Twelve Institutions Selected for The Future of Libraries in Theological Education Conversation

From The American Theological Library Association
Chicago, IL, April 10, 2014 – Twelve institutions have been selected to participate inThe Future of Libraries in Theological Education: A Conversation with Chief Academic Officers, Information Technology Officers, and Library Directors​.  The program, sponsored by the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) and Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) will be held as a one-day pre-conference event on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, ahead of the 2014 ATS/COA Biennial Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA.
“Theological education is changing and libraries must change, too,” said Brenda Bailey-Hainer, ATLA Executive Director.  “This conversation among three key leadership groups provides the opportunity to proactively shape future theological libraries and librarians in ways that will integrate them into the teaching, learning, and research processes of the academy.”
The selected institutions are:
  • Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary
  • Chicago Theological Seminary
  • Claremont School of Theology
  • Columbia Theological Seminary
  • Lancaster Theological Seminary
  • Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary / Lenoir-Rhyne University
  • Nazarene Theological Seminary
  • Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
  • Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Shaw University Divinity School
  • St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
  • Wesley Theological Seminary
The conversation will be a first step toward understanding the roles of libraries and librarians in theological education as perceived by diverse stakeholders, including academic leaders, information technology officers, and librarians.
Participants will share their perceptions and create a shared vision for the future theological library – including its contribution to curriculum and to scholarly research – in the changing world of theological education. The results of the conversation will be reported out to a broader audience in a session held the following day during the COA Biennial Meeting as well as through official ATLA publication channels.
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