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 »

Register for the 2018 ATLA Annual Conference in Indianapolis, June 13-16

Register for the 2018 ATLA Annual Conference in Indianapolis, June 13-16

Registration is open for the 2018 ATLA Annual Conference. 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 »

New Titles Added to ATLA RDB, ATLAS, and ATLAS PLUS

New Titles Added to ATLA RDB, ATLAS, and ATLAS PLUS

We are pleased to announce the addition of titles now available in the ATLA Religion Database® (ATLA RDB®), ATLASerials® (ATLAS®), and ATLASerials PLUS™ (ATLAS PLUS™). More »

 

You’re Invited to the DEI Webinar, “Is Mentoring One Solution to Address the Shifting Library Landscape?”

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ATLA’s Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) invites you to attend the webinar “Is Mentoring One Solution to Address the Shifting Library Landscape?” on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at 11:00 am CDT presented by DEI’s chair Donna Wells.

You’re Invited to the SWATLA Virtual Meeting — “What They Didn’t Teach in Library School: The Cycle of True Marketing”

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ATLA and Southwestern Area Theological Library Association (SWATLA) invites theological librarians in the Southwestern US and beyond to join them at their virtual meeting to hear plenary speaker Kathy Dempsey discuss “What They Didn’t Teach in Library School: The Cycle of True Marketing” on April 12, 2018, at 1:00 pm CDT. 

ATLA Adds New Content and Completes Integration of ATLA CPLI® into ATLA RDB®

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We have completed the successful completion of the integration of the ATLA Catholic Periodical and Literature Index® (ATLA CPLI®) into the ATLA Religion Database® (ATLA RDB®).

Once a stand-alone product specific to Catholicism, ATLA CPLI content now enhances all versions of ATLA RDB with the inclusion of more than 500,000 additional records. As previously announced to customers in November 2017​, ATLA and EBSCO have been working together to help libraries successfully transition to the enhanced version of ATLA RDB.

Chicago Code4Lib Meeting at ATLA Headquarters

Chicago Code4Lib

On Wednesday, May 16, ATLA will be hosting a one-day meeting of the Chicago Code4Lib chapter. This event, to be held in the building’s eighth floor conference center, brings together a range of professionals engaged with technology in libraries.

This event is free to attend. The program will involve a mix of lightning talks, panel talks, and possibly some break-outs. This is a great opportunity for two organizations to learn about each other, for ATLA to encourage our tech-minded members to get involved with other library organizations, and for Chicago-area librarians and programmers to share their latest news.

Register today!

Preservation Week: Inspires Action to Preserve Collections

Preservation Week

Preservation Week, this year observed April 22-28, exists to inspire action to preserve personal, family, and community collections in addition to library, museum, and archive collections. It also raises awareness of the role libraries and other cultural institutions play in providing ongoing preservation education and information. Preservation Week is an initiative of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association.

Florida Theological Library Association (FTLA) Meets at Warner University

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

On Thursday, March 8, 2018, the Florida Theological Library Association (FTLA) held its annual conference at Warner University in Lake Wales, Florida. Sherill Harriger, Library Director at Warner University, graciously hosted this event. Eight persons attended.

Envisioning the Future of Catholic Religious Archives Conference

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Boston College is pleased to announce a unique working conference, Envisioning the Future of Catholic Religious Archives. The meeting will take place at Boston College on July 11-13, 2018. Leaders of religious congregations, religious archivists, historians, and other scholars who use religious archives will gather to discuss issues regarding preserving and providing access to historic records of religious communities so that they may be understood and valued by scholars and society at large.

The conference will be the first of its kind, bringing stakeholders together to explore the significant problems of saving an important part of history from future obscurity. For program details, visit the conference website: https://catholicarchives.bc.edu.

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.

ATLA Products Blog: New Catholic Content from the Heart of Rome in ATLASerials PLUS™

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The ATLA Products Blog is sharing the stories behind our product offerings, and this month’s posting highlights new full-text titles from ATLASerials PLUS™ (ATLAS PLUS™).

Here’s an excerpt from the ATLA Products Blog.

New Catholic Content from the Heart of Rome in ATLASerials PLUS

There is an incredible concentration of Roman Catholic publishing in and around the city. While there are commercial publishers like Gregorian and Biblical Press (GBP) in the area, there are many more scholarly journals published by Pontifical colleges and religious orders that ATLA has not yet worked with. In the past year, ATLA has licensed a cross-section of these journals, covering both a range of institutions and subject areas within Catholicism and including them in ATLASerials PLUS™ (ATLAS PLUS™).

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

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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. 

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