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Atla works to promote worldwide scholarly communication in religion and theology by advancing the work of libraries and related information providers.

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Atla’s membership includes more than 800 individuals and libraries at academic institutions from diverse religious traditions and backgrounds.

Board

Atla is governed by an elected board of directors, including four long-standing Board committees and one short-term committee all mandated by the Board’s Policy Manual.

Committees, Councils, & Task Forces

Atla’s committees, councils, and task forces work to achieve Atla’s Mission and Organizational Ends. They are appointed by the Executive Director and are an integral part of the Association.

About Atla

Established in 1946 as the American Theological Library Association, Atla is a membership association of librarians and information professionals, and a producer of research tools, committed to advancing the study of religion and theology. Our membership includes more than 800 individuals and libraries at academic institutions from diverse religious traditions and backgrounds. As a community of collectors and connectors, Atla works to promote worldwide scholarly communication in religion and theology by advancing the work of libraries and related information providers.

We provide resources, professional development offerings, collaboration opportunities, and publications for our members. We create trusted research tools for the scholarly study of religion and theology, including Atla Religion Database® (Atla RDB®)AtlaSerials® (Atlas®), and AtlaSerials PLUS® (Atlas PLUS®). Our association and our members play a critical role in the cycle of scholarly communication as curators, disseminators, and aggregators. Our librarians, libraries, and research tools provide access to and preserve scholarship in religion and theology.  

Atla is governed by an elected board of directors, and for the past seven decades, we have built a rich history of excellence in library collections and services, community, collaboration, and innovation. In 2015, we launched an updated strategic vision, and in 2019 we introduced a new brand system and assumed the name Atla.

Atla is recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as a 501(C)(3) Organization.

 

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Recent News

Atla Executive Director Brenda Bailey-Hainer Announces Retirement

After eleven years with Atla, Brenda Bailey-Hainer will be retiring as Executive Director on August 31.

Atla Awards Digitization Grants 

This April, Atla awarded over $13,000 USD in grants to four institutions to digitize and describe their unique collections. Learn more about their projects and the digitization grant.

Atla Board of Directors Members Elected for 2022-2025

Dr. Carisse Mickey Berryhill, Susan Ebertz, Rev. Dr. Daniel Flores, and Jérémie LeBlanc have been elected to serve on the Atla Board of Directors, 2022-2025.

Chad Handshy Appointed Atla Director of Financial Services

Please join us in welcoming Chad Handshy as Atla's new Director of Financial Services! Learn a little more about him.

Meet Atla Diversity Scholarship Recipient Laurier Cress

Laurier Cress is one of the three Diversity Scholarship recipients for 2020-2021! Learn more about her and her journey with Atla and theological librarianship.

Atla Announces Leadership Transition

Atla announced Brenda Bailey-Hainer will be stepping down from her position in August as Atla’s Executive Director. Learn what's next.