Category Archives: Member News

Welcome New Members: Coe College and St. Mary’s Seminary and University

Please join us in welcoming our new members who joined in late May and early June 2017. We would like to take this opportunity to help you get to know these institutions better.

Institutional Member, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA

Coe College was founded in 1851 by the name of the School for Prophets. During a fundraising campaign, a Catskills farmer named Daniel Coe pledged $1,500 with the stipulation that the frontier town college be “made available for the education of females as well as males.” Since Coe’s early coeducational beginnings, the college has grown in size and reputation.

Welcome New Members: Colby College and Orbis Books

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Please join us in welcoming our new members who joined in March and early April 2017. We would like to take this opportunity to help you get to know these institutions better.

Melody Layton McMahon Announces Retirement from Catholic Theological Union

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Submitted by Melody Layton McMahon, Director of the Paul Bechtold Library, Catholic Theological Union

Most of you know that I have been so blessed to not just have a career, but a vocation, a calling from God to do the work that I have done now for many years (as I say this constantly and wrote about in my article in Theological Librarianship, “An Unapologetic Apology”). And for most of this vocational life, I have been so blessed to be among you, my ATLA colleagues, though for quite a few years the demands of young children kept me from attending conferences. But once I attended a conference, I knew I had found my spiritual home. So it is with much sadness, that I must report that I am going on medical leave and will not be returning to my position at Catholic Theological Union as Library Director.

Welcome New Members: Faulkner University, St. Jerome’s University, and Wilson University

Please join us in welcoming our new members who joined in February 2017. We would like to take this opportunity to help you get to know these institutions better.

Institutional Member, Faulkner University, Montgomery, AL

In 1942, Montgomery Bible College, today known as Faulkner University, was established to provide preacher training and education in the Christian tradition. The Kearley Graduate School of Theology within Faulkner University offers master’s and doctoral degree programs in Biblical Studies, both of which may be completed fully online. Faulkner also hosts the F. Furman Kearley Conference for Biblical Scholarship to promote scholarly research in biblical studies among scholars within the Church of Christ.

Individual Member Shanee’ Yvette Murrain Chosen for ALI 2017 Cohort

Individual member Shanee’ Yvette Murrain, University Archivist and Assistant Professor, Ingram Library, University of West Georgia, was selected to participate in the Archives Leadership Institute (ALI) 2017 Cohort.

The 2017 Cohort is made up of 25 archival professionals working in institutions throughout the United States and abroad. This program provides advanced leadership training and mentorship giving the cohort the knowledge and tools to transform the profession in practice, theory and attitude.

In Memoriam: Donald E. Keeney

Submitted by Duane Carter, Electronic Resources Librarian, Booher Library, Seminary of the Southwest

The Rev. Dr. Donald E. Keeney passed on Saturday, February 4, 2017, after a long illness. He was blessed with a quick wit and the willingness to deliver an ever-ready pun at every occasion. The ATLA community held Donald in great esteem and affection. He was truly appreciated for his professional, yet kind and welcoming demeanor.

Welcome New January Members: St. Andrew’s Theological College, Washington University of Virginia, and World Mission University

Please join us in welcoming our new Institutional members who joined in January 2017. We would like to take this opportunity to help you get to know these institutions better.

Institutional Member, St. Andrew’s Theological College, San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago

St. Andrew’s Theological College is located in San Fernando, Trinidad, and was founded in 1892 to train local pastors for the Presbyterian Church. Although the College is affiliated with the Synod of the Presbyterian Church in Trinidad, the College fosters an ecumenical setting by hosting students and lecturers of other Christian denominations.

In July 2013, St. Andrew’s was approved for Institutional Accreditation by the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago. The College offers several programs of study, including a Certificate in Religious Studies as well as a four-year Licentiate in Theology in which students are prepared to enter the ordained ministry.

Retiree Spotlight: Roger Williams

The ATLA Endowment Committee presented an update on the ATLA Retirees and Lifetime Members at the 2016 ATLA Annual Conference. This Newsletter series will recap what they shared.

Roger Williams joined ATLA in 1974 and has been a Lifetime Member since 1996. During his career, he served as a librarian for 24 years and as a pastor in the Church the Nazarene for 20 years. He has been living happily in Sun City, AZ, since retiring 21 years ago.

As a librarian, he served three years as Circulation Librarian at Point Loma Nazarene College (now Point Loma Nazarene University) in San Diego, CA, followed by 21 years as Library Director at Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs, CO, although his last eight years he served as Computer Systems Manager.

In Memoriam: Lorraine Olley Eustis

Submitted by Melody Layton McMahon, Director of the Library, Catholic Theological Union

Dr. Lorraine Olley Eustis, the director of the Feehan Memorial Library and McEssy Theological Resource Center at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, died November 19 after battling pancreatic cancer. Lorraine had been in good health until spring of 2015 when she, on a whim, signed up for a study pertaining to women’s health. After the battery of tests associated with entry to the study, it was found that she had cancer.

Lorraine had a BA Philosophy from Rosary College; MA Divinity and MA Library Science from the University of Chicago; and an Advanced Certificate in Preservation Administration from the School of Library Service, Columbia University. In 2015 she was awarded an honorary DLitt by the University of Saint Mary of the Lake for her commitment to students’ scholarship at USML.

Retiree Spotlight: Betty O’Brien

The ATLA Endowment Committee presented an update on the ATLA Retirees and Lifetime Members at the 2016 ATLA Annual Conference. This Newsletter series will recap what they shared.

Betty O’Brien may have retired in May 1996, but that has not stopped her from working in librarianship. She is currently the Librarian of the Frasier Meadows Retirement Community in Boulder, CO.  She states: “My collection is only about 2,000 but they keep it current by frequent weeding. It is a well-used library – the catalog is computerized.”

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