Ruminations of a Former Editor: The Theology Cataloging Bulletin as a Reflection of our Profession

Ruminations of a Former Editor: The Theology Cataloging Bulletin as a Reflection of our Profession

For many years, editing and contributing to the Theology Cataloging Bulletin (TCB) was a service to my chosen profession that I gladly provided. 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 »

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

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

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 »

Book Spine Poetry Contest Winners

Book Spine Poetry Contest Winners

Theological Libraries Month (TLM) has ended and we are overjoyed with the response we received on Twitter and Facebook with member institutions and their patrons tagging #TLM2018 with all of their fun festivities throughout the month of October. More »

ACRL Scholarly Communication Roadshow: Save the Date! Scholarships and Travel Assistance Available

ACRL Scholarly Communication Roadshow: Save the Date! Scholarships and Travel Assistance Available

ATLA and the Scholarly Communication Committee have partnered with ACRL to host its popular roadshow event, “Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement,” for ATLA members. More »

Call for Proposals for Chapters in New Information Literacy Book to be Published by ATLA Press

Call for Proposals for Chapters in New Information Literacy Book to be Published by ATLA Press

The ATLA Press Monograph Editorial Board and guest editor Bobby Smiley invite interested authors to submit proposals More »

 

ATLA Job Board Postings, December 2018

Job

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:

Upcoming ATLA Events: December and January

events

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

ACRL Scholarly Communication Roadshow Scholarship Deadline
December 10
Submit Application
Chicago, Illinois

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

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 full-text titles in ATLAS PLUS

  • The Journal of Markets & Morality by Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty
  • Chinese Theological Review by Foundation for Theological Education in Southeast Asia

Title Spotlight: Methodist History from the ATLA Products Blog

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.

ATLA is excited to announce the journal Methodist History has been added to ATLASerials PLUS®. A long-running chronicle of the Methodist Church, this peer-reviewed journal has been produced quarterly since 1962 and is considered the authoritative source on subjects relating to the Wesleyan and Methodist heritage and history. Published by the United Methodist Church’s General Commission on Archives and History, the goal of the journal according to their website is to present this history “with clarity and excitement” to “help to relate the past to the present in a meaningful way.” It is the journal of record for the organization and contains articles, book reviews, pictures/illustrations, news, and pertinent information on topics related to the tradition.

Build Scholarly Communication Competencies with the ACRL Roadshow

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

Last fall, in one of my first SCOOP columns, I proposed that we are all scholarly communication librarians and offered examples of how librarians filling different functional roles as well as those working at smaller libraries often perform scholarly communication duties. Further, in that column, I shared the NASIG Core Competencies for Scholarly Communication Librarians as a comprehensive list of the types of knowledge and skills those engaged with scholarly communication should have. Within the area of “background knowledge,” the authors of the NASIG resource state that “deep knowledge of the Open Access movement and its impact on the scholarly publishing landscape, digital preservation, relevant metadata schemata and standards, copyright, the development and implementation of organizational and institutional open access policies…[and] an understanding of the legislative environment, especially regarding copyright, Open Educational Resources (OER) and public access requirements” are key foundational areas of understanding for those engaged in scholarly communication librarianship.

New Version of Research in Ministry (RIM) Coming This Month

RIM

We are excited to announce a major update to Research in Ministry (RIM). Coming in December 2018, the upgraded RIM (available soon at http://rim.atla.com/) will provide a new self-submittal system as well as an improved user interface and search experience.

Users will soon be able to create a unique login for RIM and complete a simple self-submission form that includes the full bibliographic detail, including the abstract of their project, thesis or dissertation, as well as the ability to assign ATLA Subject Headings that describe the work. With the move to the new version of RIM, ATLA will no longer accept paper or e-mail submissions to RIM from participating institutions, and users are asked to discontinue submitting records via email or US Mail utilizing the old submission form.

As Seen on Twitter (The Year in Review!)

Twitter

The ATLA Twitter feed is filled with news on ATLA events and product updates as well as stories that have relevance to the work of libraries and librarians.

Here are the top tweets in 2018 from the @YourATLA Twitter feed:

Redevelopment of the ATS Accreditation Standards: Your Input Requested!

ATS Accreditation
Submitted by Debbie Creamer, The Association of Theological Schools

As many ATLA members are likely already aware, the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) is currently engaging in a comprehensive redevelopment of its accrediting Standards and Procedures. The last such major revision was in 1996 (the revisions in 2010-2012 were more modest), a generation after the previous redevelopment in 1972. It seems timely then that the ATS membership voted at its June 2018 Biennial Meeting “to authorize the ATS Board of Commissioners to undertake a comprehensive redevelopment of the Standards of Accreditation and the Commission Poli­cies and Procedures expeditiously and with a substantial participation process.” The unanimous vote was based on a five-point rationale and was followed by a membership discussion of key questions and concerns. The ATS Board of Commissioners appointed a 19-member Task Force to lead the redevelopment process.

Don’t Miss Out: Renew Your ATLA Individual Membership

Renew

The ATLA membership renewal season is at its end. Members who have not renewed are no longer be eligible to receive ATLA Individual member benefits.

We encourage you to renew on My ATLA so that you may enjoy the valuable benefits of your membership in ATLA:

Exhibit at the 2019 ATLA Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Exhibitors

ATLA is pleased to welcome exhibitors to participate in the 2019 ATLA Annual Conference, June 12-15 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  Exhibits will be available June 12-14, 2019.

The exhibit hall is an important part of the ATLA Annual Conference, providing opportunities for attendees to learn about the new products and services available to theological libraries.