Category Archives: Features

The SCOOP: Open Access Week 2018: Ensuring Open Access is Equitable and Inclusive

Submitted by Christine Fruin, ATLA Member Programs and Scholarly Communication Manager

Open Access Week 2018 arrives October 22nd with a challenge to stakeholders in the scholarly system to be intentional about designing systems for open access that are “inclusive, equitable, and truly serve the needs of a diverse global community.” As articulated in ATLA’s core values, we strive to promote hospitality, inclusion, and diversity, and these values inform the decisions we make in creating a worldwide hub of scholarly communication in religion and theology.

As Seen on Twitter: September 2018

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The ATLA Twitter feed is filled with news on ATLA events and product updates as well as stories that have relevance to the work of libraries and librarians.

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• New special issue of the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication (@jlscpub) on the role of scholarly communication in a democratic society. https://t.co/EiVaqBHKId #librarianship #scholcomm #democracy #socialjustice #jlsc

The SCOOP: Who Knows the Way to Get to OA?

Open Access
Submitted by Christine Fruin, ATLA Member Programs and Scholarly Communication Manager

When open access was first introduced as a concept nearly twenty years ago, there were two common “roads” offered to open access: Gold and Green. Gold OA was defined then and still known now as open access that is available directly from publishers and free for readers but commonly published at a cost for authors, known as Article Processing Charges or APCs. Green OA has been understood to mean open access through the action of authors, most commonly through author deposit in an open access repository. Variations on these two original modes of open access have emerged over the years; however, the growing concern among proponents and advocates has been not only the slow growth but also the sustainability of the current models. In recent months, two new roadways to open access have been proposed: the 2.5% Commitment and OA2020.

As Seen on Twitter: August 2018

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The ATLA Twitter feed is filled with news on ATLA events and product updates as well as stories that have relevance to the work of libraries and librarians.

Here are some highlights from last month’s @YourATLA Twitter feed:

• With the fall semester about to start, how will you introduce new students to your library? @ALALibrary has tips for making an introduction video: “Pounce into the Spotlight with a Library Introduction Video” https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/2018/08/10/pounce-spotlight-briggs-library-introduction-video/

Shedding Light on the Syriac Manuscript Collection of the Oriental Institute-Chicago at the 54th Annual Convention of the Syriac Orthodox Church

Submitted by Iskandar Bcheiry, ATLA Metadata Analyst

On July 28, 2018, I had the honor of being one of the keynote speakers at the 54th Annual Convention of the Syriac Orthodox Church in North America held in Tampa, Florida. I delivered a lecture about the Syriac manuscripts collection in the Oriental Institute Museum of the University of Chicago, with focus on some unpublished historical fragments and documents which shed light on the history of Syriac Christianity. The Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II with a group of archbishops from North America, Middle East, and Europe was present at the annual convention and in attendance of the lecture.

Catholic News at your Fingertips

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Submitted by Jennifer Younger, Executive Director, Catholic Research Resources Alliance and Director of the Hesburgh Libraries Emerita, University of Notre Dame

Digitization has made a vast body of historical newspapers instantly accessible to scholars and students on their desktops, laptops, tablets, and phones. Yet, religious newspapers of all stripes are conspicuously under-represented in the familiar online newspaper full-text databases, which are comprised largely of municipal and trade newspapers. Publicly available digital collections of historic newspapers, such as Chronicling America and those in several states, as well as commercial subscription-based databases, contain but a smattering of religious papers, despite the fact that religious thinkers and places of worship have significantly influenced every aspect of American culture, for good and bad.

The Catholic News Archive is filling one part of the gap by making Catholic newspapers freely available online to all users. We invite you to search topics, people, or events of which you want to get more information. Let us know about your experience.  

Southeast Asia: Part 1 – Singapore

Singapore
Submitted by Maria Stanton, ATLA Director of Production

Dr. Kelly Campbell, Associate Dean and Director of the John Bulow Campbell Library, Columbia Theological Seminary, and I had the honor of representing ATLA at the 2018 Forum for Asian Theological Librarians (ForATL) in Jakarta, Indonesia. Considering the distance Kelly and I would travel to attend the conference, we decided to include visits to academic libraries in the region, eventually settling in Singapore as the focus. In this report, I will highlight key takeaways from various meetings.

The SCOOP: The Continuing Conundrum of Copyright and Course Reserves

copyright
Submitted by Christine Fruin, ATLA Member Programs and Scholarly Communication Manager

As the fall semester dawns and faculty prepare for classes, libraries return to questions of policy and legality as they process incoming course reserve requests. Copyright issues related to the provision of materials in an educational setting, whether via interlibrary loan, coursepacks, electronic course reserves or course management systems, have been contentious for libraries for decades resulting in the development of overly restrictive guidelines and policies fueled by confusion and anxiety. Much of the confusion and anxiety that exists today is the product of the continuing litigation against Georgia State University, who was sued in 2008 by three academic publishers claiming copyright infringement resulting from the posting of book chapter scans in the University electronic course reserve system.

Jacques Ellul and the Bible

Jacques Ellul
Submitted by Ginny Landgraf, ATLA Indexer-Analyst

At the end of June, I attended the 2018 conference of the International Jacques Ellul Society, “Jacques Ellul and the Bible,” at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. Jacques Ellul (1912-1994) was a polymath. His official job was as a professor of law and the history of institutions at the University of Bordeaux, and he was an active lay theologian in the French Reformed Church.

Although his textbooks on the history of institutions went through several editions in France, he is better known outside France for his pessimistic-sounding social critiques such as The Technological Society (French 1954, English 1964), which claim that the search for the most efficient means to a given end is crowding out the ends themselves.

As Seen on Twitter: July 2018

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