Theological Libraries Month: Creative Collaboration in a Changing Landscape

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The month of September kicks off a year-long celebration of theological libraries and librarians around the theme “Creative Collaboration in a Changing Landscape.” To spark imagination and bring focus to theological library promotion, we are introducing a theme that will permeate through programs and events throughout the year, culminating at the 2018 ATLA Annual Conference — Connection at the Crossroads: Creative Collaboration in a Changing Landscape.

The goal of this program is to increase awareness of the importance and value of librarians and libraries serving theology and religious studies programs through communications and activities for faculty, administrators, staff, and students. Program activities throughout the year will include providing materials you can take advantage of to promote your library, sharing of success stories, webinars on marketing and advocacy, and more.

Creative Collaboration in a Changing Landscape

We see collaboration as an essential part of being a librarian, scholar, and student. It’s impossible to do research in a vacuum and librarianship is inherently a collaborative profession. Therefore, one of our core values is collegiality and collaboration. This value is especially important in the changing landscape of theological librarianship and it’s now more important than ever to partner and network with others inside and outside librarianship.

Within our Association, we have witnessed creative solutions and unique partnerships, so we will be sharing them throughout the year and encourage you to share as well on Facebook, Twitter, and at the ATLA Annual Conference. We also encourage you to consider submitting a proposal for the 2018 ATLA Conference Proposal. Learn more.

Theological Libraries Month

The first event to launch the theme is Theological Libraries Month (TLM). And while we hope you will participate in TLM, it’s only one month out of the year and we’re excited to offer assistance and opportunities in promoting your library all year long. Let’s share and inspire one another in finding those creative collaborations and valuable partnerships.

How can you participate in TLM?

Take Part in the TLM Contest

How is your library creatively collaborating across departments and with other libraries? How are you engaging with your faculty and administration? How are you encouraging your patrons to collaborate? Tell your story for a chance to win a $25 gift card.​ Read official rules & regulations.

Share your story on Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #CreativeCollab and #TLM2017 or submit your ideas to the Newsletter by emailing memberrep@atla.com.

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