer Mediation
Saturday, June 11, 12:00-1:00pm

M. Patrick Graham, Director, and Robert Presutti, Curator of Archives & Mss., Pitts Theology Library, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

Special collections are a rich resource of materials, often requiring editorial mediation in order to be useful for researchers, but libraries generally lack resources to provide this mediation. “An Army of Editors” sets forth a theoretical model and an example of its implementation to recruit volunteers to digitize and transcribe manuscript letters and sermons by the Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman and Henry Edward Cardinal Manning in order to make them more accessible and useful to scholarship. Drawing on work by Jim Collins (Good to Great), Daniel Pink (Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us), and Gregory Crane (ePhilology, Digital Humanities, and the Use of Undergraduates in Research Projects), the effort builds on four impulses: 1) the strong dynamic of volunteerism in America and beyond; 2) interest of Millennials and others in becoming personally involved in causes they support; 3) the interest of academic institutions in connecting students, alums, and the wider public with their academic missions; and 4) recent developments in crowdsourcing. Finally, the presentation will note the opportunities possible for connections with development officers and subject specialists.

Art in Our Libraries: A Case Study of Drew University
Saturday, June 11, 10:30-11:30am

Ernest Rubinstein, Theological Librarian, Drew University

The author will begin by reflecting on the need for art in our libraries. There will be a review of previous ATLA discussions of art in libraries, especially from the 2002 conference, and a review some of the broader library literature on art in libraries, as relating to both academic and public libraries. There will be an overview of the art at the Drew Library, with a focus on its Rose Window. Attendees will be invited to discuss the significance to them of art in their own ATLA libraries. This session is designed for librarians and staff who draw pleasure from the art in their midst, who enjoy reflecting on its meaning, and would like to keep the discussion of art in theological libraries alive and ongoing at ATLA.

Best Practices in Online Education
Thursday, June 9, 10:30-11:30am

Rebecca Miller, Head of Reference, Trinity International University

The role of libraries will be changing with the growth in online education. This session will look at the current trends in online education. Both the downsides and the exciting potential of e-learning will be discussed. Trinity International University is currently working toward providing more online classes, and the library is preparing for supporting online learners, including collecting more e-books, providing more online reference services, and developing online tutorials. Ways of becoming integrated with online classes will be explored, and the author will talk about difficulties and challenges she has faced as well as new opportunities she would like to explore. There will be time for questions and discussion and for other librarians to share what they are doing.

Celebrating 400 Years of the King James Version
Thursday, June 9, 10:30-11:30am

Donald Keeney, Director of the Booher Library, Seminary of the Southwest

This paper will survey books, conference papers, websites, and various essays in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the King James Version. These print and electronic publications include recent reconstructions of the history of the text of the KJV and explorations in the use of prefaces of Bibles from 1525-1611. There will be discussion of presentations from or forthcoming in scholarly societies and conferences, notably the international meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in London the month following ATLA's conference (the presentation will refer to presentation topics and abstracts--the Society has listed some resources for the celebrations). Web sites allow access to many images of the original printings of the KJV, with some emphasis on the differences among the printings. The presentation will give perspective to the many different publications of print and electronic material regarding the anniversary of the KJV and provide librarians with tools to examine cultural contexts for modern reactions ̶ both supportive and cautionary ̶ to the KJV. Perspectives include the history of the book, religious history, NT textual criticism, and marketing to religious audiences.

C. S. Lewis’ Personal Library: History and Review
Thursday, June 9, 10:30-11:30am

Roger White, Professor, Azusa Pacific University

C. S. Lewis has been identified as one of the most influential figures of the twentieth century. In his autobiography, he reveals himself as a lover of books. He appreciated the look and feel of books and enjoyed collecting them throughout his life. But how did the library of C. S. Lewis take shape over the years and what themes are represented in his vast collection? Beginning with a look at early influences during his youth and continuing on with highlighting books relating to his academic career, this presentation provides a general overview of Lewis’ library, the state of the collection near the time of his passing, and  details of its present home(s). Anecdotes from Lewis’ book buying, his reading habits, and descriptions of his favorite books are presented in the context of the unfolding story about the library of this renowned and beloved Christian author. The narrative is based on firsthand interviews and research conducted at Oxford University, where Lewis lived and taught.

Frederic Huidekoper—Preacher, Scholar, Librarian
Thursday, June 9, 2:00-3:00pm

Adam S. Bohanan, Assistant Librarian, Meadville Lombard Theological School

Frederic Huidekoper was the first librarian of Meadville Theological School. He served in this position unofficially for many years, while also teaching Church History and New Testament Literature at the fledgling seminary. Educated at Harvard and in Germany, Huidekoper had planned to enter the Unitarian ministry, but had to give up his dream due to failing eyesight. He turned instead to scholarship and became established in the fields of biblical studies and early Christian history. He was instrumental in the founding of Meadville Theological School and, in addition to teaching, writing, and preaching, Huidekoper built and maintained the library collection largely alone through book-buying trips to Europe and the solicitation of donations. Little has been written about Huidekoper, even in Unitarian circles. This paper intends to bring together much of the extant literature on Huidekoper and demonstrate his contributions to scholarship, ministry, and, especially, to theological librarianship through the use of documents and records in the archives of the current Meadville Lombard Theological School.

History and Significance of the Disciples Collection at the Herbert L. Willett Library in Chicago
Saturday, June 11, 12:00-1:00pm

Lisa Gonzalez, Electronic Resources Librarian, Catholic Theological Union

This presentation will focus on representative items from the Disciples Collection at the Herbert L. Willett Library at the Disciples Divinity House (DDH) at the University of Chicago. The significance of any special collection lies in the sum total of the collection, and its significance in comparison to other collections of the same type and topic. However, researchers cannot avail themselves of such local collections without an accurate description of the contents of the collection. Collection-level descriptions and finding aids are key starting points, but a more in-depth analysis of the collection can provide researchers with the needed context to assess the pertinence of the collection to their research, and can even suggest avenues of research to explore that have not been imagined before. Questions to consider for the Disciples collection include whether there is a focus on particular authors or on the output of certain publishers. These nineteenth- and early twentieth-century materials will be examined against the background of broad trends of religious journalism and denominational publishing in order provide a context for the value of the collection as a whole to researchers interested in the Disciples of Christ and the Stone-Campbell Movement.

Second Harvest—Digitizing Church and Denominational Materials

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

Andrew Keck, Associate Director, Duke University

The idea for digitizing church and denominational materials began with the maturation of mass-digitization efforts, the explosive growth in digital tools for humanities, and a realization that mass-digitization programs had largely neglected the published materials of religious bodies. The need for primary historical documents produced by religious bodies cuts across users looking at particular religious issues, the development of communities, and broader societal trends. This paper will briefly describe two digitization projects (one focused on American Methodism and the second focused upon North Carolina religious bodies), a vision for how a digital collection of these materials may advance scholarship, and an invitation for collaboration in this work.

The Sentimental Education of Henry Warren Roth
Saturday, June 11, 10:30-11:30am

Anthony J. Elia, Public Services Librarian, Columbia University, Union Theological Seminary

Henry W. Roth (1838-1918) was the first professor of theology at the Chicago Lutheran Theological Seminary, founded in 1891. Recently found archives containing a bulk of his life's work (e.g., letters, sermons, lectures, and articles) cover an astonishing 70-plus year literary history, from the eight-year-old Roth’s grade school notes to documents the 79-year-old produced before his death in 1918. These artifacts of theology, literature, poetry, and education representing the writing of one individual over an entire lifetime is an uncommon example of an expansive biography in theological education. The swath of topics uncovered in archival materials demonstrates not only histories of theological education (journals recounting seminarian hijinks and rebellion) and seminary management (nineteenth-century fund raising), but reflect the broader traumas of nineteenth-century America at war (elegiacs for a mortally wounded brother who finally accepted Christ) and a “wild” American West (accounts of burying gunfight victims). We also find Roth documenting his dual role of the minister-scholar as librarian, cataloging his own books and remarking on antiquarian book collections he’d come across in rural Illinois as early as 1875. All these experiences informed Roth of his obligations to theological education and the role he played as a professor of theology in Chicago.

Sixty-Five Years of Racial Ethnic Diversity in ATLA
Thursday, June 9, 2:00-3:00pm

Susan Ebertz, Director of the Reu Memorial Library, Wartburg Theological Seminary

We’ll take a look backward on racial ethnic diversity in ATLA. Where have we been? How have we changed? Where are we today?

A Study of the Information-Seeking Behavior of Theology and Religious Studies Students
Saturday, June 11, 12:00-1:00pm

Saundra Lipton, Librarian, Philosophy & Religious Studies, Head, Humanities & Social Science Liaison Services , University of Calgary; Eric Nyrose, Learning Resource Coordinator, Alberta Bible College

Context plays a key role in how students respond to information. Recently, one of the presenters introduced a text from the Christian scriptures, Ephesians 5:22-33, to a class at a bible college as well as to a university class. This text, which discusses the concept of a wife submitting to her husband, is somewhat controversial in contemporary discussions. At the faith-based bible college, discussion was engaged, animated, controversial, and serious. This group intended to apply the text to their lives so it made a big difference. At the university class, there was no discussion; to these students it was simply a presentation of historical facts about the ideals for marriage in primitive Christianity. There has long been interest in the study of religion, however, there is limited research on the information-seeking behavior of theology and religious studies students (Michels, 2005; Wenderoth, 2006; Penner, 2009). Fry (2006) noted the need to look at variables of individual researchers ̶ to consider the context from which they approach the research. Is there a difference between the information-seeking behavior of the theology student studying in a faith-based context and the religious studies student attending a secular university? Is the information-seeking behavior of these students similar or different from other humanities students?

Trailblazing Towards Change Using Teamwork
Thursday, June 9, 2:00-3:00pm

Rebekah Hall, Interim Head of Technical Services/Monograph Librarian, Trinity International University

Every theological library wants to thrive and significantly impact the lives of its users, yet we are confronted with a barrage of questions about the future of the academic library. How will we respond to change? What if the obstacles we face are opportunities to step up? Cultivating teamwork can be a powerful, effective method for addressing new challenges in the field and redefining our role within the context of the college campus. The presenter invites you to join with her in exploring the joys and struggles of leading teams so that you can consider how collaboration could infuse your library with hope, purpose, and motivation.

Twenty-first Century Trends in Theological Publishing
Saturday, June 11, 10:30-11:30am

Christina Geuther, MLIS Student, Rutgers University

World Christianity is growing most quickly in developing countries. How are publishers responding? Learn about publisher’s costs and decision-making processes and the outlook for electronic formats in this emerging theological context. The presenter will report on interviews of religious book publishers drawn from the epicenter of the book trade, the 2010 Frankfurt Book Fair concerning trends in language rights sales and electronic formats. For those librarians interested multilingual and/or multicultural communities of readers, the presentation also highlights the buying and selling of language rights, why there is a slow move to publish in Spanish, and what barriers libraries may continue to face as a result.

What Can Library Administrators Learn about Project Management from Software Engineers?
Thursday, June 9, 10:30-11:30am

Clifford B. Anderson, Curator of Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary

What can librarians learn from software engineers about managing projects? As librarians take part in the transition from print to digital libraries, they face the challenge of developing digital products in a timely manner with limited resources during periods of rapid change and shifting expectations. Not surprisingly, the majority of IT projects fail. How can managers maximize the chances of success? This session will introduce the fundamentals of agile project management, a management philosophy that embraces change while focusing on regularly delivering products with business value. We will talk about the agile manifesto (http://agilemanifesto.org/) and how agile differs from traditional project management. We will also discuss the two major forms of agile project management today: scrum and kanban. Finally, we will consider how agile project management may be adopted in libraries. What worked and what did not when implementing agile principles at Princeton Theological Seminary? We will close with a reflection on the shifts in mindset required to manage projects with agility in a library setting.

When Fungi Take Up Residence
Saturday, June 11, 12:00-1:00pm

Paul Burnham, Director of the Library, Methodist School of Theology in Ohio

Late in the summer of 2010, library staff of the Methodist Theological School in Ohio discovered that the humidity control in its Rare Book Room had failed and mold was growing on its volumes. Mold was soon discovered in an adjoining stack area. Paul Burnam will provide a narrative of how his institution troubleshot such an unwelcome problem. He will describe the cooperation that developed with the institution’s administrative vice president, seeking expert opinion about how to find the correct kind of mold cleanup firms, evaluation of cleaning bids, negotiating with the selected firm, providing information to the institution’s insurance adjuster, and working with an industrial hygiene laboratory to identify the specific organisms and to verify successful removal by the cleanup firm. The presentation will include images of the organisms and charts identifying those present.

When I Get Stuck, I Ask a Professional: How People Assist Theological Students in Doing Research Papers
Thursday, June 9, 2:00-3:00pm

Timothy D. Lincoln Director, Stitt Library, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

In a study about how seminary students conduct research, eleven students were interviewed about six key themes of the research process. Researchers asked specifically how other people are involved, if at all, as students gathered information. Participants reported consulting the library staff, instructors, classmates, and pastors as they looked for information or refined their paper topics. Students expressed varying degrees of confidence in their ability to do research. The author interprets results through Albert Bandura’s theory of self-efficacy and discusses implications for library service.

Your Personal Librarian is . . .  : A Personal Librarian Program for Divinity Students
Saturday, June 11, 10:30-11:30am

Suzanne Estelle-Holmer, Reference & Instructional Services Librarian, Yale Divinity School Library; Juliet Crawford Schwab, Graduate Student, Syracuse University School of Library and Information Science 

In the fall of 2009, librarians at the Yale Divinity School (YDS) initiated a Personal Librarian Program, designed to introduce incoming students to the collections and services of the library. New students are matched with their own personal librarian who serves as a single point of contact with the library. The premise is that theological students will thrive if they know how to use the library and know who they can contact for assistance. Students entering YDS receive a letter from their personal librarian welcoming them to the library and subsequently get monthly emails informing them of workshops, new library services, and resources. Students are encouraged to contact their personal librarian at any time to ask questions or to schedule a consultation. The YDS program is modeled on a successful program developed at the Yale Medical Library in 1996. The presenters will describe how the program has been implemented at the Divinity School, discuss methods for marketing and assessing the program, and explore lessons learned in its first two years. The presenters will also share a toolkit for managing the program.