Category Archives: Programs and Projects

New Version of Research in Ministry (RIM) Coming This Month


We are excited to announce a major update to Research in Ministry (RIM). Coming in December 2018, the upgraded RIM (available soon at will provide a new self-submittal system as well as an improved user interface and search experience.

Users will soon be able to create a unique login for RIM and complete a simple self-submission form that includes the full bibliographic detail, including the abstract of their project, thesis or dissertation, as well as the ability to assign ATLA Subject Headings that describe the work. With the move to the new version of RIM, ATLA will no longer accept paper or e-mail submissions to RIM from participating institutions, and users are asked to discontinue submitting records via email or US Mail utilizing the old submission form.

Book Spine Poetry Contest Winners


Theological Libraries Month (TLM) has ended and we are overjoyed with the response we received on Twitter and Facebook with member institutions and their patrons tagging #TLM2018 with all of their fun festivities throughout the month of October.

Though the celebrations varied, we celebrated corporately with the 2018 Book Spine Poetry contest. Participants used book titles to create poetry for a chance to win a $25 gift card.

Four winners were chosen using

Welcome New Reciprocal Borrowing Participants

Please join us in welcoming our most recent participants to the Reciprocal Borrowing Program. If you are interested in adding your library to this program, simply complete the participation agreement.

If you are already a member of this program, don’t forget to fill out the profile form online so we can provide program users with information about your library’s collections and lending policies.

Join the Reciprocal Borrowing Program Meeting on November 8

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New, current, and potential participants are invited to attend the third annual Reciprocal Borrowing Program Meeting on Thursday, November 8 at 1 pm CST. This is a great opportunity for interested participants to familiarize themselves with the program and to meet other librarians. The meeting will include an open discussion on the following topics:

  • Welcome new participants
  • Review of last year’s meeting and the 2017-2018 year
  • Reminder about the institutional profile for sharing collection strengths, languages, and borrowing policies

Apply for a National Medal for Museum and Library Service


The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is now accepting nominations for the 2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor awarded to libraries and museums for service to their communities.

Anyone — an employee, a board member, a volunteer, a member of the public, or a government official — is invited to nominate an institution. Museums and libraries of most disciplines and types are eligible. To be considered, the institution must complete and return the nomination materials (PDF) by October 1, 2018.

ACLS Invites Applications for Religion, Journalism, and International Affairs Fellowships


The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) invites applications for fellowships offered by the Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs (RJIA), made possible by the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation. RJIA is a two-part initiative designed to foster new connections between scholars and journalists covering international affairs. The program offers an interrelated set of awards: programming grants for universities and fellowships for scholars in the humanities and social sciences who study religion in international contexts. More information is available on the program’s overview page.

Theological Libraries Month: Book Spine Poetry Contest Returns


Theological Libraries Month (TLM) is this October and it exists to increase awareness of the importance and value of librarians and libraries serving theology and religious studies programs through communications and activities for faculty, administrators, staff, and students.

How can you participate in TLM?

Lucy Flamm Awarded ATLA’s 2018 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Scholarship

The ATLA Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2018 ATLA Diversity Scholarship, Ms. Lucy Flamm.

During ATLA’s 2018 Annual Conference, the DEI Committee met to review the thirty-one applications received for the DEI scholarship. The significant increase from last year is due to the fact that the committee emailed all sixty-one ALA-accredited programs informing them of the scholarship. The committee was impressed by the quality of applications received, and after reading through the exceptional essays, they arrived at their conclusion to recommend Lucy as the recipient of this year’s award.

Library Web Templates: A New Consortial Offering from ATLA

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NC LIVE and ATLA have partnered to offer a web template based on LibGuides CMS that features an easy-to-use interface, contemporary design, and customization. No coding or web design skills required!

The templates were designed by UNC Creative and feature a clean aesthetic and a user-focused interface. The web templates will also be mobile-responsive (will look great on computer browsers, tablets, and phones) and will meet the latest WCAG 2.0 accessibility standards. Libraries are free to tailor the templates as much as they desire to their needs and aesthetic.

ATLA Establishes New Alma-Users Discussion List

ATLA has recently set up an ATLA-hosted discussion list for Alma users due to interest generated at this year’s Annual Conference in Indianapolis. Lynn Berg, Assistant Director of Technical Services at the Styberg Library, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, is serving as the list moderator.

Anyone who is an ATLA individual-type (Individual, Student, Lifetime) member or staff at a member institution who is interested in the Ex Libris Alma library services platform is invited to subscribe to the new discussion list by emailing