Category Archives: Programs and Projects

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: Creative Collaboration in a Changing Landscape

The month of September kicks off a year-long celebration of theological libraries and librarians around the theme “Creative Collaboration in a Changing Landscape.” To spark imagination and bring focus to theological library promotion, we are introducing a theme that will permeate through programs and events throughout the year, culminating at the 2018 ATLA Annual Conference — Connection at the Crossroads: Creative Collaboration in a Changing Landscape.

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, please read and complete the participation agreement available online and send to

ATLA’s On Demand Learning

As the Spring Webinar Series comes to a close, we wanted to bring your attention to ATLA’s On Demand Learning, a collection of free professional development webinars on topics in librarianship, theological librarianship, technology, and other related fields.

If you missed the Spring Webinar series or would like to re-watch them, we have taken a portion of the recorded sessions and have uploaded them to our website.

ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) Offers Chance to Win Amazon Dot at ATLA 2017

Submitted by Christopher Plattsmier, ACLS Humanities E-Book

Greetings ATLA Members! ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) is excited to be exhibiting during the upcoming ATLA Annual Conference in Atlanta. This will be a great opportunity for ATLA Members to connect with the HEB team about the ATLA Special Series that launched last year, discuss challenges in the digital library marketplace, and earn the chance to win an Amazon Dot!

There are only two requirements to enter to win the Amazon Dot: 1) You must be an active ATLA Member and 2) You must provide at least one title recommendation for the ATLA Special Series. Title recommendations are to be for backlist and/or out-of-print titles in the humanities that are essential to religious scholarship, have lasting scholarly importance, and can benefit the members of ATLA. If you would like to email HEB your recommendation to enter the Amazon Dot drawing before the conference, that is fine too!

Welcome New Reciprocal Borrowing Participants

Join us in welcoming our newest participants to the Reciprocal Borrowing Program.

Also, the Reciprocal Borrowing website now features a spreadsheet list of participating libraries, in addition to the current map. We hope that this addition will make promoting this program more convenient for you and your patrons.

ATLA Launches Beta Release of the ATLA Digital Library

The American Theological Library Association (ATLA) is excited to announce the beta release of the ATLA Digital Library. The ATLA Digital Library brings together into one portal digital collections held by theological and religious studies libraries and organizations. It provides a single point of entry to these digital primary source materials, regardless of the location of the resources.

Welcome New Reciprocal Borrowing Participants


As of March 2017, the Reciprocal Borrowing Program is two years old, and participation is steadily increasing each month. Please join us in welcoming the member institutions that joined the program in late February and early March.

The Reciprocal Borrowing Program creates an arrangement between participating North American ATLA Institutional Members to grant check-out privileges to each other’s patrons and students. To find a library close to you, please visit the map of participating member libraries.

Apply for the ATLA Diversity Scholarships by June 1


Are you studying for your MLIS? Are you from an underrepresented population, either religious, racial, ethnic, or gender? Are you an ATLA member? Well, we have two scholarship options for you. 

The Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI Committee) invites applications for the Diversity Scholarship and Scholarship to Promote Diversity in Theological Librarianship.

Completed applications must be submitted no later than June 1, 2017.

Update on Innovation in Libraries Grant Opportunity

We would like to share an update on a grant opportunity that may be of interest to ATLA members. Library Pipeline’s Innovation Committee has partnered with the Awesome Foundation to found an Innovation in Libraries chapter, which will award monthly micro-grants to library innovations that embody the principles of diversity, inclusivity, creativity, and risk-taking.

As of March 1, grant proposals are now being accepted.

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