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Theological Libraries Month


Book Spine Poetry Contest

Celebrate Theological Libraries Month (TLM) with book spine poetry by creating your own poetry using titles of books from your library.

Encourage students and/or patrons to create poetry using the titles of books from the library and snap a photo. Post the photo to Twitter or Facebook using #TLM2014. Be sure to tag @yourATLA on Twitter or our Facebook so you can be entered into the contest.

Thank you to all who participated in the Book Spine Poetry Contest!

The three winners are:


Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary - Craig Kubic
Learning Mission, Living Mission
Hearing God
To Serve This Present Age
Face to Face with Jesus
Practicing Christian Doctrine


The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology - Erin Quarterman 
An Acceptable Time
The Book is Overdue!
The Book of Confessions
The Return of the Prodigal Son
The Orthodox Way
These Happy Golden Years
Lancaster Theological Seminary, Philip Schaff Library - Karen Neely
The Evolution of God
Our Spiritual Brain
Sages and Dreamers
Unseen Rain
Seven Masters, One Path
To Know as We Are Known
Solidarity and Difference
All of you are One

New! ATLA Advocacy Innovation Grants


This year ATLA is offering a new competitive grant program designed to help achieve Organizational End 1.2.1: Librarians are effective advocates for their libraries and the profession.   

ATLA Advocacy Innovation Grants of $1,000 are available for ATLA Institutional Members for an advocacy project.  The purpose of this grant program is to support the development and implementation of innovative activities for advocating for the role of libraries and librarians in theological and religious studies education. 

Grants may be given to projects related to Theological Libraries Month or other projects conducted throughout the year.   Up to six Advocacy Innovation Grants will be awarded between September 2014 and March 2015.  In order to be eligible, applicant institutions must be ATLA Institutional Members that have paid their FY15 membership dues in full.     

Please note that the ATLA Advocacy Innovation Grants program replaces the TLM Mini-grant program that was offered in the past.

For information on how to apply, please see the application instructions at: Advocacy Innovation Grants Page.


TLM Planning Timeline

  • Develop a budget to help serve as a framework for your planning.  
  • Meet with selected students, administrators, staff, and faculty to brainstorm ideas for making TLM a memorable occasion on your campus.
  • Visit "TLM in a Box" on the ATLA website and distribute posters and bookmarks to your campus community.
  • Download and print posters to announce TLM on your campus.
  • Share your plans and ideas with ATLA so that we can promote them on Facebook, Twitter, and in the ATLA Newsletter.  Send your plans to
  • Write and disseminate press releases for use in campus publications and local community newspapers.
  • Celebrate!


TLM Goal

To advance the importance and value of theological libraries and library services to targeted faculty, administrators, staff, and students.