Category Archives: Association

Accessing the New Open Access Versions of Theology Cataloging Bulletin and the ATLA Summary of Proceedings


As we announced last monthTheology Cataloging Bulletin (TCB) and the ATLA Summary of Proceedings will be moving to open access.

TCB – Publication Schedule Shifts, Member Notifications of New Issues

During the next several months, we will develop a site for TCB on ATLA’s instance of Open Journal Systems (OJS), the same publishing platform used for Theological Librarianship. Beginning in January 2019, TCB will be openly available to all readers through the OJS site under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license (CC-BY-NC). Back issues of TCB will eventually be moved from the members-only Community area on the ATLA website to the new OJS site. 

Michael Magoulias Joins ATLA as Editorial Manager, Digital Products


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

Michael has dedicated his career to publishing, with an almost singular emphasis on scholarly publishing. Most recently, Michael was the Director of the Journals Division at the University of Chicago Press. At the Press, he was responsible for all aspects of the journals program. In that capacity, he worked closely with the faculty in the Divinity School who edited the Journal of Religion and History of Religions.

ATLA Board Members Elected for 2018-2021


Ellen Frost, Shaneé Yvette Murrain, Armin Siedlecki, and Matthew Thiesen have been elected to serve on the American Theological Library Association’s (ATLA) Board of Directors. ATLA members elected the four candidates to serve a three-year term from 2018 to 2021, subject to the membership’s confirmation of the Board Secretary’s report at the 2018 Annual Conference. Approximately 44% of eligible members voted.

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.