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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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Managing Change

by Timothy D. Lincoln

My wife is an organizational psychologist. When people casually ask her what her job is about, she says that she deals with organizational change. Organizations are constantly changing and change is hard. At this point, people typically say that her observation is rather obvious.  To which she replies, “That part…

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Your Library and Accreditation: Seize the Day

by Timothy D. Lincoln

For many institutions, navigating the relationship between themselves and accrediting agencies conjures images of a beleaguered sea captain attempting to gain safe harbor despite icebergs, hidden shoals, and failing navigational equipment. For librarians in many settings, the need to meet reporting expectations of regional accreditors or the Association of Theological…

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The Importance of Funding: Theological and Religious Studies Libraries

by Timothy D. Lincoln

One of the things that I have learned in academic life is that nothing is obvious. Board members, academic deans, and professors all are great at asking the question also asked by my four-year-old granddaughter: why? Why, then, is it important to fund theological and religious studies libraries? This question is…

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Job Security for Everyone

by Timothy D. Lincoln

In the BBC television series Yes Minister (1980-1984), viewers peer into the inner workings of the British government. In one episode, Jim Hacker, the new minister of the Department of Administrative Affairs learns from a civil servant that there are two official replies to any inquiry sent to the minister:…

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