Call for Chapter Proposals for the Fifth Volume of ‘The Theological Librarian’s Handbook’ Series


Atla seeks proposals for the fifth volume of The Theological Librarian’s Handbook, an open-access book series published by Atla Open Press, on the topic of management in theological libraries. Projected to span seven volumes, previous titles in the series include:

  • Volume 1 – Introduction to Theological Libraries, published 2020;
  • Volume 2 – Administration in Theological Libraries, published 2021;
  • Volume 3 – Collection Development in Theological Libraries, published 2022;
  • Volume 4 – Protection and Preservation in Theological Libraries, due Spring 2024.

Series Description

The Theological Librarian’s Handbook is a multi-volume guide to the practice of theological librarianship. It is intended for use by library staff at theological and religious studies libraries who do not possess professional training in the field of library and information science. This handbook offers perspectives and advice from theological librarians working in different types of theological libraries and institutions all over the world. 

Volume 5: Management in Theological Libraries

This volume will introduce the reader to the topic of management in theological libraries and will attempt to answer these basic questions: What is the distinction between administration, leadership, and management? What principles of management are important to consider in theological libraries? How does one successfully manage different operations and projects within them? 

Appropriate chapters for this volume include (but are not limited to) the following topics:

  • Defining management in relation to leadership and administration
  • Change Management
  • Managing systems (ILS, digital archiving, repository, learning management platforms)
  • Management in cataloging and metadata
  • Managing human resources
  • Relationship management / ‘managing up’
  • Management of one-person libraries
  • Managing projects and goals
    • Managing deaccessioning
    • Management of inventory/stock taking
    • Organization of a library or collection move
  • Management of library merging - into another academic program or with other libraries
  • Evaluation and statistics
  • Time management or work-life balance

Submission Instructions

Proposals are welcome from single or co-authors. Authors from different global contexts are especially encouraged. Proposals must include a 250-word abstract describing the topic and a working title for the chapter, as well as a current CV or resume for the author(s). Inquiries on this project and proposals for chapters should be submitted electronically by October 1st, 2023, to

Review of submissions will begin immediately with the determination of final selections by December 1st, 2023.

Accepted authors must submit completed chapter manuscripts by July 1st, 2024. Chapters should be approximately 1,500 – 2,500 words and conform to the Books@Atla Open Press Manuscript Preparation Guidelines. The anticipated publication date is Spring 2025. The final product will be available open access under a CC-BY-NC license as PDF and EPUB and also available in print on demand.