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Melody Layton McMahon Announces Retirement from Catholic Theological Union

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Submitted by Melody Layton McMahon, Director of the Paul Bechtold Library, Catholic Theological Union

Most of you know that I have been so blessed to not just have a career, but a vocation, a calling from God to do the work that I have done now for many years (as I say this constantly and wrote about in my article in Theological Librarianship, “An Unapologetic Apology”). And for most of this vocational life, I have been so blessed to be among you, my ATLA colleagues, though for quite a few years the demands of young children kept me from attending conferences. But once I attended a conference, I knew I had found my spiritual home. So it is with much sadness, that I must report that I am going on medical leave and will not be returning to my position at Catholic Theological Union as Library Director.

Retiree Spotlight: Roger Williams

The ATLA Endowment Committee presented an update on the ATLA Retirees and Lifetime Members at the 2016 ATLA Annual Conference. This Newsletter series will recap what they shared.

Roger Williams joined ATLA in 1974 and has been a Lifetime Member since 1996. During his career, he served as a librarian for 24 years and as a pastor in the Church the Nazarene for 20 years. He has been living happily in Sun City, AZ, since retiring 21 years ago.

As a librarian, he served three years as Circulation Librarian at Point Loma Nazarene College (now Point Loma Nazarene University) in San Diego, CA, followed by 21 years as Library Director at Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs, CO, although his last eight years he served as Computer Systems Manager.

Retiree Spotlight: Betty O’Brien

The ATLA Endowment Committee presented an update on the ATLA Retirees and Lifetime Members at the 2016 ATLA Annual Conference. This Newsletter series will recap what they shared.

Betty O’Brien may have retired in May 1996, but that has not stopped her from working in librarianship. She is currently the Librarian of the Frasier Meadows Retirement Community in Boulder, CO.  She states: “My collection is only about 2,000 but they keep it current by frequent weeding. It is a well-used library – the catalog is computerized.”

Marsha J. Blake Announces Retirement

Marsha J. Blake is retiring from Westminster Theological Seminary, effective December 23, 2016.

Marsha served as Reference and Instructional Librarian at New Brunswick Theological Seminary from 1995 to 2006 and as the Interim Library Director from July to December 2005. Since 2006, she has served as Reference and Instructional Services Librarian at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA.

Retiree Spotlight: Alva R. Caldwell

The ATLA Endowment Committee presented an update on the ATLA Retirees and Lifetime Members at the 2016 ATLA Annual Conference. This Newsletter series will recap what they shared.

Alva R. Caldwell served at the United Library of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary for 38 years. During his long career at the United Library, he served as Reference Librarian (1969-1977), Acting Librarian (1977-1978), and then as Librarian and Associate Professor of Ministries (1978-2007).

At ATLA, he was active in the Readers Services Section and the Religious Book Readers Group. In 1990, Alva’s institution hosted the ATLA Annual Conference. Some of his favorite conferences included the 1993 Annual Conference in Vancouver when he went up to Grouse Mountain and the cable cars went out of order. Another favorite was the the 1994 Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, where he toured restored houses of worship, including a Roman Catholic church which held the “bicuspid of Anthony of Padua,” a restored Methodist Church, and a beautiful synagogue. He said, “I think I only missed two or three meetings between 1970 and 2007. I don’t think of myself as a leader in ATLA, more like an active participant.”

ATLA Retiree Spotlight: Joanna Hause

The ATLA Endowment Committee presented an update on the ATLA Retirees and Lifetime Members at the 2016 ATLA Annual Conference. This Newsletter series will recap what they shared.

Joanna Hause retired in 2014 after 32 years of work in librarianship. She worked as both a cataloger and a Library Director at Biblical Theological Seminary, Hatfield, PA, for 18 years. She also worked at Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL for 14 years as a cataloger.

ATLA Retiree Spotlight: Tony Amodeo

The ATLA Endowment Committee presented an update on the ATLA Retirees and Lifetime Members at the 2016 ATLA Annual Conference. This Newsletter series will recap what they shared.

Tony Amodeo retired June 2, 2015, after 31 years at Loyola Marymount University.

Tony was first introduced to ATLA while he was working at the Newberry Library (76-82). He took a computer indexing workshop by Julie Hurd in Evanston, IL.

Here is a list of his many accomplishments in the profession:

Rev. Dr. Karl Krueger Announces Retirement

Longtime ATLA Member Rev. Dr. Karl Krueger is retiring from his position as Director of the Krauth Memorial Library at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia after 17 years of service.

He joined ATLA in 2001 and has since then served on the Public Services and Special Collections Interest Groups and the Lutheran Denominational Group. 

Joan Blocher Retires from the University of the South

Joan Blocher is retiring from the University of the South at Sewanee, Tennessee, effective June 30, completing almost ten years as Theology Reference Librarian.  Before moving to Sewanee, she was Assistant Librarian at Chicago Theological Seminary, 1972-2006.  Joan attended her first ATLA Annual conference in 1971.  She served on the Tellers Committee and has attended United Church of Christ, Anabaptist, and Anglican denominational groups.  Joan and her husband, Jim Dunkly (an ATLA romance!), will retire to Claremont, California, in July.

Sue Ebbers Retires from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities

Susan K. Ebbers is retiring from the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, effective August 2016.

Sue has served on the library staff for 30 years, including 21 years as Director of the Library and 2 years as Dean (2011-2013).

She received her BA in English Literature at Central College, MS in Counseling at Drake University, MA in Library and Information Services at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and MDiv at the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.

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