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Welcome to the 50th BETH annual conference on the topic of the future of theological libraries! We are looking forward to your participation. This is a hybrid public event with invite-only login. To start building your customised schedule please register for the conference through the BETH website. After registering, you will receive an email inviting you to create your profile and schedule in Sched. By logging in to Sched you will be able to create your personal schedule and see who else is attending our event. This will also be the place where you will be able to access the Zoom meetings during the conference. Please note that the live Zoom links will become available shortly before each session. All the sessions will be recorded. To join the meeting, login into your Sched account, open the desired session, and click on Open Zoom.
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Tuesday, September 13 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Panel Discussion: Scholarly Communication in Theology and its Impact on Libraries

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What will theological libraries look like in the future when scholarly communication continues to change so drastically? For the time being, theologians still primarily publish traditional articles and books with legacy publishers like Brill, De Gruyter, etc. However, there is ever-growing pressure to adapt more Open Science practices, e.g. by making publications freely available through institutional repositories, by immediately publishing in open access or by focusing on a broader range of possible research outputs. This greater diversity in research output, publishing models, and access methods fundamentally extends and alters the notion of a ‘library collection’ and challenges the basic functions of dispensing access to, organizing, and preserving information.
How will theological libraries exert these functions in an effective way in the future? Do librarians need to rethink how they spend their budget and focus their efforts – e.g. by shifting expenditure on journal subscriptions and the conservation of physical books to investing in diamond open access initiatives and to making publications published in open access easier to find?
During the BETH conference, we want to discuss these issues in a panel discussion with experts from both the academic and the publishing world. These experts will first share their vision of the future of 'scholarly communication in theology and its impact on libraries’, followed by a discussion with the audience chaired by Demmy Verbeke, Associate Professor of Open Scholarship and Head of KU Leuven Libraries Artes.

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Demmy Verbeke

Head Artes, KU Leuven Libraries
As Head of KU Leuven Libraries Artes, Demmy Verbeke is responsible for collections and services for the Arts and Humanities. As a member of the management team, he also contributes to the strategic development and operational management of KU Leuven Libraries as a whole. He combines... Read More →


Geert Harmanny

BETH president, Theological University in Kampen

André Munzinger

University of Kiel, Faculty of Theology
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Martin Faßnacht

Head of IxTheo and of the department of specialised information services, Index Theologicus / University Library Tuebingen

Stephanie Veldman

Head of Open Research, Brill Publishers

Tuesday September 13, 2022 2:00pm - 4:00pm CEST
Room 6