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EBSCO Publishing and American Theological Library Association Announce Digital Archives

25 Jun

For Immediate Release

~ ATLA Historical Collections to Be Digitized and Made Available via EBSCOhost® ~

IPSWICH, Mass. - June 25, 2008 - EBSCO has partnered with American Theological Library Association (ATLA) to provide new collections of historical monographs and serials in digital format. ATLA Historical Monographs Collection: 19th Century, ATLA Historical Monographs Collection: Early 20th Century and ATLA Historical Serials Collection will consist of digital versions of rare and historical primary sources.

The monograph collections will contain more than 29,000 monographs covering religion and theology. The majority of the monographs date from 1850 through 1923 with the earliest monograph from 1322. The monograph collections are estimated to include 7.5 million pages of content. The historical serials collection will contain more than 1,200 serials from the early 19th Century to the early 20th Century and are estimated to include 5.4 million pages of content.

With each collection, researchers can view all of the typography, graphics, and drawings as they were originally presented.

ATLA Executive Director, Dennis Norlin, says, "We look forward to great success with EBSCO Publishing as our long-term relationship continues to evolve through the addition of ATLA's historical monographs and historical serials collections to EBSCO's new Digital Archives Program. I am delighted that ATLA and EBSCO will now offer unprecedented digital access to these important historical collections."

EBSCO will enable libraries to purchase ownership of each collection rather than provide leased access which is required with subscription-based databases. Digital archive products are typically sold as "static" collections for a one-time purchase price with an annual maintenance fee.

EBSCO will provide access via its EBSCOhost® interface, one of the most-used research platforms available. In addition to the new digital content, EBSCO is an aggregator of ATLA's complete collection of subscription-based databases, including the ATLA Religion Database®, ATLA Serials® (ATLAS®), Catholic Periodical and Literature Index® (produced from a partnership with the Catholic Library Association), New Testament Abstracts® (produced from a partnership with Boston College), and Old Testament Abstracts® (produced from a partnership with the Catholic Biblical Association).

About ATLA
Established in 1946, the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) is a professional association of more than 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. For more information visit

About EBSCO Publishing
EBSCO Publishing is the world's premier database aggregator, offering a suite of more than 200 full-text and secondary research databases. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals, magazines, books, monographs, reports and various other publication types from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all researchers (Academic, Medical, K-12, Public Library, Corporate, Government, etc.). The company's product lines include proprietary databases such as Academic SearchTM, Business Source®, CINAHL®, DynaMedTM, Historical AbstractsTM, Literary Reference CenterTM, MasterFILETM, NoveList®, SocINDEXTM and SPORTDiscusTM as well as dozens of leading licensed databases such as ATLA Religion DatabaseTM, EconLit, INSPEC®, MEDLINE®, MLA International Bibliography, The Philosopher's IndexTM, PsycARTICLES® and PsycINFO®. Databases are powered by EBSCOhost®, the most-used for-fee electronic resource in libraries around the world. For more information, visit the EBSCO Publishing Web site at: , or contact: .

EBSCO Publishing is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.

For more information, please contact:

Kathleen McEvoy
Public Relations Manager
EBSCO Publishing
(800) 653-2726 ext. 2594

Margot Lyon
Director, Business Development
American Theological Library Association
312 454-5100


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