ACU librarian presents to World Congress of library associations

Posted September 10, 2010

ACU's Carisse Berryhill is in international demand for her understanding of library science. She was called to be a part of the 76th World Congress of the International Federation of Library Associations in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Berryhill, who serves as ACU's Special Collections librarian, presented a paper early last month at a satellite preconference focused on library education at the Swedish School of Library and Information Science in BorĂ¥s, Sweden. Her presentation assessed the partnership between a professional library association and a graduate school of library science.

"I emphasized the contributions of the library association members, who volunteer to be guests during live online interview during the course's weekly live session," says Berryhill. "By doing this they welcome prospective members of the profession and answer in-depth questions from the students about their work."

The material for her paper was pulled from Berryhill's experience teaching an online course in Theological Librarianship for the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois. She began teaching the course in 2005, and has since won two national online teaching awards for her work, in 2007 and 2009.

At the World Congress, Berryhill also represented the American Theological Library Association at two events. She was part of a meeting to explore the idea of fostering international dialogue through the creation of a group of theological libraries that specialize in discussions across religions. She also attended a press conference announcing the selection of young librarians in nations with developing economies as Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Program Fellows.

Berryhill has been a member of the ATLA since 1992 and served on its Board of Directors since 2006.

"I am grateful that the support ACU gave me to travel to present my paper made it possible for me to represent my primary professional organization, ATLA, in an international venue," says Berryill.

Learn more about the World Congress.