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Call for Submissions: 2018 ATLA Summary of Proceedings

2018 proceedings
Submitted by Miranda Bennett, Editor-in-Chief, ATLA Summary of Proceedings

I am pleased to announce the call for submissions to the Summary of Proceedings of the Seventy-second Annual Conference of the American Theological Library Association, held June 13-16, in Indianapolis. If you participated in the Conference in any of the following capacities, you are encouraged to contribute to the Proceedings:

ATLA and Vanderbilt University Divinity Library Contribute Funds for New Open Access Publication in Forthcoming De Gruyter Series

Continuing a long-standing cooperative relationship, ATLA and Vanderbilt University’s Divinity Library have contributed funding to support the open access publication of an edited volume in De Gruyter’s series on Introductions to Digital Humanities: Religion. The volumes in the series address “specific areas of study at the intersections of digital humanities & religion, offering an overview of current methodologies, techniques, tools, and projects as well as defining challenges and opportunities for further research.”

Presenting at Conference or Lead One of ATLA’s Groups? How to Submit Your Papers and Reports

2018 proceedings

As we announced in February of this year, the ATLA Summary of Proceedings is moving to open access and will be published on the Open Journal Systems (OJS) platform. Additionally, ATLA will produce a new publication, the Annual Yearbook, which will include materials that historically have been a part of the Proceedings. The Yearbook will also be an open access publication hosted on OJS. We will share later this summer how ATLA members can receive a print copy of the new Yearbook. As a result of these changes, persons presenting or speaking at the Annual Conference or who lead one of ATLA’s many committees and groups will have a new way to submit their materials for publication in the new Yearbook or in the Proceedings.

May Issue of Theology Cataloging Bulletin Available


The May 2018 issue of Theology Cataloging Bulletin (TCB), a benefit of membership, is now available. Please click here to access this issue in the members-only section of the ATLA website.

Section one of each issue lists new and changed subject headings and genre/form terms and section two lists new and changed classifications. Both are selected and compiled by Ann Heinrichs (Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, Illinois). Section three includes general information, including professional development opportunities, and is edited by Leslie Engelson (Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky).

Never Enough Singing: Essays in Honor of Seth Kasten Now Open Access

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

“This small volume is a labor of love on the part of current and past members of the ATLA choir, the rather ragtag group of sometime singers.” So began the preface to the 2011 edition of Never Enough Singing: Essays in Honor of Seth Kasten, published by ATLA to honor Seth on his retirement. Seth had been the Reference and Collection Development Librarian at Burke Library at the Union Theological Seminary (now a part of the Columbia University Libraries) from 1973 until the time of his retirement. He served on the ATLA Board of Directors and compiled a yearly list of reference books published in religion and theology, a collection development must-have for those who were assigned this particular task.

Theological Librarianship (TL) Publishes New Issue

Theological Librarianship
Submitted by Jennifer Woodruff Tait, Editor in Chief, Theological Librarianship

Please check out the newest issue of Theological Librarianship (TL) (11, no. 1) at the following link:

It contains “something for everyone” (to quote Stephen Sondheim’s “Comedy Tonight.”) First, there is an essay by T. Scott Reeves on a book collection at the ELCA’s Crumley Archives, trying to discern the faith life of a group of Pietist Lutherans by the books they left behind.

The FY17 ATLA Annual Report Available to Download

Annual Report

The American Theological Library Association’s (ATLA) Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Report is now available.

The report highlights the many accomplishments of the Association, including the work of Association’s committees, and improvements to ATLA’s databases.

Accessing the New Open Access Versions of Theology Cataloging Bulletin and the ATLA Summary of Proceedings


As we announced last monthTheology Cataloging Bulletin (TCB) and the ATLA Summary of Proceedings will be moving to open access.

TCB – Publication Schedule Shifts, Member Notifications of New Issues

During the next several months, we will develop a site for TCB on ATLA’s instance of Open Journal Systems (OJS), the same publishing platform used for Theological Librarianship. Beginning in January 2019, TCB will be openly available to all readers through the OJS site under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license (CC-BY-NC). Back issues of TCB will eventually be moved from the members-only Community area on the ATLA website to the new OJS site. 

Write About Your Research, Scholarship, and Experience


Have you been engaged in any interesting research or professional activities that you would like to report? Consider submitting your work to one of ATLA’s publications!

The ATLA Monograph Series publishes open monographs that explore the intersection of librarianship and religious studies. For more information or instructions on submitting a book proposal, see the ATLA Press submission guidelines.

2017 ATLA Summary of Proceedings Available

Relive the 71st ATLA Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, by downloading a copy of the 2017 Summary of Proceedings.

Edited by Miranda Bennett, this year’s Proceedings features papers, presentations, and panels from theological librarians including: “Information Literacy and Spiritual Formation,” by Ryan Douglas Shrauner; “The Human Rights of Muslims in the United States: How is the Question Irrelevant?” by Dr. Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im and Thad Horner; and “The Post-Custodial Theological Library: Developing a Community Archives Program with the Local Church,” by Dr. Julia Brock, Shanee’ Yvette Murrain, and Tigner Rand.

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