Spring 2007

Euclid and WorldCat
Tues, January 23, 12:00-12:30

Description
Learn the "top ten" techniques for finding books for reading and research, including how to use both Emory's library catalog (Euclid), and another important online catalog, WorldCat. Skills taught will include how to: 1) find books on a particular book of the Bible, 2) browse the library shelves at home, and 3) find books not held by Emory. The workshop will also evaluate the new online tool, Open WorldCat, which will be available to you after graduation. These techniques will enhance the quality of your research at Emory, and enrich your reading life both at Emory and beyond.

Facilitators:
Rebecca Andrews is Acquisitions Specialist at Pitts Theology Library
John Weaver is Head of Public Services and Reference Librarian at Pitts Theology Library

Workshop Resources:


"Google Books" for Religious Studies
Tues, January 30, 12:00-12:30 PM

Description
Google has announced an ambitious effort to digitize 15 million books in a decade and make these available to the public on the Internet. Thousands of these are already available for searching via Google Book Search. The tutorial will offer information on the value of the database, how to search it, and implications for higher education.

Facilitators:
Pat Graham is Margaret A. Pitts Professor of Theological Bibliography and Director of the Pitts Theology Library
John Weaver is Head of Public Services and Reference Librarian at Pitts Theology Library


ATLA Religion Database
Tues, February 6, 12:00-12:30 PM

Description
This database exploration session will explore the ATLA Religion Database. You will learn how to find articles using expert searching techniques for Biblical Studies articles and theological literature from various religious traditions. We will also discuss ways of saving and printing full-text articles, how to create a "MY EBSCOhost" account, and how to use search limits for better search results.

Facilitators:
Danielle Theiss-White is Periodicals and Reference Librarian at Pitts Theology Library
Pat Ziebart is Reference and Electronic Resources Librarian at Pitts Theology Library


Advanced BibleWorks
Tues, February 13, 12:00-12:30 PM

Description
After a brief review of "BibleWorks 101" (offered in the fall semester), this advanced workshop will demonstrate techniques for performing complex searches of the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures in BibleWorks (minimal language skills required). The Workshop will also demonstrate the new maps in BibleWorks, and a number of the "add-on modules," e.g., HALOT, BDAG, and the "Qumran Sectarian Manuscripts." Participants will also learn how to search other, non-biblical literature in BibleWorks, including the Greek and English of Philo and Josephus.

Facilitator:
John Weaver is Head of Public Services and Reference Librarian at Pitts Theology Library


Basic Endnote
Tues, February 20, 12:00-12:30 PM

Description
Want to learn how to download SBL-style citations out of the ATLA Religion Database into Endnote? Come to this information session to learn how to enter and organize your citations, connect and import citations from online resources, and create your own MLA and SBL citation style bibliographies for class.

Facilitators:
Danielle Theiss-White is Periodicals and Reference Librarian at Pitts Theology Library
Pat Ziebart is Reference and Electronic Resources Librarian at Pitts Theology Library


Quosa and Zotero
Tues, February 27, 12:00-12:30 PM

Description
Come to this session to learn how to use QUOSA Information Manager to manage your PDF or HTML documents on your desktop and Zotero to cite your sources within a web browser. QUOSA automatically retrieves full-text PDF or HTML documents, stores them on your desktop PC and searches within the full-text. Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use Mozilla Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources. It lives right where you do your work - in the web browser itself.

Facilitators:
Danielle Theiss-White is Periodicals and Reference Librarian at Pitts Theology Library
Pat Ziebart is Reference and Electronic Resources Librarian at Pitts Theology Library


Creating and Customizing a Blogspot
Tues, March 6, 12:00-12:30 PM

Description
Come and learn the art of self-publishing in the blogosphere. We'll go over the basics of free blogging tools, and discuss the practical applications of this technology.

Facilitators:
Pat Graham is Margaret A. Pitts Professor of Theological Bibliography and Director of the Pitts Theology Library
David Lakly is the Web Developer for Pitts Theology Library and the Candler School of Theology


Excel Training
Tues, March 20, 12:00-12:30 PM

Description
Come learn how to create and format an Excel spreadsheet. We will also learn how to insert comments, do data validation and shortcuts, and correctly use formulas and functions.

Facilitators:
Rebecca Andrews is Acquisitions Specialist at Pitts Theology Library
Danielle Theiss-White is Periodicals and Reference Librarian at Pitts Theology Library


Thesaurus Linguae Graecae
Tues, March 27, 12:00-12:30 PM

Description
Learn how to utilize this powerful (and challenging) online tool to search and read ancient and medieval texts in the original languages and English translation. The workshop will also provide instructions for locating and downloading Unicode fonts for use in the "TLG."

Facilitator:
John Weaver is Head of Public Services and Reference Librarian at Pitts Theology Library


Imaging Technology at Pitts Library
Tues, April 3, 12:00-12:30 PM
In the Durham Reading Room at Pitts Library

Description
Two scanners in the Pitts reading room enable the use of various imaging software including Acrobat Professional, Photoshop, and Omnipage Pro (optical character recognition). Come learn the basics of scanning and using the best program for the tasks you need to do.

Facilitator:
Pat Ziebart is Reference and Electronic Resources Librarian at Pitts Theology Library


Meta-search as an Alternative to Google
Tues, April 10, 12:00-12:30 PM

Description
Meta-search engines offer value-added enhancements to help information seekers find the best web-based resource among the 1,258,623 hits you might get on Google. Library staff will have a "meta-engine" showdown, and participants will be the judges.

Facilitators:
Danielle Theiss-White is Periodicals and Reference Librarian at Pitts Theology Library
Pat Ziebart is Reference and Electronic Resources Librarian at Pitts Theology Library


iPreach
Tues, April 17, 12:00-12:30 PM

Description
"iPreach" is Cokesbury's premier online resource for teaching, preaching, and Bible study. According to the manufacturer, "iPreach contains a comparable print value of over $8,000 in searchable reference content by the finest scholars and preachers in the world." In this workshop we will demo iPreach, assessing its potential value to ministry." Participants will learn how to enroll for a free trial.

Facilitator:
John Weaver is Head of Public Services and Reference Librarian at Pitts Theology Library


ATLAS for Alumni
Tues, Apr 24, 12:00-12:30 PM

Description
To support the reading and research of Candler students after graduation, Pitts Theology Library has purchased access to the ATLAS Database for all Candler alumni. Alumni are able to access this superb online database from anywhere in the world for the foreseeable future. In this workshop you will learn how to use the Pitts Library Alumni Webpage and the ATLAS for Alumni Database.

Facilitators:
Pat Ziebart is Reference and Electronic Resources Librarian at Pitts Theology Library

Wednesday Workshops

Lunch provided to the first 12 registrants.

Finding Full-Text Online @ Emory
Wed, January 31, 12-12:50 PM

Description
This workshop will teach you techniques for finding full-texts of online articles, books, etc., through the use of new online tools: "Find it @ Emory," "E-Journals @ Emory," "Databases @ Emory," and "Google Scholar." You will also learn about Emory's electronic collections of primary-source documents from the history of Christianity.

Facilitators:
John Weaver is Head of Public Services and Reference Librarian at Pitts Theology Library
Pat Ziebart is Reference and Electronic Resources Librarian at Pitts Theology Library


Advanced Religion Databases
Wed, February 7, 12:00-12:50 PM

Description
Moving beyond ATLA Religion Database, this session will introduce helpful English and foreign language databases for performing "literature reviews" in the various sub-disciplines of Religious Studies. We will also recommend best practices for searching, saving, and citing database records for papers and dissertations.

Facilitators:
Danielle Theiss-White is Periodicals and Reference Librarian at Pitts Theology Library
John Weaver is Head of Public Services and Reference Librarian at Pitts Theology Library


Research Projects & Special Collections
Wed, February 14, 12:00-12:50 PM

Description
Special Collections at the Pitts Library includes well over 100,000 volumes, many of which are held by no other library in North America and offer attractive opportunities for research. This workshop will outline the strengths of the collection and then identify unique items or groups of materials that may be worth considering for research projects, such as Prime Minister Gladstone's annotated Greek New Testament, a rich collection of 400 religious tracts from the Weekly Tract Society of London, and the extensive corpus of Candler B.D. theses from the time between the two World Wars.

Facilitators:
Pat Graham is Margaret A. Pitts Professor of Theological Bibliography and Director of the Pitts Theology Library
Armin Siedlecki is Catalog Librarian at Pitts Theology Library


No Workshop (Ash Wednesday)
Wed, February 21


Podcasting
Wed, February 28, 12:00-12:50 PM

Description
Declared the word of the year in 2005 by the editors of the New Oxford American Dictionary, "podcasting" has become a standard method for distributing media files over the internet. In the first half of this session, we will explore innovative uses of podcasting in teaching and ministry. In the second half, we will work step-by-step through best practices for recording and broadcasting podcasts.

Facilitators:
Stan Taylor is Media Specialist at the Candler Media Center
John Weaver is Head of Public Services and Reference Librarian at Pitts Theology Library


Website Development
Wed, March 7, 12:00-12:50 PM

Description
This workshop will demystify the process of putting a website online. We'll discuss the technical foundations of good website, XHTML, CSS, and image optimization. (The thrilling sequel to last fall's "Planning an Effective Website!")

Facilitator:
David Lakly is the Web Developer for Pitts Theology Library and the Candler School of Theology


Preserving Church Records
Wed, March 21, 12:00-12:50 PM

Description
Your church's historical records tell the story of your congregation. What can you do to preserve that story for future generations? In this workshop, you'll learn the basics of identifying which records have long-term archival value. You'll also hear about some of the threats to preservation of church records and simple steps you can take to protect the documents in your care.

Facilitator:
Aimee Morgan is Curator of Archives at Pitts Theology Library


Tools for Researching World Religions
Wed, March 28, 12:00-12:50 PM

Description
This workshop will explore several different types of resources that will prove helpful in researching topics in the field of world religions. These will include the Encyclopedia of Religion, several of the Databases@Emory, and several websites included in Euclid through the ATSRW project of the ATLA. Searching strategies for finding additional websites will also be addressed.

Facilitator:
Denise Hanusek is Catalog Librarian at Pitts Theology Library and teaches World Religions at Candler


Current Research in Multimedia Learning
Wed, April 4, 12:00-12:50 PM

Description
How are digital images and sounds best used to increase students' comprehension and retention of information? How can they inspire and create a sense of awe? The burgeoning field of multimedia and hypermedia learning is addressing questions of significance to many different types of teachers working in an increasingly digital world. This workshop will survey this landscape, highlighting issues and insights of special importance to teaching religion and theology.

Facilitator:
John Weaver is Head of Public Services and Reference Librarian at Pitts Theology Library


Religious Statistics
Wed, April 11, 12:00-12:50 PM

Description
Did you know that from 1990-2000, United Methodist adherents in Atlanta grew by 46,000, an increase of 20%? Come to this session to learn how to use statistics in your ministry and classes. Learn how to use the "Self-Described Religious Affiliation" table in the online Statistical Abstract of the United States, create reports and maps in the American Religion Data Archive (pertaining to religious group or geographical area), and design tables and maps within American FactFinder to learn about changes within particular communities around the country.

Facilitator:
Danielle Theiss-White is Periodicals and Reference Librarian at Pitts Theology Library


Audio and Video Production for Ministry
Wed, April 18, 12:00-12:50 PM

Description
This hands-on workshop will introduce equipment and techniques for recording and distributing digital files for online listening and viewing. The workshop will also survey innovative applications of A/V production in worship services and church websites.

Facilitators:
Stan Taylor is Media Specialist at the Candler Media Center
John Weaver is Head of Public Services and Reference Librarian at Pitts Theology Library


Using RSS to Know More and Do Less
Wed, April 25, 12:00-12:50 PM

Description
Learn what RSS is and why you would use it. Learn how to get started reading RSS in a RSS Aggregator. We will also sneak a peak at the exciting future of RSS.

Facilitators:
David Lakly is the Web Developer for Pitts Theology Library and the Candler School of Theology
John Weaver is Head of Public Services and Reference Librarian at Pitts Theology Library