Update on Fall Webinar Series

The ATLA Fall Webinar Series is underway! This free webinar series was developed by the Professional Development Committee as a way to foster the exchange ideas within the theological librarianship profession. If you haven’t already, please register to attend the upcoming webinars in the series to join in the conversation. Links to the recordings for past sessions are available on ATLA’s On Demand Learning page.

Librarian/Faculty Collaboration: Using LibGuides to Facilitate Greater Student Learning
Thursday, December 1, 1:00pm CST


  • Terri L. Bogan, Associate Professor, Reference & Instruction Librarian, Hope International University
  • James W. Yuile, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Ministry and Biblical Studies, Hope International University

Librarian collaboration with faculty is a well-known concept among academic librarians and, in some cases, is part of the day-to-day working relationship that many of us already have with other faculty. It is a partnership that facilitates student learning, improves services to students, and increases collegiality. What does this partnership look like when implemented though? This session will present a practical example of collaboration between a librarian and a member of the Bible faculty at Hope International University, using LibGuides to generate renewed library-classroom synergy and to facilitate greater student learning.

Register here.

Onboarding New Librarians: Building Culture and Connections through an Experienced-Based Training Manual
Tuesday, December 6, 1:00pm CST


  • Megan Welsh, Assistant Professor and Interdisciplinary Art & Humanities Librarian, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Adam Lisbon, Assistant Professor and Japanese Studies Librarian, University of Colorado Boulder

Library training manuals provide invaluable guidance for new employees. However, they may be limited in content, hard to keep current, and may inadequately communicate information to new employees. Collaborative technology provides great potential for current employees to contribute their knowledge and experiences. Librarians at CU Boulder crowdsourced these experiences and incorporated them into a step-by-step training manual hosted on an accessible, easy to edit platform in the cloud. This manual removes barriers to communication and connects new employees to the larger organization. This webinar is ideal for library directors, those transitioning to leadership positions within their library, and those who hope to become administrators in the future.

Register here.

The Role of the Theological Librarian in Formational Theological Education


  • Wesley Custer MDiv, MABS, MSLIS. Information Services Librarian, Florida Dunnam Campus, Asbury Theological Seminary
  • Susan Ebertz, Associate Professor & Director of the Reu Memorial Library, Wartburg Theological Seminary

Wes and Susan explored how the library and the librarian can, and perhaps should, play a serious, formative role in the life of the theological student. Theological higher education is changing rapidly and students continue to need the “formation of spiritual awareness” (ATS, Standard 3). How might we reimagine our classic library tasks from a formational standpoint? What is the intersection of the library and spiritual formation? How can we love God with our mind (Matthew 23:37) and guide our students to do the same and discover the depths of divine intimacy through study, research, writing, and other information skills? How can we respond to online and distance educational settings with formational sensitivity?

In the question and answer session with attendees, Wes and Susan addressed their libraries’ structures to interact with alumni and online students, shared ideas on how to create an effective library orientation for distance learners, and discussed their frameworks for learning and formation within theological libraries.

View the recording here.

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