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Notice about building exterior work

Nov 13, 2017

Beginning Tuesday, November 14 between 6:30 am – 4:30 pm, some necessary work will be done on the exterior of the library building.

One more raffle! $25 digital Amazon gift card

Nov 8, 2017

The Princeton Theological Seminary Library won a $25 digital Amazon gift card in this year's Theological Libraries Month contest. Now we're giving you a chance to win it from the Library! (So nice, right? :-))

THE RULES: To be entered into the raffle, please send us your feedback and suggestions before 11:59pm Wednesday, November 15 using the form below. Be sure to include your name and @ptsem.edu email address.

While the form is open to all, you must have an active @ptsem.edu email account and must not have won one of the faculty books raffled off during Theological Libraries Month this year in order to be entered into this raffle. The winner will be selected on Thursday, November 16.

Not sure what to say? Here's a question to get you started: What has been the most helpful to you this fall that has involved the library in some way?


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Postscript

Many thanks to all of you who submitted feedback forms in the last week to enter the raffle. The raffle winner has been selected at random and notified. We hope you'll keep using the form to let us know what you love about the library and also what we can do better. Thank you! 

graphic from ATLA that says Thanks. Thank you again for celebrating Theological Libraries Month 2017

Mark your calendars

Nov 4, 2017

  • 11/5 - Daylight Saving Time ends, 2am Sunday
  • 11/8 - Library catalog server maintenance, 8:30am Wednesday
  • 11/22 - Early closing for Thanksgiving, 4pm Wednesday
  • 11/23-11/25 - Closed for Thanksgiving, Thursday-Saturday

Thanks for celebrating #TLM2017 with us!

Oct 31, 2017

We hope you enjoyed the faculty book raffle (Congrats again to our winners!) and the chance to share your stories in the American Theological Library Association #TLM2017 contest and hear some of our stories, too.

Follow the link below to the Theological Libraries Month guide and then be sure to check out the other research guides (LibGuides).

The Protestant Reformation at 500, 1517-2017

Oct 30, 2017

A selection of books about the Protestant Reformation and Martin Luther are on open display near the New Books area on the first floor or the library. We invite you to come browse and borrow them, if you haven't already!

On display: The Numismatic Luther

Oct 29, 2017

Alumnus Frederick J. Schumacher (Class of 1978) has put together an outstanding collection of Luther-related medals and coins that represents Luther commemoration over many centuries. In honor of the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, a special physical exhibition of this collection is currently on display in Special Collections (North Wing Room 2173) and open to the public during Special Collections hours through the end of the year.

Rutgers library intern Kaitlin Montague created a digital exhibit from the collection. Kaitlin worked with Rev. Schumacher to ensure the content and images were accurate and effectively displayed. Princeton Theological Seminary Web Systems Specialist Reginald McLeod collaborated with Kaitlin to bring the dynamic exhibit online.

Student workers and the academic library

Oct 27, 2017

Research doesn't materialize in a vacuum and neither do the libraries that support it. Student workers play a vital role in the life of an academic library.

We're grateful for their creative collaboration with us and each other, and for their willingness to contribute to our mission as we seek to serve them, their classmates and instructors.

THANK YOU!

Studying the research needs of scholars in religion and theology

Oct 26, 2017

In 2016, the Princeton Theological Seminary Library joined 17 other institutions in Ithaka S+R's new study on the research needs of scholars in religion and theology. PTS librarians Kate Skrebutenas, Jenifer Gundry and Virginia Dearborn interviewed senior faculty members and wrote a report based on local findings. Alongside many similarities between national and local findings, a notable difference was the high value placed on browsing physical collections for serendipitous discovery at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Ithaka S+R is a not-for-profit research and consulting service that helps academic, cultural, and publishing communities. Support and guidance for the project was provided by the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Theological Library Association, working jointly with Ithaka S+R.

Special Collections class exhibits

Oct 25, 2017

Special Collections often collaborates with faculty members to arrange class exhibits of Special Collections material, especially for various classes in the church history department at Princeton Theological Seminary. 

For example, Church History Professor Paul Rorem brought his students to the library to examine items from Special Collections including Geez-language manuscripts from Ethiopia. During the visit, the class also discussed the ministry and studies of another champion for social justice, His Holiness Abune Paulos.

Similarly, Professor Kathleen McVey's Syriac Christianity and the Rise of Islam class visited Special Collections to examine East Syriac liturgical manuscripts and codices, many of which came to the Seminary from the Mission Library of Urmia in northwest Iran.

Church History Professor Paul Rorem and Assistant Professor of Old Testament Heath Dewrell examine an Ethiopian illustrated manuscript
Kathleen McVey, Joseph Ross Stevenson Professor of Church History at Princeton Theological Seminary, and students from her class, “Syriac Christianity and the Rise of Islam,” visit Special Collections.

Open Access Week 2017

Oct 23, 2017

This Open Access Week, explore the Theological Commons, an open access digital library of over 110,000 resources on theology and religion. The Theological Commons was initiated and developed by Princeton Theological Seminary, where the Digital Collections unit of the Library continues to enhance its features and expand its content.

It consists mainly of public domain books but also includes periodicals, audio recordings, photographs, manuscript collections, and other formats.

Featured collections include The Benson Collection of Hymnals and Hymnology, the Latin America Collection, the Missionary Research Library Pamphlets collection, the Moffett Korea Collection, the Payne Theological Seminary and A.M.E. Church Archive, the Princeton Theological Seminary Media Archive, and The T.F. Torrance Collection of Antiquarian Books.