Category Archives: Resources

Learning About Library Associations: American Theological Library Association

Library science is an enormous field, home to every interest you could imagine! This means that there are many organizations out there for you to join, in order to connect with other people who share your professional interests.

So even if you work alone in your library, there are other people out there doing work similar to yours! Each week we will highlight a different library association for you to learn more about, and depending on your work, potentially join! You can also check out our page dedicated to Library Associations.

This week we’ll take a look at the American Theological Library Association. The mission of ATLA is to “is to foster the study of theology and religion by enhancing the development of theological and religious studies libraries and librarianship. Established in 1946, ATLA is governed by an elected board of directors and has over 800 individual, institutional, and affiliate members.

ATLA has an annual conference, a newsletter, offers awards and scholarships, and an online journal. They recently announced the addition of new materials including journals and records to EBSCO’s EBSCOhost platform, which you can learn more about here.

Their website features On Demand Learning, which is a collection of free professional development webinars. They also have a page full of religion reference training resources, since those tools are rarely covered in traditional library training.

You can learn about the benefits of joining ATLA here, or visit their Member Center for more information.

CMLE Resources: Copyright

CMLE is here for you with all kinds of resources and information. Each week we will share a look at another piece of that information, to help draw some attention to resources that may help you as you serve your community.

This week we look at our Copyright resources!

Libraries and archives are often the locations in an organization where copyright laws meet the demands of your community members. We need to be ready to explain why it is not appropriate (legal) to just scan the latest expensive textbook and put it online for an entire class. We need to provide information on why we can not just photocopy articles from a popular journal every single week to distribute. We need to train our community members in using images online, in sharing information from behind paywalls, and so many more things to help them follow copyright law in their own work.

We provide a lot of information for you on our Copyright page. For some quick basics, check out our “Linking Our Libraries” podcast episode on copyright! Continue reading CMLE Resources: Copyright

CMLE Resources: Grant Resources

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CMLE is here for you with all kinds of resources and information. Each week we will share a look at another piece of that information, to help draw some attention to resources that may help you as you serve your community.

This week we look at our Grant Resources material!

We provide a few links to help you write good grants. And we have a big chart of potential grant applications you can browse through to see which ones might work best for your individual library or archive.

Some Fundraising Links:

And of course, we have a podcast episode available with all kinds of grant information! You can download it to an app, stream it on your computer (instructions are on that page) – or just read through the material yourself. We strive to make information available and accessible to everyone, no matter how you like to learn things!

Would you like to write a grant, but are not sure where to start? Or have you started one, but are not sure what to say next? Or are you wrapping up a grant, and want another set of eyes to look it over? CMLE is here for you! Click here to let us know what we can do to help you!