ATLA Launches Beta Release of the ATLA Digital Library

ATLA Launches Beta Release of the ATLA Digital Library

The American Theological Library Association (ATLA) is excited to announce the beta release of the ATLA Digital Library. More »

A Relational Database of Syriac and Arabic Historical Registers and Archives

A Relational Database of Syriac and Arabic Historical Registers and Archives

At the 2017 ATLA Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, I will present a plan to create a database of historical registers and archives belonging to the Syriac community. More »

Welcome New Members: Coe College and St. Mary’s Seminary and University

Welcome New Members: Coe College and St. Mary’s Seminary and University

Please join us in welcoming our new members who joined in late May and early June 2017. More »

Announcing Additions to ATLA Products – June 2017

Announcing Additions to ATLA Products – June 2017

We are pleased to announce the addition of titles now available in the ATLA Religion Database® (ATLA RDB®). More »

 

Testimony: Using MarcEdit and OCLC Connexion to Enhance Bibliographic Records in a Batch

This article was previously featured in Vol. 25, No. 3 of Theology Cataloging Bulletin (TCB), an ATLA member publication. Testimony is a feature in TCB that gives a place for members of the technical services community to share their stories. We felt this testimony was applicable to the wider community and have since published it below for you.

Submitted by Christa Strickler, Assistant Professor of Library Science, Buswell Memorial Library, Wheaton College

With the tight budgets common to libraries these days, cataloging departments search for ways to add value while streamlining processes. At Buswell Memorial Library (Wheaton College, IL), we’ve developed a method for enhancing our records with contents notes to make them more searchable for our users, then adapted that method to add Library of Congress Classification (LCC) numbers in preparation for a reclassification project.

ATLA RDB® and ATLA CPLI® Merge Vocabularies

ATLA is in the process of merging the vocabularies used in indexing the ATLA Religion Database® and the ATLA Catholic Periodical and Literature Index®. Where possible, ATLA RDB® subject heading conventions will be applied to the ATLA CPLI® data. During this process  some ATLA RDB® subject headings will be modified.

In order to keep our users up to date on the vocabulary changes, we have added an Excel spreadsheet that documents the changes that were made. The current list of significant changes have been updated (June 20, 2017) and can be downloaded from our website.

ATLA 2017 Conference Bags Made by re:loom

re:loom

We are thrilled to have the ATLA Annual Conference tote bags sponsored by the JBC Library at Columbia Theological Seminary made by re:loom. These specially made bags were designed and woven with our conference attendees in mind.

re:loom employs and empowers homeless and low-income individuals through weaving beautifully-designed products out of upcycled materials. All profits benefit Atlanta’s Initiative for Affordable Housing to reduce homelessness.

Announcing Additions to ATLA Products – June 2017

We are pleased to announce the addition of titles now available in the ATLA Religion Database® (ATLA RDB®).

New indexing titles in ATLA Religion Database® (ATLA RDB®)

  • Annales Theologici, by Facoltà di Teologia della Pontifica Università della Santa Croce; Fabrizio Serra Editore

  • Journal of Biblical Counseling [previously indexed to 2001], by the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation

  • Kagoro Journal of Theology, by ECWA Theological Seminary, Kagoro

  • Teologia Polityczna, by Fundacja Świętego Mikołaja

Join the ATLA Member Programs Department

This past year, ATLA has launched two new programs, the ATLA Digital Library and the ATLA Publishing Program. These new programs aim to enhance the benefits offered to ATLA members, as well as to advance the scholarship and work of libraries and related information providers. To help facilitate us in this endeavor, we are adding two new positions at ATLA: the Scholarly Communication/Open Access Publishing Manager and the Digital Collections Metadata Librarian.

ATLA’s On Demand Learning

As the Spring Webinar Series comes to a close, we wanted to bring your attention to ATLA’s On Demand Learning, a collection of free professional development webinars on topics in librarianship, theological librarianship, technology, and other related fields.

If you missed the Spring Webinar series or would like to re-watch them, we have taken a portion of the recorded sessions and have uploaded them to our website.

ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) Offers Chance to Win Amazon Dot at ATLA 2017

Submitted by Christopher Plattsmier, ACLS Humanities E-Book

Greetings ATLA Members! ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) is excited to be exhibiting during the upcoming ATLA Annual Conference in Atlanta. This will be a great opportunity for ATLA Members to connect with the HEB team about the ATLA Special Series that launched last year, discuss challenges in the digital library marketplace, and earn the chance to win an Amazon Dot!

There are only two requirements to enter to win the Amazon Dot: 1) You must be an active ATLA Member and 2) You must provide at least one title recommendation for the ATLA Special Series. Title recommendations are to be for backlist and/or out-of-print titles in the humanities that are essential to religious scholarship, have lasting scholarly importance, and can benefit the members of ATLA. If you would like to email HEB your recommendation to enter the Amazon Dot drawing before the conference, that is fine too!

Small Libraries Interest Group to Meet at ATLA 2017

Submitted by Susan Ebertz, Chair, Small Libraries Interest Group

The Small Libraries Interest Group will be having our FIRST meeting as an official interest group at the end of our session “Small Libraries Collaborating to Create Information Literacy Videos” on Friday, 3:30 pm at the ATLA Annual Conference. Join us and add the session to your schedule now.

Digital Spotlight: Digitization Cost Calculator

Submitted by Andy Carter, ATLA Digital Projects Manager

Planning for a possible digitization project requires cost and time estimates for which there are few good models. Digitization is ubiquitous in libraries, museums, and archives in the 21st century, but due to the variance of institution type, available resources, and experience with digitization workflows, it is difficult to extrapolate metrics that can be reused. The Digital Library Federation Assessment Interest Group, recognizing the need, has been working to build and refine a digitization cost calculator.

Welcome New Members: Coe College and St. Mary’s Seminary and University

Please join us in welcoming our new members who joined in late May and early June 2017. We would like to take this opportunity to help you get to know these institutions better.

Institutional Member, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA

Coe College was founded in 1851 by the name of the School for Prophets. During a fundraising campaign, a Catskills farmer named Daniel Coe pledged $1,500 with the stipulation that the frontier town college be “made available for the education of females as well as males.” Since Coe’s early coeducational beginnings, the college has grown in size and reputation.

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