BETH is an ecumenical association of European national theological library organizations as well as single libraries. It has a membership of nearly 1500 libraries, spreading from north to south, east to west of Europe.
BETH builds networks and establishes contacts, supports and promotes cooperation, stimulates library development, serves the interests of European theological libraries and works for the preservation of the rich cultural patrimony found in the theological and ecclesiastical libraries of Europe.

Want your library to become a member of BETH? Read more
Want to contact BETH in general? e-mail our secretary, Dr. Carol Reekie

Call for presentations – Zagreb 2017

Dear colleagues,

As you will remember from the presentation in Helsinki our next conference will be held in Zagreb and its theme will be “digitization” in all its aspects: How do we select a collection for digitization, how do we handle the digitizing process and how do we publish the digitized items on the web?

To answer these questions we will invite several experts.

But as an important part of our conferences is the sharing of experiences, we also need presentations from our members. So please look in your association if there has been an interesting digitization project to present in Zagreb. But be aware: we don’t want a showcase of beautiful digitized collections in Zagreb. It is not only on best practices, but also on bad experiences: what went wrong and what did you learn from your faults.

[Also consider this: in some organisations it is easier to get permission to go to a conference if you are able to give a presentation. So try to convince colleagues to come to the BETH conference by offering them the opportunity to hold a presentation on their digitization project.]

Your input is also welcome in quite another way: please mail us your questions and problems,  your needs and challenges for the digitizing process. We can use your input in selecting the speakers for the conference and we can forward it to the speakers for the conference so that they can address your questions.

We would like to have your input before the 10th of January. We don’t expect that you have by then a complete Powerpoint ready for presentation, but we need to know by then how many presentations we will have and what questions have to be addressed by the experts from outside BETH.

Hope to hear from you soon,

Geert Harmanny

Please send to: G.D. Harmanny or Carol Reekie

NFAIS 2016 Humanities Roundtable – Registration now open!

Dear colleagues:

Registration (on-site and virtual) is open for the NFAIS 2016 Humanities Roundtable.  Virtual attendees will receive a link to replay the sessions, so you don’t have to participate real-time.

This year’s event, hosted and sponsored by  ATLA member, Pitts Theology Library / Candler School of Theology / Emory University, focuses on “Digital Humanities: Preserving the Past, Capturing the Present & Building the Future.” Other sponsors include the American Theological Library Association (ATLA), EBSCO,  and the Modern Language Association (MLA).

An opening reception will be held from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Thursday, September 22 followed by a full day of programming Friday, September 23.

Program and Agenda: http://bit.ly/2cmiP07

The NFAIS 2016 Humanities Roundtable theme is set to appeal to a variety of audiences in the information community, including librarians, digital humanities scholars, information aggregators/providers and publishers. Our set of expert presenters will explore the world of digital humanities through a variety of perspectives and lenses, including:

  • How scholarly communications supports digital humanities
  • Challenges and opportunities from a legal standpoint
  • How humanities researchers discover content
  • Key cutting-edge, innovative projects in digital humanities
  • Exploration into the ways millennials search for humanities information

For more information:
Contact: Nancy Blair-Deleon
Phone: 443-221-2980 x102
Email:  nblairdeleon@nfais.org


ABTAPL’s 60th Anniversary Conference

ABTAPL’s 60th Anniversary Confernce will be held in Rome 30th March – 4th April 2016. We shall be staying at the 3 star ‘Domus Carelitana’, 10 mins from St.Peter’s. The conference will contain a large amount of professional development plus a few visits. The conference CPD programme will include a series of presentations covering a number of topics of current professional interest and relevance, including outreach and VLEs. A new feature this year will be a ‘TeachMeet’, where delegates will have an opportunity to make mini-presentations of about anything they have been involved with which is worth sharing more widely with ABTAPL colleagues. The visits include the Vatican’s Secret Archives,the Biblioteca Angelica and the Biblioteca Casanatense. We do hope that you will be able to join us.


For more information, please contact the ABTAPL Chair, Carol Reekie cr248@cam.ac.uk



IFLA Grants 2016 available

Some grants are offered to help for participating to the next IFLA conference in United states.

Another possibility is also :

You can contact the New Professional Special Interest Group (NP SIG) Convenor : Maria Violeta Bertolini , violebertolini@gmail.com You can speak about our meeting and ask for joining NP SIG group. Then she’ll send you all information about activities of the group, for exemple, webinars you can attend at home 😉 .
For Facebook community, you can also like the IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group to be updated.

Announcing additions to ATLA Products – October 2015

Announcing Additions to ATLA Products – October 2015

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Chicago, IL, October 7, 2015 — The American Theological Library Association (ATLA) is pleased to announce the addition of titles to be available in upcoming updates of ATLASerials® (ATLAS®), ATLA Religion Database® (ATLA RDB®) and ATLA Catholic Periodical and Literature Index (ATLA CPLI®).; Click to Read more about this

Copyright; your presentation?

Dear Colleagues,

As already announced, the theme of our next conference in Bologna (19th-23rd September 2015) will be copyright. Copyright is a major issue within most libraries, either because of the complex copyright rules concerning the e-books and e-journals that we purchase, or the regulations regarding the photocopying or scanning of items for interlibrary loan. In addition, we often encounter copyright problems when we digitise rare or vulnerable parts of our collections in order to upload them onto the Internet. Nowadays, not only does a Librarian have to deal with publisher’s licensing agreements, they have to consider the copyright law of their own country, as well as that of other European and American countries.

At our conference , in Bologna, we hope to have presentations on different aspects of legislation and copyright from experts in these fields.

In addition, we would like to have presentations from our members on this topic. We would very much like you to share with us your knowledge and your experiences copyright. For example, how do you apply the rules, how is copyright regulated in your country, provide examples of best practices etc..

Please forward this call for presentations to all members of your associations and to your colleagues in your libraries.

Proposals for presentations should be sent to our secretary Carol Reekie a.s.a.p.

Nota bene: our conference in Helsinki will be on Open Access, so please keep your presentations on this topic until 2016.

Kind regards,

Geert Harmanny

Job offer: Director, Divinity School Library

Director, Divinity School Library

Yale University Library

New Haven, CT

Requisition:  28723BR


Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut.  Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include two major art museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.

Position Focus: Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Arts and Humanities, the Director of the Divinity School Library provides leadership as well as overall administration, organization, and development of Yale’s Divinity School Library and off-site collections. The Director manages all aspects of library service, collection development, collection management, budget administration (including endowments and grants), personnel management, and facilities planning for both general and special collections. The Director also actively collaborates with library directors from other Yale units to develop and maintain theology-related collections and services, and serves as the Divinity Library’s representative to Yale University Library’s Council for Research Services and Collections.

The Director directs and advises a staff of 12 FTE and a number of student assistants. The Director advises and works closely with the Dean of the Divinity School on library matters and is responsible for building strong partnerships with the School’s faculty and students, the heads of other University Library departments, as well as prospective donors. The Director will evaluate the services, policies, collections, electronic resources, and facilities of the Divinity Library and will establish and implement plans for its continued development and improvement while coordinating these programs and collections with those of other libraries on campus. The Director participates in various committee assignments and is expected to demonstrate professional leadership and commitment in appropriate regional, national and international professional organizations, such as the American Theological Library Association, the International Association for Mission Studies, and the Yale-Edinburgh Group on the History of the Missionary Movement and World Christianity.

The Director will possess passionate commitment both to collection building and to active, innovative public service programs in support of teaching and research in theology.

Required Education, Skills and Experience:

  • Master’s degree from an ALA accredited library school or equivalent accredited degree. In selected instances, a post graduate degree in museum studies or a related discipline may be substituted for a master’s degree in library science.
  • Minimum of 8 years related professional experience required.
  • Strong background in theology
  • Strong commitment to collection building and to innovative public service programs.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communications and analytical ability, with a positive attitude toward continuous professional growth
  • Demonstrated excellent customer service skills, flexibility and a strong commitment to innovation, creativity and excellence.
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills, experience coordinating projects, and the ability to bring projects to fruition.
  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively and independently with various groups within a complex organization and rapidly changing team environment.

Preferred Education, Skills and Experience: Knowledge and experience with digital collections and tools for research and teaching are highly desirable. Knowledge and experience in the areas of mission history and world Christianity is also highly desirable. Preference given to candidates with theology or religious studies-related graduate degrees.

Yale University assigns ranks to librarian positions based on a combination of professional experience and accomplishments. Librarian ranking information can be found at: http://www.library.yale.edu/about/departments/lhr/rank.html.

The University and the Library

The Yale University Library, as one of the world’s leading research libraries, collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to and services for a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. It fosters intellectual growth and supports the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including around 12.8 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaging in numerous projects to expand access to its physical and digital collections. Housed in eighteen buildings including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Bass Library, it employs a dynamic and diverse staff of approximately five hundred who offer innovative and flexible services to library readers.  For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library’s web site at www.library.yale.edu.


The Yale Divinity School Library is one of the most important theological libraries in the world. The Library’s holdings include Yale’s research collections in most areas related to the study of Christianity. The Library’s Day Missions Collection is the world’s preeminent resource for published and archival documentation of mission history and world Christianity, with substantial support for its nurture. In addition the Divinity Library has particular strength in Biblical studies, Christian theology (both historical and constructive), and the history of Christianity. http://web.library.yale.edu/divinity/about

Salary and Benefits:

We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country’s great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.


How to apply:  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications, consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references should be submitted by applying online at http://www.yale.edu/jobs. The STARS req. ID for this position is 28723BR.  Please be sure to reference 28723BR in your cover letter.


Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.