Welcome New Reciprocal Borrowing Participants

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. More »

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

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

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 »

Digital Humanities and the Study of Asia, Part II

Digital Humanities and the Study of Asia, Part II

Librarianship continues to evolve and develop in terms of access, preservation, education, and technology. 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 »

Cross-Continental Collaboration, ATLA and Finland

Cross-Continental Collaboration, ATLA and Finland

The ATLA Products Blog is sharing the stories behind our product offerings, and this month’s posting highlights new full-text titles from ATLASerials PLUS™ (ATLAS PLUS™). More »

Never Enough Singing: Essays in Honor of Seth Kasten Now Open Access

Never Enough Singing: Essays in Honor of Seth Kasten Now Open Access

“This small volume is a labor of love on the part of current and past members of the ATLA choir, the rather ragtag group of sometime singers.” More »

Code4Lib Chicago Spring Meeting at ATLA Headquarters

Code4Lib Chicago Spring Meeting at ATLA Headquarters

On May 16, ATLA hosted the Code4lib Chicago Spring Meeting in our downtown office. Code4lib is a nationwide organization of developers and technologists who work for and with libraries. More »

Searching for Dead People: Using Genealogy Tools for Name Authority Work

Searching for Dead People: Using Genealogy Tools for Name Authority Work

My fascination with genealogy began when I was 15 years old. More »

 

Shedding Light on the Syriac Manuscript Collection of the Oriental Institute-Chicago at the 54th Annual Convention of the Syriac Orthodox Church

Submitted by Iskandar Bcheiry, ATLA Metadata Analyst

On July 28, 2018, I had the honor of being one of the keynote speakers at the 54th Annual Convention of the Syriac Orthodox Church in North America held in Tampa, Florida. I delivered a lecture about the Syriac manuscripts collection in the Oriental Institute Museum of the University of Chicago, with focus on some unpublished historical fragments and documents which shed light on the history of Syriac Christianity. The Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II with a group of archbishops from North America, Middle East, and Europe was present at the annual convention and in attendance of the lecture.

Catholic News at your Fingertips

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Submitted by Jennifer Younger, Executive Director, Catholic Research Resources Alliance and Director of the Hesburgh Libraries Emerita, University of Notre Dame

Digitization has made a vast body of historical newspapers instantly accessible to scholars and students on their desktops, laptops, tablets, and phones. Yet, religious newspapers of all stripes are conspicuously under-represented in the familiar online newspaper full-text databases, which are comprised largely of municipal and trade newspapers. Publicly available digital collections of historic newspapers, such as Chronicling America and those in several states, as well as commercial subscription-based databases, contain but a smattering of religious papers, despite the fact that religious thinkers and places of worship have significantly influenced every aspect of American culture, for good and bad.

The Catholic News Archive is filling one part of the gap by making Catholic newspapers freely available online to all users. We invite you to search topics, people, or events of which you want to get more information. Let us know about your experience.  

Southeast Asia: Part 1 – Singapore

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Submitted by Maria Stanton, ATLA Director of Production

Dr. Kelly Campbell, Associate Dean and Director of the John Bulow Campbell Library, Columbia Theological Seminary, and I had the honor of representing ATLA at the 2018 Forum for Asian Theological Librarians (ForATL) in Jakarta, Indonesia. Considering the distance Kelly and I would travel to attend the conference, we decided to include visits to academic libraries in the region, eventually settling in Singapore as the focus. In this report, I will highlight key takeaways from various meetings.

Upcoming ATLA Events: August and September 2018

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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

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ATLA Office Closed
September 3

ATLA Job Board Postings, August 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:

International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Helsinki, Finland

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Margot Lyon, Director of Business Development, recently attended the International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Helsinki, Finland from July 29-August 2. As a sponsor and exhibitor, ATLA offered a workshop featuring ATLA’s database products. With more than 1,000 attendees, the international meeting offered a great venue to meet scholars, end-users, and publishers from all parts of the world.

In addition to the academic sessions, a highlight of the trip was a walking tour called “Holy Helsinki” where participants discovered some of the lesser-known sanctuaries of downtown Helsinki. An enthusiastic theologian, Emil Anton, guided the tour of churches in the city, including visits to the places of worship in the Finnish Muslim and Jewish communities.

2018 ATLA Annual Conference Wrap Up

Submitted by Denise McFarlin, ATLA Meeting Specialist

The 2018 ATLA Annual Conference, Connection at the Crossroads: Creative Collaboration in a Changing Landscape, was held in Indianapolis, Indiana, June 13-16. Attracting 300 members, exhibitors, and international guests the conference was a tremendous success. With the help of the Local Host Committee, Robert Roethemeyer and Ken Boyd, we were able to capture all the best that Indianapolis had to offer. They showcased the downtown area and provided us with various options for exploration, which only complimented the great programming, speakers, and exhibitors during our stay. Our Local Hosts did a wonderful job on all the ideas and events that were implemented for our conference attendees.

The SCOOP: The Continuing Conundrum of Copyright and Course Reserves

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

As the fall semester dawns and faculty prepare for classes, libraries return to questions of policy and legality as they process incoming course reserve requests. Copyright issues related to the provision of materials in an educational setting, whether via interlibrary loan, coursepacks, electronic course reserves or course management systems, have been contentious for libraries for decades resulting in the development of overly restrictive guidelines and policies fueled by confusion and anxiety. Much of the confusion and anxiety that exists today is the product of the continuing litigation against Georgia State University, who was sued in 2008 by three academic publishers claiming copyright infringement resulting from the posting of book chapter scans in the University electronic course reserve system.

ATLA Exhibits at Catholic Biblical Association Annual Meeting

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ATLA Licensing and Business Development Specialist Annie Banfich attended this year’s Catholic Biblical Association (CBA) Meeting held July 28-31 at Regis University in Denver, Colorado.

ATLA and CBA are long-time partners and work together to produce the electronic version of Old Testament Abstracts (OTA). It was a bustling four days with great panels, presentations, reports, and speakers throughout.

Jacques Ellul and the Bible

Jacques Ellul
Submitted by Ginny Landgraf, ATLA Indexer-Analyst

At the end of June, I attended the 2018 conference of the International Jacques Ellul Society, “Jacques Ellul and the Bible,” at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. Jacques Ellul (1912-1994) was a polymath. His official job was as a professor of law and the history of institutions at the University of Bordeaux, and he was an active lay theologian in the French Reformed Church.

Although his textbooks on the history of institutions went through several editions in France, he is better known outside France for his pessimistic-sounding social critiques such as The Technological Society (French 1954, English 1964), which claim that the search for the most efficient means to a given end is crowding out the ends themselves.

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