Focus and Scope

TCB: Technical Services in Religion & Theology, an open access publication of Atla, is a resource for technical services librarians with a focus on the fields of religion and theology. In the Perspectives & Practices section, TCB showcases projects, processes, trends, and learning experiences submitted by readers. TCB also includes reviews that describe implementation and use of software, library management systems, and other technical services tools. Additionally, editors report on new and changed Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) and Library of Congress Classification numbers LCC), new publications, professional development opportunities, and other news from the field.

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