Category Archives: Association

We Invite Your Feedback on Research in Ministry® (RIM®)


ATLA’s free database Research in Ministry® (RIM®) offers users abstracts of projects and theses from over one hundred Doctor of Ministry (DMin), Doctor of Missiology (DMiss), and Doctor of Educational Ministry (DEdMin) programs accredited by the Association of Theological Schools. Currently, users can search for abstracts included in RIM by keyword and view records that include the thesis or project title, the names of authors and advisors, as well as ATLA subject headings.

ATLA is preparing to migrate the RIM database to a new platform, which will offer users improved function and the addition of new features.

You Have Questions, We Have Answers

Have questions for ATLA staff about products, membership, or other areas?  Reach out as we’d welcome the opportunity to talk to you. Here is a contact sheet outlining the most common inquiries we receive.  Even though the e-mail addresses are general, please know that there are live staff members ready and waiting for your inquiries.

Stephen Hull Joins ATLA as Product Software Developer


We are pleased to introduce Stephen Hull, the new Product Software Developer within the Production department.

He is a self-taught software developer hired to work on our metadata production system called NOVA. His background is in content management system frameworks and his past work experiences include high school special education and law. He graduated with a BA in English Literature from Trinity International University.

Erica Treesh Retires as ATLA’s Manager of Bibliographic Control

Submitted by Maria Stanton, Director of Production

It is with mixed emotions that I share the news that Erica Treesh, ATLA’s Manager of Bibliographic Control, retired at the end of December. We, of course, wish her well in this next phase of her life, but we will miss her editorial leadership and encyclopedic knowledge of ATLA’s history. Erica has been with ATLA for over 25 years; she was the first full time paid indexer for the database.  

ATLA Sponsors and Exhibits at the 2018 National Festival of Preachers, AoP


From January 2-5, 2018, ATLA sponsored and exhibited at the 2018 National Festival of Preachers, a program of The Academy of Preachers (AoP). AoP is a fresh initiative launched in 2009 that seeks to Identify, Network, Inspire, and Support young people in their call to gospel preaching. The Academy is endorsed and supported by fifty Founding Partners, the chief among these being the Lilly Endowment, Inc.

Am I, or am I not, a librarian?

Submitted by Gillian Harrison Cain, ATLA Director of Member Programs

In late December, I read a blog post where someone was musing if they would still be considered a librarian even though they’d recently taken a position without any form of “librarian” in the title and not reporting to the library. They pondered what makes someone a librarian … a job title, the work you do, where you work, a mixture of all this, or something else entirely?

Am I, or am I not, a librarian is a question I’ve been asking myself, well, most of my career.

ATLA Participates in CLIR Funded Digitization Project


ATLA is pleased to announce its participation in the project “Digitizing the Records of Philadelphia’s Historic Congregations: Providing Documentation for the Political, Social and Cultural Developments in Philadelphia.” This project has been awarded a Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant from the Council on Library and Information Resource (CLIR) to digitize over 41,000 records from the archives of Philadelphia’s oldest congregations.

ATLA’s DEI Committee Looks to Sponsor Six Webinars


The Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is looking to sponsor six short (30 minutes) webinars for the upcoming 2018-2019 academic year on specific, practical topics related to diversity in libraries.

Example topics include Collection Development and Diversity; Changing Student Populations and Inclusion; Public Services and Diversity; Holidays, Events, and Equity; and Cataloging and Diversity. We envision the speaker to discuss a range of specific issues that librarians should consider concerning the topic and a deep-dive examination of one-to-three of these issues as they emerged in their own libraries, how they addressed them, and what they learned from the experience. As an example of a deep-dive, for the topic of Collection Development and Diversity, the speaker might discuss specifically how they expanded their Korean-language materials in the wake of a growing Korean student population at their school. 

An Endowment Fund Donation is a Strategic Investment in the Future of ATLA

Submitted by Brenda Bailey-Hainer, ATLA Executive Director

Many good things happened at ATLA this past year. The ATLA Digital Library was launched, creating a digital repository that lays the groundwork for a collaborative effort to provide online access to the abundant special collections at our member institutions. A robust publishing structure was established with the help of editorial board members that will oversee ATLA’s new forays into open access publishing. A new product — ATLASerials PLUS™ (ATLAS PLUS™) — was released in November, making more than 100 additional full-text journals in religion and theology from all over the world available to ATLA customers. All of this was in addition to the many professional development opportunities offered to members, including the Annual Conference and an on-going series of webinars.

Christine Fruin Joins ATLA as Scholarly Communication/Open Access Publishing Manager


We are pleased to welcome Christine Fruin to ATLA as our new Scholarly Communication/Open Access Publishing Manager on the Member Programs team. She will work closely with the Editorial Boards of the ATLA Press to support open access publishing; provide outreach and support to the Association and its members for open publishing initiatives; raise awareness of open access and scholarly communication issues including fair use in teaching and learning and open educational resources; and develop professional development opportunities for ATLA members on open access and other scholarly communications topics.

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