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2018 ATLA Annual Conference Wrap Up

Submitted by Denise McFarlin, ATLA Meeting Specialist

The 2018 ATLA Annual Conference, Connection at the Crossroads: Creative Collaboration in a Changing Landscape, was held in Indianapolis, Indiana, June 13-16. Attracting 300 members, exhibitors, and international guests the conference was a tremendous success. With the help of the Local Host Committee, Robert Roethemeyer and Ken Boyd, we were able to capture all the best that Indianapolis had to offer. They showcased the downtown area and provided us with various options for exploration, which only complimented the great programming, speakers, and exhibitors during our stay. Our Local Hosts did a wonderful job on all the ideas and events that were implemented for our conference attendees.

Call for Submissions: 2018 ATLA Summary of Proceedings

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Submitted by Miranda Bennett, Editor-in-Chief, ATLA Summary of Proceedings

I am pleased to announce the call for submissions to the Summary of Proceedings of the Seventy-second Annual Conference of the American Theological Library Association, held June 13-16, in Indianapolis. If you participated in the Conference in any of the following capacities, you are encouraged to contribute to the Proceedings:

ATLA THATCamp: Creating Bots, Translation Tools, Fair Use, and Collaborative Authoring with Markdown

Submitted by Shawn Goodwin, ATLA Metadata Analyst

THATCamp (The Humanities and Technology Camp) is a chance to talk about technology and the humanities. We had a great group of people gathered before the ATLA conference where we discussed creating bots, fair use and digital humanities, machine translation, and collaborative authoring with Markdown. Tim Beal (Florence Harkness Professor of Religion Chair, Chair of Department of Religious Studies, Case Western Reserve University) walked us through how he created the twitter bots @emilymarkovson and @kjvbot.

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

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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.