Chicago, IL, April 10, 2019 — Two years ago Atla announced the beta launch of the Atla Digital Library. After two years of development and upgrades, Atla is excited to announce that the Atla Digital Library is now available in its full release and invite and encourage members and other institutions to participate through contribution of their digital collections’ metadata.
The Atla Digital Library brings together digital collections of scholarly, historical, and cultural significance that are relevant to the study, teaching, and learning of religion and theology. By promoting visibility and access to these valuable collections, the Digital Library supports Atla’s mission of promoting worldwide scholarly communication in religion and theology. “I’m thrilled to see the Atla Digital Library take shape,” said Brenda Bailey-Hainer, Atla Executive Director. “This collaborative resource broadens the exposure of libraries’ collections to students and scholars around the world. Everyone from researchers to religious leaders to the general public will have access through a single search tool to a wide range of digital materials that might otherwise be difficult for them to discover. The Atla Digital Library is a key part of [Atla] strategy to make information in religion and theology easier to access.”
During the last two years, there have been several significant changes to the Digital Library as a result of a platform upgrade and other feature development:
- Branded Landing Pages for Contributing Institutions
- Universal Viewer for Files Utilizing IIIF Manifests
- Customized URL paths for collection and institution pages
- Improved navigation
- Faceted searching at the contributing institution levels
- Participation Agreement for Contributing Institutions
- Collection Policy
Currently, the Library is ready to harvest metadata from participating institutions that have existing hosted digital collections. In the near future, Atla is looking to explore adding the capabilities to host digital collections for institutions that do not have a platform in place. They are immediately able to harvest metadata for digital collections available online through a content management platform with OAI-PMH enabled, such as CONTENTdm, Omeka, Islandora, and others. And will soon add the capability to harvest metadata from Internet Archive for those institutions whose digital collections are available through that portal.
Robert Burgess of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and also a member of the Atla Digital Library Council shared: “We are glad that our historic Baptist collections can now reach a larger audience. The Atla Digital Library team was very helpful in assisting with the harvesting of our metadata. We are glad to have them as partners and look forward to seeing how this partnership strengthens our digital collections.”
To learn more about how to become a Contributing Institution, please visit our Participate page.
Established in 1946 as the American Theological Library Association, Atla is a membership association of librarians and information professionals, and a producer of research tools, committed to advancing the study of religion and theology. Atla’s membership includes more than 800 individuals and libraries at academic institutions from diverse religious traditions and backgrounds. As a community of collectors and connectors, Atla works to promote worldwide scholarly communication in religion and theology by advancing the work of libraries and related information providers.
Christine Fruin, Scholarly Communication and Digital Projects Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org.