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Nov 10, 2016

Looking back at Theological Libraries Month 2016

Diverse voices and playful rainbows

Many of you left comments on the "What about the library has left an imprint on you?" #LibraryImpact poster(s) by the service desk during Theological Libraries Month – both positive and negative. 

Some things you like more: clean, quiet spaces to read and study, friendly and helpful library and Brick Café staff, Reigner Reading Room programs, collections (books and other resources), lots of natural light, and (on sunny days at least) rainbows playing across the floors, walls and furniture. 

Some things you like less: public events in the Iain R. Torrance Atrium at the center of the library and generally any noisy activity where you're seeking silence.

Diversity: Every voice can be heard in the silent pages of the books. Men, women, children, Black, White. Right here I can hear everyone & it's transformative.

Ph.D. student wins ATLA #LibraryImpact contest

Princeton Theological Seminary Ph.D. student JP O'Connor shared these kind words about the impact of the library in his life and won the American Theological Library Association's Theological Libraries Month contest this October. Thanks, JP!

While my official entry for #LibraryImpact is not creative, it is heartfelt in its entirety. The library at Princeton Theological Seminary provides a space for me to learn. The full nuance of “space” is an important one for me, especially considering my finicky, selective, perhaps even snobby, coffee shop preferences. I like to feel welcome in a space. I like to feel at home in a space. The full range of this abstract feeling can be concretely set in categories of cleanliness, hospitality, or familiarity. But these concrete categories don’t really do it for me. They don’t feel entirely honest. The truth is, I just love my library. I love it for the reasons above. It is clean way beyond any normal standards. The staff’s friendliness could easily put Starbucks to shame. I love it for the books it holds. Some of my favorites, some I have yet to meet. I love it for the people I see everyday. So, do I love it because of certain concrete categories? Or does my love for it cause me to see these categories more charitably? I am not sure. Perhaps both. Nevertheless, my gratitude extends to all those who contribute to making this beloved library space quite loveable.

Faculty Book Raffle

And congratulations to our weekly faculty book raffle winners! David P. Smith, MDiv student (Exploring the Bible, by Eric D. Barreto and Michael J. Chan); Robert Cella, MDiv student (Tolerance among the Virtues, by John R. Bowlin); Kerry-Ann DaCosta, MDiv student (Rethinking Celebration: From Rhetoric to Praise in African American Preaching, by Cleophus J. LaRue); and Charles Johnson, PhD student (Where the Gods Are: spatial dimensions of anthropomorphism in the Biblical world, by Mark S. Smith).

Electronic Records Day, 10/10/16

Oct 10, 2016

We celebrate spooky things every October, but expired links shouldn’t be one of them! So your electronic files don’t fade into the mist like a ghost on Halloween, pay heed to these “10 reasons why electronic records need special attention”. Happy Electronic Records Day, from Digital Archivist, Jackie Rider!

Be sure to check out Jackie's Web Archiving @ PTS #ExploringResearchResources presentation on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 and feel free to contact her using the link below.

New Research Databases

Oct 5, 2016

The Library has recently purchased three new research databases: Dead Sea Scrolls Electronic Library Non-Biblical Texts (Brill), Flavius Josephus Online (Brill), and Patrologia Orientalis Database (Brepolis).

Library Impact Story Contest #TLM2016

Oct 1, 2016

October is Theological Libraries Month! Celebrate by entering the #LibraryImpact contest, sponsored by the American Theological Library Association (@YourATLA)

Win a faculty book #TLM2016

Sep 29, 2016

Celebrate Theological Libraries Month with the weekly faculty book raffle!

New Faculty Book: World Christianity as public religion = Cristianismo mundial como religião pública

Sep 29, 2016

Raimundo Barreto's new book, World Christianity as public religion = Cristianismo mundial como religião pública, is now available in the library.

Editors: Raimundo C. Barreto, Jr., Ronaldo Cavalcante, Wanderley Pereira da Rosa

Includes work by: Afeosemime Adogame, Luis N. Rivera-Pagán, Raimundo C. Barreto Jr., Retief Muller, and Yvette Joy Harris-Smith

Call Number: BR115.W6 W675 2016
ISBN: 9788567604039
Publication Date: 2016

Series: World Christianity as public religion v.1
To Donald M. Vorp (1935-2016), in memoriam.

Exploring Research Resources

Sep 20, 2016

On Tuesdays and Thursdays this fall, join us for Exploring Research Resources sessions in the library.

  • Academic Search Premier This database provides full text journal coverage for nearly all academic areas of study.
  • ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials Learn how to search this online collection of major religion and theology journals.
  • BrowZine BrowZine is the newest tool available at PTS for browsing our online journal subscriptions. Learn how to better engage these journals by building a digital bookshelf, enriching your syllabi or presentations, keeping up-to-date on the latest advances in the discipline, and experiencing the research benefits of serendipitous discovery.
  • Discovery and the Library Catalog Join us for overviews of two important tools for finding research materials: Summon, the powerful search engine behind the large search box on the library website, and the Library Catalog, a searchable database of items physically located within the library building, including course reserves.
  • E-books Through the library, you have access to over 130,000 e-books and counting. Discover the variety of e-books available to you at PTS including the Cambridge Companions, the Loeb Classical Library, and the primary sources of some of the most important Christian thinkers of the 20th century like Bonhoeffer, Barth, Cone, von Balthasar, Gutiérrez, Ruether, and others.
  • Oxford research resources Get an overview of the rich and varied databases available via Oxford University Press.
  • ProQuest research resources Get an overview of the various databases available via ProQuest, including ProQuest Dissertations, the Psychology Database, and the Social Science Database.
  • PTS Manuscript Collections PTS Special Collections hold letters, sermons, lecture notes, scrapbooks, photographs, and other materials from more than 400 individuals and organizations, from the Seminary’s founding to today. Learn how these unique materials can support your research and studies.
  • Theological Commons Learn about the Theological Commons, a digital library of over 80,000 resources on theology and religion. It consists mainly of public domain books but also includes periodicals, audio recordings, and other formats.
  • Web Archiving at PTS Ever look for a website only to discover it’s gone? The PTS Web Archive preserves seminary-related sites, which hold valuable seminary information. Learn how our archived web content, including faculty sites, Princeton area churches, and institutional sites, can support your research and studies.
  • What are Scholarly Metrics? Join us for this brief (15 minute) introduction to scholarly metrics and what how they will impact scholars in religion and theology.

Academic Technology Workshops

Sep 7, 2016

Come learn more about Blackboard, Accordance, BibleWorks, EndNote and Zotero.

Staff News: Library welcomes Melody Mazuk

Sep 1, 2016

As the search for the next James Lenox Librarian continues, we are pleased to announce that Melody Mazuk has begun serving as the interim director of the library. Melody comes to us with extensive experience in theological librarianship. For twenty years, she served as the director of the library at Eastern Baptist Seminary (now Palmer Theological Seminary) in Philadelphia. She was the director of library development for reSource Leadership International, where she served as a consultant for theological libraries in the Majority World. She was recently vice chair of the board of commissioners for the Association of Theological Schools and has served on the board of directors of the American Theological Library Association. 

Welcome, Melody!

Melody Mazuk

Term Hours resume Tuesday, September 6

Aug 30, 2016

During the academic year, the Princeton Theological Seminary Library is open Sunday 1pm-11pm, Monday-Thursday 8am-11pm and Friday-Saturday 8am-9pm, with some exceptions. 

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