Workshops

In Conference Workshops

Building Connections with Faculty In and Beyond the Classroom
Friday, June 10, 10:30am-12:00pm

Paul O. Myhre, Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion; Suzanne Estelle-Holmer, Reference & Instructional Services Librarian, Yale University Divinity School Library; Amy Limpitlaw, Research and Electronic Services Librarian, Yale University Divinity School Library

Faculty and Librarians are entrusted with helping students make connections across an array of boundaries ̶ educational, ministerial, vocational, etc. Librarians also find themselves engaged with building connections with faculty across an assortment of teaching roles. Topics covered in the workshop will include: Teaching faculty about various ways to use images in teaching, helping faculty effectively use digital tools for teaching ̶ dbases, blogging, social networking, etc. ̶ and fostering faculty and librarian teaching partnerships. Participants in the workshop will be exposed to a variety of pedagogical methods, have ample opportunities to converse with librarian colleagues about best practices in teaching to and with faculty, and discover ways for building faculty connections and partnerships in teaching. Those attending the workshop ought to come prepared to share some of their own best practices for building connections with faculty in and beyond the classroom.

Cataloging with RDA
Friday, June 10, 10:30am-12:00

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

RDA (Resource Description and Access) is more than an updated set of cataloging rules. Based on the principles of FRBR (Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records), RDA presents a new way of thinking about organizing information. This workshop will provide a basic introduction to cataloging with RDA, accompanied by insights from experience during the RDA test period. Special emphasis will be given to changes that catalogers in theological libraries can expect in their daily work as a result of the implementation of RDA. The workshop will include hands-on examples and exercises.

Pre-conference Workshops

Doing Qualitative Research
Wednesday, June 8, 8:30am-4:30pm

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

In this day-long workshop, participants will practice devising interview protocols, group interviewing, data coding, and writing up qualitative research. The goal is to demystify qualitative research, provide experience in the actual work of qualitative research, and motivate participants to use qualitative research to improve library services. Quantitative research (e.g, surveys) cannot tell librarians everything about how patrons use libraries or how library services can be improved. Qualitative methods can help. This will be a hands-on workshop with preliminary homework.

Tackling the Foreign-Language Backlog: Advanced Romanization

Wednesday, June 8, 1:00-4:30pm

Richard Lammert, Technical Services Librarian, Concordia Theological Seminary

This half-day workshop will help the accidental foreign-language cataloger work with romanization of various non-Roman-script languages. The workshop covers descriptive cataloging, not subject analysis (although possible methods of doing that are also presented). The 1997 ALA-LC Romanization Tables are required for Romanization. The tables, however, are written with the assumption that the user is quite familiar with the given language and script. This often leaves the accidental foreign-language cataloger in bewilderment. This workshop will attempt to fill in a number of the "blanks" that the tables do not mention, providing information that would otherwise have to be mined from language grammars and books on scripts. Reliable resources from the Internet will also be discussed. Groups of foreign scripts will be considered (scripts of Europe, scripts of India and south Asia, scripts of southeast Asia, scripts of east Asia, scripts of the Middle East, and miscellaneous scripts) with emphasis (if possible) on languages desired by workshop participants. Although participants are encouraged to attend the morning workshop on Roman-Script Languages and Introduction to Romanization, this is not a requirement for attending this workshop. This workshop is an expansion of a portion of the half-day workshop presented at the 2003 annual conference.

Tackling the Foreign-Language Backlog: Roman-Script Languages and Introduction to Romanization

Wednesday, June, 8, 8:30am-12:00pm

Richard Lammert, Technical Services Librarian, Concordia Theological Seminary

This half-day workshop will help the accidental foreign-language cataloger work with Roman-script languages as well as basic theological non-Roman languages. The workshop covers descriptive cataloging, not subject analysis (although possible methods of doing that are also presented). The workshop will bring to conscious awareness various aspects of languages and scripts that are taken for granted by native users, but can leave the accidental foreign-language cataloger in a quandary. Topics for Roman-script languages will include identifying languages, grammatical articles and cases, editions, language notes, alphabetic order, orthographic reform, Fraktur script, and non-Gregorian calendars. Reliable resources from the Internet will also be considered. The romanization portion of the workshop will focus on the foreign languages most often encountered in theological cataloging (Hebrew, Greek, and Coptic). The main source of these languages for theological catalogers is the titles of theses and contents notes of books. This affects most ATLA catalogers, even if they are not cataloging books written completely in those languages. Additionally, if time allows, romanization of Cyrillic-script languages will be covered. This workshop is an expansion of a portion of the half-day workshop presented at the 2003 annual conference.