ATLA Retiree Spotlight: Joanna Hause

The ATLA Endowment Committee presented an update on the ATLA Retirees and Lifetime Members at the 2016 ATLA Annual Conference. This Newsletter series will recap what they shared.

Joanna Hause retired in 2014 after 32 years of work in librarianship. She worked as both a cataloger and a Library Director at Biblical Theological Seminary, Hatfield, PA, for 18 years. She also worked at Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL for 14 years as a cataloger.

Currently, she is working as a volunteer cataloger at the local genealogy library, and also volunteering at the Southeastern Guide Dogs campus, working at the front desk or in the puppy kennel (she gets to feed, bathe and dry, and play with puppies).  These puppies go on to be guide dogs for the visually impaired or for vets with PTSD and other “careers.”

She is also passionate about dancing. For the last eight years, Joanna has been dancing hula and belongs to a halau hula.  She dances in a competition every July in Orlando.

Joanna joined ATLA as a Student Member and then later became an Individual Member. She was a member of the Technical Services Interest Group (TSIG) and served on the steering committee for several years, and worked on the Theology Cataloging Bulletin (TCB).

Thank you to the Endowment Committee for their work in curating this information. If you would like to submit your story for publication and for the 2017 ATLA Annual Conference, please e-mail

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