The ATLA Endowment Fund and You 

Roger Loyd, Chair, Endowment Committee

Presentation of the goals of the ATLA Endowment Fund with data on past giving patterns and use of income, and opportunity to interact with members of the Endowment Committee.

Collaboration for Information Literacy through a Faculty Learning Community

Lee Webb, Librarian, St. Paul School of Theology, Oklahoma City University

A Faculty Learning Community (FLC) is a group of ten to twelve faculty members from various disciplines interested in a particular subject, usually related to teaching and learning. As the name suggests, the aim is to learn together about the subject and then to complete individual and collaborative projects for integrating what we have learned into our teaching practice. Lee Webb has been facilitating his institution’s FLC on Improving Student Research Skills. He feels it has been an effective way to help faculty who are concerned with the state of their students’ research skills address these skills in the curriculum. He will share examples of some projects that have resulted from the work of the community and provide access to bibliographies on faculty learning communities and on teaching research skills that will include all the materials his community has read and discussed as part of its learning effort. Advances in Hymnological Research

Tina Schneider, Library Director, The Ohio State University at Lima is an interdenominational and interfaith database of the contents of more than 5,000 hymnals. Started in 2007, it is a project of the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship and Christian Classics Ethereal Library, and in 2009 partnered with the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada and uploaded its longstanding Dictionary of North American Hymnology. Over one million hymns are searchable by first lines, titles, tune names, incipits, authors, composers, and more. In 2010, received an NEH grant to scan about 1,000 hymnals from Princeton Theological Seminary. In addition, is also working with publishers to put their current hymnals online and adding media files such as scores, recordings, and page images. is the only database that provides this much information about hymns with the purpose of serving both practitioners and researchers. can be used for a variety of purposes, including music planning for services and research in sacred music, theology, and sociology. Data is continually being entered and verified. This poster will show you how works and describe what is planned for the future. Sample hymnals and online demonstrations will be available. You might also see ways you or your library can contribute.

Information Literacy for Pre-Seminary Students: What Undergraduate Experiences Facilitate Success?

Jane P. Currie, Reference Librarian/Subject Specialist, Loyola University Chicago

This poster will provide information for seminary and theological librarians, as well as librarians engaged in instruction and information literacy for undergraduate students.

Library Catalog as Institutional Repository

Terry Robertson, Seminary Librarian, Andrews University

This poster session will provide the rationale for using the library catalog as a repository, describe the work-flow issues, and illustrate the final outcome. Future directions will also be discussed. Terry Robertson first promoted a stand-alone institutional repository using an open source program. But, plagued with technical difficulties, lack of IT support, and, finally, loss of content, the model was not sustainable. However, Robertson found that the library catalog, III, now has capability to upload digital media, and has come to serve as campus repository for dissertations and other gray literature. It works dependably, and does not require non-library expertise or support.

Portable Theological Library: A Tool for Overcoming the Internet Divide in Distance Education

Daniel Flores, MSLIS Student, Drexel University

The Portable Theological Library (PTL) is a digital collection of theological resources stored on portable hard drives which may be accessed and powered by USB connections. This is important in places where distances are extreme and connectivity is expensive or nonexistent. It is unique over other digital collections in that the large, stable memory will also permit storage of tutorial A/V.

Presenting Regional Religious History Using Digital Images

N. Curtis LeMay, Library Director/Theological Librarian, The St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity (UST)

Including historic information on nineteenth-century Catholic education in the Minnesota Territory and work with Native Americans and Immigrant groups, this poster will also address information on Archbishop John Ireland and his educational legacy. Historic photos, archival materials, digital and one-on-one oral presentations will illuminate the subject. 

Primo and Theological Libraries

Karl Stutzman, Access and Digital Services Librarian, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary

The primary goal is to share initial learnings about the Primo product “on the ground” with theological library colleagues. The presenter may also include observations on “discovery systems” and theological libraries and  suggestions for others looking to implement a similar system.

Recognizing Our Retirees

Marti Alt, Retired

This session will highlight the current retirees of ATLA and provide opportunity for conference attendees to express best wishes to them. Past retirees will also be recognized.

Sermons in America: A Digital Library

Sarah Thorngate, Student, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“Sermons in America” is an electronic publishing project aimed at collecting and preserving the texts of sermons preached in the United States, and providing access to this collection for scholarly study. The primary user groups for this digital library are religious historians and theologians, but the collection has the potential to be useful to literary scholars, sociologists, linguists, and others, as well. The project uses an extension of the TEI schema to encode the sermons, and Greenstone digital library software to build the online collection. At this point, the digital library is still in the development stage. The poster session will include a laptop with a small demo collection of Civil War-era sermons. The poster will document the steps Ms. Thorngate took to develop this demo collection. This will include textual analysis, an outline of the encoding schema, sample encoded texts, and functional specifications. The author will also highlight some possible directions this project could take in the future.

The Theological Library as Place in a Digital Age 

Robert Roethemeyer, Director, Concordia Theological Seminary

When Concordia set out to add 45,000 square feet to its existing 15,000 square foot library on an historic campus, a number of goals and themes emerged. It was determined that the enlarged library should work within the concept of the historic Saarinen campus, enhance the visual focus of the campus on the Chapel, provide a large-scale addition on a small-scale campus, provide a library that supports and integrates a redefinition of library operations and services, develop an Information Commons as a campus resource, optimize collection search and management, scale user stations to support extensive use of print matter and extended periods of research throughout the collection, and establish defined centers for special purpose collections and resources. The poster will make use of many images, including black and white photos of the historic campus, aerial and landscape views of the extension of the campus by this expansion, graphics modeling the floors and spaces of the new facility. Additionally, a fly-though of the expansion will be playing on a portable DVD player.