Redevelopment of the ATS Accreditation Standards Webinar

ATS Accreditation

As previously mentioned, the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) is currently engaging in a comprehensive redevelopment of its accrediting Standards and Procedures. The current timeline for the redevelopment envisions a two-year process (June 2018 to June 2020), with regular membership involvement throughout the process. The first year (2018-2019) is called “a year of listening, researching, and reflecting” during which time the Task Force will intentionally engage a wide variety of audiences.

The first engagement is next month’s webinar.  

Dentists, Dabblers, and Doers

Submitted by Gillian Harrison Cain, Director of Member Programs

Yet again, my inbox and social media provided me with inspiration for my column. At the end of December, I was agonizing over finding a topic when the daily “Seth’s Blog” email appeared with the headline “Nobody dabbles at dentistry.” Of course, with an intriguing lead like that, I had to read the post and found his blog post touched on some of the things I’ve been pondering this fall.

Upcoming ATLA Events: January and February


ATLA is around the globe this season. Check out the new ATLA Calendar for a list of events, deadlines, and meetings.

If you would like your meeting or event added to the calendar, email

Upcoming Events

ATLA Press Meetings
January 14-16
Vanderbilt Divinity Library

ACRL Scholarly Communication Roadshow Registration Deadline
January 20

ATLA Job Board Postings, January 2019


Member and non-member institutions are invited to post and view job openings on the ATLA Job Board. Here is a list of the current job openings:

Submit your 2019 ATLA Annual Conference Poster Proposal

Do you have an interesting and creative project you’ve been working on? We want to hear from you! We invite you to submit a proposal for poster sessions at the 2019 ATLA Annual Conference, June 12-15, 2019, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Poster Sessions are 60-minute informal presentations in which presenter(s) deliver(s) information that would be useful to the theological librarianship community.

ATLA Sponsors National Festival of  Young Preachers


ATLA recently sponsored and exhibited at the Academy of Preachers (AoP): National Festival of Young Preachers in Atlanta, Georgia, from Jan 2-5, 2019. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, AoP’s mission is to identify and inspire young people from Evangelical, Orthodox, Pentecostal, Protestant, and Roman Catholic traditions in the call to gospel preaching.

Margot Lyon, ATLA’s Director of Business Development, attended the festival this year and met more than 100 young preachers from around North America at the events and exhibits table. The Academy is endorsed and supported by fifty Founding Partners, the chief among these being the Lilly Endowment Inc.

ATLA Press Announces the Digital Reprint of ‘A Broadening Conversation’

A Broadening Conversation

ATLA Press, the open access publishing program of ATLA, is excited to announce the digital reprint of A Broadening Conversation: Classical Readings in Theological Librarianship. Originally published in 2006, A Broadening Conversation commemorated the 60th anniversary of ATLA and featured contributions from more than forty authors from the field of theological librarianship.

The open access edition also includes a new introduction written by Dr. Carisse Berryhill. The new digital reprint can be accessed on the ATLA Press website.

Register today for our Spring Webinars

Spring Webinars

We are pleased to announce the schedule for some of the upcoming webinars. These webinars are hosted by ATLA and our partners as a way to foster the exchange of ideas within the theological librarianship profession and share information about important resources.

Welcome New Reciprocal Borrowing Participants

Please join us in welcoming our most recent participants to the Reciprocal Borrowing Program. If you are interested in adding your library to this program, simply complete the participation agreement.

If you are already a member of this program, don’t forget to fill out the profile form online so we can provide program users with information about your library’s collections and lending policies.

Dr. Jeffrey A. Waldrop Announced as Dean of the University Library, Mercer University


Dr. Jeffrey A. Waldrop, currently Associate Provost and Director of the David Allan Hubbard Library at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, has been appointed as Dean of the University Library at Mercer University, effective July 1, 2019.

Jeffrey has held various leadership positions at Fuller’s library since 2007 and has been the Library Director since 2015. He also serves as Assistant Professor of Church History at Fuller. Prior to joining Fuller, he served as Library Circulation Supervisor at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (now Gateway Seminary) Library in Mill Valley, California.