Christine Wenderoth, director of the JKM Library of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and McCormick Theological Seminary, was elected to a one-year term as president of the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) at its annual conference held in Austin, Texas.
"This is as much an honor for JKM Library as for me personally," Wenderoth said. She has been active in ATLA since 1982, including chairing several committees and serving on the ATLA board for three terms. Wenderoth's duties as president include planning next year's annual conference; celebrating ATLA's 60th anniversary; convening and leading board meetings; and representing ATLA to the Association of Theological Schools and other organizations.
The American Theological Library Association began in 1946 as an offshoot of the Association of Theological Schools. It is the primary association for theological librarians with the purpose of enhancing the profession of theological librarianship. ATLA provides continuing education for librarians, publishes indexes and databases crucial for the study of theology and religion and fosters collaborative efforts among libraries.
The JKM Library is a collection of more than 460,000 items from the predecessor schools of both the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and McCormick Theological Seminary. It is one of the largest theological collections in the United States. JKM Library is governed by a board consisting of representatives from both seminaries.