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2010 Annual Conference

The 2010 Annual Conference was held in Louisville, KY. ATLA had 269 registered attendees, which included - 39 first time attendees, 26 new members, 4 international members and more than 100 formal and informal sessions. Over 95% of participants rated the overall conference as excellent or good.

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2010 Local Host Committee

Left to right, above—Bruce Kiesling (The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary), Barbara Pfeifle (Lexington Theological Seminary), Ken Boyd (Asbury Theological Seminary), Dan Kolb (Saint Meinrad School of Theology), and Doug Gragg (Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary)

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Asbury Theological Seminary, Lexington Theological Seminary, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Saint Meinrad School of Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


"Home is the place where, when you have to go there/They have to take you in." [Warren]
"I should have called it something you/Somehow haven’t to deserve." [Mary]

from The Death of the Hired Man, Robert Frost. North of Boston. 1915

In June of 1947, over fifty librarians came to Louisville for the "Louisville Conference," and during that meeting ATLA was born. New things happen in Louisville. Your local hosts for this, the sixty-fourth annual meeting of the association, are happy to "take you in" and promise that new things will happen this year, too. Those post-war years were full of opportunities and challenges for the librarians who met here in 1947. We meet in similarly challenging and exciting times. We hope that as you return to ATLA’s birthplace you will experience the conference in a new way and find fresh ideas and inspiration for your work.

The rich cultural and historical heritage of Louisville, Kentucky and the Bluegrass State await you. We’ve shown you some of our "greatest" in our welcome video. We’ll offer a range of hosted excursions that we know you’ll appreciate. The conference hotel (the Louisville Marriott Downtown) is very conveniently located near Louisville’s new entertainment district and Waterfront Park. There are also many cultural attractions within walking distance of the hotel (Slugger Museum, Muhammad Ali Center, Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, etc.). There is much to do and to see in Louisville.

We hope that you’ll feel at home in Louisville. So that you’ll be familiar with our city, you won’t want to miss our ongoing series of video and photographic introductions. Look for atla louisville 2.0 on YouTube and Facebook. You can also receive info by following us on Twitter @ atla2pt0. The Facebook event already has photos of some of Louisville’s "originals" including Colonel Sanders and Lynn’s Paradise Café, which is famous for its annual ugly lampshade contest and macaroni and cheese (the best in the USA according to Oprah).

T.S. Eliot, in his poem East Coker, said, "Home is where one starts from." We welcome you home to find inspiration from the past and anticipation for the future.

—Local Host Committee, 2010 ATLA Annual Conference