A Collaborative Future within Atla How Theological Libraries Must Work Together in the Digital Age

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Richard Manly "Bo" Adams, Jr.


In a post-pandemic, digital world, collaboration between libraries and librarians is more important than ever. This essay argues that Atla members should look to the association itself as a way of working together. I proceed first by outlining the great history of the association as a collaborative space for its members, highlighting three past successes. I then apply the four causes of success from these past projects to the challenges we face in a digital age that has been disrupted by the pandemic. I explore how Atla libraries can collaborate on collection development, digitization, and information literacy instruction, and what the opportunities and limits of working together may be.

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