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ATLA Institutional Membership

Institutional membership is open to libraries of institutions of higher education that support programs in theology and religious studies and are accredited by an authority recognized by the U.S. Department of Higher Education, Council of Higher Education Accreditation, or the equivalent thereof in other jurisdictions. It is also open to libraries at non-degree granting organizations that maintain one or more significant collections of primarily theological, religious, or ecclesiastical research material.

Membership does not include subscriptions or access to ATLASerials® (ATLAS®) or any other ATLA subscription products. For information on ATLA products, see the ATLA Product Center. Institutional Members may be eligible to participate in the ATLA/EBSCO Consortium which results in substantial discounts on the ATLA Religion Database®, ATLASerials®, ATLA Catholic Periodical and Literature Index®, and other products.

Membership Year

ATLA’s membership year is September 1 – August 31. In order to take advantage of some benefits, you may need to be a member prior to applying for those programs. If you join mid-year, your membership will be retroactive to September 1 and you will receive all publications for that membership year.

Eligibility

The membership qualifications for Institutional members are:

1) The institution your library serves is

  • an institution of higher education supporting programs in theology or religious studies

  • accredited by an authority recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, Council of Higher Education Accreditation, or the equivalent thereof in other jurisdictions

OR

2)  Your organization is non-degree granting and maintains one or more significant collections primary of theological, religious, or ecclesiastical research material.

Institutions that are not eligible for Institutional membership may want to consider an Affiliate membership.

Benefits

Community Collaboration and Development

Grant Opportunities

  • Apply for Consultation Services Grants, which provide practical guidance on library operations and planning from other experienced librarians
  • Apply for Library Impact Grants, which provides funding to create new or improve existing library programs or services
  • Apply for the Regional Grant Programs , which provides grants to support locally developed and hosted continuing education programs

Discounts on Products and Services

  • Participate in the Consortia Purchasing Program to receive valuable library services and resources at a discounted rate available through members’ collective purchasing. Offers include:
    • EBSCOATLA Religion Database®, ATLASerials®, ATLA Catholic Periodical and Literature Index®, and others

    • OCLC –  WorldShare Management Services (WMS), Sustainable Collection Services (SCS), WorldCat Discovery Services (WCDS), FirstSearch, and the ATLA Group Catalog

    • ATLA/SCELC Affiliate program – Offers from ACLS Humanities E-Books, Harvard Digital Loeb Classical Library, JSTOR, NYTimes.com Academic Pass, Oxford University Press, ProQuest, Taylor & Francis and more 

Eligibility to Participate in Association Governance and Leadership

  • Designated official delegate may vote in Association elections 

Complimentary Subscriptions to Member Publications

  • Newsletter – The primary source of information about ATLA activities and membership news
  • Summary of Proceedings Full text or summaries of sessions at ATLA's Annual Conference
  • Theological Librarianship – An open access journal that publishes 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 – Member-published newsletter for catalogers

Opportunities for Professional Collaboration and Development for the Institutional Member Representative

Dues

Institutional membership dues are based on the library operating expenditures as reported in the official financial statement of the institution for its preceding fiscal year, such as the data supplied to ATS or ATLA. If the religion and theology collection is part of a larger general collection, dues are based on the library operating expenditures specific to that religion and theology collection.

In response to many requests, we are including these guidelines as an aid for you to determine what your institution's dues should be.

Stand-alone theology libraries

Collection

  • (Acquisitions and Preservation) 100% of reported last year's expenditures
  • Salaries 100% of reported last year's expenditures
  • Overhead 100% of reported last year's expenditures
OR
  • Total compensation plus total library materials field in the ATS surveys

Theology collections that are part of a larger collection, library, or system

Collection

  • (Acquisitions and Preservation)  
  • The percentage of the entire collection development expenditures spent on the theology collection development; for example: 15% of preservation and collection development budget spent on theology collection

Salaries

Percentage of time staff members spend servicing religion/theology students and/or doing collection development; for example:

  • Full-time religion bibliographer 100% 
  • Half-time religion bibliographer 50% 
  • Full-time reference librarian liaison to theology department 100% 
  • Reference librarian to four departments including the theology department 25%
  • Circulation Department/Administrative salary costs are based on the percentage of the entire collection that constitutes the theology/religion collection.

Overhead

Based on the percentage of the entire collection that constitutes the theology/religion collection.

Once you have determined your annual expenditures, use the following table.

Annual Expenditures ( USD)  Dues (USD)
$0-$25,000 $100
$25,001-$50,000 $150
$50,001-$100,000 $200
$100,001-$200,000 $300
$200,001-$300,000 $400
$300,001-$400,000 $500
$400,001-$500,000 $600
$500,001-$600,000 $700
$600,001-$700,000 $800
$700,001-$800,000 $900
$800,001 and up $1000

 

Application

To apply for Institutional Membership, download a PDF of the application and submit it via email, fax, or mail.

Please contact Member Programs by e-mail or at 888.665.ATLA if you have any questions about membership benefits or how to calculate dues.​​​​​​​