New ATLA Publishing Program

ATLA’s core purpose is to promote worldwide scholarly communication in religion and theology by advancing the work of libraries and related information providers. In support of this purpose, we are expanding our publishing efforts and announcing the creation of the ATLA Publishing Program.

This program will serve professionals engaged in librarianship and scholarly communication, students, scholars, and religious professionals in the disciplines of religion and theology by publishing original content (books, journals, newsletters, yearbooks, reports, white papers, etc.).

This new program recognizes three distinct areas of ATLA publishing. One area focuses on all publications that have to do with the Association’s work and activities, including the ATLA Newsletter, ATLA Annual Report, ATLA Annual Yearbook, and reports, white papers, and research studies.

atla-as-publisher-chartAnother area is publishing services including hosting open access journals and offering professional development opportunities for members and others in the areas of open access publishing.

The third area is the ATLA Press, which allows our members and the larger community to publish open access works through the open access journal Theological Librarianship, the Theology Cataloging Bulletin (TCB), the ATLA Summary of Proceedings, and an Open Access Monographs imprint (to be named). The ATLA Press imprints will publish open access resources that identify major works, issues of contention, and schools of thought that propel research in religion and theory; develop knowledge and skills in librarianship, pedagogy and research methodology; and represent specialized topics of interest in religion and theology.

These open access resources are to support professionals in librarianship and scholarly communication advancing scholarship in the theological and religious disciplines, including developing and strengthening connections that lead to innovative solutions for shared challenges and developing increasing capacities to work in a diverse and changing environment; students, scholars, and information professions in robust scholarly communication in the fields of religion and theology; students, scholars, and religious professionals in skillfully using information resources to create knowledge, grow in wisdom, and share the results of their research.

The imprints will each have their own Editorial Board with an Editor in Chief comprised of Individual members of ATLA appointed by the Executive Director upon recommendations from a Search Committee (Editor in Chief positions) or the Editor in Chief of a publication (Editorial Board positions). There are also two new groups will oversee and facilitate communication between the ATLA imprints.

The ATLA Press Coordinating Council (APCC) will facilitate communication between Editorial Boards of the imprints and ATLA staff including creating procedures to guide creators to appropriate publication venues, sharing editorial calendars and looking for areas of possible collaboration or cross-publication promotion, and coordinating shared activities especially in the areas of social media, marketing, etc. to raise awareness and increase readership of all ATLA imprints.

The ATLA Press Advisory Board will be composed of persons knowledgeable in publishing, religion and theology and/or persons who can provide a global perspective and strategic input on issues relevant to the press. Advisory Board members will be appointed by the Executive Director and may or may not be an Individual member of ATLA.

For more information on the ATLA Publishing Program, including information for prospective authors and contributors, please visit the Member Center tab on the ATLA Website and look under the Publications sub-menu.

As we move forward making this publishing program a reality, we are looking to fill three positions on the Editorial Board and an Editor-in-Chief for Theological Librarianship and two positions on the Editorial Board for the open access monographs imprint. You may find the job descriptions and how to apply on the ATLA Job Board. A single search committee will review all applications and conduct interviews for all the positions available at this time. If you are interested in multiple positions, please indicate which positions in your application materials.

If you have any questions about the ATLA Publishing Program, please feel free to reach out to Director of Member Programs Gillian Harrison Cain (gcain@atla.com).  

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