Theological Librarianship: An Online Journal of the American Theological Library Association (ISSN: 1937-8904) celebrates five years of publication as an online open access journal dedicated to fostering “the professional development of theological librarians and to contribute to and enrich the profession of theological librarianship.” The milestone was marked this last week—complete with birthday cake—at the ATLA annual conference held in Charlotte, North Carolina (June 19-22, 2013). The journal was officially launched, also at an ATLA conference (in Ottawa, Canada), on June 28, 2008. Ten issues have been published to date (follow this link to the journal archive), with the July 2013 (Volume 6, Number 2) issue due out shortly.
I profiled Theological Librarianship as an interested observer on the blog in March 2012. I am very pleased to announce that I will be joining the Editorial Board of Theological Librarianship as Columns Editor, effective July 15. I see this as an excellent opportunity not only to contribute to the academic and professional development of librarians and libraries within a theological/religious studies context, which this journal has already proven itself well capable, but also to gain valuable first-hand experience—an insider’s perspective—in open access scholarly journal publishing.
Congratulations Theological Librarianship on this milestone! May your next five years (and beyond) be as productive. Thank you, too, for giving me the opportunity to journey along with you on that next leg. I hope I prove a worthy traveling companion.