Am I, or am I not, a librarian?

Am I, or am I not, a librarian?

In late December, I read a blog post where someone was musing if they would still be considered a librarian even though they’d recently taken a position without any form of “librarian” in the title and not reporting to the library More »

ATLA Member Publications Moving to Open Access

ATLA Member Publications Moving to Open Access

The American Theological Library Association (ATLA) is moving the Theology Cataloging Bulletin (TCB) and the ATLA Summary of Proceedings, two valued and frequently consulted resources of the ATLA membership and others, to open access. More »

ATLA Products Blog: ATLA Welcomes Five Korean Language Titles in ATLAS PLUS™

ATLA Products Blog: ATLA Welcomes Five Korean Language Titles in ATLAS PLUS™

The ATLA Products Blog is sharing the stories behind our newest product offering, ATLAS PLUS™, which was announced in November along with plans to integrate the ATLA CPLI® into the ATLA RDB®. More »

Welcome New Reciprocal Borrowing Participants

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. More »

John Crerar: Industrialist, Bachelor Philanthropist, Library Founder

John Crerar: Industrialist, Bachelor Philanthropist, Library Founder

Like many of Chicago’s early prominent businesspeople, John Crerar came to that city from the Eastern United States. A partner in a railroad supply company, he arrived as a young man from his native New York in 1862. More »

The SCOOP: Fair Use Week

The SCOOP: Fair Use Week

This year marks the fifth anniversary of Fair Use Week. Fair Use Week began in February 2014 at the suggestion of the Association of Research Libraries’ (ARL) “Fair Use Allies” group. More »

ATLA Member Product Loyalty Program Launched

ATLA Member Product Loyalty Program Launched

ATLA is proud to sponsor the Member Product Loyalty Program, a member benefit designed to recognize and reward our current Institutional Members who demonstrate their loyalty to ATLA by subscribing to ATLA RDB®, ATLAS®, and ATLAS PLUS™. More »

The Last Ten Years of the Tenth Panchen Lama: Restructuring Buddhism in Tibet

The Last Ten Years of the Tenth Panchen Lama: Restructuring Buddhism in Tibet

When one morning in October 1977 the Tenth Panchen Lama of Tibet (1938-1989) Chokyi Gyeltsen was released from the Qincheng Prison in Beijing, he had a mixed reputation among his fellow Tibetans. More »

Meet Thursday’s Plenary Speaker at ATLA 2018, Timothy Beal

Meet Thursday’s Plenary Speaker at ATLA 2018, Timothy Beal

We are pleased to introduce Thursday’s plenary speaker, Timothy Beal, for the 2018 ATLA Annual Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana, June 13-16. More »

Welcome New Members: Allen University, Gevorgian Theological Seminary, and Rabagirana Bible College

Welcome New Members: Allen University, Gevorgian Theological Seminary, and Rabagirana Bible College

Please join us in welcoming our new members who joined this winter. We would like to take this opportunity to help you get to know these institutions better. More »

We Invite Your Feedback on Research in Ministry® (RIM®)

We Invite Your Feedback on Research in Ministry® (RIM®)

Take a brief survey on ATLA’s free database Research in Ministry® (RIM®). More »

 

Meet Thursday’s Plenary Speaker at ATLA 2018, Timothy Beal

Beale

We are pleased to introduce Thursday’s plenary speaker, Timothy Beal, for the 2018 ATLA Annual Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana, June 13-16.

Timothy Beal is the Florence Harkness Professor of Religion and chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Case Western Reserve University. He has published thirteen books, most recently The Book of Revelation: A Biography (Princeton University Press, forthcoming 2018), for which he won a Public Scholar Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is also the editor-in-chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and the Arts, which was named the Best Print Reference in the Humanities by Library Journal in 2015. He has written essays on religion, media, and culture for The Chronicle of Higher EducationThe New York Times, and CNN.com, among others.

ATLA Member Publications Moving to Open Access

The American Theological Library Association (ATLA) is moving the Theology Cataloging Bulletin (TCB) and the ATLA Summary of Proceedings, two valued and frequently consulted resources of the ATLA membership and others, to open access. ​

For more than 25 years, TCB has provided readers with information about new and changed Library of Congress subject headings and classification numbers as well as announcements of upcoming training opportunities, a bibliography of recently published articles, and other stories of interest to religion/theology catalogers. The Proceedings is the historical record of ATLA’s annual conference. It includes summaries of pre-conference professional development workshops; reports of business meetings, interest group meetings, denominational sessions, and conversation groups; and the full text or abstracts of plenary sessions, papers, posters, and workshops presented during the conference. Readers of the Proceedings learn about the rich and varied interests of ATLA members and of the work being done in the field of theological librarianship.

Stephen Hull Joins ATLA as Product Software Developer

Hull

We are pleased to introduce Stephen Hull, the new Product Software Developer within the Production department.

He is a self-taught software developer hired to work on our metadata production system called NOVA. His background is in content management system frameworks and his past work experiences include high school special education and law. He graduated with a BA in English Literature from Trinity International University.

ATLA Products Blog: ATLA Welcomes Five Korean Language Titles in ATLAS PLUS™

korean

The ATLA Products Blog is sharing the stories behind our newest product offering, ATLASerials PLUS™ (ATLAS PLUS™), which was announced in November along with plans to integrate the ATLA Catholic Periodical and Literature Index® (ATLA CPLI®) into the ATLA Religion Database (ATLA RDB)®.

Here’s an excerpt from the ATLA Products Blog.

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.

If you are already a member of this program, don’t forget to fill out the profile form online so we can provide program users with information about your library’s collections and lending policies.

Welcome New Members: Allen University, Gevorgian Theological Seminary, and Rabagirana Bible College

Please join us in welcoming our new members who joined this winter. We would like to take this opportunity to help you get to know these institutions better.

Institutional Member, Allen University, Columbia, SC

Founded in 1870, Allen University grew out of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church’s desire to educate newly freed slaves and to ensure a well-trained clergy. The University is the only institution of higher learning named for the Right Reverend Richard Allen, the first consecrated Bishop and acknowledged founder of the AME Church.

The Last Ten Years of the Tenth Panchen Lama: Restructuring Buddhism in Tibet

Submitted by Antonio Terrone, PhD, ATLA East Asia Metadata Analyst

When one morning in October 1977 the Tenth Panchen Lama of Tibet (1938-1989) Chokyi Gyeltsen was released from the Qincheng Prison in Beijing, he had a mixed reputation among his fellow Tibetans. Some revered him as a spiritual leader at the top of Tibetan religious and political hierarchy, second only to the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso (the leader of Tibet until 1959 and already in India for nearly two decades at the time). Chokyi Gyeltsen was also the head of the influential Tashi Lhunpo monastery and the tenth in the prestigious Panchen Lama reincarnation lineage.

Erica Treesh Retires as ATLA’s Manager of Bibliographic Control

Treesh
Submitted by Maria Stanton, Director of Production

It is with mixed emotions that I share the news that Erica Treesh, ATLA’s Manager of Bibliographic Control, retired at the end of December. We, of course, wish her well in this next phase of her life, but we will miss her editorial leadership and encyclopedic knowledge of ATLA’s history. Erica has been with ATLA for over 25 years; she was the first full time paid indexer for the database.  

The SCOOP: Fair Use Week

Fair Use
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.

History of Fair Use Week

This year marks the fifth anniversary of Fair Use Week. Fair Use Week began in February 2014 at the suggestion of the Association of Research Libraries’ (ARL) “Fair Use Allies” group. Each year, libraries across the United States and Canada plan activities to educate and celebrate the importance of the copyright limitations of fair use and fair dealing. Fair Use Week 2018 occurs February 26 to March 2. During this time, libraries are encouraged to engage members of their communities through any of the following activities:

As Seen on Twitter: January 2018

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:

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