Conversation Groups



Thursday, Jun 20, 201310:30AM - 11:30AMLibrary Instruction and Advanced Researchers
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
Thursday, Jun 20, 201304:30PM - 05:30PMOvercoming Budget and Staffing Challenges for (Sm)All Libraries in our Post-Recession Economy
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
Friday, Jun 21, 201304:30PM - 05:30PMCore Competencies Conversation
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
Saturday, Jun 22, 201308:00AM - 09:00AM11 Million Reasons to Become Diverse: How Diverse Populations are Changing Libraries and Society
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
Saturday, Jun 22, 201308:00AM - 09:00AMAlways On?: A Conversation about Service, Technology, and Sabbath Time
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
Saturday, Jun 22, 201308:00AM - 09:00AMContemporary Religious Literature
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
Saturday, Jun 22, 201308:00AM - 09:00AMOpen Source Platform Project for E-book Lending
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
Saturday, Jun 22, 201308:00AM - 09:00AMThey Shall Become One Flesh: The Why's, How's and Wherefore's of Library Mergers
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