Category Archives: Association

ATLA Committee and Task Force Appointments

Much of the work accomplished toward meeting ATLA’s Organizational Ends is done by Individual and Lifetime Members who serve on committees. Our thanks go to those who are ending their terms and a warm welcome is extended to those who are beginning their service.

Renew Your ATLA Membership for 2017-2018

ATLA membership renewal season is upon us!

A message from ATLA Board President Matthew Ostercamp was e-mailed to all current members the first week of August. All Individual and Student members and member representatives of Institutional and Affiliate members should have received this first e-mail notice regarding membership renewals. If you did not receive a renewal notice, please contact

ATLA Attends European Academy of Religion (EUARE)


While many ATLA staff were in Atlanta for the ATLA Annual Conference, Metadata Analyst Antonio Terrone and Licensing Manager Gregg Taylor were in Bologna, Italy, for the foundational conference (called “ex nihilo zero”) of the newly established European Academy of Religion (EUARE).

The conference aimed to serve as a center for the international study of religion centered in Europe. While topics across religion studies were covered in a range of languages, there was a special focus on political engagement with religion, reflected by the number of EU dignitaries who attended and presented.

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.

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