SCOOP: Build Scholarly Communication Competencies with the ACRL Roadshow

Submitted by Christine Fruin, ATLA Member Programs and Scholarly Communication Manager

Last fall, in one of my first SCOOP columns, I proposed that we are all scholarly communication librarians and offered examples of how librarians filling different functional roles as well as those working at smaller libraries often perform scholarly communication duties. Further, in that column, I shared the NASIG Core Competencies for Scholarly Communication Librarians as a comprehensive list of the types of knowledge and skills those engaged with scholarly communication should have. Within the area of “background knowledge,” the authors of the NASIG resource state that “deep knowledge of the Open Access movement and its impact on the scholarly publishing landscape, digital preservation, relevant metadata schemata and standards, copyright, the development and implementation of organizational and institutional open access policies…[and] an understanding of the legislative environment, especially regarding copyright, Open Educational Resources (OER) and public access requirements” are key foundational areas of understanding for those engaged in scholarly communication librarianship.

New Version of Research in Ministry (RIM) Coming This Month


We are excited to announce a major update to Research in Ministry (RIM). Coming in December 2018, the upgraded RIM (available soon at will provide a new self-submittal system as well as an improved user interface and search experience.

Users will soon be able to create a unique login for RIM and complete a simple self-submission form that includes the full bibliographic detail, including the abstract of their project, thesis or dissertation, as well as the ability to assign ATLA Subject Headings that describe the work. With the move to the new version of RIM, ATLA will no longer accept paper or e-mail submissions to RIM from participating institutions, and users are asked to discontinue submitting records via email or US Mail utilizing the old submission form.

As Seen on Twitter (The Year in Review!)


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 the top tweets in 2018 from the @YourATLA Twitter feed:

Redevelopment of the ATS Accreditation Standards: Your Input Requested!

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Submitted by Debbie Creamer, The Association of Theological Schools

As many ATLA members are likely already aware, the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) is currently engaging in a comprehensive redevelopment of its accrediting Standards and Procedures. The last such major revision was in 1996 (the revisions in 2010-2012 were more modest), a generation after the previous redevelopment in 1972. It seems timely then that the ATS membership voted at its June 2018 Biennial Meeting “to authorize the ATS Board of Commissioners to undertake a comprehensive redevelopment of the Standards of Accreditation and the Commission Poli­cies and Procedures expeditiously and with a substantial participation process.” The unanimous vote was based on a five-point rationale and was followed by a membership discussion of key questions and concerns. The ATS Board of Commissioners appointed a 19-member Task Force to lead the redevelopment process.

Don’t Miss Out: Renew Your ATLA Individual Membership


The ATLA membership renewal season is at its end. Members who have not renewed are no longer be eligible to receive ATLA Individual member benefits.

We encourage you to renew on My ATLA so that you may enjoy the valuable benefits of your membership in ATLA:

Exhibit at the 2019 ATLA Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada


ATLA is pleased to welcome exhibitors to participate in the 2019 ATLA Annual Conference, June 12-15 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  Exhibits will be available June 12-14, 2019.

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.

The Episcopal Public Library of the Seminary of Barcelona joins Worldcat and the ILL

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The Episcopal Public Library of Barcelona, the oldest preserved public access library in the city of Barcelona, has announced the addition of more than 124,000 bibliographic records of its catalog collections to WorldCat.

The Library has 361,000 volumes, 95 incunabula, 600 manuscripts, and 2,500 volumes from the 16th century with the oldest document dating back to the 14th century. This is one of the most important heritage libraries in Catalonia, Spain, especially in the fields of theology, the Bible, ecclesiastical sciences, history, religion, philosophy, arts, and humanities. 

ATLA Celebrates Significant Growth in Full-Text Religion and Theology Collections

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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.

ATLA is pleased to announce significant growth in the content of its core full-text products, ATLAS® and ATLAS PLUS® in the past year.

ATLAS PLUS, ATLA’s largest online full-text collection, has grown to include more than 470 full-text titles. ATLAS PLUS includes all of the titles in ATLA’s original full-text product ATLAS and more than 130 additional full-text titles. With full-text content in sixteen languages from more than thirty different countries, it is the largest online full-text collection that ATLA offers.

Call for Proposals for Chapters in New Information Literacy Book to be Published by ATLA Press

ATLA Press

The ATLA Press Monograph Editorial Board and guest editor Bobby Smiley invite interested authors to submit proposals for chapters in a new book to be published by ATLA Press entitled Information Literacy and Theological Librarianship: Theory & Praxis.

For librarians working in research, reference, and instruction, information literacy (IL) is foundational to their work. Since the advent of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, IL has been substantially reimagined both theoretically and in professional practice. While much attention and scholarship has focused on broad-based undergraduate education, there has been less work on information literacy for specific disciplines, such as theological and religious studies, or in library settings with unique curricular and professional needs.

Upcoming ATLA Events: November and December 2018


ATLA is around the globe this season. Check out the new ATLA Calendar for a list of events, deadlines, and meetings.

If you would like your meeting or event added to the calendar, email

Upcoming Events

AAR & SBL Exhibits – Visit us at booth #906
November 16-20
Denver, Colorado

ATLA Saturday Evening Reception at AAR & SBL
November 17
Denver, Colorado
RSVP required in advance