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 »

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 »

 

Christopher J. Anderson Appointed New Special Collections Librarian at Yale Divinity Library

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We are excited to announce that Christopher J. Anderson has been named the Special Collections Librarian and Curator of the Day Missions Collection at Yale Divinity Library at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

Chris was formerly the Associate Dean of Libraries at Drew University, preceded by his time as Head of Special Collections, Archives, and Methodist Librarian. He also hosted a college radio show and served as the baseball coach at Drew University. He received his PhD and MPhil in Religion from Drew, MSLIS from Syracuse University, MDiv from Asbury Seminary, and BS from Houghton College.

Announcing Additions to ATLA Products – July 2017

ATLA RDB

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®)

  • Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy by Brill

  • Journal of Jewish Languages by Brill

  • Shaker Quarterly [ceased] by United Society of Shakers

  • Cuadernos Salmantinos de Filosofía by Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca

Kristine Veldheer Appointed Library Director of Paul Bechtold Library

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Kristine Veldheer has been appointed as the Library Director of the Paul Bechtold Library at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Illinois.

Kris previously served at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, as Instructor for Interactive Teaching, and at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, as Head of Public Services and as an Instruction and Technology Librarian.

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

Submitted by Joel Schorn, ATLA Metadata Analyst 

To coincide with the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, the Newberry Library in Chicago is hosting a multimedia project, “Religious Change, 1450-1700,” which traces “how religion and print challenged authority, upended society, and made the medieval world modern,” the project’s website says.

The brick-and-mortar anchor of the project is a gallery exhibition at the library, “Religious Change and Print, 1450-1700” (opening September 14, 2017). This exhibit draws on over 150 objects from the Newberry’s collection to show how people of the time—like preachers, teachers, travelers, writers, and printers—experienced the Reformation and the rapid changes that the interrelationship of religion and print media brought about.

The Future of Early Christian Studies

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Submitted by Barnaby Hughes, ATLA CPLI Metadata Analyst

This was my second year attending the annual meeting of the North American Patristics Society (NAPS) in Chicago, held May 25-27, 2017. It’s a rather traditional academic association: most members are male, suited and bearded; papers are typically read; handouts are more common than PowerPoint presentations. Most presenters appear to be graduate students or nontenured faculty, so much of the research is fresh, though somewhat tentative.

ATLA Calendar

ATLA is around the globe this season. Check out the new ATLA Calendar for a list of events, deadlines, and meetings.

Upcoming Events

PKP Scholary Publishing Conference
August 2-4
Montreal, QC, Canada

Catholic Biblical Association
August 5, 2017 – August 8, 2017
Washington, DC, USA

ATLA Attends European Academy of Religion (EUARE)

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While many ATLA staff were in Atlanta for the ATLA Annual Conference, Metadata Analyst Antonio Terrone and Licensing Manager Gregg Taylor were in Bologna, Italy, for the foundational conference (called “ex nihilo zero”) of the newly established European Academy of Religion (EUARE).

The conference aimed to serve as a center for the international study of religion centered in Europe. While topics across religion studies were covered in a range of languages, there was a special focus on political engagement with religion, reflected by the number of EU dignitaries who attended and presented.

Evan Boyd Appointed Library Director at United Lutheran Seminary

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We are excited to announce that Evan Boyd has been named Library Director at United Lutheran Seminary (ULS).

ULS formed from the unification of two historic Lutheran seminaries in Gettysburg and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Boyd will serve as the first Library Director for the consolidated seminary and will be responsible for both the Krauth branch (Philadelphia) and the Wentz branch (Gettysburg).

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Establishes Dr. William L. Wallace Collection

Institutional Member Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) has established the Dr. William L. Wallace collection, which will be displayed in the seminary’s new Mathena Hall. The most notable item in the collection is a portrait of Wallace that was originally housed at the Wallace Memorial Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee; however, thanks to the work of Craig Kubic, Dean of Libraries, SWBTS now has a permanent loan of Wallace’s papers and portrait for display.

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.

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