Past Meetings


TTLA Spring 2017 meeting

Friday, April 21, 2017

Dixon Pentecostal Research Center
260 11th Street
Cleveland, TN 37311

No meetings in 2016

TTLA Spring 2015 meeting in Nashville


Scarritt Bennett Center
1008 19th Avenue South
Nashville, Tennessee 37212

Unless otherwise indicated all program events are held in the Kreitner Room, 2nd floor, Laskey building


“Make a Joyful Noise: Managing, Transferring, and Digitizing Audio and Video Recordings”


8:30 am – 8:50 am: Refreshments and Fellowship

8:50 am – 8:55 am: Welcome to Scarritt Bennett Center (Steve Gateley)

8:55 am – 9:00 am: Introduction of Program and Speakers (Taffey Hall, TTLA Vice President)

Theological libraries contain recordings of sermons, music, events, and other activities in audio and video recorded formats. Determining how to manage, store, reproduce, and digitize differing formats of these recordings can be challenging. Presenters offer practical, hands-on tips and techniques for preserving and digitizing a broad variety of sound and video recording formats including addressing equipment and play-back issues and options for locating vendors who can transfer the materials.

9:00 am – 10:00 am: Transferring and Digitizing Audio Recordings (Martin Fisher, Center for Popular Music, MTSU)

10:00 am – 10:15 am: Break (refreshments provided)

10:15 am – 11:15 am: Transferring and Digitizing Video Recordings (Rob Haywood, Memories to dvd)

11:30 am – 1:00 pm: Lunch (Dining Hall)

Buffett style lunch. Lunch included at no cost.

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Institution Updates (Betsy Grant, TTLA Secretary)

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm: Business Meeting (Jim Dunkly, TTLA President)

2:00 pm: Adjournment

Fall Meeting, Friday, October 31, 2014

Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives
Nashville, Tennessee
3rd floor, SBC building

“It’s a Brand New Day: Suggestions for Addressing Changes in Theological Librarianship”


8:45 am – 9:10 am: Refreshments and Fellowship

9:10 am – 9:15 am: Welcome to Southern Baptist Convention Building (Bill Sumners, SBHLA)

9:15 am – 9:20 am: Introduction of Program and Speakers (Jim Dunkly, Sewanee)
Four areas of interest emerged from discussions at the Spring TTLA meeting on current trends and anticipated changes in theological librarianship. Discussions at this meeting examine those areas, offering suggestions and practical applications for theological libraries and religious research.

9:20 am – 9:40 am: Print vs. Electronic Formats (Sue Maszaros, Belmont University)
Twenty-first century theological librarians often face pressures to discard print media in favor of electronic formats. These pressures may lead to tensions between librarians and administrators. This presentation explores the print/electronic records dynamic and offers suggestions for librarians to effectively communicate on the subject with their administrators.

9:40 am – 10:00 am: Budget Cuts (David Roebuck, Dixon Pentecostal Research Center)
Lack of funding and cuts to institutional budgets can lead to shifts in priorities for theological libraries and religious research centers. This presentation addresses how one research center has balanced maintaining services and programs while also contending with decreasing financial support.

10:00 am – 10:15 am: Break (refreshments provided)

10:15 am – 10:35 am: Changing User Expectations and Behaviors (Keegan Osinski, Vanderbilt University)
Changes in library user expectations and behaviors can lead to changes in perceptions of the library as place. This session investigates how theological libraries have adapted to the changing demands of users, including assessing programs and strategies that work and those that do not.

10:35 am – 10:55 am: Faculty Involvement in Libraries (Elizabeth Rivera, Lipscomb University)
Faculty members depend on librarians to provide timely, pertinent information for their research projects and for the instruction and research of their students. This session offers suggestions for key areas of fostering faculty involvement in libraries including establishing and sustaining relationships with faculty and disseminating information about library services to the campus community.

10:55 am – 11:15 am: Questions and Practical Applications (Jim Dunkly, Sewanee)

11:15 am – 11:30 am: Break

11:30 am – 1:00 pm: Lunch

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Institution Updates (Taffey Hall, SBHLA)

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm: Business Meeting (Jim Dunkly, Sewanee)

2:00 pm: Adjournment

Spring Meeting, Friday, April 25, 2014

University of the South
duPont Library
735 University Ave.
Sewanee, TN 37383-1000


8:45-9:30: refreshments

9:30-10:15: tour of University Archives and Special Collections

10:15-11:30: discussion: how librarianship is changing for each of us and our institutions (led by Jim Dunkly)

11:30-1:00: lunch and conversation

1:00-3:00: business meeting, ideas for fall meeting (and beyond), reports from individual institutions



The morning discussion about how librarianship is changing is a chance for us to reflect together about how the job and the institution is shifting for each of us. The literature we read and the conferences we attend all talk about this topic in general ways, but we have few opportunities to think together with a few colleagues from other (and other kinds of) institutions about the particularities of how we spend our time, what skills we need, and what our users’ needs are likely to be in the future—to think in specifics and not generalities. I think about how my successor will have to differ from me, how the library in ten or twenty years will differ from the library we have now, and what the library’s role is becoming in our institution. I’m sure you’ve had similar cogitations going on at your places, so come prepared to share those thoughts with the rest of us. I’ll begin with some theses (fewer than 95, don’t worry) that may stimulate some thinking, but the conversation should go where it will. We can continue talking more informally at lunch, then feed our thinking into ideas for our next meeting and beyond. How can TTLA help its members not just prepare for change but influence change for the good of our institutions and our users?

Fall Meeting, Friday, November 1, 2013


Vanderbilt University
Jean and Alexander Heard Library
419 21st Ave. South
Nashville, TN 37203




9:00-9:50 – Registration and Refreshments

9:50-10:00 – Welcome and Announcements

10:00-11:15 – Program, pt. 1 and break

11:15-11:45 – Business meeting

11:45 to 1:00 – Lunch

1:00 to 2:00 - Program, pt. 2

2:00 to 3:00 – Member Library Reports


pt. 1. Dot Parks Evins will talk about her years in Malaysia as a missionary (1955-1964). The talk and visuals will include the political turmoil in Malaysia during that period and the historical development of British colonialism and its impact on global ministries.

Pt. 2. Clifford Anderson will give a presentation entitled , “The future of theological communication: an assessment of where we are, where we may be headed, and the challenges we face.” Cliff is the Director of Scholarly Communications for the Heard Library System. He has a Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary where he was employed as the Curator of Special Collections.




Spring Meeting, Friday, April 26, 2013


Disciples of Christ Historical Society
1101 19th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37212




9:00-9:30 – Registration and Refreshments

9:30-9:40 – Welcome and Announcements

9:40-11:00 – Program: Mounting an Interpretive Exhibit on a Controversial Subject, Sara Harwell, Disciples of Christ Historical Society / Adding Value Through Online Interpretive Exhibits, Steve Downey, Website Developer

11:00-11:30 – View Exhibit: “The Stormy Question: The Christian Churches and the Slavery Issue”

11:30-1 – Lunch at Scarritt Bennett Center (Attendees will be the guests of Dr. Glenn Thomas Carson, President of the Historical Society)

1-3 – Business Meeting, Member Library Reports




Fall Meeting, Friday, November 2, 2012


Beaman Library
Lipscomb University




9:30 am: Coffee and social time

10:00 am: Program
Dr. Richard Goode, Chair, Department of History, Politics, and Philosophy will make a presentation on the LIFE program, a collaborative degree program with Lipscomb University and the Tennessee Prison for Women. Panelists will also include Dr. Randy Spivey, Chair, Department of Law, Justice and Society, and Dr. Phyllis Hildreth, Academic Director, Institute for Conflict Management.

12 noon: Lunch

1:15 pm: Reports, business Meeting

2:30 pm: Adjourn




Spring Meeting, April 13, 2012


One LifeWay Plaza
Nashville, TN 37234




9:30 - 10:00 am: Registration and Fellowship

10:00 - 10:05 am: Welcome and brief announcements

10:10 -11:30 am: Panel on digital publishing (Jessica Kelley, United Methodist Publishing House; Heather McMurray, Thomas Nelson; Paul Mikos, LifeWay)

11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Lunch

12:30 - 1:30 pm: Tour of LifeWay

1:30 – 3:00 pm: Business Meeting and Library Updates (Adjourn at 3 pm)




Fall Meeting, October 7, 2011


Vanderbilt University, Divinity Library
419 21st Ave., S.
Nashville, TN 37240-0007

Our featured speaker was Brenda Bailey-Hainer, executive director of ATLA.




9:30 - 10:00 am: Registration and Fellowship – Central Library Room 800BB

10:00 - 10:15 am: Welcome and announcements – Central Library Room 800BB

10:15 -11:30 am: Innovation through Collaboration: Creating Solutions Together (Brenda Bailey-Hainer) – Central Library Room 800BB

11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Lunch – Central Library Room 800BB

12:30 - 1:30 pm: Central Library Renovation Project Panel (Jody Combs, Bill Hook, Celia Walker) – Central Library Room 800BB

1:30 – 2:00 pm: Exhibits Tour – Central and Divinity Libraries

2:00 - 3:00 pm: Library Updates and Business Meeting (Adjourn at 3 pm) – Central Library Room 800BB




Spring Meeting, April 8, 2011


University of the South
duPont Library
735 University Ave.
Sewanee, TN 37383-1000

Program: Dr. W. Brown Patterson, Francis S. Houghteling Professor of History, Emeritus
Speaking about the King James Bible




9:00: Refreshments

9:30: Dr. Brown Patterson

11:00: Archives and Special Collections treasures

11:30: Lunch

1:00: Business meeting and member updates




Fall Meeting, October 22, 2010


Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives
901 Commerce St., #400
Nashville, Tennessee 37203




9:45 - 10:00am: Registration and Fellowship – Room 250 SBC Building

10:00- 10:10: Welcome and announcements

10:10 -11:15: Digital Projects- Panel Discussion – David Roebuck, Dixon Pentecostal Research Center, Lee University; Elizabeth Heffington, Lipscomb University; Bill Sumners, Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives; Sara Harwell, Disciples of Christ Historical Society

11:15-11:25: Break

11:25-12:25: Film to Digital --“Visualizing the Mission: Early Baptist Films and filmmakers”

12:25-1:15: Lunch – Box lunch

1:15 - 2:15: Library Updates – Room 250

2:15 - 3:00pm: Business Meeting and Adjourn




Spring Meeting, April 16, 2010


April 16, 2010
Divinity School at Vanderbilt University
Special Guest: David R. Stewart


David R. Stewart, president of the ATLA Board of Directors, presented a two-part program on "The Future of Theological Librarianship (and Your Part in It)." "Possible Futures" was a discussion of the forces that are shaping the vocation of theological librarianship such as technology, finance, pedagogy, governance, etc. "WRITING as One Means of Influencing the Future" focused on writing and publishing for theological librarians, touching on how a lack of attention to this dimension has previously weakened vocational identity and on how recent efforts have helped to redress this.




Fall Meeting, Friday, October 2, 2009


Beaman Library, Lipscomb University


9:30-10 AM: Refreshments, Library

10:00-11:30 AM: Welcome, business meeting, reports

11:30 AM: Shuttle to Longview Mansion

11:45-1 PM: Lunch

1-2 PM: Tour mansion, history of house, Center for Spiritual Renewal - Carl McKelvey

2-3 PM: Dr. Richard Goode, editor of forthcoming collected works of Will Campbell, Christian Scholars Conference

3:00 PM: Shuttle to Parking




Fall Meeting: Friday October 17th, 2008


Virginia Davis Laskey Research Library
Scarritt-Bennett Center
1008 19th Ave., South
Nashville, TN 37212

FAX: 615.340.7551
PHONE: 615.340.7477




9:00 am: Registration and Refreshments

9:45 am: Welcome

9:50 am: Devotional Thought

10:00 am Announcements

10:10 am: TTLA Business session & member library news

11:30am: Lunch – Susie Gray Dinning Hall

1:00 pm: Program

3:00 pm: Adjourn




Spring Meeting: Friday April 4th, 2008


Vanderbilt University, Divinity Library
419 21st Ave., S.
Nashville, TN 37240-0007
Phone: (615) 322-2865
FAX: (615) 343-2918




9:00 am: Registration and Refreshments

9:45 am: Welcome & Announcements

10:00am: TTLA Business session & member library news

11:30am: Lunch – Divinity Refectory

1:00 pm: Program

3:00 pm: Adjourn

3:00 – 3:30 pm: Tours of Divinity Library




Fall Meeting: Friday October, 19, 2007


Harding University Graduate School of Religion
1000 Cherry Road
Memphis, Tennessee 38117
Phone: 901-761-1354
Fax: 901-761-1358


AGENDA (tentative)


9-9:45: Refreshments/Welcome (L.M. Graves Library)

9:45-11:30: TTLA Business session & Updates

11:45- 12:45: Lunch

12:45: Leave for the Shelby County Archives and Registrar of Deeds

1:15: Tour and program

3: Adjourn




Spring Meeting: Friday April 20th, 2007


Vanderbilt University, Divinity Library
419 21st Ave., S.
Nashville, TN 37240-0007
Phone: (615) 322-2865
FAX: (615) 343-2918




9:00 am: Registration and Refreshments

9:45 am: Welcome & Announcements

10:00am: Program Speaker - Sharon Weiner, Director, Peabody Library
"Integrating the library with the institution"

11:30am: Lunch – Divinity Refectory

1:00 pm: TTLA Business session & member library news

3:00 pm: Adjourn

3:00 – 3:30 pm: Tours of Divinity Library




2006 Fall meeting


Friday, 20 October 2006

Dixon Pentecostal Research Center

Program: Gospel Music in Tennessee

This program will feature gospel music that was recorded and/or published in Tennessee. Special attention will be given to the emergence of Southern Gospel Music, the influence it has had in religious practices in the state, and the documentation and preservation of this music at the Dixon Pentecostal Research Center.




9:00 A.M. Eastern Time: Refreshments will be available on the upper level of the library building, surrounded by an exhibit "Achieving Excellence: 20 Years at Lee"

9:30: Morning program - "Musical Suite in Three Movements"

  1. a lecture - Dr Donald LeRoy on early Pentecostal music
  2. a "how to" - Jackie Royal describing our work to preserve early "convention" song books
  3. a lab - participation in a model of an early east Tennessee singing school led by Dr Jim Burns that will be fun, even for a non-singer like me. Regardless of one's choice in religious music, one has to admit the uniqueness of this cultural expression of faith.

12:30: Lunch

Afternoon: Reports from institutions and business meeting

2:30ish: Adjourn




Spring Meeting: Friday, April 11, 2003


Disciples of Christ Historical Society
1101 Nineteenth Avenue South
Nashville, Tennessee 37212


Program Theme: Electronic publishing

Greg Taylor, editor of New Wineskins (a magazine read by members of the more progressive Churches of Christ), will speak on publishing a magazine both traditionally and electronically.

Bill Hook, director of the Divinity Library at Vanderbilt, will speak on the ETANA electronic publishing project at Vanderbilt, which he coordinated. For more information on this project,please see the ETANA site at:

Hostess Sara Harwell is planning to give a very brief demonstration of their new archives cataloging system, for which we are using Endeavor's ENCompass, and which works in conjunction with their library catalog, Voyager (also made by Endeavor).




Fall Meeting: Friday, October 25, 2002


University of the South
duPont Library
735 University Ave.
Sewanee, TN 37383-1000


TTLA Meeting Agenda


9:00-9:30: Refreshments (Library, ATC Courtyard)

9:30-10:30: Marion Hatchett, Professor of Liturgics and Music, Emeritus C.K. Benedict Professor of Pastoral Theology, Emeritus "East Tennessee Folk-Hymnody" (Library, PC Classroom)

10:30-10:45: Break

10:45-11:30: Eileen Crawford, BETH/TTLA Exchange Program (Library, PC Classroom)

11:30-12:30: Lunch (McClurg Dining Hall)

12:30-12:45: Break

12:45- Member updates; Business meeting (Library, PC Classroom)




Fall Meeting: Friday, October 19, 2001


Lifeway Christian Resources
Centennial Tower
Rooms 117 E and F
Nashville, Tennessee 37234




8:30: Refreshments

9:00: Welcome, Announcements for the day, Introduction of members and guests

9:20: Copyright presentation by Tamara Miller

10:30: Break

10:45: Panel discussion, Question and Answer period

12:30: Lunch

1:30: Visit Library

2:00: Business meeting




Spring Meeting: Friday, April 20, 2001


Vanderbilt University, University Club, Art Gallery Nashville, Tennessee




9:00-9:30: Gather for coffee and conversation

9:30-11:15: Meeting: association business; TTLA/BETH Librarian Exchange

11:15: Library updates

12:00: Lunch

12:15: Introduction of guests

1:15: TTLA 50th Meeting Program: History of TTLA (Don Meredith & Rosalyn Lewis); Reminiscences by members and guests; Closing remarks - Rosalyn Lewis




Spring Meeting: Friday, April 7, 2000


Pentecostal Resource Center (Lee University and Church of God Theological Seminary) Cleveland, Tennessee




9:30--10:00: Registration and Refreshments (Church of God Theological Seminary)

10:00--10:15: Welcome

10:15--11:00: Sharing

11:00—12:00: Charles H. Lippy: “Looking for God in Lots of Strange Places”

12:00--1:15: Lunch (Lee University)

1:15—2:00: David G. Roebuck: “Resources for the Study of Global Pentecostalism” (Pentecostal Resource Center)

2:00--2:45: Business Meeting

2:45--3:15: Tour of Pentecostal Resource Center


As per your request at the Fall 1999 meeting, the speakers will be David Roebuck and Charles H. Lippy.

Dr. Lippy is the LeRoy A. Martin Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Chattanooga. Author and editor of numerous books on American religion, he will talk to us about religion in the South. His title will be “Looking for God in Lots of Strange Places.” Dr. Lippy will also join us for lunch.

In the afternoon I will make a presentation on current resources for the study of global Pentecostalism.




Fall Meeting: October 22, 1999


The fall meeting of the Tennessee Theological Library Association will be held at David Lipscomb University in Nashville on October 22, 1999. Our special guest for the day will be Dennis Norlin, Executive Director of ATLA.

9:00:Greeting, coffee, etc.

9:30: Library reports

10:00: Session I - Dr. Norlin

11:00: Break

11:10: Session II - Dr. Norlin, continued

12:00 noon: Lunch in President's Quarters

1:15: Session III - Dr. Norlin

2:30 Business Meeting






We invite you to the Spring Meeting of TTLA, to be held at Vanderbilt Divinity School, hosted by the staff of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library. Our event for the day is a scanning workshop, led by Christine Wiseman of SOLINET.




9-9:30 -- Reception/Welcome (Tillett Lounge, 2nd level, Divinity School)

9:30-10:15 -- Business & Updates

10:15-10:30 -- Break

10:30-12:00 -- Workshop Session 1 (G-27)

12:00-1:15 -- Lunch (University Club)

1:15-2:15 -- Workshop Session 2 (G-27)

2:15-2:30 -- Break w/Refreshments

2:30-3:30 -- Workshop Session 3 (G-27)







8:30-9:00: Registration & Refreshments

9:00-10:30: Julie Arnott, Manager for Preservation Services, SOLINET - "Preservation Is Common Sense I"

10:30-10:45: Break

10:45-12:15: Julie Arnott - "Preservation Is Common Sense II"

12:30-1:30: Lunch - Faculty/Staff Dining Room (All-You-Can-Eat, $4.00)

1:45-3:15: Business Meeting & News Roundup