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Friday, June 19 • 11:30am - 12:20pm
Poster Presentations

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  • Black Theology Papers Project -- Dr. Andrea C. White, Dr. Adam Clark, Matthew Baker
    • Poster will introduce a new electronic portal -- which went live in 2019 -- showcasing research and tools for the teaching of black theology.
  • Upgrading your OPAC with VuFind -- Wesley Custer
    • Asbury Seminary's B. L. Fisher Library undertook a project in the 2019-2020 academic year to upgrade their library access and searching functions by implementing VuFind. This session will discuss the process, the devops tools used, hosting concerns, and the pros and cons from our perspective.
  • Incorporating Debiasing Curriculum into the Information Literacy Instruction in Theological Libraries -- Marta Samokishyn
    • Identifying the elements of bias in a research process is a complex issue in the current socio-cultural climate and technologically driven social ecosystem. This calls for the new critical approach to digital literacy, information and media literacies, as well as critical thinking skills. This poster will discuss the process of incorporating debiasing elements into the curriculum of the credit-bearing information literacy course. The presenter will discuss the role of academic libraries in addressing the issue of bias and strategies students can use to evaluate sources for bias, as well as understanding their own potential biases.
  • Coming Out as a Library: Offering Support to the LGBTQ+ Community During Trying Times -- Daniel Smith
    • This year, The Styberg Library has offered support to the LGBTQ+ community at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in a variety of ways. This work stemmed from larger seminary commitments and statements which served as a foundation and impetus for the work. As an institution affiliated with The United Methodist Church, we recognized how the current impasse in the larger church had effected our community. In response, we offered ourselves as a place of affirmation and support through traditional and novel ways. First, we curated several displays to highlight relevant resources and services that may be of interest to the queer community. We also created an LGBTQ+ specific LibGuide to highlight these library resources and services, in addition to a number of other online community resources. Then, we began the process of constructing an archive to document the local history of the LGBTQ+ community within the seminary after realizing our existent archive was significantly lacking documents and other artifacts from the seminary's LGBTQ+ community and student group. We continue to explore further ways to extend support and would like to share our experiences through a poster to hopefully inspire other libraries to find ways of supporting the LGBTQ+ community in their midst. 


Adam Clark

Associate Professor of Theology, Xavier University

Andrea White

Associate Professor of Theology & Culture, Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University
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Wesley Custer

Senior Director of Support & Help Desk, Asbury Theological Seminary
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Marta Samokishyn

Collection Development Librarian, Saint Paul University
Marta Samokishyn (she/her) is a Collection Development and Liaison Librarian at Saint Paul University and a Research Fellow at BC Campus. She has over 12 years of experience in teaching information literacy. Her research interests include instructional design in academic libraries... Read More →
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Matthew Baker

Head, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University Libraries
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Daniel Smith

Theological Librarian & Educator

Friday June 19, 2020 11:30am - 12:20pm CDT
Zoom Room 1