Awarded Diversity Scholarships

ATLA is pleased to offer two scholarships to help promote diversity in Theological Librarianship. A special thank you to the members of the ATLA Diversity Committee for their work to promote this opportunity and to evaluate applicants. Learn more about this committee by visiting their website.​​

2016 Scholarship Recipient

Connie-Song.jpgConnie Song is working toward her Masters of Theology at the Athenaeum of Ohio.

​She attended the 2000 and 2014 ATLA conferences and at both she noticed the lack of Asian representation, especially in the Roman Catholic group. She explained, “If attendance at the conference is any indication of the ethnic and racial makeup of theological librarians in the field and those about to enter, I believe that my differentness itself will add diversity to the Theological Librarianship course. I have often been the only immigrant, Asian American, or Catholic in many situations around me. Those life experiences bring a different focus or perspective vis-à-vis my cohorts. I also believe that all who take the course will add a diversity of experiences from which I hope to learn.”

She continued, “Eventually, I hope to contribute by writing or presenting or serving the profession in other ways. With my fellow librarians, I hope to discern and create ways in which the truth contained in all our stories can be discovered, preserved, and shared.”

Connie is an Individual Member and will use her scholarship to support her enrollment in a Theological Librarianship course.

2015 Scholarship Recipients​ ​

Flynn-192x300.jpgKathryn Flynn is working toward her Masters of Library Science at UNC School of Information and Library Science in Chapel Hill, NC.

She plans to increase diversity in her immediate context by bringing a queer perspective into the classroom. According to Kathryn, “Queer is by definition whatever is at odds with the normal, the legitimate, the dominant’ (David Halperin, 1995, 62). Because by definition queerness is in opposition to what is, queerness always inhabits a space that is not. When I invoke my queerness in the classroom regarding libraries (in general and theological in particular), I complement the voices of tradition. As libraries increasingly live in the world where space is defined by the absence of physicality, queer voices like mine can help make sense out of this new reality and help create a new meaning for libraries.”

She continued, “When other people see me, I remind them that the patrons of the libraries they serve also include people all along the gender spectrum. This in turn makes it easier for ATLA members to keep those patrons in mind while developing collections, writing policies, or publishing literature.”

Flynn is a Student Member and will use her scholarship to support her enrollment at UNC School of Information and Library Science.​

Warren_ATLA.pngWarren Watson is working toward a Master of Library and Information Science at University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.​

Warren Watson has a unique perspective when it comes to diversity in theological librarianship. As an African-American male, he believes his voice will undoubtedly add diversity to the theological library course, as African-American males comprise 0.5 % of credentialed librarians according to recent studies.

“To me diversity is a recognition of the inherent worth, dignity, and potential of every human being, regardless of their race, ethnicity, class, system of beliefs, occupation, or station in life.” He continued, “People's experiences are unique, as are the lessons and perspectives gained from those experiences. Diversity recognizes this and does not belittle or marginalize a person's perspective or the experiences that mold them.”

Warren plans to become a participating member of ATLA. “I plan on attending annual conferences, publishing in Theological Librarianship, and becoming a member of the Diversity Committee. I also hope to participate in interest groups such as World Religions, and member projects such as the ATLA Selected Religion Web Sites Project.”

Warren is a Student Member of ATLA and will use his scholarship to support his enrollment in a Theological Librarianship course at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.​

2014 Scholarship Recipients​ 


Drew Baker is the Acquisitions Librarian at Claremont School of Theology working toward a Master of Library and Information Science at from San Jose State University.  

Drew has a passion for diversity. Growing up as a lower class Buddhist in a predominantly Christian city, he unfortunately learned to be quiet and to not express his religious views. As he grew older he began to study religion, diversity, and oppression in an academic environment culminating with his dissertation on Buddhists in the United States. He stated that diversity is about “actively engaging in deconstructing societal barriers that impede marginalized individuals from being heard because of their differences (perceived or otherwise) and actively promoting places where constructive dialogue can occur both within communities and across different communities. Given that theological libraries are a unique site for deep community and individual reflection on matters pertaining to ultimate values, societal engagement, and the research tools to practically connect the two, they are incredibly important locations for these sorts of conversations and the active pursuit of diversity.”

Drew will work with ATLA in promoting diversity in his work place. He said, “I will be tireless in my pursuit of cultivating active diversity in member libraries, beginning but not ending with my own.” He added, “Justice and compassion demand no less of me.”

Drew is a Student Member of ATLA and will use his scholarship to support his enrollment at San Jose State University.


Kindra Morelock is working toward a Master of Library and Information Science at University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.

Growing up as a Korean adoptee with Caucasian parents, her perspective is middle-class Caucasian -American; however “I have had the race-based experiences that my fellow Asian-Americans have experienced based solely on the way that I look.” She stated that living and raising her children in the mostly African-American, underprivileged East Garfield Park neighborhood in Chicago, immediately increases diversity in whatever situation she is in.

She plans to bring a “unique perspective of working toward racial reconciliation and the ability to see how multi-faceted the racial and socio-economic problems in this country are firsthand.” And she hopes to “shed light on the benefits that a diverse faculty and staff can have in a library committed to training the next generation of scholars and clergy.”

Kindra is a Student Member of ATLA and will use her scholarship to support her enrollment at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.

2013 Scholarship Recipients​ 

MurrainShaneeYvette.jpgShanee' Yvette Murrain, MDiv, MLS, is Project Coordinator for the Religion in North Carolina Digital Collection Collaborative Digitization Project at Duke University Divinity School Library. 

Shanee' will use this scholarship to support her enrollment in the Theological Librarianship Course at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Shanee' is an individual member of ATLA and presented a poster at the 2013 ATLA Annual Conference. 

Christopher A. Stewart is a Missional Fellow working toward a Masters of Divinity at Wesley Theological Seminary and a Masters of Library and Information Science candidate at the Catholic University of America. 

Christopher will use his scholarship to support his enrollment in the Religious Archives Institute at the Catholic University of America, a three-credit intensive course. Christopher is a student member of ATLA.​