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Mission Statement and Organizational Ends

For more than 40 years, ATLA maintained separate boards to oversee its indexing and preservation microform programs. In 1991, the boards overseeing those programs were merged with the Association board to form one Board of Directors to oversee all of the Association's activities. The Board of Directors developed policies by which the Association was to be guided and hired an Executive Director to manage the Association's financial and organizational affairs.

The Board and Membership of the Association adopted a mission statement and Organizational Ends to guide the Association's activities and programs:

The mission of the American Theological Library Association is to foster the study of theology and religion by enhancing the development of theological and religious studies libraries and librarianship.

ATLA exists so that:

All those involved in the practice, study and teaching of and scholarly communication in theology and religion worldwide are connected to others in the field and have the tools, skills, and primary sources needed to advance their work.


1.     Professionals engaged in librarianship and scholarly communication are advocating and collaborating in order to advance scholarship in theological and religious disciplines.

a.     Librarians and scholarly communication professionals are developing and strengthening connections that lead to innovative solutions for shared challenges.

b.     Librarians and scholarly communication professionals are developing increased capacities to work in diverse and changing environments.

2.     Students, scholars, and information professionals have the tools they need for robust scholarly communication in the fields of theology and religion.

3.     Students, scholars, and religious leaders skillfully use information resources to create knowledge, grow in wisdom, and share the results of their research.


(Adopted by the Board of Directors, October 2016)