Announcing the Fall & Winter Webinar Lineup

We are pleased to announce the schedule for some of the upcoming webinars. These webinars are hosted by ATLA and our partners as a way to foster the exchange of ideas within the theological librarianship profession and share information about important resources. This free webinar series was developed by the Professional Development Committee. More webinars may be added at a later date, so stay tuned for updates to the schedule!

Sustainable Collection Services (SCS): A Brief Introduction 
Thursday, October 26, 1 pm CST

This session will start with a brief overview of the monograph management landscape. Then, you will see a demonstration of the Sustainable Collection Services (SCS) and learn how it can help to manage and share print monographs. SCS offers GreenGlass, a web application that allows single libraries and library groups to:

  • Explore and visualize their collection in the context of the collective collection
  • Quickly model deselection and print management scenarios
  • Generate custom reports and lists to support weeding and other collection management activities

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Small Libraries Collaborating to Create Information Literacy Videos
Thursday, December 7, 12 noon CST

  • Susan Ebertz, Associate Professor & Director of the Library, Wartburg Theological Seminary
  • Karl Stutzman, Director of Library Services, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
  • Vance M. Thomas, Director of the Library, Central Baptist Theological Seminary

At the 2016 Annual Conference, participants of the Small Libraries Interest Group talked about various collaborative projects. A few libraries in this group are created information literacy videos to be shared with other small libraries. This session will cover the overall organization of the project and talk about how the videos were created and shared.

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The (Virtual) Human Touch: Promoting the Spirit of Inquiry Through (Distance) Research
Wednesday, December 13, 1 pm CST

  • Melody Diehl Detar, Librarian for Religious Studies & Theology, Regent University
  • David E. Schmersal, Reference and Digital Services Librarian, Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University

As theological education increasingly adapts to online environments, librarians are being challenged to provide parallel experiences for both on-campus and distance students, per ATS standards. How do we provide the human touch to distance students who we rarely or never see? How can we provide the same easy access to advice or information on-campus students can receive in person? How do we encourage students to use this service?

This presentation will consider ideas for providing quality reference and instruction to distance students and pose thoughtful questions: (1) How do you promote a spirit of inquiry and thorough research, especially among distance students? (2) What effective strategies have you found for actively collaborating with professors/ administrators regarding the development of curriculum and the use of information resources? (3) Is what you do for online classes different from what you do in face-to-face situations and if so, how so? Topics may include online literacy instruction, marketing library resources and services to distance populations, providing reference remotely, recommended tools for virtual librarianship, and more.

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WorldShare Management Services for ATLA Libraries
Revisit the webinar from March 2017, where several panelists from ATLA member libraries shared their experiences with OCLC WMS. Be sure to check out the OCLC webinar webpage, where you can also register for notifications about webinar updates and WMS enhancements.

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