Complete Schedule

Please note: Exact times are subject to change.  A final schedule will be available at the time of registration.
CSIR - Center for the Study of Information and Religion 

 Tuesday, June 18, 2013

07:00PM - 09:00PMRDA Implementation PracticesInterest group presentation
Donna R. Campbell, Technical Services & Systems Librarian, Westminster Theological Seminary
An open conversation primarily discussing RDA implementation practices and, as time permits, mobile devices and acquisitions-related topic(s). Participants are especially encouraged to share their experiences with, plans for, and questions about implementing RDA.
Location: Sharon

 Wednesday, June 19, 2013

08:00AM - 05:00PMATLA Board of Directors Meeting
Location: Independence
08:30AM - 12:00PMAdapting to the Information Needs of Distance Education StudentsPre-conference workshop
Susan Garrett, Ph.D., Chief Learning Officer, Learning Road iLearning Services
An exploration of issues related to distance learning in theological education and their impact on theological libraries and librarians. This workshop will explore the educational objectives and outcomes related to theological education in distance learning and how theological librarians can effectively serve students and faculty enrolled in distance learning settings.
Location: Providence 1
08:30AM - 04:30PMCataloging with RDAPre-conference workshop
Armin Siedlecki, Head of Cataloging, Pitts Theology Library, Emory University
A full day workshop on cataloging with RDA, focusing on introducing the major changes that RDA brings to cataloging and on familiarizing catalogers with the use of the RDA toolkit. Training will include hands-on examples and exercises based on materials relevant to catalogers in theological libraries.
Location: Sharon
08:30AM - 12:00PMProgramming for LibrariansPre-conference workshop
Matthew Collins, Reference Librarian, Pitts Theology Library, Emory University
Why should librarians know how to program? Knowing a bit a programming can help a librarian or staff member analyze ILS reports, collate data, create reports from "messy" formats like HTML, and even do some 'digital humanities' type analysis. Also knowing something about the way programs work and how programmers think can make it much easier to communicate with the IT department about specific library needs. This half-day workshop will introduce participants to the principles and concepts of programming using the Python programming language. The Python language is ideally suited to analyzing large documents or pieces of text, making it ideal for processing library data and reports. Participants will learn basic commands, including simple loops, text processing, and file input/output routines. Participants will work on a simple example that shows how this might work in a library. The workshop is appropriate for those with no programming experience.
Location: Harris
11:30AM - 04:00PMDay Excursion: The Billy Graham LibraryExcursion
$35.00 per person
The Carolinas Theological Library Consortium (CTLC) has prepared an exciting array of excursions offered during the conference.
Join us for a tour of The Billy Graham Library, an experience which will allow you to learn more about the life and ministry of evangelist Billy Graham, founder of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and world renown and beloved minister of the Gospel.  The total cost of $35 covers transportation, lunch, a guided History & Heritage Tour, and other benefits reserved for guided tour participants.
01:00PM - 04:30PMCopyright Law Inside Out -- A Participant-Driven WorkshopPre-conference workshop
Kevin L. Smith, M.L.S., J.D., Director of Copyright and Scholarly Communications, Duke University - Perkins Library
Copyright law is complex and counter-intuitive, so that even when its fundamentals are grasped, it can be difficult to apply to concrete situations. In this workshop, the problem of application will be addressed by having participants bring specific, real-life situations, which will be considered in detail through expert analysis and group discussion. The goal is to understand the law better by seeing how it works inside specific contexts, rather than taking an abstract approach "from the outside." This is a half-day workshop.
Location: Providence 1
01:30PM - 03:00PM Day Excursion: NASCAR Hall of Fame Guided TourExcursion
$15.00 per person
The SCIG has secured a guided tour at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The tour will be led by the Hall of Fame's Registrar and Historian. Included in the tour will be historical and archival materials. The tour starts at 2:00 p.m. and will last approximately 45 minutes. As the NASCAR Hall of Fame is within walking distance, we will meet at 1:30 p.m. then walk together as a group. THE $15 FEE INCLUDES THIS GUIDED TOUR ONLY. Should attendees wish to explore the museum at the Hall of Fame after the tour, an additional fee of $17.95 would be required, payable directly to the Hall of Fame.
05:30PM - 07:00PMATLA Choir Rehearsal
Location: Grand A
06:00PM - 07:00PMPresident’s Welcome Reception for New Members and First-Time Attendees
Location: Providence 1
07:00PM - 10:00PMOpening Reception at the Mint Museum Uptown
Join us at the Mint Museum Uptown for an amazing opening reception.
Enjoy food and drinks, reconnect with colleagues, and experience the beautiful spaces and exhibits of the Mint.
The Mint Museum is known for its renowned Craft + Design collection, as well as its outstanding collections of American, contemporary, and European art. The five-story, 145,000-square-foot facility combines inspiring architecture with cutting-edge exhibitions that offers unparalleled cultural experiences.
Location: Mint Museum Uptown

 Thursday, June 20, 2013

08:00AM - 08:45AMWorship
Location: Grand AB
09:00AM - 10:00AMPlenary SessionPlenary
Peter Ochs, Professor of Modern Judaic Studies, University of Virginia
Peter Ochs is the Edgar M. Bronfman Professor of Modern Judaic Studies at the University of Virginia. His research addresses the relation of contemporary Jewish thought to the classical biblical and rabbinic sources; relations among Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions of scriptural interpretation; and relations among contemporary religious, philosophic, and scientific reasoning. He is the author of numerous works, including Another Reformation: Postliberal Christianity and the Jews (2011), The Free Church and Israel's Covenant (2010) and Crisis, Call and Leadership in the Abrahamic Traditions (2009). Ochs is founding editor of the Journal of Scriptural Reasoning.
Location: Grand AB
10:00AM - 10:30AMExhibits OpeningExhibit
Location: Grand CD
10:30AM - 11:30AMLibrary Instruction and Advanced ResearchersConversation group
Jim Skypeck, Public Services Librarian, Boston University School of Theology
This is a follow-up to an unconference session I facilitated at the 2012 Annual Conference. In this conversation group, I am hoping that attendees will share ideas of how they conduct instructional sessions for doctoral students and other advanced researchers. How are these sessions different than those for new students in Masters programs? What methods seem to work well and which have been less successful?
Location: Providence 1
10:30AM-11:30AMMy Talk Today: LDS Sacrament Meeting Talks and the Transfer of Knowledge and CultureCSIR Paper
Patricia Katopol, School of Library and Information Science, University of Iowa
In churches across the United States, Sunday morning brings a prepared sermon given by ordained officiators trained by the seminaries, divinity schools or Bible colleges of their denomination. In a chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or Mormon), however, instead of a sermon, congregants will hear several talks given by laypersons ranging in age from schoolchildren to grandparents. The proposed paper will explore the role of Sacrament Meeting talks in the transmission of religious knowledge and adherent culture to LDS congregations, using Berger and Luckmann’s (1966) theories regarding the Social Construction of Reality and aspects of Martins (2002) work on organizational culture.
Location: Morehead
10:30AM - 11:30AMApps for the Theological LibraryListen and learn session
Susan Ebertz, Director of the Library & Assistant Professor, Wartburg Theological Library
The Speed of Change in technology is so fast that this session may be out of date before it even begins! Cell phones and tablets are becoming more and more popular at theological institutions. How is the library using this new technology? How are we teaching our students about using this technology in their future ministry? We will look at some apps and at what apps mean for the library and ministry.
Location: Sharon
10:30AM - 11:30AMNACO Listen and Learn SessionListen and learn session
Judy Knop, ATLA NACO Funnel Coordinator, ATLA
Discussion of the impact of RDA on NACO participation since Day One (March 31, 2013). Share ideas for best practices for religion headings.
Location: Brevard
10:30AM - 11:30AMMaintaining Competence in the Midst of ChangeListen and learn session
Janice Huber, Information Commons Manager, Asbury Theological Seminary
The constant changing, service-oriented environment of an Information Commons places high demands on the full-time staff to maintain the rotating student workers at an approachable level of competence that meets the needs of the students, staff, and faculty interfacing with the front desk, seeking information, technology support, and research assistance. Done well this can be a challenging, fun, and engaging environment, but never static! The Asbury Theological Seminary Staff have been learning the ropes since the move to an Information Commons Model in 2001-02.
Location: Tryon
10:30AM - 11:30AMThe Guest Brings the Blessing: Hospitality in Theological LibrarianshipPaper
Carisse Mickey Berryhill, Associate Dean for Digital Initiatives, Special Collections, and University Archives, Brown Library, Abilene Christian University
This paper explores the virtuous practice of hospitality by theological librarians first by considering biblical and cultural roots of hospitality and then by exploring the implications for hospitality as a model of library service. The paper observes and reflects on the culture of hospitality among theological librarians through excerpts from interviews conducted with ATLA librarians between 2005 and 2013. Librarianship embodies a generous compassion for the stranger coupled with appreciation for the right of everyone to be heard. Theological librarians are both stewards of the texts that have formed communities of faith, and hosts to new formative conversations between diverse ancient, modern, and emerging voices.
Location: Park
10:30AM - 11:30AMLibrarianship as a Christian Calling Paper
John E. Shaffett, Director of Library Services, The Baptist College of Florida 
Is theological librarianship a ministry? Do theological librarians have a particular calling? If they do, what are the implications for their work? Not everyone will agree with this idea, but for those who do, they will find that it brings meaning and fulfillment to their work. This paper shows how theological librarianship can be a ministry. It describes three models of librarianship: stewardship, service, and teaching. It shows how these three functions can serve as a ministry to the body of Christ.
Location: Trade
11:30AM - 01:00PMLunch Break
11:30AM - 01:00PMNACO Funnel Lunch Group Other special session
Judy Knop, NACO Funnel Coordinator, ATLA
Discuss the working of the NACO Funnel. Discuss problems members are having with RDA. Discuss the use of the website
Location: Independence
01:00PM - 02:00PMATLA Business Meeting
Location: Grand AB
01:00PM-02:00PM“My Greatest Help Comes from the Lord”: Religion and the Information Behaviors of Dementia CaregiversCSIR Paper
Michelle Kazmer and Robert L. Glueckauf, Florida State University
How do religious beliefs, practices and communities affect how caregivers of loved ones with dementia approach information seeking, information use and information evaluation with respect to their caregiving activities? This paper is based on qualitative data collected via 81 interviews with dementia caregivers and counselors who were involved in two research projects designed primarily to evaluate the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral therapy problem-solving interventions in improving depression and reducing stress among dementia caregivers. These findings have implications for the further study of health information and the influence of religion on its use among caregivers, an area so far under-researched in health information behavior.
Location: Davidson
02:00PM-03:30PMMedia Information Sources and the Israeli Rabbi / Taqwacore Online: A Punk Construction of Religious Knowledge on the InternetCSIR Paper
Yoel Cohen, Ariel University Center, Israel, and Meghan Dougharty, Loyola University, Chicago
“Media Information Sources and the Israeli Rabbi” examines the information-gathering practices of Israeli rabbis, and the impact of information sources upon the rabbis. Rabbis use news media sources to gather information about general national and world affairs and about developments inside their religious communities. Synagogue rabbis require in their pastoral work to know about what their own congregants are exposed to in media terms. This is also true with rabbi-religious teachers in religious high schools and yeshivot (colleges of higher religious study). Also, rabbinical court judges in Israel require not only a mastery of Jewish religious law (halakhah) but also an awareness of contemporary affairs. To produce a picture of rabbis’ information sources, the author completed a survey of Israeli rabbis and mass media, the results of which will be presented here.  The subject of “Taqwacore Online: A Punk Construction of Religious Knowledge on the Internet” is a much-photocopied, unpublished novel by Michael Muhammad Knight that was passed around by young Muslims across U.S. when it came out in 2003. The Taqwacores told the story of a group of young people sharing a house in Buffalo, N.Y., as they came of age, rebelled, questioned their faith and tested the limits of their religious and political beliefs. The characters include a straight-edge Sunni Muslim, a burqa-wearing riotgrrl, a Sufi punk and straight-laced Islamic engineering student questioning his identity. The novel spawned a vibrant youth subculture that continues to exist in online social spaces and is slowly developing authentic sets of meanings and practices despite popular scrutiny.
Location: Park
02:00PM - 03:30PMInterfaith Dialogue in ActionInterest group presentation
Karla Grafton,  Circulation Manager, Westminster Theological Seminary; Speaker from Mecklenburg Ministries.  
Increasingly, we may find ourselves in conversations with people of other religious traditions -- conversations where religious differences become one of the topics. How might we participate productively in such discussions? What can we learn from interreligious encounters? And how might those encounters have social as well as religious benefits? A representative from Mecklenburg Ministries will be with us to discuss practical ways to live out interfaith dialogue. Mecklenburg Ministries has been involved in active interfaith dialogue in the city of Charlotte for over 25 years. With more than 100 member congregations, they seek to promote interfaith relationships, foster racial and ethnic understanding, and inspire collaboration to address social issues. Please join us to discuss ideas on how to live out interfaith dialogue in our own communities.
Location: Davidson
02:00PM - 03:30PMEbooks Nuts & Bolts: Acquisitions, Cataloging and AccessInterest group presentation
Patsy Yang, Digital Services Librarian, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary; Matthew Thiesen, Collection Development & Services Librarian, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary
The world of e-books can be overwhelming for a library just beginning to look at that format. Challenges can include different purchasing and acquisition models, cataloging practices, and access/platform issues. This session will provide the workflow implemented at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary to provide seamless access to e-books for patrons, from the perspective of collection development and acquisitions, cataloging issues and access issues. If you haven't started using e-books yet, this session will answer some of your questions and provide some tools. A business meeting will be held at the end of this Technical Service Interest Group session.
Location: Tryon
02:00PM - 03:30PMTheological Libraries and the “Theology of Hospitality”Panel presentation
David R. Stewart, Director of Libraries, Bethel University; Tracy Powell Iwaskow, Head of Public Services and Periodicals Librarian, Pitts Theology Library, Candler School of Theology; Anthony Elia, Public Services Librarian, Burke Library, Union Theological Seminary
Theological Libraries have a long and rich tradition of providing services to patrons of all sorts. But the ways in which that service has been provided have varied dramatically from one setting to another. It’s also true that, while differing from each other in many other ways, theological communities are imbued with certain common values, which understandably raise the expectations of guests, patrons, etc. Our panel will explore from different perspectives how hospitality is (and has been) practiced in theological communities and their libraries, and how specific practices have been developed that enrich our vocational communities of today in specific and important ways. Panelist 1 (David Stewart, Bethel University) will survey expressions and practices of hospitality in theological libraries over time. Panelist 2 (Tracy Powell Iwaskow, Pitts Theology Library, Emory University) will look at hospitality toward the broader communities often attracted to theological libraries, including local ministers, church members, alumni, volunteers, and students from other institutions. Panelist 3 (Anthony Elia, Burke Library, Union Theological Seminary) will explore the transformative role of library space as venue, and how hospitality expresses itself through developing new dynamic spaces for patrons. Discussion and Q&A with attendees will be an integral part of this presentation, and a list of suggested resources for further exploration will be provided.
Location: Trade
02:00PM - 03:30PMCollaborating with International Libraries in Theological EducationPanel presentation
Nancy Arnison, Executive Director, Theological Book Network; Clara M. Chu, Chair and Professor, Dept. of Library and Information Sciences, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Nancy Jean Vyhmeister, Author, "Quality Research Papers"
What should those of us in North American theological education settings understand and appreciate about our colleagues and their settings in the majority world? Nancy Arnison will share from her experience in collaborative efforts to supply quality academic resources; the equipping of theological libraries in the Majority World — turning excess into access. Clara Chu will share on issues surrounding librarian education and training; and Nancy Vyhmeister will share on what happens in the classroom.
Location: College
03:30PM-04:30PMA Proposal for a Topical Classification of Hymns Based on Emotion and FeelingCSIR Poster Session
Denise Bedford, Kent State University
Hymns are most commonly performed or sung in association with formal religious services, but they also reflect rich emotions that are part of everyday spiritual life for many Christians. Knowledge of and access to hymns appears to be highly dependent upon firsthand knowledge. How can we learn new hymns or hymns from other denominations? What sources and forms of access are available? There are two primary sources for discovering hymns, and within those sources are several basic ways that hymns may be classified. This research focuses on developing a distinct classification scheme of topics related to emotions and feelings addressed in Christian hymns, taking Plutchik’s three-dimensional circumplex model as its framework.
Location: Grand CD
03:30PM-04:30PMA Model for Multicultural Leadership: An Ideological Texture Analysis of Acts 8:26-40CSIR Poster Session
Jane Caulton, Regent University School of Global Leadership and Entrepreneurship
As leaders become more globally engaged, they find themselves with subordinates from different backgrounds, races, ethnicities, and cultures. An examination of the ideological texture of Acts 8:26-40 may provide insight to meeting the challenges that differences sometime bring. The story of the encounter between a Christian evangelist and a Jewish Ethiopian demonstrates that people can work together and achieve successful outcomes. Considerations of the ideological sub-textures individual location, relation to groups, modes of intellectual discourse and spheres of ideology in examining the text reveal the power of spirituality, humility and compassion in conquering boundaries of separation. These elements fuel the theory and practice of multicultural leadership.
Location: Grand CD
03:30PM - 04:30PMExhibitsExhibit
Location: Grand CD
03:30PM - 04:30PMInstructional Video Creation for Information LiteracyPoster session
Chris Rosser, Theological Librarian, Oklahoma Christian University
For online information literacy instruction the Beam Library at Oklahoma Christian University is teaching “virtually” through the creation of brief instructional videos. Video brings important face-to-face elements to online instruction; instructors often find creating videos an overwhelming task. Beam librarians have developed a method for creating simple, compelling videos that provide targeted instruction for a specific topic or skill. For example, our 90-second video on “Primary, Secondary, Tertiary Sources” has nearly 5,000 hits on YouTube. Students in other states and countries have expressed appreciation for the videos listed below, indicating that these videos have been instructive beyond our campus to a broader community. At the 2013 ATLA Conference, I would like to provide attendants with information about the videos we have created, explain how we have been using them for information literacy instruction, and describe a method for easily creating videos for their own libraries or classes. Example videos are linked below. “Primary, Secondary, Tertiary Sources” “ATLA Scripture Search Tab” “How to Write a Book Review, Beam Library” “Critical Questioning, IGBS”
Location: Grand CD
03:30PM - 04:30PMA Wall Comes Tumbling Down and a Pit Becomes a Commons:  Renovations and Rearrangements at the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary LibraryPoster session
Alexandra (Sandy) Leach, Associate Director, Lineberger Memorial Library, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary; Debbie Lineberger, Library Specialist for Library Services and Administrative Support, Lineberger Memorial Library, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary
Students noticed a difference as soon as they walked into the Lineberger Library of the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS) in fall 2012. A narrow entryway had become an expansive 24/7 study area with a coffee bar and keypad security. The basement computers now occupied first floor real estate that had formerly housed an extensive print periodicals collection. A fully-staffed Service Desk welcomed library users where tall index shelves had once towered. This poster session describes the physical changes, technological improvements, and large and small rearrangements that created a more open and inviting atmosphere in the LTSS Lineberger Memorial Library. Built in 1975 and recipient of an Award of Merit from the American Institute of Architects, the library building has long combined its striking modern beauty with challenges in space use and arrangement, acoustics, and lighting. This session chronicles the larger changes that were made in the summer of 2012, but also pays attention to small improvements and unexpected outcomes. It also appraises the results of the renovations, and suggests additional concerns for the future.
Location: Grand CD
03:30PM - 04:30PMCelebrating MilestonesPoster session
Terry Robertson, Seminary Librarian, Andrews University; Cynthia Mae Helms, Head, Dept. of Information Services, Andrews University; Lauren R. Matacio, Instruction Librarian, Andrews University
This year, James White Library is celebrating its 75th anniversary since the first library on campus with that name was built; fifty years in the current facility; twenty years since the library catalog went on line; and this year, the millionth item recorded. The poster will provide highlights of the year's events.
Location: Grand CD
03:30PM - 04:30PMLibraries Serving Interfaith Dialog: A Project of PublicationPoster session
Dupont, Executive manager for the promotion and the libraries networks, Institut Catholique de Paris
De Gruyter has accepted to publish a book on libraries serving interfaith dialog, in the green collection of IFLA. The ongoing articles will be presented and if people want to join the publication, they are welcome!
Location: Grand CD
03:30PM - 04:30PMRedesigning the Library Website: Collaboration, Challenge and AssessmentPoster session
Virginia Dearborn, Information Services Librarian, Princeton Theological Seminary
In order to address user needs and to improve the visibility and accessibility of library resources and services, Princeton Theological Seminary (PTS) Library recently undertook a website redesign project. The process required a few years to complete as the Library worked – in partnership with staff from both the Office Information Technology and the Office of Communications/Publications at PTS – to meet user and trustee expectations amid fiscal, staffing and technological constraints. Mobile access to Seminary and Library resources has also been in development, as have social media participation and a new library building. Website redesign work began based upon both a PTS student’s analysis of the website (May 2010) and upon responses given in a LibQual survey (November 2011). User experience testing was conducted in the fall of 2012 following the launching of the new website, and additional improvements were made in light of the feedback received from that testing.
Location: Grand CD
03:30PM - 04:30PMHosting History:  Librarians Reaching Campus & Community through Historic ArtPoster session
Melody Diehl, Librarian for Religious Studies & Theology, Regent University
This presentation will describe how librarian involvement with art and history exhibits on campus can promote unification, unravel prejudices, and reach out to local communities. The exhibits were presented at Regent University with the help of the librarians over the course of several years: The Saint John’s Bible: Illuminating the Word (September 2-26, 2008); The Auschwitz Album Revisited (January 23-February 6, 2011); The Light of the World (September 30-November 30, 2011); and Sacra Pagina: Sacred Pages from Biblical History (March 19-23, 2013). The presenter will display and discuss information about the four artistic, religious, and historic exhibits, including exhibit promotional materials, their effects on and off campus, and visitor responses. This aesthetically engaging poster presentation will challenge librarians to increase their involvement in campus and community activities in “out of the box,” meaningful ways. These concepts are especially important for theological librarians who operate in the context of a university or wider community.
Location: Grand CD
03:30PM - 04:30PMMapping ATLA LibrariesPoster session
Karl Stutzman, Access & Digital Services Librarian, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
Presenter will create a custom Google map of ATLA libraries. Interested persons will be able to add locations of former ATLA libraries and other points of interest to ATLA members.
Location: Grand CD
03:30PM - 04:30PMAsk the Expert -- Library Service Meets the Apple StorePoster session
Bruce L. Keisling, Assoc. VP for Academic Resources and Seminary Librarian, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Academic librarians continue to discuss how library services should change to respond to evolving student populations, trends in higher education, library content, and technology. This poster session will describe a new service model that we implemented at the Boyce Centennial Library in the summer of 2012 to respond to those changes. It will give a brief overview of the changing “environments” affecting academic libraries. It will also summarize particular dynamics for Boyce Library that led to a reassessment of our service model, staffing, and facility. The primary focus of the poster will be describing the Apple Store-like service model (specifically the Genius Bar) that we implemented and the structural modifications we made to provide a retail-oriented service experience.
Location: Grand CD
03:30PM - 04:30PMDigital Tools for Investigating IntertextualityPoster session
Desirae Sweet, MLIS student, University of Pittsburgh
Exciting collaborative projects have developed among computer scientists, classicists, and other humanists to digitally detect meaningful relationships between different literary works. These projects employ algorithms for the automated recognition of certain types of similarities, like patterns in linguistic borrowing or allusion, and in doing so, complement more traditional ways of reading texts by facilitating distant rather than close readings. Such projects offer a new means of seeing and articulating significant connections between texts. This poster will focus on exposing viewers to the range of projects underway and possibilities for their fruitful application to and interaction with biblical and theological studies. Finally, the presentation will point to existing tools that theological librarians may suggest to interested users.
Location: Grand CD
03:30PM - 04:30PMThe Religion in North Carolina Digital Collection: Content, Audience, and PresentationPoster session
Shanee Murrain, Project Coordinator, Religion in North Carolina Digital Collection, Duke Divinity School Library; Hannah Rozear, Project Manager Religion in North Carolina Digital Collection/Reference Librarian, Duke Divinity School Library
The subject of the proposed session is the coordination of the Religion in North Carolina Digital Collection is a collaborative project of Duke University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Wake Forest University that seeks to bring together, preserve, and provide digital access to the primary materials of religious bodies in North Carolina. The 8,000 volumes of materials representing every county of the state include the histories of local religious bodies, as well as the publications of larger North Carolina associations that describe the history of religious bodies and their leaders. Materials are digitized primarily from the collections of project partners but are also to be enriched by unique materials from over 200 public, university, and college libraries and archives in North Carolina and beyond. Topics to be discussed in the session include content, copyright analysis, workflow, creating communication channels between partners, and outreach initiatives.
Location: Grand CD
03:30PM - 04:30PMImplementing Shelf-Ready ProcessingPoster session
Leslie Engelson, Technical Services Librarian, Murray State University
Viewers of this poster will learn from my experience how to implement a shelf-ready model into the acquisitions and cataloging processes.
Location: Grand CD
03:30PM - 04:30PM“Love What You’ve Done With the Place!” Carving Out a Specialty Study Center from the Reference SectionPoster session
Kathy Harty, Reference & Education Services Librarian, Sacred Heart School of Theology
The Lux Center for Catholic/Jewish Studies was established in 2010 upon the retirement of a long-time professor at SHST. The library was asked to house the physical collection that would be associated with this Center. I will present before-and-after views of what was an under-used portion of the reference area, and its transformation into a well-used, attractive, and physical location for the Center's programs.
Location: Grand CD
03:30PM - 04:30PMTools to TryPoster session
Jennifer Ulrich, Technical Services Librrian, Eastern Mennonite University
See how one library is using a number of tools to provide reference, instruction, and information for student workers.
Location: Grand CD
04:30PM - 05:30PMOvercoming Budget and Staffing Challenges for (Sm)All Libraries in our Post-Recession EconomyConversation group
Daniel LaValla, Director of Library Services and Development Associate, Biblical Theological Seminary; Susan Ebertz, Assistant Professor and Director of the Reu Memorial Library, Wartburg Theological Seminary
The Great Recession in the U.S. was officially between December 2007 and June 2009 with a much higher job loss rate in comparison to previous recessions. In September 2012, the Federal Reserve announced implementation of QE3 due to most economic forecasts indicating that it is likely to be several more years before the unemployment rate returns to previous norms for our country and that there is still risk of another recession looming. Like most businesses and organizations, libraries have sustained significant decreases in employee FTE’s during and since the Great Recession. Due to current economic data, library managers and supervisors should plan for ongoing decreased staffing levels over a longer-term.
Location: Trade
04:30PM-05:30PMA Theory of DIKW Applied to Religious KnowledgeCSIR Paper
Terry Robertson, Andrews University
DIKW is a conventional construct for defining information. While reasonably explanatory in the hard and social sciences, it becomes unclear in humanities textual scholarship. Defining “data” in religious knowledge is particularly difficult within this construct. This study seeks to determine whether there is a functional place for DIKW in text-based religious discourse, or if the concept should be invalidated completely.
Location: Morehead
04:30PM-05:30PMWhence God? The Origin of Ultimate ConcernCSIR Paper
Jonathan Doner, Independent Scholar
Several recent works have addressed the issue of the origin, or “phylogeny,” of religion. Some have linked this occurrence to evolutionary mechanisms, others to sociological processes, and still others to psychological functions. Each position has interest and sheds a different light on a necessarily complex process. The paper examines several of these theories and offers a synthetic perspective which integrates psychological, sociological, evolutionary and theological concepts in a new manner. The proposed perspective is based on a new understanding of symbolic consciousness, the perception of intentionality, the nature of faith and the construction of self.
Location: Davidson
04:30PM - 05:30PMDemand-Driven E-Book Collection Development in Religious Studies: A Case Study from the University of Ottawa Listen and learn session
Jennifer Dekker, Subject Specialist, University of Ottawa; Tony Horava, Associate University Librarian (Collections), University of Ottawa
Historically, faculty members in the department of Religious Studies have had a very strong influence on the library’s collection development policy. However, a survey of graduate students and faculty performed in 2011-2012 for the Council of Ontario University’s graduate program accreditation revealed surprising information regarding their satisfaction with the religious studies collection. In response to feedback from the survey and in a quest to improve the relevance of the religious studies collection to our community, the University of Ottawa worked with our book vendor Yankee Book Peddler (YBP) to roll out a demand-driven e-books acquisition project in two subject areas: religious studies (including theology) and history. The specific goals of the project were: (1) To fill in historical titles that we had not been able to purchase due to several decades of low funding of the University of Ottawa Library; (2) To test whether e-books really were as undesirable as faculty members claimed they were; (3) To understand where the collection gaps were based on community demand; (4) To test the current collection development policies in religious studies and history; and (5) To provide an evidence-based argument for collecting or not collecting e-books as a format. This presentation will detail the conceptual and technical development of the plan and will offer observations from nine months of implementation with an emphasis on the religious studies and theological collections areas. Did the project achieve its goals? How useful were the data gathered from this project? How will these data inform our future strategies regarding collection development for Religious Studies? These questions and others will be explored in the project’s summary.
Location: Sharon
04:30PM - 05:30PMSee Your Data in New Ways: Presenting and Analyzing Data Using Free Visualization ToolsListen and learn session
Karl Stutzman, Access & Digital Services Librarian, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
Visual representations enable human beings to understand data quickly and spot trends and anomalies. Everyone should be familiar with graphs and charts, but there's more to data visualization than that. Network analysis, treemaps, and web-based mapping are some interesting ways to visualize data. The workshop will introduce innovative and free methods for creating visualizations of library data.
Location: College
04:30PM - 05:30PMSupport for  Online Bible StudiesListen and learn session
Jennifer Bartholomew, E-Services Librarian, Luther Seminary
This session will enable librarians to support students and ministers engaged in providing online Bible studies for a variety of groups. We will look at several tools to host online Bible studies -- both free and subscription-based; Learn a little about the design process for creating effective learning objectives; Discuss the various methods and tools for collaboration and communication; Take a quick look at copyright issues for text and images; and find sources for education and faith-friendly images.
Location: Park
04:30PM - 05:30PMAppreciative Inquiry as a Model for Positive Change in a Theological LibraryPaper
Rebecca Miller, Head of Public Services, Trinity International University
Rapid changes in the library world can be disconcerting and lead to negative emotions among librarians. Appreciative Inquiry is a relatively new method for addressing these reactions in a positive, potentially transformative way. Instead of focusing on solving problems, this model encourages staff to concentrate on the good attributes of their library, and ways to build on those strengths for the future. As part of a doctoral research project, appreciative inquiry was applied to a theological library at Trinity International University.
Location: Brevard
06:00PM - 10:00PMEvening Excursion: Charlotte Knights Baseball GameExcursion
$35.00 per person
Join us as we watch the Charlotte Knights (AAA Affiliate of the Chicago White Sox) play against the Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals affiliate). The total cost of $35 covers transportation and the ticket pricing. Be sure to bring extra cash for Thirsty Thursday, $1 sodas and $2 beers.
07:00PM - 09:30PMDiversity Committee Movie NightOther special session
Stephen Sweeney, Library Director, Saint John Vianney Theological Seminary
The proposed movie for this evening is Deepa Mehta's "Water." Unexpectedly widowed, an eight-year-old girl is put in a house of widows to live the rest of her life. The film was and remains controversial in India. The movie proves to be compelling and challenging to watch.
Location: Sharon

 Friday, June 21, 2013

08:00AM - 08:45AMWorship
Location: Grand AB
09:00AM - 10:00AMPlenary Session Plenary
William H. Willimon, the North Alabama Conference
William H. Willimon is the former Dean of the Chapel at Duke University and a retired bishop in the United Methodist Church, most recently serving in the North Alabama Conference.  He is considered by many as one of America's best-known and most influential preachers.  He has written more than 50 books, including Sinning Like a Christian: A New Look at the 7 Deadly Sins (2013), A Will to Lead and the Grace to Follow (2011), and Why Jesus? (2010).   He is Editor-At-Large of The Christian Century.
Location: Grand AB
10:00AM - 10:30AMExhibitsExhibit
Location: Grand CD
10:30AM - 12:00AMBenefits and Risks of OCLC WMS library systemListen and learn session
Jeff Siemon, Digital Resources Librarian, Fuller Theological Seminary
OCLC WMS library system leverages the WorldCat database, “cloud” computing, and cooperation among libraries in creative ways. Hear about Fuller's experience in adopting OCLC WMS, including cost savings, benefits, and risks.
Location: Providence 1
10:30AM-12:00PMKeeping Faith: Factors Contributing to Spiritual Transformation, Identity, and Maturity in Adolescents / The Family in the Digital Age: How, Surprisingly, the Family is growing as the primary source of religious knowledge in youthCSIR Paper
Glory Emmanuel and Harold D. Delaney, University of New Mexico, and Mark Robertson, Old Orchard Church
Adolescence and early adulthood are certainly the most religiously unstable phases of the life course. Despite its instability, religiosity and spirituality (RS) demonstrate clinical utility: they have been found to be protective factors for adolescents against alcohol abuse, depression, and risky behaviors, such as unsafe sexual practices. “Keeping Faith: Factors Contributing to Spiritual Transformation, Identity, and Maturity in Adolescents” investigated spiritual development among church-attending adolescents to understand how religious social support (family, friends, church, mentorship) and personal devotional activities (prayer, worship, study of sacred texts) were related to spiritual transformation (ST), spiritual identity and spiritual maturity. These findings may enable mental health professionals, religious leaders, and parental units to better understand how to support adolescents with RS interest in their journey of spiritual development.  In this new era of digital accessibility and connectivity, research shows that the family is actually the place where youth are gaining their foundational religious knowledge; that more than ever, young people are emulating the faith of their parents. “The Family in the Digital Age: How, Surprisingly, the Family Is Growing as the Primary Source of Religious Knowledge in Youth” focuses on research showing how religious parents have a great opportunity to model their faith to their children, knowing that the impact is great. At the same time, the study shows young people’s ability to analyze arguments has been diminished as they accept propositions based on family histories and contexts as opposed to weighing arguments with discernment. Educators and clergy should challenge them to engage in more critical thinking.
Location: Park
10:30AM - 12:00AMPatron-Driven Acquisitions (PDA)Panel presentation
Leland R. Deeds, Librarian for Academic Computing Support, Union Presbyterian Seminary; Lisa Gonzalez, Electronic Resources Librarian, Catholic Theological Union; Melody Layton McMahon, Director, Catholic Theological Union; John Chambers, Northeast Area Manager, Ingram Coutts
The implementation of two Patron-Driven Acquisitions projects will be discussed from the perspectives of two implementers, a library director and a vendor.
Location: Harris
10:30AM - 12:00PMTeaching Analytical Reading Skills & Reading Strategies to Seminary StudentsIn-conference workshop
Laura Harris, Reference & Instruction Librarian, Iliff School of Theology
Many of our students lack sophisticated skills for in-depth reading and analysis of the scholarly materials which we teach them how to find. In this presentation I will share an assignment I created for a 1-credit course on “Discovery, Analysis, and Management of Theological Resources;” that walks students through creating a Descriptive Outline, identifying different kinds of arguments, and creating an Argument Map. These reading techniques might also be taught in workshop format. In addition, I will share resources I've found on both analytical reading and strategies for approaching various kinds of reading assignments. Participants will have the opportunity to share their observations, insights, and resources.
Location: Providence 2
10:30AM - 12:00PMThe Deep End of the Talent Pool: Successful Job Interviewing in the Library MarketplacePanel presentation
David R. Stewart, Director of Libraries, Bethel University ; Miranda H. Bennett, Research and Instruction Services, University of Houston; Michelle Spomer, Head of Reference, Stamps Theological Library, Azusa Pacific University
It’s widely believed that the job market (in libraries and elsewhere) has never been more challenging than it is now. This panel discussion will probe into how library jobs and job searches are changing, and what job search strategies are most effective. Topics addressed will include: Best practices for interviewees; Best practices for interviewers; and Best resources for interviewing and hiring The panel will also consider the question of how (or whether) trends are different in theological libraries than in libraries generally. Since the proposal assumes that those who attend have a specific and timely interest in the topics to be covered, Q&A and discussion will be encouraged.
Location: College
10:30AM - 12:00PMWorld Christianity Interest Group Conversation: Documenting World Christianity Within Our BordersInterest group presentation
Tracy Powell Iwaskow, Head of Public Services and Periodicals Librarian, Pitts Theology Library, Emory University
Recent statistics from the United Nations suggest that 3 out of every 1,000 residents in the United States were born in another country. Other sources estimate that, based on a conservative estimate, 2/3 of these individuals self-identify as Christian. How are American theological libraries collecting the works of and engaged with immigrant religious groups within our own borders? This conversation group will discuss approaches and possibilities for the documentation of world Christianity within our own nation’s borders.
Location: Tryon South
12:00PM - 01:30PMAll Conference Luncheon
Location: Grand AB
01:30PM - 03:00PMChanges in Library Education—Recent Past to Immediate FuturePanel presentation
Dr. Clara Chu, Chair and Professor, Department of Library and Information Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Dr. Samantha Hastings, Director and Professor, School of Library and Information Science, University of South Carolina; Beth Martin, Distance Education Coordinator and Clinical Assistant Professor, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Library and Information Studies; Dr. Robert Burgin, President, RB Software & Consulting, Inc.
Change is inevitable, and change in the library profession has been exponential in recent years. Librarians increasingly are faced with real challenges, such as: Staying abreast in the provision of quality resources and services amid rapid growth in digital and technological advancements; Equipping people with information literacy skills to navigate a swelling sea of information; and the need for library advocacy in a landscape of shrinking budgets. In light of these and other challenges facing libraries, how are library schools adapting to prepare the next generation of librarians? In this panel session, leaders from library education programs in the Carolinas will discuss ways that library schools are (and could be) retooling their programs to send new librarians into the workforce with the vision and skills to meet the challenges facing twenty-first century libraries and the user communities they serve.
Location: Tryon North
01:30PM - 03:00PMCoding Interview DataIn-conference workshop
Timothy D. Lincoln, Library Director, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Interviews enable library patrons to describe their experiences using a particular service or doing research. Librarians benefit from hearing about user experience, but may be stymied in how to wade through interview data. In this workshop, participants learn how to analyze interview transcripts in order to discover themes that spark interpretation. This procedure is called coding.
Location: Morehead
01:30PM - 03:00PMEmerging Technology Interest GroupInterest group presentation
Karl Stutzman, Access & Digital Services Librarian, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
ATLA's newest interest group, Emerging Technology Interest Group (ETIG) will gather for a combination of short presentations on topics in emerging technology and ample discussion of how to weave emerging technology topics into the work of ATLA.
Location: Tryon South
01:30PM - 03:00PMEuropean Publishers and ATLA Librarians: Developing Best Practices for Working TogetherPanel presentation
Gregg Taylor, Licensing Manager, ATLA; Ian Stevens, President, ISD; Matthew Thiesen, Collection Development and Services Librarian, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary
Are you from an ATLA member  library wanting to know how to best work with European publishers to develop library content? Are you a publisher wanting to know more about  ATLA member libraries?    What is the role of a US based distributor? What pressing questions and challenges do you have? Come join this panel and group discussion on best practices, dialogue, and collaboration across languages, time zones, and content. A brief ice-breaker presentation will yield to an extensive discussion.
Location: Brevard
01:30PM - 03:00PMNew Horizons in China-US Theological Librarianship: Discussions, Collaborations, Collections, and DevelopmentsPanel presentation
Anthony J. Elia, Public Services Librarian, Burke Library, Columbia University; Paul Stuehrenberg, Divinity Librarian, Yale Divinity School ; Cindy Suchin Lu, Librarian for Asian Christianity, Yale Divinity School
China is in a current period of dramatic growth and development, which is reaching many areas of its complex and dynamic cultures, from Beijing and Xi’an to Guangzhou and Hong Kong. Among the many aspects of Chinese society that have seen change are libraries and publishing. In the United States, a rich theological history exists at some institutions, where archival and current materials about China are becoming more visible and relevant to the questions of global Christianity. Both Yale Divinity Library and the Burke Library at Columbia University share in this tradition. This panel will address some developments, specifically in the context of theological libraries and librarianship, and how recent contacts, research, and collaborations among U.S. theological librarians and libraries and Chinese counterparts are progressing. Dr. Paul Stuehrenberg (Yale Divinity School, Director), Cindy Suchin Lu (Yale Divinity School, Librarian for Asian Christianity), and Anthony Elia (Burke Library, UTS/Columbia University) will discuss their travels in China, research at Chinese libraries and institutions, and meetings with librarians, administrators and officials, all within the context of their institutions’ historical record with China.
Location: College
01:30PM - 03:00PMSupporting Online Education: Provision & Assessment of Resources and ServicesPanel presentation
Jennifer Bartholomew, Electronic Services Librarian, Luther Seminary Library; Paul Tippey, Director of Library Services, B.L. Fisher Library; Kris Veldheer, Head of Public Services, GTU Library; T.R. Parker, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary
Online (or distance) education continues to be a growing topic of interest and concern for libraries as more and more schools and seminaries launch or expand existing programs. What resources should the library provide? How does the library gauge if it is providing the right resources and in the right formats? What services should be offered to support students and faculty, and how should they be delivered? (And how do you do it all with a flat budget?!) All of these questions and many more have kept public service librarians awake at night. This session will offer the perspectives of four panelists and four institutions on how they have tackled supporting online education.
Location: Providence 1
01:30PM-03:00PMTeaching and Learning in the Archives: Partnering for Undergraduate Formation in Service and ResearchCSIR Paper
Carisse Berryhill and Tracy Shilcutt, Abilene Christian University
“Teaching and Learning in the Archives: Partnering for Undergraduate Formation in Service and Researc” describes an iterative series of collaborations between a history professor and a special collections librarian to develop pedagogical innovations to foster intellectual and spiritual formation of undergraduate students at a Christian university. We expect that this immersive experience in primary sources, many of which are related to the religious heritage of the university and its students, will have long range benefits in perception of the value of primary sources, in support for preservation and research in archives, and in career choices toward archives or museum science. By exposure to the documented history of the university's religious and intellectual efforts, students will be able to form an intellectual and spiritual synthesis of the context of their education at ACU. Arguably, the greatest obstacle facing a religious studies education within academia is ecumenism. Most scholars find the world’s major religions to be mutually exclusive; apparent differences, they conclude, are too disparate for reconciliation, despite common themes of virtue and a Divine Reality. This attitude towards ecumenism inevitably trickles down into education. Consequently, pedagogy is usually historical or anthropological in character.
Location: Independence
03:00PM - 03:30PMExhibitsExhibit
Location: Grand CD
03:30PM-04:30PMA Study on the Effects of Iranian Religions on Its House ArchitectureCSIR Paper
Khosro Movahed, Shiraz Islamic Azad University
This article will explain the effects of Iranian religions (Zoroastrian and Islam) on its house architecture. It will analyze the Iranian houses in the past and will show how the Iranian architecture was in harmony with Iranian religion, as well as its ideology. Then it will be demonstrated in details how its new planning solutions have failed to continue the thoughts of the past. To better understand the role and relations of architecture and identity, this paper attempts to discover the changing of Iranian house architecture through the last century. The results provide an effective strategy for future planning of Iranian city.
Location: Morehead
03:30PM-04:30PMAn Analysis of Social Phenomena in the View of Ijtihadic Paradigm of Religious ScienceCSIR Paper
Mahdi Alipour and Hamid Reza Hassani, Research Institute of Hawzah and University, Iran
Interpretivism and Critical Social Science, and proposes a different approach to this problem from the perspective of the Ijtihadic Paradigm of Religious Science (IPRS), a new paradigm based on Islamic religion.
Location: Tryon North
03:30PM-04:30PMSaving America: Religion and the Watergate AffairCSIR Paper
David Settje, Concordia University Chicago
This paper is part of a study of religious reactions to Watergate during Richard M. Nixon’s administration. While numerous investigations examine the political, media, and judicial aspects of Watergate, too few historians have delved into popular reactions, including religious sentiments in the context of this crisis. Yet abundant material demonstrates how religious leaders, denominations, and lay people dialogued about Watergate through their religious lens. Understanding how religious institutions communicated about the Watergate crisis will assist in better comprehending how information and religion have intersected throughout history. This paper gives a snapshot into how this occurred in the 1970s and will better illustrate how that translated into people's understanding of a contentious issue through a religious lens.
Location: Davidson
03:30PM - 04:30PMState of the Association
Location: Grand AB
04:30PM - 05:30PMCONSER Listen and Learn SessionListen and learn session
Judy Knop, CONSER Funnel Coordinator, ATLA
Discussion of questions and decisions coming from the 2013 CONSER Operations Committee meeting. Discussion of the impact of RDA and the group's plans on implementation.
Location: College
04:30PM - 05:30PMCore Competencies ConversationConversation group
Carisse Mickey Berryhill, Associate Dean for Digital Initiatives, Special Collections, and University Archives, Brown Library, Abilene Christian University
This conversation follows up on the Core Competencies panel at the 2012 conference by beginning grassroots discussion of the elements which might be included in an ATLA statement of competencies or credentials for theological librarianship.
Location: Morehead
04:30PM - 05:30PMFrom Analysis to Decision: How to Assess CollectionsListen and learn session
Beth Bidlack, Director, Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
How do you determine what you're collecting? What you should be collecting? What do you do when there is a gap between what you are collecting and what you should be collecting? How do you look at overall budgets and make allocations? How do you advocate for increased funding?
Location: Harris
04:30PM - 05:30PMHost or Hosted? Where to House the Digital LibraryListen and learn session
Thad Horner, Digital Resources Librarian, Asbury Theological Seminary
When launching an institutional repository or digital library, users must choose to host the repository themselves or hire a service to host it for them. Both solutions have their advantages and disadvantages. The B.L. Fisher Library at Asbury Theological Seminary has used both of these models. The presenter will speak about his experiences with both models, offer best-practice suggestions, share practical advice, and answer questions from participants.
Location: Trade
04:30PM-05:30PMInformation Structures in the Christian Reference BibleCSIR Paper
John Walsh and Allison M. McCormack, Indiana University
This project examines the modern reference Bible from the perspective of documentation studies, exploring the various information structures found in such documents and the concept of “indexicality” in the context of sacred documents. This study will perform document analysis of a variety of reference editions of the Bible; survey the information structures found in these documents; describe the indexical characteristics that are expressed by these information structures; suggest possible theological implications and motivations of these structures; and consider ways in which these seemingly traditional documentary features serve as models and types for structures, strategies, and functionality found in contemporary digital information and document environments.
Location: Park
04:30PM-05:30PMModeling and Representing Religion Language to Support Audio Transcription of Christian SermonsCSIR Paper
Denise Bedford and David Steinberg, Kent State University
A rich store of religious sermons has been recorded as audio files, although a text transcript is more effective for religious study and learning. This presentation describes research related to speech recognition systems and whether quality improvements are possible in large vocabulary contexts, where the domain may be known but language and acoustic patterns are infinite. The goals of this project are (1) to provide good-enough transcripts of the audio files to support accurate automated classification, indexing and summarization (to improve findability of materials); and (2) to automatically produce a transcript that is an 80 percent accurate representation of the audio content. This would support study of sermons not only within the religious community, but also in the humanities, social sciences and knowledge sciences. Transcripts could also improve access for the hearing-impaired.
Location: Tryon North
04:30PM - 05:30PMMoving the Catalogue from the Front End to the Back End: How Our New Unified Search Box has Dramatically Impacted Information Literacy InstructionListen and learn session
Saundra Lipton, Philosophy and Religious Studies Librarian, University of Calgary
This session will highlight how moving the catalogue from the key search element on the library home page to a back end database has significantly altered the search process. The new discovery interface, with Summon as a key component, dramatically facilitates searching in a variety of ways including: correcting typos (in a recent study of catalogue search logs this was underscored as a key issue in failed searches); allowing students to search by essay title and retrieve the book (assuming it is in the collection); linking students to sections of reference material on their topic; providing more immediate links to available full-text journal articles; and offering links to frequently requested library services as well as to topic-appropriate research guides and specialized databases. Saundra will summarize the dramatic impact of this new “library search box” on the fall 2012 information literacy instruction sessions.
Location: Independence
04:30PM - 05:30PMUnderstanding Context for Change: A Look at Power and OrganizationsListen and learn session
Susan Ebertz, Director of the Library & Assistant Professor, Wartburg Theological Seminary
Theological institutions are changing. Many of them are trying to stay in the race. Many are overhauling their engines or redesigning their works. As the change lanes around the library, how do we understand the context? How do we help the library to fit into this challenge? We will look at formal and informal power, the power cycle, and organizational images for understanding context.
Location: Davidson
05:30PM - 06:30PMDenominational Group Meetings
08:30PM - 10:00PMA Success Stories UnconferenceOther special session
Facilitator, Tracy Powell Iwaskow, Head of Public Services and Periodicals Librarian, Pitts Theological Library, Emory University
Join ATLA conference attendees for a late-night unconference of success stories! This is an opportunity to share success stories from your library or to seek the collective wisdom to address challenges you may be facing. A sign-up sheet will be placed by the conference registration desk where you can sign up to share successes, field questions, or list topics you hope might be addressed. Participants can also elect to break out into group discussions to tackle specific topics. Cookies and coffee will fuel this think tank and help provide a social and inviting atmosphere to gather with colleagues.
Location: Independence

 Saturday, June 22, 2013

08:00AM - 09:00AM11 Million Reasons to Become Diverse: How Diverse Populations are Changing Libraries and SocietyConversation group
Stephen Sweeney, Director, Cardinal Stafford Library, St. John Vianney Seminary; Rev. Dr. Daniel Flores
Recent news about immigration reform has refocused attention on the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S., just one example of the increasing diversity of the nation.  This conversation group, hosted by the ATLA Diversity Committee, will look at demographic trends in the general population, ATS schools, and higher education.  Partifcipants will be encouraged to consider and share how libraries adapt and how librarians prepare faith leaders to serve a changing population.
Location: College
08:00AM - 09:00AMAlways On?: A Conversation about Service, Technology, and Sabbath TimeConversation group
Tracy Powell Iwaskow, Head of Public Services and Periodicals Librarian, Pitts Theology Library, Emory University
As information professionals in a service-oriented profession, librarians can find themselves at the forefront of conversations and conflicts regarding the proper uses of technology in both professional and personal domains. Technology allows us to be ever available, but sometimes work and life requires time apart. A desire to provide good client care can exacerbate any tension felt in this regard. This session will begin with a brief overview of recent literature on this topic, and then open to a general discussion of the challenges and opportunities presented by the use of digital technologies, as well as strategies for providing good client care while also allowing for time away.
Location: Park
08:00AM - 09:00AMContemporary Religious Literature Conversation group
Jennifer Ulrich, Technical Services Librarian, Eastern Mennonite University; Donna Wells, Assistant Director, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
A time to discuss what ATLA members are reading.
Location: Morehead
08:00AM - 10:30AMMarcEdit 101In-conference workshop
Leslie Engelson, Technical Services Librarian, Murray State University
This hands-on workshop will instruct participants on how to use some of the capabilities of MarcEdit and to edit MARC records. Participants should to bring their own laptop with the latest version of MarcEdit installed and a file of MARC records.
Location: Queens
08:00AM - 09:00AMOpen Source Platform Project for E-book LendingConversation group
Donna Campbell, Technical Services & Systems Librarian, Westminster Theological Seminary
Facilitate a discussion between interested collaborators of how to create an alternative model that allows theological research libraries to permanently own their e-books “without concern over rising licensing fees or changing terms from aggregators and distributors.” (Matt Enis, “Harris County PL to Test DCL Ebook Mode” Library Journal 137, no. 16 (October 1, 2012):16). This is a preliminary step to construct a team to design or tailor an ideal e-book platform akin to Douglas County Libraries (Colorado) or Harris County Public Library (Houston, TX) where libraries purchase to own e-books and lend to users as with print books (one-copy/one-user) in a seamless fashion in their OPAC. We will assess the human, financial, and technological resources that are needed to create and maintain the platform. The platform would be library-owned and library-managed and available to share with other ATLA member libraries. System administrators, programmers, IT specialists, electronic resource managers, and others who desire to make this project happen are encouraged to attend. Different perspectives are also welcomed.
Location: Trade
08:00AM - 09:00AMThey Shall Become One Flesh: The Why's, How's and Wherefore's of Library MergersConversation group
Christine Wenderoth, Library Director, JKM Library; Elyse Hayes, Director of Library & Information Services, Seminary of the Immaculate Conception; Michael Boddy, Director of Luhr Reading and Reference Library, Eden Theological Seminary
Theological libraries have been merging with other [theological] libraries for decades if not centuries. The impetus is most always the merger or demise of parent schools. However, current financial stresses seem to have accelerated the call for library mergers -- mergers of theological libraries with each other as well as mergers of theological libraries with college or university libraries. Why this call to mergers? Are mergers a good or bad thing? What should librarians consider when responding to the call to merger or when facing a merger? What are the distinctive library considerations of mergers (as opposed to school administrative considerations)? What are the short term and long term outcomes of library mergers?
Location: Brevard
09:00AM - 10:30AMFrom Wittenberg to Weimar: The History of Publication of Martin Luther’s Collected Works Interest group presentation
Armin Siedlecki, Head of Cataloging, Pitts Theology Library, Emory University
Martin Luther was one of the most prolific Christian writers of all time. The Weimar Edition, the most recent comprehensive edition of his works, which was begun in 1883 and concluded in 2009 includes 120 volumes and ca. 80,000 pages, while an American edition of Luther’s writings translated into English was begun in 1955 and includes 69 volumes so far. However, the collection of Martin Luther’s writing began as early as 1518 when the Basel printer Johann Froben issued a collection of Martin Luther’s Latin works along with the writings of other authors who were debating Luther’s ideas. Another collection was issued by Adam Petri in 1520, but the intended 2nd volume was never published and the volume of Luther's writing in subsequent years precluded others from preparing other collected editions before 1539, when the first volume of Luther's collected German works was issued. This presentation will discuss early collections of Luther’s works, including publications by Froben and Petri, the Wittenberg and Jena editions, Luther’s Tischreden or “Table Talk,” as well as collections of sermons, correspondence, and other material.
Location: Park
09:00AM - 10:30AMInspiring Users through Library SpacePanel presentation
Bruce L. Keisling, Assoc. VP for Academic Resources, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Robert E. Fox, Jr., Dean of University Libraries, University of Louisville; Anthony Elia, Public Services Librarian, Burke Library, Columbia University
This panel session presents the findings of two papers which separately address how library spaces guide and inspire users. The first paper “Reading, Motion, and Spatial Violence” utilizes a variety of research techniques and philosophies to look at how library spaces help define where and how we like (and dislike) to read. Considerations of vantage and views of learners in library spaces will be made, to help understand the best methods of reading and learning. The second paper, “Sacred Spaces in Sacred Places,” seeks to answer: what qualities make library spaces sacred? Would the presence of sacred space in a library help students identify with the campus? And could such space lead to institutional benefit in areas such as recruiting and retention?
Location: Independence
09:00AM-10:30AMThe Kahal, Zawiya, and Monastic Multiplexes: Informational Centripetalism as Medieval Mission / Religious Attitudes and Attitudes about Scientific Issues: An Analysis of their Social Context in the United StatesCSIR Paper
Larry Poston and Linda Poston, Nyack College, and Robert V. Williams, Patrick Roughen, and Karen Miller, University of South Carolina
The missiological strategies developed in the Middle Ages by the adherents of Judaism, Islam and Christianity were centripetal in approach, drawing persons in each case inward to a central structure. Jews, Muslims and Christians constructed multiplex institutions as outposts for the spread and/or maintenance of their respective beliefs and practices. Included in nearly all of these were collections of religious documents. In “The Kahal, Zawiya, and Monastic Multiplexes: Informational Centripetalism as Medieval Mission”, the origins and histories of these institutions will be explored with particular attention to the role of the document collections in each.  The social contexts of religious knowledge include many different aspects of an individual’s life experiences, education, and theological perspective. “Religious Attitudes and Attitudes about Scientific Issues: An Analysis of their Social Context in the United States” examines the relationships between specific expressed religious views and opinions about specific scientific issues. The scientific issues considered are global climate change, evolution, stem cell research, continental drift age of the earth, the big bang and nanotechnology. The religious attitudes examined include belief in God, feeling “born again,” extent of religious feelings, commitment to religion, Bible reading and whether God punishes people who deserve it.
Location: College
09:00AM - 10:30AMTransition to Management: a Conversation for New, Interim, and Aspiring Library DirectorsPanel presentation
Amy Limpitlaw, Head Librarian, Boston University School of Theology Library; Angela G. Morris, Acting Director of the Library, Ernest Miller White Library, Louisville Seminary; Andrew J. Keck, Director of Library Services, Luther Seminary
This panel presentation is for librarians who have recently (within the last five years) transitioned into the role of director or manager, or who have taken on that role as an interim. The goal is to share with one another what we have learned in our first years as a director, what new skills we have had to develop, and what has surprised us about the director role. While the presentation is oriented toward new and interim directors, it is open to any member of ATLA, and we welcome those who aspire to become directors as well as those who have more experience in the role and can share their wisdom.
Location: Sharon
09:00AM - 10:30AMUnder Construction: Library Services for Distance Students Panel presentation
Mary Anne Knefel, University Librarian, University of Dubuque; Jonathan Helmke, Assistant Director for Library Systems & Technical Services, University of Dubuque; Dolores Yilibuw, Library Interim Director, Lexington Theological Seminary; Ben Wyatt, Technology Director, Lexington Theological Seminary
In this panel presentation, librarians at Lexington Theological Seminary and the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary will discuss their experiences as they lead their libraries—and institutions—in creating new ways to deliver theological education. Ms. Knefel and Mr. Helmke will focus on their six years of experience in delivering the library to UDTS Distance M.Div. students, focusing on how the entire library staff re-envisioned library services so that students would be able to navigate a complex information environment at a distance. Ms. Yilibuw will explore changes in library policies in order to effectively support the curriculum, students, and faculty in the online environment. All will touch upon how our institutions plan to respond to ATS standards for distance education regarding library resources and services.
Location: Harris
11:00AM-12:00PMTeaching and Learning in the Archives: Partnering for Undergraduate Formation in Service and Research // The Search for Meaning: Information Seeking and Religious ConversionCSIR Paper
Carisse Berryhill and Tracy Shilcutt, Abilene Christian University; Elysia Guzik, University of Toronto
Teaching and Learning in the Archives” describes an iterative series of collaborations between a history professor and a special collections librarian to develop pedagogical innovations to foster intellectual and spiritual formation of undergraduate students at a Christian university. This immersive experience in primary sources, many of which are related to the religious heritage of the university and its students, will have long range benefits in perception of the value of primary sources, in support for preservation and research in archives, and in career choices toward archives or museum science.  “The Search for Meaning” explores information-seeking practices in the context of religious conversion, that is, the continuous process by which individuals decide to adopt a particular faith community — and its  accompanying rituals and belief systems — as their own. Peer-reviewed articles and conference proceedings in the major library and information science, religious studies, anthropology, and sociology databases will be used to develop a thorough definition of religious conversion and its implications for our understanding of “the social construction of religious knowledge.”
Location: Independence
11:00AM - 11:45AMWorship in the Catholic Tradition
Location: Grand D
11:45AM - 12:30PMMemorials
Location: Grand D
12:30PM - 02:30PMAll Conference Luncheon and Plenary SessionPlenary
Joan Frye Williams, library consultant
Joan Frye Williams is a library consultant and futurist who specializes in library strategies, technologies, innovative practices, and the future of community-focused library services.  Her clients include libraries of all types and sizes, library consortia, state library agencies, professional associations, and elected bodies such as city councils and boards of supervisors.  She has contributed to Library Journal, American Libraries, and Library Technology Reports.  Recent areas of focus include libraries in a post-print world, future-proofing your library, and top tech trends for the non-technical.
Location: Grand AB
02:25PM - 02:30PMATLA Hymn
Location: Grand AB