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Twelve Institutions Selected for The Future of Libraries in Theological Education Conversation

Chicago, IL, April 10, 2014 – Twelve institutions have been selected to participate in The Future of Libraries in Theological Education: A Conversation with Chief Academic Officers, Information Technology Officers, and Library Directors​.  The program, sponsored by the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) and Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) will be held as a one-day pre-conference event on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, ahead of the 2014 ATS/COA Biennial Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA.
“Theological education is changing and libraries must change, too,” said Brenda Bailey-Hainer, ATLA Executive Director.  “This conversation among three key leadership groups provides the opportunity to proactively shape future theological libraries and librarians in ways that will integrate them into the teaching, learning, and research processes of the academy.”
The selected institutions are:
  • Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary
  • Chicago Theological Seminary
  • Claremont School of Theology
  • Columbia Theological Seminary
  • Lancaster Theological Seminary
  • Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary / Lenoir-Rhyne University
  • Nazarene Theological Seminary
  • Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
  • Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Shaw University Divinity School
  • St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
  • Wesley Theological Seminary
The conversation will be a first step toward understanding the roles of libraries and librarians in theological education as perceived by diverse stakeholders, including academic leaders, information technology officers, and librarians.
Participants will share their perceptions and create a shared vision for the future theological library - including its contribution to curriculum and to scholarly research - in the changing world of theological education. The results of the conversation will be reported out to a broader audience in a session held the following day during the COA Biennial Meeting as well as through official ATLA publication channels.

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

About ATS

More than 270 graduate schools of theology in the United States and Canada form The Association of Theological Schools. Member schools conduct post-baccalaureate professional and academic degree programs to educate persons for the practice of ministry and for teaching and research in the theological disciplines. These schools differ from one another in deep and significant ways, but through their membership in ATS, they demonstrate a commitment to shared values about what constitutes good theological education. Collectively, ATS member schools enroll approximately 74,500 students and employ more than 7,200 faculty and administrators.  For more information visit

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