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2012 Conference on Information and Religion

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Center for the Study of Information and Religion

Second Annual International Conference on Information & Religion

Preservation and Access: Facilitating Research in Information and Religion 

Carisse Mickey Berryhill, Ph.D., Special Collections Librarian, Abilene Christian University
Keynote Address Sponsored by the American Theological Library Association


May 18 and 19, 2012 «» Kent Student Center, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

Hosted by the Center for the Study of Information and Religion

Conference schedule

Download a schedule of the presentations (PDF)

Paper presentations are 30 minutes each, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A.  Posters will be presented informally during session breaks.

Friday, May 18

  • 11:30 to 1 p.m. - Registration (no lunch provided)
  • 1 p.m. - Welcome and Overview
  • 1:30 to 5 p.m. - Paper and Poster Presentations
  • 5 to 7 p.m. - Hors d'oeuvres Reception and Research Roundtable Discussions

Saturday, May 19

  • 8 to 9 a.m. - Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. - Paper and Poster Presentations 
  • 12:15 to 2 p.m. - Lunch and Keynote Address by Carisse Mickey Berryhill, Ph.D., Special Collections Librarian, Abilene Christian University
  • 2 to 5:15 p.m. - Paper and Poster Presentations
  • 5:15 p.m. - Closing Remarks

Lodging and Transportation

Holiday Inn Express-Kent: King and queen rooms are available for $79.95 + tax per night. Mention group code IAR (Information and Religion) to get the discounted rate. Call the hotel directly at 330-673-9200 or call the central reservation system at 1-800-HOLIDAY. Conference hosts will provide transportation from the hotel to campus and back once each day. Reservations must be made before May 1, 2012, to receive the discount.

Transportation: The nearest airport to Kent is Akron-Canton Airport (CAK). Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) also is nearby. As schedules permit, conference hosts will attempt to pick up and return guests to both airports before and after (but not during) the conference. 

Conference hosts also will provide transportation from the Holiday Inn Express-Kent to campus and back to the hotel once each day (Friday and Saturday).

Please contact Lorelei Hoover at with your travel plans to request pick-up from the hotel or airport.

Keynote Address

Sponsored by the American Theological Library Association

IMAGE: Carisse Mickey Berryhill, Ph.D. Carisse Mickey Berryhill, Ph.D.

Carisse Mickey Berryhill, Ph.D., will deliver the conference keynote address at lunchtime on Saturday. Berryhill is associate dean for Digital Initiatives, Special Collections and University Archives at Abilene Christian University’s (ACU) Margaret and Herman Brown Library.

Before coming to ACU, Berryhill was associate librarian at Harding School of Theology in Memphis, Tenn. from 1992-2004, and professor of English at Lubbock Christian University, 1975-1992. She holds advanced degrees in English, library science and church history. She does research in rhetoric in the Stone-Campbell religious reform movement of the 19th century and its 18th-century Scottish roots. At ACU she directs the university archives and leads the acquisition of print, archival and digital collections related to the Stone-Campbell movement. During 2011-2012, she holds a research leave, during which she will transcribe Alexander Campbell’s notes on lectures given at Glasgow University by George Jardine in 1808-1809.

Berryhill has received Pepperdine University’s Distinguished Christian Service Award for her efforts in preservation of Stone-Campbell history (2011) and has twice received the Excellence in Online Teaching Award from the WISE consortium of library schools for her Theological Librarianship course at the University of Illinois (2007, 2009). She is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Theological Library Association and serves on the Corporation Board of Restoration Quarterly.

Recent presentations and publications include:

“The Library Professor: Purpose, Praxis, Presence.” Southern California Theological Library Association workshop, May 6, 2011, at Hope International University, Fullerton, Calif.

“’Be With Me, Lord’: Sanderson’s Great Hymn.” In Never Enough Singing: Essays in Honor of Seth Kasten, ed. Melody Layton McMahon. Chicago: ATLA, 2011, 9-14.

“From Facts to Feeling: The Rhetoric of Moral Formation in Alexander Campbell’s Morning Lectures at Bethany College.” In And the Word Became Flesh: Studies in History, Communication, and Scripture in Memory of Michael W. Casey, ed. Thomas H. Olbricht and David Fleer. Eugene, Ore.: Pickwick, 2009.

“The Ministry of Scholarship: The Jubilee History of Restoration Quarterly, Part II: Leaders and Scholars,” Restoration Quarterly 50 (2008): 91-106.

"Belief, Union and Mission: The Gospel of John in the Early Stone-Campbell Movement.” In Evangelicalism & the Stone Campbell Movement: Engaging Basic Christian Doctrine, ed. William R. Baker. Abilene, Texas: ACU Press, 2006.

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