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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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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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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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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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