Category Archives: Member News

Welcome New Institutional Members: St. John’s Seminary and Marist College

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

Institutional Member, St. John’s Seminary, Camarillo, CA

Named in honor of St. John the Evangelist, St. John’s Seminary opened its doors in 1939 to educate men for the priesthood. The Seminary’s classes focus on theology, scriptural studies, spirituality, and liturgy. The Seminary is within the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the campus has several orange and lemon groves.

Don Meredith Retires from the Harding School of Theology


Don Meredith retired from the Harding School of Theology (HST) in Memphis, Tennessee, on August 31, 2017.

Don served at the L.M. Graves Memorial Library at HST for 49 years. He first began in 1968 and then was promoted to Head Librarian in 1983. He was the second professional librarian at the library.

Welcome New Members: George Fox University, Simpson College, and University of Divinity

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

Gary L. Cheatham Retires from Northeastern State University


Gary L. Cheatham has retired from Northeastern State University (NSU) in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, where he was Assistant Professor of Library Services and served for nearly 31 years as a member of the faculty.

Gary earned a BA in Missiology at Northwest Christian College, MDiv at Brite Divinity School, MSLS at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). In retirement, Gary will be doing volunteer work with Tahlequah Area Habitat for Humanity.

Eclipse Experiences at Covenant Theological Seminary

The solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, made for memorable experiences throughout the United States, especially for our ATLA Member Institutions. One such member is the J. Oliver Buswell Jr. Library of Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, who sits right outside of the path of full totality.

Jim Pakala, Library Director, shared a photo of the eclipse outside his campus with staff and friends sitting on the lawn enjoying this unique experience.

Matthew Baker Named Head of the Burke Library


Matthew Baker is the new Head of the Institutional Member Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University Libraries.

Previously, Matthew was the Collection Services Librarian at the Burke Library, and has held positions at Northeastern University Library and the American University in Cairo. He has a MSLIS from Simmons College, MDiv from Westminster Seminary, and a BA in English Literature from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Pitts Theology Library Announces Interim Library Director


On September 1, Richard Manly “Bo” Adams, Jr., Head of Public Services at Pitts Theology Library, will become the interim library director for the Pitts Library.

Bo came to the Pitts Library in 2013 to serve as reference and systems librarian and was later promoted to Head of Public Services. He holds the PhD in New Testament from Emory University and has recently completed his MLIS from the University of Alabama.

SWBTS Librarians Recognized for Achievements


Two librarians from Institutional Member Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary recently were recognized for their achievements in the areas of indexing and cataloging.

Robert Burgess, Digital Resources Librarian, received the 2017 Barbara K. Nelson Indexer of the Year Award from the Association of Christian Librarians (ACL). This award was given to Robert for his work with the Christian Periodical Index® (CPI®).

Christopher J. Anderson Appointed New Special Collections Librarian at Yale Divinity Library


We are excited to announce that Christopher J. Anderson has been named the Special Collections Librarian and Curator of the Day Missions Collection at Yale Divinity Library at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

Chris was formerly the Associate Dean of Libraries at Drew University, preceded by his time as Head of Special Collections, Archives, and Methodist Librarian. He also hosted a college radio show and served as the baseball coach at Drew University. He received his PhD and MPhil in Religion from Drew, MSLIS from Syracuse University, MDiv from Asbury Seminary, and BS from Houghton College.

Kristine Veldheer Appointed Library Director of Paul Bechtold Library


Kristine Veldheer has been appointed as the Library Director of the Paul Bechtold Library at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Illinois.

Kris previously served at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, as Instructor for Interactive Teaching, and at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, as Head of Public Services and as an Instruction and Technology Librarian.

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