Register for Two Webinars this May: ATLA Products and ATLA PCC Funnels

ATLA Products: Updates on New Content
Thursday, May 3, 1:00-2:00 pm CDT

The ATLA Products team members will provide an overview of new developments with ATLA Products, including ATLASerials PLUS™ (ATLAS PLUS™), an expanded offering of  444+ full-text journals in many diverse areas of religion and theology. In addition, ATLA staff will  also discuss enhancements and additions to the ATLA Religion Database® (ATLA RDB®), including the integration of the ATLA Catholic Periodical and Literature Index® (ATLA CPLI®) content.

Are there any specific questions or topics you’d like to see addressed? Registered attendees are welcome to email with questions or you are welcome to ask them during the session. If your question is time-sensitive please email or refer to the FAQ on ATLA’s website.


ATLA PCC Funnels
Tuesday, May 8, 1:00 – 2:00 pm CDT

Please join ATLA Funnels Coordinator Richard Lammert for updates on ATLA’s participation in three Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) programs: Name Authority Cooperative (NACO), Subject Authority Cooperative (SACO), and Cooperative Serials Program (CONSER). This orientation will be most helpful to anyone interested in contributing name authorities or series authorities to the national authority file or in cataloging serials to national standards (and being able to mark records as such). We will also review our roll-out of the newest ATLA funnel, the SACO funnel, and highlight where contributions can be made in that area. Metadata librarians and catalogers interested in joining one of the projects as well as administrators looking to learn more about an important professional development opportunity for their technical services staff are encouraged to attend.


Recordings Available

ATLA’s On Demand Learning is a collection of free professional development webinars. Catch up on the latest ATLA webinars from March and April 2018 by visiting the On Demand Learning website or by visiting the links below.

Overview of OCLC’s QuestionPoint for ATLA Members

During this session, you also will learn about a new ATLA incentive program just for ATLA members, the fourth in the partnership between ATLA and OCLC. Come learn how your library can benefit by joining four ATLA members that currently subscribe to the services. QuestionPoint provides a complete virtual reference management system, integrating chat, e-mail, a reference knowledge base, reports and analytic tools to give you a complete view of reference activity. In addition to seeing a demonstration, you will find out how to request incentive pricing and place an order.

Demystifying Digital Humanities: How Librarians Can Get Involved
Michael Hemenway, Director of Academic and Information Technology and Library Director, Iliff School of Theology
Micah Saxton, Collections Development and Reference Librarian, Iliff School of Theology

This webinar provides an introduction to the broad discipline of digital humanities. The presenters explore what digital humanities means and some of the main expressions of digital humanities work in theological schools. They also share some resources for learning more about areas such as machine learning, natural language processing, text encoding, and data visualization and how libraries and librarians can participate in this emerging movement.

Is Mentoring One Solution to Address the Shifting Library Landscape? 
Donna Wells, Head of Technical Services, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Librarianship today can be very challenging. Standards change, users are impatient for immediate answers. Rumors and realities of the semantic web arise daily. How are these challenges to be met? One strategy is through mentoring. This presentation will seek to determine how our collective knowledge can be leveraged through mentoring to tackle the challenges of current librarianship.

Kicking Off the ATLA SACO Funnel
Richard Lammert, ATLA Funnels Coordinator and Technical Services and Systems Librarian, Concordia Theological Seminary

Now that the American Theological Library Association has received approval from the Library of Congress and the Program for Cooperative Cataloging, it is time to bring to fruition the idea that was originally broached at the 2016 annual conference: establishing the ATLA SACO Funnel. Join Richard Lammert, ATLA Funnels Coordinator to see how you can contribute to worldwide librarianship by creating Library of Congress Subject Headings and/or Library of Congress Classification numbers. The SACO program is a “low-impact” program, and does not require nearly the training and time commitment of the NACO or CONSER programs—so don’t think the water is deeper than you can handle; please check out your place in this program in this Webinar. 

Fair Use for Libraries
Christine Fruin, Scholarly Communication and Open Access Publishing Manager, ATLA

Fair use is a broad and flexible copyright exception that libraries may utilize to support their work and mission. Whether providing materials to students in online courses, creating digital exhibitions of unique and special collections, or facilitating text-based research projects by faculty, fair use enables libraries to make transformative and scholarly uses of copyrighted materials. However, the ongoing litigation between three publishers and Georgia State University as well as the language of the fair use statute itself, have left librarians uncertain about the bounds of what they may do under a claim of fair use. In this webinar, ATLA’s Scholarly Communication and Open Access Publishing Manager Christine Fruin shares updates with participants on the current legal interpretation of the fair use statute and how to apply it to the work that they do.

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