Welcome New Institutional Members

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Join us in welcoming our new members who joined in recent months. We would like to take this opportunity to help you get to know these institutions better.

Institutional Member, Sia’atoutai Theological College, Nuku‘alofa, Tonga

Sia’atoutai Theological College (STC) was established in 1948 by the Free Wesleyan Church. Approximately 200 students attend the college to earn a Bachelor of Divinity degree or a Certificate in Theology and Pastoral Ministry. The library holds significant collections of religious texts in Tonga. STC is also a member of the South Pacific Association of Theological Schools, a regional ecumenical and accrediting organization in Oceania.

Theology Cataloging Bulletin Launches as an Open Access Journal

Submitted by Leslie A. Engelson, Editor-In-Chief, Theology Cataloging Bulletin

Established in 1992 as a members-only publication, the latest issue of the Theology Cataloging Bulletin was published in January on the OJS platform as an open access journal.

In addition to lists of new and changed LCC and LC Headings as well as professional development opportunities, this issue contains a bibliography of articles on linked data and another on classification and subject headings.

2018 Summary of Proceedings Available in Open Access

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

I am pleased to announce the publication of the Summary of Proceedings for the ATLA 2018 Annual Conference in Indianapolis. The Proceedings is the official record of presentations, from plenary keynotes to conversation groups to posters, offered at the conference, with topics ranging from practical tips for weeding your library’s collection to theoretical reflections on students’ information-seeking behaviors. As a fully open access publication, the Proceedings makes the outstanding work of ATLA members and friends available to a global audience, and I encourage you to share its content widely.

SCOOP: Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week 2019 – Fair Use in Online Education

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Submitted by Christine Fruin, ATLA Scholarly Communication and Digital Projects Manager

Fair Use (U.S. law) and Fair Dealing (Canada and other jurisdictions) are essential limitations and exceptions to copyright allowing the use of copyrighted materials, without permission from the copyright holder, under certain circumstances. These doctrines facilitate balance in copyright law, promoting further progress and accommodating freedom of speech and expression. Fair Use Week, February 25 – March 1, is a great time to consider the flexibility and applicability of fair use, particularly how it allows copyright to adapt to new technologies, which is essential when considering the application of fair use to online education.

Attend the Florida Theological Library Association Annual Meeting this April

Submitted by Philip M. O’Neill, Senior Reference and Instruction Librarian, Barry University

The Florida Theological Library Association (FTLA) will be having their Annual Conference at the Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law in Orlando, Florida, on Thursday, April 25. If you are visiting the Orlando area at that time, you are most welcome to attend this event.

As Seen on Twitter: Webinars, Roles of Librarians, and Scholarly Communication


The ATLA Twitter feed is filled with news on ATLA events and product updates as well as stories that have relevance to the work of libraries and librarians.

Here are some highlights from last month’s @YourATLA Twitter feed:

Meeting of the Pacific Northwest Religious Studies and Theological Library Association

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Submitted by Steve Perisho, Theology and Philosophy Librarian at Seattle Pacific University

A meeting of the Pacific Northwest Religious Studies and Theological Library Association (PNWRSTLA) will be held on Monday, May 13 at the Mount Angel Abbey Library in St. Benedict, Oregon.

Register for ‘The Art of Decluttering and Organizing Library Collections’ Webinar


Marie Kondo’s 2014 influential book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, inspired the presenters in this upcoming webinar. The panelists will discuss how “tidying up” parts of their collections, while in some ways a daunting process, is nevertheless a worthwhile and important endeavor for libraries. Issues addressed by the three panelists will include both the why and the how of collection development for particular resources and circumstances.

Submit to the ‘Theological Librarianship’ Student Essay Contest

The editorial board of Theological Librarianship, an online, open-access journal of ATLA, invites submissions of original essays from graduate and undergraduate students. The winning essay will be published in the Fall 2019 issue of Theological Librarianship.

Call for Chapter Proposals – New Volume to Commemorate ATLA’s 75th Anniversary

ATLA Press

The Editorial Board of the ATLA Press Open Monographs Program is seeking proposals for chapters in a volume to commemorate the 75th anniversary of ATLA. Chapters in this volume will consider the questions: What do theological librarians need to be ready for as we move forward in the 21st century? What is happening at the intersection of these two trajectories: the changing nature of theological education and the changing nature of theological librarianship? The Editorial Board is looking for proposals that respond to these questions, particularly in relation to the history of ATLA.