Call for Proposals - Volume to Commemorate 75th Anniversary of ATLA


Call for Chapter Proposals

The Editorial Board of the ATLA Press Open Monographs Program is seeking proposals for chapters in a volume to commemorate the 75th anniversary of ATLA. Chapters in this volume will consider the questions: What do theological librarians need to be ready for as we move forward in the 21st century? What is happening at the intersection of these two trajectories: the changing nature of theological education and the changing nature of theological librarianship? The Editorial Board is looking for proposals that respond to these questions, particularly in relation to the history of the ATLA.


A few suggested topics are listed below:


  • Transformative nature of electronic resources
  • The impact of distance learning on theological librarianship
  • Keeping up with research and scholarship in religion and theology
  • Integrating and using emerging technologies, including new ILS models
  • Collection development in a changing landscape
  • Financial and other considerations for the future (e.g., facilities, personnel, etc.)
  • Impact of open access
  • Information literacy and library pedagogy in relation to changes to theological education
  • Library assessment
  • Changes to librarianship as a profession and impacts on theological librarianship
  • The shifting demography of librarians (e.g., sexual identity, religious affiliation, culture and ethnicity, etc.)
  • The evolution of ATLA’s relationship with the international theological librarianship community


Proposals on other topics are welcome.


Proposals must include a 250-word abstract describing the topic and a working title for the chapter.  Proposals should be emailed to by Monday, April 1, 2019.  

The Editorial Board will notify selected authors by June 2019. Once chapters are confirmed, the complete manuscripts should be submitted by December 1, 2019. Chapters should run approximately 5000 to 8000 words and conform to the ATLA Press Author Guidelines (see Step Three, Anticipated publication date is early 2021.