Columbia University Libraries/Information Services (CUL/IS) is pleased to announce that Beth Bidlack, Director, Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, has been elected president of the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) by the ATLA Board of Directors at the recent membership conference in June 2013. The conference marked the beginning of her one-year term of office.
Bidlack served on the Board of Directors for first term 2011-2014 and as Vice President 2012-2013. She also served as the chair of the Bylaws Committee 2011-2013, and has previously served on the ATLA Publications Committee and chaired the Collections Assessment and Evaluation Interest Group. She has been a member of ATLA for 17 years.
“I am honored to serve ATLA as president for 2013-14,” said Bidlack. “I hope to lead the Board and Association in thinking about the future of ATLA as a producer of products and as a membership organization.
Bidlack joined the Columbia University Libraries in February 2013 as the director of the Burke Library. Prior to her appointment at Columbia, she was the Collection Assessment and Analysis Librarian at Dartmouth College Library. From 2005-2011, she was Bibliographer for Religion and Philosophy at the University of Chicago Library. She holds a Ph.D. and M.T.S. from Boston University, an MS in library science from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and a BA from Urbana University.
Established in 1946, ATLA is a professional association of nearly 1,000 individual, institutional, and affiliate members providing programs, products, and services in support of theological and religious studies libraries and librarians. ATLA's ecumenical membership represents many religious traditions and denominations.
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