Submit your 2018 ATLA Annual Conference Proposal

Submit your 2018 ATLA Annual Conference Proposal

The ATLA Conference Committee invites members and friends to submit proposals for the 2018 ATLA Annual Conference, June 13-16, 2017, in Indianapolis, IN. More »

Announcing Additions to ATLA Products – July 2017

Announcing Additions to ATLA Products – July 2017

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

Call for Submissions: 2017 ATLA Summary of Proceedings

Call for Submissions: 2017 ATLA Summary of Proceedings

Call for submissions to the Summary of Proceedings of the Seventy-first Annual Conference of the American Theological Library Association, held June 14-17, 2017, in Atlanta. More »

Luther, Barth, and Movements of Theological Renewal

Luther, Barth, and Movements of Theological Renewal

In June I attended the 2017 Karl Barth conference organized by the Center for Barth Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary Library. More »

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 »

“Religious Change, 1450-1700” Explores Impact of Religion and Print on Society

“Religious Change, 1450-1700” Explores Impact of Religion and Print on Society

To coincide with the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, the Newberry Library in Chicago is hosting a multimedia project. More »

 

August Issue of Theology Cataloging Bulletin Available

The August 2017 issue of Theology Cataloging Bulletin (TCB), a benefit of membership, is now available. Please click here to access this issue in the members-only section of the ATLA website.

Section one of each issue lists new and changed subject headings and genre/form terms and section two lists new and changed classifications. Both are selected and compiled by Ann Heinrichs (Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, Illinois). Section three includes general information, including professional development opportunities, and is edited by Leslie Engelson (Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky).

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, please read and complete the participation agreement available online and send to memberrep@atla.com.

Submit your 2018 ATLA Annual Conference Proposal

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Submitted by Paul Tippey, Chair, ATLA Conference Committee

The ATLA Conference Committee invites members and friends to submit proposals for the 2018 ATLA Annual Conference, June 13-16, 2018, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The deadline for all submissions is Friday, September 22, 2017.

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.

ATLA Committee and Task Force Appointments

Much of the work accomplished toward meeting ATLA’s Organizational Ends is done by Individual and Lifetime Members who serve on committees. Our thanks go to those who are ending their terms and a warm welcome is extended to those who are beginning their service.

Pitts Theology Library Announces Interim Library Director

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On September 1, Richard Manly “Bo” Adams, Jr., Head of Public Services at Pitts Theology Library, will become the interim library director for the Pitts Library.

Bo came to the Pitts Library in 2013 to serve as reference and systems librarian and was later promoted to Head of Public Services. He holds the PhD in New Testament from Emory University and has recently completed his MLIS from the University of Alabama.

Luther, Barth, and Movements of Theological Renewal

Submitted by Ginny Landgraf, ATLA Indexer-Analyst 

In June I attended the 2017 Karl Barth conference organized by the Center for Barth Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary Library.  Karl Barth (1886-1968), Swiss Reformed theologian, continues to spur lively thought nearly fifty years after his death.

Renew Your ATLA Membership for 2017-2018

ATLA membership renewal season is upon us!

A message from ATLA Board President Matthew Ostercamp was e-mailed to all current members the first week of August. All Individual and Student members and member representatives of Institutional and Affiliate members should have received this first e-mail notice regarding membership renewals. If you did not receive a renewal notice, please contact memberrep@atla.com.

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 (July 31, 2017) and can be downloaded from our website.

2017 ATLA Annual Conference Wrap Up

Submitted by Denise McFarlin, ATLA Meeting Specialist

The 2017 ATLA Annual Conference, Southern Harmony: The Human Touch in the Digital Age, was held in Atlanta, Georgia, June 14-17. The conference was a tremenous success and attracted a crowd of 300 members, exhibitors, and international guests. With the help of the Local Host Committee, comprised of representatives from Columbia Theological Seminary, Pitts Theology Library-Candler School of Theology-Emory University, Erskine Theological Seminary, Robert W. Woodruff Library, Atlanta University Center – The Interdenominational Theological Center, and Mercer University-McAfee School of Theology, we experienced “Southern Harmony “ in every aspect of the conference.

Held at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia, the location provided everything imaginable within walking distance. It was a mix of premium shopping, a range of dining options from upscale to fast food, and for the young at heart, a carnival. In addition, we had great programming, speakers, and excursions that only complimented our stay. Our Local Hosts did a wonderful job on all of the ideas and events that were prepared for our conference attendees.

SWBTS Librarians Recognized for Achievements

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Two librarians from Institutional Member Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary recently were recognized for their achievements in the areas of indexing and cataloging.

Robert Burgess, Digital Resources Librarian, received the 2017 Barbara K. Nelson Indexer of the Year Award from the Association of Christian Librarians (ACL). This award was given to Robert for his work with the Christian Periodical Index® (CPI®).

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