Join us for our New Spring Webinars

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We are pleased to announce additional upcoming webinars for the beginning of 2018. 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.

OCLC QuestionPoint
Tuesday, March 20, 1pm CDT

Join ATLA and OCLC for an overview and demonstration of OCLC’s QuestionPoint. 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 six ATLA members that currently subscribe to the services. In addition to seeing a live demonstration, you will find out how to request incentive pricing and place an order.

As you know, your users’ information needs don’t end at the library door or during hours that the library is unavailable. 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. Expand your hours of service to offer live help anytime through membership in the 24/7 Reference® Cooperative. Question Point allows you to support students and faculty around the clock! Join us to learn more about QuestionPoint’s complete online reference management system and discuss QuestionPoint’s:

  • 24/7 availability
  • Reference Cooperative
  • Broad tracking and reporting
  • Single point of access
  • Customization capabilities

Please go here to RSVP and to see a detailed description of the event. Even if you can’t attend, please register to receive the event recordings.

If you want to participate in the special offer, please contact Karri Sites, Library Services Consultant for QuestionPoint – sitesk@oclc.org.

Kicking Off the ATLA SACO FunnelFunnels
Thursday, March 22, 1pm CDT

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.

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Demystifying Digital Humanities: How Librarians Can Get Involved
Thursday, April 5, 1pm CDT

This webinar will provide an introduction to the broad discipline of digital humanities. The presenters will explore what digital humanities means and some of the main expressions of digital humanities work in theological schools. They will 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.

Michael P. Hemenway, PhD
Michael is the Director of Academic and Information Technology and Library Director at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. He has a PhD in Religious Studies with research interests that bring together the digital humanities and biblical studies. As team lead for the Experimental Humanities Lab at Iliff, Michael has collaborated with scholars from Iliff and beyond on several projects exploring the ways machine learning can impact the way we imagine and engage textual traditions. For the last three years, Michael has been one of the coordinators for THATCamp (The Humanities and Technology Camp) AAR/SBL and will be coordinating the inaugural THATCamp ATLA this year at the annual meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana. Michael also serves on the ATLA Task Force on Scholarly Communication in Religion and Theology.

Micah D. Saxton, PhD
Micah is the Collections Development and Reference Librarian at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. He has a PhD in Religious Studies and is completing an MLIS. For his doctoral work Micah focused on textual practices used by early Christian communities in the constructions of “scripture” and the “self.” For his culminating work toward his MLIS, Micah is exploring the use of topic modeling algorithms to classify and interpret documents. These two interests, the history of Christianity and the use of computers to understand texts, culminate for Micah in participating in digital humanities projects. In this arena Micah is promoting the basic skill sets necessary to engage in digital humanities among scholars and librarians through workshops, publications, and tutorials.

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