Register for the Pre-Conference Workshops at ATLA 2017

Enjoy the full conference experience by registering for pre-conference workshops on Wednesday, June 14 at the 2017 ATLA Annual Conference. This is a great time to train and learn from experts and fellow peers as you dive deeper into topics, such as scholarly communication, accreditation, special collections, and media. In addition, we recently added a writer’s workshop presented by the ATLA Press Coordinating Council.

Read further to learn about these valuable, in-depth sessions. 

If you have already registered for the conference and would like to add these to your schedule, please email with your preferred workshop(s).

Scholarly Communication: A Guide for the Perplexed ($25 per person)

What is scholarly communication? How does it apply to the field of theology and religious studies? If you are wondering how to become more involved in this transformative movement within librarianship, this half-day workshop is for you! Led by members of the ATLA Taskforce on Scholarly Communication in Religion and Theology, we’ll provide a basic framework for advancing scholarly communication within our discipline. We’ll review the fundamentals of copyright law, talk about key initiatives toward fostering open access, open education resources, and open data. After we get the basics under our belts, we’ll go hands-on and begin exploring these concepts practically. You’ll come away with key tools and resources you need to develop your expertise in this quickly-evolving area.

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Your Library’s Treasures: Building, Processing and Promoting Special Collections ($50 per person)

An on-site workshop that examines the various aspects of a Special Collections program, using the Special Collections of the Pitts Theology Library as a case study. The first part of this workshop will present technical aspects of Special Collections processing and maintenance, such as description and cataloging, including distinguishing characteristics like illustrations, bindings or provenance. Preservation and disaster preparedness will also be addressed. The second half of the workshop will discuss other aspects of Special Collections management, such as collection development, cultivating donors, designing and installing exhibits of Special Collections materials and community outreach. It will attend to the use of Special Collections in instruction and the encouragement of students to make use of Special Collections for research projects as well as the involvement of library volunteers in projects like transcriptions, shelf-reading or docent tours. The workshop will be held at the Pitts Theology Library and will include a behind-the-scenes tour of the library’s facilities and holdings.

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DIY Video Workshop ($25 per person)

Do you want to produce your own video content, but don’t know where to start? Join us for this half-day workshop that will help you begin creating your own material without busting your budget. We’ll cover audio and video recording and nonlinear editing using affordable consumer-level technology, and we’ll discuss tips and tricks for getting the most out of the equipment you already own. Sam Smartt is a documentary filmmaker and Assistant Professor of Film & Media in the Communication Arts and Sciences department at Calvin College.

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Preparing For Accreditation ($25 per person)

This workshop will give a brief overview of ATS accreditation and will give particular attention to how to prepare for a visit and how to serve as a visitor. We will explore the unique place of libraries and librarians in the accreditation process, and will also discuss the role that librarians play in institutional planning and evaluation at a broader level. The session will conclude with an open-ended discussion about the upcoming redevelopment of the ATS Commission Standards.

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ATLA Press Writers’ Room (free with conference registration)

What are you doing at your library that you think your colleagues should know about? Is there a theological theme or idea you think could be fruitfully applied to library work? Have you been engaged in some interesting research that you would like to report? Meet with members of the ATLA Press Coordinating Council and the editorial boards of our various publications and talk about how to turn those ideas into essays, peer-reviewed articles, and maybe even a monograph. This is a come-and-go session during the afternoon pre-conference time. There is no cost to attend, but an RSVP is requested during conference registration.

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