ACRL Scholarly Communication Roadshow: General Registration Now Open!

ACRL Scholarly Communication Roadshow: General Registration Now Open!

Book your ticket now for the ATLA sponsored ACRL Scholarly Communication Roadshow, which will take place on Friday, February 22, 2019, in Chicago. 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 »

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

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

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 »

Book Spine Poetry Contest Winners

Book Spine Poetry Contest Winners

Theological Libraries Month (TLM) has ended and we are overjoyed with the response we received on Twitter and Facebook with member institutions and their patrons tagging #TLM2018 with all of their fun festivities throughout the month of October. More »

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

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

For many years, editing and contributing to the Theology Cataloging Bulletin (TCB) was a service to my chosen profession that I gladly provided. More »

 

ACRL Scholarly Communication Roadshow: General Registration Now Open!

Scholarly Communication

Registration for the ATLA sponsored ACRL Scholarly Communication Roadshow is now open. The ACRL Scholarly Communication Roadshow will take place on Friday, February 22, 2019, in Chicago at the offices of Quarles and Brady at 300 N. LaSalle. Registration will remain open until available space is filled or January 20, 2019, whichever occurs first. Space is limited; therefore, no more than two persons per library or institution may register to attend. Only ATLA Individual and Student Members and staff at ATLA Institutional Member libraries may register to attend. The cost of registration is $35 per person and includes lunch at the event.

ATLA to Host New Institute for International Theological Librarians in 2019 

As a not-for-profit association of theological libraries and librarians, ATLA understands the importance of supporting theological education throughout the world. In support of the Association’s goals to be recognized globally as a strategic collaborator and for the membership to be more diverse and inclusive, ATLA has created a new program that will provide a rich learning experience for international theological librarians. This new program, the 2019 ATLA International Theological Librarian Leadership Institute, will take place from June 9- 19, 2019, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  

Participants will experience a classroom setting with a cohort (June 10-11), attend the ATLA Annual Conference (June 12-15), and visit local libraries (June 16-19) during the ten-day Institute.

ATLA Job Board Postings, December 2018

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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:

Upcoming ATLA Events: December and January

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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 memberep@atla.com.

Upcoming Events

ACRL Scholarly Communication Roadshow Scholarship Deadline
December 10
Submit Application
Chicago, Illinois

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

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 ®).

New full-text titles in ATLAS PLUS

  • The Journal of Markets & Morality by Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty
  • Chinese Theological Review by Foundation for Theological Education in Southeast Asia

Build Scholarly Communication Competencies with the ACRL Roadshow

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

Last fall, in one of my first SCOOP columns, I proposed that we are all scholarly communication librarians and offered examples of how librarians filling different functional roles as well as those working at smaller libraries often perform scholarly communication duties. Further, in that column, I shared the NASIG Core Competencies for Scholarly Communication Librarians as a comprehensive list of the types of knowledge and skills those engaged with scholarly communication should have. Within the area of “background knowledge,” the authors of the NASIG resource state that “deep knowledge of the Open Access movement and its impact on the scholarly publishing landscape, digital preservation, relevant metadata schemata and standards, copyright, the development and implementation of organizational and institutional open access policies…[and] an understanding of the legislative environment, especially regarding copyright, Open Educational Resources (OER) and public access requirements” are key foundational areas of understanding for those engaged in scholarly communication librarianship.

New Version of Research in Ministry (RIM) Coming This Month

RIM

We are excited to announce a major update to Research in Ministry (RIM). Coming in December 2018, the upgraded RIM (available soon at https://rim.atla.com/) will provide a new self-submittal system as well as an improved user interface and search experience.

Users will soon be able to create a unique login for RIM and complete a simple self-submission form that includes the full bibliographic detail, including the abstract of their project, thesis or dissertation, as well as the ability to assign ATLA Subject Headings that describe the work. With the move to the new version of RIM, ATLA will no longer accept paper or e-mail submissions to RIM from participating institutions, and users are asked to discontinue submitting records via email or US Mail utilizing the old submission form.

As Seen on Twitter (The Year in Review!)

Twitter

The ATLA Twitter feed is filled with news on ATLA events and product updates as well as stories that have relevance to the work of libraries and librarians.

Here are the top tweets in 2018 from the @YourATLA Twitter feed:

Redevelopment of the ATS Accreditation Standards: Your Input Requested!

ATS Accreditation
Submitted by Debbie Creamer, The Association of Theological Schools

As many ATLA members are likely already aware, the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) is currently engaging in a comprehensive redevelopment of its accrediting Standards and Procedures. The last such major revision was in 1996 (the revisions in 2010-2012 were more modest), a generation after the previous redevelopment in 1972. It seems timely then that the ATS membership voted at its June 2018 Biennial Meeting “to authorize the ATS Board of Commissioners to undertake a comprehensive redevelopment of the Standards of Accreditation and the Commission Poli­cies and Procedures expeditiously and with a substantial participation process.” The unanimous vote was based on a five-point rationale and was followed by a membership discussion of key questions and concerns. The ATS Board of Commissioners appointed a 19-member Task Force to lead the redevelopment process.

Don’t Miss Out: Renew Your ATLA Individual Membership

Renew

The ATLA membership renewal season is at its end. Members who have not renewed are no longer be eligible to receive ATLA Individual member benefits.

We encourage you to renew on My ATLA so that you may enjoy the valuable benefits of your membership in ATLA: