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Dentists, Dabblers, and Doers

by Gillian Harrison Cain

Yet again, my inbox and social media provided me with inspiration for my column. At the end of December, I was agonizing over finding a topic when the daily “Seth’s Blog” email appeared with the headline “Nobody dabbles at dentistry." Of course, with an intriguing lead like that, I had to…

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Invest in the Future of Theological and Religious Studies Librarianship

by Brenda Bailey-Hainer

Many good things happened at ATLA this past year. Members serving on the ATLA Publishing Program editorial boards have been busy accepting book proposals, reimagining the annual conference proceedings, and celebrating the 10th anniversary of the launch of Theological Librarianship. A successful Annual Conference in Indianapolis featured ATLA’s first ever…

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How the Library Supports the University: Information Literacy and Open Access Publishing

by Maria Stanton

“A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library.”Quote from Shelby Foote (American historian and novelist) For me, this quote expresses how the library, more than any other department within a university, is uniquely suited to connect people, ideas, and learning across the institution and with other…

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Staying Abreast

by Brenda Bailey-Hainer

Like the elephant in the parable of the blind men and an elephant, ATLA can be viewed through many different lenses. We are a professional membership association, an organization that serves academic libraries, a library consortium, an active participant in scholarly communication in religion and theology, an open access publisher,…

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Internet Trends and Opportunities and a Flashback to the 1990s

by Margot Lyon

Last February, I woke up bleary-eyed and glanced at the business headlines: Ken Yoshida Named New President of SONY Corporation. Ken Yoshida was a familiar name to me twenty years ago as he was my boss when he was NYC-based Manager of Investor Relations. Since then, I’ve been reminiscing about…

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Balancing Mission and Sustainability: A Look at ATLA’s 2018 Finances

by Brenda Bailey-Hainer

As librarians, we’re often squeamish about talking finance. None of us attended library school with the goal of becoming a financial genius. We entered the profession to educate students and support faculty in their advancement of scholarship and to ensure that our graduates who serve congregations have the lifelong learning…

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Southeast Asia: Part 1 – Singapore

by Maria Stanton

Dr. Kelly Campbell, Associate Dean and Director of the John Bulow Campbell Library, Columbia Theological Seminary, and I had the honor of representing ATLA at the 2018 Forum for Asian Theological Librarians (ForATL) in Jakarta, Indonesia. Considering the distance Kelly and I would travel to attend the conference, we decided to include…

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Introducing a New ATLA Task Force on International Theological Librarianship Education

by Brenda Bailey-Hainer

Over the past few years, I’ve been in conversation with some of our peer associations in other parts of the world, including ABTAPL (Association of British Theological and Philosophical Libraries), BETH (Bibliothèques Européennes de Théologie), ForATL (Forum of Asian Theological Libraries), and ANZTLA (Australian and New Zealand Theological Library Association),…

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A New Definition for “Face to Face”

by Gillian Harrison Cain

I lost my voice a month ago. And while it’s back, it’s rough. To paraphrase my doctor, she’s put me on vocal rest to keep me from continuing to run on a sprained ankle (my over-taxed vocal cords) before the marathon (our conference) next week. When I tell people I…

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Well-Being Program

by Marie Jacobsen

Over a year ago, I shared with the ATLA community that ATLA was in the process of forming a well-being program for employees. I discussed how well-being programs were becoming increasingly relevant and welcomed in the workplace. In January 2017, eight dedicated ATLA employees from all across the five departments…

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