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Librarian Jessica Boyer Elected to Atla Board

Jessalyn Powell, C'24

As director of Mount St. Mary’s University’s Phillips Library since 2017, Jessica Boyer, Ph.D., C’16 has improved both the library and the university. Now she has an opportunity to have an impact on theological libraries by serving on the Atla Board of Directors. 


headshot-jessica-boyer-in-text.jpgEstablished in 1946 as the American Theological Library Association, Atla is a membership association of librarians and information professionals, and a producer of research tools, committed to advancing the study of religion and theology. Atla’s membership includes more than 800 individuals and libraries at academic institutions from diverse religious traditions and backgrounds. As a community of collectors and connectors, Atla works to promote worldwide scholarly communication in religion and theology by advancing the work of libraries and related information providers. 

Boyer is honored to be recognized by her professional peers. “Atla excels at collegiality and collaboration,” she said. “Within the organization, I have discovered an exceptional and supportive community of members who have served as invaluable resources to me.” With an exceptional community surrounding her, Boyer is eager to address important opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for the organization and her field. 

 Since 2017, Phillips Library has earned 14 grants that have provided technology, preservation and accessibility improvements for the Archives; reading and discussion programs on women’s suffrage and for underserved teens; and pandemic-related assistance. The various awards, from organizations such as the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association, total more than $78,000 in funds, plus nearly $8,000 more in tuition, travel, and book reimbursements. 

Jessalyn Powell, C'24