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ATLA 2018: ATLA Conferences Through the Years Contest Winners

At the 2018 ATLA Annual Conference, we paid tribute to past conferences by inviting attendees to bring their conference bags from previous years. We called the display ATLA Conferences Through the Years. An overwhelming amount of attendees brought their bags dating all the way back from 1990 up to 2017. There were even some bags that staff did not recognize!

Those who took a photo for the display were entered into a drawing to win an Amazon gift card. Over thirty people participated in the display and we have added all the photos to a Facebook album. For now, please enjoy looking through the photos of the four winners of the contest below.

Presenting at Conference or Lead One of ATLA’s Groups? How to Submit Your Papers and Reports


As we announced in February of this year, the ATLA Summary of Proceedings is moving to open access and will be published on the Open Journal Systems (OJS) platform. Additionally, ATLA will produce a new publication, the Annual Yearbook, which will include materials that historically have been a part of the Proceedings. The Yearbook will also be an open access publication hosted on OJS. We will share later this summer how ATLA members can receive a print copy of the new Yearbook. As a result of these changes, persons presenting or speaking at the Annual Conference or who lead one of ATLA’s many committees and groups will have a new way to submit their materials for publication in the new Yearbook or in the Proceedings.

Plan Your Visit to Indianapolis with Destination ATLA


Destination ATLA is the place to find information on the location of the ATLA Annual Conference. Run by the Local Host Committee (LHC), this blog is a great resource to help conference attendees plan their visit to Indianapolis for the 2018 ATLA Annual Conference.

Do you have questions on restaurants and the best food to taste? Wondering what entertainment options there are in Indianapolis? This blog will be answering those questions and more. Also, we invite you to use the comment section on the blog to ask questions about Indianapolis and a member of the LHC will respond.

Blast from the Past: 72 Years of ATLA Conference Bags

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The ATLA Annual Conference is just around the corner! In an effort to be more sustainable and eco-friendly, this year we are encouraging conference attendees to bring their own conference tote bags. To entice you to take up valuable space in your suitcase with your own bag, we’ll be having some fun showcasing our annual conference history through conference bags and offering prizes!

ATLA Collaborates with re:loom to Offer Sustainable Handmade Conference Swag


Over the years we have heard from conference attendees that they want ATLA to incorporate eco-friendly and sustainable products and practices at the annual conference. We’ve heard you… we’re using less paper, staying at hotels with recycling programs, and last year we took a major step forward in this area.

At the 2017 ATLA Annual Conference in Atlanta, the JBC Library at Columbia Theological Seminary sponsored conference bags made by re:loom, a non-profit that employs and empowers homeless and low-income individuals through weaving beautifully-designed products out of upcycled materials. The bags were handwoven, unique, and conference attendees helped to invest in a community in need.

The 2018 ATLA Annual Conference Provides Sacred Space for Attendees

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For the first time in ATLA’s history, we will be providing a sacred space for conference attendees to have a place of personal or communal reflection. Sponsored by the Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), this dedicated room is designed to welcome people of any religion and walk of life.

Conference attendees will be able to reserve the space throughout the conference. Reservations will be on a first come first serve basis from Thursday and Friday, 8:30 am-8:00 pm, and Saturday, 8:30 am-11:00 am. The room is available for both individuals and groups and is equipped with a microphone and 75-80 chairs.

Early Bird Pricing Ends May 10 for the 2018 ATLA Annual Conference in Indianapolis, June 13-16

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Come join a gathering of theological librarians, publishers, scholars, students, and other information providers in Indianapolis, Indiana, June 13-16 as we focus on “Connection at the Crossroads: Creative Collaboration in a Changing Landscape.” Register before May 10 to reserve your lowest ticket price for the 2018 ATLA Annual Conference.

To help you register, we have answered the six main questions about the conference. These questions and others can be found on the conference FAQ page.

Meet Friday’s Plenary Speaker at ATLA 2018, Stephanie M. Crumpton


We are pleased to introduce Stephanie M. Crumpton, Friday’s plenary speaker for the 2018 ATLA Annual Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana, June 13-16.

Stephanie is a scholar, teacher, and ordained minister. In 2006 she began doctoral research on Black women’s experiences of intimate and cultural violence. During this time she also worked as a Georgia State Court Appointed Family Violence Advocate in the Fulton County Solicitor General’s Office (Atlanta, Georgia), and consulted with the Georgia Commission on Family Violence’s initiative to equip faith communities with networks and practical resources for responding to intimate violence. This work continues to inform her trauma sensitive approach to psychological, physical, and emotional health and her ongoing research, teaching, and community engagements as an assistant professor of practical theology. Her course portfolio includes introductory level courses in pastoral care and religious education, and elective courses on pastoral theological method for justice work, womanist/feminist pastoral care and counseling, and the role of African cosmology and ritual in pastoral care.

Register for the Pre-Conference Workshops at ATLA 2018


Enjoy the full conference experience by registering for pre-conference workshops on Wednesday, June 13 at the 2018 ATLA Annual Conference. This is a great time to train and learn from experts and fellow peers as you dive deeper into topics, such as information literacy, scholarly communication, pedagogical practices, and digital humanities.

Haven’t registered for the ATLA conference? Register by May 10 to secure the best ticket price. If you have already registered for the conference and would like to add these to your schedule, please email memberrep@atla.com with your preferred workshop(s).

Read further to learn about these valuable, in-depth sessions.

Experience Indianapolis at the 2018 ATLA Annual Conference


The 2018 Local Host Committee has prepared three excursion options during the 2018 ATLA Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. Explore historic downtown Indianapolis, discover Native American contemporary art, and enjoy an evening at the baseball park during your conference stay.

For a list of the excursions, including information on ticket pricing, see the Official Conference Schedule.

To register for the conference, please click here. If you have already registered and would like to add one of these excursions to your conference registration, please email memberrep@atla.com.

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