ATLA Announces Major Product News

ATLA Announces Major Product News

We are pleased to announce the following new and enhanced products which will be available on EBSCO’s EBSCOhost platform. More »

Responding to Modern Times: Khenpo Sodargyé’s View of Buddhism

Responding to Modern Times: Khenpo Sodargyé’s View of Buddhism

When addressing the figure of Milarepa, a maverick eleventh-century Tibetan Buddhist saint renowned for his spiritual achievements despite a murderous childhood, Khenpo Sodargyé... More »

Pack Horse Libraries Brought Books to Remote Mountain Areas of Kentucky

Pack Horse Libraries Brought Books to Remote Mountain Areas of Kentucky

In 1930s eastern Kentucky books were hard to come by. The state circulated only one book per person, far below the American Library Association’s then standard of five to ten. More »

Am I, or am I not, a librarian?

Am I, or am I not, a librarian?

In late December, I read a blog post where someone was musing if they would still be considered a librarian even though they’d recently taken a position without any form of “librarian” in the title and not reporting to the 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 »

 

Theological Librarianship Plans 10-Year Anniversary and Needs Your Help

TL
Submitted by Jennifer Woodruff Tait, Editor-in-Chief, Theological Librarianship

The fall issue of Theological Librarianship is going to honor 10 years since the beginning of TL; its first issue was published in 2008.

TL is interested in gathering memories as part of that celebration. Were you involved in getting the journal off the ground? Did you write for an early issue? What was your reaction when it launched? What are some of your favorite articles?

Am I, or am I not, a librarian?

librarian
Submitted by Gillian Harrison Cain, ATLA Director of Member Programs

In late December, I read a blog post where someone was musing if they would still be considered a librarian even though they’d recently taken a position without any form of “librarian” in the title and not reporting to the library. They pondered what makes someone a librarian … a job title, the work you do, where you work, a mixture of all this, or something else entirely?

Am I, or am I not, a librarian is a question I’ve been asking myself, well, most of my career.

Digital Spotlight: Quadcast, a Yale Divinity School Podcast Series

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Submitted by Andy Carter, ATLA Digital Projects Manager

I recently discovered “The Quadcast,” a new podcast series from Yale Divinity School (YDS). Hosted on SoundCloud, and running about twenty minutes, each episode intends to “reflect on the future of religion in conversation with a member of the Yale Divinity School faculty.” The interviews are conducted by a current YDS graduate student.

ATLA Reciprocal Borrowing Program Releases Updated Form

Reciprocal

On October 11, 2017, ATLA held a virtual meeting for current Reciprocal Borrowing participants and those interested in the program. During the call, ATLA shared feedback from member visits that member institutions have expressed interest in having an institutional profile for participants in the Reciprocal Borrowing program that can provide a snapshot of collections strengths, languages and special collections. This way, librarians can guide their students to participating institutions that can best suit their needs.

ATLA 2018: Call for Groups to Select Meeting Times

2018

There are several opportunities for groups (interest groups, informal conversation groups, etc.) to schedule a meeting at the upcoming conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. Groups are welcome to meet anytime during the conference and if you inform ATLA in advance when your group will meet, ATLA will assign a meeting room with A/V (if desired) and publicize the meeting in the printed conference program as well as the online program.

Call for Posters: 2018 ATLA Annual Conference

2018

ATLA aims to offer many avenues for members to share interesting and creative projects. Therefore, ATLA invites proposals for poster sessions at the 2018 Annual Conference, June 13-16, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Scheduled in a 60-minute time slot, poster sessions are informal. The presenter(s) develops a poster and handouts which deliver useful information to the theological library community.

Submit your poster proposal by Wednesday, January 31.

Notes from the Road: Pitts Theology Library at Candler School of Theology, Emory University

Pitts Theology
Submitted by Christine Fruin, ATLA Scholarly Communication and Open Access Publishing Manager

While attending the Academy of Preachers Annual Festival in Atlanta, Georgia, I took a side trip to Pitts Theology Library to tour their beautiful space and chat with library staff to chat about copyright, open access, and ATLA’s scholarly communication program. Entry into the Candler School of Theology is on its own inspiring. The space is bright and inviting with granite and glass. The library space is equally beautiful and a peaceful place for scholarly study and collaboration.

ATLA Products Blog: Ilahiyat Studies

Ilahiyat

ATLA offers a prestigious product line of electronic resources to support the scholarly study of religion and theology and we want to share with you the stories behind the journals that have been carefully curated for our users. So, we have created the ATLA Products Blog to give an insider’s perspective and spotlight just some of the journals found in our databases.

The ATLA Products Blog is sharing the stories behind our newest product offering, ATLASerials PLUS™ (ATLAS PLUS™), which was announced in November along with plans to integrate the ATLA Catholic Periodical and Literature Index® (ATLA CPLI®) into the ATLA Religion Database (ATLA RDB)®.

ATLA Participates in CLIR Funded Digitization Project

CLIR

ATLA is pleased to announce its participation in the project “Digitizing the Records of Philadelphia’s Historic Congregations: Providing Documentation for the Political, Social and Cultural Developments in Philadelphia.” This project has been awarded a Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant from the Council on Library and Information Resource (CLIR) to digitize over 41,000 records from the archives of Philadelphia’s oldest congregations.

Register for the ATLA Winter Webinars

Webinars

We are pleased to announce the schedule for some of the upcoming webinars. These webinars are hosted by ATLA and our partners as a way to foster the exchange of ideas within the theological librarianship profession and share information about important resources.

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