ATLA Launches Beta Release of the ATLA Digital Library

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. More »

A Relational Database of Syriac and Arabic Historical Registers and Archives

A Relational Database of Syriac and Arabic Historical Registers and Archives

At the 2017 ATLA Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, I will present a plan to create a database of historical registers and archives belonging to the Syriac community. More »

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

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. More »

Announcing Additions to ATLA Products – June 2017

Announcing Additions to ATLA Products – June 2017

We are pleased to announce the addition of titles now available in the ATLA Religion Database® (ATLA RDB®). More »

 

Theology Cataloging Bulletin Available

Theology Cataloging Bulletin

The May 2017 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).

Theological Librarianship Editorial Board Welcomes Two New Editors

The American Theological Library Association (ATLA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Manly “Bo” Adams, Jr. and Chris Anderson to the Editorial Board of Theological Librarianship: An Online Journal of the American Theological Library Association.

Bo is currently the Head of Public Services at Emory University, where he has previously served as Systems and Reference Librarian and as an Instructional Technologist. He contributed to an Ithaka study on supporting the changing research practices of religious studies scholars and has also published in the ATLA Proceedings and in the Feasting on the Word commentary series. He will receive his MLIS from the University of Alabama this summer and also has a PhD in Religion from Emory, a ThM from Columbia Theological Seminary, a MTS from Candler School of Theology at Emory, and a BS Computer Science from Dartmouth College.

A Relational Database of Syriac and Arabic Historical Registers and Archives

Syriac
Submitted by Dr. Iskandar Bcheiry, ATLA Metadata Analyst 

Introduction

At the 2017 ATLA Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, I will present a plan to create a database of historical registers and archives belonging to the Syriac community. These historical resources are found in various libraries in the world, and I will focus especially on the Library of the Forty Martyrs in Mardin/Turkey. The database would offer direct access to scholars and students of Syriac studies, Near East Christian studies, and Ottoman history to the registers and archives and the possibility to examine the copies of original documents as well as the possibility to search a word in the documents.

Announcing Additions to ATLA Products – May 2017

ATLA RDB

We are pleased to announce the addition of titles now available in the ATLA Religion Database® (ATLA RDB®).

New indexing titles in ATLA Religion Database® (ATLA RDB®)

  • McMaster Journal of Theology and Ministry by McMaster Divinity College
  • 복음과 선교 [Evangelical Missiology] by 한국복음주의선교신학회 [Korea Evangelical Missiological Society]
  • Religion in the Roman Empire by Mohr Siebeck
  • Römische Quartalschrift für christliche Altertumskunde und Kirchengeschichte by Herder
  • Practical Theology (Baptist College of Theology, Lagos) by Baptist College of Theology, Lagos
  • Sojourn by ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute
  • Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology by Equinox
  • Health and Social Care Chaplaincy by Equinox

Digital Spotlight: DPLA Fest 2017

Submitted by Andy Carter, ATLA Digital Projects Manager

On April 20-21, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) brought its annual conference to the Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago’s South Loop. Several hundred librarians, archivists, and technologists enjoyed two days of presentations and lightning talks on the present and future of the DPLA.

Change was the unofficial theme of the proceedings as Dan Cohen, Executive Director of the DPLA, had announced his departure prior to the conference. The hydra-in-a-box platform adopted an official name for its product under development: Hyku. And the DPLA updated on a major technological change as it moved its aggregating workflow from OAI-PMH to ResourceSync; a move that reduced ingest times from hours to minutes. Given the centrality of the DPLA and the alignment of many institutions around DPLA standards, their technological shifts are followed closely.

Library Support for Online and Distance Education: SEPTLA Continuing Education Event

Submitted by Karla Fackler Grafton, Montgomery Library, Westminster Theological Seminary

On Friday, April 21, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Theological Library Association (SEPTLA) met at New Brunswick Theological Seminary for our biannual meeting. The program consisted of speakers addressing the theme of library support for online and distance education. Many of our institutions are moving or have moved to the use of online, hybrid and distance educational components and/or are developing completely online degree programs. The goal of this day-long focus on online education was to expose library staff to new and unique ideas as well as proven methods of success for specific library support of online and distance education programs.

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.

Colleges and Universities Interest Group (CUIG) Reactivation Meeting

Submitted by John Thompson, Eberly Library, Waynesburg University

At the 2017 ATLA Annual Conference in Atlanta, there will be a meeting to see if there is interest in reactivating the Colleges and Universities Interest Group (CUIG).

You’re Invited to the 2017 ATLA Annual Conference Opening Reception

Reception

Don’t forget to add the 2017 ATLA Annual Conference Opening Reception to your conference schedule! For the first time, this year the Opening Reception will be held in the Exhibit Hall to allow more time for attendees to explore all of our vendors’ offerings and meet fellow conference attendees.

Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks while you explore the exhibits and reconnect with colleagues before venturing into the Atlanta Perimeter area.

Register for the ATLA Funnels Project Webinar this May

Funnels

Richard Lammert, Technical Services Librarian at Concordia Theological Seminary and ATLA Funnels Coordinator, will be presenting a webinar on the ATLA Funnel Projects. The Funnel Projects are sponsored by the Professional Development Committee.

Join Richard at the last webinar of our Spring Webinar Series and learn more about this new exciting possibility of a SACO Funnel.

Read on to learn about this webinar.

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