2015 Annual Conference Wrap Up


The 2015 ATLA Annual Conference, Mining the Information Landscape, was held in Denver, Colorado, June 17-20. Attracting over 300 members, exhibitors, and international guests, the conference was a tremendous success. With the help of the local host committee, Theological Librarians and Libraries of Denver/Rocky Mountain Region, the conference provided attendees and guests with programming, speakers, and excursions that exceeded expectations. Our Local Hosts did a wonderful job implementing ideas and events for conference attendees.

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Submit to 2015 Proceedings

You are invited to submit your presentation and/or committee and group reports for the 2015 Summary of Proceedings. The Proceedings is a historical record of the ATLA Annual Conference.

Send submissions, forms, presentation slides, and questions to the editor at proceedings@atla.com. Please refer to the formatting instructions before submitting your materials.

Submissions for the Proceedings are due by September 11, 2015.

Those encouraged to make submissions to the Proceedings include:

  • Conversation group facilitators
  • Denominational Group secretaries
  • Interest Group speakers and secretaries
  • Listen and Learn speakers
  • Panel discussion presenters
  • Paper/presentation speakers
  • Plenary speakers
  • Pre-conference workshop presenters
  • Poster presenters
  • Regional Group secretaries
  • Worship Leaders

Su Hyeon Kang Joins ATLA

We are excited to have Su Hyeon Kang join the Production Department as a Metadata Analyst.

She recently received her Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her previous study includes a Bachelor of Arts in Korean Language and Literature from Kyonggi University, Seoul, South Korea, as well as a Master of Divinity from Kukje Theological University & Seminary, also in Seoul. She has recently worked as both volunteer and intern at the Chicago Public Library and the Oriental Institute Research Archives of the University of Chicago.

Please join us in welcoming Su Hyeon to ATLA!

Maria Stanton Appointed to NISO WG

Maria Stanton

Maria Stanton, ATLA Director of Production, was appointed to NISO Altmetrics Data Quality Working Group. The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) identifies, develops, maintains, and publishes technical standards to manage information in our changing and ever-more digital environment. NISO standards apply both traditional and new technologies to the full range of information-related needs, including retrieval, re-purposing, storage, metadata, and preservation. The Working Group (WG) Maria has been appointed to will specifically work on Altmetrics Data Quality.

ATLA Newletter Fresh, New Look

Beginning in September, the ATLA Newsletter will have a fresh, new look. Articles will be published on the ATLA Newsletter site throughout the month, along with monthly feature articles from professionals in the field of scholarly communication and theological librarianship. Members will still receive a monthly digest the second Tuesday of every month, but you may also choose to subscribe to the newsletter site and have updates directly emailed to you. This new platform will allow us to share up-to-date information and disseminate our news across multiple outlets, including Facebook and Twitter.

More information on how to access the ATLA Newsletter site will be sent out later this month.

ATLA Birding Passion Group 20th Anniversary Outing Denver 2015

Bird Passion

“I’ve got one of your target birds in the scope.”

Thus began the 2015 “meeting” of the ATLA Birding Passion Group. It was a milestone of sorts. Twenty years ago, almost to the day—in fact, it was the last time that Denver hosted the ATLA conference—a local birder had taken Lynn Berg and me on a tour of Red Rocks Park. Lynn saw her first Black-billed Magpie, and I saw my first Virginia’s Warbler.

The bird in the scope turned out to be a Western Scrub-Jay, and it was a “lifer” for most of us. The “us” being Lynn Berg, Karla Grafton, Ann Heinrichs, Myka Kennedy Stephens, Ondrea Murphy, Bethany O’Shea, and I. We were birding Castlewood Canyon State Park, which lies 28 miles south of Denver. Our hosts were Karen Metz a retired academic librarian and the owner of the telescope; Amy Cervene, a public librarian and the point person of the hosting group; and Norm Lewis, a retired real estate agent who leads birding tours throughout the state. I’d previously “met”—all of them through the “Cobirds” discussion list.

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