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Nine Participants Selected for Creating the Leaders of Tomorrow Program

Chicago, IL, April 23, 2014 – Nine participants were selected for The American Theological Library Association's (ATLA) Creating the Leaders of Tomorrow Program, which works with mid-career theological or religious studies librarians to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to become effective library directors and leaders in the theological library community.
Each participant is paired with an experienced library leader to serve as a mentor throughout their participation in the program.  In addition to conversations with mentors, participants engage in a series of educational webinars, structured meetings, and group projects.
“Theological libraries need well-equipped librarians who can lead from where they are now and lead our profession and association in the future," said Beth Bidlack, ATLA President. "I look forward to hearing from participants as they engage in this important program.”
The selected participants are:
  • James Darlack, Assistant Librarian for Reference and Bibliographic Instruction, Goddard Library - Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • Jason Fowler, Director of Library Services, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Karla Fackler Grafton, Archivist and Rare Books Librarian, Westminster Theological Seminary
  • James Humble, Assistant Library Director, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
  • Terese Jerose, Associate Director, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • David Kriegh, Library Manager, St. Patrick's Seminary & University
  • Susanna Pathak, Director of Library and Academic Information Services, Sacred Heart School of Theology
  • Matthew Thiesen, Reference & Instruction Librarian, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Christina Torbert, Head of Continuing Resources and Bibliographer for Philosophy and Religion, University of Mississippi
ATLA launched the Creating the Leaders of Tomorrow program in 2012 with a first cohort of nine participants. Participants in the first cohort have found their way into new leadership positions on the ATLA Board of Directors, ATLA Committees, and in new positions within their institutions.   

About ATLA

Established in 1946, the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) is a professional association of over 800 individual, institutional, and affiliate members providing programs, products and services for theological and religious studies libraries and librarians. ATLA offers a prestigious product line of electronic resources to support the scholarly study of religion and theology, including the ATLA Religion Database® (ATLA RDB®), ATLASerials® (ATLAS®) and ATLA Catholic Periodical and Literature Index® (ATLA CPLI®). For more information visit