Category Archives: Association

Dentists, Dabblers, and Doers

Submitted by Gillian Harrison Cain, Director of Member Programs

Yet again, my inbox and social media provided me with inspiration for my column. At the end of December, I was agonizing over finding a topic when the daily “Seth’s Blog” email appeared with the headline “Nobody dabbles at dentistry.” Of course, with an intriguing lead like that, I had to read the post and found his blog post touched on some of the things I’ve been pondering this fall.

ATLA Sponsors National Festival of  Young Preachers


ATLA recently sponsored and exhibited at the Academy of Preachers (AoP): National Festival of Young Preachers in Atlanta, Georgia, from Jan 2-5, 2019. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, AoP’s mission is to identify and inspire young people from Evangelical, Orthodox, Pentecostal, Protestant, and Roman Catholic traditions in the call to gospel preaching.

Margot Lyon, ATLA’s Director of Business Development, attended the festival this year and met more than 100 young preachers from around North America at the events and exhibits table. The Academy is endorsed and supported by fifty Founding Partners, the chief among these being the Lilly Endowment Inc.

ATLA Press Announces Two Editor in Chief Vacancies

ATLA Press

The ATLA Press, ATLA’s open access publishing program, has two Editor in Chief vacancies for which we are accepting applications until February 10, 2019.

Editor in Chief of Theological Librarianship

The Editor in Chief of Theological Librarianship is responsible for overseeing and managing the publication of two issues per year utilizing the Open Journal Systems (OJS) publishing platform, closely collaborating with other members of the journal’s Editorial Board, and serving on ATLA Press’s advisory group.

Don’t Miss Out: Renew Your ATLA Individual Membership


The ATLA membership renewal season is at its end. Members who have not renewed are no longer be eligible to receive ATLA Individual member benefits.

We encourage you to renew on My ATLA so that you may enjoy the valuable benefits of your membership in ATLA:

Jill Annitto Joins ATLA as Editorial Manager

Jill Annitto

We are pleased to introduce Jill Annitto as our new Editorial Manager, Digital Products in the Production Department.

Jill brings a wealth of experience in information management and team leadership. She was with the United Nations for seven years; for six of those years, Jill was the Chief of the Central Records Unit. In this role, she and her six-person staff managed the daily processing of documents received by the UN. She led the efforts to create the file classification scheme and controlled vocabulary used for coding all of the documents. She also led technical initiatives associated with implementing a new document and case management system. Jill recently worked at the University of the Arts, where she engaged in leadership roles in various cross-campus initiatives. Her previous work at the UN Archives, the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives, the New York Mayor’s Office of Management & Budget, and at the Brooklyn Historical Society, will be a great asset to ATLA. 

Staying Abreast

Submitted by Brenda Bailey-Hainer, ATLA Executive Director

Like the elephant in the parable of the blind men and an elephant, ATLA can be viewed through many different lenses. We are a professional membership association, an organization that serves academic libraries, a library consortium, an active participant in scholarly communication in religion and theology, an open access publisher, a nonprofit organization, and a technology organization that produces online research tools. As such, we need to stay abreast of trends in a diverse set of fields — everything from technology standards to academic librarianship to the field of religion and theology to nonprofit management.

Internet Trends and Opportunities and a Flashback to the 1990s

Submitted by Margot Lyon, ATLA Director of Business Development

Last February, I woke up bleary-eyed and glanced at the business headlines: Ken Yoshida Named New President of SONY Corporation. Ken Yoshida was a familiar name to me twenty years ago as he was my boss when he was NYC-based Manager of Investor Relations. Since then, I’ve been reminiscing about those early days in my career.

Renew Your ATLA Membership for 2018-2019


ATLA membership renewal season is upon us!

A message from ATLA Board President Jennifer Bartholomew was e-mailed to all current members the last 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

The ATLA membership year runs from September 1 through August 31. Renew today, so you don’t miss out on benefits and programs available to your membership type.

Accessing the ATLA Community and the New My ATLA Web Portal


ATLA is in the process of a major system upgrade. In late July, current members received an email indicating that membership renewals will be through the new MyATLA web portal this year. As we work to improve your online member experience, we wanted to explain how to continue to access members-only content not included in the new My ATLA web portal during this transition period.

Over the next several months, ATLA members will have two separate login credentials.

ATLA Improves Membership Experience with New System Upgrades


ATLA staff are hard at work upgrading our systems to improve your membership experience. Many of the changes are “behind the scenes” and will help ATLA staff be more efficient in our work with members, publishers, customers, and partners. One of the first stages of these upgrades that will be visible to members is our new and improved membership web portal.

The new My ATLA web portal is the place where you will be able to view membership information, update contact information, track participation in member benefit programs, register for events such as the annual conference, access the membership directory, and pay any open invoices.