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ATLA 2017 Conference Bags Made by re:loom


We are thrilled to have the ATLA Annual Conference tote bags sponsored by the JBC Library at Columbia Theological Seminary made by re:loom. These specially made bags were designed and woven with our conference attendees in mind.

re:loom employs and empowers homeless and low-income individuals through weaving beautifully-designed products out of upcycled materials. All profits benefit Atlanta’s Initiative for Affordable Housing to reduce homelessness.

Join the ATLA Member Programs Department

This past year, ATLA has launched two new programs, the ATLA Digital Library and the ATLA Publishing Program. These new programs aim to enhance the benefits offered to ATLA members, as well as to advance the scholarship and work of libraries and related information providers. To help facilitate us in this endeavor, we are adding two new positions at ATLA: the Scholarly Communication/Open Access Publishing Manager and the Digital Collections Metadata Librarian.

Theological Librarianship Editorial Board Welcomes Two New Editors

The American Theological Library Association (ATLA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Manly “Bo” Adams, Jr. and Chris Anderson to the Editorial Board of Theological Librarianship: An Online Journal of the American Theological Library Association.

Bo is currently the Head of Public Services at Emory University, where he has previously served as Systems and Reference Librarian and as an Instructional Technologist. He contributed to an Ithaka study on supporting the changing research practices of religious studies scholars and has also published in the ATLA Proceedings and in the Feasting on the Word commentary series. He will receive his MLIS from the University of Alabama this summer and also has a PhD in Religion from Emory, a ThM from Columbia Theological Seminary, a MTS from Candler School of Theology at Emory, and a BS Computer Science from Dartmouth College.

Colleges and Universities Interest Group (CUIG) Reactivation Meeting

Submitted by John Thompson, Eberly Library, Waynesburg University

At the 2017 ATLA Annual Conference in Atlanta, there will be a meeting to see if there is interest in reactivating the Colleges and Universities Interest Group (CUIG).

FY16 ATLA Annual Report Available

Annual Report

The American Theological Library Association’s (ATLA) Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Report is now available.

The report highlights the many accomplishments of the Association, including the work of Association’s committees and improvements to ATLA’s databases.

Theological Librarianship Editorial Board Meets in Chicago

Theological Librarianship

The Theological Librarianship editorial board met in person (mostly: snow foiled one attempt to get there) at ATLA Headquarters in Chicago on March 13-14, 2017. The journal, now nine years old, features quite a few new faces on the board with the addition of editor-in-chief Jennifer Woodruff Tait and editors Keegan Osinski and Barnaby Hughes. Consequently, we spent considerable time in brainstorming and visioning for the future, as well as planning for volume 10, no. 1, which will be issued in October.

ATLA Press Coordinating Council Meets in Chicago

ATLA press

Even with a spring snowstorm making travel a bit troublesome, the first meeting of the ATLA Press Publications Council (APCC) was held on March 15. The APCC is part of the recently established ATLA Publishing Program and is designed to facilitate communication between the Editorial Boards of ATLA Press imprints (Theological Librarianship, Theology Cataloging Bulletin, monographs, ATLA Summary of Proceedings) and ATLA staff. They meet to guide creators to appropriate publication venues, share editorial calendars, look for areas of possible collaboration or cross-publication promotion, and coordinate shared activities, especially in the areas of social media and marketing to raise awareness and increase the readership of all ATLA imprints.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee Changes


Donna Wells will be assuming the chair of the Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) effective immediately. She joined the DEI Committee in June 2016 and is the Head of Technical Services at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, North Carolina.

Drew Baker and Lee Staman have also been appointed to the committee. Drew is the Acquisitions Librarian at Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, California, and Lee Staman is the Systems Librarian at Center for Action and Contemplation, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Theological Librarianship: An Online Journal of the American Theological Library Association Editorial Board Changes

Suzanne Estelle-Homer, Bibliographic Essays Editor, will be leaving the Theological Librarianship Editorial Board in June 2016 to take her elected position on the ATLA Board of Directors, and Miranda Bennett’s term as Critical Reviews Editor will end this July. We thank both Suzanne and Miranda for their service to the journal and look forward to their continued support of ATLA.

Margot Lyon Receives the Anne Marie Cunningham Award, NFAIS

Margot Lyon, ATLA Director of Business Development, was presented with the Anne Marie Cunningham Award at the NFAIS 2017 Annual Conference in Alexandria, Virginia, on February 28.

The award recognizes Margot for her service as Chair of the NFAIS Humanities Round Table and tirelessly organizing and promoting past Round Table meetings.

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