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Librarianship in Liminal Spaces

by Matthew Ostercamp

I’m not much of a gardener but I know that weeds flourish in freshly tilled soil. This truism from the natural world comes to mind as I’ve been reflecting on ethnographer danah boyd’s address at SXSW EDU entitled “What Hath We Wrought?” She suggests that our current attempts to educate…

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May I Speak with the Owner?

by Matthew Ostercamp

Governance is not management one step up, it is ownership one step down. Before librarianship, there was lawn care. MD Lawn Care (You’ll like the way we operate!) was launched when I was 12 with my younger brother Dave. Mowing lawns in our small Nebraska town, we learned to pay…

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Q&A with Library School Students

by Matthew Ostercamp

In January I had the privilege of being interviewed by the current class of Theological Librarianship students. Professor Carisse Berryhill did a fantastic job facilitating an interesting conversation with her bright and energetic group of students. Three themes emerged in the students' questions: What value does ATLA offer me as…

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ATLA Board Responsibilities

by Matthew Ostercamp

Have you voted in the ATLA elections yet? The polls close on January 31. Once again this year I find more great candidates on the ATLA Board ballot than I have votes - if only I had such problems in all elections (hear our prayer)! As we deliberate on this…

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Time to Celebrate

by Matthew Ostercamp

I love it when a plan comes together! I hope that 2017 has seen each of you make progress towards some of your significant goals and would encourage you to take time this month to reflect on and celebrate that progress. I often find it easier to either dwell on…

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New Membership Categories

by Matthew Ostercamp

Last month I wrote about the importance of community and how both libraries and ATLA create community. An aspect of the ATLA community that I value is the range of library experience present in our group. I learn from both the questions asked by the young members who are just…

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From the President: #Community

by Matthew Ostercamp

What is your campus’ hashtag? At my shop our 2017/18 #motto, displayed on t-shirts and Instagram posts, is #betternews. While my mind usually goes to information literacy, the intended reference is to Luke’s Gospel. Whatever meaning you puzzle out of #betternews, I think we would all welcome some. In this…

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Three Lenses of Scholarly Communication

by Matthew Ostercamp

500 years ago, the proclamation of a scholar’s theses in Wittenberg proved to be profoundly disruptive to religious and political life in Europe. The issues leading to Martin Luther writing his 95 Theses and the fall-out from his protest were complex and continued to be explored and debated in books…

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New Year’s Goals

by Matthew Ostercamp

Hello from sunny San Diego! I’m writing from the University of California at San Diego (USCD), where preparations are underway for the start of another school year. Early August is the time many of us finalize our goals for the upcoming academic year. The ATLA Board of Directors has some…

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Serious Times Call for Singing People

by Matthew Ostercamp

“Serious times call for serious people.” This short sentence from World Relief President Scott Arbeiter’s address at this year’s Justice Conference stuck with me as I boarded the plane for ATLA in Atlanta. These feel like serious times. I suppose I could try to justify this feeling in many ways.…

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