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ATLA Publishing Program

The ATLA Publishing Program serves professionals engaged in librarianship and scholarly communication, students, scholars, and religious professionals in the disciplines of religion and theology by publishing original content (books, journals, newsletters, yearbooks, reports, white papers).

There are several components to the ATLA Publishing Program -- association related publications, ATLA Press, and publishing services.

Association Related Publications 

Association related publications document the work and activities of the Association and its members and are managed and produced by ATLA staff. Publications include:

  • ATLA Newsletter ( ) – The primary source of information about ATLA activities and membership news. Articles are published throughout the month, along with monthly feature articles from professionals in the field of scholarly communication and theological librarianship. ATLA members receive a monthly digest the second Tuesday of every month.

  • ATLA Annual Report -- The ATLA Annual Report is distributed to ATLA members and other groups interested in theological libraries. It presents the financial statements for the year and includes highlights of the year's activities.

  • ATLA Annual Yearbook – The ATLA Annual Yearbook includes annual reports of the Association and ATLA committees, interest groups, denominational groups, and other groups such as regional groups and task forces; organizational and membership directories; individual member news such as memorials; the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and ATLA Library Statistical Report, and the Association Bylaws.

  • Reports, White Papers, Research Studies – Publications such as the ATLA Salary and Benefits Survey (member login required), In Good Faith: Collection Care, Preservation, and Access in Small Theological and Religious Studies Libraries Survey Report, and more

Publishing Services 

ATLA offers other publishing services including hosting open access journals and offering professional development opportunities for members in the areas of open access publishing.

ATLA Press 

ATLA Press publishes open access resources that:

  • identify major works, issues of contention, and schools of thought that propel research in religion and theology

  • develop knowledge and skills in librarianship, pedagogy, research methodology 

  • represent specialized topics of interest in religion and theology

in order to support: 

  • professionals engaged in librarianship and scholarly communication advancing scholarship in the theological and religious disciplines; including developing and strengthening connections that lead to innovative solutions for shared challenges and developing increasing capacities to work in a diverse and changing environment

  • students, scholars, and information professions in robust scholarly communication in the fields of religion and theology

  • students, scholars, and religious professionals in skillfully using information resources to create knowledge, grow in wisdom, and share the results of their research

ATLA Press imprints each have their own Editorial Board with an Editor in Chief, all appointed by the Executive Director. Editorial Board members of all ATLA Press imprints are Individual members of ATLA and receive stipends. ATLA Press imprints include:

  • ATLA Summary of Proceedings -- The annual ATLA Summary of Proceedings is a historical record of the ATLA Annual Conference. It includes summaries of the pre-conference professional development workshops and the full text or abstracts of plenary sessions, papers, posters, conversation groups, and workshops presented during the conference.

  • Monographs – Historically, ATLA published three book series designed to serve scholars and librarians: the ATLA Bibliography Series, the ATLA Monograph Series, and the ATLA Reference and Professional Series. Launched in 2014, ATLA’s open access monograph imprint continues to publish books that are valuable resources for religious studies and theology scholars and librarians.

  • Theological Librarianship: An Online Journal of the American Theological Library Association (TL) -- An open access journal publishing essays, columns, critical reviews, bibliographic essays, and peer-reviewed articles on various aspects of theological librarianship and its contribution to theological education.

  • Theology Cataloging Bulletin (TCB)The Theology Cataloging Bulletin contains information about new and changed Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) and Library of Congress Classification (LCC) numbers compiled from the Library of Congress's monthly lists of newly approved additions, deletions, and changes in subject headings and classifications. It also includes upcoming training opportunities, a bibliography of recently published articles, as well as other information of interest to religion/theology catalogers. It is published quarterly (November, February, May, August).

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