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2004 Colloquy on
The Role of the Theological Librarian in Teaching, Learning, and Research


Dates: November 3-8, 2004--Wabash College

Theological librarians play an essential role in the educational process. Institutional standards developed by the Association of Theological Schools highlight the need for librarians to contribute to theological scholarship--teaching, learning, and research--in ways specific both to the profession and to the particular school, its mission, curriculum, and resources. Yet in practice the means of fulfilling this expectation are not always clear or immediately available to librarians. This colloquium explored the vocation of theological librarianship and promoted the development of strategies and skills for increasing the effectiveness of librarians in the teaching/learning/research process in their own institutional and professional contexts.

Goals of the colloquium:
• To provide an opportunity for theological librarians to reflect on the distinctiveness of theological librarianship as a vocation and a profession
• To examine the traditions of theological scholarship in relation to libraries and librarians
• To identify strategies to enhance the librarian’s effectiveness as a partner with faculty and students in the task of theological scholarship, recognizing that the library’s contribution depends both on the quality of its collections and other information and technological resources and on the ability, commitment, and vision of the staff who, in their varied roles in the library, are charged with facilitating the productive use of these resources in teaching, learning, and research
• To explore the theological librarian’s role in implementing change in educational practices related to the impact of new technology, methods, resources, paradigms and trends on theological scholarship/librarianship
• To provide opportunities for participants to develop collaborative projects/proposals that will strengthen teaching, learning and research at their institutions

Leadership Team:
Linda Corman, Director, Trinity College Faculty of Divinity
Carrie Hackney, Howard University School of Divinity
Roger Loyd, Duke Divinity School
Paul O. Myhre, Wabash Center

ATLA Professional Development Committee Advisor:
David Stewart, Luther Seminary

Participants:
Monica Corcoran, St. Meinrad School of Theology
Laura Harris, Iliff School of Theology
Elyse Hayes, Seminary of the Immaculate Conception
Derek Hogan, Campbell University
Hannah Kirsch, Asbury Theological Seminary
Emily Knox, The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church
Amy Limpitlaw, Vanderbilt University
Sylvia Locher, Ashland Theological Seminary
Robert Mayer, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Angela Morris, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Jonathan Roach, Ecumenical Theological Seminary
Lugene Schemper, Calvin Theological Seminary
James Skypeck, Boston University School of Theology
Gerald Truman, Urshan Graduate School of Theology
John Weaver, Emory University

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