Friday, September 25, 2015

CATLA Fall Conference Schedule: Friday, October 30th

Thursday, October 29th
Concordia Theological Seminary Visit
5:00pm – Tour of Walther Library, Fort Wayne, IN

Friday, October 30th
CATLA Fall Conference

Location: Grace College & Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, IN

Theme: Scholarly Communication
Reminder: schedule is on Eastern time
9:30 am                      Registration and refreshments
10:00 am                    Business meeting
10:20 am                    Keynote speaker: Melody Layton McMahon
11:30am – 1:00pm      Lunch off campus
1:00 – 1:45                 ATLA: Brenda Bailey-Hainer
1:45 – 2:00                 Break
2:00 – 3:00                 Roundtables discussions on scholarly communication topics

Our morning speaker will be Melody Layton McMahon, library director at Catholic Theological Union, who will be discussing library publishing. CTU library currently publishes two journals: The afternoon session will include a discussion with ATLA staff on core purposes and values and the future of ATLA, followed by discussion groups around topics related to scholarly communication issues.

Hotel options near Grace College are listed here: More information on local options during the CATLA conference are available on this guide. Hotel options near Concordia Theological Seminary were distributed on the CATLA listserv. There are a limited number of guest rooms on Concordia’s campus. To check availability, call 260-452-2105.

Please RSVP to Lisa Gonzalez at by October 16th. Please indicate if you will be attending just the CATLA meeting, or both the CATLA meeting and the Thursday tour at Concordia.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Save the Date! CATLA Fall Meeting on October 30th

Save the date for the CATLA Fall Conference!

When: Friday, October 30th
Where: Grace College & Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, IN
Theme: Scholarly Communication

We hope to see you all in Indiana this fall! An optional tour of the Walther Library of Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne is scheduled for Thursday, October 29th.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

CATLA Spring 2015 Meeting Report

Thanks to North Park University for hosting our 50th anniversary celebration! We enjoyed a diverse program on many fascinating topics from our speakers. Some presentations are now available on the site.

The spring meeting also serves as CATLA's annual meeting. Gregory Morrison from Wheaton College was elected as the Secretary/Vice-President/President Elect. The Secretary/Vice-President serves a one year term, and succeeds as the President in the following year. Thanks to all the members of the CATLA board for your willingness to serve!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

CATLA Spring Conference Schedule: Friday, April 24th

2015 is CATLA's 50th Anniversary!

Spring Conference Theme: A Collection of Stories and History from the Members of CATLA

When: Friday, April 24th
Where: North Park University, Johnson Center for Science and Community Life, Chicago IL

9:00 - 9:30am -  Registration
9:30 – 9:40am - Welcome and Business Meeting
9:40 – Noon - Member Presentations
Noon – 1:30pm - Lunch on your own
1:30 – 3:00pm -  Member Presentations
3:00pm - Cake Reception and Tours

Join us as we celebrate fifty years of CATLA history! Our program will feature presentations on many aspects of CATLA's history - the stories of our association, of our members, and of theological education in the Midwest. The conference will include a poster display; if you would like to present a poster about the history of your institution or some aspect of theological education in the region, please submit your poster title and a brief description to Lisa Gonzalez at by April 1st.

A number of restaurants are located within a short walk of the North Park campus. A map of campus and parking options for North Park is available on their website. To RSVP for the conference, please email Lisa Gonzalez at by April 3rd.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Save the Date! CATLA Spring Meeting on April 24th

Save the date for the CATLA Spring Conference!

When: Friday, April 24th
Where: North Park University, Chicago IL

We hope you will join us as we celebrate CATLA's 50th Anniversary! Our program will feature our members as we reflect on our history together and the history of theological education in the Midwest. More information on the schedule will be coming soon.

Monday, September 8, 2014

CATLA Fall Conference Schedule: Friday, October 24th

Fall Conference Theme: Digitizing Religion Collections
When: Friday, October 24th
Where: 5416 Cornell Ave, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago

9:30-10:00am - Registration
10:00-10:20am - Welcome & Business Session
10:30-11:30am - Plenary
11:30am-1:00pm - Lunch on your own
1:00-1:45pm - 1st Roundtable Session
Discovery Services/OCLC – Evan Boyd
Preserving digitized objects – Juliette Johnson
Selection/Management - Stephanie Fletcher
1:45-2:00pm - Break
2:00-2:45pm - 2nd Roundtable Session
Grant Writing – Amy Koehler
Metadata/Cataloging – Steven Spencer
Third choice - Repeat session from 1st roundtable, if needed
3:00pm - Campus & library tours

The fall CATLA program will explore digitization in religious collections. During the plenary, we will hear from Dr. Christopher Cantwell, an historian who curated "Faith in the City: Religion and Urban Life in Chicago, 1870-1920," in Digital Collections for the Classroom (Newberry Library, 2011). He will discuss his roles of curator, grant writer and coordinator. He will also discuss how digitization is impacting religious scholarship and how religious collections are being used by students, scholars, and the public.

In the afternoon, attendees will be able to choose from among 6 roundtables in 2 sessions that focus in a practical way on the nuts and bolts of digitizing religious collections at seminaries. Please RSVP to Lisa Gonzalez at by October 10th. You can check out housing and restaurant information in advance, and a restaurant list will be available on the day of the conference. Parking in the CTU garage is $5 for the day; you may be able to find free street parking 2 blocks east of Cornell Avenue at 53rd Street and South Shore Drive.

The fall CATLA conference has been made possible by an ATLA Regional Grant and by your membership dues. Thank you!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Save the Date! CATLA Fall Meeting on October 24th

Save the date for the CATLA Fall Conference!

When: Friday, October 24th, 2014
Where: Catholic Theological Union, Chicago IL

We are looking forward to our first CATLA meeting ever held at CTU, if you can believe it! More information on our theme for the day and our speaker will be coming soon.