ATLA Announces Major Product News

ATLA Announces Major Product News

We are pleased to announce the following new and enhanced products which will be available on EBSCO’s EBSCOhost platform. More »

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 »

Responding to Modern Times: Khenpo Sodargyé’s View of Buddhism

Responding to Modern Times: Khenpo Sodargyé’s View of Buddhism

When addressing the figure of Milarepa, a maverick eleventh-century Tibetan Buddhist saint renowned for his spiritual achievements despite a murderous childhood, Khenpo Sodargyé... More »

Theological Librarianship Publishes New Issue

Theological Librarianship Publishes New Issue

The new issue of Theological Librarianship (TL) is now available. More »

Open in Order To: Open Access Week 2017

Open in Order To: Open Access Week 2017

The theme of this year’s International Open Access Week is “Open in Order To…” and it acknowledges the many benefits, motivations, and goals that drive researchers, scholars, students, librarians, publishers, and others... More »

Announcing the Fall & Winter Webinar Lineup

Announcing the Fall & Winter Webinar Lineup

We are pleased to announce the schedule for some of the upcoming webinars. More »


November Issue of Theology Cataloging Bulletin Available


The November 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).

The SCOOP: ResearchGate and the Coalition for Responsible Sharing

Submitted by Christine Fruin, ATLA Scholarly Communication/Open Access Publishing Manager

The SCOOP, Scholarly COmmunication and Open Publishing, is a monthly column published to inform ATLA members of recent developments, new resources, or interesting stories from the realm of scholarly communication and open access publishing.

Academic social networks such as ResearchGate and are increasingly used by scholars and researchers as a means of not only sharing their own scholarly output but also to identify peers in their field and read the publications that they have authored. Because the historic predominant publishing model has been a transfer of copyright ownership in articles from the author to the publisher, the sharing of the published version of these articles often violates the agreement between authors and publishers. Concerned by the increasing usage of these sites for article sharing, the International Association of Scientific Technical and Medical Publishers sent a letter to ResearchGate in September 2017 requesting that it take measures to curb illegal sharing by its users and that it adhere to the Association’s “Voluntary Principles on Article Sharing.” Concurrently, a group of publishers, including Elsevier, Brill, and Wiley, formed the “Coalition for Responsible Sharing.” This new organization proceeded to issue takedown notices to ResearchGate while Elsevier and the American Chemical Society simultaneously filed suit against the company in Germany for copyright infringement.

Notes from the Road: Booher Library at the Seminary of the Southwest

Booher Library
Submitted by Roger Morales, ATLA Member Librarian

I had the honor of being invited to give a talk about trends in theological librarianship at the SWATLA (Southwest Area Theological Library Association) regional group meeting on October 20, 2017, hosted at the Austin Presbyterian Seminary. During my time in Austin, I had the privilege of meeting with Alison Poage, Library Director at the Booher Library at the Seminary of the Southwest.

The Booher Library staff includes three full-time librarians and fifteen student workers. The seminary has about 120 students, approximately 80 of which are full-time enrolled students. At the moment, the seminary does not have an online component to the MDiv degree but when the time comes Alison is gearing up the library to be able to support distance learners. One way she is doing this is by completing a collection analysis to assess in which way to better collect and shape the collection. By doing so, she tells me, she can then bolster the electronic resources collection and create some much-needed group work study areas within the physical library building.

ATLA 2018 Call for Exhibitors


ATLA is pleased to welcome exhibitors to participate in the 2018 ATLA Annual Conference held in Indianapolis, Indiana, June 13-16. Exhibits will be available June 13-15.

The exhibit hall is an important part of the ATLA Annual Conference, providing opportunities for attendees to learn about the new products and services available to theological libraries.

SWATLA Meets at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Submitted by Craig Kubic, President, SWATLA

The Southwest Area Theological Library Association (SWATLA) held its fall meeting on October 20, 2017, at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. This event was held in conjunction with the annual meeting of Council of Southwest Theological Schools (COSTS).

Dr. Frank Yamada, the new Executive Director of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada delivered the plenary address to a joint session of both groups. Dr. Yamada’s presentation addressed current trends in theological education, religious congregations, and societal changes impacting ministry preparation. He entertained questions from the audience after the presentation on the topics related to the impact and expectations on institutional preparation for accreditation.

Luther Seminary Faculty Adopt Open Access Policy

Open Access Luther
Submitted by Andrew Keck, Director of Library Services and Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Luther Seminary

One of ATLA’s Core Values is the “widest possible access to relevant information and ideas,” and in keeping with this value, I am pleased to share that in October, Luther Seminary Faculty voted to adopt an Open Access Policy to promote the widest possible dissemination of faculty research and scholarship. Luther Seminary is one of the first stand-alone seminaries to adopt such a policy.

Faculty at Luther Seminary are active scholars, with just thirty faculty producing over 1500 articles, reviews, essays, and books. According to the Faculty Handbook, “members of the faculty are expected to be active participants in the scholarly discourse of their respective disciplines. Research, publication, and contributions to academic societies are essential elements of the faculty’s commitment to pedagogical excellence, service to the church, and influencing the future of theological scholarship.”

Seminary Student Celebrates Theological Libraries Month #TLM2017

Theological Libraries Month (TLM) has come to a close and we’ve received a final submission from a student at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary on how she is celebrating TLM and collaborating through her research. TLM is a great way to promote your library and inspire one another in finding those creative collaborations and valuable partnerships.

Carmanie Bhatti is pursuing a Master of Theological Studies and taking courses both at Garrett-Evangelical and at Northwestern University, which allows her to make use of the materials at both the Northwestern and Styberg Library. She shared, “It is because of the incredible collaboration between these libraries that I am able to do my research work.”

ATLA Awards Diversity Scholarship to Dr. Ann Hidalgo

The ATLA Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2017 ATLA Diversity Scholarship, Dr. Ann Hidalgo.

Dr. Hidaldo has a PhD in Religion, Ethics, and Society from Claremont School of Theology and her area of specialization is Latin American Feminist Theology. In addition to Masters degrees in Practical Theology and Historical Musicology, Dr. Hidalogo is working towards an MLIS from San Jose State University and is a current Student member of ATLA.

ATLA Member Featured in ‘Theologians and Philosophers Using Social Media’

Keegan Osinski, Divinity Library Public Services Librarian at Vanderbilt University, was recently published in Theologians and Philosophers Using Social Media: Advice, Tips, and TestimonialsThis book includes over 90 essays from theologians and philosophers on their tips for best practices for social engagement, time management, social media as a resource for scholarship or creativity, technology, and pedagogy.

Editor Thomas Jay Oord teaches at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho, and is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. He has been thinking about the way leaders in theology, philosophy, biblical studies, and the church use social media. He reached out to a diverse group of theologians and philosophers and invited them to share their experiences. 

Association of Jewish Libraries Hosts Webinars on Judaica


The Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) has partnered with the American Librarian Association (ALA) to produce a series of webinars on Judaica. The first webinar is titled “Cataloging Judaica Resources,” and will focus on sacred texts. The second, “Collection Development of Judaic Materials,” will be in December.

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