Renew Your ATLA Membership for 2018-2019

Renew Your ATLA Membership for 2018-2019

ATLA membership renewal season is upon us! More »

New Titles Added to ATLA RDB, ATLAS, and ATLAS PLUS in August

New Titles Added to ATLA RDB, ATLAS, and ATLAS PLUS in August

We are pleased to announce the addition of titles now available in the ATLA Religion Database® (ATLA RDB®), ATLASerials® (ATLAS®), and ATLASerials PLUS™ (ATLAS PLUS™). More »

Digital Humanities and the Study of Asia, Part II

Digital Humanities and the Study of Asia, Part II

Librarianship continues to evolve and develop in terms of access, preservation, education, and technology. More »

Welcome New Members: Continental Theological Seminary, IBTS Centre, Judson Bible College, and Southern Reformed College & Seminary

Welcome New Members: Continental Theological Seminary, IBTS Centre, Judson Bible College, and Southern Reformed College & Seminary

Please join us in welcoming our new members who joined this winter. We would like to take this opportunity to help you get to know these institutions better. More »

Never Enough Singing: Essays in Honor of Seth Kasten Now Open Access

Never Enough Singing: Essays in Honor of Seth Kasten Now Open Access

“This small volume is a labor of love on the part of current and past members of the ATLA choir, the rather ragtag group of sometime singers.” More »

Searching for Dead People: Using Genealogy Tools for Name Authority Work

Searching for Dead People: Using Genealogy Tools for Name Authority Work

My fascination with genealogy began when I was 15 years old. More »

Theological Libraries Month: Book Spine Poetry Contest Returns

Theological Libraries Month: Book Spine Poetry Contest Returns

Theological Libraries Month (TLM) is this October and it exists to increase awareness of the importance and value of librarians and libraries serving theology and religious studies programs through communications and activities for faculty, administrators, staff, and students. More »


Submit your 2019 ATLA Annual Conference Proposal

ATLA 2019
Submitted by Erica Durham, ATLA Conference Committee Chair

The ATLA Conference Committee invites members and friends to submit proposals for the 2019 ATLA Annual Conference, June 12-15, 2019, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

The deadline for all submissions is Sunday, October 28, 2018.

While we welcome proposals pertaining to all areas of librarianship, we are particularly interested in topics that relate to creative uses of technology, open access in relation to scholarly communications, intermediate or advanced level programs, and programs that apply to religious studies bibliographers working in university settings.

Testimony: Ruminations of a Former Editor: The Theology Cataloging Bulletin as a Reflection of our Profession

Submitted by Lynn Berg, Assistant Director of Technical Services, The Styberg Library, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

For many years, editing and contributing to the Theology Cataloging Bulletin (TCB) was a service to my chosen profession that I gladly provided. The preparation of each quarterly issue was a collaborative effort involving folks from across the country and sometimes internationally. This included librarians in various types of libraries and staff members at the American Theological Library Association (ATLA), whose support continues to make this endeavor possible. Many good people volunteered their time to produce the Bulletin, some by compiling, editing, or contributing, and others by producing, distributing, or managing subscriptions. Because of their work over the years, we who have consumed its contents were spared hours of time by having newly-minted subject headings and call numbers, professional reading resources, and news filtered from a variety of sources delivered to us. TCB continues to enable us to make use of the most recent data in our daily work, take advantage of current educational opportunities, keep up-to-date on changes to our many rules and regulations, and share with and learn from the research and writings of our colleagues in the field.

Attend Innovation in Theological Libraries Webinar, October 23


Celebrate Theological Libraries Month (TLM) with ATLA with this engaging webinar on Innovation in Theological Libraries. Building on the conversations that started at the 2018 ATLA Annual Conference, Bob Turner (Harding School of Theology) and Kris Veldheer (Catholic Theological Union) return to lead another presentation on innovation.

Apply for a National Medal for Museum and Library Service


The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is now accepting nominations for the 2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor awarded to libraries and museums for service to their communities.

Anyone — an employee, a board member, a volunteer, a member of the public, or a government official — is invited to nominate an institution. Museums and libraries of most disciplines and types are eligible. To be considered, the institution must complete and return the nomination materials (PDF) by October 1, 2018.

ACLS Invites Applications for Religion, Journalism, and International Affairs Fellowships


The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) invites applications for fellowships offered by the Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs (RJIA), made possible by the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation. RJIA is a two-part initiative designed to foster new connections between scholars and journalists covering international affairs. The program offers an interrelated set of awards: programming grants for universities and fellowships for scholars in the humanities and social sciences who study religion in international contexts. More information is available on the program’s overview page.

Internet Trends and Opportunities and a Flashback to the 1990s

Submitted by Margot Lyon, ATLA Director of Business Development

Last February, I woke up bleary-eyed and glanced at the business headlines: Ken Yoshida Named New President of SONY Corporation. Ken Yoshida was a familiar name to me twenty years ago as he was my boss when he was NYC-based Manager of Investor Relations. Since then, I’ve been reminiscing about those early days in my career.

ATLA Fall Webinar Series Kicks Off with Open Access Mythbusting


ATLA’s fall webinar series will begin on Thursday, September 27 at 2:00 PM CT with Member Programs and Scholarly Communication Manager Christine Fruin leading a session on Open Access: Myths, Facts, and Acts. With Open Access Week coming in October, learn more about the myths surrounding open access. Think open access equals low quality, that it is expensive for authors, or that it requires publishing in an open access journal? These are just some of the myths that will be dispelled in this presentation, where participants will learn the facts about open access and actions that they and their faculty and students can take to maximize the reach and impact of scholarship. Please note, this session was offered at the 2018 ATLA Annual Conference and content may be repeated.

Upcoming ATLA Events: September and October 2018


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

September 8- 12
Nürnberg (Nuremberg), Archive of the Lutheran Church in Bavaria

Staff attending:

  • Maria Stanton
  • Margot Lyon

ATLA Job Board Postings, September 2018


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:

The SCOOP: Who Knows the Way to Get to OA?

Open Access
Submitted by Christine Fruin, ATLA Member Programs and Scholarly Communication Manager

When open access was first introduced as a concept nearly twenty years ago, there were two common “roads” offered to open access: Gold and Green. Gold OA was defined then and still known now as open access that is available directly from publishers and free for readers but commonly published at a cost for authors, known as Article Processing Charges or APCs. Green OA has been understood to mean open access through the action of authors, most commonly through author deposit in an open access repository. Variations on these two original modes of open access have emerged over the years; however, the growing concern among proponents and advocates has been not only the slow growth but also the sustainability of the current models. In recent months, two new roadways to open access have been proposed: the 2.5% Commitment and OA2020.

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