Category Archives: Association

The Power of Collaboration: Digitization in European Theological Libraries

Submitted by Brenda Bailey-Hainer, ATLA Executive Director

The 46th BETH General Assembly held last month in Zagreb was a lively forum chock full of interesting and useful information. The theme of this year’s event was Digitisation in European Theological Libraries. The meeting attracted the largest attendance ever at a BETH meeting — around seventy participants. Eastern European countries were particularly well represented with attendees from Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Slovakia.

Presenters defined digitization broadly and covered a wide range of topics -– technical details on the physical process, theories on how to select which items to digitize, creation of portals that automatically limit a search to digital objects on a specific subject, national collaborative projects, establishing a governance structure for a university collaborative, the contents of specific digitized collections, and software focused on streamlining processing. Of most interest to me were the collaborative projects hosted at national libraries.

Don’t Miss Out: Renew Your ATLA Individual Membership

The ATLA membership renewal season is upon as our membership year runs from September 1 through August 31. At this end of this month, all members who have not renewed will no longer be eligible to receive ATLA Individual member benefits.

We encourage you to renew before October 31 so that you may enjoy the valuable benefits of your membership in ATLA:

The Heart of The College

Submitted by Margot Lyon, Director of Business Development

It’s the beginning of the academic year at many of ATLA’s member institutions, and as I reflect on my career and life, I think back to those individuals who inspired me. Today I focus on Evan Ira Farber, College Librarian at the Lilly Library of Earlham College, my undergrad alma mater, from 1962 to 1994. Evan (I called all members of the community by their first names in the tradition of the Society of Friends) was one of the first people I met as a first year student — my class came to the library and he explained to us that “rather than researching a fake assignment in the library, we want you to research something relevant to your class!”

John Meeks, ATLA Digital Products Supervisor, Passes

John Meeks, ATLA Digital Products Supervisor, colleague, and friend passed away August 19, 2017.

He was with ATLA for 12 years and primarily worked on both ATLA Religion Database® (ATLA RDB®) and ATLA Catholic Periodical and Literature Index® (ATLA CPLI®). He hired and trained new metadata analysts, ensured production schedules were met and quality standards adhered to, managed the indexing workflow, supported content development, and was one of the staff members who represented staff needs to the tech team as we developed and now continue to refine our internal database software. He also served as the Research in Ministry® (RIM®) editor.

Christy Karpinski Joins ATLA as Digital Collections Metadata Librarian


We are pleased to introduce Christy Karpinski, the new part-time Digital Collections Metadata Librarian in the Member Programs department. She will act as a support to member institutions as they prepare their metadata for the ATLA Digital Library.

Christy comes to ATLA from the Newberry Library, where she was a Metadata and Digital Librarian. Currently, she serves as the Digital Library and Museum Manager at the Busy Beaver Button Museum and teaches in the Design and Communication departments at Columbia College Chicago.

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.

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