Upcoming SEPTLA Meetings
SEPTLA Spring Meeting at Lancaster Bible College
April 26, 2013
Please mark your calendars for this event. We will be sending out more information shortly.
9:330-10:50 Interest Groups
E-BOOKS: Is Your Library Ready?
9:30 – 10:15: Presentation on e-books followed by general discussion
10:25 – 10:50: Catalogers will meet separately to consider cataloging issues with e-books; Ref/IT group will meet separately to consider copyright issues
11:00-11:55 Business meeting
THE INFORMATION LITERACY COMPETENCIES OF EVANGELICAL PASTORS:
A STUDY OF SERMON PREPARATION
Presented by Gerald Lincoln
The research was conducted as a qualitative research using grounded theory. Interviews were conducted using open ended questions with eight Evangelical pastors who had graduated from a combined sixteen different theological institutions. The questions were directed at the pastors in their role of preparing sermons which would require a greater use of information literacy skills. The questions covered the first three Association of College and Research Libraries Information Literacy Standards.
The ACRL standards are inadequate to assess the information literacy skills in theological studies. Several disciplines have adapted the standards for use both in education and to assess skills in professional practice. I recommend that information literacy standards be developed to assess the skills of students and those in different ministry roles.
Some interesting findings that will be discussed:
· The pastor with the most complete information literacy instruction prepared his sermons like a research paper and rejected biblical exegesis.
· Every pastor interviewed had been involved in graduate level theological education while simultaneously pastoring. Most did not consider using the academic library resources in sermon preparation.
· There was a major movement to e-books for personal libraries.
· The biblical studies computer program of choice divided by age and biblical language study.
· Critical thinking skills correlated with study of the biblical languages.
· ATLAS® was not considered highly important for ministry.
A tour of the new facilities at LBC will take place as well.
SEPTLA Spring Meeting at Moravian Theological Seminary
May 9, 2012
The Spring 2012 meeting of SEPTLA will be held on Wednesday, May 9, at Moravian Theological Seminary, Bethlehem, PA (Main Office 610-861-1516 or 800-843-6541). Lunch will cost $10. Please RSVP by May 2 for lunch to David Schappert (dschappert(at)moravian(dot)edu). Vegetarian options will be available.
Driving Instructions to Moravian Theological Seminary (Bahnson Center) located at 60 E. Locust Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018: FROM THE NORTH: From I-80 take Exit 46A onto Route 33 South. Follow Route 33 and exit at Route 22 West. Follow the directions below from Route 22. FROM THE SOUTH: From the Northeast Extension of the PA Turnpike (Route 476) take Exit 56 (Lehigh Valley). After the toll booth follow the exit ramp on the right—east to Allentown. Merge onto Route 22 East. Follow the directions below from Route 22. FROM THE EAST: From I-78 take Exit 3 in New Jersey onto Route 22 west. Follow the directions below from Route 22. FROM THE WEST: From I-78 take exit 15 onto Route 22 East. Follow the directions below from Route 22. FROM ROUTE 22: Exit Route 22 at Center Street/Route 512. Turn left at the end of ramp. At the fifth traffic light, turn right onto Elizabeth Avenue. At the second traffic light (Main St.), Continue 1/2 block, turn right on Monocacy St. and park in the first lot on your right. Walk across Elizabeth Ave., turn right on Main Street, go one block and turn left on Locust Street. Moravian Seminary (Bahnson Center) is the first building on the left.
9:00 AM- 9:30 AM Arrival
9:30 AM- 10:45 AM "The Rise and Diversification of the LIS Profession"
Please join us for a daylong discussion about the history of the LIS degree and its effects on the profession of librarianship led by Dr. Boyd Keith Swigger, professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas. Dr. Swigger is the author of The MLS Project: An Assessment after Sixty Years ( http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/667295015). In his book, he examines how the ALA's accreditation of the MLS degree in 1951 has affected the work and status of librarians. He also discusses some of the unintended consequences of the degree, including fostering inequality between "professional" librarians and "paraprofessionals." His work makes for bracing reading and will lead to lively discussion about the past, present, and future of our profession.
11:00 AM- 11:55 AM Business Meeting
12:00 PM- 12:50 PM Lunch
1:00 PM- 3:00 PM Panel discussion
In the afternoon, a panel will discuss how the MLS (and MLIS) supports, shapes, and sometimes distorts the contemporary practice of librarianship, particularly our own specialty of theological librarianship. How do evolving administrative structures and evolving user needs inform our practice of librarianship? Are our ranks growing more diverse? How do we recruit new people into the "profession"? Are there alternative tracks into librarianship (or away from librarianship) other than the ML(I)S? We expect that this panel will prompt a wide-ranging and fascinating conversation on the broadening of the discipline beyond the traditional MLS.