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Atla produces trusted research tools for the study of religion and theology. If you are looking for bibliographic information or full-text collections of journal articles covering diverse topics and languages, our research tools are the place to start.
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Atla research tools are used by students, scholars, researchers, faculty, and religious leaders in thousands of libraries in more than seventy countries! Learn how to gain access for your research in the field of religion & theology.
View information on our index, full-text, partner subscription databases, and our historical archives initiative, including specialized bibliographic and reference products.
Many academic institutions subscribe to Atla for Alum products to serve their alumni and provide their alumni/ae the ability to access the same Atla products they used as students.
Atla members collaboratively create resources that are freely available for students and scholars to use. Discover the richness of members’ digital collections and graduate-level research in these resources.
Atla has gathered digital materials to help you promote and use our research tools.
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Atla’s network of experts is one of our greatest assets in providing top-notch learning opportunities. We foster premier opportunities for members to learn and collaborate on librarianship and scholarship in religion and theology.
Atla provides publications and tools to help members remain current in the field, learn from others’ experiences, and share knowledge and subject matter expertise with colleagues.
The Atla community shares resources and networks through formal and informal groups, learning from one another and giving back to their colleagues.
Atla leverages the collective knowledge & resources of members to serve students, scholars, faculty, and institutions better.
Atla is your go-to resource when you are looking to drive your career growth and broaden your skillset.
Atla provides resources and programming for libraries and their patrons.
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Atla events provide the opportunity to exchange ideas, learn from one another, and experience the strength of our collective knowledge.
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Atla hosts and sponsors various events, including webinars, receptions, and group meetings, to gather, learn from one another, and strengthen our community.
Keep track of deadlines for grants and other programs, view meeting dates for the Board of Directors, and discover other important events for the Association.
Atla members are part of a growing community of librarians, scholars, and professionals that share knowledge and, together, advance the study of religion and theology.
There are benefits to being a member of the Atla Community. View and review the services offered to your membership type.
Association-related publications document the Association and its members’ work and activities and are managed and produced by Atla staff.
Libraries may receive valuable services and resources at a discounted rate.
Member libraries and regional groups may apply for funding for events, projects, and services.
Individual members may apply for funding toward events and education.
We work with publishing partners to index, digitize, and disseminate their religion & theology content to students, scholars, faculty, and religious leaders.
Atla welcomes submissions of scholarly publications in religion & theology for inclusion in our index and full-text research tools.
The Atla Community is comprised of publishers, libraries, and individuals who contribute, partner, and donate to our research tools and member projects.
Atla offers multiple ways to get your products and services into the hands of theological librarians around the world.
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 works to promote worldwide scholarly communication in religion and theology by advancing the work of libraries and related information providers.
Atla’s membership includes more than 800 individuals and libraries at academic institutions from diverse religious traditions and backgrounds.
Atla is governed by an elected board of directors, including four long-standing Board committees and one short-term committee all mandated by the Board’s Policy Manual.
Atla’s committees, councils, and task forces work to achieve Atla’s Mission and Organizational Ends. They are appointed by the Executive Director and are an integral part of the Association.
Effective July 1, 2020, the former Theological Libraries Ebook Lending Project (TLELP) has become an official member program of Atla and is now the Atla E-Book Lending Program (ELP). The ELP will continue as a member benefit program whereby member libraries can elect to utilize the ODILO TK platform to host, lend, and, when authorized by publisher agreement, interlibrary loan e-books to authorized users. Publishers will also continue to enjoy the opportunities afforded by participating in this program.
Started in 2014 by a group of Atla member libraries, the project fulfilled a vision for libraries to purchase and own, rather than license, e-book content. The ELP does not have a central collection development policy. Libraries participating in ELP make independent purchasing decisions based upon the curriculum needs of their institution’s programs of study and the research foci of their faculty and students. Participation in ELP offers member libraries the opportunity to make purchases that will support their own faculty and students and the ability to supplement their own collections with access to material purchased by other libraries that they may not otherwise acquire.
ELP is a member benefit program. All North American Institutional and Affiliate Candidate Libraries may opt-in to participate in this program. Non-member libraries located in North America may also participate; however there is a $1,000 annual fee payable to Atla for non-member libraries. At this time, copyright and licensing restrictions imposed by publishers do not permit participation by any libraries outside of North America.
All participants, regardless of Atla membership status, are responsible for platform fees charged by the host as well as for the purchase of e-book content. For more information on how to participate and a quote for the current year’s platform fees, contact us.
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An advisory council composed of Atla individual member librarians will work with Atla staff to help develop training materials, evaluate available technology, and work with publishers. Additionally, an Atla individual member librarian will serve as Publisher Liaison to facilitate agreements with publishers to make their content available for purchase by participating libraries.
Contact Member Programs for more information.