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ATLA 2018: ATLA Conferences Through the Years Contest Winners

At the 2018 ATLA Annual Conference, we paid tribute to past conferences by inviting attendees to bring their conference bags from previous years. We called the display ATLA Conferences Through the Years. An overwhelming amount of attendees brought their bags dating all the way back from 1990 up to 2017. There were even some bags that staff did not recognize!

Those who took a photo for the display were entered into a drawing to win an Amazon gift card. Over thirty people participated in the display and we have added all the photos to a Facebook album. For now, please enjoy looking through the photos of the four winners of the contest below.

Upcoming ATLA Events: June and July 2018


ATLA is around the globe this season. Check out the new ATLA Calendar for a list of events, deadlines, and meetings.

If you would like your meeting or event added to the calendar, email

Upcoming Events

Open Access Symposium (joint w/ Joint Conference on Digital Libraries)
Forth Worth, Texas
June 6

MTLA Workshop, “Rediscovering the value and agility of theological libraries”
June 8
Learn more

NEDCC Presents Digital Directions 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia, October 15-16

digital directions

You’re invited to the 2018 Digital Directions: Fundamentals of Creating and Managing Digital Collections, October 15-16 at the Commerce Club in Atlanta, Georgia. Guided by a faculty of national experts, join colleagues from institutions large and small for two days of instruction on best practices and practical strategies for the creation, curation, and use of digital collections. Network with colleagues who have similar challenges, interact with faculty one-on-one and gain a comprehensive introduction to digitization and digital preservation.

Code4Lib Chicago Spring Meeting at ATLA Headquarters

Submitted by Andy Carter, ATLA Digital Projects Manager, and Christy Karpinski, ATLA Digital Collections Metadata Librarian

On May 16, ATLA hosted the Code4lib Chicago Spring Meeting in our downtown office. Code4lib is a nationwide organization of developers and technologists who work for and with libraries. We saw this event as a chance to share ATLA’s digital projects, meet our peers in the Chicago area and learn about what other institutions are working on. This meeting of the Chicago chapter brought together twenty-five people from academic and public libraries around Chicago to share and discuss current technical projects and interests.

The event was scheduled as a mix of twenty-minute presentations, lightning talks, and break-out sessions for more in-depth discussions. The best parts of any conference are the human connections and conversations started around topics of mutual interest. There were many interesting and novel ideas kicked around by the participants, more than a summary can fairly capture. We’d like to highlight four presentations by ATLA staff as they offer a glimpse of the talents and projects inside of our home office.

Plan Your Visit to Indianapolis with Destination ATLA


Destination ATLA is the place to find information on the location of the ATLA Annual Conference. Run by the Local Host Committee (LHC), this blog is a great resource to help conference attendees plan their visit to Indianapolis for the 2018 ATLA Annual Conference.

Do you have questions on restaurants and the best food to taste? Wondering what entertainment options there are in Indianapolis? This blog will be answering those questions and more. Also, we invite you to use the comment section on the blog to ask questions about Indianapolis and a member of the LHC will respond.

Blast from the Past: 72 Years of ATLA Conference Bags

conference tote bags

The ATLA Annual Conference is just around the corner! In an effort to be more sustainable and eco-friendly, this year we are encouraging conference attendees to bring their own conference tote bags. To entice you to take up valuable space in your suitcase with your own bag, we’ll be having some fun showcasing our annual conference history through conference bags and offering prizes!

ATLA Collaborates with re:loom to Offer Sustainable Handmade Conference Swag


Over the years we have heard from conference attendees that they want ATLA to incorporate eco-friendly and sustainable products and practices at the annual conference. We’ve heard you… we’re using less paper, staying at hotels with recycling programs, and last year we took a major step forward in this area.

At the 2017 ATLA Annual Conference in Atlanta, the JBC Library at Columbia Theological Seminary sponsored conference bags made by re:loom, a non-profit that employs and empowers homeless and low-income individuals through weaving beautifully-designed products out of upcycled materials. The bags were handwoven, unique, and conference attendees helped to invest in a community in need.

Upcoming ATLA Events: May and June 2018


ATLA is around the globe this season. Check out the new ATLA Calendar for a list of events, deadlines, and meetings.

If you would like your meeting or event added to the calendar, email

Upcoming Events

ATLA Systems Routine Maintenance 
May 7
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

ATLA Annual Conference Housing Deadline
May 10

Check out the Schedule for the Chicago Code4Lib Meeting at ATLA Headquarters

Chicago Code4Lib

On Wednesday, May 16, ATLA will be hosting a one-day meeting of the Chicago Code4Lib chapter. This event, to be held in the building’s eighth floor conference center, brings together a range of professionals engaged with technology in libraries.

This event is free to attend. The program will involve a mix of lightning talks, panel talks, and possibly some break-outs. This is a great opportunity for two organizations to learn about each other, for ATLA to encourage our tech-minded members to get involved with other library organizations, and for Chicago-area librarians and programmers to share their latest news.

Register today!

The 2018 ATLA Annual Conference Provides Sacred Space for Attendees

sacred space

For the first time in ATLA’s history, we will be providing a sacred space for conference attendees to have a place of personal or communal reflection. Sponsored by the Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), this dedicated room is designed to welcome people of any religion and walk of life.

Conference attendees will be able to reserve the space throughout the conference. Reservations will be on a first come first serve basis from Thursday and Friday, 8:30 am-8:00 pm, and Saturday, 8:30 am-11:00 am. The room is available for both individuals and groups and is equipped with a microphone and 75-80 chairs.

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