Register for the ATLA Winter Webinars


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.

Faculty Open Access Policies

Thursday, February 1, 1pm CST
To facilitate and ensure open access to their scholarship, faculty at academic institutions of all types and sizes have enacted policies that preserve copies of their articles in their institution’s repository. During this webinar, participants will learn about the function and importance of institutional open access policies, the variety of terms present in these policies, and the common tactics utilized to draft, promote and pass such policies. Further, participants will hear the experience of Luther Seminary from both the library and the faculty administrator perspective on the recent passage of its open access policy.

Libraries are encouraged to schedule a group viewing opportunity and invite faculty from their institutions to participate.

Christine Fruin is ATLA’s Scholarly Communication/Open Access Publishing Manager. As both a lawyer and a librarian, she has cultivated expertise in copyright, scholarly publishing, and open access and is a frequent author and speaker on these topics.

Andrew Keck is Director of Library Services at Luther Seminary. The library launched an institutional repository in January 2016 and worked with faculty to develop an Open Access Policy that was approved in October 2017.

Dr. Craig R. Koester is Vice President of Academic Affairs, Professor and Asher O. and Carrie Nasby Chair of New Testament at Luther Seminary. A prolific senior scholar, he has added over twenty peer-reviewed articles and essays to the library’s institutional repository.

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User Experience Research Outcomes

Wednesday, February 7, 11am CST
Join us for a webinar on current student engagement with library services. The focus will be on a summary of findings and methodologies from three usability studies conducted at the Andover-Harvard Theological Library. The webinar will then be opened up for audience members to share related usability projects in their respective libraries.

Tim Gallati is a User Experience Research Librarian and MDiv candidate at Andover-Harvard Theological Library. He has a background in analytics and user experience research in corporate and academic settings.

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Fair Use for Libraries

Wednesday, March 7, 1pm CST
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 will update participants on the current legal interpretation of the fair use statute and how to apply it to the work that they do. Participants are encouraged to share examples of how they have successfully employed fair use during the session’s Q&A session.

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