Wait… is this still the ATLA Newsletter Site?

You may have noticed that starting in late February the ATLA Newsletter site looks a little different.

The latest upgrade to the Newsletter software platform unfortunately caused some issues with the site. To address those issues we’ve implemented a different look and feel on the Newsletter site for the short term. All the content is still here, the site just looks a little different.

As you may recall, we are currently making improvements to our systems, including upgrading our website and a new community area. With our attention focused on implementing these new solutions, we anticipate the Newsletter will maintain this simplified look until we transition to our new website this Spring.

Thank you in advance for your patience through this transition.  We anticipate a significantly improved membership experience and hope these upgrades will be a welcome change.

Supporting Scholars with the Internet of Things and Digital Assistants

SUBMITTED BY JIM BUTLER, DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS

Siri, turn on the lights. Ok Google, tell me a joke. Alexa, read me a bedtime story. With new gadgets coming out at such a rapid pace, it’s hard to keep track of it all. This new world of the Internet of Things (IoT) devices along with digital assistants are changing how people interact with computers and each other. These devices can play music, set the temperature, cook dinner, and even water the grass. With all the home and dorm uses is there a place for this technology in the library? Continue reading “Supporting Scholars with the Internet of Things and Digital Assistants”

Register for the Pacific Northwest Religious Studies and Theological Library Association Meeting

On May 13, 2019, the Pacific Northwest Religious Studies and Theological Library Association (PNWRSTLA) will meet at Mount Angel Abbey in Benedict, Oregon. The event is free; there is a $10 fee for lunch.  To register, please email Steve Perisho, Theology and Philosophy Librarian, Seattle Pacific University, at sperisho[at]spu.edu. Continue reading “Register for the Pacific Northwest Religious Studies and Theological Library Association Meeting”

Christine Fruin Elected to Library Publishing Coalition Board

Library Publishing Coalition

Christine Fruin, ATLA’s Scholarly Communication and Digital Projects Manager, has been elected to the Board of the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC) for a three-year term commencing July 1, 2019. Christine has been involved with LPC since its founding in 2013 and currently serves on the LPC Directory Task Force. She will also be speaking as part of three separate panel presentations at the upcoming Library Publishing Forum in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Continue reading “Christine Fruin Elected to Library Publishing Coalition Board”

SCOOP: Scholarly Communication Roadshow Recap

Scholarly Communication
SUBMITTED BY CHRISTINE FRUIN, ATLA SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION AND DIGITAL PROJECTS MANAGER

On February 22, 2019, nearly forty librarians and library staff from ATLA member institutions gathered in Chicago for the ACRL Scholarly Communication Roadshow event, sponsored by ATLA. The workshop, taught by Carla Myers, Scholarly Communications Coordinator at Miami University, and Rachael Samberg, Scholarly Communications Officer at the University of California Berkeley, led attendees through a series of presentations and individual and group activities on various scholarly communication issues. Continue reading “SCOOP: Scholarly Communication Roadshow Recap”

CONSER Serials Cataloging and You: Make Your Hidden Serials Collections Discoverable through the ATLA CONSER Funnel

Submitted by Michael Bradford

A CONSER-authenticated bibliographic record is a mark of quality cataloging for serials. It represents authoritative access points and subjects. A CONSER record is also eligible to receive an ISSN identifier. When the terms CONSER, authentication, LC, and authoritative are thrown out there, one usually thinks “that’s not for me. That’s for those high-level catalogers at big universities, not my little seminary.” Wrong.

The Funnel Programs are developed by institutions based on regional, subject, or other shared interests. It provides opportunities for smaller institutions to participate in and benefit from membership in the Program for Cooperative Cataloging. Continue reading “CONSER Serials Cataloging and You: Make Your Hidden Serials Collections Discoverable through the ATLA CONSER Funnel”