Register for the 2018 ATLA Annual Conference in Indianapolis, June 13-16

Register for the 2018 ATLA Annual Conference in Indianapolis, June 13-16

Registration is open for the 2018 ATLA Annual Conference. More »

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 April

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

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 I

Digital Humanities and the Study of Asia, Part I

On March 22-25 this year Washington, DC, hosted the 34th annual meeting of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), the largest association of scholars dedicated to the study of Asia. More »

Meet the 2018 ATLA Annual Conference Plenary Speakers

Meet the 2018 ATLA Annual Conference Plenary Speakers

We are pleased to introduce our plenary speakers: David W. Lewis, Stephanie M. Crumpton, and Timothy Beal 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 »

ATLA Partners with Lockwood Press and Licenses Two Full-Text Journals

ATLA Partners with Lockwood Press and Licenses Two Full-Text Journals

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 »

 

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

ATLAS May

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™).

New indexing titles in ATLA RDB

  • The Journal of Oriental Studies by the Institute of Oriental Philosophy
  • Scripta Instituti Donneriani Aboensis by Donner Institute for Research in Religious and Cultural History
  • Annali di Scienze Religiose by Instituto de Historia de la Iglesia, Facultad de Teología, Universidad de Navarra​

ATLA Products Blog: Cross-Continental Collaboration, ATLA and Japan

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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™).

Here’s an excerpt from the ATLA Products Blog.

Cross-Continental Collaboration: ATLA and Japan

Since the beginning of ATLA’s full-text production, academic journals from Japan have been an essential part of our foundation. The journals, along with their publishing institutions, have been instrumental in shaping ATLA’s full-text canon.  

May Issue of Theology Cataloging Bulletin Available

TCB

The May 2018 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).

Blast from the Past: 72 Years of ATLA Conference Bags

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The ATLA Annual Conference is just around the corner! In an effort to be more sustainable and eco-friendly, this year we are encouraging conference attendees to bring their own conference tote bags. To entice you to take up valuable space in your suitcase with your own bag, we’ll be having some fun showcasing our annual conference history through conference bags and offering prizes!

ATLA Collaborates with re:loom to Offer Sustainable Handmade Conference Swag

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Over the years we have heard from conference attendees that they want ATLA to incorporate eco-friendly and sustainable products and practices at the annual conference. We’ve heard you… we’re using less paper, staying at hotels with recycling programs, and last year we took a major step forward in this area.

At the 2017 ATLA Annual Conference in Atlanta, the JBC Library at Columbia Theological Seminary sponsored conference bags made by re:loom, a non-profit that employs and empowers homeless and low-income individuals through weaving beautifully-designed products out of upcycled materials. The bags were handwoven, unique, and conference attendees helped to invest in a community in need.

ATLA Job Board Postings, May 2018

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Member and non-member institutions are invited to post job openings on the ATLA Job Board. Here is a list of the current job openings:

Upcoming ATLA Events: May and June 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

ATLA Systems Routine Maintenance 
May 7
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

ATLA Annual Conference Housing Deadline
May 10
Book

Check out the Schedule for the Chicago Code4Lib Meeting at ATLA Headquarters

Chicago Code4Lib

On Wednesday, May 16, ATLA will be hosting a one-day meeting of the Chicago Code4Lib chapter. This event, to be held in the building’s eighth floor conference center, brings together a range of professionals engaged with technology in libraries.

This event is free to attend. The program will involve a mix of lightning talks, panel talks, and possibly some break-outs. This is a great opportunity for two organizations to learn about each other, for ATLA to encourage our tech-minded members to get involved with other library organizations, and for Chicago-area librarians and programmers to share their latest news.

Register today!

The SCOOP: The Metric System – Measuring Impact in Scholarly Communication

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

A Brief History of Metrics: From the Journal Impact Factor to Altmetrics

Ask an author why he or she has published their work in an academic journal, and one of the common responses you will hear is that they want to establish themselves as an expert in their field. Their reputation as an expert, and by extension the value attributed to their published work, is usually tied to where that article was published, or more critically what rank that journal holds among other journals in the field. Journal ranking calculated according to a journal’s impact factor has historically been the predominant metric for measuring the impact and quality of scholarship. However, reliance upon this flawed means of measuring the importance of one’s contribution to the field may have contributed to some of the problems with the current system of scholarly publishing.

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

Submitted by Melody Layton McMahon, Paul Bechtold Library, Catholic Theological Union

“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.” So began the preface to the 2011 edition of Never Enough Singing: Essays in Honor of Seth Kasten, published by ATLA to honor Seth on his retirement. Seth had been the Reference and Collection Development Librarian at Burke Library at the Union Theological Seminary (now a part of the Columbia University Libraries) from 1973 until the time of his retirement. He served on the ATLA Board of Directors and compiled a yearly list of reference books published in religion and theology, a collection development must-have for those who were assigned this particular task.

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